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Tuesday, December 5, 2006

MicrosoftDouble Dragon coming to XBLA?
Posted by White_Pointer at 10:06:29 AEDT
OXM, the official Xbox magazine website, is reporting that the classic side scroller Double Dragon may be hitting Xbox Live Arcade in the not too distant future. The report says that the game will apparantly sport updated graphics and will support 2-player co-operative play online across Xbox Live. They even seem to know how big the download will be, an usually large 12.56MB.

Microsoft themselves are yet to confirm that the report is true, but this doesn't sound like the type of the thing the official Xbox magazine would make up. Read the article for yourself here.
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Monday, December 4, 2006

NamcoNamco says no profit until half a million PS3 games are sold
Posted by White_Pointer at 09:49:44 AEDT
This week Namco Bandai Holdings Inc. president Takeo Takasu has said in an interview with Bloomberg news service that developing games exclusively for Sony's new console might not be a good idea, at least at the moment. PS3 games are costing on average US$8.6 million to create, and developers don't actually start turning a profit until half a million copies are sold. This is usually a figure a lot of companies used to aim for to reach gold status or equivalent, now it seems most developers will be aiming at this figure as a minimum if they want to make any kind of money, at least with the PS3. Considering there was a hardware shortage of PS3's at launch, this figure may be slightly impossible to reach, at least until more units are in circulation.

Could this mean we'll see less PS3 exclusives, at least in the short term?
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Friday, December 1, 2006

(default)New violent games study
Posted by White_Pointer at 10:17:02 AEDT
There's been yet another study on the effects of violent games on minors by some people in white coats that don't know much about the source material.

Doctors at Indiana University School of Medicine have presented the results of a study this week that suggests teenagers who play violent games apparently have a "fight or flight" response triggered in the brain, with less emphasis on the "self control" areas and more emphasis on the "emotional" areas.

44 Teenagers between 13 and 17 years old were subjected to two games, Medal of Honor: Frontline and Need for Speed Underground, and were basically told to play them while their brains were scanned. And surprise...the doctors found that when they were playing the violent game (Medal of Honour), they observed the above results.

"What we showed is there is an increase in emotional arousal. The fight or flight response is activated after playing a violent video game. Our study suggests that playing a certain type of violent video game may have different short-term effects on brain function than playing a nonviolent, but exciting, game." Dr Vincent Mathews told Reuters.

Now the question is, why is this considered a new discovery?
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Thursday, November 30, 2006

BloodsportsNew Fan Art
Posted by White_Pointer at 17:48:14 AEDT
It's been a while since we've received some new fan art, but we have some now! Fan art ace Sean Husmann has sent us two new additions to our fan art section. They are both from the Street Fighter II animated movie, one is a rendition of Ken and the other is Ryu, both plain pencil and very detailed. Check them out in gallery 8 of our fan art section.

If you are a also talented artist and would like to see your fighting game fan art displayed on this site for the world to see, visit our fan art section for the easy submission instructions!
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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

SegaGolden Axe bashes its way onto the Wii
Posted by White_Pointer at 09:55:44 AEDT
Sega has come forward and released two of their classic Genesis games for Nintendo's new Virtual Console service for the Wii. The first is Ecco the Dolphin, and the second is the cult favourite Golden Axe, the classic brawler that pit you as a Barbarian, an Amazon or a Dwarf, and fought your way through hordes of enemies casting spells and riding dragons. Every gamer who was alive in the late 80's would remember Golden Axe (and if you don't, check our history of fighters article). If you are one of those who already own a Wii, and you want some nostalgic bashing action, then it's well worth the 800 Wii points, or $8, for the download.
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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

(default)The law and violent games...again
Posted by White_Pointer at 21:31:07 AEDT
We just never seem to stop hearing about this.

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich last year signed a Violent Video Games law and a Sexually Explicit Video Games law that sought to limit the sale and rental of such games to minors, labelling them with huge 4-inch stickers with "18" on them. However, the industry trade group Entertainment Software Association challenged both laws in court, and had them declared unconstitutional.

However, Blagojevich wasn't done, and sought to appeal the ruling, saying he will "continue the crusade against violent video games". However, he only followed through on appealing the Sexually Explicit Video Games law ruling, which has recently been turned down.

Score another win for video games. One day you'd hope politicians will realise it's really none of their business.
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Monday, November 27, 2006

CapcomCapcom Mini Mates
Posted by White_Pointer at 21:35:26 AEDT
The biggest thing to launch in the last couple of weeks wasn't the PS3 or the Wii. No no, it was Capcom Mini Mates.

If you don't know what the Mini Mates range of toys is, they are a small action figure that look at least at first glance like a large lego man. Capcom have released series 1 of their Mini Mates collections, and they come in a pack of two so you can set them up to fight each other.

Series 1 has Ryu vs Akuma, Chun-Li vs M.Bison, Demitri Maximov vs Morrigan and Demitri Maximov vs Lilith. You can view (and purchase) them all at eparty unlimited.
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Friday, November 24, 2006

TecmoDOA5 confirmed
Posted by White_Pointer at 10:10:07 AEDT
The DOA series is currently celebrating it's 10th anniversary, and series creator Tomonobu Itagaki (who has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons with that sexual harrassment suit) attended a party in Japan over the weekend to commemorate the occasion.

According to IGN, at the party he got up and gave a quick speech, where he confirmed that yes, even though he had stated in the past that DOA4 would be the last game in the series, that Dead or Alive 5 is currently on the boards. He was not forthcoming however about any specific details, including what platform(s) the game may appear on.
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Thursday, November 23, 2006

TecmoTecmo responds to sexual lawsuit
Posted by White_Pointer at 19:37:39 AEDT
You might remember a couple of weeks ago we reported that Dead or Alive creator Tomonobu Itagaki was being sued by a female ex-employee for sexual harrassment. One of the issues the ex-employee was complaining about was the fact Tecmo didn't seem to do much about it.

Tecmo have now responded to these allegations, saying that they took the matter very seriously when they were investigating it, but did not find any evidence of sexual harrassment from Itagaki, but did however admit that Itagaki, the woman and "others involved" mixed "personal affairs with their corporate responsibilities."

Tecmo are now planning on issuing a countersuit against the ex-employee for damages caused.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

AtariIGN reviews DBZ Wii
Posted by White_Pointer at 22:05:06 AEDT
The first fighting game to hit Nintendo's new console is, as previously reported, Atari's Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, and, at least according to IGN, is stacks up as a pretty good entry in the genre, which is saying something considering the previous DBZ fighting games haven't provided a good track record.

The review is mostly positive and ends with an overall score of 8.3, with the main caveats being a bit of a lack of depth and some rehashed sounds and graphics from the original game. Check out the review here.
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