Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Nintendo may've come a bit short of its stated goal of selling 4 million Nintendo 3DSes in the first month, but all that is about to change really quick, no doubt. Why? Because with Marvelous Entertainment's new boob-tastic action game Senran Kagura, every girl-game fan in Japan and worldwide is going to buy as many 3DS consoles as they can get their sticky hands on.
Featuring a scenario written by 428's Yukinori Kitajima and art by girl-game veteran Nan Yaegashi (sample art above), Senran Kagura tells the tale of a team of five sexy female ninjas as they face off against a looming threat to their school. Largely it's a side-scrolling action game, but it offers a few features you don't usually see in such titles -- the heroes can get their clothing ripped up, there are mini-games that emphasize their...erm...assets, and a special mode lets you view all the ladies from any angle you like.
Senran Kagura is due out this summer in Japan. Don't hold your breath for an overseas release.
Posted by xMuku at 8:04 PM
Saturday, April 9, 2011
BioWare has announced it is collaborating with FUNimation Entertainment on a Mass Effect-based anime feature film, production of which is already underway.
Mass Effect executive producer Casey Hudson will serve in the same capacity on the film, which is being co-produced by T.O Entertainment, Inc. FUNimation is the same company responsible for theDragon Age anime movie that's currently in the works for release later this year.
"Over the last few years, we have revealed different pieces of the Mass Effect world through different media. Extending the story through an anime medium is another amazing opportunity for us," said Hudson in a press release. "Partnering with FUNimation ensures that we will bring this rich universe to life with the utmost quality and the same attention to detail that the Mass Effect games are known for."
The Mass Effect anime is expected to be released during summer 2012. Like the Dragon Age anime, it'll be a direct-to-video affair, so don't make plans to see it in theaters.
Posted by xMuku at 9:40 AM
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
As a result of Sony's legal action against individuals like GeoHot, the online hacker group Anonymous has announced that it has targeted the PlayStation maker over what it believes is an abuse of the judicial system.
Coinciding with the announcement was word from the official PlayStation help and support Twitter account claiming, "PSN currently undergoing sporadic maintenance. Access to the PSN may be interrupted throughout the day. We apologize for any inconvenience." Whether or not that happens to be a coincidence, PlayStation.com and other sites under its domain name (including thePlayStation Blog) are currently unreachable. Sony.com, on the other hand, is fine.
After declaring that the attack is a result of Sony's litigation involving GeoHot, Anonymous'statement declares, "You have abused the judicial system in an attempt to censor information about how your products work. You have victimized your own customers merely for possessing and sharing information, and continue to target those who seek this information. In doing so you have violated the privacy of thousands of innocent people who only sought the free distribution of information. Your suppression of this information is motivated by corporate greed and the desire for complete control over the actions of individuals who purchase and use your products, at least when those actions threaten to undermine the corrupt stranglehold you seek to maintain over copywrong, oops, 'copyright.'
"Your corrupt business practices are indicative of a corporate philosophy that would deny consumers the right to use products they have paid for, and rightfully own, in the manner of their choosing. Perhaps you should alert your customers to the fact that they are apparently only renting your products? In light of this assault on both rights and free expression, Anonymous, the notoriously handsome rulers of the internet, would like to inform you that you have only been 'renting' your web domains. Having trodden upon Anonymous' rights, you must now be trodden on."
Sony is in the processing of suing George "GeoHot" Hotz, a 21-year-old hacker who uncovered (and subsequently shared online) the PlayStation 3's root key. The case has yet to go to trial, with Sony doing all it can to have the case tried in California despite Hotz residing in New Jersey. Sony hasalleged that Hotz fled to South America in order to avoid the courts and had sabotaged hard drives, claims that he has denied.
Anonymous has previously targeted the likes of anti-WikiLeaks organizations, anti-piracy groups, and more. This latest campaign against Sony appears to be a spin-off of Operation Payback, which was a retaliation against distributed denial of service attacks that were made on torrent websites. The FBI has been actively investigating the group since the United States Copyright Office wastaken down last year, if not earlier.
We've contacted Sony for comment on the situation and will report back if the company decides to make any announcements.
Posted by xMuku at 10:28 PM
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Update: EA has issued a statement to 1UP on the lawsuit. Tiffany Steckler said, "The complaint and its 20 year-old claim are utterly without merit."
Original Story: Electronic Arts already has to contend with both an NFL lockout that could seriouslyimpede sales of Madden NFL 12 and activists upset with a potential cover athlete for the game, and now one of the series' original creators has filed a lawsuit against the company alleging that it owes him millions of dollars in royalties.
Robin Antonick's lawsuit was filed this week requesting a jury trial in California, Reuters reports. According to him, he signed a contract with EA in 1986 that dictated he be owed royalties on derivative versions of the game. He claims that he helped to develop the original game, John Madden Football, which was released in 1988 for Apple II, Commodore 64, and MS-DOS. Despite the increasing complexity of the series (it might still be football, but it's a much different game), Antonick believes the series continues to build on his creation.
"Only recently, as a result of publicity surrounding the 20th Anniversary of the 'Madden' videogame did Antonick become aware that Electronic Arts did not independently develop subsequent versions of its Madden NFL software," the complaint states. "Instead, according to recent statements by Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins, the current generation of software apparently derived from software developed by Antonick."
Antonick says his last royalty payment came in 1992 and that he had been unaware "Electronic Arts decided that it did not want to share profits with him even though he was responsible for the development of virtually all of the ground-breaking technology at the heart of the game."
Confidential negotations are said to have taken place in recent years, the Reuters story notes. With those talks apparently having failed, he is now seeking tens of millions in royalties. He's also after disgorgement, which is a fancy way of saying that EA would be forced to submit profits that it has obtained illegally or unethically.
Posted by xMuku at 10:08 PM
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Just like the pranks themselves, it's become a tradition each and every year to complain about the pranks and the ensuing confusion that results from trying to determine if Pokemon Kart Wii is real. In order to make sure you aren't falling into the trap of believing that you can play StarCraft with Kinect or can throw feces in Duke Nukem Forever (actually, we're not so sure about that one), we've compiled a list of this year's pranks (along with links) below. We'll be updating the story throughout the day to make sure you stay apprised of what's a prank and what's not. If we've missed any, feel free to drop a link in the comments to let us know. Enjoy!
Posted by xMuku at 8:53 PM