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Video Game Round Up 7/24/11
07/24/11 at 09:35 AM by be mine
This is it guys. My final video game round up. Make sure you the in all the way to the end for my write up on Nintendo at Warped Tour.

SONY

Here's a trailer for Payday: The Heist.

There's going to be an Uncharted 3 comic book.

Neil Burger the new director on the Uncharted movie is going to re-write the script. Thank christ.

If you buy a brand new PS3 you wont be able to watch Blu-Rays over component.

MICROSOFT

Here's some footage of the Halo Anniversary Edition.

Here are the pre-order bonuses for said Halo Anniversary Edition.

NINTENDO

The new Kirby game is called Kirby Return to Dreamland.

You'll probably be able to download Gamecube games on the Wii U.

Pokemon Rumble Blast sounds like the name of a Pokemon parody porno, but it's actually a game.

PC

Star Wars: The Old Republic is now available for pre-order.

There's is going to be a game called The Swindle. I don't know much about it.


EVERYTHING ELSE

Freddy Kreuger is coming to Mortal Kombat.

New trailer for Batman Arkham City.

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 is coming this Fall.

The Darkness 2 wont be out until February 7th 2012.

Goldeneye 007 Reloaded for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 is going to be the closest we're going to get to an HD remake of 007 for N64.

Gotham City Imposters, the BATMAN FIRST PERSON SHOOTER will cost $15 and be out next year.

Even though it sucks, LA Noire is still the number 1 selling video game.

James Vega is a new character in Mass Effect 3.

Here's the Arkham City collector's edition. It costs one hundred dollars.


PSAs

El Shaddai has been pushed back to August 12th.

Child of Eden will be out on the PS3 on 9/20 for $49.99

RELEASES

Catherine

The Sims 3: Town Life Stuff

Nintendo At The Vans Warped Tour


When it was first announced that Nintendo would be a major sponsor of this yearís Vans Warped Tour I was more then a little shocked. It didnít seem like a good fit. Why would the biggest video game company in the world want to attach themselves to a tour full of underdeveloped bands? It took me a while to remember that Nintendo has a product out right now that you need to see to believe, the 3DS. Armed with a giant tent full of 3DS demos and a staff eager to educate attendees of the tour, Nintendoís presence at the Warped Tour might be one of the smartest moves they make all year.

Itís hard to miss Nintendo at this yearís edition of the Vans Warped tour, they have not one but two tents and are even sponsoring one of the larger stages. They are also handing out temporary tattoos which by the end of the long day you see plastered all over the concert goers. The tent holding the 3DS demo kiosks is by far one of the larger tents on the festival grounds. Inside youíll find plenty of 3DSí running full versions of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Super Monkey Ball, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries, Super Street Fighter IV, Dead or Alive Dimensions, and the staff is having a blast showing people the AR games.

I got hands on time with a few of the games, but since none of them were very new or exclusive to the tour, Iíll just say this. Super Street Fighter IV looks fantastic in 3D, Dead or Alive Dimensions felt unnecessary in every way, and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries was pretty boring and didnít effectively use the 3D. AR games are still fantastic but I have a feeling we arenít going to see anything new in AR department anytime soon.

The most interesting thing about my time in the booth is the way the people manning it were handling perspective players. When I picked up a 3DS that was running Street Fighter I was immediately approached by one of the staff. He then started asking me if I like fighting games and if they were ďmy favorite type of gameĒ. I told him I played all types of games and that fighting games werenít my favorite and that I wasnít even good at them. Thatís when he pointed out that most special moved good be performed on the touch screen. I assured him that these were things I knew and he left me alone, but it was cool to see how educated they were about the hardware and the software.

He then asked my wife what kind of games she liked, and when she responded ďAngry BirdsĒ he took her on a tour of the AR games. Which seems to be the thing people in the booth were most excited about, and another reason why I still donít own a 3DS yet. Thereís no real compelling games for the system. AR isnít worth $249 to me.

A couple of minutes into my time with Dead or Alive Dimensions the same guy asked me what I thought. I told him ďthe 3D seemed unnecessaryĒ and he agreed with me. Which quite honestly shocked me a bit. I figured he would want to hype me up on the 3D and get me excited for the system. It was pretty refreshing when he didnít try to explain why the 3D actually made the game better.

What did the bands on the tour think of the 3DS? Well the reaction was mixed to say the least. Josh from The Wonder Years was a big fan of the system and its 3D capabilities ďitís unlike anything Iíve ever played before....its a cool thingĒ. On the other hand indie rapper MC Lars, not such a fan ďit kind of gave me a headacheĒ. Although he did say that maybe kids who are just now getting into video games might find it to be cool. These mixed emotions on the system from within the bands on the tour seem to match the sentiment in most gamers. Itís either a gimmick you canít stand, or itís the future of gaming.

At first Nintendo at Warped Tour didnít make a whole lot of sense but after watching concert goers stream in and out of Nintendoís tent and watch the look on their faces when they picked up a 3DS for the first time it all clicked. Nintendo needs to get this device out into the world and in front of as many faces as possible. While it may not be the target demographic for the systemís buyers all these kids have parents and now their kids will ask for a 3DS or show their parents the glasses free 3D. Itís hard to believe it works but the proof is there in the big Nintendo tent at this yearís Vans Warped Tour. If the tour is coming to your town be sure to stop by and check it out itís one of the best ways to get a large amount of time with the device and truly decide whether or not the 3DS is for you.

Well that's it. I hope you enjoyed the Jim Plachy era of the Absolute Punk Dot Net video game roundup. I weep for the next poor bastard who has to do this. If you want, you can follow me on Twitter. Also, even though I don't write for them anymore keep checking out Four Player Co-Op because they are good dudes and deserve your eyeballs. Also, a huge thanks to Linda and Deborah and everyone else here who despite my wacky roundups never edited anything I wrote. I mean, I wrote some wacky shit, but it was always there intact each time. I had a lot of fun, thanks again.
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Video Game Round Up 7/10/11
07/10/11 at 08:30 AM by be mine
Jim Plachy, back again and I have some good news, and some bad news. The bad news is that there wasn't much news this week. The good news is that it's time for THE FINAL COUNTDOWN! I'm giving up the video game blogging game to go work for a mega corporation, and I'm ready to totally sell out. I even bought a pair of Nikes the other day. Next week you'll most likely get a round up but the week after will be my last round up and I'm going out with a bang. Nintendo who is one of the major sponsors of this year's warped tour hooked me up with press passes and I'm going to interview fans and bands about their history with Nintendo. I'll roll into a special section in that week's round up. Want to be included?? Read on!

SONY

Sony has ended digital comics on the PSP.

Starting with Resistance 3 you will need a PSN Pass to play the online portion of first party games. The PSN Pass is included with new copies of the games. They can also be purchased separately as well.

How about a Tiger Woods PlayStation Move bundle?

MICROSOFT

Not much going on over here. You guys like Halo?

NINTENDO

The Wii U may actually have a good online service.

PC

Ladies and gentleman, Planetside 2.


EVERYTHING ELSE

In Japan they are going to release a 15th anniversary of Resident Evil box set that includes most of the major Resident Evil games.

The only thing I want to do for the rest of my life is play BioShock Infinite.

Here are some details on the next Fallout: New Vegas DLC "Old World Blues".

Here is the Collector's Edition of Lord of the Rings: War in the North.

There's going to be a Snatcher radio drama. You either know what this means or you don't.

PSAs

There will be a Catherine demo on July 12th.

Limbo is coming to PSN on July 19th and Steam on August 2nd.

On July 12th LA Noire gets the Reefer Madness DLC.

RELEASES


NCAA Football 12

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion 5th Anniversary Edition

Ok, so are you going to the Milwaukee Wisconsin date of the Warped Tour? Do you want to meet up? Do you want me to interview you for the roundup about Nintendo and the 3DS lineup they are showing off on the tour? Send me a private message and I'll get in touch with you about it. Maybe I'll see you there! In the meantime stop by Four Player Co-Op you'll be glad you did!
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Video Game Round Up 6/26/11
06/26/11 at 10:51 AM by be mine
Hello, it's me Jim Plachy, back to bring you some video game news. It's going to be quick this week so apologies in advance. If you want more news you could always check out my site, Four Player Co-Op, all we do is the video games.

SONY

The recently released for the Xbox 360 Child of Eden is in fact still in development for the PS3. Look for 3D and PS Move support.

There will be a beta for Journey starting soon. No word on how you get in, but it doesn't sound like you have very good odds.

MICROSOFT

To celebrate Bungie's 20th anniversary and to send their involvement with the Halo franchise off in style you can grab some goodies for your Halo: Reach Spartan and nameplate.

Speaking of Halo, the anniversary edition of the first game will have some sort of Kinect integration. However, it will not be used to control the game.

Speaking of Kinect, Peter Molyneux says Kinect "has some problems.

Here's a look at Gears of War 3's Horde 2.0.

Speaking of Gears 3, here is a first taste at what cool unlocks we might be getting for having unlocked achievements in the previous games.


NINTENDO

Valve's Gabe Newell thinks that the company's games will appear on the Wii U.

The new Smash Bros. games are not coming any time soon.

PC

Team Fortress 2 is now free to play.

Star Wars Galaxies will shut down on December 15th to make way for Star Wars: The Old Republic.


EVERYTHING ELSE

The first DLC pack for Brink "Agents of Change" will be free for the first two weeks.

Batman's sidekick Robin will appear in some capacity, most likely challenge rooms, in Arkham City.

The Ghost Recon: Future Soldier beta will begin in January.

Someone bought PopCap for over a billion dollars. Maybe? Probably not.

One of Bungie's pre-Halo games Marathon is coming to the iPad.

Fallout: New Vegas' next DLC pack is called Old World Blues. It will be out July 19th and probably not work or delete all your save games.

PSAs

Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition gets some costume DLC on 7/5

You wont be able to buy TMNT: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled after 6/30

On July 22nd Sony will release both Uncharted games in one collection.

There is a Sonic Generations demo but you now only have like 2 weeks to download and play it. So, get to it!

RELEASES

Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition

Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3

CoD Black Ops Limited Edition

Resident Evil The Mercenaries

UFC Personal Trainer

That's it, thanks for reading! Gotta go!
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Video Game Round Up 6/12/11
06/12/11 at 09:35 AM by be mine
Another E3 is in the books and boy are my arms tired. Or something. I don't know. Here is as much E3 news as I can give you.

SONY

The NGP is officially called the PS VIta or PSV as I'll be calling it and will be GASP! affordable!

There is going to be a PlayStation branded 3DTV for $499.

Dust 514 the FPS tie-in to EVE Online will be exclusive to PlayStation 3.

Cole from inFAMOUS will be a playable character in Street Fighter x Tekken for the PSV.

God of War: Origins collects the two PSP games and HDs them and puts them on the PlayStation 3.

A downloadable prequel to the recently announced Star Trek game will be exclusive to PSN.

Behold the Resistance 3 Doomsday edition!

Here's a new trailer for Starhawk.

BioShock Infinite will support PlayStation Move and there is a BioShock title coming to the PSV.

You can download the entire multiplayer component of Uncharted 3 this October by eating at Subway.

There's going to be a game for PlayStation Move where you play as a skeleton and walk around a castle on rails. Riveting I know.

A new Sly Cooper game will be out next year.

The Team ICO collection is coming September 27th.

NINTENDO

So, the Wii U, huh? It's a controller or a console or an iPod Touch with buttons I'm not 100% sure. It wont matter though because the thing isn't coming out for about 18 months. So dream whatever you can dream up.

While the controller definitely looks exciting, unfortunately as of right now its planned to be 1 controller per console. Man, it's going to suck to have to share that thing.

3rd parties seem genuinely excited about the Wii U.

Pikmin is in development for the Wii U.

Retro the studio behind the Metroid Prime trilogy is helping out with the development of Mario Kart for the 3DS.

StarFox 64 is coming to the 3DS in September.

Super Mario for the 3DS is coming this year.

Kid Icarus Uprising is due out by the end of this year.

Nintendo is going all out for the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda.

Luigi's Mansion 2 is coming for the 3DS.

MICROSOFT

Mass Effect 3 will use Kinect for voice commands.

Microsoft will once again revamp the Xbox 360s dashboard.

UFC is coming to the Xbox 360.

Crytek will release a controller/Kinect hybrid game called Ryse.

Want to try out a bunch of mini games and new tech for your Kinect? Download the absolutely free Kinect Fun Labs.

Minecraft is coming to the 360 with Kinect support.

Microsoft will release a 10th anniversary edition of Halo on the game's 10th anniversary November 15th.

Microsoft announced Halo 4, 5, and 6. Halo 4 will be out next Holiday.

Here is this year's Xbox Live Summer of Arcade.

MUSIC NEWS!! Body Count will reunite to record a song for Gears of War 3.

Dance Central 2 will be out in time for Christmas.

Forza 4 will be out October 11th.

Look for Kinect Sports: Season Two by the end of the year.

Fable: The Journey is a Kinect driven Fable game.

Microsoft showed off some gameplay of Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster.

Star Wars Kinect looks dumb.

You can virtually visit Disneyland in Disneyland Adventures.

EVERYTHING ELSE

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier will use Kinect for weapon customization.

Mass Effect 3 is out March 6, 2012.

The Sims Social is a Sims Facebook game.

Battlefield 3 is coming on October 25th with an open beta in September.

Here's some details on Madden '12.

Insomniac's first multiplatform title is called Overstrike.

Here are some details on Need for Speed: The Run.

Some new details on Batman: Arkham City.

Rayman Origins details.

Here's a trailer for the Adventures of Tintin game.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and Ghost Recon: Online will share stats with each other.

Gearbox announced Brothers in Arms: Furious 4.

FarCry 3 looks amazing.

New details on SSX.

Are you interested in EA Sports Football club?

New trailer for Final Fantasy XIII-2.

Here's some gameplay footage of the Devil May Cry reboot.

Beyond Good & Evil 2 is in development, but for next generation consoles.

Here's the Mass Effect 3 collector's edition.

Pre-ordering Assassin's Creed: Revelations at GameStop gets you the signature edition.

Ubisoft is developing 5 games for the Wii U.


RELEASES

Duke Nukem Forever

Child of Eden

Wii Play Motion

Alice: Madness Returns

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Deca Sports Extreme

Wipeout: In the Zone


I hope that was enough E3 news to satisfy your hunger for video game news. How did you guys feel about E3? I feel like Microsoft fell flat on their face. Sony and Nintendo were about even, but I think the prospect of the PSV coming this year at $249 was just enough to push them over the edge. Until next time children...
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Video Game Roundup 5/29/2011
05/29/11 at 12:03 PM by be mine
It is Memorial Day weekend here in the United States and I am in the mood to grill. Throw in the fact that its almost time to cover E3 and I need as much rest as I can get We're going to blow through this one. My name is Jim Plachy, I write for Four Player Co-Op and THIS is the video game roundup.

SONY

Word on the street is that the NGP might only have 256MB of RAM instead of 512MB. That's not good.

Sony is releasing two bundles for Father's Day. The first is a 160GB PS3 with Call of Duty: Black Ops and the First Strike DLC Map Pack for $299. The second is a PSP with Gran Turismo, MLB: The Show '11, and a 2GB memory stick for $159.

inFAMOUS 2 will import your trophy data from inFAMOUS to make certain story decisions and give you bonus items and XP at the beginning of the game. Which is super rad, I can't wait for this game.

Sony will release a Resistance Dual Pack which includes Resistance and Resistance 2 plus all the DLC for Resistance 2 for $39.99.

Here is the exhaustive list of Resistance 3 pre-order bonuses by retailer.

House of the Dead: Overkill originally a Wii title is getting HD'd for PlayStation 3. It will of course support Move.

PSP games are getting remastered for the PS3. The hope is that its possible this will also be used to support cross play with the NGP.

David O. Russell is no longer working on the Uncharted movie. (YAY!!!!!)

NINTENDO

Nintendo of America trademarked Professor Layton and the Last Specter which is probably the US name for Professor Layton and the Specter's Flute.

MICROSOFT

It looks like Ghost Recon: Future Soldier might be Kinect enabled.

Australia's Classification board outed some new Microsoft Game Studios titles.

Here are the pre-order bonuses and box art for Forza 4.

Homefront is getting the Fire Sale DLC Map Pack on June 7th, which will be a timed exclusive on 360.

It looks like The Witcher 2 will get announced for Xbox 360 at E3. (PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!)

Hulk Hogan game for Kinect. That's all I got about that.

PC

Ghost Recon: Online is going to be a freemium multiplayer game for the PC.

There is an OnLive exclusive version of the Red Faction: Armageddon demo that lets you play the first 30 minutes of the game.

Take Two has teamed up with Korea's XLGames for an MMO based on one of their existing properties.

The PC version of Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition has some......interesting DRM.

Here's a trailer for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.


EVERYTHING ELSE

A third DeathSpank game will be out this Summer.

Disney Universe looks like Little Big Planet.

GameFly bought Direct2Drive. Now they can rent PC games.

THQ will distribute four Codemasters games in North America.

Dead Space 2 is getting a free map pack.

There is probably going to be a 5th anniversary edition of The Eldar Scrolls Oblivion. It will be the same as the limited edition version of the game released 5 years ago except that it will be the GOTY edition of Oblivion and include a $10 off coupon for Skyrim.

The first DLC (DLK) for Mortal Kombat will be all the retailer exclusives in one pack.

THQ will publish a groundbreaking new multiplayer game from Turtle Rock Studios the creators of Counter-Strike and Left 4 Dead. It will be out in 2013.

DUKE NUKEM FOREVER IS GOLD!!!!!

Gearbox will show off Aliens: Colonial Marines at E3.

Here are the pre-order bonuses for Warhammer 40K: Space Marine.

Here's the first full trailer for Modern Warfare 3.

Volume 1 of the Portal 2 soundtrack is currently available for free.

PSAs

Splinter Cell Trilogy HD for PlayStation 3 has been pushed back to "sometime this Summer".

Trenched is out 6/22


RELEASES

Duke Nukem: Critical Mass

Hunted: The Demon's Forge


Well that is it. Who's excited for E3? I know we at 4PC are, we're so excited that next week's episode of Bullshot! is the pre-E3 episode where we take you on an audio guide to what to expect for the week of E3. It's our biggest episode of the year so make sure you subscribe on iTunes so you're all set for next week's episode.
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Video Game Roundup 5/22/2011
05/22/11 at 09:06 AM by be mine
Hello, my name is Jim Plachy and I blog about video games. Once a week I come to AbsolutePunk Dot Net to roundup a fraction of the weeks video game news so people can comment about it. Or complain about it. Either way, here's a small amount of video game news. Be warned, it was a slow news week. E3 is right around the corner so most companies are waiting until then to unleash their news.

SONY

It looks like the PlayStation Store will be back next week. May 24th to be exact.

Sony has announced a package of free gifts if you're willing to come back to the PlayStation Network.

Is there going to be a God of War PSP collection on PlayStation 3?

Resistance 3's box art is fucking gorgeous.

NINTENDO

The controller for Project Cafe might have a front-facing camera. Ugh, I can't wait for E3 so we can stop this.

MICROSOFT

Microsoft's E3 press conference will once again be shown on SpikeTV.

Here are the details for the Gears of War 3 Limited and Epic editions. Otherwise knows as the wait 2 months to get them half off editions.

A new trailer for Gears of War 3 will be shown during a soccer game.

It looks like the next time we see Alan Wake it will be exclusively on Xbox Live Arcade and it will be called Alan Wake: Night Springs.

Be a student, buy a Windows PC valued at $699 or higher and get a free 4GB Xbox 360.

PC

Arma 3 has been announced for next Summer. If you like punishingly difficult military simulators, well......there you go.

Atari is dumping Cryptic the makers of Champions Online and Star Trek Online.

Hellgate: London, a game I loved to death is set to return with a closed beta sometime between June 3rd and 5th. If I had a PC I would be all over this shit.

iOS

There was a major update to Infinity Blade that added multiplayer, also for not much longer the game is only $2.99.

EVERYTHING ELSE

The Fallout: New Vegas Honest Hearts DLC is buggy. Wow. I can't believe it.

The first full trailer for Modern Warfare 3 will be shown on Monday between the 3rd and 4th quarters of the hoopball game.

Sure sounds like Bungie's next game is called Destiny.

LA Noire's first DLC pack will be out June 21st. It's the Nicholson Electroplating case.

Gotham City Imposters is a Batman game with guns. I'm not kidding.

Here's some footage of the new Silent Hill game.

Looks like there is going to be a new Carmageddon game.

Here's a look at Wake Island for Battlefield 3.

I don't get this at all.

Somebody last week said something about Madden, so I guess here's a Madden thing.

Ubisoft is working on movies.

Here's a new Dead Island trailer. It's sad.

PSAs

Anarchy Reigns was pushed to January 2012

Mass Effect 2: Genesis is out now on Xbox Live Marketplace. It lets Xbox 360 players experience the motion comic that came with the PS3 version of Mass Effect 2.

No More Heroes: Heroes Paradise is out 8/16

Mortal Kombat multiplayer is free to play on PSN until the PlayStation Store comes back online.


RELEASES

Dirt 3

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean

Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale

Naughty Bear: Gold Edition

Dead or Alive: Dimensions

Kung Fu Panda 2


Well, that should do it. Follow me on the Twitters if you wish, but I think that's all the plugging I'm going to do this week. I need to go fit in some more LA Noire.
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Video Game Roundup 5/15/2011
05/15/11 at 10:07 AM by be mine
So last week there was some confusion over whether or not I really knew if the PlayStation Network was down. I was being sarcastic. But I can understand how some people may not know I was trying to be funny, so this week to avoid any confusion, I'm going to put a smiley face after every story. That way we all know I'm just joking around. Alright? Ok.

SONY

The PlayStation Network is back online for most territories. You'll have to download a patch and change the password on your account, but hey it's back and you can finally play games online again. You still can't buy things from the PlayStation Store, but this is better than nothing, right?

Starhawk the spiritual successor to Warhawk has finally been announced after years of rumors.

There might be a Heavenly Sword 2.

NINTENDO

On the evening of June 6th Nintendo will release a firmware update for the 3DS that finally adds the long awaited eShop.

Starfox 64 3D will offer no online play, but will allow you to use the system's gyroscope to pilot the ship.

MICROSOFT

Microsoft bought Skype for 8.5 billion dollars. This is news to you, because it's coming to the Xbox 360.

The Spring update for the Xbox 360 will supposedly be rolled out in 6 waves starting on the 19th. Don't get too excited the only thing this does is make your system compatible with the new 360 disc format. Unless there is something they aren't telling us! DUN DUN DUN!

There's going to be more Alan Wake, but it wont be a sequel or DLC. Great.

PC

Diablo 3 will get a beta in the third quarter of this year.

All DLC for The Witcher 2 will be free.

EVERYTHING ELSE

Hold on to your hats for the most shocking news all week! Modern Warfare 3 will be the next Call of Duty game and it will be out this November. If you want even more information you can check out Kotaku who spoiled the whole game all for the sake of some hits to their website! Good job guys!

Dark Souls is aiming for an October 11th release. If you pre-order the game you will automagically be upgraded to the collector's edition.

Later this Summer Warner Bros. will release MK Collection on XBLA and PSN. It will include the first 3 Mortal Kombat games.

Creative Assembly is working on a new Alien title, hopefully an RTS since that's what they do.

Activision will release a new James Bond game this year.

The Duke Nukem Forever demo is probably coming next week to those who joined the First Access Club.

Soul Calibur 5 is coming in 2012.

Hitman: Absolution is confirmed.

Bungie's new sister company Bungie Aerospace has trademarked the name Crimson for use on mobile phones. Curious.

Brink got a patch to fix lag problems, and Splash Damage promises that the first DLC pack for the game will be free.

PSAs

Namco is working on a new Dragon Ball Z game for release this year.

Portal 2 got a level editor on Steam.

Blizzard donated 800,000 to the Make A Wish foundation from the sale of cosmetic pets.

Hybrid has been pushed back to 2012.

Ghost Recon Future Soldier will be out Q1 of 2012.

Crysis 2 gets the Retaliation map pack on 5/17


RELEASES

LA Noire

The Witcher 2

Fable III PC

That's it, I hope you enjoyed another light hearted Video Game roundup here on this music website absolutepunk.net! If you want to check out my video game website where you can read constantly updated news while listening to and watching our podcasts you can do that at Four Player Co-Op. We're on Twitter, and we hope you come say hi. Until next time...
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Video Game Round Up 5/8/2011
05/08/11 at 09:55 AM by be mine
This weeks video game round up is for all the mothers out there. Which is exactly 0 of you. So this I dedicate this to none of you is basically what I'm saying.

SONY

I just found out today that I guess the PlayStation network has been down. Did you guys know about this? Apparently Sony has no idea when it's going to come back up, but the good news is that when the hackers use your credit card you'll be protected from fraudulent charges.

Sony Online Entertainment was also hacked, but apparently it was only an old database. So hopefully if you had a credit card tied to a Station account its expired by now.

Want to play Resistance 3 before anyone else? Pick up the Blu-Ray of Battle: Los Angeles.

NINTENDO

As predicted the Wii will go down to $149 in a new bundle that includes Mario Kart instead of Wii Sports and a steering wheel to go along with it. Nintendo also introduced a line of Wii Selects a line of 5 year old games that are now $19.99 instead of $49.99. Seriously.

Nintendo's next system might have 8GB of on board flash memory and be able to output at 1080. I would hope at the very least it had these things.

MICROSOFT

A source tells Develop magazine that EA is the first developer to have dev kits for the new Xbox. EA says STFU we do not.

Microsoft has opened a new studio in Vancouver that is working on a AAA shooter for Kinect. This has lead many to believe that the title in question is a Halo game.

PC

How about Portal 2, huh?


EVERYTHING ELSE

Bethesda has confirmed 3 new DLC packs for Fallout: New Vegas.

Burnout Crash is a top down game where you drive a car into intersections and try to cause property damage. It also includes UFOs and lobster monsters. Sounds like an iOS game to me, but it's rated for Xbox 360 and PS3.

Black Rock Studios experienced lay offs this week along with the sad news that there will be no Split/Second 2 for the time being. Which is a shame, because Split/Second was one of the best games of last year.

What is Gotham City Imposters?

A Saint's Row XBLA/PSN game was canned by THQ. Also, if you want to get a jump start on creating your Saint's Row The Third character you can pre-order Red Faction: Armageddon or wait a week for the free Saint's Row Initiation Station to be released on XBLA and PSN.

Dead Island will now be distributed by Square Enix in North America.

Rayman Origins was going to be an XBLA/PSN title, but it will now be a full retail title released this Holiday.

Ubisoft has announced Assassin's Creed: Revelation! It wraps up Ezio's story line and you play as Desmond and Altair as well. Seriously. Most anticipated game of the year right hurrrr. The game will be featured on the cover of this month's Game Informer.


PSAs

The Darkness 2 is out on October 4th.

Mass Effect 3 will be out Q1 2012 BOOOOO! HISSSSS!!

Star Wars The Old Republic may not launch before March of 2012.


RELEASES

Brink

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean.

Yu Gi Oh! 5D World Championship 2011 or YGO!: 5D WC '11 for short.

MX Vs. ATV Alive

Virtua Tennis 4

Sorry if I left you guys hanging there for a couple of weeks, I had pressing matters to attend to. Hopefully I'm back in the saddle for a good long while now. Make sure you guys check out my website Four Player Co-Op and if you really want to, you can read my review of Conduit 2. You can also follow us on Twitter and subscribe to my podcast. It's fun, I promise! Until next week!
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Video Game Roundup 4/18/11
04/18/11 at 11:24 AM by be mine
Last week I started off the roundup by telling you that it had been 83 degrees outside. This morning, it snowed. SNOW. On my car, in the trees, on the grass.....double you tea eff mother nature, you know what I'm saying?

SONY

Uncharted 3's multiplayer is going to be insane. A beta will begin on July 5th or a week earlier if you buy inFAMOUS 2 or are a Playstation Plus subscriber.


NINTENDO

BloodRayne for the 3DS has been put "on hold". I'm sure Majesco is working on some other way to mine our childhoods for 3D gold.

You aren't going to believe this, but Nintendo is probably going to announce a new more powerful console.

In completely unrelated news, the Wii is now $169 at most retailers.

MICROSOFT

Netflix for Kinect sucks.

Microsoft is gearing up for the 10th anniversary of Halo.

PC

Depending on how quickly or slowly my Absolutepunk.net overlords get this up, you may already be playing Portal 2.


EVERYTHING ELSE

Capcom announced a bunch of stuff! First up is Dead Rising 2: Off the Record which is going to be a remake of the classic zombie killing game Dead Rising 2(it came out so long ago, ask your parents)except you play as Frank West who starred in the original Atari 2600 classic Dead Rising. Wheeeeeeee!

Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition: Championship Edition Hyper Turbo Fighting EX will be in stores 6/28, but if you already own Super Street Fighter IV you can pay $15 to just download the new stuff as DLC on 6/7.

Capcom also announced an open world RPG called Dragon's Dogma that no one in America will buy if it ships with that dumb name.

Pokemon White was the biggest selling game of March 2011. That's racist.

The Metro 2033 sequel is going to be called Metro 2033: Last Light.

Looks like Warner Bros is securing domain names for Batman games based on popular Batman stories. Please make the Hush game, please make the Hush game, please make the Hush game...

That new Sonic game let's you play traditional get to the end of a level as fast as you can Sonic levelsl as either 2D fat sonic or over the shoulder third person nu-Sonic. Yay?

PSAs

Angry Birds will release for Windows Phone Series 7 Phones on May 25th.

Twisted Metal is coming out October 4th and if you pre-order you get early access to Axel.

Backbreaker Vengeance is going to be exclusive to XBLA.

WiiPlay Motion will come bundled with a black WiiMotion Plus on 6/13

The 3D Ocarina of Time will be in stores 6/19

Brink will hit stores on 5/10 a week earlier than scheduled.

If you buy SOCOM 4 you get access to the Resistance 3 beta.

If you own Bulletstorm you can start playing the Gears of War 3 beta.....now.


RELEASES

Prince of Persia Trilogy

Conduit 2

SOCOM 4

Mortal Kombat

Portal 2


LINKS

Looking for links to video game news?

Four Player Co-Op
Joystiq
Kotaku
1UP

Sorry if it seemed like there was a lack of news this week, but look at that release list. Take a deep breath buy a couple new games, and next thing you know it'll be next week and there will be more news. Alright? Alright. No promotional BS this week, just enjoy all the new games.
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Video Game Roundup 4/11/11
04/11/11 at 08:02 AM by be mine
I'm a day late, but it was 83 degrees outside yesterday in Chicago. I was outside a lot. Can you blame me?

SONY

Sony Online Entertainment has closed three of it's studios laying off over 200 employees and FINALLY shitcanning The Agency.

Killzone 3 is getting it's first DLC map pack. It will include 2 new maps and cost you $4.99, unless you are a Playstation Plus member, then it is free.

SOCOM 4 is in open beta, but you better hurry it ends on the 13th.

EyePet and Friends is the sequel to EyePet.

Buy SOCOM 4 and get into a beta for Resistance 3.


NINTENDO

Majesco is going to try again to make an AR ghost game, this time for the 3DS.

MICROSOFT

Microsoft launched it's new Preview Program. Of note is that some people were prompted to download their dashboard update while some people will get it on the Halo Reach disc that is part of the Preview Program.

Gears of War 3 will not end on a cliffhanger, but the universe will live on.

There might be a whole bunch of exclusive stuff with the Xbox 360 version of Mortal Kombat.

PC

You want some Half Life news? Here, have fun going down this rabbit hole.

Also, there's a Portal 2 comic.

iOS

PopCap Games started a new "edgier" label called 4th & Battery only to have their first game rejected by Apple for being too edgy. Whoops!


EVERYTHING ELSE

There is going to be a fitness game where you train with UFC fighters. Expect lots of shirts with wings on them.

There is going to be a Mass Effect Anime.

Looks like there is going to be DLC for Super Street Fighter IV that updates it to the current arcade version in Japan.

It looks like this is the next CODBLOPS Map Pack.

There is going to be a new Sonic the Hedgehog game.

Could this be Battlefield 3's release date?

Section 8: Prejudice is coming out on 4/20, bro!

Is Burnout Crash the name of the next Burnout game?

SSX Deadly Decent is now just called SSX.

MTV has created 345 Games to make games based on Spike TV and Comedy Central properties. You know what this means? Spike TV Video Game Awards: The Game!

This Fall we're getting a downloadable NBA Jam game called NBA Jam: On Fire Edition. They have also cancelled NBA Elite '12 making it the second year in a row without an NBA Elite game.

Honest Hearts is the next DLC for Fallout New Vegas.

PSAs

Minecraft will officially release on 11/11/11

The Splinter Cell Trilogy for PS3 will be in 3D.

The Mortal Kombat live action web series will begin on 4/12


RELEASES

Spongebob Squigglepants

Fantastic Pets

Rio

Patapon 3

Michael Jackson: The Experience (ewwwwww)

Don't worry next week is INSANE.


LINKS

Looking for links to video game news?

Four Player Co-Op
Joystiq
Kotaku
1UP

Alright, that was a lot of round up right? See it was worth the wait. Want more video game news? Check out me and my friends over at Four Player Co-Op. Listen to my weekly video game round up podcast and follow us on Twitter.
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Video Game Round Up 4/3/2011
04/03/11 at 11:32 AM by be mine
Alright, Jim Plachy here again to fill you with links to video game news. I don't have a whole lot to say, except how awesome is it that the Charlie Sheen tour is a disaster? Oh, it's so great. Anyways......


SONY

The God of War team is looking for someone with online experience.


NINTENDO

The 3DS broke sales records according to Nintendo, but they wont tell us how many they sold. Awesome!

Pokemon Black and White version already sold 2 million copies. Yeah!

MICROSOFT

Microsoft launched a new Xbox Preview Program this week to test out a new disc format. It filled up within 24 hours so if you didn't register you're out of luck. Rumors are suggesting that the new disc format adds 1GB to the disc and takes greater measures to thwart piracy.

PC

No Half-Life news THIS WEEK. Also, this is an inside joke. No need to go in the comments and be like "BLARGHWHATABOUTPORTAL2! BLUGHHHHHHH"


EVERYTHING ELSE

The Lords of Shadow DLC has been delayed again.

Here are your Red Faction: Armageddon pre-order bonuses.

Renegade Ops is a new vehicular combat downloadable title from the makers of Just Cause.

Mafia 2 was re-released this week as a Greatest/Platinum Hit with all the DLC included for $30. On the fence? We recorded a podcast discussing the game.

LA Noire will be the first video game ever featured in the Tribeca Film Festival.

The founders of Infinity Ward have added a new complaint to the ongoing legal battle over the future of Call of Duty.

A new downloadable BloodRayne game is coming this Summer.

Ubisoft has gotten a court order to stop THQ from hiring anymore of the Assassin's Creed team who appear to be following Patrice Dťsilets to the company en masse.

Mega Man Universe was canceled.

PSAs

Resistance 3 will support 3D and Move. DUH.

If you pre-order Arkham City you get challenge maps.

Free Realms launched for the PS3.

Those Team Fortress 2 hats to benefit Japan raised over $300,000.


RELEASES

Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do


LINKS

Looking for links to video game news?

Four Player Co-Op

Joystiq
Kotaku
1UP

Don't forget! The 100th episode of the Bullshot! podcast is LIVE this Thursday April 7th at 8:30pm Central time. You can ask us questions here, and RSVP on UStream here. All I ask of you this week is to tune in, we would really appreciate it. Until next week....
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Video Game Round Up 3/27/2011
03/27/11 at 12:16 PM by be mine
So, did you get a 3DS? I have to tell you that top screen is a hell of a drug. One look at it's crisp no glasses 3D and you get hooked. I had to lock myself in the bathroom for 2 days just to make sure I didn't run out and pre-order one, because quite frankly I'm not sure I need one, but man do I want one real bad.

My name is Jim Plachy, I am from the website Four Player Co-Op and I come here.......semi regularly to let you know about the video games. Let's go!


SONY

Sony has indefinitely delayed Motorstorm: Apocalypse due to the tragic earthquake in Japan.

Ubisoft has delayed both the HD trilogies of Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia. Prince of Persia will be out April 19th and Splinter Cell will be out June 21st.

Sony has demanded that if you make games for the NGP then the game must be available digitally and physically or at least digitally if you are going to release it physically as well.


NINTENDO

The 3DS came out today!

MICROSOFT

Not a whole lot out of Microsoft this week.


PC

You can buy hats in Team Fortress 2 and the proceeds go to Japan Earthquake relief. Also, no Half Life news.


EVERYTHING ELSE


Duke Nuke Forever got pushed back! HAHAHAHAHAHA! It will be out in North America June 14th and everywhere else June 10th.

Homefront has sold 1 million copies worldwide and shipped 2.4 million copies despite the fact that it's the worst game I've played this year.

Since football players are crybabies and wont play football this year EA is going to let the fans pick who makes the cover of Madden 12! I hope the dog killer guy gets it! Or OJ Simpson.

Beenox will announce a new Spider-Man game at WonderCon next weekend.

Red Faction Battlegrounds the downloadable vehicular combat game set in the Red Faction universe is due out April 5th. It will run you $9.99 unless you are a Playstation Plus subscriber, then it's free. Everyone is assuming it will be released on Xbox Live Arcade as well, but it hasn't exactly been confirmed yet.

The Weinstein Company has started TWC Games to make games based on their film and TV properties. Expect a Project Runway Facebook game any day now.

Capcom is celebrating the 15th anniversary of Resident Evil by doing downloadable HD versions of Resident Evil 4 and Code Veronica. Enjoy buying those again.

Speaking of Resident Evil the rumored multiplayer action heavy Resident Evil game Operation Raccoon City has been sort of confirmed.

PSAs

No PSAs this week.


RELEASES

Tiger Woods 12

WWE Allstars

Dynasty Warriors 7

The 3rd Birthday

Shift 2 Unleashed

NASCAR 11



LINKS

Looking for links to video game news?

Four Player Co-Op
Joystiq
Kotaku
1UP

Alright that's going to do it, but I have something really important to plug. The 100th episode of my podcast Bullshot! is coming up on April 7th and we are going to do it LIVE on Ustream. So it would be super rad if you could be in the audience we would appreciate it. You can ask us questions on the show by using our Formspring.
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Video Game Round Up 3/6/2011
03/06/11 at 12:56 PM by be mine
You guys realize that this is cutting into my Pokemon time, right? Geez. The things I do for you.

SONY

inFAMOUS 2 is now part of Sony's Play.Create.Share line of games since you will be able to create any type of mission you want and then share them with other players.

SOCOM 4 beta starts March 15th.


NINTENDO

Nintendo made some 3DS announcements. You'll be able to watch Netflix on it, you'll be able to connect to any AT&T WiFi hotspot, and the most shocking news of all? There's going to be a Super Mario game!? WHAT?

MICROSOFT

Ilomilo is getting an Autumn themed DLC pack on March 9th.

Trenched is the next game from Double Fine. It's a tower defense game set during WWI. Oh, but there's mechs. My wife is reading a book like this. It will be exclusive to Xbox Live Arcade.

Microsoft is resurrecting dead gamertags, so......I dunno, maybe that one you always wanted is available.

Child of Eden will let you stick controllers in your pants.

PC

No Half-Life news. Again.


EVERYTHING ELSE

Stacking is getting DLC.

Oh look! A weird Japanese game will come out in America after being told it would never happen! Get Catherine on July 26th.

A Serious Sam prequel entitled Serious Sam: BFE will be released this Summer.

Windows Phone Series 7 Phone is getting some games.

Do these domains hint at a Grand Theft Auto 5?

Lets have a moment of silence for the Panasonic Jungle.

PSAs

Shadows of the Damned will be out on June 7th.

Alice: Madness Returns will be out June 14th.



RELEASES

Pokemon Black and White

MLB 2K11

MLB The Show 2011

Dragon Age 2



LINKS

Looking for links to video game news?

Four Player Co-Op
Joystiq
Kotaku
1UP


Ok, that's it for this week. Stop by Four Player Co-Op and check out all of our podcasts and fun stuff we do. Thanks!
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Video Game Round Up 2/27/2011
02/27/11 at 02:00 PM by be mine
Alright, I have to make this quick, because I'm in the middle of moving AND doing laundry. If my wife catches me doing this I'm going to get grounded.

SONY

SOCOM 4 is getting a pretty interesting bundle, especially if you don't have Playstation Move yet. Also, the game has a pretty cool co-op mode.

The PSP is now only $129.99 also there are bunch of new $19.99 and $9.99 games.

Sony added 5 pretty big titles it's $29.99 Playstation 3 Greatest Hits lineup.


NINTENDO

Nintendo is bundling together Pokemon Black or White with a Black or White DSi. (Just in time for the 3DS!)

These are your North American 3DS launch titles.

MICROSOFT

Gears of War 3 will be released on September 20th. The beta will begin in mid-April. There will be unlocks in the main game for those who play well/a lot of the beta.

The Halo: Reach Defiant Map Pack will be out on March 15th for 800 points.

On March 1st there will be DLC for Fable III entitled Traitor's Keep it will be 560 Microsoft Points. Also Fable Coin Gold is coming to Windows Phone 7, playing it will unlock 3 special items for Traitor's Keep. Fable III will be coming to PC (finally) on May 17th, it will be playable in 3D. (That will make it better!)


PC

No Half-Life news. Again.


EVERYTHING ELSE

Bulletstorm is getting DLC sometime next month.

Mass Effect 2's next and probably final DLC pack is entitled The Arrival, no idea when it will arrive. HAR HAR!

Saber Interactive is working on a Battle: Los Angeles video game? Maybe?

EA has created Victory Studios to make new Command & Conquer games.

If you buy the Limited Edition version of Battlefield 3 it will include the Back to Karkland DLC.

Here's the box art and pre-order bonuses for L.A. Noire.

PSAs

Red Faction Armageddon is out May 31st.

Patapon 3 is out April 12th.

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is out July 5th.


RELEASES

Fight Night Champion

Rift

Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II: Retribution


LINKS

Looking for links to video game news?

Four Player Co-Op
Joystiq
Kotaku
1UP


Alright, I have to get back to work. Do you like listening to reviews rather than reading them? The staff of Four Player Co-Op did two audio roundtable reviews this week. One for Stacking and one for Marvel Vs. Capcom 3. Why don't you treat yourself and listen to one, or both! Oh and Bullshot! is really good this week too. BYE!
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Video Game Round Up 2/20/2011
02/20/11 at 01:56 PM by be mine
Wow, this has easily been the worst month of my life, so you'll have to excuse me for going missing for two weeks, but I'm back now and ready to talk about my favorite pastime, the video games!

SONY

inFAMOUS 2 hits shelves on June 7th, which is quite frankly the perfect time for it to come out, in the middle of the dry season. inFAMOUS came out around the same time in '09 and it was the only thing I played for months. I need to finish my "good" playthrough. There of course is going to be a crazy ass special edition that includes the sling back Cole wears on his back along with some other goodies. It will run you $99. There are also a ton of pre-order bonuses depending on where you pre-order.

Killzone 3 is going to come in a bunch of bundles including one that comes with a PS3 for $299. Gamestop has a few exclusives including one that includes a Move controller and Playstation Camera for $99.

The Xperia Play also known as the Playstation Phone is coming to Verizon this Spring.


NINTENDO

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean will be released for the 3DS. PHEW!

MICROSOFT

Double Fine will be releasing a Sesame Street game for the Kinect.

Halo: Reach is getting a second map pack. It's called the Defiant map pack and it will be out in March. Three new maps developed by Halo 2 DLC map makers Certain Affinity are included and it will cost $10.


PC

No Half-Life news. Again.


EVERYTHING ELSE

The first DLC pack for Castlevania: Lord of Shadow has been pushed back to March.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is getting 3 DLC packs. One adds some new Porsche's, one adds new Lamborghini's, and one adds two new game modes. They all come out one week apart starting Tuesday/Wednesday and all cost $7.

Left 4 Dead 2 is getting new DLC "sometime after the release of Portal 2" in April. It's called Cold Stream and allows you to play the remaining 3 campaigns from the first Left 4 Dead and introduces the Cold Stream campaign which is being made by a member of the modding community.

Telltale Games announced a whole slew of new games. Including games based on the comic books The Walking Dead, and Fables. They will also continue their Hector: Badge of Carnage series that they started recently on iOS. Puzzle Agent will get a sequel and they also picked up the rights to make games in the King's Quest universe. The titles are expected to hit all the platforms where you download games. (XBLA, PSN, App Store, Steam, etc.)

Dead Island Trailer. What else is there to say at this point. Watch it.

THQ is going to make Voltron games.

When you beat a level in FEAR 3's single player campaign you can play it again as the co-op partner.

Dragon Age: Redemption is a new web series starring the Internet's own Felicia Day. You can watch a trailer here.

Here is the Duke Nukem Forever Balls of Steel edition.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is getting it's first paid pack of DLC. It's entitled The Da Vinci Disappearance and will include new single player missions and new maps and modes for multiplayer. It will cost you $10 and be out in March.

Clint Mansell is doing the score for Mass Effect 3.

Danger Close is already hard at work on a sequel to Medal of Honor.

PSAs

Amnesia: The Dark Descent is now available in a retail box.

The first Call of Duty: Black Ops map pack will hit PC and PS3 on March 3rd.


RELEASES

Dreamcast Collection (Xbox 360)
Knights Contract (PS3, Xbox 360)
Disagea Afternoon of Darkness (PSP)
Disgaea 3 (PS3)
De Blob 2 (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS)
Everquest II Destiny of Vilaneous (PC)
Bulletstorm (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Killzone 3 (PS3)


LINKS

Looking for links to video game news?

Four Player Co-Op
Joystiq
Kotaku
1UP


That's it, hopefully I can make it two in a row next week. In the meantime, follow Four Player Co-Op on Twitter, and please watch our end of the year 2010 video special. We worked really hard on it and don't you want to spend an hour looking at five nerds discussing their favorite video games as they get progressively drunker? I thought so. Also, listen to Bullshot! It's like reading this round up only with your ears! Ok, bye.
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