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THQ Cleaning House And Closing Studios?
Posted By: Raymond Padilla - Monday, November 03, 2008 4:56 PM

According to Wired's Game|Life, THQ is rumored to be shutting down five of its internal development studios. Wired claims:

"The official developer list has been removed without warning, replaced with a list that includes 5 fewer studios than the previous version. Presumably we'll hear some official confirmation on THQ's plans when the publisher reveals its quarterly financial reports this Wednesday."


THQ's critics point out that the company's recent offerings have been weak outside of its successful WWE and Nickelodeon games. An uneven portfolio combined with current economic conditions make this a tough time to be releasing risky titles, especially original franchises. It'll be interesting to see what announcements are included in THQ's financial report on Wednesday.


Tags: Videogames
'Left 4 Dead' Intro Movie Runs Like Hell
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Friday, October 31, 2008 6:55 PM

Valve would like to wish everyone a Happy Halloween this evening by sending us a video treat. The following is the intro movie for the highly-anticipated (and heavily pre-ordered) zombie, co-op FPS Left 4 Dead. Join the 4 survivors as they make their way through the infested city 2 weeks after the first infection.

Left 4 Dead infects the Xbox 360 and PC November 18th.

Left 4 Dead Intro Movie 


'The Sims 3' Provides Machinima Election Coverage
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Friday, October 31, 2008 3:03 PM

Not to be outdone by the blistering media storm covering this upcoming election, the folks over at The Sims 3 have provided us some intense election coverage.  Utilizing the latest in machinima, witness the gripping fight between the Vice Presidential candidates and a dance between Palin and McCain after the cut.

EA's The Sims 3 ships in Februrary 2009 for the PC.

The Sims 3 Biden-Palin Fight

The Sims 3 McCain-Palin Dance

Parrots Demo 'Tom Clancy's EndWar's Voice Command Feature
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Friday, October 31, 2008 2:40 PM

Meet Polly and Walter, two parrots who have a knack for commanding tanks and troops using the voice-command feature in Tom Clancy's EndWar. Now if only we can speak as clearly as they can while shouting orders over our headsets.

Tom Clancy's EndWar ships November 4th for the PS3, Xbox 360, PSP and Nintendo DS followed by the PC release scheduled for 2009.

Tom Clancy's EndWar Parrots and Voice-Command

'Guitar Hero World Tour' Getting 'Quantum of Solace' Song As DLC
Posted By: Brian Leahy - Friday, October 31, 2008 1:23 PM

In a brilliant stroke of corporate synergy, Activision will be releasing Jack White and Alicia Keys' song "Another Way to Die", which will be featured in the upcoming James Bond Film Quantum of Solace, as a downloadable track in Guitar Hero World Tour.

The news comes out of the invitation to the Quantum of Solace midnight launch event being held on Monday, November 3rd at the West Hollywood Best Buy store.

"Additionally, those in line at 10:00 PM will get the exclusive opportunity to be one of the first to play the Bond song “Another Way to Die” performed by Jack White and Alicia Keys which is soon-to-be-released as downloadable content for Activision’s Guitar Hero World Tour."

There will be prizes given away and the 136 Best Buy's around the nation will be holding similar events.


Fight The Power: 'Second Life' Players Virtually Protesting Over New Fees
Posted By: Raymond Padilla - Friday, October 31, 2008 9:58 AM

Linden Labs recently announced pricing and policy changes regarding the Openspace feature in its Second Life virtual world. Starting January 1, 2009, the upfront fee is being raised from $250 to $375, while the monthly maintenance fee is being raised from $75 to $125. As expected, numerous Second Life denizens are pissed off (a medical term) about the increase. GigaOM has reported that players are holding virtual protests over the new fees. Some players are holding protest signs, others are lighting themselves on fire, and some are moving to OpenSim, a Second Life competitor. Wagner James Au writes:

"Within 24 hours of the price hike announcement, more than 800 frustrated SL users, including influential members of the community, had registered with an attractive OpenSim variation. 'I’m moving to OpenSim!' has already become the metaverse version of the 'I’m moving to Canada!' threat we hear every U.S. Presidential election."

I never "got" Second Life. It always seemed overhyped and boring as hell to me. That said, it's cool that its players are so into it. It's even cooler that they're being active instead of apathetic about changes their perceive to be unfair. Viva la resistance!


'The Lord of the Rings: Conquest' Trailer
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Friday, October 31, 2008 9:53 AM

In this new trailer for The Lord of the Rings: Conquest, Pandemic offers us a generous helping of actual gameplay footage.  Similar in gameplay style to the Star Wars: Battlefront games of the past, this outing throws us into the legendary theater of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy world.

The Lord of the Rings: Conquest makes its way to the Xbox 360, PS3, PC and DS January 13th 2009.

The Lord of the Rings: Conquest Trailer

Obama And Palin Coming to 'Mercenaries 2' As Playable Characters
Posted By: Brian Leahy - Thursday, October 30, 2008 5:05 PM

Turns out that the rumors were true! Barack Obama and Sarah Palin are indeed coming to Mercenaries 2: World in Flames as playable characters in an upcoming update.

Barack Obama and Sarah Palin in Mercenaries 2

Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb revealed the news just moments ago on X-Play in the Gaming Update.

Tom Stratton of Pandemic Studios gave the following statement to X-Play:

"Mercenaries 2 is a game seemingly ripped straight out of today's headlines and fueled with the same type of over-the-top action found in the best summer blockbuster films. It only makes sense we inject the game with a spin on current affairs. The timing was too good to let pass.

If you missed the Gaming Update where the story broke, you can find that video under the cut.

'Mirror's Edge' Hands-On And All-Access Videos
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Thursday, October 30, 2008 5:04 PM

Haven't been able to get your hands on the Mirror's Edge demo yet? This might make things better or worse but we'd like to offer up our Hands-On with Senior Producer Owen O'Brien as he takes us through the game's tutorial level.  Filmed at this past Tokyo Game Show, Mr. O'Brien gives a very detailed explanation of the gameplay mechanics and features of the game.  After the cut, we've also provided an All-Access preview of the game.

Mirror's Edge is a unique, first-person, action game for the PS3 and Xbox 360 arriving November 11th with the PC version planned for 2009.

Mirror's Edge Hands-On



Mirror's Edge All Access



'LEGO Batman: The Videogame' Behind the Gotham City Cake Video
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Thursday, October 30, 2008 4:46 PM

How does one make a cake out of Gotham City? Additionally how does one make that cake a LEGO version of Gotham City?

We're more than month past the initial launch of WB Interactive's action-adventure game LEGO Batman: The Videogame. However, the publishers have released a behind-the-scenes video detailing professional cake designer Confetti Cakes meticulously creating a city block of the game in delicious detail.

Check out our review of LEGO Batman: The Videogame here and the "making the cake" video below. Enjoy!

LEGO Batman: The Videogame Gotham City Cake Video

'Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 3' Promo Rocks Out
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Thursday, October 30, 2008 1:58 PM

Telltale Games' point-n-click adventure, Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 3, has been available since Monday, Monday, Monday! StrongBad just wanted to hammer home that point in this over-the-top promo for the game.  Download it now via the WiiWare Shop Channel,, and "participating Bubs' Master Ticket locations".

Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People -- Episode 3 Promo

X-Play Exclusive: 'Mercenaries 2' New Character Details
Posted By: Brian Leahy - Thursday, October 30, 2008 12:20 PM

We began hearing rumors of two new characters in Mercenaries 2: World in Flames earlier this week and tonight, X-Play has the exclusive details straight from Pandemic.

Tune-in to an all-new X-Play at 8PM ET to find out who you'll be playing as in Mercenaries 2 along with exclusive footage of the characters in action. Let's just say, one has a very expensive wardrobe.

Who do you think it will be?

Also, Adam and Morgan will review Midnight Club: Los Angeles and get a Hands On with Tomb Raider: Underworld.

'Mirror's Edge' Demo Launch Trailer
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Thursday, October 30, 2008 12:02 PM

The demo of Mirror's Edge will be available today via PlayStation Network followed by its counterpart on XBLA tomorrow. To help promote the launch EA provides us with a new trailer below.  The demo will be touting:

  • The Prologue of the game
  • A Tutorial
  • and a segment of the Story Mode

Mirror's Edge tumbles and sticks the landing onto the PS3 and Xbox 360 November 11th, with the PC release scheduled for 2009.

Mirror's Edge Demo Launch Trailer



'Left 4 Dead' TV Spot First Glimpse Of $10M Marketing Campaign
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Thursday, October 30, 2008 11:00 AM

Valve shows off one of the first parts of their $10 million dollar marketing campaign, with the release of this slick new tv spot for Left 4 Dead.  Created with elements of the game's intro sequence, this spot is just a preview of the coming TV marketing campaign which begins November 8th.  Why so hotly anticipated? Zombies? 4-Player Co-op? Intense action?

Find out for yourself, when you're running and gunning for your life in the zombie apocalypse November 18th on the PC and Xbox 360.

Left 4 Dead TV Spot #1

Mac Users Holding Out For A Hero Get Their Answer
Posted By: Raymond Padilla - Thursday, October 30, 2008 8:30 AM

NCsoft and TransGaming issued a press release today announcing City of Heroes for Apple's Macintosh platform. The press release states.

"City of Heroes for Mac will be available for public beta testing with the release of the game’s thirteenth expansion, Issue 13: Power and Responsibility later this fall. The official launch will occur pre-holiday this year with a special digital-only Mac edition of City of Heroes, available across all NCsoft West consumer territories."

This is great news for gaming-deprived Mac users. City of Heroes is a fantastic MMO with a loyal fan base. It has been able to survive and thrive while many competitors have folded. Hopefully the world of City of Heroes will soon be populated by the likes of Super Jobs and his sidekick Wonder Woz.