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A Look At Team Ico's Long Awaited The Last Guardian

UPDATE: Rest assured, this rumor looks like it's false. According to Kotaku, Sony has addressed these reports by saying, "This is not true."

Panic is setting in as reports that The Last Guardian has been cancelled are popping up. Before you look for your inhaler, nothing has been confirmed by Sony at this time. The bad news stems from reports GameStop has removed The Last Guardian from their database as an upcoming game. If that wasn't damming enough, some customers are even claiming they received phone calls letting them know the game had been cancelled. One blogger even recorded the message.

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E3 2010: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword  Screenshots

A game breaking bug has been plaguing Zelda fans who are playing The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Nintendo was quick to acknowledge the problem but a fix was not issued. Nintendo has issued "patches" for Wii games in the past but it's certainly not something they do often.

Today, Nintendo Japan has announced how they plan on fixing this problem. They are going to release an entire Wii Channel to repair the damage this bug has done to people's saves. The "Zelda Data Restoration Channel" (rolls off your tongue, doesn't it?) will be available via the Wii Shopping channel. A release date has not been announced.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Preview

They're going to find out if you've been naughty or nice. Infinity Ward, that is. The company is apparently giving away 13.5 YEAR bans for those caught doing something bad in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The bans last 5,000 days, and Infinity Ward Creative Strategist Robert Bowling confirmed that they're serious with these decade-long bans, saying that they're essentially a permanent ban for those caught cheating, boosting, or doing anything malicious, really.

So here's a PSA: be nice whether you're the one getting shot in the head, or shooting someone else in the head. Personally I wouldn't mind giving out some 13.5 year bans for some of the jerks that I've encountered while playing first person shooters online. That hilarious trash talk could get you in to a lot of trouble, you little cheater, you.

Source: MP1ST

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Character Bios -- The Wood Elves, Nords, And High Elves Of The G4 Offices

Skyrim is a bloody place. Murder is commonplace,  but not all slayings are created equal. My name is Tura Satana. I am The Dragonborn and a Nord serial killer in the making. Follow me as I cut a bloody swath across Skyrim and attempt to find my place amongst the land's most notorious criminals. I may not have what it takes. Read Part One to see how I began my bloody murder spree.

The Skyrim Murders: One Woman's Blood-Soaked Death Tour Of Tamariel: Part 2 -- A Pattern To The Carnage


The old woman in Fort Greymoor is the only one I spare. “I just cook and clean and do whatever it is they ask of me,” she bleats while munching on a loaf of bread.

The bandits she feeds and mops up after are killers like me, so I cut them down to the last. But Agnis seems as blameless as straw on the floor of this shabby fortress. This kindness doesn't seem terribly becoming of a serial killer. I'm still trying to find my voice as a mass murderer. Random slayings don't seem my style.

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The Skyrim Murders: One Woman's Blood-Soaked Murder Tour Of Tamariel: Part 1 -- First Blood

When bad things happen to good people the first question they always ask is, “why?” My name is Tura Satana and I am The Dragonborn. I am also a mass-murderer. Join me on my dark journey through Skyrim where I will slip into the skin of a killer and try to make sense of the antisocial impulse. You may not like the answers you find.


My first murder in Skyrim is the result of a theft gone wrong. I found myself in the middle of an autumnal plain North of the Brittleshin Pass. A series of columns, surely a signpost towards adventure, lure me across the expanse. There I found a grating set into the ground. A treasure chest was beneath, but beyond my reach. And I don't know the combination to the puzzle pillars nearby so I decide to quit sniffing after the chest and move on.

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The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword

A game-breaking glitch has been discovered in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The problem occurs during the Song of the Hero quest. If players get the song of the Thunder Dragon from Lanaryu Mine, speak with the Goron, beat the Thunder Dragon mission, and then speak to Golo the Goron again, an error somehow occurs. If players complete this sequence of events, it will be impossible to continue the game with that save file.

Nintendo is aware of the situation but sadly there is not a solution, nor is there any indication a patch will ever be issued.

Keep reading for Nintendo's response and words of advice. 

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The second patch for The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim was released yesterday for the PS3. It seems the frameate issues reported before the patch was released are still a problem, but now there's a new list of problems too. Some of the new bugs reported by gamers are, at the very least, comical. One new issue involves dragons flying backwards, basically dancing the moonwalk in the sky. Less hysterical bugs exists too, like the game no longer allowing magic resistance. 

Video of a Skyrim dragon flying backwards is right under the "Read More" tag. I know you will click it.

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Black Friday Deals Damage To Eager Money Savers

It’s Black Friday again, and that can only mean one thing: numerous reports of violence amongst deal-lusting consumers! Of course, keeping track of all of these incidents would no doubt eat into your day if you tried to do it all yourself, especially if you are currently on line somewhere waiting to save big bucks/become the next blurb on a Black Friday violence round-up article like this one over at MSNBC.com.

So to stay abreast of on all things commendable, decent, and not head shake-of-disapproval inducing on this Black Friday, be sure to keep checking back on that post. You just never know what’s going to pop up next. For instance, the latest update involves a police robot being sent into a refrigerator department because someone left behind a mysterious, potentially deadly device. Other incidents (all of which occurred at various Wal-Mart stores across the country) include folks being pepper sprayed, a big brawl in an electronics department, and a non-lethal shooting outside a store in South Carolina. Happy Thanksgiving indeed!

Anyone out there witnessed any blurb-worthy Black Friday madness?

Source: MSNBC.com

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I Am Alive

I Am Alive probably won't be released on the PC platform due to piracy concerns, according to the game's creative director, Stanislas Mettra. The Ubisoft dev is worried the PC market won't pay for the game. 

"We've heard loud and clear that PC gamers are bitching about there being no version for them," he said. "But are these people just making noise just because there's no version or because it's a game they actually want to play? Would they buy it if we made it?"

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Man Buys Full Suit Of Halo Master Chief Armor After Getting Dumped

After hopeless romantic Eric Smith custom designed an engagement ring to propose to his girlfriend with, she dumped him. Getting dumped is one of the worst things ever, especially if you're gamer, because finding a significant other that can put up with (and maybe even enjoy) your hobby can sometimes be hard.

Well, Eric took the dumping to the next level. Instead of drowning his sorrows in Skyrim and pizza like a normal guy, he sold the ring on eBay and commissioned an artist to create a full scale suit of armor modeled after Master Chief from Halo. Apparently it's something he always wanted and he had nothing holding him back (like a woman). 

Hopefully his new suit will help him pick up new chicks. Good luck, Spartan. You can check out more pictures of the suit via Eric's Flikr page.

Source: Short List

Valve's Steam Logo

We just received word that Valve's download service Steam has been hacked and credit card information has potentially been accessed. While the Steam forums were shut down last week, this is a hacking of the actual Steam service. 

According to Valve, "intruders obtained access to a Steam database" that contained "user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card information. "

Valve says they do not have evidence that encrypted credit card numbers or personally identifying information were taken by the intruders, or that the protection on credit card numbers or passwords was cracked, but the investigation is ongoing. Steam users should keep a careful eye on their credit card and bank account activity.

Steam Forum users will have to reset their passwords, but Steam accounts won't have forced password changes. Still, it's a good idea to.

Below you'll find the entire statement from Valve:

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Mass Effect 3

A 13-minute video of Mass Effect 3 gameplay leaked due to "human error" on Microsoft's end this past Friday. According to BioWare, ME3 content that was meant for internal beta testing was flagged incorrectly and sent to people who signed up for the beta of the Xbox Live dashboard update. While the leaked code was in a rough, unfinished state, a new story feature was one of the things that particularly caught our attention.

It's not up anymore, but the video showed various areas and characters in the game, including Commander Shepard and Captain Anderson during the Reaper invasion on Earth and another part featuring Shepard, Liara, and Garrus escorting the quirky Mordin and a Krogan.

"One feature that was present in this early build is a set of game play modes that are in development. In the beta code they are referred to as “action mode”, “story mode” and “RPG mode," said BioWare's Jesse Houston on the Mass Effect 3 forums.

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Modern Warfare 3

Reports are coming in from all over the internet that eagerly awaited FPS Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is in the hands of some gamers before its official release date of November 8. While it began with piracy reports from last week, since then, it's been reported that some K-Mart stores inadvertently sold copies of the game early for a bit yesterday. Reportedly, some indie game stores are selling the game too, and judging from craigslist and eBay listings, there are more than a few people out there who have gotten their hands on the game and are eager to make a profit on it, with some asking for a cool thousand bucks for the game, and some recent auctions ending even higher than that. Over $1500 for a video game? Seriously? Who has that kind of money?

While it's not surprising that a new game would street a bit early in a limited way, it's interesting to consider what game companies could (or should) do about it. It doesn't seem feasible for early sales to be prevented entirely, short of not shipping the game to retailers until launch day, and I don't see how early sales really hurt anyone that seriously -- after all, the game is still being purchased -- but it's a bit of a problem for the game industry. It messes with their carefully considered release schedule, and could easily be seen to hurt the feelings of the masses who don't manage to get an early copy.

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Title Of New Silicon Knights Game Leaked?According to internet reports, around 75 percent of the staff of developer Silicon Knights has been canned. Reportedly, SK has shrunk from 97 to 25 employees. Ouch. Silicon Knights was founded in 1992, and developed Too Human for the 360, and more recently, X-Men Destiny.

The company is noteable also for working on a project funded at least partially by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (which offers Ontario-based developers a one-time offering that will provide Ontario video game developers). The untitled game was called "a psychological thriller played in the third-person perspective" and is being prototyped for "all major next-gen systems." It was planned for a 2010 release.

Whether it will ever see the light of day remains to be seen. As yet, Silicon Knights has offered no comment.

Source: 1up.com

G4 At BlizzCon 2011 October 21-22!

While everyone here at G4 had a very nice Blizzcon, enjoying very elaborate costumes, cool tournaments, concerts and the general good fellowship of fellow gamers at the show, a performance by "band" Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain and a video shown to close out Blizzcon 2011 had a decidedly different, sinister vibe.

The video shown toward the ending of the show is remarkable in its offensiveness and stupididy. In it, George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, member of the band Cannibal Corpse as well as Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain, has some choice words for The Alliance, describing the World of Warcraft faction with dripping anger and slurs against homosexuals.

While the curses were bleeped at Blizzcon, the video still offended members of the Alliance, gay people, and anyone who has a functioning human brain. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that a guy named "Corpsegrinder" is offensive and stupid, but still, click the cut for the entirely NSFW video.

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