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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Set For Summer 2012 U.S. Release

Square Enix's completely bizarre (and awesome) Final Fantasy-inspired music game, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, is getting a U.S. release sometime during summer 2012, a morning press release confirms. The Nintendo 3DS game arrived in Japan on February 16, but this is the first official confirmation of release plans for other parts of the world.

If there's anything special or different about the U.S. version of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, it's not mentioned in the announcement. Fans can expect to tap out the beats to more than 70 pieces of music pulled from the fantasy RPG series' 25 years worth of games. There's a new English-language website and Facebook page online now, so be sure to take a peek if you want some more info. With PAX East, E3 and the spring/summer season of trade shows fast approaching, expect to hear more soon enough.

 

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Making sure video games are fun is the envious job of a producer. But to get to that point, the producer must oversee the studio’s various departments, acting as a liaison between the artists, programmers, testers and so forth. That being said, the exact day-to-day work can vary from company to company, as the title of “video game producer” is a bit of a misnomer. It’s more than tightening up the graphics on level 3.

“The producer’s job,” explains Universal Interactive Executive Producer Pete Wanat, “is to shepherd a product from the conceptual stage until the game code ships to the manufacturer (or is uploaded digitally). The position is about anything you need to do to get the game made - so if you have to clean the office or move boxes or spend 12 hours on the phone working something out, you do what you need to do.”

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The goal of playing video games for a living often begins with becoming a game tester, whether you want to end up being a designer, programmer or executive producer. This is the best way to get your foot in the door and demonstrate that you can not only play games, but have a knack for attention to detail.

How to Become a Video Game Tester : G4U

That’s exactly the advice of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 QA Project Lead Jeff Roper. “The basic characteristics managers look for would be a fundamental love and passion for video games,” he says. “Other important characteristics would be an eye for detail, critical thinking and the ability to stay focused throughout. Of course, being a team player and getting along with your fellow co-workers is also important.”

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Want To Get A Video Game Job? Apply Here To Get Started!

Want to get a video game job? I'm sure you do. All week long G4 University has been bringing you feature stories and video about landing your dream job in the gaming industry. Now, it's time for you to put all of that knowledge to work and start applying for jobs. To make it easier, we've put together a list of links to the career pages of many top video game companies These include everything from publishers to developers, all the way up to Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo.

Take the time to craft a brief but well-written cover letter, make sure your resume is in order, and start applying! We're hoping you land your dream career at some point, and if you get a job somewhere please let us know. Who knows, we might be interviewing you about your upcoming game right here on G4!

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LEGO Batman 2

We've got a preview of Lego Batman 2 for you enjoy! Once you've finished checking out the new Lego Batman 2 gameplay video, you've gotta read up on the game. The great Kevin "Minifig" Kelly got to check out the game recently, and was impressed not just with the Batman, but with the variety of other super-hero pals he'll have in the game.

Check out this taste of our Lego Batman 2 preview:

"Superman is just one of the new heroes coming to LEGO Batman 2, and although we only saw Batman, Robin, and Superman in the demo, in the menu screens we caught a glimpse of the Flash, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and others, and develop Traveller’s Tales promises that there will be over 50 DC Comic characters in the final game, though it’s not clear how many of those you’ll actually be able to play."

Read the rest of our Lego Batman 2 preview.

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This LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes gameplay video features all sorts of sweet details about the upcoming LEGO adventure. Rather than sticking to just Batman and friends this time around, in LEGO Batman 2 you can expect to play as other heroes from the DC Universe, including the man of steel himself, Superman. Watch the interview between Blair Herter and Jonathan Smith, head of production on LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, to learn all about LEGO Superman, the introduction of voice acting to the LEGO series, and more. 

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If you aren't up to date on your LEGO games, check out our LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 review

Amazing Spider-Man

Check out our The Amazing Spider-Man preview: The web-head is swinging back in open-world style. Gone are the time-traveling and boring settings of Spider-Man: Edge of Time. Instead, we get an sandbox style New York City and even a brand-new mode to help you explore. Kevin "Machine Gun" Kelly explains the new mode in his The Amazing Spider-Man preview.

"To aid in navigating the Big Apple, Beenox has added a “Web Rush” mode to the game. By holding down the right bumper, time will slow down and you’ll find yourself looking through the lenses of Spider-Man’s suit, complete with curved reflections of the environment. Silhouettes of places that Spidey can get to quickly will appear in this mode, and you can choose which location you want to get to, and then release the button to activate it."

Check out our The Amazing Spider-Man preview.


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Mad Dog McCree Is Coming To Nintendo 3DS

Engine Software is bringing a port of the live-action light gun arcade game Mad Dog McCree to Nintendo's 3DS eShop "very soon," the studio's VP of development Ruud van de Moosdijk confirmed to Nintendo World Report (via Joystiq). The game's video footage won't be touched up to take advantage of the 3DS's stereoscopic 3D screen because, as Moosdijk asked, "how were you gonna do that?"

Mad Dog McCree has a fun legacy as one of the early laserdisc-based video games (and the first of those to use a light gun). One of the last too. This was not a long-lived technology. They're digital like CDs but large like records. So instead of having a fragile vinyl thing that's roughly as round as a basketball to worry about scratching, you've got a same-sized fragile, aluminum-coated plastic thing that you have to worry about scratching. The 3DS makes all of that irrelevant with the eShop, since you can just download the whole thing as bits and bytes. Yay for progress.

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Comics legend Stan Lee will be a playable character in The Amazing Spider-Man, true believers! Lee dropped the news while talking to a gentleman with multi-hued hair who works for an outlet called Addict of Fiction.

Beyond the existence of Lee as a playable character in The Amazing Spider-Man, we know nothing else. Is Lee going to play a super-heroic version of himself in the tie-in game, scaling buildings and catching villains? Maybe he'll be a choice in some kind of multiplayer component in the game. Or is Lee going to play a realistic version of a septuagenarian, drinking tea and growing plants in cut-open milk cartoons? Will there be a "Who keeps moving my pills?" mini-game? I've called Activision to get some clarification, and I'll let you know what they say when/if they call back.

Until then, it's open to speculation. Excelsior!

Mass Effect 3

CheapyD at CheapAssGamer.com scours both the online and offline world for the best deals on video games, and to help out your wallets, we're bringing his weekly recap to you!

Best Buy offers a $10 gift card with Mass Effect 3 pre-orders to Gamer Club members or a $20 gift card to Unlocked members. Saints Row: The Third and Soul Calibur V are $39.99 each.

GameStop throws in an extra $25 credit on PSP, DS, 3DS trade-ins toward a PS Vita.

Target discounts the Xbox 360 4GB console to $179.99 and includes a $25 gift card.

Toys R Us includes a $25 gift card with the Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Bundle and discounts 1 year of Xbox Live to $39.99 and the Kinect Sensor to $99.99.

Amazon has 1 year of Xbox Live for $35.99, a $10 credit with Mass Effect 3, Soul Calibur V & Saints Row: The Third for $39.99 each and more.

Visit CAG for more details and the rest of this week's Sunday ad deals.

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The Binding Of Isaac To Expand With The Wrath Of The Lamb

Edmund McMillen took to Twitter last night with an unfortunate message to share: The Binding of Isaac won't be coming to the 3DS. The game's co-creator tweeted that Nintendo shot down release plans after "a long internal debate," with the reason pegged to Isaac's "questionable religious content." The roguelike game's story is based on a tale from the bible.

McMillen didn't have much else to say about Nintendo's decision, though he's obviously disappointed. He instead took the opportunity to "thank GOD Steam exists!" Valve's digital distribution service has been good to Isaac, helping it to hit more than 450,000 PC copies sold (via Gamasutra). For now, McMillen continues to work on polishing off Isaac's planned DLC release, The Wrath of the Lamb. He said in early January that fans can expect to see the new content in "the next 2-4 months."

 

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Spider-Man is coming back to theaters this July with a new take on the Marvel superhero directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield. One week earlier, Beenox will unleash its first crack at open-world Spidey in the Activision-published The Amazing Spider-Man, a new trailer now confirms.

The official release date posted at the end of the IGN-exclusive trailer is June 26, with the game coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, DS and 3DS. You also get to have a look at the villainous Rhino, who appears in a Spider-Man video game for what must be the 43,464,872.091,330th time. Think we'll fight Electro too? How about Scorpion? Maybe a wacky funhouse level with Mysterio?

Don't get me wrong, I'm totally looking forward to more Spidey from Beenox. But everyone's favorite friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man really needs to bulk up his rogue's gallery. And not just with generic giant robots.

Source: IGN

The PlayStation Vita releases today with one of the strongest launch lineups in recent memory for any console, handheld or otherwise. For all of the new features packed into handhelds these days, without a steady stream of games to play, your shiny new toy can quickly turn into an expensive paperweight. Come with us as we look at launch games of handhelds gone by and see what games helped highlight the novel features of the platform and which ones were nothing but a Band-Aid on a doomed console.

Nugget From The Net: The Game Boy That Survived The Gulf War

Console: Nintendo Game Boy

North American Launch: August 1989

There may have been handhelds that launched prior to the Game Boy, but this was the machine that started it all. Created by Gunpei Yokio, the creator of Nintendo’s Game and Watch series, the Game Boy came bundled with Tetris and launched with just four other games: Alleyway, Baseball, Super Mario Land, and Tennis. Super Mario Land went on to spawn two more sequels and introduce Wario to the world, and continued the tradition of launching a new Nintendo console with a Mario title. As successful Super Mario Land was, the real star of this launch was Tetris. By the time that the Game Boy launched, Tetris had been out for five years and had snared many in its addictive, shape-dropping grip. Tetris was accessible to both kids and adults and was shaped based, thereby sidestepping the Game Boy’s color-less display and, best of all, it was free.

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Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console Adds Game Gear Next Month

Nintendo's got some news for you portable gaming fans. The 3DS Virtual Console will soon be updated to include Game Gear games, the latest Nintendo Direct broadcast reveals (via Andriasang). 

The new section of the online store will launch in Japan on March 14 with three Sega games on offer: Sonic and Tails 2, Shinobi and Dragon Crystal. They'll be priced at ¥300 apiece, or roughly $3.75. There's no word yet on release plans outside of Japan, but we know that Game Gear games are definitely going to be making their way to 3DS handhelds in North America.

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Seaman Coming To The 3DS

Dreamcast classic Seaman is coming to the Nintendo 3DS according to Nikkei. Gamers will have the chance to raise their own sea-boy-creature, but we're not sure when just yet. The reveal was in a feature about Nintendo's plan to revive other publisher's titles, Dreamcast's pet sim was among the mentioned games.

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