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Gamestop Deal: Buy 2 Used, Get 1 Free {Joystiq Xbox}

May 3rd 2008 10:37AM They make so much more in used game sales than GTA4 could ever bring them. Used games are, more or less, 100% profit.

Children's Week begins today {WoW}

May 1st 2008 3:22PM Kind of a let down, isn't it?

"Well, I was going to take you to see this incredible being made of pure energy who's magic has granted us wonderful powers, but for some reason he went nuts and flew off. Instead I'm going to show you a cow-man. Hey, wait, where're you going?"

Crytek abandons idea of PC exclusive games {Joystiq Xbox}

Apr 30th 2008 11:14AM This seems incredibly naive for a PC developer. Piracy is a huge issue, to be sure, but it seems as if developers are using it as a scapegoat to cover up their own inadequacies.

Crysis was hyped on it's technical prowess and lacked any sort of mainstream appeal. It was another first person shooter for the PC with exclusively high-end requirements.

It is easier to blame those sales that never were, though.

Joyswag: Win a copy of Ikaruga (XBLA) {Joystiq}

Apr 10th 2008 3:03PM Tie: Bangai-O & Guardian Heroes

Tie Breaker: Castlevania: Bloodlines (pre-Treasure)

Fanswag Weekly: Win Ikaruga for XBLA! {Joystiq Xbox}

Apr 10th 2008 1:22PM Guardian Heroes for the Saturn (Unless Castlevania: Bloodlines counts).

Sega Superstars Tennis demo {Joystiq Xbox}

Apr 4th 2008 2:37PM Funny that you mention the Outrun stage. Pops Racer is there doing his usual stretched (and break dancing) but the car is nowhere to be seen.

Don't get me wrong, whatever developer worked on the title did a good job of utilizing the nostalgia, but there are several weird instances where they fall a little flat.

As for the censoring, the bikini girls on the Outrun stage don't seem particularly censored, though the developer did cheap out a bit and copy and paste them throughout the stage. They also share the same animations, often at the same time. But now I'm just nitpicking.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that this is a good first entry to a possible series. It seems like the developer might have had to work around limitations (aside from a very narrow audience) and they really did do a good job with what they have. Arguments like how Jet Set Radio stage and crew should have been cell shaded are outweighed by the obvious effort put forth by the crew.

I'm a sucker for Sega nostalgia and I look forward to more. It's not like Sega doesn't have a massive library of titles or anything. ;)

Sega Superstars Tennis demo {Joystiq Xbox}

Apr 4th 2008 12:51PM That would make sense, but every other zone is referred to by the name of the game, complete with logo. Golden Axe, Jet Set Radio, Space Harrier; every reference to House of the Dead is always Curien Mansion, as if the franchise was actually called Curien mansion.

Thus why I find it a little strange.

Sega Superstars Tennis demo {Joystiq Xbox}

Apr 4th 2008 12:29PM It's actually not a bad game...quite a bit of Dreamcast-era nostalgia. The mini-games are fun (Puyo Pop Fever especially) and it's loaded with great music (if you're a fan of Sega, of course). The tennis mechanics are actually pretty clever so it doesn't end up being a game of Pong.

One thing that does baffle me, though, is why they renamed House of the Dead. They call the game Curien Mansion or something similar. Licensing issue?

Overall, it's a cute game and the quest mode is quite addictive. It's not exactly Sega's answer to Smash Brothers (Sega could have gone a lot further into their archives for some heavy, heavy nostalgia), but it might make you break out the Dreamcast or Genesis again.

Fanswag: Devil May Cry 4 {Joystiq Xbox}

Apr 3rd 2008 7:51AM It's not that I particularly hate demons, it's just that they clean out my pantry every single time they spawn which means another trip to the grocery store for me. Would it be that much trouble to leave a few bucks or even just say thank you?

Sunwell boss already in game files {WoW}

Dec 21st 2007 6:40AM You have to wonder how the Burning Legion managed to ravage the universe when they keep replacing valuable extensions with kitchen utensils.

When Blizzard likes an idea they certainly do run with it. I'm waiting for the next version to be a pit lord with an axe for a head.

And really, codpiece? That would be worse design if his gentle bits were kept up front like that, though quite honestly outside of fan fiction I just assumed most demons didn't have reproductive functions. Not that I, uh, thought about it much.