It’s a-him

Chart Track are good are providing interesting statistical snippets, such as pointing out that Mario Kart Wii – which has gone to the top of the chart this week – has managed a launch bigger than all five of the other Mario Wii games combined. There are also four Mario games in this week’s top …

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A decade of promises

Nintendo can’t really cope with being popular, can they? After years of not exactly failure, but certainly not runaway success, they’re probably just out of practice. Mario Kart for the Wii is the latest product looking like it might be scarce. Gameplay.com had presold their entire initial allocation by midweek; Play.com and Amazon.co.uk have none …

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PS3 laptop

How about converting your PlayStation 3 into a laptop? I’m not quite sure what to make of it. On the one hand, well done that man for spending 14 months squeezing his PS3 into a new case. Though, it does look wrong – not the design so much, rather the notion that someone would need …

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Crash and burn

Do you remember a year or two ago, Sega couldn’t stop buying and opening Western development studios, in the hope that the result would be more games appealing to the North American market? Well that’s starting to crumble already. Britain’s own Sega Racing Studio – based in Birmingham – only managed to produce the rather …

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Alistair Darling sets VAT at over 100%

Yesterday I reported about the European price of Rock Band being a trifle high. Indeed, it’s more than double the price our lovely friends over the pond have to pay. Today Eurogamer ran an interview with Rob Kay, a design director at Harmonix, the creators of Rock Band, and he had a few interesting things …

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Games I should probably review

For a variety of reasons (laziness, real life, not being bothered) I have quite a few games lying around that I should have reviewed by now. Some I spent a great deal of time playing a few months ago, but never got around to actually writing any words about (such as Assassin’s Creed and FIFA …

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Rare cloning Wii?

An unnamed developer has been talking to MTV about Microsoft’s plans for a Wii-style motion sensitive remote for the Xbox 360, claiming that Rare have been working on such a device since last August. That’ll explain why Viva Pinata: Party Animals was palmed off to Krome Studios. According to their source it looks a lot …

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Rock Band – £180

Rock Band is one of the most self explanatory titles in recent history. It’s a rhythm action game where multiple controllers link up to become … a rock band. It’s been one of the biggest games over in the States for a while now, and it’s already sold one and a half million units. It’s …

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Land of jaunty pirates

The other day I was listening to some games journalist go on about games piracy. His view was quite clear; ‘pirates are bad, don’t pirate games you wouldn’t buy, pay for your games or burn in hell scum’. I understand his view, though he like me gets the majority of his games for free via …

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Big School

We really loved Persona 3. It had a wonderful, unique quality, so I think now is a good time to talk about it’s sequels. The first sequel Persona 3: FES (the FES apparently stands for festival) was released in Japan along with the original game. It’s basically a continuation of the original game, with more …

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Gaming pods and casts

Occasionally I’ve toyed with the notion of creating a GA podcast. Fortunately I’m too lazy to bother with such an idea and fear that it would end up awful, aside from the lack of a professional recording studio. However, I do enjoy listening to the odd gaming podcast nowadays (and whatever the video ones are …

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Ma-Wii-o Kart

I only ever played the original Mario Kart on Daniel Johnston’s SNES. He was the kind of delightful child who would play ‘Saturday Night’ by Whigfield every time I went round, knowing full well I hated it. Still, he was called Johnson’s Baby Lotion at school, and that wound him right up. The fact that …

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Balls up

As you can probably tell, the site has changed a little. In part, thanks to a messed up software update, and also just due to our fickle nature. We’ll be trying to restore service to normal over the coming hours and days, albeit with a camp new look, but in the mean time you should …

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The Wonderful World of Wii Widgets

Useless videogame accessories have been around for as long as videogames themselves. Who remembers the infamous Game Veil, a piece of black cloth designed for putting over your head while playing handheld games? Or those extra speakers for the original Game Boy, so that everybody in an entire train/bus/school/underground nuclear bunker can have their ears …

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Global Defence Force

A short while ago Sony got a scolding over Resistance on PlayStation 3 featuring a battle in Manchester Cathedral. What occurs in Global Defence Force isn’t as sacred, but within the first few minutes alone you can reduce Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament or the London Eye to a pile of rubble. If the …

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