Mar 252012

Ah-ha! There’s the magic again. The last episode didn’t have all of the
magic. That is, the gloriously over-the-top, flippant surrealism that these
girls cartwheel through with such cheekiness. More so than any of the
shows I’ve watched for this column – - more so than even COWBOY BEBOP -
- this totally has the feel of late-nite programming that’d fit perfectly onto some
Saturday night programming block. I don’t know if I can articulate the reasons
in better detail than that, but if you can remember the days when cable TV wasn’t
as… comprehensive as it’s become, today, then you’ll have some idea of what I’m
talking about.

== TEASER ==

The girls chase after another precious McGuffin in this episode and it’s
all-out, good time goofiness from the very first scene with the horribly-incompetent
cat burglar. Seriously, how ridiculous was the revelation about Kei’s
maybe-some-day-boyfriend’s double covers? You can totally tell that the
creators were just pulling rabbits out of their hats (or maybe somewhere else)
when they’re plotting this ditty, and there’s something so giddily amusing
about that. If you watch this episode for yourself, you’ll know exactly what I’m
talking about.


I went ahead and watched this episode on my box set before checking to
see if it was also available in the same streaming channel as the first two.
Turns out it wasn’t! I suppose the idea is that they want to hook helpless, unsuspecting
and all-too-trusting viewers like you with these online freebies so you’ll be compelled
to go out and buy the box set. (And you should do that, anyway.) I’m not quite
sure how I’ll handle subsequent episode selections because of this. As would be
very appropriate to this show, it’ll probably play out just like… a roulette wheel.

Look up this episode, “”Don’t Fall In Love… Love
Is Russian Roulette,” and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the
previous episode here.

Tom Pinchuk’s
the writer of
HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here. Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

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 Posted by at 11:37 pm
Mar 252012
Indie developers are the starving artists of the video-game world, often brilliant and innovative, but also misunderstood, underfunded and more prone to writing free-form poetry on their LiveJournals. We at Joystiq believe no one deserves to starve, and many indie developers are entitled to a fridge full of tasty, fulfilling media coverage, right here. This week, Adriaan de Jongh of Game Oven feels out the indie industry with Fingle, a finger foreplay title for iPad.

What’s your game called and what’s it about?

The game is called Fingle, which obviously is a play on words on “finger.” It has a bit of mingle and fondle in it as well. The game is about bringing people closer together. A lot closer.

A bit more in detail, Fingle is a cooperative two-player puzzle game for the iPad. Both players drag up to five buttons on color-matching targets. The targets often move and you move your fingers with them. The puzzles were designed in a way that it is impossible to avoid contact, resulting in intimate or awkward intertwined finger moments — depending on who you play with, of course. And there are a few slow funk tunes in the mix to set the mood.

Is Fingle solely a foreplay game, or is there a deeper strategy you envision for it?

Fingle is most definitely more than a foreplay game. The first part of the game is intimate, but as players get accustomed to the feel and touch of each others fingers, the game slowly switches focus. Later levels require more and more cooperation and trust among players to finish them.

The foreplay element is the lure, the hook, it’s what will catch your attention. But it is also what sets the mood throughout the game. The visual style and music are completely true to that idea and help reinforce the formula. The result is an intimate game, sometimes suggestive, but only as dirty as the mind will make it.

Continue reading The Joystiq Indie Pitch: Fingle

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 Posted by at 9:00 pm
Mar 252012

I haven’t read the feature yet, but the most recent Nintendo Power has some sort of ‘Power Up’ feature on Fatal Frame: Deep Crimson Butterfly. The title has been listed for Euro and Japanese release, but nothing on the states just yet. Let’s hope that changes very soon. Thanks to WhatamI for the heads up!


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 Posted by at 8:01 pm
Mar 252012

Best Buy: Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS, $29.99, save $10.00, free S&H), Aliens: Infestation (DS, $19.99, free S&H), Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition (3DS, $14.99, save $15.00, free S&H), Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D (3DS, $29.99, save $10.00, free S&H), Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (3DS, $29.99, save $10.00, free S&H)

Target: Buy any 2 video games, get 1 free (in-store only); $20 off Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure Starter Packs with Sunday ad circular coupon (valid in-store and online); Flame Red 3DS system with Super Mario 3D Land bundle ($179.99, save $20.00); 3DS base system ($145.00, save $24.99, also available in-store); Buy 2, get 1 free on select video games (online only, currently not offered?); Black Nintendo Wii system with New Super Mario Bros. Wii game/Galaxy soundtrack bundle ($129.99, save $20.00); Black Nintendo Wii system with New Super Mario Bros. Wii game, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword game, and Galaxy soundtrack ($179.99, save $20.00)

NewEgg: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS, $27.99, save $12.00, free S&H), Conduit 2 (Wii, $14.99, save $35.00, free S&H), The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii, $34.99, save $15.00, free S&H), Aliens Infestation (DS, $19.99, free S&H)

Amazon: Radiant Historia (DS, $34.99, free S&H), The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS, $29.99, save $10.00, free S&H); 50% or more off select Wii games and accessories; 50% or more off select DS games and accessories Circle Pad Pro accessory (3DS, $19.99), Xenoblade Chronicles with black Wii Classic Controller Pro controller bundle (Wii, $64.99, available for pre-order, orders begin shipping April 6th), Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii, $49.99, available for pre-order, orders begin shipping April 6th)

Gamestop: Bit.Trip Saga (3DS, $19.99 new, save $10.00), Bit.Trip Complete (Wii, $19.99 new, save $10.00), Jaws: Ultimate Predator (3DS, $19.99 new, save $10.00), Crush 3D (3DS, $19.99 new, save $15.00, Gamestop exclusive); Free artbook with your Xenoblade Chronicles pre-order (Wii, $49.99, available April 6th), Circle Pad Pro accessory (3DS, $19.99, currently backordered); 10% off purchases of in-stock games and accessories totaling $89.99 or more. Excludes consoles, sale items, and DLC. Expires 4/3. Use code SHAMROCK during checkout.; 10% off in-stock PS Vita and 3DS games priced $39.99 or more. Excludes pre-orders, select sale items, and DLC. Expires 4/3. Use code LUCKY during checkout.

Toys R Us: Tekken 3D Prime Edition (3DS, $24.99, save $15.00); Online only, Free Resident Evil: Revelations 3DS case with 3DS base system or 3DS system/game bundle purchase or Resident Evil: Revelations game purchase (3DS, $39.99); Buy 1, Get 1 50% off all K’nex construction sets, including Mario Kart sets

Toys R Us, in-store only: $20 gift card with base 3DS system purchase; $20 gift card with black Wii system with New Super Mario Bros. Wii/Galaxy soundtrack bundle purchase; $10 gift card with base DS Lite system purchase, plus 50% off all DS Lite Starter Kits with purchase; $10 gift card with any total purchase of $49.99 or more of select video games and/or DVDs; $25 gift card with the purchase of a Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure Starter Pack ($69.99); $5 gift card with the purchase any any Skylanders Character 3-Pack or Adventure Pack priced $24.99.

Walmart: 3 Nintendo 3DS games for $30, 2 Nintendo Wii games for $30, 2 Nintendo DS games for $30, 4 Nintendo DS games for $20, 4 Nintendo Wii games for $20; Black Wii system with New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Galaxy soundtrack, Just Dance 2, and Just Dance 3 bundle ($169.00)

Kmart: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS, $29.99, save $10.00), Mario Kart 7 (3DS, $29.99, save $10.00), The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii, $39.99, save $10.00), Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventurer Starter Packs ($49.99, save $20.00); Buy 1, Get 1 50% off all Skylanders single Character Packs (starting at $7.99, in-store only)

Thanks to GrubberGamer for the heads up!

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 Posted by at 8:00 pm
Mar 252012

The contentious DRM systems that often accompany Ubisoft’s PC releases may be made obsolete, should the publisher’s plans for enhanced post-launch/community support prove as effective as its hoping.

The plan is to make pirating the least attractive consumer option by updating, supporting and providing “companion gaming” services for Ubisoft’s PC releases, similar to how MMOs generally function. “As the rest of the game industry continues to evolve, the more you hear about cloud gaming, the more you hear about companion gaming, the less a pirated game should work in all of that environment,” said Ubisoft VP of digital publishing Chris Early during an interview with Eurogamer.

By providing a healthy regiment of ancillary content and post-launch support, Ubisoft’s PC gaming ecosystem will be so irresistible that people will stop pirating, and once that happens the publisher will be able to relax its DRM standards. Now, eradicating the whole world of theft sounds like it’ll take some time, but Early maintains that Ubisoft’s DRM will be as convenient as possible in the meantime: “We want to find ways that don’t inconvenience that player who is paying for it. We’ve had a variety of degrees of success as we wind our way down that path. Our plan, our hope is we stay on the less intrusive, less cumbersome side of that path as we go on.”

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 Posted by at 7:00 pm
Mar 252012

Tiger Woods: PGA Tour 13 with PlayStation Move support, headlines this week’s The Drop, bringing you a healthy dose of games to the PS3 and PS Vita with golf, soccer and mixed martial arts.

On PSN, the puzzle platformer Closure makes you manipulate lights to phase objects in and out of reality. Zack Zero and Blades of Time receive PSN demos, and a squad of idiots infiltrate minis. Enjoy this week’s The Drop.

PlayStation 3

Tiger Woods: PGA Tour 13 (PS Move Support) – The world’s number one selling golf video game franchise returns with an array of exciting new features, including an original feature that gives you the opportunity to experience first-hand Tiger’s golf legacy! Relive Tiger Woods’ most memorable golf moments from child prodigy to golfing legend! Also, through unique online and social features, create your own country club, and use coins earned through game play or team up with country club members to play exclusive golf courses.

PlayStation Network

FIFA Soccer 12 – FIFA Soccer 12 brings to the pitch the game-changing new Player Impact Engine, a physics engine built to deliver real-world physicality in every interaction on the pitch. Experience the way real-world players challenge each other for the ball, win possession, and test each other physically. Enjoy an infinite variety of natural and believable outcomes in every collision. Players feel more resilient, push and pull during the fight for possession, and recover from light challenges more easily.

Supremacy MMA: Unstricted (PSN // GameCard) – Supremacy MMA: Unrestricted brings the brutality of unsanctioned and unlicensed MMA fighting to the bigtime, favoring fast-and-furious gameplay and underground aesthetics over official branding and television-style presentation. The game aims to raise the bar in the MMA space by bringing an unprecedented level of fast, fluid combat, intuitive controls and true-to-the-sport brutality.

This PlayStation Vita game takes the action of the original hit Supremacy MMA release to a new level with refined, amped up gameplay and controls, as well as new fighters and new locations, Supremacy MMA: Unrestricted on PS Vita delivers fast and furious arcade-style gameplay, providing a satisfying, on the fly experience quick enough to pick up and play, deep enough to sink in to.

Closure – A unique and stylistic puzzle platformer that takes the concept of light and shadow and twists it up into something never before seen.

PS3 Demos

  • Zack Zero
  • Closure
  • Blades of Time


  • Idiot Squad

[Editor’s Note: The following dates are subject to change. Game details are gathered from Press Releases from their individual publishers and/or ESRB rating descriptions.]

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 Posted by at 6:00 pm
Mar 252012

Risen 2: Dark Waters, the coming RPG from Deep Silver, features the swashbuckling staples of any pirate tale, including the Kraken, a feisty female lead, eye patches, curved swords and alcohol, as the above cinematic trailer demonstrates. Deep Silver announced a modified release date for Risen 2 with the trailer: It’s coming to North American PCs on April 27, and Xbox 360 and PS3 on May 22.

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 Posted by at 5:00 pm