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If you haven't heard about Nintendo's upcoming next-gen console, you probably live under a rock. Not like the "funny" GEICO commercial kind of living-under-a-rock (because seriously, who gives a damn about saving a measly 15% on car insurance, maybe? Make it 50%, and I'll leave my cave), but you must actually dwell in some kind of subterranean home, because no one can shut up about this. Ourselves included.
Either way, the new system, codenamed / referred to as Project Cafe, Wii 2, or even Stream (seriously? "Stream"?), will be completely playable at the Electronics & Entertainment Expo this June. Nintendo sources told Kotaku "Playable means playable for everyone".
Of course there will probably be mammoth lines and 30-60 second MAX time limits imposed (except for that one little @#$%- there's always one), but hey- still get to play!
Bad news everyone- despite all of our hopes that in the very least there would be a modicum of effort made to explain the recent PlayStation Network outages, The Official Sony PlayStation Blog managed to crush our dreams once again:
I know you are waiting for additional information on when PlayStation Network and Qriocity services will be online. Unfortunately, I don't have an update or timeframe to share at this point in time.
As we previously noted, this is a time intensive process and we're working to get them back online quickly. We'll keep you updated with information as it becomes available. We once again thank you for your patience.
I don't know who's more frustrated- the PSN users unable to play their precious games or the Customer Support representatives that have to listen to their constant whining.
Nintendo's next-gen console codenamed Project Cafe, faster than the PS3, will look like a modernized SNES
Nintendo's next-gen console codenamed Project Cafe, aka Wii 2 has had some leaked details, estimated pricing, release dates, console design, processing architecture and of course, the name. According to people close to the project, Nintendo's next-gen console should have a retail price of between $350 and $400 and will ship from Taiwanese manufacturer, Foxconn in October of this year.
Things of course could change at any time and Nintendo could choose to delay the release until 2012 to build a mammoth supply of the consoles so there would be no stock restrictions for salivating customers wanting a new Nintendo-branded console. The console is set to be powered by AMD's R700 GPU architecture which should throw some seriously large punches at the NVIDIA 7800GTX-based processor in the PlayStation 3.
Hey San Franciscoans, if you bother to check your RSS feeds tomorrow when you're hungover from gearing up for the holiday weekend, make sure to swing over to Dolores Park in San Francisco's Mission District with your Nintendo 3DS and copy of Street Fighter IV in tow.
Capcom and Destructoid are teaming up for a day in the park together, with lots of SF IV swag and even SF IV themed pizza! Wait, really? Like pizza in the shape of Blanka's head or something? That's incredible. Full post after the break!
What does a half-elf smell like? According to Black Phoenix Alchemy, "White sandalwood, beeswax, white tea leaf, oud, and a hint of sophisticated urban musk". That's right- all you players of Advanced Dungeon & Dragons, and any other fantasy-based role-playing game for that matter, now have an arsenal of scents to add to your battleaxes, maces and broadswords.
Black Phoenix Alchmey, purveyor and manufacturer of "dark, romantic Gothic" scent and oils, has expanded its catalog to include those inspired by old-school RPG experiences. The North Hollywood, CA-based "Lab" is offering a variety of scents for all sorts of classic races and classes to augment any gaming session. Or you know, to just hit some bars. Imagine the conversation:
"Hey, you smell good, what is that?"
"Shimmering celestial musk with vanilla, white honey, acacia. And sugar cane."
"Wow. What's that called?"
Because that's what it's called, along with Neutral, Evil, Chaotic, and Lawful. And let's not forget that they're offering Half-Elf, Elf, Dwarf, Mage, Paladin, Rogue, Warrior, and so many other wonderful concoctions. They can be yours for $17.50 each, or you can request some samples. Either way, check out this site and impress your party with you array of character-enhancing odors.
According to a report by IGN , the Super Nintendo classic Chrono Trigger will be headed to PlayStation 3 an PlayStation Portable. Chrono Trigger, originally published by Square Enix, has seen a few platforms since its SNES days, including the PlayStation in 2001 and most recently the Nintendo DS. Still, giving that amazing RPG a go on the PS3 is going to suck- all of your free time, that is.
IGN had noticed the following on the ESRB ratings site, and noted that it was listed for the PS3 and the PSP. As you can see, the ESRB listing is painfully empty of any information other than the systems for which Chrono Trigger has been rated, but we can imagine we'll see more news in the future. You know, as soon as the PlayStation Network is back up.
Microsoft and Sony looking at 2014 for new consoles, continue to milk the current consoles (and their customers) in the meantime
Looks like current rumbles are right, Microsoft and Sony will continue to milk the current generation of consoles for another few years at least - even though they're at the boundaries of what games can offer. Both companies are waiting the fight out and looking to Nintendo for the launch of their next machine by the end of next year. An insider who has worked with the first-party companies like Sony and Microsoft has said:
Both MS and Sony are telegraphing to each other that they're delaying, to milk the current [generation] and fill in previous craters better.
Kotaku's insider believes that any new Xbox in 2013 would only be a Kinect-upgraded 360 and not the next-gen console that would be expected in 2014. The same source says that Microsoft doesn't even know what parts will be put into the next-gen Xbox (which I find very hard to believe, surely things are being sourced or at least talked about now).
(Edit: found a Portal 2 video using Razer Hydra!) Razer's very cool looking Hydra motion controller has finally got a release date, June of this year. Pre-orders will begin in May and pricing looks to be around $140 for a Hydra bundle that includes Portal 2. The pack that includes Portal 2 will come with a special MotionPack DLC kit loaded with levels designed specifically with the Hydra controller in mind.
There's no info on the pricing of the standalone versions of the Hydra sold without Portal 2, but there is light at the end of the Hydra tunnel. For anyone who purchases the controller and already owns Portal 2, they'll get the MotionPack DLC for free.
Razer is stating that the Hydra controller is supported by 125 games, including big titles such as Borderlands, Bulletstorm, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and Mass Effect. This is looking quite interesting, definitely want to get my hands on a Hydra controller!
The original Mortal Kombat Legacy was a great near 10 minute clip of fighting, action and awesomeness and now part 2 is out. The video is NSFW as it includes swearing and obviously, violence. The episode synopsis is:
When Jax realizes time is of the essence to save Sonya, a fellow lieutenant in the Outworld Investigation Agency, from Kano's deadly hand, he holds nothing back in this action-packed, two-on-one battle to keep a shipment of stolen Robotic Defense Program material out of Kano's hands. But can Jax and Sonya do it? Kano is a ruthless, evil leader of the "Black Dragon" international crime organization, and anyone who's tried to take him down has never lived to tell about it!
Today, from the Official PlayStation Blog, a further update on the current PlayStation Network Outage:
While we are investigating the cause of the Network outage, we wanted to alert you that it may be a full day or two before we're able to get the service completely back up and running. Thank you very much for your patience while we work to resolve this matter. Please stay tuned to this space for more details, and we'll update you again as soon as we can.
Yesterday, PlayStation posted the following on the same site:
We're aware certain functions of PlayStation Network are down. We will report back here as soon as we can with more information. Thank you for your patience.
I couldn't help but laughing at the use of "aware"- that always indicates that 234282093 people or so have emailed them saying the same thing, and probably angrily considering the date. For all you non-Americans, April 20th, aside from being the birthday of both Adolf Hitler and one of my ex-girlfriends, and the day of the infamous and tragic Columbine school shootings, is also National Marijuana Smoking day. I can only imagine the amount of angry stoners pinging Sony complaining about how they can't play a multiplayer game with their buddies that could have easily been accomplished in person but they were probably all too high to drive to each other.
Thank you on