Pre E3: New Mirror’s Edge Story Trailer

Mirror’s Edge is an upcoming from DICE, the people behind the Battlefield series. It’s a first person Parkour (free-running) game where you assume the role of Faith, an information runner. The new trailer gives a good indication of the plot of the game:

If actual game graphics is your thing there are new screenshots, hand delivered by a runner from DICE.

Mirror’s Edge will be available Late 2008.


Mario Marathon for Child’s Play

While not the first of it’s kind, three friends have embarked on a journey through the Mushroom Kingdom this weekend. The goal is to complete 7 Mario games (Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 2, Super Mario Bros 3, Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy), within 3 days. It started up on Friday June 27th at 3PM. You can check their progress here

The main goal is to raise money for Child’s Play, a charity that provides games for children’s hospitals.


Will they succeed? Will they fail? Pull up a Toadstool, and watch!

UPDATE: They finished all 7 games on time, and raised a total of around 10,000 dollars for Child’s Play. Great job guys!


April Fools Day Done Right

The first of April is a day I usually dread. A plethora of stupidly false news stories pop up in hopes to fool people. This year there have been some truly fantastic offerings.

First up there’s a trailer for a proposed Zelda movie from IGN. It’s production value is surprisingly quite good.

You can check out their post about it here

Next up we have what appears to be a collaboration between Ubisoft and Konami:

The game itself is Metal Gear Solid 4, but the costume is that of Altair from Assassins Creed. It really shows off MGS4, which I am now in full hype mode for.

For more check out Joystiq’s list of the day’s events.


Plethora of Sony News from ‘Destination Playstation’

Today at Sony Computer Entertainment’s Destination Playstation event they announced a new PS3 Bundle, a new PSP bundle, among other tidbits of info.

First in the wave of announcements is that there will be a new Bundle option for the Playstation 3. It will come with the 80GB PS3 model, the new Dualshock 3 wireless controller, and a copy of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, all for $499. The bundle will release along side Metal Gear Solid 4 on June 12. Additionally if you would like to purchase the Dualshock 3 separately, they will be available in April for $55.

The next announcement was of a God of War PSP bundle. Dubbed “The ‘Limited-Edition’ God of War Entertainment Pack”, it will include a ‘Deep Red’ PSP with Kratos immortalized on the back, a copy of God of War: Chains of Olympus, Superbad UMD, and a voucher to download Syphon Filter: Combat Ops from the Playstation Store on PC. It will release in June for $200.

Additionally, if you pre-order Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of Patriots, (set to release world-wide on June 12) you are guaranteed access into the Metal Gear Online beta when it begins in April. It’s not clear whether pre-orders of the MGS4 PS3 bundle will count toward this or not, but it’s always good when developers create incentive to pre-order.


‘Still Alive’ -GLaDOS to be Rock Band DLC!

Shown off at the Valve Party at the Game Developers Conference, Harmonix and Jonathan Coulton showed the crowd the first look at some upcoming downloadable content for Rock Band. Still Alive swept the internet shortly after Portal came out. People fell in love with the ending song of the game, and made their own versions of it. You’ll be able to join in the fun when ‘Still Alive’ by GLaDOS is released as DLC in Rock Band some time in the future. Until then, here’s a preview in the form of a video from the Valve Party.


Video Games Live (Now available in MONTREAL!)


I attended the first Video Games Live show in Quebec. After many letters and emails sent to the team, they finally got to bring the show here. As a result: 2 sold out nights filled with raving (read: insane) fans waiting to get their minds blown by the composers and by the Montreal Symphony (and Choir).

It was convenient to have the St-Denis Theatre right in front of the subway station where I got off. I went to the box office to pick up my tickets for the event. They also came in a special envelope waiting for me!

By 6:30, they opened the doors to the lobby with 3 bars, 2 Wii booths (Wii Sports and GH3), 1 (supposedly working) PS3 HD MOVIE BOOTH, and the shop booth. I rocked it with GHWii to pass the time, jamming to Number of the Beast, My Name is Jonas and Knights of Cydonia (some guy was requesting me to play The Metal.)

I also ran into someone who recognized me from Festival Arcadia back in November, he had a ponytail, glasses and wore a hoodie. So if you (mysterious man) are reading this: Hi.

About a half an hour later, the theatre doors opened up and I went to go find my seat. The place was big, but I was only looking at the ground floor (ignoring the Balcony level). The stage was also big to accommodate our symphony (and the choir.)

I eventually found my seats, Row G Seat 7. Which was very cozy since it was in a sweet spot which was in the middle and not too far from the stage.

By 8:00, every thing kicked off.

As usual the show started out with the cosplay contest. The contestants were: an Auron (Final Fantasy), an Aeris (Final Fantasy), a Dick Gumshoe (Ace Attorney), a Link (Zelda), a Snake (Metal Gear Solid), a Darth Vader(?), and Meryl (Metal Gear Solid). I for one was cheering on the Dick Gumshoe and booing the Auron and Aeris. But in the end, the kid dressed up as Link won.

After that, the real show finally kicked off. Started off with a poem (yes, THAT ONE) and then Jack Wall was introduced by Snake (David Hayter) and walked in with a Retro Games tribute. Then Tommy was introduced and took the stage to talk about VGL coming to Montreal, telling us how happy they were to get 2 sold out shows and might be coming back when “It gets warmer”.

He later moved on and talked about Video Games.

“Some people say video games are for children.” The crowd booed. During the quiet long pause, I was offended. I yelled out that I was in fact a “MANCHILD” Lulz ensued.

“Some people say video games are violent.” Without a doubt, Jack Thompson’s name flew out loud and Tommy responded: “Who know’s who I’m talking about.”

He also jokingly asked for requests. Some guy yelled out “Tron” and Tommy was pointing at him to agree. I yelled out for MDK.

Then the usual pieces for the first act was in full motion. The MGS skit was hilarious. Also I couldn’t forget Matin Leung (The Video Game Pianist.) He started out with a Final Fantasy Medley and worked his other pieces during the show.

My mind was officially blown, but that was just Act I. A 20 minute pause for Act II took place briefly.

Back for more, Act II was more impressive than the first. Beyond Good & Evil, World of Warcraft (Jack started a horde/alliance fight), Starcraft 2(!), and more.

But that’s not all, Martin came back to play us some Namco pieces and introduced us to one of the show’s new pieces: a BioShock Piano solo.

The show ended with a Halo medley with Tommy on the guitar, some guy yelled: “HALO SUCKS” before the piece, once again lulz ensued. After the standing ovation, Tommy had something else to say…

“You know how people demand an encore in a rock show? They put up their lighters and chant. Now, since we’re in the a concert about video games, I want everybody to put up their DSes and PSPs in the air.”

“Wait, look at that guy in the balcony holding a laptop, what the hell are you doing with a laptop? Now tell me, is it a PC or a Mac?” The guy replies a Mac.

“A Mac?” The crowd boos at the guy.

Tommy swaps guitars and finishes the event with “One Winged Angel” (From FF7).

After the show, it was the Meet and Greet section in the lobby, I was surprised that almost everybody left and only a few people stayed after the show. I met Tommy, Jack and Martin. They were cool and enthusiastic about the fans. I mentioned to Tommy that I was the guy who requested MDK, he was happily surprised since nobody he heard requested it before. I also snagged something else.

So, in a nut shell, Video Games Live was amazing and mind blowing. I can’t wait to see it again (hopefully very soon).


Downloadable Content Coming to Wii!

Downloadable content for Wii games is finally on its way, Nintendo project leader Takashi Aoyama announced today at the Game Developers Conference.

The first games to take advantage of the new functionality haven’t been yet been revealed. The add-on content will be available to disc-based games and downloaded WiiWare titles. Wii Points, which can be purchased directly from Nintendo via Wii’s Shop Channel or from a local electronic retailer, will be used to buy the new content for Wii games. All transactions for purchasing downloadable content would be taken care of in-game, Aoyama said.

This news likely prompts gamers to wonder how they will fit the new content on their Wii’s given the console’s limited 512 MB of internal memory. The system does feature support for SD Cards up to 2 GB in size, although that number still pales in comparison the the storage capacities of other consoles, which range anywhere 20 GB to 120 GB.

Here’s hoping for an official HDD attachment!

-Urb4n Z0mb13

Spore to Launch on September 7, 2008

Will Wright’s Spore (Sim Galaxy) has finally been given a release date. On September 7, you can begin evolving your creatures from cell, to sapient!

The announced that it will be coming to PC, Mac, DS, and Mobile. It is not clear which versions will be coming on September 7, though.

This game looks absolutely huge. Managing a whole galaxy will be amazing, though!


Devil May Cry 4 Widget Contest!

There’s a pretty cool contest going on for fans of Devil May Cry 4. There’s a flash based widget that you can put on your site, blog, or social network of choice, which lets you check out rare screenshots, videos and other related things. The contest goal is to have as many of your friends, or site visitors to “grab” the widget for their own use! Prizes (which will be awarded to the most grabs) include an HDTV, a Collectors Edition of Devil May Cry 4, and much more!

If you want to be a part of this, check out this page and pick your side: Nero Nation, or Dante’s Disciples, and you will receive further instruction by email. While is not participating in the contest, I wanted to get the word out to you guys. Good luck!