When Gears of War first came out, I absolutely loved the Mad World commercial. Although I felt that TV spot opened up non gamers to the medium of video games, at the end of the day it was the Michael Andrews / Gary Jules 2001 cover of the 80’s song that actually made that commercial a real success. Lately, Sony have been getting some positive responses to their Resistance 2 commercial.

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After taking a look, I am pretty impressed and am even more excited about this game. Pity I don’t have a beta code yet! Edit: Thanks to Synboi, I am now on my way to downloading the beta! Check out the commercial after the break.

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Last night we drove up to the big smoke again to check out Wii Music. Nintendo events definitely attract a different crowd to the normal gaming event.

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Past the break is some hot Wii Music action being performed in a variety of styles as well as an insightful look into the anti competitive world of Thickshake Retailing.

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What would you do if the person that promised to pay your for services rendered with a diamond encrusted skull skipped out on paying you? Would you lie down and take it? Or would you stand up and fight, fight like 50 Cent? (Fighting like 50 cent entails shooting a mini gun out of a helicopter while also firing a pistol)

A new trailer is past the break. Coming January 2009!

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Rumours floating around are suggesting that the Resistance 2 beta will go completely public tomorrow:

Fortunately, you won’t have to wait that long to get a taste of the multiplayer action found within the game. This Thursday, Insomniac Games and Sony Computer Entertainment will be opening the formerly closed doors on their multiplayer beta, allowing players to leap onto maps and blast away. Here’s what you’ll need to do to jump into the fray: on Thursday (Friday NZ time), go to this link on MyResistance.Net and apply. Once you get in, get ready to invade the United States or defend humanity.

Fingers crossed that they have plenty of invites and we can get some Buttonmasher games going before the beta closes.

pay&playSamba de Amigo is on shelves across the country now, and bears the first red “Nintendo Wi-Fi connection” logo to be seen in New Zealand.

Pay and Play was earlier announced by Nintendo, opening up the platform for paid content which could (and will) range from additional downloadable content for games, to paid access for online gaming (an Animal Crack MMORPG could have Nintendo execs licking their lips all the way to the bank).

The back of the Samba box mentions that the DLC for this game consists of additional songs that you can pay for. The game does not support online multiplayer but does have online leaderboards (one presumes these remain free to use).

IMG_0050 On the back of Nintendo’s recent TV advertising blitz, game sales have been on the increase as Newsboy has covered in his look at the weekly sales charts. We had already seen the exposure of Nintendo products being increased in EB Games stores prior to this, with rumours being that this was the kind of exposure that only money could buy (ie. it would thought that someone was paying for the Nintendo games section to be moved from the cellars to the front of EB Games stores). An EB staffer’s explanation to me had been that the shift of products to the front of the store was more to do with EB Games being seen as a “sole distributor” of Nintendo at the time (Softprint had just gone down the toilet and only EB Games were getting new stock through their own supply channels), but feel free to believe who you want to.

Today I walked into The Warehouse to find that a new dedicated shelf space had been set up for Nintendo. I’m not sure how long it has actually been there, but it would be recent, and is a great sign for Nintendo in New Zealand, even if it has come almost 2 years after the launch of their flagship Wii console.

It will be an interesting Christmas indeed – popularity grows for the $499 Wii (retail price unchanged for 2 years!), while the Arcade 360 package regularly finds its way down to an incredible $349.

The “World Best Selling” Podcast is back for another episode!

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On the menu this week is Gears of War 2 as well as Motorstorm Pacific Rift and a bunch of other games. There is also a competition to win a very limited edition piece of Gears of War memorabilia (see past the break for pics) and to win all you have to do is prove how much you want it. Yes, ambiguous and non specific competition criteria.

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Is it a sequel or is it a stand alone expansion? Well it’s not really either. Portal: Still Alive will feature the original game as played in the Orange Box, and will also have 18 additional levels beyond what is in the original.

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Portal: Still Alive features the full award-winning Portal single player game from Valve, plus a new challenge mode. Designed to change the way you approach, manipulate, and surmise the possibilities in any given environment, Portal has earned over 70 industry honours for its innovative gameplay, with more than 30 “Game of the Year” awards.

The game will cost 1200ms points and comes in at just under a gig in size.

Wellington based Sidhe Interactive, the creators of the Speed Racer game and GripShift, have been awarded funding by TechNZ to help create a cross platform development framework to help developers creating games across multiple systems simultaneously. The work could potentially save thousands of dollars for developers trying to meet the requirements of development on each particular platform.

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Full press release is after the break.

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BioWare first announced that it was working on an massively multiplayer online game back in 2006, at that time it was not detailed as to what exactly it would entail, just that it was an MMO. Today they pulled back the curtains hiding the title and it has been revealed that they are (as rumoured) in fact working on a Star Wars MMO.

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The title that they have given it is Star Wars: The Old Republic and it will take place 300 years after the events in Knights of the Old Republic. IGN has a bunch of information in their announcement post which you can check out here.