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For the longest time we have sat as watched as niche gaming sites started from obscurity and created a place for themselves in the world of the internets. No more will we sit idly by while the HardCoreMennoniteGaming.com and the HermaphroditicGamers.net establish themselves, now is the time of Sheep loving gamers.

This is MUTTONBASHER!!!!

I am not sure if this was announced previously and I missed it or if it is new to everyone but given that there are a few Mashers out there that are enamoured with this game I thought it worth posting.

IGN have a video of the new content (Tera Patrick) and an interview with one of the developers  which talks about the dlc (and Tera Patrick). The price point will be 800MS points and will be called Ultor Exposed and will contain new missions for the single player experience as well as multiplayer maps, the best part of it all though is the closing line of the video..

Today we took the day off from doing anything unimportant like school or work and made a road trip to Auckland to catch up with some people. Our first appointment was with David Hine from Sony and we chatted about what has happened so far in the year and what to expect for the rest of 2009. There was of course the good news about the titles that we know about which we are probably all looking forward to, and then there was the mixed news when we asked for an update on Play TV heading to NZ.

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I say mixed news because while some of it is obviously less than ideal, there is a glimmer of hope in what we learnt.

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The Otago University Students’ Classics Society will be holding a Halo 3 Tournament in Dunedin this weekend as a fundraiser for their upcoming Ball. The bad news is that registrations are pretty much closed, with 70 registrants expected to take part. The good news is that you’ll still be able to come along and watch the best (and those who think they are the best) compete for a prize pool worth over $1000. Yes – over $1000!

There will be 2 playing pools – legendary and casual, and while all places are currently reserved, you may want to contact the organiser to register your interest in a late place if someone doesn’t show up on the day. Your man is Charlie, and he can be contacted on achilles.otago@gmail.com

The tournament is going to be held at Pop Fiction, the cool comic book store located on Hanover Street opposite the Meridian (near everyone’s favourite karaoke bar, Vivace), on Saturday April 4, and Sunday April 5, from 10am to 10pm (although things may finish up much earlier on Sunday). Everyone is welcome to come along to watch, with entry being via a gold coin donation to the guys. Food and drink will be on sale all day, and there will also be additional consoles for casual gaming on the day.

Kudos to the sponsors for making the event possible: EB Games, Excess Energy Drink, Pop Fiction, and KFC. See you there on Saturday!

The site is coming up on being a year old now and we have been wanting to get the site looking more pro look and feel for the site since we put it live, the time is almost apon us.

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Expect a few new features as well as a completely new look to appear over the next couple of days, and if you notice anything weird let us know in the forum but don’t be too concerned as it will more than likely be a teething issue.

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My thoughts on the pricing model of Hasbro’s Family Game Night are well known. Take one retail boxed Wii/PS2 game, which contains a collection of 6 Hasbro board game favourites, and sell them individually on Xbox Live Arcade for more than 1/6th of the price of the retail collection. Not only that, the price point of 800 Microsoft Points (approximately $16 NZD) is close to the retail price of the physical board games, as well as being in the top tier of XBLA games when it comes to pricing. So, having declared any potential biases, how do the games themselves play out?

Battleship is a classic game invented some time in the early 1900s by someone who never thought to patent the idea. So Milton Bradley did it many years later, and profited from the concept. We’ve probably all played it before – I used to play it in my 1E5 maths book. Draw out a grid, and place a fleet of battleships on it. Take turns with a friend to call out co-ordinates to fire shots and try to take down your opponent’s ships before you fleet is destroyed. I always wanted the Electronic Battleship board game, complete with sound effects, but I came from modest backgrounds. Xbox Live Arcade now gives me a chance to relive that childhood dream.

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My thoughts on the pricing model of Hasbro’s Family Game Night are well known. Take one retail boxed Wii/PS2 game, which contains a collection of 6 Hasbro board game favourites, and sell them individually on Xbox Live Arcade for more than 1/6th of the price of the retail collection. Not only that, the price point of 800 Microsoft Points (approximately $16 NZD) is close to the retail price of the physical board games, as well as being in the top tier of XBLA games when it comes to pricing. So, having declared any potential biases, how do the games themselves play out?

Yahtzee is a classic dice game, originally released by Milton Bradley in the 1950s before being bought out by Hasbro. You have probably played it, or at least be familiar with the basic gameplay of rolling out 5 dice. If Yahtzee is new to you, think of it as a kind of “draw poker”, but with dice. You have 3 rolls of the dice with each turn, to try and make the highest score you can for each of the 13 score categories. After each of your 3 rolls, you can select which dice to hold, and which dice to re-roll to try to improve your hand.

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Some Italian tard has gone and smuggled out some footage of a GDC presentation about Uncharted 2 and posted it on their website. The video shows that Naughty Dog have definitely upped the ante on this one and the increased difficulty and range of climbing is immediately obvious.

The better quality video can be found here, but if you want there is a crappy version after the break.

Update: The Italian site has pulled the video (surprised?).

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Awesome news is awesome! What is probably one of the very few things that could have added longevity and replayability to what was for most people a game choca full of value, Multiplayer has been semi confirmed for Dead Rising 2 in a panel at GDC by the project manager from the studio charged with creating the sequel.

IGN have reported that during the panel technical details surrounding the clothing textures and character models it was mentioned that the game would handle up to 800 individual zombies onscreen at any time or 600 in multiplayer. I can’t think of anything else that would be more likely to drive me to purchase Dead Rising 2, kicking Zombie ass is one thing, doing it with a mate is something altogether more insanely fun.