Nintendo has made it clear that it is taking E3 2012 seriously, offering interested gamers the chance to get the latest info from LA via the web, YouTube, FaceBook and Twitter. In a press release, it was announced that:

“Nintendo will be using a mix of online, broadcast and social platforms to provide a steady stream of breaking news and announcements during the video game industry’s biggest annual trade show”.
“We don’t want anyone to miss the energy and excitement of this year’s E3 Expo,” said Cindy Gordon, Nintendo of America’s vice president of Corporate Affairs. “By offering different ways to tune in and follow all the Nintendo news, we aim to make fans all over the world feel like they’re right there with us at the show.”

The hub on the web is located at, where there will be a live stream of the proceedings (no information about geographical restrictions announced). The US will have access to live TV broadcasts on the Spike TV and MTV2 networks commercial-free, while there will also be updates posted on YouTube, FaceBook, and Twitter. All this should make it easier for New Zealanders to follow the news when E3 kicks off in a couple of weeks.

via Gaming Examiner

I was pretty concerned that an XBLA/PSN release of Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown would mean a stripped-down feature set, but this trailer has gone a long way to help me put those fears aside. The video goes out of its way to acknowledge the existence of the dynamic arenas (which I was expecting), online room matches (which I wasn’t entirely expecting), a “vast collection of customizable items” (which I… wasn’t necessarily expecting only because I’m crazy about making Akira look weird), and a tutorial mode, which looks like it might be as fully featured as the VF4 Evolution tutorial mode, and includes a frame advantage counter, which is great news if you’re wanting to learn how to play.

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Here we go, y’all.  Number 179 and there is a craptonne of news.  Much of it concerns Battlefield.  James has played Diablo 3, and we get his impressions.  Paul unboxes his collector’s edition too.  THQ continue their downward spiral, and Activision try to out-do EA.  There’s also news about Dishonored, Dead Space 3, Black Ops 2, Minecraft, and Playstation’s financial situation (confused somewhat by some bad maths).  Enjoy.

Brace all your selves.  This is the one hundred and seventy eighth Buttonmasher Podcast.  Mass Effect 3 may or may not be mentioned.

I know we’re all tired of hearing about the revival attempts being funded through Kickstarter at this point, but I want to post about this because it has me somewhat conflicted. The game is Battle Chess; if you played PC games in the 90s, you may have come across it. The Kickstarter project is headed by Subdued Software and has a target goal of $100,000.

As someone who enjoyed the original 1988 release, and can play Chinese Chess (which was the game for the sequel), I’m interested. On the other hand, as someone who’s old enough to know that the gimmick of animations whenever a piece is taken grows old extremely fast, I feel doubtful that there will be enough meaningful substance for this game to register as a serious chess game for anyone but fans of the original. The “Challenge Mode” could be good, but then again, I could just check out the Puzzle Of The Day at

No images or further details and no apology for a direct copy of the press release, but this is interesting and I’m in a rush…

Sydney, Australia – May 4, 2012  Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced The Elder Scrolls® Online, an MMO in development at ZeniMax Online Studios. The Elder Scrolls Online will be the first Elder Scrolls game to allow gamers to explore the legendary Elder Scrolls world with others.

 The Elder Scrolls Online is being developed for PC and Mac under the leadership of industry veteran Matt Firor, who has spent the last two decades working in online game development. Details about the game are revealed in an exclusive cover story in Game Informer®’s June issue, which ships to subscribers and newsstands this month. Continue reading

I’m going to play some ME3. No time for words.

Not as scandalous as the title implies, but console fashionistas can rejoice, I guess? I suppose it’s just not something that I “get”, but I’m of the opinion that if you’re so discerning as to want a console in a specific colour, you’re probably crazy enough to be bothered enough to paint it yourself. Then again, maybe you’re lazy. So if you’ve been holding out for a PS3 in a rather bold, Kratos-y colour, then Sony’s got your back. For an RRP of $589.95, you can get this 320GB console in “Scarlet” Red. The fact that this is more than the price of the standard version is offset by the inclusion of an extra controller in the bundle. Oh, and the colour thing.

It didn’t take too long, and this is one I thought could have gone either way. So, with six days to go, the Kickstarter project for the remake of Leisure Suit Larry In The Land Of The Lounge Lizards is over the $500,000 goal. In the description, it states that when the funding goal is exceeded they “plan on adding more rooms, more girls, and more lousy pick up lines.” so ummm, yay? It’s also interesting to see how the high-roller pledges panned out: One person has coughed up the $10,000US for a lunch with Al Lowe himself, just as one person saw fit to contribute $5,000US to be the broke gambler that wanders the streets of the game in nothing but a barrel. Strangely, no one’s taken the $7,500US pledge to be a name (somehow) in the age verification questions. For me, that was one of the first things that come to mind when thinking about the original, but I don’t have that kind of money!

It is that time of the week again.  Time to listen to a thing on the internet, that is.  The thing in question is the 176th Buttonmasher podcast, wherein we discuss games and things that aren’t games but may be tenuously related (or, in many cases, are not).