Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Annie Wu is da Bomb

Not sure when I started following Annie Wu's illustration blog, but damn, is she good. Let her know how fabulous she is and buy some of her art.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Plug & Play reloaded

photo shamelessly swiped from MTV Geek.
I can't believe I missed MTV Geek's coverage of Jakks Pacific's The Walking Dead Plug it in and Play TV Game. Jakks' had a fairly nice looking show display at Toy Fair 2012 promoting the game, complete with near-lifesize cardbord cut-outs of some of our favorite cast members and what look to be the actual controllers. MTV Geek also spoke with Jakks' own Jared Wolfson to get the two minute pitch.

photo shamelessly swiped from ChipChick
Tech Woman blog ChipChick got in on the action too, with some good pics like the one above showing us how big this controller actually is. Jakks often offers their gun games in 1 or 2 player sets, so I imagine the color difference is to accommodate the 2-player set, or maybe they just haven't made up their mind on the product's color yet. The size of the gun is actually pretty impressive, especially compared to how small their hunting game controllers usually are, and I feel are likely bigger to appeal to an older demographic. I love fake paper logo label on the side of the gun that is "not quite" color matched, nor well affixed along the bottom edge.

The funniest part of this item, other than the press release, is that the product does not show up on Jakks' website. Nor, are there any screenshots to be found anywhere. Like so many things, the fans are likely far more excited by this item than the company that makes it.

So far, the release is scheduled for holiday 2012. Let's hope they can bring it to us a little sooner than that.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Destructoid previews I Am Alive

Image shamelessly swiped from Destructoid
Destructoid got lucky with an advanced look at Ubisoft's I Am Alive this past weekend. If you like Ubisoft's signature running and jumping games like Assassin's Creed, along with a dose of survival horror gameplay, you're gonna love this.

Having followed a long and circuitous development route, this game is now scheduled to be a downloadable title available on XBLA and PSN later this year. Click on over to read Destructoid's impressions, and then cruise the Wiki article for some history of how hey ended up as a downloadable title. It should be interesting to watch the sales numbers on this one, as it may impact what type of risks companies like Ubisoft will take with downloadable versus retail titles in the future.

Natsume's dark past

Who knew? Before their company hung its hat on gentle farming games, apparently Natsume made some pretty scary looking stuff during the NES era. Hardcore Gaming 101 has brought us some  selections from Natsume's darker past in their profile on this long running company.

Friday, February 3, 2012

The 3DS brings the horror, at least in Japan

The 3DS is starting out with a bang when it comes to horror, already lining up its second Resident Evil game next month. And while most of us are probably waiting for Spirit Camera to make its way state side, Japan continues to one-up us, and now gets Night of the Sacrifice on the Wii--and it uses the Balance Board, believe it or not. To wrap your head around this whole Balance Board and horror thing, just click over to Nintendo World Report and get the details first hand.

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