Jim Sterling: Bullshit in Sheep’s Clothing

By Heath | June 2, 2013 at 10:51 am

He’s right, as usual. This kind of thing drives me nuts. Publishers will pull your pants down and call it a “clothes change assistant” if you let them. Don’t fall for deceptive marketing.
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PSP2′s Visuals Do Not Rival PS3

By Heath | January 27, 2011 at 2:08 am

Many have rumored that the PSP2 may have graphical power near that of the PS3. In turn, many have wondered, assuming that were true, about the possible battery life of the machine. Well, good news and bad news, sort of:
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PSP price drop for Europe

By Heath | October 12, 2010 at 3:40 am

As of Oct. 27, SCEE is ready to drop the price of the PSPgo from 250 euros to 179, while still maintaining the offer of havin g10 free PSN downloads; it will meanwhile lower the price of the more popular PSP 3000 from 169 euros to 119. PSP 3000 bundles will meanwhile drop from 189 to 139 euros. For our surely confused audience in America, a “euro” is kind of like a dollar, except magical. It is said that this discount will last until at least December 31, after which it is subject to change.
Thanks, NeoGAF and Gameblog.fr

Media Create Software/Hardware sales 9/27-10/4

By Heath | October 6, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Media Create reveals Japan’s best-selling hardware and software for Sept. 27 – Oct. 3.
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Media Create Software Sales 8/30-9/5

By Heath | September 8, 2010 at 9:00 pm

The top 20 games sold in Japan this last week.  An RPG in the top spot, but not many on the list.
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NieR Replicant strongly outsells NieR Gestalt in Japanese debuts

By Heath | May 6, 2010 at 9:15 pm

As Japanese software sales figures emerge, the PS3′s NieR Replicant, as expected, handily outsold the Xbox 360′s NieR Gestalt, as the former debuted at #1 and is outselling its 360 counterpart about five-to-one.  These are alternate versions of what is essentially the same game, though North America only got the Gestalt version on both consoles, under the less specific title of Nier.  Complete data for April 19-25 below:
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Famitsu software sales figures + analysis (4/12 – 4/18)

By Heath | April 21, 2010 at 8:40 am

Overall, it’s a slow time for sales. Not a lot of software is moving in Japan right now, which makes the figures shown by games like Fist of the North Star, Tomodachi Collection, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and Yakuza 4 during these recent times all the more impressive.
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Dragon Quest X overthrown by Monster Hunter 3rd as Japan’s most-wanted game (American Gamer in Japan 3)

By Heath | April 17, 2010 at 4:57 am

Since the announcement of Monster Hunter Portable 3rd for PSP, Mon-Han Fever is once again sqeeping the nation — ef, that’s a typo but I don’t wanan fix it. “Sqeeping” is the new “sweeping” from here on out, trendsters. In other news, I just typed “ef.” I dunno what’s up today, kids. Anyway, for three weeks straight, it’s been ranked as the most-wanted game, the longtime champ before that being Dragon Quest X. That, plus the promised pictures of the beautiful cherry blossoms below.
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Famitsu software sales (4/5 – 4/11)

By Heath | April 14, 2010 at 8:21 am

1. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
2. Fist of the North Star (PS3)
3. Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2010 (PSP)
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Japan’s game sales 3/22-3/28, analysis (Famitsu)

By Heath | March 31, 2010 at 8:23 am

Fist of the North Star for PS3 has outsold its 360 counterpart…pretty handily. God of War III makes its debut, and Wii Fit is still hanging around.
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Japan’s fiscal year 2009 hardware/software sales + analysis

By Heath | March 31, 2010 at 7:14 am

The numbers are in, and Japan’s best-selling hardware and software (at least the top five) have been announced. The industry hauled in 549 billion yen from Japanese gamers from the end of March last year till just a few days ago. Here’s what brought in the biggest chunks of that cash.
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Atelier Judie scores on the low end of its series’ usual

By Heath | March 31, 2010 at 1:12 am

Atelier Judie gets marked 28/40 in Famitsu this week.
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Japanese software sales 3/15-3/21 (Famitsu)

By Heath | March 24, 2010 at 8:48 am

Here are the top sellers in Japan this week.
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This Week’s Famitsu Review Scores

By Heath | March 23, 2010 at 12:04 am

They might be the most useless in the industry, but they’re always amusing, so here are this week’s leaked scores
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Nerd news: Hamauzu leaves Square Enix

By Heath | January 20, 2010 at 7:30 am

Fans who know enough about games to have favorite game music composers (this writer and perhaps you, reader of obscure RPG website) will find it noteworthy that Masashi Hamauzu has left Square Enix, hot off the release of Final Fantasy XIII. No reasons for the departure were reported, but like other recent Square Enix quits, perhaps he felt his years at the company had been too linear, and he needed a new town.

NCsoft getting serious about Aion cheaters

By Heath | November 24, 2009 at 2:59 am

Following vocal player quittings and criticism, NCsoft is taking steps to crack down on bots and real-money item sellers.
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MMORPG developer Mythic downsized

By Heath | November 10, 2009 at 8:48 am

Electronic Arts-owned Mythic Entertainment, developer of MMORPGs such as Dark Age of Camelot and Warhammer Online (ironically written about mere hours ago) saw a serious size decrease today. 
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EA Merges with itself

By Michael | June 25, 2009 at 10:44 am

In true EA business fashion it has merged with itself, combining two of its studios into one.  BioWare and Mythic studios have now been combined to form a large RPG/MMO studio.  This newly formed team will be led by Dr. Ray Muzyka, co-founder and general manager of BioWare.
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