Raiden’s transformation from reviled gestalt Solid Snake to badass ninja is perhaps one of the strangest redemption stories of the medium, one that takes place more inside player perception than outside the game. Which also means learning that Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima wanted series stalwart Gray Fox as Revengeance’s protagonist instead of Raiden also explains a fair bit about the character’s original unpopularity. Kojima himself never liked him much.
After launching a Kickstarter campaign for an ambitious RTS/RPG/MOBA hybrid called Wildman last week, veteran developer Gas Powered Games is laying off close to 40 staff. The news comes in the wake of a statement by CEO Chris Taylor pinning all of his company’s hopes for survival on the success of the Wildman Kickstarter. The decision seems to have been made in order to afford severance pay while the company is still liquid.
Terry Cavanagh’s brain-arresting Super Hexagon is now available for Android devices running Froyo or better. Super Hexagon is a protagonist of most 2012 “Game of the year” lists that matter as well as temporarily on sale for the price of a cheap pencil sharpener, so normally it should be a Google Play instant buy.
Almost a third of Blockbuster’s UK stores will be closed by current administrator Deloitte in an effort to restore the ailing video rental chain to profitability. 31 stores were originally slated to close after Blockbuster announced its impending administration last week, but a further 129 closures were subsequently deemed necessary by Deloitte, with the possibility of more to come.
We’ve been hearing a lot of news and rumors lately about Sony’s PlayStation 4 and we might hear more come May at E3. This latest rumor is about the PlayStation 4′s controller.
If you love good RPGs like Fire Emblem and you want them on your Nintendo 3DS, we have some good news. Nintendo is offering a new bundle. The Fire Emblem Awakening Nintendo 3DS bundle should be a hit.
Temple Run 2 just debuted on iOS and already Imangi Studios’ sequel to its popular game is at the top of the “Free” section on the iTunes App Store. I wonder how long it will stay there.
I’m huge fan of the Need for Speed franchise and have been since the days of the PS2. EA has announced that the video game Need for Speed Most Wanted will be heading to the new Nintendo Wii U on March 19 in North America. Gamers in Europe will have to wait until March 21.
Legend of Grimrock has sold 600 000 copies, according to a blog post by developer Almost Human. “We would’ve been happy with just one tenth of the sales numbers, so needless to say we’re very happy and the future of our company is secured for a long time,” the devs wrote.
Baseball legend and would-be videogame entrepreneur Curt Schilling has taken to auctioning some of his baseball-related possessions to ease the financial fallout of his studio’s closure. The big ticket items is his famous blood-stained sock, which he wore during the 2004 World Series, which should fetch more than $100 000.
Codemasters has confirmed it will be jettisoning a number of jobs. While the company maintains its F1 and GRID franchises will not be affected, most of the job cuts will seemingly be made at its Southam headquarters, where its GRID staff are housed, with the Online team hit hardest.
Sega is rolling out Kingdom Conquest II to the app store and Google Play. It is the sequel to the 2010 game Kingdom Conquest, which had more than 3.5 million downloads.