gdc09

  • Video: Footage of Mass Effect 2 gameplay

    Looks like Devin and I missed BioWare at GDC, but that’s what the Internet is for, right? Following the jump are two videos of the same footage taken at a GDC presentation with the second video being a bit longer from a different perspective. Nothing is really given away, but it looks like ME2 is humming right along. Read More

  • Rhythm Heaven contest: a winner is you?

    The Rhythm Heaven contest is over! By playing both the kid card and the economy card, Kenneth has demonstrated that he is lacking moral rhythm, perhaps the most important rhythm of all. “I want this game because winning it is probaly the only way my daughter may ever get it in these trying times for now maybe a little bit of rhythm is what might get us through the next day.” Yikes! Read More

  • Video: Hands on with the GameTrak Freedom controller

    GDC isn’t exactly our cup of tea, but we did manage to find some worthwhile things to report about. I think the team needs to dye their hair blue or wear kilts next year because that’s what the cool kids at GDC do. Anyway, we’ve known about the GameTrak Wiimote-like controller for the Xbox 360 for some time now and we tracked down their booth to test out the controller. Read More

  • Is OnLive OnCrack?


    We just tried out OnLive, and of course it worked perfectly, being a demonstration on the order of 8-10 machines set up by the company itself. The people we talked to were naturally very optimistic, and my concerns over the availability and reliability of multi-megabit connections were waved away. That isn’t the only problem, though. OnLive will need a top-tier computer for every player… Read More

  • Contest: Win our pre-release copy of Rhythm Heaven for the DS


    [Update: It’s over!]
    Nintendo was generous enough to provide everyone at their press conference with a copy of Rhythm Heaven (Rizumu Tengoku), a game which is already very popular in Japan and they’re hoping will take off here, presumably with word of mouth from us folks. Of course, I don’t have a DS (I’m still working through the Dreamcast library), so one of you… Read More

  • Game Developers Conference 2009 Round-Up

    The CrunchGear mobile newswagon is parked in downtown San Francisco for the Game Developers Conference, and although this is a more industry-orientated show, we’ve managed to find some pretty interesting stuff — and of course, a few of the latest games. Check out some of the highlights inside. Read More

  • Live Blog: Kojima Keynote GDC09

    Devin and I are on the ground at Hideo Kojima’s keynote. This is his first keynote at GDC. Unfortunately we won’t be getting any free games like Nintendo gave out yesterday. Mr. Kojima’s keynote will focus on making the impossible possible. It doesn’t look like there will be a lot of non-developer news coming out of this keynote. Read More

  • Video: Mario warps to Chicago, hilarity ensues

    Matthew Dominick made this clever Mario mash-up in which the plumber blows the warp whistle and ends up in Chicago, a city that probably already has a surfeit of mustachioed ethnic plumbers but could always use one more. Read More

  • Free DSi points when you purchase a Nintendo DSi

    A few things went unannounced during Nintendo’s GDC keynote this morning and the biggest news on the DSi front is the confirmation of 1000 free DSi points if you purchase the third generation DS within the first six months of launch. That’s quite a bit of free swag considering DSiWare games and apps will be divvied up into four price tiers: free, 200 points, 500 points and 800+ points. Read More

  • Mindbending indie game Fez has a new trailer

    Like Portal, Fez will be forcing you to wrap your mind around a completely different way of navigating the world. I’m losing it just watching this trailer, and I’ve been following its development for some time now. Whatever system this ends up coming out on, that’s the one I’m going to buy. Hopefully it’s all three plus the PC. Read More

  • Video: Nintendo Wii System Menu 4.0

    In case you’re stuck at work or away from your precious Wii, Doug was kind of enough to take this quick video of today’s update to the Wii Menu System. Enjoy. Read More

  • Video: Demo of OnLive

    Douglas did a fine job detailing what OnLive is yesterday and today we’re bringing you a hands-on demo of the cloud gaming service from the GDC show floor. The chap who gave us the demo does a find job of explaining how OnLive works in case you missed yesterday’s post. Sit tight and watch Devin suck at GRID. We questioned one of the OnLive developers about possible bandwidth… Read More

  • Gloves-on with Punch-Out!!! for the Wii

    Punch-Out!!! was being demoed at the Nintendo booth, so we thought we’d take a crack at it. The controls are… well, they’re okay. The gameplay is almost identical to the NES game, except the NES game is a lot snappier. Read More

  • Video: Checking out the new DSi and its camera-based minigames

    Although the keynote wasn’t exactly a fountain of new releases, they did demo some new stuff for the DS/DSi, including a pretty fun-looking little minigame set that uses the camera. The user-facing camera is pretty terrible, of course, being VGA resolution and probably a pretty limited FPS as well, but it works tolerably well for stuff like this. I was surprised that it could detect my… Read More

  • Hands-on: Fat Princess for PlayStation 3

    My only recollection of Titan’s Fat Princess was the initial controversy over the games title and how it degrades those who are overweight and women and all that hoopla. All that aside, the game is incredibly fun to play and rather brutal considering it looks like a kid’s game. It reminds me of Team Fortress 2 and neither myself, Greg or Devin have successfully saved our Princesses. Read More

  • Guitar Hero comes to PlayStation Home

    Today, Activision and Sony announced “Backstage with Guitar Hero” for PlayStation Home so players can congregate and accost each other virtually while watching GH videos and sharing their own greatest hits. There’s a GH themed mini-game that tests your mind, body and soul. Heh. Actually, it’s more like Simon Says where you have to follow a lead guitarist and mimic… Read More

  • Capcom dates Bionic Commando, schoolgirl giggles ensue

    I’m squealing like a pig on its way to the slaughterhouse over confirmation from Capcom that Bionic Commando will be hitting the US on May 19th. The PC version is said to be shipping shortly after the console launch. Who’s excited? Reloaded for the latest generation of hardware, Bionic Commando sees the return of the ultimate fusion of man and machine as Nathan Spencer is back as… Read More

  • Sony discounts PS3 dev kit, hopes it will boost development

    It’s a known fact that the PS3 is a developer’s nightmare but Sony is hoping that a price cut to all existing dev kits will increase development. The original Reference Tool models DECR-1000A and DECR-1000 received price cuts along with new features to the PS3 Debugging Station. In the US, a new Reference Tool model, DECR-1400A, was introduced for $2000 and will go for €1,700… Read More

  • Microsoft's new Xbox 360 dev kit is gorgeous

    Isn’t it gorgeous? Microsoft introduced a new dev kit at GDC and it’s ditched the old cream and grey color scheme for a more aesthetically pleasing getup that comes in black and blue or black and grey. Hit the jump for more images. Read More

  • Nintendo GDC keynote recap

    Sorry about the delay, folks, but you didn’t miss much from Nintendo’s keynote this morning at GDC and we managed to get you the most important news as it was happening anyways. So here’s a quick recap of a few facts that you might find interesting. We’ll have video of a few tasty treats as quickly as the press room’s Wi-Fi lets us upload to YouTube. Read More