12/06/05 | | Shawn Rider
Every once in awhile we read a good feature on another website that makes us glad we still browse them thar Interwebs. In a list that we agree with a whole bunch, Retro Gaming with Racketboy ticks off the top 20 games you might have missed. Did you play Guardian Heroes on Saturn? Did you play Beyond Good and Evil? Did you play Chu Chu Rocket on Dreamcast? Have you copped a copy of Propeller Arena for DC? Check out the Racketboy list for more must-play titles from bygone days.
At a recent appearance in front of Japan's Digital Interactive Entertainment Conference, famed Nintendo game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto, stunned the audience with a single comment about the upcoming Nintendo Revolution: "There's another secret." Miyamoto offered no further explanation, but the last secret Nintendo had kept from us was the Revolution's controller, and that was undoubtedly huge news. So what else could Nintendo have up their sleeve? George gathers the scant details and tries to put together some theories right here.
11/30/05 | | Shawn Rider
Hillary Clinton and Joseph Lieberman have announced plans to introduce legislation called the Family Entertainment Protection Act (FEPA). The short story about the bill is that it would legislate the practices which are voluntary for retailers to follow under current ESRB guidelines, making it illegal to sell Mature rated games to minors, creating a formal avenue for consumer complaints, and initiating an annual review and "secret-shopper" survey of retailer compliance. The Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) is not happy with the planned FEPA, and they have issued a statement against the bill today.
The Revolution is shaping up to be a phenomenal console, what with built-in emulation for every previous Nintendo console, downloadable retro games, online gaming, and a unique controller that has spawned huge debates about the future of gaming. Kotaku has gotten the early word on Nintendo's E3 Press Conference, which will be held May 9, 2006. The letter from Nintendo refers to "our next home console, code-named Revolution," which has us wondering if we won't hear about the long-rumored console name-change. In addition, Kotaku points us to an article on Revolution Report about a patent application that defines an interface not unlike the Xbox Dashboard. Click on over and get the advanced word. We'll follow all of these assertions as details unfold.
11/27/05 | XB360
| Aaron Stanton
By November 23rd, 2005 - the day after its launch - the Xbox 360 was selling on eBay for over $2000. Then the price dropped as more system owners listed their 360 in an attempt to get a share of the market. But will prices go back up again? eBay listed 28,000 units on the 23rd, but that number has decreased by nearly 3,000 units a day, down to only 13,500 at the time of this writing. At this rate, eBay will be 360-less in 4.6 days, or December 1st. When everyone is sold out, even eBay, how much will your system be worth?
11/27/05 | NGC
| Aaron Stanton
There's an article over at TheHylia.com that pools what we know about The Twilight Princess' placement in the Hyrule time-line, and makes some interesting conclusions. Twilight Princess happens decades after Ocarina of Time, but before Wind Waker? Interestingly, we know what happens after Ocarina of Time from the introduction of Wind Waker: No hero appears, everything goes to crap. If Link is there somewhere in-between, he fails.
11/25/05 | | Shawn Rider
We are proud of our all-original GamesFirst! gear, created by the GF! staff and always available in the GamesFirst! Gift Shop. Being the team players we are, we thought it would be nice for us to try out this whole "Black Friday - Day After Thanksgiving Sale" and see what happened. So we're happy to announce that for TODAY ONLY (that's Friday, November 25, 2005) we are offering this coupon code which will save you up to $100 on your next purchase at the GF! Gift Shop. Visit the gift shop at http://gamesfirst.spreadshirt.com
and add some items to your cart. Once you're in your cart, enter the coupon code 328VUDW in the "Voucher" box and click the button labelled "Redeem Voucher." Get on over to the Gift shop and try it out, or read on for more information about the sale. Hurry! This offer and coupon code expires at midnight tonight.
11/21/05 | | Shawn Rider
In the previous generation, having an Xbox or PlayStation 2 in the trunk and little seven inch monitors in your headrests was the epitome of bling. But in the NEXT generation, the console and the display are a given. The really pimpin' vehicles need online multiplayer, which is what Omniwav Mobile is offering with their WavBoard EV1, a mobile broadband router that works on both Verizon and Sprint networks in the US.
Microsoft has released an initial list of Xbox games that will be supported for emulation on Xbox 360. We know Halo and Halo 2 will be featured (and it's rumored that they will sport some kind of extra buffs and/or graphical polish), but what else can we expect? Just to save you some time and alleviate your worries, we're glad to confirm the following titles are on the supported games list: Barbie Horse Adventures: Wild Horse Rescue, Circus Maximus, BMX XXX, and the entire Cabela's Xbox catalog. So you're pretty much covered.
11/11/05 | | Shawn Rider
Danc from Lost Garden ruffled a lot of feathers with his article about Nintendo's Revolution controller a couple months ago (as did all the greatest gaming websites). Now he's come out again with another sharp bit of criticism and advice for the industry: Broaden your horizons, or remain a niche form of entertainment. It's easy to forget about how few gamers there really are when we put ourselves into communities where everyone shares our interests. Why is there such a crisis about getting women involved in gaming? Because ultimately, the games industry cannot survive if it does not diversify, both in the people who make games and in the people who play games. Danc's article is an absolute must-read for anyone who truly loves games.