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Teaser sites everywhere!

8 Feb

We all know the video games industry feeds on hype. And beside all the regular hype-increaser stuff, like trailers or other advertisements (like this one), sometimes video games companies opt for some sort of mysterious teaser sites, that make gamers and press yell “what the fuck is this?”.

We got a couple examples online right now.

The first one is from SEGA and it features three different artworks (one of them below) and teases a February 12 reveal. You can check out the site here.

sega teaser site 12 feb 2013

Someone said that seems to be for a Japanese version of Korean online game Chaos Online, because, as you can check by yourself here, the game’s official Korean site features banners with the same artworks.

The second one is from Square Enix. The site (here we go) is called murdered.com and it features just a random symbol painted on a rainy road. The header also says: What is the hardest case to solve?

murdered square enix teaser site

Square Enix is less cryptic than SEGA; indeed, beside the header and the platforms logos, it is also teasing some hints via its social network channels (like this brand new Twitter account), posting some absolutely meaningless images like this one below.

murdered square enix teaser site

Any clue about this? Someone on the net found this harvester.netops.eidosinteractive.com/harv.js?’+Math.random(); string in the HTML source of the site, so probably it’s some new IP called Harvester, but more likely it’s just another spin off game from the 13 series that no one wants [Cit.].

**UPDATE (9 Feb 2013)**

Apparently Square Enix replied to Kotaku asking for more details. Here it is:

Murdered: Soul Suspect is an exciting new game from Square Enix which challenges players to solve possibly the hardest case of all.”

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Hyrule Historia book is finally available in English

5 Feb

hyrule historia book english

We know you love The Legend Of Zelda, we also know that you probably don’t speak a single word of Japanese (you ignorant!). Anyway we got great news for you! The long-waited HYRULE HISTORIA book is finally available in a language you can actually understand: English!

We should thank Dark Horse Comics for letting our dreams come true. Unfortunately Dark Horse is an American publisher, and there’s no plan for an European release. But don’t worry, you can buy it on Amazon (or thousands of other websites), and you can also find it or at your local Forbidden Planet (we checked this morning in the London store, and they got plenty of them. Picture below).

hyrule historia english

In case you are not understanding what we are talking about, here’s a little description about the book and the preorder trailer:

“Dark Horse Books and Nintendo® bring you The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, containing an unparalleled collection of historical information on The Legend of Zelda™ franchise. This handsome hardcover contains never-before-seen concept art, the full history of Hyrule, the official chronology of the games, and much more! Starting with an insightful introduction by the legendary producer and video-game designer of Donkey Kong™, Mario™, and The Legend of Zelda™, Shigeru Miyamoto, this book is crammed full of information about the storied history of Link’s adventures from the creators themselves! As a bonus, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia includes an exclusive comic by the foremost creator of The Legend of Zelda manga—Akira Himekawa!”

Ah…if you’re wondering how much it costs, here’s the price tag from the cover: $34.99 ($38.99 CAN), but you cand find it for less on the net.

We hope you’ll enjoy your reading.

Arcade Passion | 1 – SEGA GiGO (Akihabara)

3 Feb

Step inside. Passing rows of crane games, the air is thick with gray cigarette smoke as players feed coins into slots.

Arcade staff empty ashtrays and wipe down cabinets between rounds of play. Groups of schoolgirls pile into sticker-picture booths. Mild-mannered salarymen display impressive King of Fighters fighting skills. A few of the game cabinets are connected to flat-screen TVs so bystanders can stop and ogle. Grimy VCRs are hooked up to bullet-hell shooting games, making it possible for players to record their game play, take home the VHS tape, and study. A line has formed for card-based game Sangokushi Taisen, snaking past the latest dizzying beatmania rhythm game from Konami. Houswives carry buckets of worthless tokens for roaring pachinko machines. A blue plastic gun is pulled and fired at a monitor. Bang bang! The Sega rally-car pedal is pushed to the metal. And players just keep playing. Welcome to the game center, the Japanese arcade. This is where regular folks show off irregular game skills.”

This is what Brian Ashcraft, Osaka-based writer and Kotaku columnist, wrote down as introduction for his best seller “Arcade Mania! The turbo-charged world of Japan’s game centers” (never heard of it? shame on you! save your soul and buy it somewhere NOW!). But why we chose these words? Well, because they describe at best the real feel of being in a Japanese arcade.

We love arcades (video arcades, game arcades, game centers or whatever you call them), everybody do. At least if you are old mature enough to had spent your childhood in one of them, trying to beat that damn pixel highscore. The problem is that video arcades in Europe and in the US are dead, and there is just one place in the world to keep enjoyng the joy of being the record-holder for Metal Slug X or being beaten by a stranger on a Street Fighter II match: obviously we are talking about JAPAN.

This new column has born with the purpose of let you know about all (well, most of them) the beautiful, marvellous, incredible, amazing (sometimes hidden) Japanese game centers! With the hope of building a sort of arcade guide!

Enough introduction (what a long one!), let’s start our journey and spend some ¥!

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SEGA GiGO AKIHABARA | 秋葉原 GiGO

Akihabara_GiGO

Address: 1-15-1 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021 | 〒101-0021 東京都千代田区 外神田1-15-1

Telephone: (00 81) 03-3252-7528

Opening time: 10:00~24:00 (10am – 12 midnight)

Website: http://tempo.sega.jp/am/akiba-gigo/

Foursquare venue: 秋葉原 GiGO

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Starting this column with the Akihabara SEGA GiGO is a must. This is the ultimate temple of every arcade-gamer. It offers six floors (yep, SIX freaking floors) of game cabinets, covering any different game genre, from UFO-catchers to virtual card games, from fighting games to shmups! Obviously there are lots of competitor’s arcades in Akihabara, so to keep up with the neighborhood this GiGO offers monthly tournaments and lots of anime-oriented events and prizes.

FINAL THOUGHT: imagine all your dreams come true…this is the place you DESERVE! It’s just out of Akihabara station, so…what are you waiting for?

European version of Killer is Dead will have both English and Japanese audio

1 Feb

KILLER is DEAD seems to be an hot topic these days, and we are all pretty excited about it.

After all the news about who will publish the next Suda51 work in North America and Europe we are happy to share with you a tweet sent yesterday night by Deep Silver (Killer is Dead european publisher).

So it seems we will be able to enjoy the game (also) with its original Japanese dubbing, and this is and awesome news! Thanks Deep Silver to think about gamers 😉

(Still no info about the topic for the NA release from Xseed)