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Katsuhiro Harada wasn’t missing and he’s fine!

9 Jun

katsuhiro harada

Few days ago we reported some quite worried tweet from Tekken Project Support Team, claiming Katsuhiro Harada missing from the office since last week and not answering to any call or mail. The web got really worried for Harada-san, even if his closest collaborators confirmed that, despite the lack of any feedback from the producer, he was still connecting to Steam daily.

Finally we can say that Katsuhiro is fine, and he wasn’t even really missing. This is what he said on friday through his Twitter account:

“Oh man, this has turned into news?
I’m not missing!
I just finished up the master version, and I had a cold and a fever so I was home drinking tequila and getting some work done. Ono got a new car late last month so I took it for a test drive, and cleared some games I had piled up (Crysis 3, Bioshock, Metro) so I ignored calls from the office. I was busy. Then Grid 2 came out while work was piling up, people were treating me like I was missing or something. I’m fine, and back to work and I’ll be at E3, so don’t worry. I’m alive (proof).

katsuhiro harada

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News from Space by SEGA?



2 Jun

sega logo

Let’s start saying this is not a news, nor a review a preview or anything like that, this is not even about rumors. This are just few lines about something that made us think.

You will remember SEGA Kawaii, the brand new shop in Japan selling cool stuff and gadget all inspired by retro gaming like Dreamcast backpack and an inflatable Morolian (you know, the dancing aliens in Space Channel 5). This doesn’t mean anything, you know Japanese people loves gadget and retro gaming.

You will certain remember even the recent news about SEGA Spectrum, of course is still a mistery to everyone (probably even to SEGA), what is certain is that “A new world of entertainment” tickles our dead hopes. Nah, you silly, how can you even think to SEGA coming back to the hardware market??!

So today browsing Twitter we found out the existence of an official Space Channel 5 account, only in Japanese at the moment, with just a few tweets started on 21st of May. That’s not a great news, considering we can’t read Japanese (shame on us) is not even so interesting but… Why open an official account for a game ten years old? And why now?

We have no answer, and most probably nothing of this is connected, but we like to dream and SEGA was (is?) for sure a DREAMCASTER…

Kojima has just revealed that Ground Zeroes is Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

27 Mar

metal gear solid 5 the phantom pain

New trailer at Hideo Kojima‘s GDC keynote confirms Metal Gear Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain are together actually Metal Gear Solid 5.

Here we go with the first reveal trailer!

Sturmwind gets a release date!

14 Mar

sturmwind cover

We are really pleased to inform you that Sturmwind, the upcoming shmup game for SEGA Dreamcast developed by Duranik, has an official release date!

Here is the press release by Red Spot Games, publisher of the game:

We are under attack: Sturmwind pilots, fall in for saving the world in April 2013!

Antritt zur Weltenrettung!

The fierce enemy‘s troops have already reached our world‘s doorsteps and we are running out of time! Our reconnaissance drones have detected 16 promising locations for our search of „Mother“, the planet of our living ancestors.

After several development steps by Duranik and redspotgames the launch date for your mission is clear.

Sturmwind pilots, your all-dominant mission will begin on April 24th 2013. All documents will be sent to you until this very date.

Fight over 20 boss enemies in 16 levels. In addition to the so-called “Award Trophy System”, there will also be an internet highscore list in which your performance can compete against each other worldwide.

Your wings of steel are now our last resort.

Stay ready for further instructions. Over and out.

So, undust your Dreamcasts folks, because Sturmwind will see the light on April 24th 2o13! Check out our preview of the game.

Pre-order the game here.

Video Games and Violence: the neverending bullshit

6 Feb

video games violence

Last week, CNN pseudo-journalist Erin Burnett desperately tried to link video games to violence (you’re nor the first nor the last…what about get over it?).

Burnett said that violent games make people more likely to kill, and she invited Dr. William Pollack, psychologist and a well-respected author of a number of books, to make him confirm it. Basically she wanted her viewers to believe video games turn people into killers. Bu the attempt led to an huge fail, indeed Dr. Pollack said there was absolutely no evidence for that, making the anchor very upset.

But, watch the video to judge by yourself (and decrease your hope in humanity).


We all know. Gamers and game industry representatives are not the most verbally-peaceful kind of people on the net. So this is the wordy assault launched by David Jaffe, director of Twited Metal and God of War, in reply to Erin Burnett. Pick up some pop-corns and enjoy!

“Dear Erin Burnett: you, ma’am, are at best an idiot that CNN should be ashamed to have as an anchor. At worst, you are the worst kind of American: one who has allowed the healthy desire for success to morph into a capitalistic cancer that makes it ok to ignore the facts in order to make your product more appealing, regardless of the consequences. To make matters worse, your own views about video games- which you seem to have no problem sharing with your hundreds of thousands of viewers- clearly have not been formed by any actual research or real life experience with the medium.

I am sure you will think yourself quick and insightful when you tell me- a video game director/designer accusing someone from another industry of making products for profit regardless of consequence- that I am the pot and you are the black kettle. However, if you actually listened to your guests and read the studies (aka if you actually did some….some….hmmm, what’s that word you journalists have for it? Oh right: RESEARCH!) you would see you are wrong; you would see there remains- after years of studies- zero evidence of video games with violent subject matter causing real life violence.

On the flip side- you know: YOUR side- there is very real evidence that our society suffers greatly when our news media fails to properly inform the public.

The fact that you think a guy who ‘trains’ on a shooting video game would be granted the skill to horrifically, tragically kill those CHILDREN in Norway only serves to show how little research you do before you open your mouth in front of your world wide audience under the guise of delivering news. I’m not sure what makes your argument look more ignorant: the fact that you don’t back up your idiotic statement by showing a correlation to the current health of America’s agriculture sector with the popularity of Farmville OR the fact that the sick, deranged evil loser who killed those poor kids in Norway had picked such a poor ‘training’ tool that after 700 hours of play, he was only capable of hitting little kids with his bullets versus the well armed pretend terrorists and highly skilled virtual soldiers that he was battling in the game.

Shame on you. But more importantly: shame on your profession. It deserves so much better.”

Thanks David, you couldn’t say it better. Everybody is tired of this bullshit!

Be cheerful and say thanks to David on his Twitter.

If you’re looking for a place to unleash your rage, Erin’s Twitter could be a good starting point.

Suda51’s Grasshopper Manufacture joins GungHo Group

30 Jan

Here we go folks! This blog starts with a post about our beloved Suda51 and his Grasshopper Manufacture and I can’t imagine a better subject for a bombshell start!

But first thing first, on February 1, 2013, Grasshopper Manufacture will join GungHo Group, both companies have announced earlier this morning. Is this a good or a bad news? Let’s find out!

GungHo CEO Kazuki Morishita and Grasshopper CEO Goichi Suda

GungHo CEO Kazuki Morishita and Grasshopper CEO Goichi Suda

Grasshopper Manufacture is a critically acclaimed software house based in Tokyo, founded by Goichi Suda in 1998, best known for video games masterpieces such as Killer 7 (GCN / PS2, 2005), No More Heroes (Wii, 2008), Lollipop Chainsaw (X360 / PS3, 2012) and the upcoming Killer Is Dead (X360 /PS3, 2013). The company, and particularly his CEO and head designer Suda51, is noted for its original and imaginative titles, ones that are also fraught with financial risk. Anyway, if you don’t know it, probably you’re reading the wrong blog (just saying).

On the other side, GungHo Online Entertainment is a leading Japanese company specialized in online game services, primarily known for hosting the Japanese server of Ragnarok Online (PC, 2001), as well as their development of Ragnarok DS (NDS, 2008).

GungHo CEO Kazuki Morishita and Grasshopper CEO Goichi Suda discussing the union.

GungHo CEO Kazuki Morishita and Grasshopper CEO Goichi Suda discussing the union

“GungHo is fusing the planning and development power of Grasshopper Manufacture with the power of managing online games cultivated by both companies to produce higher quality content.” said GungHo CEO Kazuki Morishita on his official announcement.

On the other hand, Suda51 had been more concise (as usual) just dropping a status update on his Facebook “I’d like to inform you that as of Feb 1, 2013, Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. will be joining GungHo Group.”

Both parts invite readers to take a look at the interview made by 4Gamer.net for further details, but it’s in Japanese…so just trust us 😀

At THAT DAMN PIXEL we love Suda’s games and we don’t know if this partnership (well, more an acquisition than a partnership) is driven by any financial problems (Grasshopper doesn’t always make amazing sales outside Japan) or something else, but as long as Goichi keeps doing great, creative, crazy (weird?) and awesome games we don’t really mind.

PUNX NOT DEAD