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Payton: Japan's No Longer the Center of the Gaming Universe

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316w ago - Ryan Payton, self-described game hobo, fresh off working on Metal Gear Solid 4 and a cross-country move from Japan back to Seattle, took some time to sit down with me this weekend to talk development, Japan and life.

Payton's move back from Japan to the U.S. couldn't come at a better time for a game developer, as the focus on game development seems to be shifting from former dev powerhouse Japan to the U.S. Japan may still be the center of the gaming universe when it comes to cold hard cash, but when it comes to development it no longer seems to be, Payton said.

"The Japanese public seems to be disinterested in next-gen and high definition gaming," he said, pointing to the 360 and its apparent uphill battle in Japan as proof of that. "There is a stigma still attached to western technology there."

"There have been a lot of good mainstream games built for the Japanese Xbox 360," he said. "But they only sold a small number of copies. I think that kind of drained a lot of expectations."

And yet the DS, with it's relatively dated technology, continues to sell well in Japan.

"It's not about the tech in Japan, it's about the games, it's about nostalgia."

While Japanese gamers still seem interested in the sorts of games coming out of Japan, the same isn't...
 

Video: Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe: Sub-Zero vs. Superman

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319w ago - It's Sub-Zero vs. Superman in this direct-feed video from Midway's upcoming fighter, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The video comes courtesy of G4TV, and is dubbed "Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe: Sub-Zero vs. Superman".

Check it out below...

Enjoy!



 

E3 2008: DC Universe Online Trailer from Sony's Conference

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323w ago - Here is a sneak peak at DC Universe Online from Sony's Conference at E3 2008.

The caption reads: "Be your own hero alongside DC legends."

The video is available below, courtesy of GameTrailers.

Enjoy all!




 

Mortal Kombat versus DC Universe Screenshots & E3 2008 Trailer

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323w ago - Check out the new screenshots for Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe below from the gallery at Gamikaze.pl (linked above), which has been updated with Sonya and Shang Tsung Renders.

Also below is the E3 2008 trailer for Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe.

It is available via YouTube below, courtesy of TheRajmanHD and the caption states, "When two worlds collide, unexpected heroes will fight.".

Enjoy!




 

Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe: First Trailer video!

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335w ago - Wow - this one is a mind trip. GamesRadar UK has managed to secure the first reveal of the new Mortal Kombat game. But as the mind-boggling Trailer video proves, your favorite spine-ripping warriors are no longer alone.

In Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, releasing this fall on 360 and PS3, they'll be joined - and challenged to battle - by your favorite justice-serving superheroes as well.

We really don't know what else to add... Seriously, why aren't you watching Sub-Zero and Batman beat the snot out of each other already?!

We'll have more information for you at 4pm, PST, so stay tuned.
 
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