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Level-5 Reveals Five New Games

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312w ago - Yesterday Ushiro for PSP was announced by Level-5, and today they have unveiled another four titles as well.

For those who didn't know, Level-5 is the independent Japanese developer who was worked on everything from early PlayStation 2 RPG Dark Cloud to the world-beating, epic Dragon Quest VIII.

The games set to be unveiled, as profiled by this week's issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine, are as follows:

Ninokuni: The Another World (Nintendo DS, with an port to an unspecified console also planned) is an RPG starring a 13-year-old boy who's invited into a magical fantasy land by a spirit, a world eerily close to Earth that's under the rule of a dark sorcerer.

There he hopes to deal with the issues that haunt his life, not the least of which being that he was responsible for his mother's passing not long ago. This project is no doubt the biggest announcement of the day, mainly thanks to one small detail: Studio Ghibli, Japan's most famous animation studio, is working on Ninokuni's animated sequences, the first time the company has ever provided original work for a video game.

Danboru Senki (PSP) is a build-and-fight RPG with more than a passing resemblance...
 

Ted Price: Video Game Legislation Has No Place in America

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312w ago - Insomniac founder and CEO Ted Price has said that he believes video game legislation has no place in America.

"It saddens me to see legislators stomping all over our First Amendment rights for their own specific interests." he said.

Price believes people should write a letters to their Congressman about bills that are happening in their state in order to make a difference.

"Otherwise, legislators don't know that their constituents care and they're just simply, I think, walking blindly, following what they think is the mainstream opinion." he said.

To quote: "We're going through what every other entertainment industry has gone through, and that's being the temporary scapegoat for society's ills," Price reasoned. "I think that we as an industry do a fantastic job of policing ourselves, we have one of the most effective, if not the most effective rating system in any entertainment industry right now."

"It won't be until we have more gamers running for office that this will calm down," he added. "It's something that we'll weather, because we are right, what we do is defensible under the Constitution and shouldn't be regulated by the government."
 

EuroGamer: LittleBigPlanet European BETA Keys All Gone

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312w ago - A short while ago, Euro gaming Web site Eurogamer announced that they were offering 5800 keys for the LittleBigPlanet European BETA, and then they quickly disappeared under a raging tide of sack boy-hungry Europeans.

The sheer numbers have brought the Web site to its knees - with users trying to get there simply to get the link to entry page for the story and have had no luck whatsoever, and with the key offer requiring Eurogamer registration, both the front and and back end are getting completely slammed, bringing to mind a mental picture that I will quickly put out of my head.

Needless to say, all of the LittleBigPlanet keys are now gone, with this note: Sorry for all those who had trouble connecting during the stampede, and apologies to those who missed out.
 

Video: XBox 360 vs PS3 Exclusive Games Comparison

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312w ago - Are you an XBox 360 person, or do you believe in the PS3? Can't make up your mind as to which console is better?

Well, we've been trying to keep everyone up to date on the latest in the console wars. But still, sometimes it's not enough.

This video shows a comparison of some of the better exclusive games each console has (or will have soon). That way, you can make an informed decision as to which console is better. Or just use the video to further your argument.

Video can be viewed below via YouTube.. Enjoy!




 

MIT Professor: Video Games, Piracy are Great Equalizers

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312w ago - MIT professor Henry Jenkins III has weighed in on the piracy problems that the media faces. He views piracy in two ways, firstly that it is the only way for developing markets to get access to materials and another that it is a rebellious way for consumers to battle against the high prices of original material.

So how does he propose we solve this? Well by reaching a moral economy in which the system of belief is that the transactions are deemed fair and producers must know where to take their materials where it is demanded and how to price it attractively enough not to lose out to piracy.

He asserts if consumers are given a proper access point for the content they want, then they will not resort to piracy. Interesting, but how about adding a third view Mr. Professor - that is that people would rather pay ZERO instead of even $10.

To quote: He sees piracy in two ways: that it is the only way for developing markets to get access to materials and another is that it is a rebellious method for consumers against high prices of original material. To balance, this, Jenkins said that both producers and consumers would have to reach a "moral economy" where the system of belief is that transactions are fair.

Producers must know where to take their materials and where it is demanded,...
 
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