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Rare: Banjo franchise possible on Xbox Live Arcade

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347w ago - Now here's definitely an interesting rumor for you to sip your morning coffee on. With so many gamers crying out for the Banjo franchise on the Nintendo Wii Virtual Console, some gamers are now starting to cry out for the Banjo franchise on the Xbox Live Arcade. In the last edition of the Rare Scribes (where gamers send in questions to Rare and they provide answers), one question asks Rare of the possibility of Banjo on the Xbox Live Arcade:

I'm absolutely SICK of people asking for Banjo-Kazooie on Virtual Console. Why the hell hasn't anyone thought of Banjo on Xbox Live Arcade!? But I ask you, is it even possible to release Banjo-Kazooie on the Arcade? I don't see why not, I mean you own the franchise, not Nintendo. You would just have to remove any and all references to Nintendo, which would probably be a pain in the - how you Brits say - "arse." But wouldn't that be cool? Maybe release Banjo-Tooie along with it and call the whole thing Banjo-Kazooie-Tooie.

How did Rare respond to the question?

Halloween? Bit optimistic, aren't you? Here's the Banjo team on Banjo-Kazooie-Tooie: "Or even Banjo-KazTooie? Let's just get the new 360 game finished before we consider anything else. If it proves successful then we may well cash in by flogging all the dead horses again, but...
 

Resistance 2 Trademarked by SCEA

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347w ago - You know that game you've been working on, with the WWII aliens? Well, if you were planning on calling it Resistance 2, then you'd better think again. Last week Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. filed to trademark the name Resistance 2.

Last month we reported that Resistance 2 was ready for it's pre-Alpha testing stage. Combined with the trademark information, what does this mean exactly? Just that there is a likely chance for a sequel to Resistance. It does not verify the game exists, but does provide good evidence that Insomniac Games is working on a sequel.

To read the filing visit the US Patent and Trademark Office's Web site or check out trademork.com.
 

Guitar Hero 3 is broken

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347w ago - Sad but true folks. A design flaw with the new Les Paul controller means that it may be almost impossible to grab all of the achievements from the Xbox 360 version. And the PS3 version? It suffers the same problems apparently.

I've been a huge fan of the Guitar Hero series since it arrived on the 360 back in April this year. Incredibly frustrating to begin with, I soon learned that the only way to progress was the learn how to use the controller correctly. The Gibson X-Plorer guitar is possibly one of the most sturdy gaming peripherals I've ever owned, having been used daily since it's arrival (and really put through it's paces on some occasions!) it's never given me the slightest bit of bother. Having never attempted a multi-player game, I was eager to get Guitar Hero 3 on release to have two guitars available - it now seems that dream has been shattered too.

The new Les Paul controller certainly took a bit of getting used to, but with a little time it grew on me. I prefered the smaller form factor and the lighter feeling fret buttons to the more plastic feel of the previous guitar. Two player Guitar Hero was good to go - well, for a while anyway.

One evening, I noticed I was faring particularly badly. If you are anything like me, a bad night on Guitar Hero can be just a tad frustrating....
 

SOE NOT being sold to Indian company

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348w ago - On the Internet when a story breaks, everyone jumps on it. The same was the case not too long ago, when Indian site The Economic Times (and subsequently several major news sites) reported that SOE was being bought by Zapak Digital Entertainment for the sum of $300 million, with further details to arrive next week.

Guess what? It's not true. When reached for comment, Sony Online Entertainment President and CEO John Smedley quickly refuted the article. "No idea who made this up. We are in discussions with various companies in India about bringing our games to this growing market but that's it. We aren't for sale," he said. "It's completely and utterly false."

As for what's really going on? "The real scoop is we're just working on a game distribution deal in India with Zapak. It's as simple as that. They're a good company."

Well there you have it. Seems the Internet may have jumped its collective gun a little too early on this story. SOE lovers and players of SOE games don't worry; false alarm. In the meantime, SOE's looking into what caused the miscommunication and trying to get all the false reports taken down.
 

New Darkest of Days shots

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348w ago - A bunch of new pictures detailing the upcoming historical FPS, ranging from World War I to Pompeii or the American Civil War.

More screenshots can be seen here!
 
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