267w ago - Even though Twilight Princess was in development for years, in some ways, fans were disappointed. The game, while not even close to being a bad game, simply fell short of some expectations.
In a way, Shigeru Miyamoto feels the same way in that he feels as though "there was something missing" from the experience.
To quote: "That's something that I talk to the members of my development team about on a regular basis. What I've been saying to our development teams recently is that "Twilight Princess" was not a bad game, by any means. But, still, it felt like there was something missing.
And while, personally, I feel like "Super Mario Galaxy" was able to do some things that were very new and were very unique, at the same time, from another perspective, certain elements of it do feel somewhat conservative in terms of how far we branched out with design.
And so this is something I've been talking to both of those teams about. Of course, as is customary with Nintendo, it's very rare that we are able to announce any games until they're ready for release, but I can say that these are themes that both of those teams are taking into account and the hope is that for both of those franchises, when we do release the next installments of the "Zelda" [franchise]...
268w ago - LittleBigPlanet, going by its popularity, is Sony Computer Entertainment or SCE's biggest release this year for the PS3.
Inevitably, it hasn't had a conflict-free travel down its release path (the beta key frenzy, for instance) but plucky Sackboy and his platforming marvel has never included any controversy. So when SCEE declares its delaying LBP by a few days because:
"During the review process prior to the release of LittleBigPlanet, it has been brought to our attention that one of the background music tracks licensed from a record label for use in the game contains two expressions that can be found in the Qur'an. We have taken immediate action to rectify this and we sincerely apologise for any offence this may have caused"
You have to wonder whether this speaks of a plain old misunderstanding or honest-to-goodness fear arising from ignorance.
According to tradition, desecration of the sacred book of Qur'an is considered an offense, one punishable by jailing in some countries and death in others. This includes physically man-handling or defiling the book, along with touching it if one is not in the prayer phase.
Islam takes the text itself to be sacred, so much so that pulping, recycling or discarding worn-out copies without the proper respect (like,...
276w ago - European folks: You know the deal, enduring the agonizing wait for a new game release to be localized in a dozen or so languages for PAL territories can be frustrating at times. Or so it seems. Outspoken Sony Computer Entertainment Europe head David Reeves believes the wait is a clear advantage for Europe at times:
To quote: People say, 'Well, why do we always get things last? Why can't we say things?' Well, I've said this many times before: sometimes it's an advantage to be last in Europe, you know, when everything's ironed out.
"This time, we do have things to say in the European [market]. We have the music service, and we're doing great things on SingStar and there's more to come. These are global announcements.
"They recognize that the [Games Convention] in Europe, whether it's in Leipzig, Cologne or London: we can do the announcements wherever. So they said to us in Tokyo, 'Do you want to do it here?' And we said, 'Yeah, we'd love to do it here.
Is the assurance of a bug-free title worth waiting up to six months? Half the time there are no differences and not to mention, those living in Europe sometimes have to wait longer for the same game patches that are released in North America and Japan. All in all, not a very significant advantage.