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Update: Wanted to bump this post to the front page and give you folks an update. Apparently the game is some sort of Ninja action adventure game. No word yet on which platform the game will be heading to, but some have claimed that it is a DS title.

The World Hobby Fair isn’t exactly known for game announcements. This year, however, news is expected when the event begins on January 18 – specifically from EA. The company is expected to be making an announcement for a new game. The mystery title is listed on a special EA site as a “completely original action adventure game.” No further details were provided, but Spore Heroes and the game that Suda51 and Shinji Mikami are working on are two realistic possibilities. Other than EA’s secret title, SimAnimals, Boku to Sim no Machi Kingdom, and Boku to Sim no Machi Party will be playable at the event.

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Former 1-UP Entertainment Network and EGM Senior Exec Shane Bettenhausen Joins Ignition Entertainment as Company Continues to Expand Worldwide Operations

Glendale, Calif., January 15, 2009 – Ignition Entertainment Ltd., a UTV Enterprise, a worldwide publisher and developer of videogames, announced today that Shane Bettenhausen has been tapped as the Company’s new Director of Business Development. As the former Senior Executive Editor for influential gaming media outlets Electronic Gaming Monthly and, Shane’s extensive background and profound knowledge of videogames, coupled with his encyclopedic knowledge of the video gaming industry, perfectly primes Bettenhausen to spearhead the company’s development initiatives moving forward well into the ‘next gen.’

According to Shane, “I’ve spent the past nine years dissecting and evaluating games as a journalist, and I’m incredibly eager and humbled to finally get the chance to learn the other side of the business. I’m tremendously excited to help shape the direction of Ignition’s future products, and I feel that together, we’ll be able to craft experiences that entertain, challenge, and emotionally impact gamers.”

It’s unclear at this time if this game will be released for a Nintendo system – or even for any console – but this footage looks pretty legitimate if you ask me.


“Since I became the head of development for Capcom, there’s really three main pillars to my approach to development. The first one is original titles. Every certain number of years we will make a certain number of original titles. Then, sequels for fans of our current series. The third one is using older IP. Really, it’s a matter of granting what the fans are looking for. We started making those games and people have continued to look for them, and really there is interest out there. As you say, it’s really about respecting the IP and then doing a remake that follows as an extension. Mega Man 9 is one of the games I would add to your list. We’d certainly like to continue doing more of those. The basic idea is that if there’s demand out there—if there’s interest out there—we will respect the IP and go forward.” – Keiji Inafune


Parents of a five-year old boy claim that a Nintendo video game caused their son to experience “severe pain” in addition to a panic attack.

Michael was playing a video game, presumably on the Wii. After thirty minutes, however, the boy began experiencing a panic attack. His mother says that he “began to complain and cry, saying he was experiencing pain in his hand and that he wasn’t feeling well.” She additionally stated that Michael began to scream and was experiencing motion sickness.

This episode was enough for Michael’s mother – She’s returning the boy’s “Nintendo” to the store. “I can’t recommend this game to any parent. It’s not a substitute for reading a book or doing an outdoor activity with your child.”

This really does appear to be an unfortunate case of one boy who was affected by video games. Still, keep in mind that this does not happen very often and Nintendo attempts to make heath/safety warnings available and obvious to the player.



– Related to a new game
– Announcement on January 21



– Announcement on January 23
– Takao Miyoshi listed as the producer
– Previously worked on Phantasy Star Universe


It was reported last month that 17-year-old Daniel Petric shot his mother (who wound up dying) and injured his father. Today, Petric has been found guilty and may face the punishment of living the rest of his life in prison without parole.

Petric had broken into his father’s lock box which held the boy’s purchased copy of Halo 3 and a 9mm handgun. Petric then shot his mother and father in the head. The game had been taken away by his parents after they warned him not to buy it.

The boy’s lawyer had attempted to make the case that Petric’s video game addiction led to the act. However, Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge stated that video game addiction was not a defense. Moreover, the judge believes the the murder was evidence points in the direction that the act was premeditated.

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Nintendo Power usually has a few tricks up their sleeves for most of their issues. The March 2009 volume of the magazine will follow in the same tradition – the magazine is claiming an “exciting discovery” will be present in their next issue. Nintendo Power states, “We’ve made an exciting discovery for next month’s cover story. Can you guess what it is? We’ll also have an exclusive look at The Conduit’s multiplayer modes and reveal the winners of the 2008 NP Awards.” The picture included with the tease is just a map (see above), which might cause any guessing to be difficult. Anyone want to take a gander?

“We appreciate the vote of confidence and as Inafune-san has indicated recently in his 1Up interview, we are thinking about it but there is no project of this sort in development at this time.” – Christian Svensson, Corporate Officer/VP of Strategic Planning & Business Development

“I can’t comment on any potential roadblocks, but I think Strider has enough juice to merit a next-gen sequel. Here’s a question for you guys though: Could a Strider in 3D recapture that same magic? Would it have to invent new magic? I’d love to see the giant mechanical Ape, or the politburo that turns into a giant robotic centipede w/sickle in 3d, but a lot of the best mechanics of the fights were very 2d-centric. I can already think of cool ways you could recreate that in 3d, but what do you think as Strider fans?” – Seth Killian, Capcom Sr. Manager, Community

I think Strider could work in 3D regardless of the platform that the title ended up being released on. Then again, it could look great as a 2D game as well!

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