Saturday, August 28, 2010

Review of the Week: Romance of the Three Kingdoms (iPhone)

Koei games tend to have a bad reputation in the West. "Dynasty Warriors version x is too similar to previous games," is a typical complaint, right up there with "Romance of the Three Kingdoms is too complex to be any fun."

Big Ant announces cricket title

Tidbit of local developer news - sports game specialist, Big Ant Studios, is releasing a new cricket game in the Summer.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Megaton and BAFTA youth development scheme one to emulate

UK games magazine, Megaton, and BAFTA have announced an initiative that really needs to be emulated down here.

Melbourne House (now Krome) turns 30

One of the industry's longest-surviving companies is Australian Melbourne House, and it's about to celebrate its 30th birthday.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Q & A Interview with Play This! Studios founder, David MacMinn

Head of new Aussie start-up developer, Play This! Studios, David MacMinn, has long experience in the games industry, but his new venture – to build up a local developer, is a whole new experience entirely. He speaks to Matthew Sainsbury about his decision to start up a new developer, and some of the challenges in the local market.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Retail distribution of games to disappear in 20-25 years

Experts have claimed that an entirely digital distribution driven market is inevitable, although still a ways off yet.

Rising Star Games takes a gamble with niche games and DSiWare

Rising Star Games has found a quirky new set of Japanese niche titles to bring to western markets in the DSiWare GO series.

Capcom appoints new European and American head

Capcom has a new European and American CEO, as the developer and publisher reels from a horror quarter.

Final Fantasy XIV to allow name transfers from XI

Square Enix appears to be firmly committed to supporting both of its Final Fantasy MMORPGs, announcing a new deal to those who subscribe to both.

Monday, August 23, 2010

EA's Medal of Honor heading towards a ban?

In the most recent example of censorship gone crazy, calls have been made for EA's upcoming Medal of Honor game to be banned, for allowing players to play as the Taliban.

Gamer-Party Limited startup joins ever-more crowded casual gaming market

Another casual games developer has been formed - this time featuring former Atari, EA and Vodafone staff.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Video: Nintendo launches Metroid: Other M, shows off backstory video

In celebration of the release of Metroid: Other M, Nintendo of Australia invited a number of competition winners and media to an evening launch event.

Review of the Week: Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgement

While digital downloadbale content may be the future (or at least, a large part of it) of the videogame industry, it's also a delivery method that's difficult to service RPG fans with.