Opinion: Server-side Safety Net
By Larry Hong - Friday, October 16, 2009 - 10:58 PM
Imagine this, you are one of the unlucky PS3 owners to get the infamous "Yellow Light of Death." You send your unit out to service and get it back, but everything you worked for is now gone.

No one wants to get the YLOD, but the fact is people do. The hard drives in a PS3 is tagged when it is formatted so you cannot just pull out your hard drive and reinstall it with everything intact; the new/refurb/borrowed PS3 will require you to reformat the entire hard drive and thus everything is lost.

There is a Backup Utility, but it is takes too long to fully execute. You can choose to save your save files on a USB drive, but like most people with computers already know; people do not back up their data regularly.

So what kind of solution is there that would make it convenient for Sony's gamers? Easy, regularly back up save files on a server tied to one's PSN account. Four good things come from this: First, it makes it convenient for PS3 gamers; second, it lays out a safety net for those unfortunate enough to get the YLOD; third, it is less likely for people to create multiple accounts to abuse PSN via chain mailing, game sharing, hit & run incidents, cheating, etc; fourth, and lastly, people will be accountable for their inappropriate actions.

I believe this solution can and should be implemented as soon as possible and it would greatly benefit each of us, the entire PSN community--especially with the new influx of PS3 owners due to the price cut, and help usher PSN to a new level in video game online services.


Best Gaming Deals of 2009
By Larry Hong - Monday, October 12, 2009 - 11:24 PM
The year's almost up and other than Black Friday, this is probably one of the last gaming deals left of the year. By the way, these deals apply only in the United States unless stated otherwise.

If you've been on the fence about getting a PS3, but you've seen all the great games coming out for it and you want the best bang for you bucks, this is the time.

80GB Sony Playstation 3 with extra Dualshock 3 controller - $249.99
Let me tell you why because SonyStyle is selling the 80GB Original Phat model Playstation 3 for $249.99 which includes an extra Dualshock 3 controller--so that's two controllers folks.

Toys 'R' Us Buy 2 Games Get 1 Free
Not only that, but I'm sure you've heard Toys 'R' Us is having their Buy 2 Games Get 1 Free promotion by now, so why not buy titles you've been missing out on like Infamous, Killzone 2, LittleBigPlanet GOTY, Fallout 3 GOTY, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and other hot titles. Combine this offer with the promotional code: 931085 (Save $10 off any order over $75) and you've got yourself the best deal this holiday season--I can't guarantee that, however, because Black Friday deals might trump it. This deal expires on October 17, 2009. It applies online and in-store.

Remember if you have other consoles, the Toys 'R' Us deal allows you to mix and match games from different consoles so as long as they're not excluded from the promotion. So grab a Forza 3 along with an Uncharted 2 or an ODST with Infamous.

If you have any questions about pertaining to this deal, it might have been answered in the FAQ found here.

Apparently some pre-ordered games apply for this promotion (at least according the Toys 'R' Us database): A Boy and His Blob, Bayonetta, Bioshock 2, Brutal Legend, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition, Dark Void, DJ Hero PS3, Heist, Mafia II, MAG, Magna Carta 2, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon - Explorers of Sky, Splatterhouse, Tony Hawk Ride, and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. I cannot guarantee that this will go through; if you do this, be aware that Toys 'R' Us might just cancel your entire order. You have been warned.

Best Buy Price Match - Buy 2 Games Get 1 Free
I've been informed by GT member bardler that Best Buy will price match Toys 'R' Us' Buy 2 Games Get 1 Free promotion. He says he works there so if you don't have a Toys' R' Us nearby or they don't offer any of the games you want, I recommend trying to price match at Best Buy. You will need to bring a Toys 'R' Us ad indicating this promotion is valid B&M or else they will not price match it.Best Buy will match EVERYTHINGSince when?Since always. I work at best buy and I am taking advantage of the Toys R Us sale in my store. I am grabbing Uncharted 2, Brutal Legend, and Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2.

Toys 'R' Us Buy 2 Game Accessories Get 1 Free
Toys 'R' Us is also having a Buy 2 Game Accessories Get 1 Free $5-$100 promotion. You cannot mix and match Video Games and Game Accessories, however. This includes XBL subscription cards and Wii Point cards, but not PSN cards--for some reason.

Toys 'R' Us printable $5 off $25 in-store coupon
Toys 'R' Us also has a printable $5 off $25 or more purchase in-store coupon which you can use for any games (360/PS3/Wii). You must be a Rewards 'R' Us member to use this coupon. Membership is free. Expires on October 12, 2009.

Best Buy printable 10% off in-store coupon
Best Buy also has a printable in-store coupon which can you use for any games (360/PC/PS3/Wii). Expires on October 12, 2009.

Eternal Sonata - $29.99
Amazon.com is selling the PS3 version of the game for $29.99 with free shipping. Similarly, the 360 version of the game can be had for $27.99.

The Hitman Collection - $9.99
Steam is selling The Hitman Collection (which includes Hitman: Codename 47, Hitman: Bloody Money, and Hitman 2: Silent Assassin) on the PC for $9.99 via Steam digital distribution. This is a weekend sale.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - $19.99
Newegg also has Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots for the PS3 for $19.99 with free shipping. The game is back-ordered, however, and is scheduled to be shipped on November 9, 2009.

Valkyria Chronicles - $19.96
Walmart is selling Valkyria Chronicles for $19.96. I did not want to add this because it has been sold out online for months, but many of you have insisted so here it is. If you can find it in-store, I recommend you buy this hidden gem. Also, because it is $19.96, it is a clearance item and probably will not replenish stock.

Valve Complete Pack - $99.99
Steam is selling the Valve Complete Pack (which includes Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, Counter-Strike: Source, Day of Defeat, Day of Defeat: Source, Deathmatch Classic, Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Half-Life 2: Lost Coast, Half-Life Deathmatch: Source, Half-Life: Blue Shift, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Half-Life: Source, Left 4 Dead, Portal, Ricochet, Team Fortress 2, and Team Fortress Classic) on the PC for $99.99 via Steam digital distribution.

Canadian Game Deals
Infamous - $39.99
The Canadian Best Buy has Infamous on sale for $39.99 with free shipping. This deal will expire on October 15, 2009.

Australian Game Deals
Free Halo 3: ODST with purchase of Xbox 360 Elite
The Australian Xbox.com has a promotion where you get a free copy of Halo 3: ODST if you purchase an Xbox 360 Elite. Details on the website and expires on October 20, 2009.

It's going to be a great holiday for all of us gamers despite the recession. Game on!


Star Ocean 4 and Tales of Vesperia heads to the PS3 with enhancements
By Larry Hong - Wednesday, September 15, 2009 - 9:41 PM
Developers are coming back to the Playstation 3 with previous 360-exclusive titles. Tri-Ace is looking to release Star Ocean: The Last Hope International for the PS3 in Japan on February 4, 2010. It will feature both English and Japanese language options, respective subtitles, additions, and enhancements in this version. There are no plans to release it outside of Japan as of yet.

Namco Bandai previously released a demo of Tales of Vesperia in Japan in July and it is clear that the PS3 version will also feature some new enhancements to the game from the 360 version. As with Star Ocean 4, Tales of Vesperia for the PS3 does not currently have a release date outside of Japan. It will be released in Japan in two days--September 17, 2009.


Final Fantasy XIII will not feature Japanese language option
By Larry Hong - Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 2:31 PM
At GC 09, the producer of Final Fantasy XIII has flat out told the gamers that there will not be an option to play with the original Japanese dialogue in the non-Japanese release of the game. He admits that Blu-ray has the space to store a second language options, but ultimately wants to keep the 360 and PS3 versions of the game equal. This contradicts what was said earlier in the game's development cycle when they said the 360 version will not take anything away from the PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIII.

I have contacted Square Enix to ask why an important option had been cut out of the PS3 version--according to the translation of the interview the Japanese language option was "cut out"--and whether a Final Fantasy XIII Complete can be expected sometime after the game is released outside of Japan. I have a feeling they will not answer my questions, however.

On a separate note, I know the website has been down lately. Apparently the host--Frihost--has been DDOS attacked so their bandwidth ran dry within minutes.


Playstation 3 Slim is revealed
By Larry Hong - Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 1:17 PM
Sony has officially unveiled the Playstation 3 Slim which utilizes a matte finish, 120GB hard drive, slimmer design, and lower power consumption. Not only that, but the original PS3s are slated to get a huge price drop to clear stocks while the new PS3 Slims will retail $299 (USD and EUR).

E3's motion sensing madness
By Larry Hong - Thursday, June 04, 2009 - 2:42 PM
Motion sensing in gaming may not be a fad or gimmick after all. At the rejuvenated E3, all three big console companies have revealed their motion sensing developments.

Microsoft's Project Natal uses a camera that follows your movements--you're able to log into your XBL profile by stepping in front of the camera. You use your hands to change menus and you can move your whole body to move your avatar. It has lag issues, so people are worried about it being used in gaming.

Nintendo showed their Wii Motion Plus add-on to the Wii remote which adds onto the bottom making the controller longer and improves the motion sensing while introducing new games that will utilize it such as Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports Resort.

Sony's wand controller is like the Wii remote--from the prototype that they showed--but has an orb on top which uses the Playstation Eye to show true 1:1 motion controls. They demo several things using it including archery, sword fights--where every movement counts, not like the Wii remotes swing and its like pressing a button, and writing.

Personally I am disappointed with Nintendo's motion sensing offering compared to Microsoft's and Sony's endeavors. I was very impressed with Sony's tech demo, but I believe Microsoft's Project Natal is taking the further leap. As great as Project Natal is, I have some reservations about it because many gamers do not have their entertainment systems in the living room--like college students and high school students--which restricts their range of motion within their own bedrooms. I would like to see Project Natal used outside of gaming and I can already see it being used in holographic entertainment--in the future, of course.


Final Fantasy XIII demo may require 5.09GB
By Larry Hong - Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 11:14 AM
Videos on the internet is booming with the latest footage of the Final Fantasy XIII demo. The first part of the game is revealed with the turn-based element brought back to the fray. However, it looks like this demo takes up a whopping 5.09GB which makes you wonder what will need to be cut down to fit the entire game into a DVD9 for the Xbox 360.

CryENGINE 3 to blur the boundaries
By Larry Hong - Monday, March 23, 2009 - 2:03 PM
The CryENGINE 3 teaser has hit today showing how the new engine attempts the blur the line between console and PC gaming. Using this new engine, developers will be able to make games with graphics on par with the likes of Crysis. The performance, however, has yet to be seen since Crysis challenges even the most powerful of high-end PCs. Only time will tell whether this engine can be put to good use for the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360.


New Playstation 3 Portable IDs
By Larry Hong - Sunday, March 15, 2009 - 7:11 PM
This is what US gamers have currentlyPlayfire and SCEE have teamed up to create a new portable ID for EU Playstation gamers. Aside from the information provided in the US portable ID; the new version includes the following information: Location in the form of your country's flag; your favorite game, your mood, and your comment; your level, experience progress, newest three trophies acquired, and all the trophies you have acquired categorized by platinum, gold, silver, and bronze; and a customizable layout with characters from Buzz to Killzone 2.

There will be two versions of this: the full-size measuring 550px x 125px; and a compact-size measuring ~300px x 125px which omits the gamer's level, experience, and trophies.

They are already available to EU gamers, but there is currently no information on a possible US release. However, these portable IDs have been spotted with US flags on them.This is what EU gamers have currently


Gamer's Deal - Nintendo DS Lite - $103.99
By Larry Hong - Friday, March 13, 2009 - 1:04 PM
Dell is currently selling the Nintendo DS Lite - Metallic Rose for $129.99 with coupon code Z0WPL1J0CC3W47 which calculates to: $129.99 - $26.00 = $103.99 + tax w/free shipping.

From the ashes of Ensemble Studios...
By Larry Hong - Monday, February 16, 2009 - 11:17 AM
Robot Entertainment is born.

So we know that Ensemble Studios was closed by Microsoft and many people cursed Microsoft for this. Some people look at their last project--Halo Wars--and claims Microsoft will regret their decision. However, Tony Goodman--co-founder of Ensemble Studios--and former employees are reuniting under a new studio called Robot Entertainment.

Speculations range from the new studio returning to developing PC games to securing a deal with Microsoft--through the old studio--for another project. Personally, I believe their next step lies on how well Halo Wars is accepted. If Halo Wars is a success, then the team may venture in another console project; if not, however, the team may be working on projects for the PC.

If they're to work on a console project, one has to wonder whether multi-platform is an option.


Microsoft says those who really care will find Jasper 360s
By Larry Hong - Monday, January 12, 2008 - 7:19 PM
Aaron Greenberg from Microsoft has recently said in an interview that their team thought of putting model numbers on the boxes so customers can find Xbox 360s with Jasper cores... and then they decided against it because their customers shouldn't "get hung up on the internal components of the device." If they really want a Jasper unit, he continues to say, they would "figure it out, and they'll buy the one that they want."

Double dosage of some nice reading
By Larry Hong - Monday, December 29, 2008 - 1:11 PM
Sorry for the belated update. Los Wades: Afterthought Issue 005 and Unforgiven Issue 008 is now up and ready to be enjoyed. The server was compromised again locking me out of the website; the host moved the entire website to another server so things should finally be all good.

Saints Row 2 review is out
By Larry Hong - Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 2:02 PM
I wrote a review of Saints Row 2 upon completing the game on the Playstation 3 a week ago, but the server on which this website is hosted on was compromised. Everything is fixed now, so be sure to check it out.

Issue 007: Unbreakable Bonds is out
By Larry Hong - Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 12:39 AM
The newest issue of Los Wades: Unforgiven is out. A lot of action goes on in this latest issue... so read carefully or you might miss some subtle things.

Issue 006: Beyond the Beyond is out
By Larry Hong - Sunday, October 12, 2008 - 10:52 PM
The newest issue of Los Wades: Unforgiven is out. Please enjoy as this is one of the longer issues I've written in the Unforgiven series.

LittleBigPlanet Beta Impressions
By Larry Hong - Saturday, October 04, 2008 - 3:33 PM
I was lucky enough to get some beta keys from PlayStation.Blog and PlayStation Underground so I took the chance and tried the game. I've played a good amount and I've posted a little preview of the game so far and what to expect. One word summary: Overwhelming.

Issue 004: Boom is out
By Larry Hong - Monday, October 02, 2008 - 12:35 PM
The newest issue of Los Wades: Afterthought is out. Be ready to be confused, excited, and intrigued all at the same time.

Issue 005: Speaking Softly is out
By Larry Hong - Monday, September 30, 2008 - 1:26 AM
The newest issue of Los Wades: Unforgiven is out. I was having a hard time choosing a title, alternately I thought of Personal Wars, Rose-colored Glasses, Under the Veil of Shadows, and Wolf Under Sheep Skin.

Issue 004: Final Recruitment is out
By Larry Hong - Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 9:47 PM
The newest issue of Los Wades: Unforgiven is out.

Issue 008: Losing Control is out
By Larry Hong - Monday, September 08, 2008 - 10:48 PM
The newest issue of Los Wades: The Original Story is out.

So two issues I want to address. First, it looks like while I was out of the country, the amount of visitors to the website dropped drastically. Secondly, it looks like there seems to be some server issues tonight, hopefully FriHost can get it fixed by tomorrow.


Issue 007: One's Instincts is finally out
By Larry Hong - Friday, August 29, 2008 - 11:52 PM
The newest issue of Los Wades: The Original Story is out, sorry about the long wait. I was on vacation in Vietnam and was busy watching Avatar: The Last AirBender, GetBackers, and Yakitate! Japan.

Issue 003: In Theory... is now out
By Larry Hong - Friday, June 20, 2008 - 11:44 AM
The third issue of Los Wades: Afterthought is now out. Enjoy.

Issue 003: Brothers Beneath the Shadows is now out
By Larry Hong - Sunday, June 08, 2008 - 1:46 AM
The third issue of Los Wades: Unforgiven is now out. Enjoy.

Comments much appreciated
By Larry Hong - Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 2:30 PM
Most of you don't know, but Los Wades has a blog. And in the main blog page you can reach other member's blogs. On the main blog page, I've put up summaries of the latest issues and people can use it to comment on each issue. So please give us some constructive criticism since we can all strive to improve.

Afterthought Issue 002: The Real is out
By Larry Hong - Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 1:31 AM
Issue 002: The Real is out in the Afterthought series. More questions arise when events begin to unfold seemingly simultaneously. A few individuals plan to prevent armageddon from occuring as time and space is on the verge of colliding with one another.

Newest Unforgiven issue out... two days ago...
By Larry Hong - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 12:32 AM
Issue 002: A Past to the Present is out and has been out since two days ago... It was uploaded, but never updated on the main page. Sorry. By the way, everything will be on hiatus temporarily during Final's Week.

Los Wades: Afterthought's latest issue is out
By Larry Hong - Friday, May 8, 2008 - 3:12 PM
Issue 001: Don't Forget has been editted, formatted, and uploaded. Enjoy.

Los Wades: Afterthought debuts
By Larry Hong - Friday, April 25, 2008 - 1:51 AM
I've just finished receiving Alex's rebuilt project and it's now available. It's only an editor's letter, but the issues will follow shortly.

Final issue of Los Wades: Alternate Realities is out
By Larry Hong - Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 2:35 AM
I've just finished writing and uploading the last issue of Alternate Realities. It's a long one and I hope you enjoy it.

Los Wades: Unforgiven debuts
By Larry Hong - Wednesday, April 10, 2008 - 12:16 AM
Los Wades: Unforgiven debuts this morning. This series focuses on Alex, who is now known as "Alpha", and his strifes when he is sent on a mission that requires him to interact with his old collegues. The location spans across the U.S. and it takes place roughly 8-12 years from now.

Issue 006: On The Other Side is out
By Larry Hong - Wednesday, April 09, 2008 - 11:28 PM
Issue 006: On The Other Side is now available. Expect two more surprises in the coming days... maybe sooner than days, in fact.

Issue 005: Organization is out
By Larry Hong - Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 1:17 AM
I finally finished Issue 005: Organization. It feels a little short and doesn't have all the flashy parts as the previous issues, but it has some important plot stuff... I swear.

EuphRO2 provides beta for American players
By Larry Hong - Friday, February 22, 2008 - 3:09 PM
After waiting for Ragnarok Online II for so long, I figured someone had already done the hard part. EuphRO2 runs off the Korean client with an English patch to allow American gamers to enjoy the beta. Link to the website is provided in the source link.

Issue 004: Self-Isolation is out
By Larry Hong - Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 1:04 AM
I finally finished Issue 004: Self-Isolation. Also, Alex has told me that he's revamping the whole Los Wades: Afterthought story. This means everything written has been scrapped and will be rewritten. Everything thus far has just been a draft, so be ready for his final revision.

Issue 003: Finding Eachother is out
By Larry Hong - Sunday, December 30, 2007 - 2:43 AM
I finally finished Issue 003: Finding Eachother. If I ever told anyone it had a different title... uh... that was only a tentative title. I hope you like this issue, it is longer on the account that I used OpenOffice.Org versus the usual Microsoft Word.

Merry Christmas and my apologies
By Larry Hong - Tuesday, December 25, 2007 - 12:21 PM
I've been working on Issue 003, but there hasn't been much time as of late to simply update. A lot of events have happened as of late which has pretty much locked up my schedule. Again, my apologies.

Los Wades: The Original Story Issue 002 available
By Larry Hong - Thursday, November 22, 2007 - 1:58 AM
Issue 002: Keeping a Low Profile is out now and ready for your reading pleasure. Alex's Los Wades: Afterthought should be available sometime later today. G'night and enjoy. Oh yeah, happy thanksgiving as well.

Los Wades: The Original Story debuts
By Larry Hong - Tuesday, November 20, 2007 - 11:55 PM
It's been a long time, but I've gotten a new notebook which should last me a good while. Aside from that I've finished the first issue of Los Wades: The Original Story. Keep in mind that the original first issue was stolen along with my desktop PC, my tentative reviews, my other issues to other projects, and a whole lot of other stuff. I won't be updating regularly yet because I'm still recoving from all the losses and I've been busy as of late.

No new updates
By Larry Hong - Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 5:56 PM
My computer and notebook were stolen when my house got broken into, so until I get a new one, I cannot update the website. That also mean all projects (reviews/stories/etc.) has been lost. I'm currently on Alex's computer. I'll try to get back to updating as soon as possible.

Los Wades' Triple Play
By Larry Hong - Monday, October 15, 2007 - 3:40 PM
We have three new issues uploaded and ready for your enjoyment: first is Issue 012: Eternal of Los Wades: Second Strong; second is Issue 013: Where Does the Ocean Go? of Los Wades: Second String; and finally there is Issue 010: Walking Blindly Into the Darkness of Los Wades: Alternate Realities.

Smash Bros. DOJO adds Sonic character page
By Larry Hong - Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 12:23 PM
Since Sonic has been announced to take part of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, it was only a matter of time before his character page was up. And there it is... along with a movie.

TDK states HD-DVD has no chance in HD war
By Larry Hong - Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 12:19 PM
TDK executive Jean-Paul Eekhout has said that his company is 100 percent committed to the Blu-ray Disc format and that he is absolutely certain it will win out over HD-DVD. In an interview with Tech.co.uk, Eekhout spoke about the prospect of TDK releasing recordable HD-DVD discs in the future.

News splurge From Nintendo Conference
By Larry Hong - Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 12:16 PM
Last night, Nintendo held their Autumn conference in Japan. During this event, a fair few exciting things were announced. Some things included new WiiWare titles such as Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Young King and the Promised Land, Pokmon Farm, and Dr. Mario Wii. Other news includes Monster Hunter 3 being a Wii-exclusive and Sonic the Hedgehog being a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl... which has been delayed to 2008.

Battlefield 3 leaked info
By Larry Hong - Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 12:13 PM
A tipster sent Digital Battle a PDF document which looked like an outline of features for Battlefield 3. The three page document is apparently prepared for investors which should get it by December of this year. More details about the PDF can be found in the Source link.

Smash Bros DOJO confirms 2-player Co-op Adventure Mode
By Larry Hong - Friday, October 05, 2007 - 11:46 PM
SmashBros.com has released information concerning a 2-player Co-op Adventure Mode which makes a second player so obviously optional that the camera only focuses on Player 1. Apparently, every battle will have the normal computer be accompanied by the Player 2 equivalent so the matches are fair. Sounds interesting... but who will team up with the final boss? A doppelganger?

New link - LionGames
By Larry Hong - Friday, October 05, 2007 - 11:16 PM
I've added a new link under "Shops" because LionGames is a website that people should know about. This company has some of the best prices on games (new/used/pre-orders/etc.) and the owner has excellent customer service. In fact they currently have Super Smash Bros. Brawl for $37.99 when you pre-order it; add shipping and it'll still be cheaper than retail. On the down side, you will receive it later than the stores though. So you have to really balance the two between time and money.

Stride presents GameSpot's Player's Ball
By Larry Hong - Monday, October 01, 2007 - 11:29 PM
GameSpot is inviting its members to RSVP for its Player's Ball. This event will be held in San Francisco at Slim's Nightclub on October 09, 2007 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. There you can play new games before anyone else, watch/take part in a tournament, and just meet other gamers. You must be 18, invited, and know how to get there. Hey maybe you'll see us--Los Wades--there.

SmashBros.com confirms... Lucas?
By Larry Hong - Monday, October 01, 2007 - 11:25 PM
Smash Bros. DOJO confirmed a new character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Wait... Lucas? For those who don't know, he's the main character from a Japan-only game called Mother 3 (a.k.a. Earthbound 2). Whether or not he'll be replacing Ness is unknown, but there are a lot Ness-users and hopefully Lucas can fit those little sneakers.

Itagaki comments on why he chose the NDS over the PSP
By Larry Hong - Monday, October 01, 2007 - 11:21 PM
As part of an extensive new Gamasutra interview, Team Ninja's Tomonobu Itagaki (Dead Or Alive) has been discussing the merits of Nintendo's DS and Sony's PSP, pinpointing both the PSP's "toned-down" console roots, and suggesting that the DS market may be getting flooded with low-budget titles.

Chinese firm to release the Vii
By Larry Hong - Monday, October 01, 2007 - 11:19 PM
CVG reports that a Chinese manufacturer has released a shameful rip-off of the Nintendo Wii games console. Called the 'Vii', it's very similar in appearance to the Wii and has a remote control-style handset too. Don't expect it to be of the same quality as the real thing though. And as for any online services, don't hold your breath.

Issue 009: ... Thank You is up
By Larry Hong - Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 4:36 PM
I've just finished formatting and uploading Issue 009: ... Thank You. Los Wades: Alternate Realities will probably end with Issue 011: Untitled. Enjoy.

WiiFanBoys tired of "sh*tty" Wii ports
By Larry Hong - Friday, September 28, 2007 - 11:47 PM
Splosion of WiiFanBoys wrote an article comparing Wii to a retarded family member saying it's being mistreated because it's being misunderstood. Basically, there are many low-quality Wii ports of higher-end consoles which makes the Wii look bad--compared to them and generally--and makes the Wiimote look even worst.

Although the Wii is getting some strong titles soon; they are--again--first-party titles. Nintendo needs to filter out the junk games, help the third-party developers out--rather than scaring them with their presence to the point where they don't bother trying to release high-quality titles on the Wii, and somehow keep the Wii from turning into another Nintendo GameCube.


Issue 011: Clash released
By Larry Hong - Friday, September 28, 2007 - 11:48 AM
I've just finished formatting and uploading Alex's latest issue. Enjoy.

Issue 011: Clash slightly delayed
By Larry Hong - Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 11:45 PM
I've received Issue 011: Clash from Alex and I've finished proofreading it. However, I'm holding up on formatting and releasing it tonight. Hopefully it'll all be up tomorrow. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Halo 3 owners face many problems
By Larry Hong - Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 11:44 PM
First, the Halo 3 Limited Edition experiences major disc scratches problems (in the U.S. anyhow). Now many gamers are reporting they are getting "Cannot Read Disc" messages when they play Halo 3 despite other games working perfectly fine. Others have also reported getting the "Red Ring of Death" problems after playing Halo 3. Some "fortunate ones" seem to just experience random freeze problems, but nothing as serious as the other problems previously mentioned.

Disgruntled Wii owner says Wii is a joke
By Larry Hong - Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 11:36 PM
Tired of the lack of quality titles on the Wii, one disgruntled Wii owner will own a Wii no more. A MaxConsole member is selling his Wii because of the lack of quality titles and the abundance of "garbage" games on the Nintendo console.

Nintendo needs to step up and do some quality control; isn't that what those "Nintendo Seal of Quality" for? Wait... It's just called the "Official Nintendo Seal" now. Could that mean they stopped making sure only good games get the green light?


Wii wont last, says UK Xbox boss
By Larry Hong - Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 11:32 PM
Senior regional director of the entertainment and devices division at Microsoft UK Neil Thompson has taken a swipe at home console rival Nintendo stating that Nintendo console has limited expandability.

Fire destroys couple's Wii, Nintendo generously helps out
By Larry Hong - Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 11:24 PM
After a fire destroyed many belongings including a Wii, the owner decided to call Nintendo up to see if they could do anything. After inspecting the Wii damage, Nintendo offered to repair and replace the damaged hardware (and accessories) at a recuded cost. After the Wii owner called back, Nintendo decided--considering the situation--to cover the costs to repair the system.

Game journalist returns "bribery" back to Microsoft
By Larry Hong - Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 10:28 PM
Game journo Dean Takahashi with The San Jose Mercury News showed off his big $800-plus bag of Halo 3 propaganda sent to him by Microsoft. Hes sending back the free stuff, which he called "nothing less than a bribe to try to get me to be favorably inclined to accepting the idea that Halo 3 is 'the entertainment event of the year.'"

Super Smash Bros. Brawl online multiplayer confirmed
By Larry Hong - Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 12:54 PM
Super Smash Bros. Brawl will support Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. If you connect your Wii to the Internet, you can enjoy linked battles with distant people. It is also mentioned that if you play someone from across the globe, you'll start to feel it (otherwise known as lag). There will be two modes of play: play with friends (via friend codes); and play with people you don't know (via random battle).

Nintendo NSider Forums closed indefinitely
By Larry Hong - Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 12:48 PM
Nintendo is working on a major overhaul to Nintendo.com to support the continued success of Nintendo DS and Wii. As it turns out, Nintendo must--for some reason--close the Nintendo NSider Forums message boards indefinitely beginning Sept. 17, 2007.

Nintendo sues Korean websites over copyright infringement
By Larry Hong - Monday, September 17, 2007 - 12:51 PM
The Korean unit of Japan's game console maker Nintendo Co. said Monday that it has taken a legal action against those who allegedly violated its copyright for game software through Internet Web sites in South Korea. Nintendo Korea said that it filed a suit with the Supreme Prosecutors' Office in Seoul against an unidentified number of users who it claims uploaded copied Nintendo software on peer-to-peer file-sharing or Webhard sites. It is the first time for Nintendo to bring to court a copyright infringement case in South Korea.

And it continues...


MediaDefender internal emails go public
By Larry Hong - Monday, September 17, 2007 - 12:49 PM
Earlier TorrentFreak reported that Media Defender (MD) was behind the video site MiiVi. Now, in what is surely the biggest BitTorrent leak ever, nearly 700mb of MDs emails have gone public. When MDs Randy Saaf found out we rumbled MiiVi he said, "This is really ****ed."

So the Pirate War rages on...


"We hope to meet Final Fantasy VII AGAIN!" says Square Enix
By Larry Hong - Saturday, September 15, 2007 - 11:13 AM
Inside Crisis Core's limited edition bundle there is a mini-book that features images from Final Fantasy VII's technical demo and the following text: "We hope to meet Final Fantasy VII AGAIN!"

It sounds like a pretty good hint that a remake is coming. And unfortunately--for me anyway--it seems like the PSP is going to be it's choice console.


Yet another dead Xbox 360 story
By Larry Hong - Saturday, September 15, 2007 - 11:08 AM
A Kotaku Editor sent out his Xbox 360 for service and after receiving it, the console ran a whole 5 minutes before experiencing the "Ring of Death." It's good that Microsoft has extended the Xbox 360 warranties to 3-years, but does it matter if the Xbox 360s come back just to die again?

Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate Edition $59.95 for students
By Larry Hong - Saturday, September 15, 2007 - 11:04 AM
Microsoft presents "The Ultimate Steal Promotion." This promotion allows students to purchase a Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate Edition license for $59.95--the retail price is a whopping $679.00. If you're interested, you need to provide your school email address (it must end with .edu) and have proof that you're a student at the institution.

Rumor says Super Mario Galaxy hits 400,000 pre-order mark
By Larry Hong - Friday, September 14, 2007 - 11:18 PM
There is a rumor floating about claiming several EB Games/Gamestop employees have told their customers that Super Mario Galaxy has hit the 400,000 pre-order mark.

Norwegian game store breaks Halo 3 release date
By Larry Hong - Friday, September 14, 2007 - 11:15 PM
Choi Wang mailed in MaxConsole to reveal that a Norwegian game shop called Expert today sold at least two copies of Halo 3 to the public, he added a picture with a gamer with the retail box in hand and the Halo 3 menu displayed on his TV in the background.

O'Crowley of Star-Ledger speaks out against the Wii Zapper
By Larry Hong - Friday, September 14, 2007 - 11:12 PM
According to Peggy O'Crowley of the Star-Ledger, "most people think [the Wii Zapper] is a bone-headed idea." She posts several responses from some of her readers which speaks out against both Nintendo and the Wii Zapper.

However, it seems all of her anti-Wii Zapper readers are computer-illiterate as all comments about O'Crowley's post has been pro-Wii Zapper, anti-bad parenting, and... well anti-O'Crowley.


ONM hints at possible 16-player multiplayer in Mario Kart Wii
By Larry Hong - Thursday, September 06, 2007 - 6:27 PM
The latest edition of Official Nintendo Magazine reveals some information concerning the latest Mario Kart title, which is heading to the Wii early next year. When it was first announced, it was also claimed that the game would feature online Wi-Fi play, like it's predecessor--which launched Wi-Fi for the DS, including those friend codes... ONM have stated that they'd like to see 16 online player battles so people can duke it out to see who is number one. Players will also be able to pull stunts in mid-air, though it is not yet known if it will help game-play in a specific way, for instance avoiding those pesky blue shells.

HP Blackbird 002 receives high marks from CNet
By Larry Hong - Thursday, September 06, 2007 - 6:20 PM
In case you were wondering, HP has recently came out with their own top-of-the-line gaming PC to match that of Dell's XMS, Alienware's Area-51, and Falcon Northwest's Mach V. This goliath of a PC is the HP Blackbird 002 and it seems CNet's reviewer has taken quite a liking to it. With dual 1GB DDR4 ATI Radeon's HD 2900XT cards utilizing CrossFire on an Nvidia NForce 680i SLI-enabled motherboard, this behemoth is backed up by some serious graphics power. Along with that is Intel's Core 2 Extreme processor, dual Raptor hard drives, and a single standard 750GB hard drive. The price tag, however, is a bit steep so although I won't be getting my hands on it; it doesn't stop you guys.

Square Enix talks FFVII remake and hints at new PS3 project
By Larry Hong - Thursday, September 06, 2007 - 6:07 PM
Imaizumi said--in a Famitsu interview--that the remake of FFVII is a question of timing, mentioning that Kitase, Nomura and Tabata are all busy with the Final Fantasy XIII series. He added that a new game of some form would be announced at the Tokyo Game Show. It's not certain if this new game is in the FFXIII series or a completely new title from Kitase, Nomura and Tabata--but PlayStation 3 owners should be very excited.

10,000 - 20,000 U.S. Xbox 360s somehow make their way to Europe
By Larry Hong - Thursday, September 06, 2007 - 6:03 PM
A retail employee in Europe received an Xbox 360 not because it was faulty or experienced the "Ring of Death," but because it was American. Obviously American power cords do not work with European outlets (without a conveter).

Apple seeks to calm irate early iPhone buyers
By Larry Hong - Thursday, September 06, 2007 - 5:59 PM
Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs on Thursday offered a $100 store credit to early buyers of the iPhone, seeking to calm customers angry over an unexpected and steep price cut.

2K says, "... one USER has purchased the game. Not the whole family."
By Larry Hong - Wednesday, September 05, 2007 - 12:04 PM
A Bioshock player asked 2K whether Bioshock can be played using one "Install Uses" on separate User Accounts on his PC and the 2K Tech replied saying, "The other way to view this, is one USER has purchased the game. Not the whole family. So why should your brother play for free?"

Pardon me, but if I buy a video game, movie, or book aren't my family and friends allowed to use it for "free" as well?


Nintendo expects third-party titles to gain more ground on the Wii
By Larry Hong - Wednesday, September 05, 2007 - 12:00 PM
In a Level Up interview with Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, Iwata says that Nintendo's job was to make first-party titles to make the demand on the console high. After this, he expects first-party title dominance to be much weaker next year allowing more third-party titles to flourish on the Wii.

"We wont censor games," promises U.K. Prime Minister
By Larry Hong - Wednesday, September 05, 2007 - 11:50 AM
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has given fresh details of his proposal to review the impact of entertainment media on UK children and ruled out any plan to further censor the video games industry.

Issue 010: Brother's Bond is now out for your reading pleasure
By Larry Hong - Sunday, September 02, 2007 - 1:20 AM
The 10th issue of Los Wades: Second String is now available for you guys to read. Although it is shorter than the previous issues, it is sort of a relief for me since I proofread and format it. Enjoy.