Ubisoft slip up.

Recently, via NeoGAF (an internet gaming community), a 2GB RAR of unreleased Ubisoft goodies has been leaked onto the net. This package includes videos, screenshots, artwork, and general information on a number of Ubisofts upcoming hot titles.

Ubisoft had this to say – “We are clearly displeased that confidential information from Ubisoft has been distributed on the internet. The publication of this type of information can only be harmful to the game development process and we will take all steps necessary to prevent this from happening in the future. We are still investigating the events that lead to this information leak and at this time have no further comment.”

They’re most certainly not happy. Somehow the .rar wandered onto their ubi.com FTP server, which was then uploaded onto a NeoGAF thread by a user. Ubisoft killed off this source as soon as they could, but once it’s already out there, there’s not much they can do. So the thread doesn’t link to the 2GB file, but alot has been uploaded throughout it, including new Prince Of Persia artwork, some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles screenshots and art, and some FarCry stuff they certainly wouldn’t want out.

The pack included titles –

Assassins Creed
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Farcry PSP
Farcry Wii
Lost
Naruto
OpenSeason
Prince of Persia
RB6: Vegas
Rocky PSP
Splinter Cell 4
Splinter Cell 5
Surf’s Up
Star Wars PSP
Shaun White (Snowboarding game)
TMNT
TMNT GBA

I think Ubisoft will be checking what goes on their FTP server a bit more thoroughly now.

Gameswizards no more.

Gameswizards

Popular game store franchise Gameswizards have been bought up by one of Europe’s biggest game store companies, GAME.

With one of Australias key gaming stores now being internationally owned and managed, will this be a change for the best or worst? It’s a shame that funds are now going overseas, but this change may substantially increase the quality and quantity of stores around the nation.

We’ll have to wait and see what these stores now become, but a portion of regular patrons are already disappointed in this deal. There is currently no information on whether the stores will be renamed, or any more details.

Tokyo Games Show 2006 has kicked off!

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Originally starting in 1996, one of the greatest gaming conventions in the world, second only to E3, has just kicked off for another year on this 19th of September. The Tokyo Game Show, featuring all the latest in gaming goodness, features all the greats such as the obvious Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all against each other showing off their new shiny wares.It’s pretty similar to E3, but with one key difference.

At TGS (Tokyo Game Show), general punters are allowed to attend, therefore bringing much larger numbers, while straying off the more exclusive, intimate press conferences and announcements we see at E3. With two new consoles just around the corner this TGS is looking to be a barrel of fun. Still underway, all eyes are on Nintendo and Sony, the pioneers of next-gen with the up-coming Wii and Playstation 3. Getting alot of attention are the big titles such as Devil May Cry 4, Metal Gear Solid 4, and the recently announced Ninja Gaiden for PS3 (a port of the XBOX Ninja Gaiden, with some new goodies).

There’s heaps to be discovered this year. Unfortunately my budget doesn’t support a trip to Tokyo right now, but fortunately I provide you with delicious links to the many gaming sites who all have some nifty coverage going on.

I’ll write up a summary of the hot announcements once TGS is over, as it is still pouring out far too much for me to keep up with.

Until then, I suggest:

Gamespot

1up

IGN

For up to the date coverage.

Nintendo Wii Australian release confirmed.

Nintendo have confirmed the Australian release date and price for the upcoming Wii.
$399.95 RRP, December 7th.

This is a great move for Nintendo. With Sony recently pushing their release date well into next year, Nintendo will have a market to dominate come christmas time. At a price that low, I think Nintendo expect to see some solid figures, and good on them.

This release date sees us a few weeks behind America, who are getting their hands on Wii on the 19th of November. Japan get their Wii 5 days before on December 7th, while we’re one day before Europes 8th December launch.

The $399.95 package will include a Wii remote controller, a Nunchuck controller (the left hand attachment) and Wii sports, a 5 sport game collection. Impressions predict this disc will be similar to a pack of 5 mini games, designed to show off the funky stuff Wii can do. Phonetic pun intentional.

Nintendo Wii

December 7th, $399.95 RRP

For those of you who purchased Super Mario 64 DS can imagine what the disc will be like, so i’m not expecting anything groundbreaking there, other than tech demos. It’s nice that they include something with the console though, if you can’t pick up a launch title straight away but still want to be in on the console launch. Wii sports still has the potential to impress though. This is one of those titles that are hard to predict until you have it in your hand.

There’s a hefty line up ready to ship all over the world too. Nintendo Wii will burst out with roughly 50 launch titles, listed here. Included in this line up is Metroid Prime 3 : Corruption, The Legend Of Zelda – Twilight Princess, Super Mario Galaxy and many more possible blockbusters.

Should be smooth rolling for Nintendo from here. Unless Microsoft pull an ace card out of their sleeve (Halo 3), or some $999 competition rolls along…

Legend Of Zelda Twilight Princess
See you at launch!

Mod chips soon to be illegal in Australia

New laws starting on 1st of January 2007 will make it illegal to sell or own a modded videogame console. Owners are susceptible to a $6600 fine, and those that distribute, sell or install mod chips or modded consoles can be hit with a $60,500 fine and/or up to five years in jail.

Minter Ellison law firm released the following statement.

AUSFTA requires Australia to prohibit the use of devices and services to circumvent technological protection measures (TPM)”.

“The exposure draft prohibits the use of devices and services to circumvent access control TPMs. It is an offence to circumvent access control TPMs punishable by a fine of up to AU$6,600.”

“The exposure draft also prohibits dealings with devices and services to circumvent all types of TPMs (including access control TPMs). Dealing in circumvention devices and services will be punishable by up to five years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to AU$60,500. The concept of ‘dealings’ has been expanded and will include distribution, offering, provision and communication. There will no longer be a requirement for a dealing to be ‘in the course of trade’.”

There will be exemptions to the law for people doing computer security testing, law enforcement and library use.

Well this plain sucks because as it has been pointed out many times that mod chips have other uses apart for piracy; including by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission who support mod chips due to there ability to get around region coding which is widely seen as a method of constricting the competitive market.

Trackmania Nations ESWC (PC) Review.

Trackmania Nations brings new spark to the loved TM series.

Following the underground success of Trackmania Original, Nadeo released Trackmania Sunrise into a decent sized audience worldwide. While a minor success, copies were hard to find for a while, and it wasn’t exactly a blockbuster. Most people purchased it online here in Australia due to its lack of presence on store shelves. Now comes Nations, the free to download little brother of past titles. Nations packs the same lovable gameplay of the previous titles, though much more confined, set around a Formula 1 circuit. This means that the game only includes one arena and one car model, but that’s enough for this free title.

Continue reading Trackmania Nations ESWC (PC) Review.

Sam & Max gameplay trailers.

“Well, it all started the day before today. I remember it just like it was yesturday.”

Five new trailers for the Sam & Max Episode 1: Culture Shock has been released and this time they show direct game play. Wisely they don’t give away too much of the story but they do show that Telltale games have made a brand new classic point and click adventure game, and they seem to have replicated the strange humor behind the original Sam & Max game very well. The trailers aren’t laugh out loud funny but they do present some giggles and they seem to have picked sections of the game play that don’t ruin any of the big jokes in the game.

Telltale Games recently announced the released date for the first episode; October 17th on GameTap (USA only) and November 1st as a download from the Telltale Games site.

Sam & Max Episode 1: Culture Shock trailers:

Gamespot (Gameplay Trailers 1 & 2)

GameArena gameplay trailer 1

GameArena gameplay trailer 2

GameArena gameplay trailer 3

GameArena gameplay trailer 4

GameArena gameplay trailer 5

Xbox 360 Laptop.

The net famous and talented modder Ben Heckendorn has released pictures and video of his latest masterpiece, The Xbox 360 Laptop (If his site is still down here is a mirror).

Ben has made many a great mod in his time but this has got to be up near the top, I would (if I had the cash) buy one of these and I can’t understand why this guy isn’t on Microsoft?s payroll yet.

Check out the video: YouTube mp4 (5.2MB)

Go here or here for Hi-Res versions of the below pictures.


First Playstation 3 Commercial.

The first commercial for the Playstation 3 has been released and like most of Sony’s commercials it’s incredibly stupid. Most of the ad is video of some guy working out (live-action footage) while some English chick talks about video game artificial intelligence; then there’s a few seconds of the game “Resistance – Fall of men” which looks pretty cool but nothing that special.


Overall the ad fails to impress and at this critical moment impress is exactly what Sony need to do, especially with the Europe and Australian release of the PS3 delayed until March 2007.

You can download or stream the commercial here or on YouTube.

Miami Vice (PSP) Review.

  • What type of movies do you hate?
  • What type of games do you hate?

Ask a bunch of people these two questions and a lot of them will give you the same two answers:

  • Remakes.
  • Games based on Movies.

That doesn’t promote well for Miami Vice and it’s not a great game by any stretch of the imagination, but shocking as it may be it is a fairly decent game.

Continue reading Miami Vice (PSP) Review.