Hart & Usagi Podcast #59: Premium DLCmium


Welcome back video game fans to another quality episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast. On this trek out we chat Joystiq’s fall and rise again, how Nintendo and Sega have been bad boys, and the very good news regarding the FCC’s decision on Net Neutrality. We might even throw in some Puyo Puyo Tetris while we’re at it.

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* Mercenaries
* Final Fantasy IX
* Puyo Puyo Tetris
* The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match
* AOL Shutting Down Joystiq and Massively
* Introducing ‘Joystiq X Engadget’: A new beginning
* Sega to Axe 300 Jobs as Focus Turns to PC and Mobile
* YouTubers Respond To ‘Nintendo Creator’s Program’
* EA Investigating “Free-to-Start” Console Games
* Devs Play Features John Romero Playing ‘Doom’
* Republican Lawmaker Puts Forward His Own ‘Net Neutrality’ Bill
* Report: FCC Drafting Plan To Stop State-Level Anti-Broadband Laws
* FCC Chairman Wants To Reclassify Broadband And Mobile Under Title II
* FCC Previews ‘New Rules for Protecting the Open Internet’
* SOE Turns Independent, Eyes Xbox Support
* Kojima Wants Open-World Metal Gear Solid 1 Remake for PS4

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Vita TV Coming West?


I’m sure you’ve heard of the announced Vita TV device that Sony revealed recently. It will allow for the playing of Vita and PSP titles along with streamed PS4 games on a television.

Usagi704, Guuthulhu, and I talked about this neat sounding device on the most recent episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast and all three of us wished it was going to be released to the West.

We’re not alone as I’ve heard nothing but excitement from Western gamers about the Vita TV. Well apparently Sony has heard our collective enthusiasm for their new, currently Japan-only, toy. While they aren’t as of yet making plans to release Vita TV outside of Asian markets, they are “very encouraged” by our response and will wait and see if the streaming media boxes environment will allow for a new competitor.

Let’s hope so.

Joystiq news: Sony ‘very encouraged’ by Western response to Vita TV

A Splash of Color


Announced at the Tokyo Game Show, Sony showed off a pair of PlayStation 3 systems. One in blue and the other in red. They’ll be released on November 17 for roughly $390 with a 320GB hard drive.

Despite being for Japan only, I would love to own one. Both look awesome, but the shade of red used is very eye-catching to me. I really wish they’d start bringing such system colors over to North America. I’m tired of every gaming system only being available in black and/or white. It’s time to introduce some color into the proceedings over here.

Joystiq news: Two new PlayStation 3 bundles (in blue and red) headed to Japan

New Releases 2009: Sept. 20-Oct. 3


Another set of new releases for another two week shot and the outlook is pretty varied.

With that said I know that to a majority of gamers the new Halo game is the only thing on their radar. The rest of the games are non-existent to them. I guess that makes sense to a degree with only Zombie Apocalypse being the other game coming out on the Xbox system.

On the other hand, all PlayStation platforms are seeing no less than 12 games in the next fortnight.

My pick would have to be MotorStorm: Arctic Edge. I don’t know if I’ll be getting it for the PSP or PS2. Regardless, I’m very interested to see how it comes out on the less powerful systems.

Fallout 3: Broken Steel (PSN)
Halo 3: ODST (X360)
Katamari Forever (PS3)
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona (PSP)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up (WII)
Zombie Apocalypse (PSN, XBL)

Dead Space Extraction (WII)
Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage (PSN)
Fallout 3: The Pitt (PSN)
Gran Turismo (PSP)
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (DS)
MotorStorm: Arctic Edge (PSP)
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 (PS3)
Obscure: The Aftermath (PSP)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up (PS2)
Undead Knights (PSP)

I’ll leave you with a few interesting recent items from my twitter account.

* Tricky bastards with their renaming of the Genesis version of Gauntlet to Gauntlet IV.
* For some reason when I read Joystiq’s “What’s In A Name” post title I keep saying it in the same way as the “What is a man” line from SotN.
* Fav. obscure NES games. Metal Storm, P.O.W., Power Blade, Shadow of the Ninja, Super Spike V’Ball, Code Name: Viper, Heavy Barrel, Shatterhand, Star Force, Vice: Project Doom.
* Terrible box art: The Orange Box.
* Favorite Game Music: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers – Downtown (SNES).
* ESPN eXtreme Games: It’s more extreme than spilling your morning coffee on your car!
* Played some of Usagi704’s newly acquired copy of Street Fighter Alpha for the GBC. Also beat it first time playing it. Final score with Sagat: 1.03 million! 37th game beat this year.
* Favorite video game music: Crystal Castle theme from Konami’s Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge.

You Really Shouldn’t Be Able To Read This


I thought I’d call some attention to some gaming news articles since I can’t find anything else to post about at this moment.

First up is an interview by PSXExtreme with David Jaffe and Scott Campbell of Eat Sleep Play. It’s a pretty interesting read, but some of it was repeats to me since I follow Jaffe’s blog. If you don’t read his blog on a regular basis, then you’ll get the most out of it.

PSXExtreme: Exclusive Interview: Dave Jaffe And Scott Campbell

New York Times followed the lead of Time Magazine and the VGAs by choosing Grand Theft Auto IV as Game of the Year.

This story reminded me of some people that have been getting all upset about this trend. I can’t understand it since GTA IV is very much a worthy choice. If you don’t like this trend then by all means do your own rewards. That way others can ask you where GTA IV is.

Joystiq: NY Times gives Game of the Year honors to GTA IV

I’m not too heart broken if the currently-in-production Castlevania movie is possibly going to get shut down because of an actor strike. I don’t think much of the film, but if the norm of video game based movies is any indication, then I’m not looking forward to it.

IGN Movies: Castlevania in Limbo

And now I leave you with this video. It’s from Home and shows an adorable message that one user was able to get to.

I Can’t Has Islandz For Free


It really is quite unfortunate, but news from Criterion Games is that the free island downloadable add-on will now be at a cost to the players of Burnout Paradise. It isn’t known as of right now what the price will be.

I’m very glad for what Criterion has given away for free up to this point. My only problem with this announcement is that they have been saying that the island will be free for about six months. Oh well. I guess if the Ultimate Box edition isn’t too bad of a price, I just may get it.

R.I.P. free island update. I hardly knew you, but you will still be missed. :(

Joystiq news: Burnout Paradise’s Big Surf Island now premium DLC

Wear That Where? – #4


Every so often I find that someone is selling some type of crazy video game related ultra-geek wear. In 2005 it was a modified NES controller to be a belt buckle and last year there was an NES necklace and Game Boy Pocket cufflinks. Now the cufflinks are back, but in the form of PlayStation controllers. For $150 you too can hit the town in style all thanks to (fittingly) CuffLinks.com.

PS3 Fanboy post: Wear PlayStation to work with these cufflinks