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It's no secret that the modern gaming market is a lot less stable than it was a few years ago. I was hoping to write a lengthy editorial on this very subject, but the brilliant minds at CleverNoobs have just done so in video form! This feature takes an in-depth look at the gaming crash of 1983 and the parallels between it and today. Discussing the effects of DLC, online gaming, and retooling old games, CleverNoobs explains why the current market is in a state of upset and what we can all do to try to avoid it—and even why a crash may ultimately be a good thing. CleverNoobs has done a wonderful job at explaining the state of the industry, and as educated gamers, this is an essential video to watch.


Pandora's Tower is the third and final game highlighted by the Operation Rainfall movement, all three of which were released to huge success in Japan while having little to no chance of localization. After testing the waters with Xenoblade Chronicles and further fanservice with The Last Story, Pandora's Tower is finally being released to western audiences. In fact, some locations have already gotten their hands on it. Knowing very little about the game, this trailer has already convinced me to cave—the visuals, the music, the voice acting, and more are absolutely stunning, and the plot and themes are no child's turf.

Even if you have no interest in Pandora's Tower, I strongly recommend you give the trailer a watch. It's very powerful and only takes two minutes of your time—and who knows, maybe it will convince you to buy a great new game.

Michael Pachter is known, as he acknowledges in this video, to have a pretty poor reputation with Nintendo fans but he isn't going to back down because of it. Pachter is always going to speak his mind, and yes, as some point out, ignore some key questions such as the 3DS' success in Japan. He does have a few good points covered in his latest Pach Attack however. 

For starters, Nintendo would definitely sell more software units in truck loads if they didn't restrict to their own hardware. They could dominate the mobile smart-device market and would easily have some of the best selling software every single time on the competitors consoles. He feels Nintendo won't leave the hardware business even if it's not very profitable because it's what they have always done. They will continue to do it, and he admits they can afford to continue to do it for 50+ years if they want.

With Iwata being a bad CEO, it comes down to the decisions the last two years. There are some counter arguments of course to the claim that he's a bad CEO. Take the peak all-time high of Nintendo's stock - that also happened under Iwata's watch. It also was inevitably going to crash because that's the nature of the game business. It's true Nintendo probably doesn't make that much profit off their hardware - but they are notorious for keeping a price on a product for several years. Wii U will probably sit around $300 USD for at least 3 or 4 years before they slice it. While some of you may feel that's a bad decision, if the console is selling well there is no reason to drop it. This also ignores how Nintendo fundamentally feels the focus of the industry is on the wrong aspects, and they stick with their hardware to prove that point. Without Nintendo hardware, you would lose a lot of innovations. 

Anita Sarkeesian is attempting to tackle a rather prolific topic: Woman in video games. The above video is part 1 of massive series of videos she will be putting on on the topic to reach her ultimate conclusion. The video project was funded via Kickstarter and so far, so good in my book. The above video touches upon a common trope used not just in games but in all areas of the media. Sure, it hurts at times seeing Miyamoto thrown out there as one of the godfather's of this movement in games, but it's not far from the truth.

I think it's nice too where she says she too grew up on these same games and she enjoys playing them, so it's not like this topic is necessarily about the games design. This topic is strictly about how woman are depicted in gaming. We gladly look forward to the next part in the series. It's a very touchy topic, but I think she has done a good job touching base on it so far. Oh, and for those that want to mention how in Double Dragon she helps beat the boss in the end - so does Zelda, it doesn't mean she's not a damsel in distress.


Many of you readers may remember Cryamore, an indie game developed by a team of well-versed developers who took to Kickstarter to fund their project. After requiring only $60,000, the team ended up  with $242k, which means fans will see many new items, features, and most importantly, the game will be released on all home consoles.

But what exactly is Cryamore? The Kickstarter page has the answer.

"Imagine the barebones gameplay of Zelda, mixed with atmospheric elements from Metroid, action done in the style of Secret of Mana, the excitement of figuring out what element to use like Megaman, hand-drawn storybook backdrops like Legend of Mana, with comedic tones and a thriving in-game clock system like Brave Fencer Musashi; that's Cryamore in a nutshell."

But there is so much more. Head past the jump for a quick synopsis of the gameplay, and head to the Kickstarter page for all the in-depth information you can find about this exciting adventure.


Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies is the upcoming installment Professor Layton series, a popular brand of puzzle-adventure titles for Nintendo's handheld consoles. Following the events of last year's Miracle Mask, Azran Legacies will be the final Professor Layton title to feature Professor Layton himself as the protagonist. Azran Legacies was shown a few days ago via Nintendo Direct, and thanks to Siliconera, we now have a better understanding of the title. Head past the jump to read all about it!


Castlevania: Lord of Shadow — Mirror of Fate is the upcoming 3DS entry in Konami's Castlevania franchise. Mirror of Fate has consistently shown us trailers displaying strong gameplay, but now we see a story trailer to go along with it. This trailer shows us the motivations of Simon Belmont, the hero of the original Castlevania, in pursuit of his missing father.

The video shows that the game features full voice acting which is none too shabby. Unfortunately, the cinematics accompanying much of it seems to drag the experience down. The trailer concludes with another display of the Lords of Shadow gameplay, ensuring us once again that it will be a fun experience. Most of this video is really hit-or-miss for me, but what do you think of the new story trailer?


Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon is coming to North American 3DS owners in later March. To prepare consumers for its release, Nintendo has decided to produce a TV commercial for the game to spread its name and hopefully increase sales. Following a commercial for Fire Emblem Awakening, it's wonderful to see that Nintendo has taken a fancy to creating commercials again, as I fondly remember them doing when I was growing up, and without a single drop of charm lost. A tip of the hat to you, old friend. Keep the good times coming.


Yesterday morning, Nintendo held another Nintendo Direct stream, this time for Japan only and based around Nintendo 3DS. The stream is all in Japanese, but it shows off Monster Hunter 4, a new game by Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune, and a game in which giant robots fight each other to unfitting music. But that's not all; there's still Castlevania, Professor Layton, and much, much more! The video is all in Japanese, but if you're interested to see some of what the 3DS might have in store (for Japan, anyway), be sure to check it out. Or if you'd prefer, you can find a breakdown of the stream's information right here.


February 20th brought Sony fans one of the most significant days in years, and it brought us over five pages of new content. In the stream of news, some of you readers have surely missed a few stories, so we've decided to compile every piece of PlayStation 4 news from the last two days into one convenient list. Check out the video above to see Sony's great summary of the announced software, and head past the jump to catch up on all your PlayStation 4 news! (Or check out a three-minute summary satire for a good laugh)


Yesterday's PlayStation meeting brought us a lot of big news. If you're looking for a good laugh check out the abridged version of the PlayStation meeting by VideoGamerTV. It's quite an amusing watch for Sony fans and non-Sony fans alike, so be sure to check it out if you're looking to kill some time, and stay tuned tonight for our recap of all the news that's come in over the last 24 hours.

Quantic Dream is known for pushing boundaries with their games; heck, the efforts they put into Heavy Rain is proof enough. Still, there was a very clear line between their game and reality, caused by the limits of technology at the time. However, David Cage shows us that with Sony's new console, their ability to showcase emotion has improved vastly. It's hard for me to find complaints about the demo above, and it'll only get better as they learn to use the system more effectively.

At today's PlayStation meeting, Ubisoft displayed Watch Dogs for PlayStation 4. The game appears to be heavily inspired by the Assassin's Creed franchise in style and gameplay, but it features a modern, cyberconnected world and a story taking place in the lovely city of Chicago. Check out the action-packed trailer to see stealth, chase sequences, and exploding trains! What's equally exciting is that the end of the trailer confirms rumors that Watch Dogs is coming to the Wii U, in the form of a cute little logo at the bottom of the screen. Keep your eyes peeled for more Watch Dogs information as it comes!

Knack is one of the most original titles showcased at Sony's PlayStation meeting tonight and one of the more interesting concepts we've seen in quite a while. Knack features a little robot aiding a human army against alien invaders. Knack himself seems to be made out of some sort of stone and can grow and shrink his body with more material present. You can catch the full trailer here. It's going to be exciting to see how the release of this game plays out — I know it's on my watch list.

At tonight's PlayStation meeting, we received news of a new racing game called Drive Club, which focuses on highly detailed models, team-based gameplay, and smartphone integration. You can click here for more information or check out the full trailer for the stunning game above.