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Archive for December, 2009

Wii dominates Amazon’s video game best sellers of 2009

December 31st, 2009 No comments
Online retailer Amazon has tallied up sales in its Video Games category for the year 2009, and the results are overwhelmingly in favor of the Nintendo Wii, with nine out of the top ten spots going to Nintendo's console, various official accessories, and games. The best-selling game on the list is New Super Mario Bros. Wii at spot number 5, a feat made even more impressive by the fact that the game came out in November -- selling more copies in under two months than most games sold all year. But above that it's all Wii gear, from the Nunchuk and the MotionPlus addon to the console itself at the top.

Modern Warfare 2 is the only non-Nintendo title in the top ten, and it's specifically the Xbox 360 version, while the PS3 version comes in at number 13. There are only two titles exclusive to another console on the list: Halo 3: ODST for Microsoft at 16, and Uncharted 2 for Sony at 18. But that's not much to cheer about: even the Wii Wheel beat them both. It's fair to say Nintendo can declare Wii-ctory on Amazon in 2009. See the full list below.

[Via Kotaku]

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Media Molecule awards LittleBigPlanet community with ‘Sackies’

December 31st, 2009 No comments
It's rare that creator curators in the LittleBigPlanet community are rewarded for their homebrewed platforming projects -- a policy Media Molecule seems to want to reverse. Over the past few weeks, the developer has been handing out awards in various categories to the game's wide base of level designers. In a recent PlayStation.Blog post, the studio wrapped these awards up into a single presentation, cheekily titled the "2009 Sackies."

Check out the PlayStation.Blog post to see the full list of winners, including "Roll Over Beethoven," which we think we can all agree is just the coolest thing ever.

JoystiqMedia Molecule awards LittleBigPlanet community with 'Sackies' originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 31 Dec 2009 22:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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WRUP: That’s a decade edition

December 31st, 2009 No comments

With the planet currently recovering, still partying or just getting started saying goodbye to the decade, let's not get nostalgic about the naughts just yet. Everyone's homework assignment for next week's WRUP -- yes, this includes Joystiq editors -- is to think about five games they enjoyed this past decade. The caveat is that the games don't have to be the best of the decade, so try not to get flustered coming up with the games that defined the last ten years. Just think about five games you enjoyed and you're done. This is supposed to be fun, so mull it over for a week and we'll come back to it.

So, what's everyone playing this weekend?

[Thanks, Patrick]

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Rumor: Dragon Age: Origins expansion in the works

December 31st, 2009 No comments

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If a seemingly oddball rumor holds true, it appears that Dragon Age: Origins owners could be devouring a huge slab of DLC in the near future. Something much more epic than Warden’s Keep or Return to Ostagar.

The Czech Web arm of Eurogamer is running the sexy gossip: according to the Web site, EA and Bioware are slated to announce a full expansion for the PC version of the game dubbed Dragon Age: Awakening this January. The content is said to feature a wholly new character, as well as a proper origins narrative, and at least 15 hours of additional play time.

Eurogamer.cz continues with the info drop, stating it believes that the content will drop in Europe this March (possibly retail and digital) and will cost around two-thirds of the game’s original price.

We’ve dropped a letter to Bioware to check the validity of this, but like proper people, the studio’s staff is probably enjoying the seasonal break. We’ll let you guys know when we get the answer. Until then, celebrate the fact that expansions are still being rumored in this era of micro-transactions. 

Rumor: Dragon Age: The Awakening expansion revealed? [Big Download, via Eurogamer.cz]

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Kotaku’s Most Popular Posts Of 2009 [Wrap Up]

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When 2009 is said and done, the Kotaku readership will have viewed the site more than 600 million times this year, an impressive mountain of clicks, comments and—based on this year's most read posts—lecherous gallery ogling.

Of the top ten most voraciously "read" posts, two feature Zoey from Left 4 Dead in various states of undress. The word "porn" appears in two headlines, the word "stripper" in another. Another features the highest concentration of unicorns we've ever seen on Kotaku. In other words, you guys are pervs who come for the steady stream video game coverage, but pounce on an opportunity to see a boob.

While many of our original reviews—Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Borderlands—and features—Owen's on the Gamerscore obsessed and Fahey's on the Everquest obsessed—garnered heaps of attention, it's these posts, for better or worse, that outperformed everything else.

Seriously. This Should Be Illegal.
Best Buy's bullshit pricing on Geek Squad services isn't anything new, but the screengrab tag was in 2009. These lightning quick hit posts are often light on editorial, but always generate interesting discussion.

L4D is NS4W With Nude Zoey Mod
Everybody loves Left 4 Dead survivor Zoey. And some lust for her, expending enough effort to get the poor girl's pants off in the game by way of the nude Zoey mod, a hit with the readership. We've not yet heard of Left 4 Dead 2's Rochelle getting the same treatment.

Tales Of Horror From The Circuit City Liquidation
Danny. What a dick.

Games, Not Porn, is Adult Actress' Secret Pleasure
Porn stars, they're just like us! Minus the constant, overacted sex, of course. Unsurprisingly, Ms. Raven's two other Kotaku posts, drew similar horny crowds and our fair share of detractors.

Leaked Star Wars Battlefront 3 Gameplay Footage
Portions of the remains of Free Radical were on display for Star Wars Battlefront fans to mourn the developer's passing. It was this video, the most viewed video of the year on Kotaku, that gave us a peek at Battlefront 3, showing just what some of that artwork would have looked like in motion.

Strippers or Counter-Strike - Which Gets a Gamer's Attention?
It was a rhetorical question.

Left 4 Dead Reaches Ultimate Milestone: Parody Porn
Pretty disgusting, considering the fantasy rape nature of these Left 4 Dead parody videos that feature full penetration, but Zoey fantasies really go far with the fellas. I'm glad my mom doesn't read this site!

PS3 Slim Vs. Xbox 360 Elite: Tale of the Tape
Not much more than a feature spec for feature spec comparison of the then relatively new PlayStation 3 slim redesign and the Xbox 360. And readers flocked to it.

The Year, NSFW
Owen's end of year wrap up of the year's stories that required shutting one's office door, which really wasn't that bad to begin with, considering the nightly pantsu stories that Ashcraft posts.

The Konami Code Makes ESPN.com Magical!
For a few, glorious moments, ESPN.com was "cornified." Type in the classic Konami code and visitors were soaking in rainbows, ponies and unicorns. It's the post that launched a thousand tips of the "Hey! Did you know that the Konami code works on Facebook?! LOL!" nature. Yeah, we heard. Thanks!

Well, thanks for sticking with us another year, Kotaku kids! We appreciate your business and promise to never post anything not safe for work in 2010. Pinky swear!

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Evening Reading: Putting the Oughts to Bed

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If you'd told me last New Year's Eve that a year later I'd be writing the last Evening Reading of the decade on Shacknews I'd probably have looked at you dumbfounded. Sitting here doing it this evening I couldn't be more pleased with how things have worked out. Getting reacquainted with Shack has been great. We've got a great team, a great community, and fantastic support to carry us into 2010 and well beyond.

We've been posting our games to look forward to in 2010 today. I'll have mine coming tomorrow along with a collection of our resolutions for the New Year. Hope you'll take a moment to check them out and add to the conversation when time allows. Have a fun and safe New Year's Eve whatever your celebration plans.

I'll leave you with this great quote my friend Sterling tweeted earlier today: "The world isn't coming to an end. It's already tomorrow in Australia."

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Crysis and Street Fighter IV round out today’s Steam deals

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Despite discounting games as part of its ongoing holiday sale event, Valve has seen fit to offer even more games at reduced prices, this time flipping the switch on massive discounts for triple-A titles like Street Fighter IV, which can be yours for $10, and Crysis Maximum Edition -- a bundle of Crysis and Crysis Warhead -- for under $14.

That's not all, as your hard-earned greenbacks can also net you cheap digital copies of Medieval II: Total War, Half-Life: Source and Shattered Horizon -- though we'd be remiss if we didn't point out the very tempting combo of Darwinia and Multiwinia, both of which can be yours for $3.

JoystiqCrysis and Street Fighter IV round out today's Steam deals originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 31 Dec 2009 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Happy Happy [Note]

December 31st, 2009 No comments

To: Ash
From: Crecente
Re: Tim Rogers Is Everyone's Friend

Today the year ends. I will spend the last moments with my wife and son watching a movie probably, eating great mounds of popcorn and drinking champagne.

The eating and drinking are things I practiced daily while on vacation, but in the month I was in Australia I watched about two hours total of television. The rest of the time I spent hiking, site-seeing, hanging with family and reading. I ended up reading through seven books over those four weeks. Loved it.

What you missed:
Uncharted 2's Sloppy Fiction
Blizzard Helps Cops Track Down WoW Fan, Suspected Drug Dealer
What Are You Playing This Holiday Weekend?
Win An Autographed copy of Zelda: Spirit Tracks and More
Iraqi Kidnap Victim Subjected To PlayStation
New Year's Marathoning: Video Games or TV?

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DJ Guetta references work on DJ Hero 2

December 31st, 2009 No comments
Back in September, we heard the initial reports claiming Activision and FreeStyleGames had already begun work on the sequel to DJ Hero. These reports were corroborated by a recent article by Kelowna.com, in which DJ David Guetta, a contributor to the soundtrack of the first mixmaster simulator, mentioned that he'd been working on "the No. 2 version" of the game. We're assuming he's talking about a sequel, and not about the tone of graphite that's so popular amongst pencil manufacturers.

It only makes sense that a second game using the costly, rotating peripheral would be in the works. What would really be shocking is some kind of lid-unscrewing sim. Or a Lazy Suzan puzzle game!

[Via Destructoid]

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NCAA Football — Where My High School’s Name is in the Game [Sports]

December 31st, 2009 No comments

At my high school - among the smallest in North Carolina - we aren't known as the "Rams" or the "Cardinals." We're "The Buckin' Elks." And Brad Nessler says that name - all of it - in NCAA Football 10.

I know of no other institution of learning, NCAA FBS, FCS, Division II, III or high school, that goes by "the Buckin' Elks" for its athletic nickname. So today, when I used NCAA 10's Teambuilder to create my high school on a lark, my jaw hit the floor after play-by-play man Brad Nessler introduced us by that very name. Watch the video. I'm not making it up.

Elkin is a five-time state champion - four this decade - but we are definitely not among the nation's top-of-mind high school programs. Our 2002 title, the first since the fabled 1967 champions, came with 18 players on the roster.

I have a few theories as to why we made it in. EA Sports Tiburon probably realized, with the new Teambuilder interface, that some of their installation base would create their own high schools and be thrilled to hear their nicknames. Of the zillions of high schools in the United States, a bunch are already covered by existing mascots. So why not go pick out the more unique ones, especially recent champions, and give someone a thrill?

I made an offhand, highly anecdotal test of unique school names. Nessler doesn't say the name of Mount Airy's "Granite Bears" (2008 NCHSAA 1-A champs, '09 runners-up). Nor does he announce the Washington (N.C.) High "Pam Pack." Both come through as "the home team," which is what the CPU offers up when it can't recognize a nickname.

However, "Nimrods," the hilarious nickname of Watersmeet, Mich. High, is also said by Nessler. But that school was featured in an ESPN advertisement, and also the subject of a USA Today profile five years ago, far more notoriety than we Elks have ever seen. So who knows what's going on here.

Somewhere, for some reason, someone asked Brad Nessler to announce my high school for battle in a college football video game, but not because every single school in the United States, or even my state, was included in his script. Like Michael Moore finding the Russian missile pointed at Flint, Mich., I will not stop until I track down who was behind this. And why.

Oh, and, Starmount, East Wilkes, Forbush, Surry Central - if it's in the game, it's in the game. That means we are and y'all aren't. So suck on that.

Update: On my brother's request, I tested out whether his North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Unicorns ("Hook 'em 'Corns!") made the game. They did.

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