Prepare Your Brain For Robot

Robot (also known as Enthiran) is India’s most expensive film ever and it’s easy to see why. While it borrows lightly from some obvious sources, there aren’t words in the human language to properly describe some of the crazy action scenes.

 

Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 Saw Frank West Cut

Frank West appeared in Tatsunoko vs Capcom and many thought that he’d appear in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, especially after some teaser images implied his presence. However, Producer Ryota Niitsuma says that the Dead Rising star was cut from the game deep in development.

“As for Frank West, he was actually in the process quite deep, and in one of our high quality CG trailers he was actually part of it,” said Niitsuma. “But we’ve taken him out, due to the fact that we’ve foreseen some extra work involved, just from the nature of his moves. We felt we could direct our resources to better use, so we’ve taken Frank out.”

When asked about the possibility that lawyer Phoenix Wright will appear, Niitsuma responded, “Phoenix Wright is obviously a famous franchise – especially in Europe, actually. It would be interesting to see him, although he distinctively lacks the number of moves he might have [in a fighting game]. But if Marvel vs. Capcom 3 does well, he’s definitely up on the list as one of the characters to add, given the chance.”

Source: Videogamer.com

Catherine Goes Avant-Guard

In Japan, it’s not uncommon to see a wide variety of promotions tied into the release of games, with the most common being cell-phone cards adorned with character artwork. Atlus really went out of their way with the art on the cards for the upcoming Catherine, reflecting a style of mid-20thcentury pop-art.

Source: cathy.atlus.co.jp/blog

Champions Online Now Free For All

Atari and Cryptic Studios have announced that Champions Online: Free for All is now available. Players can now play the game as long as they like for free, other than certain special Adventure Packs subscribers can continue as Gold Members, which nets them extra features for $14.99 a month.

“We’re thrilled to finally be able to launch Champions Online: Free for All,” said John Needham, CEO, Cryptic Studios. “The Champions team has put an incredible amount of effort into making Free for All an amazing free-to-play MMO every gamer can enjoy at no cost.”

Find out more at www.champions-online.com.

Diner Dash Opens For Business On Facebook

PlayFirst has announced that Diner Dash has launched on Facebook. The game, which has been downloaded a half billion times in its various forms, is currently playable in beta mode and can be played at http://apps.facebook.com/dinerdash.

Diner Dash is the first Facebook game to embed robust time management gameplay in a truly social environment, said Eric Hartness, Vice President and General Manger of Social Games at PlayFirst. We ve taken the addictive gameplay that has made Diner Dash so popular on PC, Macs and iOS mobile devices and accented it with a rich ensemble cast and narrative elements that bring new depth to the Dash experience. Diner Dash propels restaurant games on Facebook to an entire new level!

The Facebook version of Diner Dash perhaps unsurprisingly has a town management system. Using tips from the restaurant, players help Flow clean up the mess Mr. Big has caused in DinerTown park, and unlock other restaurants like Tony s Ristorante and Margarita s Cantina.

We ve brought together all the compelling Diner Dash elements that have made it the number one time management franchise and married that to the social experience of Facebook, said Mari Baker, CEO of PlayFirst. Diner Dash on Facebook points the way forward to a new class of time management game while retaining the authentic Dash gameplay that made the series so popular.

Resistance Gets ‘A Hole In The Sky’

Insomniac today announced that they will be launching another novel set in the Resistance universe. Set after the conclusion of Resistance 2, the book follows Joseph Capelli’s journey up until the beginning of Resistance 3. Resistance: A Hole in the Sky will release this Summer from Del-Rey Books.

For those of you wondering what s going on with Resistance 3 itself, you ll be happy to know that we re super busy preparing both Resistance 3 and Ratchet & Clank All 4 One for an upcoming media demo in London followed by the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco next month, noted James Stevenson, Senior Community Manager for Insomniac Games. We’ll be sharing new screenshots and gameplay video, and press will get their first hands-on impressions of both games. To keep up with all the latest, follow us on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Source: PlayStation Blog

Duke Nukem: The (Short) Movie

The world (ok, just a small part of the world) is celebrating the fact that Duke Nukem finally has a release date. Here’s a short tribute film made by some of those fans that got the approval of 3DRealms’ George Broussard.

Zynga Trying To Kick Others Out Of The ‘Ville’

Zynga has filed cease and desist orders against Blingville. The social gaming company is claiming that the use of the letter combination ‘ville’ entails trademark infringement.

This has not been the first time that Zynga (which has been accused of stealing game design) has been involved in trademark infringement disputes. The company was on the receiving end of a suit for the Facebook game Mafia Wars.

Blingville anticipated this action, since Zynga started their actions against them in November, and issued a declaratory judgement saying that the game’s title is fair use. They say that Zynga’s claim “adversely affects Blingville and will continue to do so until this Court makes a determination of Blingville’s absolute right to use the trademark name ‘Blingville’ in connection with its social networking computer game.”

Furthermore, they are asking that “Zynga be ordered to pay Blingville‘s attorneys’ fees, costs and other expenses incurred as a result of this controversy.”

Source: Tech Dirt

Verizon Offering Unlimited Data For IPhone 4 . . . For Limited Time

Verizon’s chief operating officer Lowell McAdam has confirmed that the carrier will be offering an unlimited data plan for the iPhone 4 at the price of $30.

While AT&T has stopped offering an unlimited data plan, millions of their customers are still locked into the new program; this offer gives them more of an incentive to switch. I’m not going to shoot myself in the foot, said McAdam.

However, the offer will be for a limited time before Verizon switches over to tiered pricing, like AT&T.

Source: Wall Street Journal