Adding to Capcom's quick response regarding Aussie distributor Red-Ant's situation, Konami have also said any scheduled releases in Australia would not be affected by the distributor being placed into administration.
Pandemic Studios Brisbane is in the news recently because of Matt. Who the hell is Matt? Well, a question might just help with the answer. The "Where the hell is Matt" videos have been quite a phenomenon on youtube, drawing over 30 million views and grabbing the attention of a few corporate sponsors, the latest of which coming from Visa.
More interestingly, the goofy dance that Matt Harding does many times in his travel videos originated at the very offices at Pandemic Studios in Brisbane...
After high school, Harding, following his dad’s advice, decided to skip university and become a video game developer. His career took him to Brisbane’s Pandemic Studios in 2000 for 2 1 /2 years. It was there he devised his now famous jig.
Find out more at thewest.com.au!
I've always thought the next step for the gaming podcast geniuses at AustralianGamer started doing some visual media - being able to see the games while they're talking about it makes perfect sense. It's a perfect match, and we're seeing most large gaming sites delve into their own t.v shows and making them available for viewing online.
Well, the AustralianGamer guys, along with Zero Punciation's Yahtzee, are doing one better by developing and producing their own pilot with the aim of it getting picked up on television. Game Damage is the new show, and you can stream it at the Game Damage website.
Game Damage represents a new face of gaming media; fronted by three proven individuals with a genuine love and enthusiasm for games, it combines light and squashy gaming humour with a delicious crunchy centre of reviews, previews and 'discussions' on the many facets of the subculture (read: shouting arguments).
Be sure to pass on your comments and support to the guys at the Game Damage website at the following link!
I'm certain Team Bondi have done a whole lot of research for their L.A Noire title, but I'm sure even they'd appreciate this particular source of information.
It's a seven part documentary of the Gangsta Squad, a secret LAPD unit formed after World War II, compiled by none other than the Los Angeles Times and titled.. ...wait for it... L.A Noir: Tales from the Gangsta Squad. There's quite a lot of media, photos, and written up accounts to read through in this series, so if you're fascinated by that era of organised crime or highly anticipating Team Bondi's L.A Noire, then be sure to follow up this series as it'll probably give you a good feel for the kind of atmosphere that Team Bondi will be offering.
Mark down the 11th of August on your calendars as the studio of Infinite Interactive makes an appearance on the fourth season return of Good Game on the ABC. PALGN reports that next week's show has a segment on two Good Game interns starting work at the development studio that created the hit Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords.
Good Game airs on ABC2 at 9:00pm on Monday, August 11.
Pandemic Studios Brisbane are making the move to shinier new offices and are selling off this 40kg Destroy All Humans! spaceship which adorns their current studio on Ebay. Bidding starts at $1199 but the guys are willing to accept Latinum Bars or Federation Credits. From the bidding page...
This UFO was made specifically for Pandemic Studios.
The frame and body of the UFO is made entirely of steel and spot welded together. There is a light bulb socket in the centre of the UFO to provide an eerie glow which is powered by a standard 240volt power socket.
Pandemic Studios will be moving building location in the next month and unfortunately this massive structure will not be able to fit in our new premises. It is currently suspended over our lobby.
The starting price of this auction is to cover the cost of taking the UFO down safely, out the studio door and onto an awaiting truck.
Digital distribution was supposed to solve a lot of things, and make software purchasing a hell of a lot more conveniant in the process. And while it remains conveniant for many people, the new model seems to have hit a major snag as game publishers and now software developers are a bit resiliant to charge the same prices to consumers in different regions around the world. News.com.au reports that Australians are paying up to five times for the exact same software offered elsewhere. From News.com.au...
....gamers who visit the Steam and Electronic Arts websites are charged up to five times more to download popular titles like Medal Of Honour: Airborne - which Australians can buy and download for $99.95, while users in the US pay just $21.15 ($US19.95).
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has spoken to News.com.au saying it is unable to stop region pricing as the practise doesn't break any trade laws, so it looks like it's something we're going to endure for a while yet. Be sure to check out the News.com.au news item as they've compiled a big list of games, creative software, and other productive programs showing the huge discrepancy in prices from the US, Australia, and the UK. If I could summarise that table, I would say that:
1: Australian Gamers get hit pretty hard by Electronic Arts. I know it's pretty unfair to single out EA on Steam though as many other publishers there are doing the same too.
2: The UK have it worse than us, overall. The prices they pay for creative software? Ouch.
I've been a frequent visitor to AusGamers for yonks, right back when they had white copy on black pages. Yeh, it was pretty hard on the eyes after a while. This must've been around seven years ago! I've noticed over the weekend that they've had a major design update and it looks very fresh and clean. Check 'em out!
AusGamers 'new look' website to offer a new world of gaming to Australian gamers!
MELBOURNE - Monday 12 May, 2008 – Following months of development, much loved Australian gaming website and 'hub' of game news, views and game titles - AusGamers - has had a face lift. Much more than just a 'nip and tuck', the site has been given a fresher, funkier look, with a wide range of new features added to ensure that the site continues to offer members and visitors access to absolutely everything and anything in gaming!
David Harrison of AusGamers (or 'trog', as he is known on the site) said of the new look site, "AusGamers has been serving the Australian gamer community for almost eight years now. Our team is dedicated to not only maintaining the reputation we have for covering everything games related, but also on improving on what our site offers at every opportunity,"
"The new AusGamers website is a significant first step in expanding our efforts to provide the best resource possible for Aussies to get all the latest news from the gaming world," he added.
While AusGamers has for some time boasted one of the largest game file archives in Australia, the revamped site features a further expanded games database. In short, members and visitors can trawl through the 'mega archive' to access more games information, news, screenshots and videos than ever before! What's more, the site is now being housed on even faster hardware, so online game players can expect lighting fast gaming speeds.
In keeping with the increased breadth of news and games info on the site, the AusGamers team has also been expanded to include a number of new writers and reviewers. Additionally, the forum area has been extended to include lots of new topics…so you can post your opinions about loads more from the world of games.
The site upgrade has also made it even easier for people to join the AusGamers nationwide community of game enthusiasts. There's now no excuse for casual visitors not to join in on discussions and get actively involved in the AusGamers community.
The AusGamers 2008 Survey, launched with the new site, aims to gather useful demographic data from the online gaming community in Australia. The data will be used to further improve AusGamers services and provide an ever better experience for all users.
Anyone that completes the survey is also eligible to enter the AusGamers Survey Competition, putting them in the running to win the grand prize of an Xbox 360 console system. Two runners-up will each win a Nintendo DS console!
Visit http://www.ausgamers.com to enter the Survey Competition and to check out the new improved site!
Since it's a bit quiet on the news front around here, I thought I'd make a post about GTA IV. As with many Australian gamers, I've been following all the updates and information on the local release version of GTA IV, particularly on any problems that an imported PS3 version might have on online play, or from the recent letter that Kotaku AU received from a Rockstar employee indicated, if it would even work at all. However, online retailers like Play Asia have assured local gamers that it will work on their system, but I'm sure many people are still uncertain about purchasing it that way.
Having said that, I've cancelled my import copy and I'm about to head off to grab GTA IV from my local BigW which claims to be selling them for $78 a piece. Now that sounds like a great price! More details at the following link...