Earthworm Jim Remake Coming to DSiWare

March 17, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Nintendo

Gameloft announced today that the iPhone remake of Earthworm Jim (there’s an iPhone remake? Damn, I’m going to have to check that out) will be released on DSiWare.

The remake includes updated graphics and audio; with redrawn sprites, brighter colours, improved audio and remixed tunes. There’s also an easy mode with hints and tips, plus a bonus mode where you repeat Jim’s various expressions into the DSi camera.

Gameloft hopes to stay as true to the original as possible whilst also making it easy enough for anyone to finish.

Pricing details are yet to be announced, so stay tuned for those in the near future.

(Via Nintendo Life)

Classic Activision Games Coming to Good Old Games

January 28, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, PC

For the last week Good Old Games have displayed a countdown towards a ‘big announcement’ on their home page. Today the countdown ended, and it was revealed that GOG have secured an agreement with Activision to bring their back catalogue to the site.

So, what do this mean? Well there are two games on the site right now, with plenty of more to come. First up is RPG Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magic Obscura, followed by the point-and-click adventure game, Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers. With games like Battlezone and Hexen belonging to Activision it won’t be long before we get some great classics in the GOG library.

“Signing the agreement with Activision is the biggest thing that’s happened at GOG.com since the actual announcement of the service. This is a huge step forward for our site and for digital distribution as a whole, as Activision is one of the biggest publishers in the world with a long history in the games industry,” said GOG managing director Adam Oldakowski. “We’re even happier to bring Activision games back to gamers, as GOG.com is the only place right now, where you can grab the announced titles. We’ve also managed to work on those titles to provide full compatibility with modern operating systems.”

I love GOG.com, and I’ve bought quite a few games from there, so my excitement for a massive publisher like Activision joining the site is sky high. The games are also incredibly cheap too, so you really have no excuse to check the site out.

Traveller’s Tales Founder Speculates That “PSPgo will Die” Unless Sony Prices Games Cheaper

December 4, 2009 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News

PSPgo

Jon Burton, found of developer Traveller’s Tales, says that Sony has to price PSPgo games cheaper or the handheld console will become extinct.

Speaking at the Developer Jury Service Jon believes that Sony cannot expect downloadable games to take over as the new medium of choice if prices remain higher than physical UMD’s.

“I’m betting on Sony making PSPgo games much cheaper than the UMD versions, or the PSPgo will die”

“I own a PSPgo but don’t want to buy LittleBigPlanet, for instance, as I can get it 20 per cent cheaper on UMD from Amazon and could resell it once I’m finished with it. But if I download it, I get no discount, and no chance to resell – how annoying is that?”

I totally agree with his comments, and I think that Sony are effectively shooting themselves in the foot by pricing digital games higher than their physical counterparts. You only have to look at the success of Steam to see that digital downloads work, but it also, like Steam, has to be supported by a cheaper pricing structure in order to be effective. Shouldn’t we be playing less if a disc and physical case doesn’t need to be manufactured and shipped?

Making digital games more expensive will only lead to the demise of a handheld that Sony is supposed to backing as the future of gaming.

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