Sep 20th 2010, 5:14 pm EST | 1 Comment

It’s true, video games are under attack. Our first amendment rights as gamers are being challenged by misinformed media outlets and politicians, who blame most of societies woes on video games.

The true believing man himself, Stan Lee, has become fed up with the media’s continued attacks on the gaming industry. In an open letter to the gaming community, Mr. Lee urges gamers to join the Video Game Voters Network to help protect our first amendment rights. Continue Reading »

Sep 20th 2010, 4:57 pm EST | 0 Comments

The Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Nintendo of America, Cammie Dunaway, will be leaving the company for a position outside of the gaming industry. She has been with Nintendo since 2007 and hosted a couple of E3 Press Conferences which were highly criticized by fans.

NOA president Reggie Fils-Aime had this to say, “We appreciate Cammie’s contributions to Nintendo and the role she played in bringing the Wii and Nintendo DS experiences to millions of people. Her team and the rest of Nintendo of America remain focused on our goal of maintaining the incredible momentum Nintendo enjoys heading into the busy holiday season.”

Source: Joystiq

Sep 19th 2010, 5:08 pm EST | 0 Comments

This past Friday, Sony joined Nintendo in the arms race… make that the waving arms race when they released the much talked about Playstation Move. Microsoft will be the last to enter later this year with Kinect. With Nintendo’s Wii being far and away the best selling system of this generation it comes as no surprise that Sony and Microsoft would do something similar to cash in. I’m not saying that they are directly copying the big N, but it can easily be seen that they are “borrowing” a lot of their ideas.  But that has little to do with what we should be focusing on as gamers and that is what effect will this have on the video game industry? Continue Reading »

Sep 19th 2010, 2:41 pm EST | 0 Comments

The guys over at Achievement Hunter decided to take it upon themselves to records how many time the f-bomb was dropped in Mafia 2. Surprisingly, the previous holder of the world record was a Wii game, House of the Dead: Overkill, which had 189 instances where the f-bomb was dropped.

So far, the Achievement Hunter video only shows 200 recorded instances, but when the guys over at Guinness take a look there are bound to be more. Continue Reading »

Sep 19th 2010, 2:09 pm EST | 2 Comments

Capcom has just released a new trailer for Okamiden at TGS 2010. Okamiden is a DS exclusive title that takes place 9 months after the events of Okami. Okamiden follows the adventures of Chibiterasu (quite the tongue-twister) who is on a quest to free the world of Nippon from darkness….again. Players will once again be given control of the celestial brush, a powerful tool that can be used to lay waste to enemies and/or summon objects into existence. Okamiden is slated to be released on September 30th in Japan and 2011 for the rest of the world. Continue Reading »

Sep 19th 2010, 1:13 am EST | 2 Comments

Before people decide to jump on the fanboy bandwagon, just know this right off the bat, Sony did not make this ad and therefore do not promote it. This attack ad was envisioned by the creative content creator Wolfbreeder. Sony is well known for taking on it’s competitors head-on (just look at the recent PSP ads that poke shots at the iPhone), so maybe an ad like this may seem quite normal in a few years if the Move does catch on fire. Whatever the case may be, I must admit that I find the ad very effective in showcasing the Move as the more “hardcore” alternative to the Wii. Who will end up on top when the dust settles? We’ll just have to wait and see. Continue Reading »

Sep 19th 2010, 12:19 am EST | 0 Comments

Mass Effect 2. Batman Arkham Asylum. Super Mario Galaxy 2. That is just a short list of some of the games that I own that I have yet to complete. They are truly amazing, but I just haven’t had the time or new games keep on getting in the way. It is a horrible cycle to be in, though I have a lot on my gaming plate already, the allure of new games is almost too good to pass up. I’m sure I’m not the only one with this problem, so I have come across a website that helps you keep track of your backlog, The Backloggery. It may not be the prettiest site or the most user-friendly, but it gets the job done and might be the motivation you need to get through that game pile that seems to get bigger by the day.

Sep 18th 2010, 7:07 pm EST | 0 Comments

Just announced at Capcom’s pre-TGS conference, the Devil May Cry series is getting makeover by Ninja Theory. Ninja Theory’s last game, Heavenly Sword was a cult hit among gamers. With them at the helm of this reboot, we as gamers can look forward to good things from this “unholy” marriage. Continue Reading »

Sep 18th 2010, 6:16 pm EST | 0 Comments

Once in a while, one of us here at Banana Pixel will post an article that looks back at some of our favourite video game moments, music, characters, etc. Today we’re here to talk to you about The Getaway Black Monday soundtrack.

Although the game was received by critics with luke-warm praise, The Getaway Black Monday still stands out to me as a diamond in the rough. Sure the games mechanics could have used some work (I’m still baffled as to why the game developers didn’t let the player control the camera angle…in a 3rd person game!) and the odd decision to leave out a map still angers me to this day, but underneath it all, I still thought the game was fantastic.  The best part of the game to me was its incredible soundtrack. Continue Reading »

Sep 18th 2010, 11:50 am EST | 1 Comment

Disney Interactive Studios (DIS) recently announced that Epic Mickey for the Wii will be released on November 30th, just in time for the holiday season. Epic Mickey has been in development since 2007 and is the brain child of Warren Spector who also worked on Deus Ex, Ultima, Thief and System Shock.

After 60 years of light hearted fun with Mickey Mouse, Epic Mickey will explore the more mischievous side of Disney’s famed mouse. The game is a platformer with RPG elements and will allow gamers to come up with their own creative ways to make it through the many puzzles presented to them in the game.

The game will retail for $50 for the standard edition and $70 for the collectors edition. The collectors edition includes the game, an Epic Mickey vinyl figurine, Epic Mickey themed skins for the Wii remote and console and a bonus behind the scenes DVD.

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