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8-bit Okami

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Sure, Clover Studio's stylishly intriguing game Okami doesn't come out in the U.S. until September, but you can play it today! Well, an 8-bit simulacra of it.

Killer8-- or Killer9? Heroes.

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We usually try to refrain from posting game announcements and footage news, but this is too cool to resist. The clever enthusiasts at The Wiire have an exclusive trailer for Suda 51's new Wii title, Heroes. Originally set to be revealed at E3 earlier this year, for reasons unknown the trailer has been buried -- until now. I'd be lying if I said that the game didn't look (and sound!) like the spiritual sequel to last year's excellent Killer7, and the prospect of taking another dip into that world - wiimote in hand - excites me dearly.

"love 8bit musik"

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A week ago I accidentally stumbled on the Children of DOS site, a self-proclaimed '8bit 7bit 6bit sexbit mp3 internetlabel'. I'm still sorting through their catalog, but I'm especially impressed with 777minus111's material, whose trio of tributes to 8-bit music I stole for this journal's title (Part One and Part Three are especially good). His compositions aren't as chirpy or as textured as most chiptunes I've heard, instead they're evenly paced and even a little somber, but never too heavy...

Pong & Space Invaders Human Reproductions

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In this case, it's Pong and Space Invaders recreated frame-by-frame in a large auditorium, using people as pixels. The Pong video is OK, but the Space Invaders video is a must-see.

Lazy, Hazy Summer

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We're back from our (extended) July 4th vacation, and what better way to celebrate than to post a new article?

But why write about a fifteen-year-old port? Simply because it's summertime and we're straddling video game generations, which means that there's just not a whole heck of a lot out in the new release department right now.

Consequently, for the rest of the summer I'll be digging through the hundreds of games garnered through our garage saling activities, trying to mine them for content. That's not to say we'll

I Think We Need to Hit Up More Pawn Shops

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SiliconEra reports that a reader named 'oleanhosting' bought out a pawn shop's entire video game collection, a not-insignificat (but dusty) selection of consoles (including a Virtual Boy, several third-generation Genesis consoles (and a dozen first-gen ones), as well as a Sega Master System), plus baskets full of games.

Half-Life 2: Episode One - Where's the Beat?

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Have you ever turned on the radio to catch the end of a familiar song but you just can't find the downbeat and, as a result, the song sounds disjointed, even alien, to your ears? I can't help but feel that similar circumstances plagued my time with Half-Life 2: Episode One, as I seemingly wandered through the game without ever finding its pulse....

The Mother of All Garage Sales

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Boy am I jealous. My better half and I finally just hit the garage sale circuit last weekend for the first time this year, and we found absolutely nothing that even begins to compare to what GameSetWatch is reporting...

Casual Gamers Compete for a Million on TV

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Nuts to hardcore gaming outfits hitting the small screen - the Game Show Network is bringing the guilty pleasures of Solitaire, Bejeweled (well, technically Bejeweled 2) and Zuma by airing the $1,000,000 Worldwide Webgames Tournament in December on GSN (previously known as the Game Show Network)....

Allegedly Rare 'Uncensored' Silent Hill 1 Version Up for Auction

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I remember reading some time ago about the so-called changes that were made to Silent Hill between its appearance at an early E3 show, most notably the excising of 'devil children' who populated the town. Well, if this eBay auction is to be believed, a playable copy has reared its head...

All the Silent Hill Endings, All Lined Up

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The ambitious site game-endings.co.uk, has an admirable purpose: to bring to the public a repository of video game endings so that, even if someone isn't patient enough to play through Eternal Darkness three times to receive the 'ultimate ending', they can still see what they missed out on...

International Chiptune Resistance: Second Leg

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We've been tracking the International Chiptune Resistance with some fervor and are delighted that the second leg of their North American tour commences in Los Angeles tonight. Check the dates below for the closest city near you, then make plans to invade it...

You got Plasma in my Pong!

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Tomorrow is today. Last year, when I was reporting at Wired's NextFest, I commented on the curiousity that was psychic Pong entitled Brainball, which was none other than a version of the popular table tennis game requiring strenuous mental concentration to best your opponent...

"I Will Be Making Smash Bros."

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No, I'm not making Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but Masahiro Sakurai is! Over at Smash Bros. Dojo, the official Smash Bros. site, they've posted a story called "I Will Be Making Smash Bros.". The tale, pieced together from a few of Sakurai's Weekly Famitsu columns, whimsically details how he became involved with the project, despite having left the comfort of second-party Nintendo developer HAL Laboratories a couple of years ago...

Molded Snake

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Wow, toymakers move quickly when they want to, don't they? Kojima Productions have announced the upcoming release of a 12"-tall Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Snake figure.

I have to say, the figurine looks pretty smart. It'd probably look better next to a papercrafted Metal Gear Rex though.

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