February 1st, 2010
A French website leaked over 6 minutes of what appears to be actual gameplay footage from Heavy Rain, including female Madison Paige taking a shower and peeing.
Several warnings must preface this post. Aside from the obvious spoiler warning, you should also know that the video discussed contains actual female nudity and is therefore not safe for work. Also, if you are uncomfortable with the sounds and images of a woman peeing, being attacked by masked men while wearing only underwear or, perhaps worst of all speaking French, then you should not follow this link. Heavy Rain is set to come out on February 23rd, but there will be a playable demo available on the 11th, according to Mike Kebby of the PlayStation EU Blog. It's possible that this is footage from the demo.
February 3rd, 2010
A U.S. guild has reported the world first kill of Arthas Menethil, otherwise known as the Lich King of World of Warcraft's latest expansion.
The last wing of the final raid encounter of Wrath of The Lich King opened up only yesterday for World of Warcraft players. One day was all it took for the world's top guilds to rip through the content and kill the Lich King on the easiest level, normal 10-man. The trophy for world first kill goes to Blood Legion, a Horde guild on the U.S. Illidan server. The European guild, Ensidia (Tarren Mill - EU), routinely gets world first kills such as the bosses of Ulduar in WoW patch 3.2, Algalon and Yogg-Saron. Blood Legion beat Ensidia this time, however, by six hours. U.S.A! U.S.A!
February 6th, 2010
BioWare puts what it wants in its games, and doesn't care what you, your mother, or Bunky the Wonder Clown think.
BioWare's Stanley Woo has interjected his opinion into a discussion over at the BioWare Social Network covering the "tame" Mass Effect 2 sex scenes. The original poster lists videogames with sexual content and suspects that sales numbers or EA lawyers could be the reasons why Mass Effect 2 doesn't include similar scenes. Woo's response makes him seem a little annoyed with the whole topic in general, as I might be if I were in his shoes.
"It's kinda funny that this topic keeps coming up over and over again," he says. "People who claim to be old enough and mature enough to handle sex and nudity in a game seem to believe that any lack of sex and nudity in the game is a sign of self-censorship. They generally don't believe that a game can be called 'mature' without explicit sex and/or nudity."