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January 20
2013

Australia’s First R18+ Game Is Coming

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Finally.

(With apologies to our Aussie readers…I meant to have this up last week for you guys, but then our server went kerplunk.)

For decades, Australians have suffered under the burden of a games rating system that made no sense whatsoever. It didn’t really protect kids from violent imagery, and it didn’t really give adults the freedom to play what they want – and that’s kind of what a rating system is supposed to be about, no?

With the dawn of the R18+ rating, however, Aussie gamers are getting a system much closer to its international counterparts (and its own film rating system), meaning there should be much less censorship consternation in bringing games for grown-ups to the land down under, while preventing little kids from eviscerating people in Mortal Kombat or whatever.

What is the first game to get this rating, you might ask?  Why, it’s the Wii U’s redesigned and ultra-violent Ninja Gaiden 3 – which is being published by Nintendo.

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January 18
2013

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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RUU_1783   Dear Diary,

Well, we did lose a resident from Narnia this week, but OH MY GOD WE GOT THE BEST REPLACEMENT EVER!

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2013

Jonathan Coulton Is On Glee! (In A Way…)

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jocoOh dear. Glee is known for its covers of popular tunes, sometimes doing them straight, and sometimes transforming them into something completely new and unusual (with varying degrees of sucess). But this time, their transformation of Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s classic “Baby Got Back” sounds eerily familiar… And let’s just say that geek music icon Jonathan Coulton isn’t what you’d call happy about it!

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January 17
2013

Try Your Hand At Monster Hunting

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monsterhunter3ultimateA release date for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for the Wii U and 3DS was announced today along with a whole bunch of other Nintendo game dates. (March 19th in North America and March 22 for Europe). But Capcom would also like you to know that both games will be offered as digital downloads via the system’s respective eShop if you’re not interested in physical media anymore.

The game can be played alone, or with up to four players online (on the Wii U) or locally (on the 3DS). Or you can also play locally with up to three 3DSes and one Wii U! Crazy!

If you’ve never played a Monster Hunter game before, and aren’t sure if Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is for you, you’ll be able to give it a go with a free demo that will be available in the eShop for both the Wii U and 3DS on February 21!

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2013

New Nintendo Release Dates!

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WiiU_LegoCU_0117_02Well, Nintendo announced a bunch of new release dates for upcoming games, so you know what this means: More bitching from me about the lack of any information on Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Seriously, these dates go all the way into April, so I’m afraid that we may be waiting until the spring for it… or — God forbid — summer. Anyway, there are plenty of other games coming, and I’m very pleased to learn when I’ll be able to go undercover in LEGO City… I’ve got the full list right after the jump! MORE >>

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January 16
2013

SWOTOR & The “Gay Planet”

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pinktext3As you may have heard, Star Wars: The Old Republic recently added same-sex relationships with its Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion. The thing is, you can only engage in said same-sex relationships on one particular planet, which is one of the parts of the free-to-play MMO that you actually have to pay for, and which is only available to higher-level characters. Also, they’re not actual partners/companions, but just people you can flirt with, apparently.

With so many games offering up so many choices as far as customizing and developing your character, this seems like quite a step in the wrong direction. But since I don’t play MMO’s, particularly SWTOR, I’m not sure I’m really the right person to opine on this issue. However, our very own Dryden wrote a well-reasoned piece for Pixels Or Death that I think pretty much says it all.

(I’d also like to think that he would have written it for us if we were actually up and running while this controversy exploded, so this is my way of bringing us all together!)

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January 15
2013

This Week’s Rock Band DLC Will Make You Jessie’s Girl

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rick-springfield-carry-me-away-rcaToday Harmonix updated the Rock Band Music Store with three classic ’80s tracks from Rick Springfield, so get out your best skinny tie!

The Rick Springfield Pack 01 contains “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk To Strangers” and his cover of Sammy Hagar’s “I’ve Done Everything For You.” For those of you who already own Rock Band Blitz, you’ve already got “Jessie’s Girl” as it was included with that game. However, now you can get the optional Pro Guitar and Pro Bass upgrades for it . They’re also available for “I’ve Done Everything For You,” although that’s the only track this week without keyboards.

Tracks are $1.99 each as usual, or $5.49 for the Rick Springfield Pack 01. I’ve already got Blitz, so I’m just going to be picking up “Don’t Talk To Strangers.” Still, this is a better week than the last bunch!