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October 22
2013

Kingdom Hearts Gets Remixed Again!

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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX must have done alright for Square Enix, because they’ve announced that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX has officially begun development for release next year on the PlayStation 3!

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX is an HD remastered compilation of the next games in the series, including the PS2 title Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and the PSP game Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Final Mix. Both of those are the previously Japanese-only releases of the games, by the way. Oh, and it will also include all the cutscenes from the Nintendo DS game Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, if you want to sit through those for a Trophy.

Personally, I wasn’t a big fan of Kingdom Hearts II, but that was mostly because of that stupid gummi ship minigame in between levels. It just got really annoying to me. But I thought Birth By Sleep was really good, and one of my favorite games on the PSP (not that there was a whole lot of competition on that system, but still). And it’s also a nice way to refresh your memory before Kingdom Hearts III hits the PS4 and XboxOne… whenever that day may be!

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October 14
2013

Reports Indicate Students Forced To Work In PS4 Production

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Reports out of China  allege that student workers are being told to work on PS4 production lines at a Foxconn plant or put their graduation in jeopardy.  The students were reportedly told to intern at the plant, where they were given jobs unrelated to their fields of study.  Foxconn, a manufacturing giant contracted by Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, and Apple to produce their merchandise, has had a checkered history recently, including mass strikes, suicides, and the use of underage workers to manufacture the Wii U.

Foxconn has responded to the newest reports by acknowledging that student interns from the Xi’an Institute of Information Engineering were given night- and overtime shifts in violation of company policy, while Sony has stated that “We understand Foxconn fully comprehend and comply with this ‘Sony Supplier Code of Conduct.’”  Foxconn’s statement included a pledge to bring labour practices at the particular site where the violations took place up to code.  The statement did not, however, address the allegations of interns being given positions unrelated to their fields of study, or the report that students would have six credits withheld if they did not take the internships, thus rendering them unable to graduate – though it did reiterate that the students were “free to terminate their participation in the program at any time.”  How free one’s participation is when one’s graduation hangs in the balance – or how helpful an internship is when it is unrelated to your studies – are, perhaps, matters of opinion.

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October 10
2013

Nintendo & Capcom’s NYCC ’13 Plans

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Comic Con is no longer all about comics… in fact, it sometimes seems like it’s barely about comics anymore, what with all the movies and TV and videogames, but… videogames! And if you’re attending New York Comic Con this weekend, I’ve got some details from Nintendo and Capcom about what they’re offering. So read on so you can plan ahead! (And if you’re not attending, I suppose you could read on and just be jealous…)

Nintendo will be hosting a speaking session of Eiji Aonuma, the producer of The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the 3DS and The Wind Waker HD for Wii U. I’m planning on attending, so I will hopefully see you there! Over at the Nintendo booth (#1436), you’ll be able to get your hands on the brand new 2DS handheld as well as a slew of games that include: Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Bayonetta 2, and Sonic Lost World for the Wii U and Pokémon X/Y, A Link Between Worlds, Mario Party: Island Tour, Sonic Lost World, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate and Skylanders SWAP Force for the 3DS.

Over in Room 1E02, Nintendo will be holding Virtual Console game tournaments, and will also offer free play of various eShop indie games. And the main Nintendo Booth will also be hosting an annex of the Nintendo World Store, so you can buy various games, hardware, apparel and merch. This includes the brand new 2DS and Pokémon X/Y when they are released on October 12! (Or you could choose to attend their massive launch event at midnight the evening before at the Nintendo World Store proper!)

Meanwhile, Capcom will be calling booth #1604 home, hosting playable demos of upcoming games like Strider and Dustforce as well as the  recently-released DuckTales: Remastered. (Which is coming out on disc on November 12) In addition, they will be hosting the Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Lounge where fans of the series can get together and play the game as well as take photos. And I love that they specifically mention that there will be charging stations in the seating area. That’s important!

There will be plenty of other games on display at NYCC 2013, (Sony always has a booth, as does Square Enix and plenty of smaller companies) but this should give you an idea of what to expect from a couple of them. Come back next week and I’ll give you a rundown of the best stuff on offer this year!

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October 9
2013

Hands On: Wii Party U

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While Nintendo was showing off games in New York City, I also got to play around with the upcoming Wii Party U. Does the Wii U need yet another mini-game collection? Perhaps not. But it was still a lot of fun. And will people wonder whether they should wait for Mario Party? Probably, but we don’t know when that’ll be coming out. We do know that Wii Party U will be out on October 25. As to whether or not you should think about picking it up, make the jump and I’ll let you know what I thought!

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Red Cross Pushes For Consequences For War Crimes In Video Games

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While trying to stay out of any debate on violence in video games per se, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent (ICRC) is pushing for video game makers to include realistic consequences for players’ actions in video game battlefields.  In an article and interview on the ICRC website, the organization argues that while “sanitizing” video games – removing violence or even the opportunity to commit what would, in the real world, be considered war crimes (such as killing civilians, targeting hospitals, or torturing prisoners) – is not in its mandate, or even realistic, neither is it desirable as video games could be a powerful teaching tool about war crimes and their consequences:

“Violations occur on real battlefields and can therefore be included in video games. The ICRC believes it is useful for players to learn from rewards and punishments incorporated into the game, about what is acceptable and what is prohibited in war.”

The ICRC states it is already working with video game developers to implement systems that would reflect the laws of armed conflict, and is careful to state that it is only advocating for these changes in games that depict real-world military conflict, meaning space marines and black mages would be exempted.  How excited gamers would be to have the Geneva Conventions apply to their FPSes, however remains to be seen – as does an indication of what kind of support the ICRC may get from major developers.

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October 8
2013

Hands On: Pokémon & Zelda 3DS

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I recently had the opportunity to visit Nintendo’s NYC offices and try out some of their upcoming games. I got my grubby little mitts on a couple of highly-anticipated titles for the 3DS: Pokémon X/Y (releasing October 12) and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (releasing November 22). My time with them was limited, but I came away with some impressions that I would like to share with you after the jump!

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October 3
2013

This SingStore Update Reminds Me…

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Well, there’s still no news about whether or not the US will get those two George Michael tracks that were released everywhere else in the last SingStore Update, but at least the SingStar DLC in this round has a couple gems in it! Head on over to the SingStore and you’ll find:

“Need You (100 Percent)” by Duke Dumont Feat. A*M*E
“Starry Eyed” by Ellie Goulding
“(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me” by Naked Eyes
“International Love” by Pitbull Feat. Chris Brown
“Push It” by Salt ‘N Pepa
“Tainted Love” by Soft Cell

I am all over Naked Eyes’ cover because it’s one of my all-time favorite songs of the ’80s. I would also be purchasing the awesome “Tainted Love” but I’ve already got it on my SingStar ’80s disc. (I made the mistake of buying that Cyndi Lauper song last month without checking and wasted the $1.49) Unfortunately, as much as I love “Push It,” I don’t feel like it would be much fun to sing… espcecially with the SingStar rap meter being so busted!