Friday, 24 October 2008

Woman kills Virtual Husband?!

The law gets wierder and wierder now. A 43 year old Japanese women who played the game Maple Story deleted the virtual husband's account after he divorced her online. Yes thats right they were married (their characters that is).

The stupidest part is she can face up to 5 years in jail for doing that.

"The woman used login information she got from the 33-year-old office worker when their characters were happily married, and killed the character. The man complained to police when he discovered that his beloved online avatar was dead."

Why on earth would you complain to the police about a character, fine if she tried to hurt you in real life but this is just barmy.

You can read the full article here.

Article by: William Stephen

Screw GAME go to HMV!

HMV have started taking in pre-owned titles. This means you can trade-in any old game you no longer want (well not too old, they probably wouldn't take anything on the Commodore 64 or a SNES game), but it does mean you can exchange it towards not only games, but DVD's, Blu-Ray movies and even stuff like ipods! Ooh yeah!

They've branded it Re/Play and is aimed at rivaling the likes of GAME and Gamestation, and could be quite popular come Christmas.

So if you're Mum or Nan (it was always my Nan that got me games) start asking you if you've any games you no longer want, then you know what that could mean! It means you should tell them to stop being cheap-skates and to buy the games for full price. Oh don't be too harsh, there is a credit crunch and all.

According to MCV, one 'top publishing executive' said
“Pre-owned cannibalises our catalogue sales without a doubt...You could always rely on the likes of HMV and Zavvi to work with you on new releases and catalogue stock. It’s disappointing that someone else is going down this route.”

Oh well. Stop crying about it and drop prices then.

Article By: Wesley Lock

Thursday, 23 October 2008

A double news post

It's a good day today Parental Guidance readers!

Today we are announcing two new things. Firstly, our forums are now up and running. You should be able to see them on the content bar to the right hand side of the site. Have a click on them and go wild. As usual, you can say whatever you want and we'll do our best not to censor it unless nasty legal people hit us with big things, but we won't take responsibility for anything you say. If you have any suggestions or ideas about the forums you can post something in the 'general' forum to let us know.

The other good bit of news is that we, Parental Guidance, are looking for writers for news, reviews and articles. All we want is one post a day, be it a review or a news piece or article. You can post more than that, but it isn't required to be part of the team. Nobody has to post on weekends or major national holidays like christmas day, but again you can post if you want. We have a pretty simple system and it will be easy to pick up.

If you are interested please send a small review or news article to of about 100 words. You can go over that, but don't send us 2000 word essays as we won't have time to read it all. The article doesn't have to be current or modern (you can use something you wrote in 2002 if you want) but it does have to be written by you. Leave some contact details at the end of it. This isn't a professional job so you won't get paid but we will hand out review code when we can and we already have the support of EA, Activision, Take-Two, 2K Games, Microsoft and others.

If we like what we see we will contact you and take things further. It doesn't matter who you are or what you do, we just want competent writers.

Good luck!

Article by: Edwin Jones

LIPS details announced

Microsofts rip-off answer to Singstar - Lips is due to hit the shelves on the 21st November 2008.

It's to include top hits from the likes of Coldplay, Leona Lewis, Radiohead and Nirvana as well as being packaged with an exclusive wireless microphone.

If you're a fan of games such as Singstar, and can't wait to get your 'lips' (the ones on your mouth of course) around this, then you can pick it up for an RRP of £49.99.

And you're friends need not sit round with their hands on their ears either, they can join in by playing percussion with Xbox 360 controllers. You can check out the full 40-song strong tracklisting below.

Lips Track List

1 No One - Alicia Keys
2 Stand By Me - Ben E. King
3 Irreplaceable - Beyoncé
4 Call Me - Blondie
5 Boogie 2Nite - Booty Luv
6 With You - Chris Brown
7 Yellow - Coldplay
8 Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode
9 Survivor - Destiny’s Child
10 White Flag - Dido
11 Mercy - Duffy
12 Hungry Like The Wolf - Duran Duran
13 An End Has A Start - Editors
14 It's Raining Men - Geri Halliwell
15 Virtual Insanity - Jamiroquai
16 Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
17 Ruby - Kaiser Chiefs
18 Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall
19 Love At First Sight - Kylie Minogue
20 Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis
21 Superstar - Lupe Fiasco (feat. Matthew Santos)
22 Makes Me Wonder - Maroon 5
23 Rome Wasn't Built In A Day - Morcheeba
24 In Bloom - Nirvana
25 Young Folks - Peter Bjorn And John
26 Another One Bites The Dust - Queen
27 Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
28 I Wanna Be Sedated - Ramones
29 Umbrella - Rihanna
30 Listen To Your Heart - Roxette
31 Amazing - Seal
32 Put 'Em High - Stonebridge
33 Song For Whoever - The Beautiful South
34 Just Like Heaven - The Cure
35 ABC - The Jackson 5
36 Naïve - The Kooks
37 Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police
38 I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
39 Love In A Trashcan - The Raveonettes
40 Bust A Move - Young MC

There you go. Happy now? Much love.

We won't be happy until they have this version of the Final Countdown though...

Article: Wesley Lock

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Gears of War 2 to not be released in Japan or Germany?

According to Edge Magazine, a Microsoft spokesman has said that the game will not appear in Germany or Japan.
“We can confirm that Gears of War 2 will not be available in Germany or Japan indefinitely”
Gears was one of the first games in Japan to actually sell well for the 360 so its surprising that it wont be sold there. Although later on when the story was first published, Microsoft claims that there has been no announcement on the plans for GoW 2 in Japan.

Germany wont get it though, and by the looks of things neither will the Censoring Aussies either. Whats wrong with killing people with chainsaws?! (In a game) Although on saying that, I am getting the golden chainsaw in real life size *drools*

Article by: William Stephen

Is the new PSP-3000 broken?


It seems that Sony have been a little bit 'fail' recently. Their 3rd version of the PSP, the PSP-3000 was supposed to fix ghosting problems and screen flaws that plagued the older models. The good news is that they fixed the ghosting problems. The bad news is all they did was replace one problem with another.

It seems the new PSP suffers from horrible scan line problems. They made the screen brighter and more responsive, but all this does is show up ugly scan lines where they shouldn't be. To put it in laymans terms, big freaking lines poke out of things when your move too quickly on screen.

As a man who has tried out more HDTV's that I would like to admit and found them all buggered in some way, this annoys me. I'm a bit of a perfectionist and this is putting me off buying a PSP-3000 - especially as Sony have said the flaws are based on design, not on malfunctions. Damn.

You can read more about this story, here.

Article by: Edwin Jones

Saints Row 2 Review - PS3

The original Saints Row was released at a time when gamers were pining over a new Grand Theft Auto, and certainly filled the gap for a while at least. Whilst it didn’t have a lot of the humour of which GTA was famous for, it gave gamers a better combat experience, and other little touches which improved on what GTA had offered before it.

Now we have Saints Row 2, and it comes out after Grand Theft Auto 4, which has been heralded by many as one of the greatest games ever made. So can Saints Row 2 compare?

In some ways, yes it can. If you’re already tired of the Grand Theft Auto comparisons, then you’ll have to put up with it. Saints Row takes no shame in the fact it’s largely a carbon copy. One of the great features in Saints Row 2 is you can create your own character, with a plethora of options allowing for a great amount of customisability.

The story isn’t as polished as GTA, but then again GTA’s story isn’t as ‘Hollywood’ as some would like you to believe. The game continues where the original left off, and you find yourself blasting your way out of prison, and getting back to (a redesigned) Stilwater. There you learn that your gang has split, and three others have risen to power. So it’s time to take the power back.

In order to slowly build up your empire again, you can undertake side-missions which are used to build up your reputation so that you can the main missions which are based on the different gangs. The main missions in Saints Row 2 are often more enjoyable than some of the take so and so here, and drop them off and wait for something to go wrong and then drive them away, that was evident in GTAIV. The missions in Saints Row 2 don’t take long to get going, and you’ll soon find yourself participating in a Kill Bill inspired sword fight, or parachuting inside a bomb-ridden hotel!

The side-missions are often fun too, and arguably more fun than what was on offer in the original. We found ourselves being a security guard for a celebrity, lowering property value by spraying shit over buildings and people in the area, and dressing as a cop with a camera crew and beating the heck outta criminals for TV. It’s all good fun.

One of the things we loved about the game the most was the music. The soundtrack to GTAIV was in our opinion, awful. However, the music in Saints Row 2 fares much better, which is largely thanks to its 80’s radio station. It worked for Vice City, and it works here. You can hear anything from A-ha ‘Take on Me’ to Culture Club ‘Karma Chameleon’ and The Psychedelic Furs ‘Pretty in Pink’. Our favourite though was hitting the streets and causing havoc to Simple Minds ‘Don’t you (forget about me). Classic. If 80’s isn’t your thing, then don’t threat, there is something for everyone, including the song which appears to be in almost every game nowadays – Woman, by Wolfmother.

In GTA IV the weapons were rather cliché, and pretty boring in all honesty. Saints Row 2 doesn’t follow suit though, and as well as the expected handguns, shotguns and machine guns, you can also find yourself wielding stuff like a Katana, a chainsaw, a taser-gun, and even defibrillators - Clear! Taking people hostage is always a laugh too (not in real life though, that's naughty). But it give you the opportunity to use them as a human shield, and then just throw them away!

One of the biggest complaints about GTA IV was that it took itself too seriously. And whilst it did have humour and it was a good solid game, it lacked, fun. Something that Saints Row 2 doesn’t have so much of a problem with. Where GTA attempted to take things more seriously, Saints Row 2 goes even more over the top. And it’s all the better for it.

There’s multiplayer too for those who are interested, allowing players to play through the game together in co-op, which is something that should have been in GTA IV. There are other multiplayer modes as well, and are better than what was offered in the original, but don’t expect them to keep you occupied forever.

So we leave you with this. If you’re looking for something a bit like GTA, but with some more over the top fun that was taken out of the most recent GTA, then this title could be for you. Especially if you’re looking at tearing up innocent pedestrians with a chainsaw in co-op.

Review: Wesley Lock

Dead Space Review - PS3

Dead Space should have launched with the moniker “In space no-one can hear you crap your pants”. It’s one of the most terrifying experiences you will ever encounter in your video-gaming life. Lucky for EA, Dead Space is the only survival horror game out for Halloween, yet it is still released the same week as Fable 2 and Far Cry 2.

And yet in spite of the triple AAA titles released in the same week, Dead Space certainly holds its own. You play as Space Engineer Isaac Clarke, who along with a few others receive a distress call from the ‘planet cracker’ ship - the USG Ishimura. So you all go to the ship, to find out what’s happened, and are only ambushed by a bunch of aliens known as Necromorphs! Scary times!

Of course this means you’re split-up from your party, and have to work your way around the ship doing various tasks to make your way home. And it all makes for one of the most tense, atmospheric and petrifying games we’ve ever played. It’s not a typical run and gun either, as the Necromorphs require specific ways to be taken down. Strategic dismemberment is the name of the game, and it’s up to you to work out the best ways to dismember the scarily relentless Necromorphs.

The weapons in the game are actually supposed to be mining tools, although luckily enough they’re just as good for keeping away the Necromorphs! There are various mining tools you can use to your advantage, such as what is essentially a flame thrower, mmmnnn, crispy Necromorphs! You also have numerous abilities that you can use to your advantage, such as stasis, which is similar to playing bullet time to a particular object, as well as being able to manipulate gravity for puzzles, in a way not too dissimilar to the gravity gun in Half Life 2. The zero-g areas are great, especially for watching dismembered limbs simply float away.

You suit is actually used as your hud, it displays your health meter, as well as oxygen and how much of your stasis ability you have remaining. As well as that, when getting video feed, or opening a map, it visually appears out in front of you. The story unfolds through this use of video feed as well as audio logs that you pick up on your way, similar in kind to Doom 3 or Bioshock before it.

The level design, lighting and graphics in Dead Space are fantastic, and along with its superb audio, compliment the gameplay extensively. When in parts of the ship which are part exposed by space, the audio turns into a muffled almost silent state. It’s all very impressive.

Crudely put, if you’re looking for Resident Evil in space, then this is it. If you’re a big fan of Aliens, the Thing, or Even Horizon, then there is a high possibility you’ll love this.

But prepared to get scared - a lot. And make sure you have plenty of spare underwear at hand.

Review: Wesley Lock

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

The Penny Arcade game comes to the PS3 at last

Here you are on the Internet reading a gaming blog, so I will assume you like Penny Arcade. If not, go directly to and start reading until you either like it or your eyes bleed your soul out directly into the abyss.

Funnily enough the Penny Arcade lads thought they should take a stab at making a game themselves. They have opted for the somewhat pretentious 'episodic' route for those of us who didn't realise putting a number after the game title was an easy enough way to make a sequel and more cash from a successful title. It came out on 360 and PC a while ago but rejoice PS3 fanboys for this thursday you too can have a piece of webcomic wonder for your own. To quote Kotaku directly:

"Penny Arcade Adventures: On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One is coming to the PlayStation Network this Thursday, October 23rd."

You can't say better than that can you?

You can read more about this, here.

Article by: Edwin Jones

Obama: 360 Fanboy!

Borack Obama, Democratic presidential candidate for the United States of America has unleashed himself into the video game world by placing ads in well known Xbox 360 games. Gizmodo reports that Obama wants to target young people, so why not advertise in what 99% of lazy Americans do instead of voting? (Statistic may be inaccurate)

Looking at some of the games - can you guess the connection?

Guitar Hero 3
NBA Live 08
NFL Tour
Burnout Paradise
EA Game here....

Obama's website is and while I dont care who wins the election, we can all rejoice that change will occur with no Bush ever again. I wonder if George W. even knows what a game is... oh wait thats what the Iraq war was!!!!

Article by: William Stephen

Monday, 20 October 2008

Some guy actually gets arrested for stealing games?


Imagine that? After all the recent high profile leaks of Fable 2, Fallout 3, Gears of War 2 and more - somebody actually got off their arse and DID something about it. This wasn't a mere pirate they caught though, oh no. This guy had the brains to decide to steal hundreds of copies of the game from a company that was packaging them to send them to the shops, before we had the chance to buy them. He was a security guard for the games packaging company 'Technicolor' over in the USA surprisingly enough.

Unluckily for him, he was a bit dim. It seems he left several copies of stolen games in his car, and when he was pulled over by the cops for outstanding minor traffic offences they caught him red handed. They searched his apartment and found even more stolen goods.

This won't stop people torrenting Gears et al on masse, but it might make those of us who buy games feel a little bit better as we read about more and more leaked titles.

You can read more about this article, here.

Article by: Edwin Jones

Sackbomber: How Sony views Muslims?

So everyone knows Sony pulled LittleBigPlanet from shelves as one of the songs in the game from Grammy award winning Muslim artist Toumani Diabate featured two lines from the Qur'an, sung in Somalian (according to Eurogamer).

I believe Sony were wrong to do such a thing, and here's why.

In June 2007 the Church of England considered legal action against Sony for using Manchester Cathedral as a warzone in Resistance: Fall of Man. After a few days of bad press, Sony only half apologised, leading the Dean of Manchester Cathedral to say some months later that he forgave Sony, even though they believed they had done nothing wrong.

Fast forward to the end of last week.

A song, on general release on iTunes, panicked Sony so much they immediately and without question pulled the biggest PS3 game of all time from shelves/warehouses/reviewers PS3's and promised to destroy them all as to not offend Muslims.

iTunes was not available for comment, but one can only imagine they expect an immediate backlash with overtones of 9/11.

The real kicker is that the uber official CofE can go screw themselves while some guy from Neogaf who writes a polite email delays a global launch schedule for a AAA PS3 title!

And now to my real point. Gamers who are clued up know he wrote a polite email asking for a patch as some Muslims may find the Qur'an elements offensive. And how is he described in the UK papers?

as 'Hardliners who have seen review copies of the game (who said) mixing words from the Koran with music is deeply offensive and demanded Sony take action.'

All this overreaction from Sony has served to do is highlight the differences in the way they see Christianity and Islam. Why ignore one's official letters of protest when a place of worship is used as a warzone but bend over backwards when a single Muslim gamer makes an observation?

The only conclusion I can draw is that Sony either respect Islam a lot more than Christianity or that they fear the Sackbombers Jihad against their great empire. Either view is backwards in the extreme.

Adam Moore

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Spunky Returns!

The monkey is back! This time the violently influenced monkey, Spunky has fallen prey to Abe's Odyssey. How will the victim die this time?!

Article by: William Stephen

New Guitar Hero Metallica trailer

Please God, make it stop.

Article by: Edwin Jones