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Konami to release 8 disc Silent Hill Sounds Box with bonus DVD

Konami has announced an 8 disc box of music titled Silent Hill Sounds Box. The box comprises os music from the Silent Hill series composed by Akira Yamaoka which consists of Silent Hill, Silent Hill 2, Silent Hill 3, Silent Hill 4: The Room, Silent Hill Zero, Silent Hill: Homecoming, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories as well as music from arcade and demo releases. Also announced is a bonus DVD that (subject to confirmation) will include trailers from the series. The box will go on sale in Japan on the 16th of March 2011, and will retail at ¥14,700 (tax included).

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He'd be saying things like, "His feet should move like this here, and the focal point is right around here..." This was around 2 or 3 in the morning, and pretty much all the development staff had already gone home. So it was just Miyamoto-san and me in the office, and he starts showing me how Mario is supposed to swim while saying, "It's not really a breast stroke, and not a crawl, but something like this maybe...?" And he was completely sprawled out on the desk doing these swimming motions. (laughs)... But when I looked at him there and noticed he wasn't a bit embarrassed, I thought, "This is the work of a true director."

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Gawker Media hacked, over 500,000 user e-mails and 185,000 passwords released on the internet

Over the weekend Gawker Media servers were hacked by 'Gnosis'. Nearly 1.25 million accounts including more than 500,000 user e-mails and 185,000 passwords were posted on The Pirate Bay1. This resulted in security breaches for a number of sites; Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Gawker, Jezebel, io9, Jalopnik, Kotaku, Deadspin and Fleshbot account leaks have all occurred2. Gawker boss Nick Denton is expected to meet with FBI investigators and urges users to change their passwords3. Read on

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  1. Slate

  2. lifehacker

  3. news.com.au

Super Mario Galaxy 2 totally blows

Super Mario Galaxy 2 blows

ReviewArguably the best Mario game in a decade, Super Mario Galaxy was followed up with an easy, lame, boring, if polished sequel in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

It's been noted that this sequel's existence is owed to the large quantity of leftovers from the original, leaving a bunch of galaxies on the cutting room floor. Super Mario Galaxy 2 feels like these throwaway levels were picked up, dusted off, polished off, and packed away.

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FFXIV free game time extended again, key staff resign or are re-shuffled and PS3 version delayed

Square Enix have issued another communication in order to lessen the damage being done by a variety of issues in their MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV.

Producer Hiromichi Tanaka is resigning as producer:

First of all, I would like to apologise for our inability to fully satisfy our users with the initial release of Final Fantasy XIV. I take full responsibility for the game's current situation, and have therefore made the decision to step down from my role as producer.1

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  1. Digital Spy

Adults-only game rating delayed until next year in Australia

BlogThe federal and state Attorneys-General met in Canberra and on the agenda was an R18+ rating to be introduced for video games. They failed to come to a decision however have not rejected the idea just yet.

Federal Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor said:

Gamers have grown up. Games have grown up. We need to make sure we have a classification scheme that's grown up as well.1

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  1. news.com.au

Nintendo Australia pulls marketing stunt for Donkey Kong Country Returns

Donkey Kong Country Returns was released on the Nintendo Wii yesterday in Australia. Nintendo pulled a marketing stunt in Sydney by placing a huge pile of bananas labelled "Kong's Banana Hoard" in the middle of Circular Quay. The bananas were offered to the public for free and the company also organised a giant bite mark to be added to The Big Banana at Coffs Harbour. Read on

We need a classification system that protects young minds from any possible adverse affect, while also ensuring that adults are free to make their own decisions about what they play, within the bounds of the law.

Why graphics matter...

Why graphics matter...

BlogThe more I think about it, the more it bothers. That is, the more people say "graphics don't matter" the more I think they're full of it. Actually, the more I think about it, I find the graphics are incredibly important to me. But maybe I'm being too loose with my definitions. Because whenever I think, "graphics," I automatically lump in art direction. Talking about how good the graphics are is pointless if what is being animated is boring to begin with.

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