Go, go, Tokyo
Tokyo Game Show is revving up, and GamesRadar is there, chomping on sushi, stomping on buildings, and trying to see what the original pink Power Ranger looks like behind the mask. We're also playing the crap out of everything we can, so check our TGS landing page for all the good stuff. We'll be updating over the weekend as well, so don't take a day off from checking just because the morning cartoons are better.
Insect army attacks Activision
These days, everybody sues everybody. Which is why, when we saw this press release, we filed it under "strategy: what to do when you get sued." It seems that The Ant Commandos, a company that makes third-party guitar controllers for Guitar Hero, got served with some sort of "Stop it! That's our money!" suit by Activision/Red Octane.
The Ant Commandos' response, however, has not been to cease-and-desist, but to counter-sue. The claim is that,in fact, Red Octane copied the Ant Commandos guitar when designing the official Guitar Hero controller, and the Guitar Hero bundle pack (which contains both game and official controller) is unfair competition.
We're not sure who's right or wrong in this case, because press releases aren't always the most reliable source of impartial information. That said, we do think it's hypocritical and mildly hilarious of Activision and Red Octane to slap Ant Commandos around, considering that until very recently, Red Octane was a peripheral company that made its living horking unofficial, knock-off Dance, Dance Revolution pads and the occasional arcade stick. Oh, and Activision lost that class-action suit in the UK because its commercials were deemed misleading - something about them having too much CG and too little actual gameplay footage. The point is this: if you get sued, sue right back. This is America, dammit.
Sega gives a slap-shot right upside your PC and... Mac?
Sega has shipped NHL Eastside Hockey Manager, which we can only conclude is a low-budget hockey management simulation that will get very little marketing push. The most interesting thing is that the game is shipping not just for PC, but also for the Macintosh. Yep, the Apple Macintosh. That bastion of gaming that was all but dead until 1998, when someone decided it would be a good idea to make them in funny colors, strip down their actual capabilities to increase the profit margin and cover ad costs, and put a lower-case "i" in front of the name. Apparently, that makes things fashionable. At least, that's what we hear at iGamesRadar.
Sony's making you a mix tape
Sony has unveiled the song list for its upcoming karaoke offering, SingStar Rocks! (or possibly SingStar - the US title is apparently uncertain) - the exclamation point is theirs, not ours. We're really not that emphatic about it. At any rate, we're sure everyone out there will know at least a few of these tunes - and if you literally don't know a single song on this list, we're pretty sure that you shouldn't play this game. Ever.
Gwen Stefani - Cool
Fall Out Boy - Dance, Dance
The Killers - Somebody Told Me
Coldplay - Speed Of Sound
KT Tunstall - Black Horse And The Cherry Tree
Aretha Franklin - Respect
Elton John - Rocket Man
Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
The Cure - Friday I’m in Love
D.J. Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince - Summertime
The White Stripes - Blue Orchid
Naked Eyes - (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me
B52s - Love Shack
Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man
Joss Stone - Super Duper Love (Are You Diggin On Me?)
Blur - Song 2
Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive
Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl?
Hole - Celebrity Skin
Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back in Town
Scissor Sisters - Take Your Mama
The Rolling Stones - Paint It, Black
Bloc Party - Banquet
The Police - Every Breath You Take
The Offspring - Self-Esteem
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Keane - Everybody's Changing
Scorpions - Wind Of Change
Good Charlotte - Girls & Boys
The Hives - Hate To Say I Told You So
And for the record, Joss, we were diggin' on you. But your handling of the situation has made us lose interest.
News so head-exploding that it got its own story:
Armored Core IV announced for 360, PS3
Dominating new Overlord screens
Lost Planet screens and trailers
Far Cry Vengeance announced for Wii
Samurai Warriors Wave first look
PC Gamer podcast released
Eternal Sonata croons its arrival
Sega buffs up Shining Force EXA
Today's newest screenshots:
Virtua Fighter 5 [PS3]
Samurai Warriors Wave [Wii]
Overlord [PC, 360]
Far Cry Vengeance [Wii]
Flight Simulator X [PC]
Mario Strikers Charged [Wii]
Gears of War 
Hellgate: London [PC]
Lost Planet 
Eternal Sonata 
Viva Pinata 
Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs [PC]
Infinite Undiscovery 
Lost Odyssey 
Blue Dragon 
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner [PS2]
Shining Force EXA [PS2]
FEAR: Extraction Point [PC]
Today's newest videos:
Lost Planet [360 ]
Resistance: Fall of Man [PS3 ]
Need for Speed Carbon [DS, GC, PSP, PS2, PC, Xbox, Wii, PS3, 360 ]
Games for Windows megatrailer [PC ]