No roadie required

Want to play Guitar Hero II cord-free? Now you've got a killer option. Today, Red Octane, maker of the game, has announced a wireless Guitar Hero guitar. It will be available next month, same as the game, and will set you back $60 (the regular, corded guitar goes for $40.) There are some other wireless (and wired) guitars coming out, and we're totally planning to shred the crap out of them with a full-on review feature... just you wait. For now, just hitGame|Lifefor a pic of the guitar and the totally rock 'n' roll press release.

Creepy goddamn baby

Sony's PS3 marketing has gone from sublime to surreal. The latest commercial, debuted during the World Series, showed off a hellish baby doll crying over the might of the PlayStation 3. Next Gen has a bit of analysis, andYouTubehas a grainy, messed-up copy of the video. There are better quality vids on the net, now, but we prefer the crappy one: it adds a The Ring-like overtone that definitely fits. But we're left asking... WTF? This is supposed to make people want PS3? We're sure the marketing team could spend thousands of words explaining the branding strategy, but... it's just plain creepy and stupid. Next.

Hot air

Miss the Next Generation podcast? Rather simply read? The website has thrown up atranscript of its interview with Gabe Newell, the man behind the Half-Life games, and it's well worth reading. Juicy: "After [Half-Life] Episode 1 I got about nine thousand emails from people who'd played through the game and there’s a lot of thoughtful feedback on what they liked and what they didn’t like and I think we'll be in a much better position to make decisions after we’ve gone through the three episodes as to what's next."

God of store

David Jaffe, the man behind the massively successful and totally kick-ass God of War and upcoming PS3 download-only gameCriminal Crackdownhas let fly some comments about the PlayStation Store and the future of downloadable games,reports Next Generation. He likens download games to "pop songs" and single-player epics as "operas"... and then muses on the disappearance of long, single-player games. This is the same thing we heard when multiplayer games really started to take off five years ago (and look how that went). Well, we'll see, Jaffe. We'll see.

New screens

Pokemon Diamond / Pearl (DS)
The Sims 2 Pets (PC)
Medal of Honor: Airborne (PC,360)
Star Trek Legacy (PC,360)
Jade Empire: Special Edition (PC)
Children of Mana (DS)
Rogue Warrior (PC,PS3,360)
Silverfall (PC)
Hellgate: London (PC)
LocoRoco (PSP)
Bliss Island (PC,PSP)

New videos

Pokemon Diamond / Pearl (DS)
Red Steel (Wii)
Bully (PS2)
Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles (PS2)
Rainbow Six Vegas (PS3,360)
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes (PC)
Bliss Island (PSP)

October 27, 2006