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Johnny Minkley


Johnny Minkley is a veteran games writer and broadcaster, former editor of Eurogamer TV, VP of gaming charity SpecialEffect, and hopeless social media addict.

The Last of Us Preview

Question time.

When it comes to keeping secrets, the games industry is about as trustworthy as Julian Assange. Just ask Konami, whose VGAs-closing trailer revealing MGS: Rising as a Platinum Games title leaked online hours before the show.

Clever Game Pricing, Not Just Games, Is Key to Vita's Success

The last piece to the Vita puzzle is perhaps the most important.

Sony's cards are on the table at last. All six of them, in fact, as part of the WAAR (wide area augmented reality) feature Vita developers have been banging on about recently, with the console able to register up to six cards at once to create fancy AR experiences on the fly.

Sony planning "more tailored approach" to Vita game pricing

Multiple price-points expected, but publisher confident it can "sustain" premium pricing on triple-A games.

Sony plans to offer multiple price-points for Vita software to combat the growing threat of cheap smartphone games to its handheld business, PlayStation Europe boss Jim Ryan has revealed.

Move Fitness Review

Going through the motions.

Move Fitness is Sony's first foray into the increasingly crowded digital gymnasium Nintendo opened four years ago, when Wii Fit first started upsetting fat people by pointing out they were fat.

Gearbox: Duke Nukem Forever wasn't reviewed fairly

Co-founder not sure where "some of the anger came from".

Gearbox co-founder Brian Martel has claimed Duke Nukem Forever was not reviewed fairly by some publications, arguing it was used "as a soapbox" while claiming: "Everybody should really be thankful that it existed to some degree at all."

Dance Central 2

Too cool for school?

Dance Central was the trendy poster child for Kinect when it launched with deafening fanfare last year. As hundreds of dancers performed in unison in New York's Time Square - in what must rank as the most unrepresentative demonstration of a single-player game in history - millions of hypnotised consumers bought into Microsoft's controller-free dream.

Maybe it's because the 25th anniversary concert is only a week away, but the first thing I notice is the music. The swooning classical score is augmented by real orchestration and the effect is as epic and stirring as it proved in Super Mario Galaxy.

Just Dance 3

Four to the floor.

If, like me, you have the music tastes of the average 13-year-old girl, you'll no doubt be aware of the dramatic reformation of Steps, the formation-dancing pop troupe of late nineties/early noughties cheese fame.

Sledgehammer boss dismisses BF3 rivalry

Plus, why there's no Modern Warfare 3 beta.

Sledgehammer Games boss Glen Schofield has dismissed the suggestion of any rivalry between Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3, insisting: "My competition has been Modern Warfare 2."

Super Mario 3D Land

Mushroom for improvement?

So, Mario to the rescue? After a rather awkward first six months, the game that should have been there from day one arrives on 3DS next month, with the Kart variety following closely behind.

Saturday Soapbox: 3DS Six Months On

Charting a troubled launch.

In hindsight, I should have listened to my mum. You see, mum loves Nintendo handhelds, and has owned every single major new model since the original Game Boy.

Gears of War 3

The sum of all Gears.

So where do you go after "bigger, better and more badass"? The guiding principle for Gears of War 2 produced a masterclass in sequel design, taking a monstrously successful concept, ironing out the kinks and delivering one of the most thrillingly memorable blockbusters of this generation.

Batman: Arkham City

Knight vision.

I'm playing Batman: Arkham City on a cinema screen. It's just me, in the middle row of the Warner Bros. private screening room in London, with Dax Ginn, Rocksteady's effervescent Aussie marketing man. I've had worse afternoons, it has to be said.

Halo Anniversary gets 3D support

"More than a simple remake."

Microsoft has confirmed stereoscopic 3D support for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, to "help that sense of immersion and really help this game feel more than a simple remake".

SWTOR won't launch unless "it's solid"

"We're trying as fast as we can."

With EA yet to pinpoint an exact release date for Star Wars: The Old Republic, Bioware has said its "main focus" now is making sure the game is "solid" enough to "pull the trigger".

PES will never be a "rip-off product"

Konami ponders micro-transactions.

With EA launching its paid-for Season Ticket service for sports games, Konami is considering introducing micro-transactions to future versions of PES - but told Eurogamer it was "not in the business of trying to get every last penny out of someone's pocket".

DMC Devil May Cry

Platinum meddle.

Who knew a dodgy haircut could provoke such an outcry? We now know Capcom itself insisted on Dante's extreme makeover, expecting a reaction. Nevertheless, his newly recruited hairdresser seems shocked by the ferocity of it.

DMC sceptics "secretly want to like it"

"It will feel like a proper Devil May Cry."

Capcom and Ninja Theory have presented a united front and promised that, in the wake of a fan backlash, the upcoming Devil May Cry reboot will still "feel" and "work" like old Devil May Cry games.

A Hero's Journey

Jenova Chen's mission to revolutionise multiplayer.

The first time it happens is thrilling. I'd spent a couple of evenings gliding across the shimmering deserts of the Journey beta, desperately seeking someone, anyone, to share the experience with online.

Batman pre-order skins will release as DLC

Available to all "down the track".

Rocksteady has confirmed to Eurogamer that the full range of Batman: Arkham City skins being divvied up between retailers as pre-order bonuses will become available to all later on as DLC.