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Rob Fahey

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Pirate Station

Has piracy simply become an excuse for failure among publishers?

Published as part of our sister-site GamesIndustry.biz' widely-read weekly newsletter, the GamesIndustry.biz Editorial is a weekly dissection of one of the issues weighing on the minds of the people at the top of the games business. It appears on Eurogamer after it goes out to GI.biz newsletter subscribers.

Media Molecule's Alex Evans

Setting the borders for LittleBigPlanet.

Who would have thought, with all the marketing millions and pretensions of cool behind Sony's PlayStation 3, that its most iconic characters in 2008 could end up being a nicotine-loving geriatric in skin-tight latex and a doll made out of burlap cloth? The geriatric, at least, was something we expected. The sack doll? Not so much.

Bungie's Damian Isla

Bungie's AI guru on the thinking behind Halo.

Most big, modern games are, of necessity, a team effort - so much so that it's often hard to ascribe any particular part of the experience to one person. In the Halo series, for instance, all manner of people contributed to the games, and for the most part, you'd be hard pressed to pick out a great moment and say, "this person made this". It's a team effort. Everyone's fingers are in all sorts of pies, and every pie has all sorts of fingers in it.

iPhone Gaming

Apple's unexpected gaming platform.

Mobile gaming has always, despite the best efforts of a few pioneering developers, been the black sheep of the market. Those who own consoles, PCs and handhelds tend to look down their noses at any attempt to shift the hobby onto mobile phones - and not without some justification.

Cryostasis

The very, very cold war.

"The Russian BioShock." Not a bad start, Mr PR Man. Ken Levine's undersea epic may have divided opinion, but it takes a hard heart not to warm to its narrative ambition and to the fantastic vision of the city of Rapture. We don't care whether it's the Russian BioShock, the Indian BioShock, or the Kyrgystani BioShock - anything that strives to reach similar goals is automatically interesting.

Biting the Apple

The generation's big battle might not be between Sony and Microsoft after all.

Published as part of our sister-site GamesIndustry.biz' widely-read weekly newsletter, the GamesIndustry.biz Editorial is a weekly dissection of one of the issues weighing on the minds of the people at the top of the games business. It appears on Eurogamer after it goes out to GI.biz newsletter subscribers.

The first thing you need to know about Banjo-Kazooie's expansive E3 demo is the one that's going to get the traditionalists shaking and sputtering with rage: you don't do very much platforming in it. The second thing you need to know, following close on the heels of the first, is that that's fine, because it's still great fun.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

The more you tighten your grip...

I went to see a play recently called "Contains Violence". In the programme, the writer mused over the choice of name, saying in effect that if you're going to call a play "Contains Violence" it had bloody well better do, or else the audience may decide to invent their own. At your expense. So it is with The Force Unleashed. If you're going to make a promise like that, you'd better come up with the goods. Even more recently, we sat down with the functionally identical Xbox 360 and PS3 builds of LucasArts' latest to see how they do.

Blizzard's Perfect Storm

The industry's top developer knows the merits of the confessional.

Published as part of our sister-site GamesIndustry.biz' widely-read weekly newsletter, the GamesIndustry.biz Editorial is a weekly dissection of one of the issues weighing on the minds of the people at the top of the games business. It appears on Eurogamer after it goes out to GI.biz newsletter subscribers.

"Standalone expansion pack" isn't a very exciting phrase, but we're going to have to work with the tools we're given, and it's the most apt description for what Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath actually is. On the PC, this was a straightforward expansion pack for a popular real-time strategy game, sold cheaply and requiring the original game to be installed. On consoles, it arrives as a game in its own right - not full-price, thankfully, but a standalone game regardless.

TNA iMPACT!

Talking to the big man.

When you think of wrestling, the chances are that you think of WWE - the camp, melodramatic and oh-so-macho "sports entertainment" circus which used to be called WWF before some pandas got upset or something. As a result, when you think of wrestling games, the chances are that you think of SmackDown!, THQ's long-running grappling franchise.

Making Music

The flood of plastic instruments needs a dose of common sense.

Published as part of our sister-site GamesIndustry.biz' widely-read weekly newsletter, the GamesIndustry.biz Editorial is a weekly dissection of one of the issues weighing on the minds of the people at the top of the games business. It appears on Eurogamer after it goes out to GI.biz newsletter subscribers.

Funcom's Gaute Godager

On launching Conan - and what comes next.

With Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures passing its one-month milestone, game director Gaute Godager has one of the most successful launches in MMO history under his belt - but the work is only beginning. A month of frantic patching has produced a more stable, playable, enjoyable game, but the weeks and months to come will make or break Conan, as Funcom strives to ensure that players are happy, entertained - and paying their subscriptions.

Skills Shortage

It's time for direct action against bad game-related degrees.

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Q Entertainment's Tetsuya Mizuguchi

Remakes, revolutions and the future of media.

Tucked away in one of central Tokyo's sprawling, bustling regions, Q Entertainment's office building is small and incongruous - but impossible to miss, thanks to the striking logo on the side. "Q?" it asks. "Hopefully," responds the somewhat lost foreign journalist.

In The Stocks

The Wii Fit supply debacle sees Nintendo failing its partners and audience.

Published as part of our sister-site GamesIndustry.biz' widely-read weekly newsletter, the GamesIndustry.biz Editorial is a weekly dissection of one of the issues weighing on the minds of the people at the top of the games business. It appears on Eurogamer a day after it goes out to GI.biz newsletter subscribers.

Nintendo Channel launches tomorrow

DS demos, trailers, player reviews and more.

After looking so bare for months after launch, the Channels view on your Wii is probably starting to fill up nicely by now - and tomorrow brings the launch of another free channel that'll be well worth a download, the rather obviously titled Nintendo Channel.

Warhammer is PvP first and foremost - Mythic

Monsters and PvE designed around PvP.

Warhammer: Age of Reckoning producter Jeff Hickman has laid out Mythic's intent with the game pretty clearly in a new interview, explaining that everything in the game is designed with PvP in mind.

Vanguard introduces racial mounts

Update brings unique mounts and faction rewards.

Sony Online Entertainment has launched a brand new update for Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, adding new mounts and a faction reward system for the game's loyal fans to play with.

PS3 launch was "fairly catastrophic" - Stringer

But the console has 'bounced back'.

Speaking in California at the D6: All Things Digital conference, Sony boss Howard Stringer has described the launch of the PS3 and the financial problems it caused for Sony as "fairly catastrophic".

Another Baja game announced

This time it's Activision in the driving seat.

Only a few short months after THQ announced that it's working on an off-road racer based on the famous Baja 1000 race (and rather snappily called BAJA), Activision has revealed that it's also got a bun of that description in the oven.

Two more MGS4 characters confirmed

Potential spoilers inside.

A scan from this week's Famitsu has popped up online, revealing two new characters who'll crop up in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

Trials 2 now on Steam

Brimming with m0t0rb1k3s, folks.

Eurogamer's cult game of the moment, RedLynx Trials 2: Second Edition, is now available on Steam - where it'll set you back a princely $9.99 for over 51 tracks of pure arcade game brilliance.

Gears of War 2 multiplayer detailed

Ten players, new weapons, new features.

American gaming mag (of the "dead trees" variety) EGM has a treat for fans of Gears of War this month - a pretty extensive cover feature going into some depth about the sequel's multiplayer modes, as well as an interview with the game's creator, CliffyB.

No upfront install for Fallout 3

Bethesda using PS3 HDD more intelligently.

Bethesda marketing bod Pete Hines has revealed that Fallout 3 won't have a mandatory install process on the PlayStation 3 - instead making use of the console's hard drive in a more dynamic and intelligent way.

Saints Row 2 delayed to October

Needs more polish before hitting the streets.

THQ's sandbox game Saints Row 2 has been delayed by almost two months, and will now launch on October 17th in Europe, the publisher told Eurogamer this morning.

Guitar Hero World Tour on stage at D6

Looks as much like Rock Band as you'd expect.

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick was on stage yesterday at the Wall Street Journal's D6: All Things Digital conference in California, and took the opportunity to introduce the next big thing for the Guitar Hero series - namely, of course, the addition of drums and vocals to the band.

2K Games confirms Bioshock PS3

About a week after everyone else.

You probably thought that the existence of Bioshock for the PS3 was confirmed when we ran our somewhat unambiguously headlined piece, "Bioshock confirmed for PS3" - well, so did we, but 2K Games is publishing it, so we'll forgive it for wanting to get in on the confirming action.

Gears of War special edition details

Includes map packs and GoW2 trailers.

US retailer GameStop continues to scatter information around about an upcoming Special Edition release for Gears of War - revealing last week that it exists, and this week, telling us what's in it.