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Help rename Abe’s Oddysee HD

Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee on PC Image / Screenshot

Abe's Oddysee

Remastered games are often easy to name: just tack "HD" to the end of the title. Oddworld Inhabitants isn't interested in doing that with its new 2.5D remake of the PlayStation-era platformer Abe's Oddysee, however.

"We’ve considered Abe’s Oddysee HD, but that makes it sound like we’ve injected bigger pictures into the original engine," the blog post reads. "This is a grounds-up remake with glorious 3D graphics but retaining the classic 2D gameplay! We need a name that stands out and does it justice!"

Suggest a name on the team's blog, and if yours is chosen, your name will appear in the credits, and you'll receive a signed poster of the game's cover art by veteran Raymond Swanland.

August 10 is the last day to enter.

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Tags: Oddworld Inhabitants, Abe’s Oddysee HD

By Stephanie Carmichael

GameStop might figure out a way to resell digital content, a sure sign of the Apocalypse


There was a time when Publishers and Developers only hated GameStop due to the resale of used games. It makes sense, since the Publishers and Developers in turn lose money on the sales. Many studios have by-passed this by making certain modes, or online functionality only available if the game was new. Even more importantly, some studios skip retail altogether and only offer their games digitally, which for retail stores like GameStop isn't ideal, since there is no way to resell that digital content. Or is there?

Selling used digital content might seem completely farfetched, but apparently GameStop CEO Paul Raineshinted that it might in fact be possible.

"It's very interesting," saidRaines. "There are some technologies out there in Europe, and we've looked at a couple that are involved. We're interested; it's not a meaningful business yet. Right now we're not seeing that as a huge market, but I think we're on the leading edge. There are a few companies, a few start-ups, out there that we've talked to that are doing this."

What does this mean exactly? Well it's mostly bad news for Pubs and Devs who counted on the fact that digital sales was a fool proof method of securing sales. For consumers however, it might be yet another great way to access digital content on the cheap, without the need to wait for Steam Sales.

I'm still racking my brain at how this process is done, especially considering when you register a key for a digital game, you become the owner, and to my knowledge, there is no way to un-register that key. It's certainly an interesting move for GameStop, and I really wonder how they're planning on implementing this.

[Games Industry]

Tags: GameStop, Used games

By Mike Splechta

PlayStation Network maintenance to continue until Saturday morning

Playstation 3 on PS3 Image / Screenshot

Playstation 3 Image


Sony has finished maintenance on the PlayStation Network. You should now be able to go about your business.


Sony has once again pushed back the timeframe for the PlayStation Network maintenance which began early Thursday morning. Several hours ago Sonyexpected it to be completed around 9:00pm PDT (12:00am ET); however, they have since delayed it until the wee hours of Saturday morning.

Sony's new estimate:

Maintenance is scheduled to end around2:00am PDT (5:00am Eastern) Saturday January 19th.

Normally PSN maintenance doesn't affect most users who sign in 5 days prior to when it begins, but Sony acknowledged that some "authenticated users may have lost access" to many online features sometime during the maintenance.

It remains unclear as to what is causing the delay. All we know is that the currentmaintenance is "to upgrade the software" of PSN.

Tags: PSN, PlayStation Network, PS3, PS Vita

By Matt Liebl

PS Vita: Sony will shift focus to PS1 games after ‘good’ coverage of PSP titles

PS Vita on PS Vita Image / Screenshot

PS Vita Image

Despite the abundance of accessible PSP and PlayStation Mini games currently available for the brand new PlayStation Vita, many owners of Sony's new handheld want to know when the PS1 classics will be made available. Sony doesn't have a sure answer, but they are hoping for "sooner rather than later".

In an interview with Wired, Sony's Shuhei Yoshida talked a little about Sony's course of action with bringing PlayStation 1 games to the PS Vita.

"The goal was, we get all PSP downloadable games to work on PS Vita, and the PS1 games to work on PS Vita," Yoshida explained.

"From a PSP emu standpoint, we are almost there. Ninety-plus percent of PSP PSN games are already on the Japanese store to download," he went on to reveal.

"And the team is focusing on getting the U.S. and European launch as good in terms of coverage of the PSP titles on the store. So that’s the focus. Because of that, we are really trying for a high percent of the PSP games to go on the PS Vita for launch in the U.S. and Europe. After that we will shift focus to get PS1 games on PS Vita."

Yoshida couldn't say when, but did confirm that it is still going to happen.

"I'm hoping for sooner rather than later," he said.

In the meantime, early adopters of the PlayStation Vita will just have to settle for the 270+ PSP and PlayStation Mini games available in addition to the impressive PS Vita launch titles.

Tags: PS Vita

By Matt Liebl

Katamari Damacy rolls into New York Museum of Modern Art

Katamari Damacy on PS2 Image / Screenshot


The New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) plans to feature Namco Bandai's Katamari Damacy in its upcoming "Century of the Child: Growing by Design" exhibit.

As the prince in Katamari Damacy, players roll over junk and random objects in the environment to create a gigantic ball, which later becomes a star in outer space.

"While the narrative and characters are appealing and the graphics rich and stimulating," writes MoMA, "the player's tasks are simple: rolling clumps of debris — starting with erasers and bits of sushi and moving on to cows and houses — into progressively larger spheres, until whole mountains and cities are adhering themselves to the ball. With such quirky manipulations of scale, players of all ages can interact in a creative, surreal way with ordinary objects and built environments."

Katamari Damacy came out in 2004 and was designed by Keita Takahashi.

The exhibit in New York runs from July 29 through November 5.

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Tags: Namco Bandai, New York Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, Katamari

By Stephanie Carmichael

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