According to Eurogamer the European Wii U Virtual Console is still using the crappy 50Hz refresh rate for games (just like on the Wii) instead of 60Hz like everyone else. This is sort of a legacy format thing since PAL TVs traditionally were slower than NTSC TVs, but that hasn’t been the case in years.

While 10Hz difference may not seem like a big deal, it is noticeable, and it also compresses the graphics and messes with the borders.  Hop on over to Eurogamer for a side by side comparison to see the difference.

Not that anyone would be shocked by this, but Crystal Dynamics creative director Noah Hughes pretty much stated in a video interview with True Gaming that Tomb Raider wouldn’t be released on the Wii U. He cited the unique interface as being something you need to go all or nothing on and not halfheartedly release a port on.

You can watch the 8-minute interview here. The first few seconds are subtitled but it switches to English right afterwards.

While there wasn’t a big announcement about it, the ever popular Half-Life became available for Mac and Linux users just a few days ago. If you already own the game and sign into Steam it will prompt a new download, and although the Half-Life Complete pack is still Windows only, the original Half-Life is now available for Mac and Linux.

Today Counter-Strike 1.6 is now available for Mac and for Linux.  Additionally going into the store on Steam users will notice the new Linux button at the top to shop for games available for them. The amount of games will only grow now that Unity 3D 4 fully supports Linux as an export option.

To see these games you’ll have to join the beta of Steam for Linux here.

PAX East has announced the indie games that will be featured in their indie showcase. There’s seven of them and all of them are mobile games. They’ll all be available to play during the convention in March.

  •  Little Chomp
  •  Major Magnet
  •  Orion’s Forge
  •  Saturday Morning RPG
  •  Spaceteam
  •  Third Eye Crime
  •  Time Surfer

I personally haven’t played any of these, but from the descriptions on the PAX site they all look pretty interesting.

As a self-professed “undying whore” for Collector’s Editions, I’m starting to think things are getting just a wee bit ridiculous.

The folks over at IGN had the big reveal showing the contents of the Paladin Multi-Mission Aircraft Edition of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Retailing at a whopping $169.99, the package will include a copy of the game, an 88 page Splinter Cell Echoes graphic novel, a poster, some in-game digital content, and oh yeah, a goddamned R/C plane.

According to Ubisoft, the included plane is a “custom three-channel, dual-motor plane modeled after the in-game mobile headquarters” and that it does indeed fly. Because if you’re dropping $170 on a special edition with a goddamned plane, that plane sure as hell better fly!

Splinter Cell: Blacklist will be available August 20th and the Paladin Collector’s Edition will be available for the PS3 and Xbox 360 for $169.99. Check after the jump for a better look at the full package!  Read More »

I totally called it. Well, the soundtrack part at least.

Last month I told you that Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers was finally making it’s way to the US this spring and this week ATLUS finally announced their usual preorder offer. A bonus soundtrack CD! Yay!

The game and CD bundle will be available while limited supplies last, which means this is more of a “first run” offer and not just for preorders. The CD contains “newly arranged versions of the game’s beautiful musical themes” yet there is no word on how many of those themes will be included.

The bundle will be available only at participating retailers with the website specifically mentioning Amazon and GameStop/EB Games. SMT: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers will be available April 16th at retail for the Nintendo 3DS and on the Nintendo 3DS eShop for digital download.

Robit Studios and Chucklefish have announced that they’ll be releasing a HD remake of 2011 freeware indie gem, Treasure Adventure Game.

For the uninitiated, the TAG was a 2D platforming puzzle adventure that really isn’t as widely known as it should be.

Titled Treasure Adventure World, the remake boasts a brand new engine with high resolution hand drawn art, new music, more treasures, collectibles, puzzles and an enhanced story with multiple endings to name just a few things.

Target platforms and a release date are currently unknown, but we’re told that we’ll hear more in the coming weeks and hopefully, we’ll see the game come to a number of console platforms; allowing that many more people to experience its numerous delights.

For more information, you can (and probably should) swing by the official site and in the meantime, make do with the teaser trailer that we have for it after the break.

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I haven’t done the Rock Band DLC updates for a few weeks due to various reasons, but don’t worry my babies, I’m back in the saddle again bringing you the news and yes, I missed you too, thank you so much!

Anyways, after another week of nothing but some more Rock Band Blitz singles, we get ourselves a week of new content for Rock Band in the way of freakin AEROSMITH! Who’d have thought we’d see them after the whole Guitar Hero: Aerosmith game locked them up with Activision?

Get all the details on a massive SIX pack plus the usual Rock Band Network information after the jump!  Read More »

Sony Entertainment Network launched a browser version of their PlayStation Store for the US, Mexico, Canada and Brazil,  letting you view and purchase games right from your computer. The site works the same as the store on the PS3, but it’s nice to have a browser based one as well.

Check it out here.

Oh hell yeah! Getting the NES classic Super C on the Nintendo 3DS eShop today is probably my big highlight of the week and it’s not the only Virtual Console release of the week either! Then again, we touched upon the other one a few days ago.

Get the scoop on the Virtual Console releases, a NEW downloadable title on the Wii U, info on a 3DS demo, and everything else in this week’s update after the break!

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