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MCP: GAMING NEWS ROUNDUP - 05.29.07

Master Control ProgramIan ArbuckleComment

MCPThe long weekend is over. I am not a guitar hero. Two sad, sad realizations on this dreadful Tuesday morning.

Muddle through this if you dare. Normally I'm a big fan of Destructoid, but this Metal Gear Solid mess is equal parts holy and shit, not necessarily conjoined as a single phrase. Here's an exercise: read the comments section of the article, paying particular attention to those by the author Ron Workman, and, at the same time, consider the ramifications of allowing people under the age of thirty to express themselves and their ideas publicly. Do away with that and you wouldn't have to put up with me, for example.

One of my most anticipated games of the year, Crush, is being released today for the PSP. The innovative-esque gameplay mechanic of switching at will between a 2D and a 3D perspective has already been implemented in Super Paper Mario, but not very well; in that game, it seemed rote, as if any time you felt stuck, you could just switch perspectives and instantly solve your problem. I'm hoping Crush's puzzle heritage integrates a bit better with the concept.

This is only related to gaming at a tangent, but there's not a whole lot to discuss today, so... GamePolitics is reporting on the foundation of a new organization calling themselves the Copyright Alliance, and composed of members of the Entertainment Software Association, the RIAA, the MPAA, Microsoft, Major League Baseball-- okay, that's a good place to stop. The Alliance has support in congress from representative John Conyers, who said: "Strong copyright laws are essential to protect the livelihoods of millions of artists and inventors. But just as importantly, strong copyright is important to all Americans by driving creativity and innovation in our economy." I'm just going to hazard the guess that the Copyright Alliance is not going to make creator's rights their economic agenda.

All right, mister Cranky here is just going to list all the neat ways for you to divert your funds to copyright holders, and then he's taking a desk-nap.

PC:
Circus Empire
Codename Panzers: Commander's Edition
Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia
Secrets of Atlantis
Shadowrun

Xbox 360:
Forza Motorsport 2
Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia
Shadowrun

Wii:
Mario Party 8
Tamagotchi: Party On!

PS2:
Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm

PSP:
Crush

DS:
Pony Friends
Tank Beat

Every-goddamn-thing:
Surf's Up