Posts Tagged ‘Game


Yuji Naka

Yuji Naka , is a video game designer, programmer, the former head of Sonic Team, a group of Sega programmers/designers, the lead programmer of the original Sonic the Hedgehog and the head of Prope.

After graduating high school, Naka decided to skip university and stay in his home town. During this time, Naka worked long hours at various menial jobs. After quitting his last job, Naka saw that Sega was looking for programming assistants. After a brief interview, he was hired and began working on a game called Girl’s Garden, which earned him critical praise and fan appreciation. He programmed the original Sonic the Hedgehog game, while Naoto Ōshima designed the character and Hirokazu Yasuhara designed the stages. Naka has also produced several other titles like Nights into Dreams…, Burning Rangers and Phantasy Star Online. In early games he was often credited as “YU2” (in reference to Yu Suzuki) and “Muuu Yuji”. He is one of the few famous Japanese game creators to speak fluent English.

Naka also helped create a popular EyeToy game for the PlayStation 2 called Sega Superstars, and finds mention in Shadow the Hedgehog where GUN soldiers will occasionally call out “Mister Yuji Naka is all right” Yuji Naka has a cameo in Virtua Striker 3 along with Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Eggman, and a group of Chao.

In news released on March 16, 2006, Naka announced that he intended to create his own game studio, independent of Sega and Sega Studio USA. This decision bears resemblance to Naoto Oshima’s departure of Sonic Team in 1999, when he founded Artoon. And Hirokazu Yasuhara’s departure of Sonic Team in 2002, when he moved to Naughty Dog.


Prince of Persia 2010 reveal


Ubisoft has failed to deny that a new Prince of Persia game will be revealed early next year, as recently claimed by the team behind the upcoming movie adaptation.


Speaking during a trailer preview event at Bruckheimer Studios (via Neoseeker), the movie team claimed that Ubisoft will be announcing a new Prince of Persia game in spring 2010, “but it’s not their place to give out any details”.

So we asked a Ubisoft rep if the team’s claims were true, to which we were issued a swift “no comment”.

The movie is due out in North America on May 28, so the supposed new game announcement would happen very shortly – or around – then.

We quizzed Ubisoft Monteal president, Yannis Mallat on his plans for the launch of the film last month, and he told us: “I can’t comment actually, at the moment (laughs).”


Game Critics Awards

We all love lists, especially when they mean something. Today’s list was brought to you by the Game Critics Awards, an independent group of game reviewers from 36 news outlets, including the Los Angeles Times.

Unlike critics of other types of entertainment, game critics have not been rendered redundant in the age of the Internet, where everyone is a critic. This is largely because game journalists have access to “playable” game versions long before the public gets its hands on the title. And because serious gamers devote lots of time researching hot titles to determine what to buy weeks before they even hit store shelves, the opinion of the game critic is even more important. Continue reading ‘Game Critics Awards’


EA, Hasbro launch Scrabble game via Facebook

Electronic Arts Inc. and Hasbro Inc. said Monday they’re teaming up to provide Scrabble games in the U.S. and Canada through Facebook Inc. and

Redwood City-based Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS) and Pawtucket, R.I.-based Hasbro (NYSE:HAS) said the game is the first Hasbro-licensed property to go live on a social networking site, and added that “many more Hasbro game properties in development and slated to launch on social networking sites later this year.”

Scrabble on Pogo is the initial Hasbro title in a suite of free online games slated to go live on Pogo in 2008.

EA Scrabble games currently are available on mobile phones and on Cupertino-based Apple Inc.‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPod in the U.S. and Canada.

In the Palo Alto-based Facebook version, players can choose a real-time turn-based game or pause and pick up to resume playing at their leisure. Scores and statistics are tracked to show players where they rank against competitors.

Gamers can also use built-in chat and dynamic animations and choose one of several flexible speed levels to customize their level of difficulty.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Heroes: The Mobile Game walkthrough video

first look at Heroes: The Mobile Game. A developer from Gameloft gives a walkthrough in the below video. The first level of the game starts you out as Hiro getting closer to the sword in Linderman’s museum. But there’s not just 2D top-down action with each hero’s special powers in this simple mobile phone game, before each level you also have to solve a puzzle. Continue reading ‘Heroes: The Mobile Game walkthrough video’


N-Gage gaming gets official launch

After their official blog let slip last Thursday, Nokia have officially announced the launch of the N-Gage mobile gaming service, making over thirty games available to owners of Nokia N81, N81 8GB, N82, N95 and N95 8GB handsets. In addition, the N-Gage Arena community will allow gamers to meet friends, find others to play multiplayer games, discuss topics on the message boards and via live chat, and participate in tournaments and hosted events.

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Dark Messiah of Might and Magic


Arkane Studios

Discover a new breed of action game powered by an enhanced version of Valve’s Half Life 2 Source engine. Set in the Might & Magic universe, players will experience ferocious combat in a dark and immersive fantasy environment. Become an expert warrior, mage or assassin, using a vast array of devastating weapons, against huge and vicious creatures in a deep and captivating fantasy.

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