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Videos: Starwing Paradox Finally Gets Some Proper Gameplay FootageVideos: Starwing Paradox Finally Gets Some Proper Gameplay... Over at 4Gamer, they have a new interview with one of the developers behind the upcoming arcade mecha game Starwing Paradox. Released later this year in the Japanese arcades,...

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News: Gundam Extreme Versus 2 Initial Roster And Location Tests AnnouncedNews: Gundam Extreme Versus 2 Initial Roster And Location... As the rest of the world has Gundam Versus on the PS4, Japanese arcades are gearing up for the upcoming Gundam Versus Extreme 2. On May 12 and 13, stores in Tokyo and Osaka...

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Reviews: Super Robot Wars X (9/10)Reviews: Super Robot Wars X (9/10) Since the end of the Z series, the Super Robot Wars games have tried to change up the setup somewhat, such as including series without mecha in Super Robot Wars V. Well, the...

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Videos: Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS 2 Announced For 2018Videos: Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS 2 Announced For... Bandai Namco have recently announced that Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS 2 will be hitting arcades in 2018. Unlike Gundam Versus, this is being positioned as a true sequel...

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Videos: Build Strike Gundam, Farsia, Gundam Pixie, and Efreet Schneid Coming To Gundam VersusVideos: Build Strike Gundam, Farsia, Gundam Pixie,... Several new DLC units have been announced during the Gundam Games Announcement stream on January 16. Aside from revealing God and Master Gundam gameplay, we saw Missing...

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News: Tekki beta test

Posted on : 10-11-2009 | By : | In : News

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There are two pieces of coverage over at 4gamer regarding a new PC online multiplayer third person mecha game called “Tekki“. Now, this is not to be confused with Steel Battalion, as both titles share a similar name (in Japanese at least), as this is by no means an attempt at simulation. Despite the somewhat dated game engine and functional approach, what is interesting is that the game uses designs by Mika Akitaka – a renowned mecha designer. The beta test will be happening in Japan at the end of this month, so after that it will be interesting to see if a Western release will follow suit.

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News: AI Arena Battlefield for Silent Line Portable

Posted on : 06-11-2009 | By : | In : News

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As part of the already solid customisable AI setup in Silent Line, From Software are extending this functionality on the PSP port to allow players to exchange AI data online. As part of their AI Battle Arena, players will be able to upload their AI data to the web to share. This is a very similar service to the one that was also offered for Armored Core Formula Front, in the guise of their Formula World site. The upside of this is that lots of remote AI tournaments were held with Formula Front, so expect something similar to happen with Silent Line Portable.

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News: Updated Gundam vs Gundam Next Plus Promo Video

Posted on : 31-10-2009 | By : | In : News, Videos

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Over at the official Gundam vs Gundam Next Plus site, some new videos have surfaced. One being a TV commercial and the other an extended promo video. The latter is similar to the original video we linked not that long ago except that it shows a lot more gameplay footage and it covers pretty much every Gundam series featured in the game. What’s especially interesting to see is how the Trans-Am abilities for the Gundam 00 mecha are handled, notably that of the 00 Raiser. The game is still scheduled for Japanese release at the beginning of December.

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News: Silent Line Portable to get new Ranker Arena opponents

Posted on : 30-10-2009 | By : | In : News

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On top of the addition of the Victoria AC, more unique Ranker opponents are on the way for Silent Line Portable. This means that new parts will also follow suit, specifically the MHD-72-50 head, which is an original design that was featured in the pages of Hobby Japan. The AC that adorns this new head is called “Focus” and is separate from the Brave New World narrative arc. In addition the Japanese PlayStation Store has a few Silent Line Portable wallpaper images available (for free) to help promote the upcoming release.

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News: Update on Oratan HORI TwinSticks

Posted on : 30-10-2009 | By : | In : News

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The official site for the Xbox 360 port of Oratan 5.66 has recently been given an update regarding the HORI TwinSticks. It seems all is on track and that feedback was positive at this year’s TGS, where the sticks were first displayed to the public. In addition, there is apparently an interview with the team in the December Xbox 360 specific Famitsu. The November release of the sticks is still on schedule as well apparently.

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News: Mecha feature over at The Escapist

Posted on : 29-10-2009 | By : | In : News

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The Escapist is currently running a feature called I, Robot, that covers mecha and its affect on gaming. My personal favourite piece is the Pilgrimage to Mecha as it’s rare to see Gundam covered in a truly culturally sympathetic sense within the Western press. I’ve also contributed a piece as well, entitled Mecha Magnates it covers the most influential games that have shaped the genre over the years.

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News: Victoria confirmed for Silent Line Portable

Posted on : 27-10-2009 | By : | In : News

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As we predicted the Victoria AC from the Brave New World sidestory is appearing in the upcoming Silent Line Portable. In addition, From Software are holding an event on November 7th at their offices in Shibuya for gamers to have a go on the new port. Considering that Armored Core 3 Portable received a recent release abroad there’s a good chance Silent Line will follow suit.

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News: Gundam Senki 0081 DLC Update

Posted on : 26-10-2009 | By : | In : News

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Three new mobile suits for Gundam Senki 0081 are scheduled for release on the Japanese PlayStation Store on October 29th. These are the RX-81ST (with assault cannon), the AGX-04 Gerbera Tetra and the RMS-099 Rick Dias. The last two are noteworthy as they occur later in the Universal Century timeline, which could cause some interesting balancing issues as the there is quite a large disparity in terms of technology when it comes to units like the Rick Dias, which is from Zeta Gundam.

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News: Interesting Yoshiyuki Tomino interview

Posted on : 24-10-2009 | By : | In : News

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Not that long ago Yoshiyuki Tomino, the father of the Gundam saga, weighed in on games; declaring them to be “evil” relative to their creative worth. Unfortunately, many people seemed to ignore the context of his statements (and the fact he made Overman King Gainer, which features mecha games in a particularly positive manner). However, Mark Simmons recently interviewed Tomino and dutifully quizzed him again on this issue. It’s suitably thought provoking at the very least and part of me thinks he’s saying this so that the games industry can try to prove him wrong.

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Here’s something a lot of people have mentioned to me. You recently gave a keynote at a video game conference, where I believe you said that video games are evil.

Yes, they’re evil. Because they just steal people’s time.

Do you think the people who make video games could change them into something more meaningful or worthwhile?

I don’t think they can. But in the twenty-year history of video games, one good thing is that the technology they’ve produced feeds back to the real world. Video game hardware is endurance-tested by hundreds of thousands of people, and that helps establish computer systems that can be used in the real world. So the fact that video game hardware still exists isn’t meaningless.

I don’t know much about technical things, but I think at the very least, it’s thanks to computer games that we were able to develop the programs and hardware to make mobile phones as small as they are now. The fact that the game industry has taken on so many technological challenges has been a big help to the computer industry. Although the games themselves are worthless, in that sense they’ve been a good thing.

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News: Armored Core 3 Portable available on the PlayStation Store

Posted on : 23-10-2009 | By : | In : News

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Armored Core 3 Portable is now available on the US PlayStation Store for $14.99. The download is around 324 MB. The upside of this release, bar the reduced price, is that it will use less battery power as the UMD version had the constant issue of it reading the disc (thus sapping the battery dry in super quick time). However, it’s worth clarifying that over the PS2 original, the new PSP port has input framerate issues. In that, despite the general visual consistency in terms of framerate the player input is quite erratic. You have been warned.

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