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Preview: Sly Cooper

July 28, 2002 2:25 PM PST

source: insert credit

With a little bit of stealth added to the platforming mix, Sly Cooper doesn't take the genre anywhere it hasn't been before, but it's another diversion until the next great platformer comes along...

News: Pidgeon Blood Release Date...

July 27, 2002 11:37 PM PST

source: Abogado Powers

This may be new, may be old news to some but multi-talented game creators Abogado Powers have got a definite release date for their upcoming H-game Pidgeon blood. It's set for an august 23 release, so now's about the time to start buttering up your japanese friends for a favor. The game looks interesting. Scary interesting.

News: New Falcom Videos

July 27, 2002 11:37 PM PST

source: Falcom / forGamer.net

I'm not sure how new these are, but 4gamer.net has two Falcom Videos I hadn't seen yet...a 45 meg vid for the classic RPG Zwei, and a huge 87 meg video for the excellent strategy/RPG VM Japan. It's nice to see Falcom doing so well again...

Download: Strikers 1999 Superplay

July 26, 2002 1:17 PM PST

source: insert credit

That Ikaruga video was just a little slice of Chapter 3; this, however, is a nice (no deaths, no bombs) little (31:40 - 308 MB) video showing the way to beat Strikers 1999. (Twice.)

Check it out. Use of a download manager such as GetRight is encouraged. Thanks to Rakashazi for his unearthing of this file from Japanese servers...

Editorial: "dreaming in an empty room"

July 22, 2002 11:54 PM PST

source: insert credit

I paid ten bucks, I was thinking, to read a review from people that didn’t “get” the joke. Sure, they gave it a high enough score. This isn’t about the score, though. This is about the story, or, more specifically, the wrongness of the bashing thereof. So I ask a question:

Am I the only person who got it?

Am I the only person who found the game to be bold and risky? Am I the only person who thought, “If Haruki Murakami wrote a spy-thriller, this is what it would be like?”

Kojima has made the first postmodern videogame.

News: GP32 Front Light Update

July 22, 2002 5:11 PM PST

source: insert credit

Thanks to Sihyang Lee's translation, we now know more about the GP32 front light, which I called a 'homebrew' previously. The fellow who took the picture claims to have snuck into the Game Park offices while everyone was working, poking around for something to photograph with his digital camera. He found what he believes to be an official prototype of a front lighting solution for the GP32...

Quoting Miss Lee: "in the Blue print describing pictures, he says, 'Looking at it, it must have been a proto type, It wasn't finished yet. Althought the brightness in the picture looks dim, the quality was certainly was as good as GBA's backlight quality. However, not finished in exterior structure yet, it was a front light in development.'"

Furthermore: "then he just comments again 'Game Park is doing something. The pictures don't tell all, but the front light was perfect piece that was almost good as back light. we look forward to it.'"

Erin Lee from Game Park has confirmed that this is a possibility, but was unaware of any such prototype's existence. It may have been a pet project of Hyung Gun himself? I'll report the official word once it's released to me.

The thread for the GP32 at GPzigi seems to be gone, so please check the pictures below. Thanks again to Sihyang Lee; we hope to work with her again in the near future.


News: New Wizard Slayer shots!

July 19, 2002 4:30 PM PST

source: fz media

Game Park just sent us these new shots today...Wizard Slayer is remeniscent of Cotton, at least visually. And it seems we won't have to wait too long to get some more shooting action on the GP32!! This game is scheduled for release next month by FZ Media. Thankfully someone at gpzigi has done the work for us and we don't have to upload it. Check the shots here. More info as it arrives...prepare for BIG GP32 news exlusively from Insert Credit in a couple of days...

News: Customize your GP32!

July 19, 2002 4:30 PM PST

source: GPzigi

SNS of the GPzigi forum just posted some images of his custom GP32 labels. The one on the back of the system looks especially nice. I would love to get my hands on that limited black GP32...

His second post shows his own SMC label... not as professional, but pretty nice regardless.

News: Game Advertising A Grave Matter for Acclaim

July 17, 2002 5:01 PM PST

source: Guardian

For Shadowman 2, Acclaim is reaching new lows in its advertising campaign: affixing billboards to gravestones. Check out the article at Guardian Unlimited and see for yourself...

News: New GP32 Windy Land Screens

July 17, 2002 5:01 PM PST

source: Game Park

Game Park has released some new visual data, in the form of Windy Land pics. These could be of different builds of the game, as the look is very inconsistant. Also, new character shots in the technos-inspired GP Daenatoo section. Check them out!

News: GP32 Lighting Attempt

July 17, 2002 12:32 PM PST

source: GPzigi

A poster to GPzigi has shared some interesting images of a homebrew lighting solution for GP32. It seems he's taken some sort of halogen bulb (two of them, actually) and made it shine horizontally across an attached acrylic screen. Looks ok, pretty good for a home attempt. It draws power from the GP32's USB expansion port... Not sure how much it drains the battery, but it's likely pretty substantial. Check pics here, or go to the main thread to view the whole lot. If you read Korean and can translate this, email me.


Download: Ikaruga Gameplay videos...

July 16, 2002 9:00 PM PST

source: insert credit

Many of you have probably seen elsewhere that Treasure recently put up (again) some videos of the way to play Ikaruga... at least the first two chapters. If you want more, you can now download a recording of a well executed intro to Chapter 3! (MPEG4 v2 - 12.1 MB - 1:42) Have fun! (Thanks to Rakashazi for the video.)

Update: Glove on Fight videos

July 12, 2002 6:17 PM PST

source: insert credit

You wanted it, now you have it. Check our Glove on Fight review for game play footage...

New Gungrave info

July 11, 2002 5:14 PM PST

source: Game Watch

Check out some character designs and a new trailer from Capcom's promising new PS2 action game Gungrave! Special thanks to Rid Hershel of the MadMan's Cafe forum for the tip-off.

Feature: GP32 Roundup!

July 11, 2002 4:55 AM PST

source: insert credit

Info on homebrews for the GP32 is plentiful, but few websites are reviewing the actual proprietary commercial software, so Brandon decided to go ahead and run through all of the currently available titles. Mandatory reading for any GP32 owner!

News: New Shots of Rafael for GP32!

July 11, 2002 3:35 AM PST

source: T3 Entertainment

GP32 developer T3 Entertainment has recently released some new shots of Rafael, their upcoming platform/puzzler. Check here for the shots. So far it looks...ok. I'll reserve judgement until I play it, but it seems to have a rather amaturish style at this point.

News: Another day in Xbox Mod Land

July 9, 2002 11:26 PM PST

source: the inquirer

Over at the inquirer Mike talks a little about a little Xbox mod that stormed onto the scene. From replacing the IDE hard drive to ripping games over a network, Evolution-X purports to be the do-it-all mod that Xbox owners are waiting for.

Too bad there's no Evo-X web site for people to peruse any longer...

Review: Glove on Fight

July 6, 2002 12:06 AM PST

source: insert credit

It's been discussed to death on newsgroups around the globe. People have praised and dismissed it with equally convincing voices. Finally, Insert Credit can bring you the very thing you've waited for...the truth about Glove on Fight!!!

Feature: The Warcraft III Special Release Signing

July 5, 2002 1:34 AM PST

source: insert credit

Alex Vo takes you into the front lines of the nerd magnet that was the Warcraft III signing. Our valiant reporter braves ornery Frys employees to bring you exclusive pics!

Review: Tomak: Save the Earth Again!

July 3, 2002 4:30 PM PST

source: insert credit

With their infamous potted heads, Seed9 brings their PC shooter to the GP32. Tomak: Save the Earth Again! is your only shooter choice for the GP32. Bide your time, this one is a bleak disappointment.

First Sega/Game Park Sighting!

July 1, 2002 12:57 PM PST

source: MegaTokyo

The first fruit of the newly forged relationship between Sega and Game Park has been sighted over at popular webcomic MegaTokyo. If you don't know what I mean, check out the van... ^^

News: Freon is coming...

July 1, 2002 12:57 PM PST

source: MSNBC

Its code name is “Freon,” reflecting the notion that it is the coolest secret project at Microsoft Corp. these days, at least in the eyes of the Xbox video-game division.

Isn't freon responsible in part for the condition of our ozone?


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