If after being off the radar for quite sometime, you thought the name brand of Square Enix’s flagship series had lost some of it’s firepower – think again my comrades. A few days ago, Japan came out in droves for the December 17th launch of Final Fantasy XIII (13). Not only were there long lines at every electronics retailer in Japan, the majority of them started at around midnight the previous day waiting for a 6:00 am opening. And you only thought Black Friday shoppers went to some ridiculous lengths. Meet the Japanese gamer everyone.
Japan Comes Out For Final Fantasy XIII In Droves [Kotaku]
In other awesome links of the day: looks like Video Games Live is going to be shown on a PBS station near you, a survey issued by Sony smells of Paid PSN features, Gamasutra chimes in on what the top 10 indie games were for 2009, and IGN asks ‘What Spider-man Can Learn Batman: Arkham Asylum.’ Oh yes sir! Hot links here! Get your hot links here!
Video Games Live To Air On PBS [GameSpot]
Sony Survey Hints at Paid PSN Features [1UP]
Gamasutra’s Best Of 2009: Top 10 Indie Games [Gamasutra]
What Spider-man Can Learn Batman: Arkham Asylum [IGN]
Yes after the last Ridge Racer for the PSP there will be a new Ridge Racer game, but not for the platform you think. Announced today was Ridge Racer Accelerated for the Apple iPhone. If there wasn’t any more given reason to hate people with iPhones, this might make me want to instantly chain-whip anyone I see that flips one out. But something is better than nothing for this really awesome arcade racing series from Namco-Bandai.
In other awesome links of the day action: are Sony’s three big pillars of 2010, Andy Richter from The Tonight Show admits he was snubbed by the Video Game Awards for best voice acting performance, Dan “Shoe” Hsu’s disturbing tale of how his Xbox Live account was stolen, and Nintendo trademarking “Zii.” Oh lordy! Sounds like some juicy stuff to read!
Sony: Motion Control, 3D & PSN Are”Big Three Pillars” In 2010 [Kotaku]
Andy Richter upset at his Assassin’s Creed 2 voiceover VGA snub [Joystiq]
Hacked on Xbox Live: A Victim’s Tale [Bitmob]
Nintendo trademarks ‘Zii’ over in Japan, Creative is like ‘zaywha?’ [Engadget]