House of the Dead: Overkill needs to wash its mouth out with soapy water

What with the Wii getting a reputation of having a younger demographic attached to it, it’s nice to see a whole host of publishers doing their level best to tarnish this wholesome image beyond all repair. First we had Manhunt 2 making you act out very blurry executions with the device previously used to groom ponies and make cakes, then MadWorld had us painting our screens with lashings of blood and now House of the Dead: Overkill has been honoured in the Guinness Book of Records for having the most swearing in a video game.

And “by golly”, this “mother-lovin'” game has got a lot of rude words in it. Indeed, the naughty protagonists drop an impressive 189 f-bombs during the length of the exceptionally bloody title. Let me put that into perspective: there is a grand total of three hours worth of dialogue in the game, which puts everyone’s favourite swear-word on an average of one per minute, or 3% of all the words used in the game.

Enough of these and the system may begin to be considered more adult (as distinct from “mature”), but for the moment it’s not giving the Disney games and veterinary sims much cause for concern.

Alan Martin

House of the Dead: Overkill (via Joystiq)

Guitar Hero III has made more money than any other videogame ever



That’s how much money has been spent, since its release on October 28th 2007, on Guitar Hero III. That’s enough money to buy 1.3 million 16GB pay-as-you-go iPhones, 18 million Thrustmaster T.16000M joysticks, or 50,000 blinged-up Macbook Airs.

Of course, the whole thing is helped by the fact that the game cost about $90 when it was released, almost twice the price of a normal game, due to its plastic guitar peripheral. Expect sales of Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band, however, to eclipse this figure once again, due to their massive full-band instrument packs.

XKCD Guitar Hero (via Kotaku)

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Ion gear turns you into a podcast king, DJ star, and converts your old records too

Ion has announced three pieces of kit that could help turn you into a broadcast hit, as well as bringing your old record collection firmly into the 21st century.


The Ion UCAST lets you record professional podcasts with a high-quality microphone and stand, headphones, USB cable, and Windows/OS X software.

The kit costs £59.99, with a subscription to Alesis Podcast that lets you host your podcast and have it listed on iTunes and Podcast Alley…

Epic 'Asteroids' high score stands the test of time


What were you doing 26 years ago, on November 13th 1982? I was waiting to be born, personally, but a fifteen-year-old named Scott Safran was slotting a quarter into an ‘Asteroids’ machine. Three days later, Scott staggered away from the machine, having set a high score of 41,336,440.

That was 26 years ago, and the record’s still intact. It’s officially the longest held high score in history. Only one person’s made a serious attempt to break it – Bill Carlton, who hammered away at an elderly machine in 2004, and made it to 15 million points before it broke down. He stands 15th in the global league table.

Where’s Scott today? Sadly, he died in 1989 aged just 22, after he fell off the roof of his LA apartment trying to rescue his cat. His high score lives on.

(via Wired)

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Wrath of the Lich King event was "biggest HMV has ever seen"

If there was any more proof needed that World of Warcraft fans are a force to be reckoned with, then last night was it. Somewhere between 2,000 and 2,500 fans (there was no official headcount) crammed into HMV Oxford Street last night after the midnight opening. It’s the single biggest entertainment launch in UK history, beating the previous record holder (the previous WoW expansion!) by nearly 1,000.

People dressed up, as you’ll see over the jump, and Blizzard helped too, with a large chap dressed as Arthas the Lich King. There was an ice sculpture of the WoW logo, and senior execs from Blizzard and Activision showed up too. Best of all was the HMV logo over the shop door, which featured a Murloc instead of the usual dog.

Nintendo saves UK education system – Brain Training sets new games chart record


The game officially known as Prof. Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? was first released in June of 2006. It’s still in the UK software top 10 this very week, moving up one place to number eight.

This staggering achievement makes a total of 80 weeks in the top 10 for Nintendo’s DS concentration masterclass, a stay which takes the all time record…