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In the panel "Funologists Live & In Person: Guerrilla Game Research," a group of experts took turns explaining methods for researching user experience in games that goes in some way beyond the normal focus groups and QA cycle. The often ad-hoc methods provide valuable data about gameplay at a fr...

March 14th 2009 at 7:30am 0 Comments

There's a new 473MB Ninja Blade demo available for download off the Xbox Live Marketplace and it's full of ninja stunts, button mashing sequences and a touch of Japanese-inspired content.To give everyone a taste of what Ninja Blade is all about, we recorded a short video of the demo's green tinted g...

March 10th 2009 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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The week before the tax filing deadline can be a stressful one, thanks in no small part to the incessant ads reminding you that Uncle Sam has unhinged his mighty jaw in anticipation of your financial offering and has begun to grow ... impatient. But you'll have a secret weapon this year, as you spe...

February 26th 2009 at 9:55am 0 Comments
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When we heard back in December that the Japanese demo for Ninja Blade would feature both region-free access and English text, we never thought that these elements would carry through to the final build. Nope, never saw that one coming. Well, it did; the Asian retail version features English languag...

February 13th 2009 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

What is this Ninja Blade Fanboy? Nah, it's just one of those days ... you'd think it was New Years Eve or something. Yesterday, GameTrailers threw up a few videos ripped from the Japan-exclusive demo of Ninja Blade and we thought we'd share. The opening cinematic starts with a transport plan...

December 31st 2008 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Remember a few days ago when we said the Ninja Blade demo would make its way to the Japanese Marketplace? We're not saying we're magic or anything but as Picard would say, "Make it so." According to Major Nelson the Japan-only demo is now available on the JXBLM. For those keen on checking out the...

December 30th 2008 at 10:15am 0 Comments
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Major Nelson has made a not-so-subtle "psst!" post on his blog announcing – to a Western audience – that a demo version of From Software's Ninja Gaiden clone homage, Ninja Blade, has hit the Japanese Xbox Live Marketplace. In other words, if you have a Japanese Xbox Live account set up,...

December 29th 2008 at 10:30pm 0 Comments
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A picture is worth a thousand words but a demo could mean the difference in millions. From Software's upcoming ninja-blade-ing (not a real word) game, creatively named Ninja Blade, will see early life on the Japanese Xbox Live Marketplace in the form of a playable demo. Japanese gamers, and possibl...

December 27th 2008 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

A few days ago a video containing six minutes of Ninja Blade action found its way online. The footage was so hot we had to let it cool down for a few days until we ... okay, you know what. We can't lie. It just slipped by. But hey, Ninja Blade is about two of our favorite things and we thoug...

December 19th 2008 at 9:45am 0 Comments
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Update: We may have run into a mis-mistranslated problem. According to new reports, the Ninja Blade premium theme DOES NOT come with ninja Avatar clothing options. Insert sad face here:(original blog below)Even though we'll be receiving some free Avatar apparel in the weeks to come, we've always be...

November 21st 2008 at 3:45pm 0 Comments
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"The main character is, as you can see, a ninja." We were quite pleased to have figured this part out on our own, shortly before From Software's Kazuhiro Hamatani laid down the pertinent facts in a pre-Tokyo Game Show presentation of Ninja Blade. Which, as you can see, is a "cinematic action game...

October 8th 2008 at 7:30am 0 Comments