Koji Igarashi came to America a few weeks too early. He won't have a chance to take in a screening of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" for some time.
The father of modern "Castlevania" came to Konami's media event in San Francisco last night with a whip in hand to announce the latest Nintendo DS platformer, "Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia." The same whip was at the table where I interviewed him.
With the latest "Indiana Jones" adventure arriving in theaters next week, I asked Igarashi if he was a fan -- he said very much so. Responding with a loud "Ooooooh!" and raised eyebrows, he followed that with a look of disappointment. He's flying back to Japan later this week, so he'll have to wait for the Japanese release.
Sorry, Iga! Look for more with Iga -- including an update on whether he's figured out a way to make "Castlevania" finally work on the Wii -- next week.
This fall, there will be three options for gamers interested in joining a virtual band: "Rock Band," "Guitar Hero IV" and Konami's newly announced "Rock Revolution."
Konami revealed "Rock Revolution" last night at a media event in San Francisco. It was their first announcement of the night, and it was met with surprised (and confused) looks from the audience.
"Rock Band" is already out, "Guitar Hero" is the established name -- is there room for another set of peripherals? I decided to step up to the game's drums -- which features six drum buttons -- and find out if I'll be cluttering up my living room even more this fall...
This year, we here at MTV Multiplayer decided to find the Greatest Animal in the History of Video Games.
First, we had readers and judges help us name the best horse, canine, aquatic creature and bird.
Now we're moving on to our scalier, slimier friends -- reptiles and amphibians... and we threw in dinosaurs for good measure.
From unforgettable frogs (Frogger) to turtle-like creatures (Bowser) and skateboarding dinosaurs (Radical Rex), we thought of a list of our favorite reptiles and amphibians.
Please write it your favorites (and any ones we missed), and later this month, our excellent panel of judges will choose the animal to represent the species at the end of the year. First up...
The Frogs in "Frogger"
The classic arcade game had the player guiding a frog from one end of the screen to the other while avoiding dangerous hazards across roads and rivers.
When we broke the first details about Microsoft's currently-in-development motion controller (and showed a sketch), we knew it would signal other reporters to start digging, too.
Jacob Metcalf, the same writer who revealed Bungie Studios would be going independent, contacted MTV Multiplayer about his own findings on Microsoft's controller.
Multiplayer does not usually report on the findings of other reporters, but the similarities to our own report -- including specific, unknowable details we chose to withhold from the original filing for various reasons -- confirm our belief that Metcalf has encountered the same prototype revealed on MTV News.
If you're a fan of "Karaoke Revolution" classics, then your in luck - they were the only additions to the Track Finder this week.
Konami's "Karaoke Revolution Presents American Idol Encore" was updated this past week with all 85 downloadable songs that are available. These updates are part of three different track packs that have all been made available since the game was released. While most of them are for both the PS3 and Xbox 360, there is a handful that are still Xbox 360 exclusives. 85 different songs from the likes of Dusty Springfield, Boyz II Men, Jamiroquai, and The Jackson 5 were added as part of this update.
Karaoke Revolution Presents American Idol Encore (PS3, Xbox 360) 85 Songs Added
As always, go to trackfinder.mtv.com, for all this and more — it’s the definitive search engine for all your music gaming needs.
Last year, I interviewed five different women working in and around the video games industry.
Throughout my conversations in the special week-long series, we also spoke about diversity in general; all kinds of people play games, but it doesn't seem that all kinds of people make them. This idea led me to my latest series where I talked with several black professionals working in the industry. They reflected on their personal experiences, talked about diversity and shared their hopes for the future of the industry.
First, I sat down with prominent games journalist N'Gai Croal, General Technology Editor at Newsweek (and friend to Multiplayer). In his tiny, video game-filled office, the Canadian-born, 35 year-old told me his career in journalism began in part because of race. A writer for the Stanford University newspaper during his undergraduate years, Croal once wrote a column criticizing Newsweek's cover story about gangster rap. Soon afterwards, the then editor-in-chief of the weekly news magazine contacted Croal about his column and offered him an internship. Croal didn't accept at the time, but after a brief stint at The Washington Post, he's worked at Newsweek ever since.
We spoke about everything from his career to his thoughts on specific video games ("Gears of War," "GTA: San Andreas") to how diversity could benefit the industry...