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Nintendo and Google to collaborate on video games, Nikkei reports

In an extraordinary move, Nintendo (NTDOY) will work with online search engine leader Google (GOOG) to develop video games, Nikkei reports. A game software package designed to tap Google's highly competitive data-search capabilities as the key amusement factor is expected to go on sale in mid-April. Nintendo's president Satoru Iwata has acknowledged that the company needs "more attractive software." The collaboration is intended to give new impetus to Nintendo's game software development.1

The game under discussion, Ka-chi kochi kachi, can be seen here:2


  2. NeoGAF

Michael Atkinson quits front bench

BlogMichael Atkinson who was the Attorney-General in the state of South Australia has resigned from the front bench. This means that while he still retained his seat after the recent state election he will no longer be the Attorney-General of South Australia. Why does anyone care? Because as previously stated Atkinson was the only man out of the country's Attorney Generals (one for each state and one federal) who publicly opposed the introduction of an adults only rating for video games. Read on

Absolutely consumers are going to upgrade... I think predominantly if there are still consumers with the DS fat that will upgrade to this, consumers with the DS Lite will upgrade into this. Brand new consumers will opt for this whether they are new youth consumers, whether they are older consumers... We see the potential consumer as being a very wide very diverse audience opting into the DSi XL.

  1. via Kotaku

Jack West and Vince Zampella fight back the imperial overlord

As mentioned three days ago, Jack West and Vince Zampella (now officially confirmed ousted as well) have been dismissed from their roles in Infinity Ward due to "breaching of contract" relating to "insubordination" which have now decided to retaliate against the mammoth publisher in regaining owed "substatial royalty payments" that Activision apparently have yet to redeem from their contractual agreement: Read on

Writing a better Sblog article

Submitting news and blog posts to is easy if you follow the FAQ, but there are a few guidelines that you should consider in order to write a better article that will be better received by your readers. Read on

All Article Types

Do capitalize only the first letter and proper nouns (game titles, people, companies, etc.) in your Headline; Don't use periods or exclamation points; Don't abbreviate game titles.

Do make use of the <!--more--> tag in your article so your posts aren't cut off in mid-sentence when displayed in post lists. Do customize the link words of the more tag by including your custom text within the more tag. For example, if you wanted to change your more text from the default to “Keep reading this post”, you would replace the usual <!--more--> tag with:
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Do always link to games, people, categories, and topics on the first mention of them in your article. Linking to these things is simple: just add double square brackets around the phrase. See the Formatting Guide for more information on linking to content pages within the site.

Public Stream Articles
Write as if you knew nothing of the topic at all

Present the information as if you are just learning some interesting new details. If you fail to do this you may alienate your readers who aren't as in-the-know. Take the following introductory sentence, for example:

In last week's Famitsu, Kojima revealed some new information about Metal Gear Solid 4.

Consider the following instead:

In <a href="">last week's Famitsu</a>, new information was revealed about [[Metal Ger Solid 4]] from director [[Hideo Kojima]].

Not only are you supplying the information in a clear fashion, but you are also giving links in case the reader wants more information.

Citations in English

Sometimes you may find it more appropriate to use language to cite your sources rather than using footnotes or citations. Consider, for example:

Japanese magazine Famitsu has scored [[Metal Gear Solid: Peacewalker]] 40/40<sup id="fnref:1" class="citation inline_citations"><a href="#fn:1" rel="footnote">1</a></sup>. This makes the title the 14th to receive the coveted perfect score. Kotaku's Brian Ashcraft has lashed out<sup id="fnref:2" class="citation inline_citations"><a href="#fn:2" rel="footnote">2</a></sup>, citing the fact that the magazine is actually available in the game...</p>

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<p><a href="" target="_blank">Kotaku</a> <a href="#fnref:1" class="backlink">↩</a></p>

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<p> Kotaku

On post lists (such as the home page), the citations in the above text will appear in-line with the text, causing a disruption of the reading flow. Consider the following instead:

As <strong><a href="" title="Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Scores Famitsu's Latest 40/40">reported by Kotaku</a></strong>, Japanese magazine Famitsu has scored [[Metal Gear Solid: Peacewalker]] 40/40. This makes the title the 14th to receive the coveted perfect score. Kotaku's Brian Ashcraft has <strong><a href="" title="Do Not Trust This Magazine’s Review Scores">lashed out</a></strong>, citing the fact that the magazine is actually available in the game...

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