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Feature: Top 10 2010 console games that should also be PC games


There's lots of PC games that are due in 2010 but let's face facts; there are also some games due in the next 12 months that are (at the moment anyway) supposed to be console exclusive. We think that at least some of those titles should be made available to PC owners as well.

Big Download picked 10 games that are planned for a console-only release in 2010 that we think should be released for the PC platform. They include action-adventure titles, a co-op specific title, a long awaited fantasy RPG and a 256-player first person shooter. We also give our opinion on if in fact a PC port is possible, unlikely or never going to happen for each game.

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EA: No plans for Dante's Inferno for PC


Ever since the official announcement of Dante's Inferno by Electronic Arts back in late 2008, there has been some confusion about whether or not the publisher had any plans for a PC version of the upcoming "M" rated third person action game. In fact early previews of the game on several web sites mention a PC port and EA's own PC section of the web site states that "Electronic Arts looks to continue its tradition of innovative and compelling PC and Mac games with top-tier titles such as Dante's Inferno, Dragon Age: Origins, and the online-only Battlefield Heroes."

However more recent press releases for the game have mentioned an Xbox 360, PS3 and PSP ports of the game but no mentions of a PC port. Big Download decided to get the final word on this situation and contacted EA's PR head for the game. Their response? "When Dante's Inferno was originally announced in December, we attached no platforms to the project. When we came out with a first look for press in February we announced 360/PS3 and then in April we announced PSP. We never announced a PC SKU nor are there plans for any."

Dante's Inferno dev diary takes a lustful look at Hell


The second developer dairy for Dante's Inferno takes an up-close look at the Lust ring of Hell. Although Lust sounds like it'd be the best place to visit, remember that this is the horror game horror game about traversing the nine rings of Hell. So, there are plenty of bodies entwined and perverted in a grotesque manner, which gives you an idea of some of the things you'll see in this video. The first developer diary, describing Limbo is shown after the jump along with an extra violent gameplay trailer.

In Dante's Inferno, "Players assume the role of Dante, who descends into Hell after returning home to find his beloved Beatrice murdered, with Lucifer seducing her soul into the underworld. Dante sets out on a rescue mission to save Beatrice, but he soon realizes he is also in Hell to face his own demons and ultimately to redeem himself."

Download HD Dante's Inferno Developer Diary #2 (81 MB)
Download HD Dante's Inferno Developer Diary #1 (73 MB)
Download HD Dante's Inferno Gameplay Trailer (39 MB)
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Comic-Con 2009 Thursday schedule reveals game-related panels

A little while ago we reported that the sold out San Diego Comic-Con was going to have a ton of game publishers exhibiting at the massive pop culture event later this month. This week the conventions official web site has begun the process of revealing their schedule of panel, starting with the first day, July 23.

There are quite a few panels related to games in just that first day including a World of Warcraft panel with Blizzard team members attending. Other panels include looks at upcoming games like Dante's Inferno and Assassin's Creed II as well as a Capcom panel. There are also panels that will discuss MMOs in general and writing for games with members from Turbine, BioWare and more participating. The rest of the event's panel schedule will be revealed throughout the weekend.

Christian bloggers attack EA over E3 Dante's Inferno "protest"


We had a feeling that some real Christians might not care for Electronic Arts' recent viral marketing stunt for their upcoming action game Dante's Inferno. As we reported last week an apparent protest of the game at E3 2009 last week was later discovered to be a publicity stunt with actors portraying Christians opposed to the game.

GamePolitcs reports that at least two Christian bloggers have attacked EA's portrayal of the protesters in the stunt. InsideCatholic blooger Margaret Cabaniss states, "It's been clear for a while now that the entertainment inudstry views Christians on the whole as priggish, thin-skinned fun-killers." Meanwhile the Catholic Video Games web site posts up a note saying, "Gamers of all varieties will buy this product if its, well, actually a good game. So instead of engaging in a shamelessly anti-Christian stunt to promote your poor excuse of a product, maybe you ought to work on making this game, you know, something better than a blatant God of War rip-off and make it, ya know, something worthwhile? "

E3 2009: Dante's Inferno "protest" at E3 confirmed as mere publicity stunt


We pretty much knew this when we looked just a little bit under the curtain at the "protest" outside E3 2009 week against Dante's Inferno. Now the Associated Press had confirmed that the game's publisher Electronic Arts had indeed hired actors to portray the fundamentalists Christians who attacked the upcoming action game outside the LA Convention Center.

On the one hand, it's a pretty interesting move to create a viral campaign that attacks your own product. On the other hand, we wonder how real Christians feel about a publisher like EA creating a stereotypical protest against a game merely as a ploy to get others more interested in buying a product.

E3 2009: Did EA create a protest against its own game company?


Yesterday we got to see a handful of protesters who were complaining outside E3 2009 about Dante's Inferno, the upcoming Electronic Arts action game set largely in Hell. The protesters were certainly convincing because we now believe this whole thing was a big PR viral marketing stunt.

Consider that the leaflet they gave out has a picture of the Dante's Inferno box art. Consider also that the leaflet and the group's "official" web site look like they were made by an eight year old. Consider that the web site for the group has links to the game's trailer and web site. Finally consider that the web site's address was registered anonymously.

Well done, EA. Well done.

E3 2009: Protesters go after EA's Dante's Inferno outside convention center


It may be based on a classic work of literature but that didn't stop a handful of protesters from picketing against Electronic Arts' upcoming action game Dante's Inferno outside of the LA Convention Center today during E3 2009. As you can see from the picture above they had a different idea of what "EA" stands for.

The group passed out leaflets to anyone who passed by, identifying themselves as the Salvationists Against Virtual and Eternal Damnation. When asked why go after this game when there are tons of different depictions of Hell in all forms of art, a spokesperson for the group said they are just going after each on a case by case basis. By the way that sound you hear is EA execs smiling over the tons of free publicity these folks are giving the game.

EA renames Redwood Shores dev studio as Visceral Games

Electronic Arts's Redwood Shores, CA studio has been cracking out titles for quite some time, ranging from The Godfather games to the recent Simpsons title. The studio recently launched the Dead Space survival horror series and that may have been part of the reason why EA decided to give the Redwood Shores studio its own unique name.

In a new press release, EA has announced that it will now refer to the Redwood Shores studio as Visceral Games. The studio's web site has already launched and in a message its general manager Glen Schofield states, "We are not abandoning our past but embracing the future. With an obsessive focus on excellence and a relentless commitment to intense action, Visceral Games is set to execute all future games at the quality, innovation and polish of Dead Space." The studio will also have a branch in Melbourne, Australia. It's currently developing the third person action game Dante's Inferno and two more unannounced titles are in the works.

Dante's Inferno animated DVD coming alongside game


Last fall Electronic Arts works with Film Roman and Starz Media to release Dead Space: Downfall, a direct-to-DVD animated movie that served as a prequel to the Dead Space game. Now EA and Stars Media will work together again on a similar direct-to-DVD animation tie-in project this time based on Dante's Inferno.

The movie is due for release in early 2010 alongside the game. Unlike the prequel Dead Space movie, the Dante's Inferno animated film will parallel the story of the game with some additional story elements. The movie will use several animation studios to give different artistic perspectives of Dante's journey through the nine circles of Hell.
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