Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Another Tingle teaser

Another ad teasing Tingle's return to the Nintendo DS appears in this week's issue of Famitsu, according to various sources (including This teaser provides even less information than the one that appeared in last week's issue of the popular Japanese gaming mag.

That ad featured a tiny image of Tingle being carried by a balloon and text that read "fairy?" This week's ad features a larger image of the character along with text that reads "ah!"

Expect more information on the as-yet-unnamed title tomorrow, as a note on Nintendo's teaser site (click on the television in the lower-left-hand corner of the screen) suggests that's when a trailer of some sort will be released.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Microsoft still hemming and hawing over gay gamertags on Xbox Live

Are the folks at Microsoft going to allow a game with "gay" in its title to appear on the Xbox 360 before they allow players to use the same word in their Xbox Live gamertags? It sure seems like it.

Earlier this year, Stephen Toulouse, the company's program manager for policy and enforcement on Xbox Live, told The Advocate, “We have heard clearly that customers want the ability to self-identify [and] it's our job to provide this in a way that cannot be misused.”

During the recent E3 Expo, however, one of Toulouse's colleagues, Corporate Vice President of Xbox Live Software and Services John Schappert, told Kotaku's Stephen Totilo, "We continue to look for ways for people to personally express themselves and you can look for more features coming to Xbox Live, but [we have] nothing to announce right now."

When asked if Microsoft would have the issue ironed out by the time Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony is released this fall, Schappert replied, "I can say that we are working on [the] issue."