[Every week GameSetWatch editor-in-chief Eric Caoili rounds up the latest news/media for obscure and offbeat games from Gamasutra’s sister site and alternative video game blog.]
Over at our alt video game blog GameSetWatch, we shared a number of fun stories during the past week,Â including Next Media Animation’s ‘Grand Theft Auto 5’ trailer, highlights from Tokyo Blip Fest, the cancelled New Ghostbusters II NES game, and more.
GameSetWatch’s highlights from the last week:
Next Media Animation Premieres “Grand Theft Auto 5” Trailer – Taiwanese news outlet Next Media Animation has gotten another exclusive scoop that promises to shock the gaming world. This time, NMA offers an early look at Rockstar’s open-world crime drama Grand Theft Auto V, which apparently represents a bold new direction for the series.
Anamanaguchi, USK, And More Laying It Down At Tokyo Blip Fest – Want to see what you missed at Tokyo Blip Fest last weekend? You need to watch this joint performance between American chiptune superstar band Anamanaguchi (from the Scott Pilgrim vs The World video game soundtrack) and Fukuoka legend USK tearing the roof off Koenji High.
Cancelled New Ghostbusters II For NES Was Planned For North American Release – A recently discovered prototype version of HAL’s New Ghostbusters II for the Nintendo Entertainment System reveals that the game was once considered for North American release prior to the announcement of a competing Ghostbusters II title from Activision
Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars And Some Other Ubisoft Games Hitting iOSÂ (pictured) – If you haven’t heard all the praise around the game, it’s the latest turn-based strategy title headed by Julian Gollop, co-creator of the seminal X-Com PC games. Shadow Wars plays very similar to X-Com, though modernized and brought into the Ghost Recon setting, with a corny G.I. Joe-esque plot.
Halloween Costume Roundup: Mario & Sonic Edition – Forget finding a decent Pac-Man outfit or even an Angry Birds helmet — many costume stores have already sold through most of their stock, leaving behind piles of broken accessories and soiled PVC masks. If you’re willing to sift through what’s left at your local Goodwill, though, you still might get lucky and find a decent Mario outfit. Your options are much more limited when it comes to Sonic costumes, however. Here are a few to look out for.
PBS Arts Talks Importance Of Indie Games – PBS Arts’ Off Book series, which looks to “showcase new and under-exposed art forms and reach arts communities online”, has produced this really slick episode on the importance of video games as “a storytelling medium” and “a place for self-expression”.