Late Night Consoling

The latest edition of the Game Over column over at CNN/Money deals with Xbox Live, and raises some interesting questions. Possibly the most important thing mentioned here is that contrary to popular belief, Microsoft has not formalized the cost of a subscription to Xbox Live as of yet. A decision will be made in the next few weeks, and no doubt announced at E3, but this does raise all kinds of concerns. The first year of XBL cost a mere $50, and included the communicator. But let's be honest here...has there been a game yet that would justify spending as much as $10 a month? Particularly, and here's the rub, if you intend to play something like Phantasy Star Online, which requires an additional subscription after its initial time expires. I can honestly say that if it costs more than $50 a year, I will not be renewing my subscription. It's simply not worth it to me. I'm sure I'll start it back up again if/when a major game comes out that I'd like to play online (read: Halo 2) but that's a long way off. And if the biggest Xbox Live game this year really does turn out to be Counter-Strike...well...no matter how many people bought that initial Xbox Live package, Microsoft's going to have a hard time keeping those subscribers.

GameCube GameBoy Advance Nintendo Rules! Nintendo is currently sitting on top of the world here in the US, as they've got the #1 game, #1 console and #1 handheld game in the country.
GameCube PS2 Xbox Capcom Moving back to Cross-Platform Development Citing weak hardware sales, Capcom announced yesterday that they will be shifting their focus back to cross-platform development, and away from the GameCube-centric plan they've been working on for the last year and a half. While the current GameCube Resident Evil games and the upcoming RE4 will remain exclusive to the system, Resident Evil 5 will be made for other systems.
PS2 Xbox Wolfenstein Previews GameSpot has posted their hands-on impressions of Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Tides of War and Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Operation Resurrection, the Xbox and PS2 versions of RtCW respectively. PS2.IGN has their own write up of Operation Resurrection and Xbox.IGN has one for Tides of War, but it's currently for subscribers-only.
Xbox Another Rare Game? Citing unnamed sources, Computer and Video Games is reporting that at E3, Rare will be showing the new Perfect Dark, Kameo: Elements of Power, Conker's Bad Fur Day Online and Sabre Wulf, as well as Ghoulies, which is said to be a remake of their classic title Atic Atac. While this is far from anything resembling a confirmation, the latest Scribes Q&A at Rare's site says, "if anyone believes that a developer the size of Rare would only be working on one game at a time, well... having lost all faith in humanity long ago, I suppose I wouldn't be surprised."
GameCube PS2 Sega's Cel-Shaded Baseball Game Sega has announced Fierce Fight Professional Baseball, a unique looking sports title from WOW Entertainment for GameCube and PS2. The game features 12 Japanese teams, and sports an interesting cel-shaded look.
Xbox Dead Man's Hand Interview A new interview with Timothy Gerritsen of Human Head is up at HomeLAN, talking with him about Dead Man's Hand, the recently-announced western-themed shooter for Xbox.
N-Gage - thanks Dingbat! Red Faction N-Gage Interview Also at HomeLAN is an interview with members of the development team at Monkeystone Games, who recently announced that they are working on Red Faction for Nokia's N-Gage handheld system/cell phone.
Xbox Apocalyptica Announced Konami has announced that Apocalyptica, a first person shooter already announced for PC, will be coming to the Xbox, complete with support for Xbox Live.
PS2 Jak & Daxter II Interview Computer and Video Games has posted a Q&A with Jason Rubins of Naughty Dog, talking with him about their upcoming title Jak & Daxter II. Also, PS2.IGN has a pictorial look at the game.
Xbox Ghost Recon Poll Results The results of the IGN/Ubi Soft poll to find out what multiplayer maps to include on the upcoming Ghost Recon: Island Thunder expansion have been posted at Xbox.IGN.
GameCube PS2 Xbox GameBoy Advance Misc. Media GameSpot has posted the opening trailer from Brute Force (Xbox), the first screenshots from Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, a new Gundam game from Bandai, new shots from the GameCube port of Ikaruga and new shots from Lionhead's BC (Xbox). Over at IGN they have a new trailer from Konami's Silent Hill 3 (PS2), gameplay movies from Tube Slider (GC) and movies showing the GameCube/GBA link in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell. And finally, Computer and Video Games has new shots from Fable (Xbox) and a trailer for Futurama (multiple), and Games Are Fun has new shots from Onimusha 3 for PS2.
Console Game of the Evening: Dragon Force for the Sega Saturn. "A game so addictive, it kept me up 20 hours each day for weeks (I dreamt about it the other 4). Gorgeous 2d art on 3d battlefields, amazing battles between giant armies, beautiful sounds, captivating story: a one of a kind strategy/rpg experience." (submitted by diddlyD).