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Round-Up:  WoW  Goes Lunar, PS3 Games Vanish,  Sudoku  Miracles

Round-Up: WoW Goes Lunar, PS3 Games Vanish, Sudoku Miracles

January 19, 2006 | By Simon Carless

January 19, 2006 | By Simon Carless
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Today's round-up includes news of Lunar New Year celebrations for players of World Of Warcraft, a brief disappearing act for some of the first officially listed PlayStation 3 games, and some amazing alleged properties for Mastiff's forthcoming Sudoku GBA title, as well as today's GameSetWatch posts, product news, and Gamasutra job postings.

- World of Warcraft players will get to celebrate the Lunar New Year on January 27th, with a series of celebrations that span the MMORPG world. Events will take place in Stormwind, Thunder Bluff, Booty Bay, and Moonglade, with the last fireworks show taking place on February 13th in Moonglade. Each capital city will have event-specific decorations, with special "elder" NPCs for players to find and venerate to receive bonus items. The festivities will also include a new boss, called Omen; the boss appears only during the Lunar New Year events and is based on the mythical character of Nian from Chinese legends, which will be the boss' name in the Chinese release of the game.

- After revealing six PlayStation 3 games on the official company website, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. has removed all listings and mentions of the games. The six games, Gran Turismo 5, Genji 2, Everybody's Golf 5, Monster Carnival, Angel Rings, and Eye of Judgement, were pulled without explanation, indicating that the information may have been prematurely posted. Some confusion arose as to whether the six titles were meant as launch games for the PlayStation 3, but Sony officials commented of this: "We are working on the launch of PlayStation 3 and a confirmed list of titles will be announced at the appropriate time."

- An eyebrow-raising statement from Mastiff Games claims that its upcoming release, Dr. Sudoku for Game Boy Advance, will increase player longevity by awakening "'survival genes' that lay dormant in the human brain." Said "survival genes" allegedly assist in warding off disease, strokes, and side effects of drugs, and can apparently be awakened through the frequent solving of Sudoku puzzles. The GBA game, developed by Skynet Corporation, is due for release in March, and will be followed by a range of other Sudoku products from Mastiff.

- Today's posts on Gamasutra sister weblog GameSetWatch include a classic 3DO FMV game analyzed, some cameos for the original D&D creators in Turbine's new MMO, and the frightening video game appearance of Hard Gay, among others.

- Also updated today: product news including Caligari's shipment of trueSpace 7, and today's Gamasutra job postings from companies including Big Huge Games, Blizzard Entertainment, BreakAway Games, Cyberview Technology, Donnerwood Media, Gas Powered Game, Iron Lore Entertainment, Monolith Productions, and University of Advancing Technology.

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