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BRUTAL! joins the wonderful world of Twitter

News posted by Ryan on September 24th, 2009 at 12:15pm GMT

TwitterIt’s become apparent that BRUTAL!‘s lack of a Twitter feed is getting downright ridiculous, so rather than waiting until the introduction of the site’s new design it’s been put live immediately and you can now be notified of all future updates via Twitter.

What new design, you ask? Don’t panic — it’s not going to be too dramatic. The problem is that the general format of BRUTAL! has remained mostly the same since its launch, but the volume of Brutal Legend news and media has cataclysmically exploded.

The current design can’t adequately highlight all the new videos, images, etc that’re constantly flooding in, so it’s going to be shuffled around a bit and the front page is going to become more of a portal for the site’s various content; the site will also be better integrated with its various tie-ins such as Twitter and YouTube. It’ll retain a comparable look and feel, though. When’s it coming? Probably roughly when the game comes out.

But anyway, for now by all means follow BRUTAL! on Twitter and if you have any suggestions concerning the way it’s approached please comment. For example I’ve chosen to include Community Tracker updates on a trial basis, but if it seems too spammy I’ll have to reconsider.

Discover the world of Brutal Legend

News posted by Ryan on September 23rd, 2009 at 11:08am GMT

forest_environmentI quickly threw this up on the Community Tracker yesterday, but if you missed it you would do well to check out Double Fine art director Lee Petty’s video which takes you through the epic world of Brutal Legend.

Showing off many of the game’s absolutely beautiful environments — as well as part of the sky effects video that was shown at GDC but never released to the public — it’s an absolute must for anyone who finds Brutal Legend a visually astounding game (How can you not?!).

Look out for a HD version on the BRUTAL! YouTube channel tonight.

Demo release schedule, also early access codes

News posted by Ryan on September 17th, 2009 at 12:30pm GMT

GameStopThe whole demo release matter has been quite confusing due to different vendors and sites giving out conflicting dates, but Ars Technica has gotten information off Electronic Arts clarifying things somewhat. The official release dates of the demo are:

  1. September 17th: People who pre-ordered from participating vendors
  2. September 24th: Xbox LIVE Gold members
  3. October 1st: Xbox LIVE Silver and PlayStation Network members (ie: everyone)

To ease the pain for those who haven’t pre-ordered — or those who’re pre-ordering from Best Buy because they want the LP sleeve — a few sites have been given early access codes by EA and are putting them up for grabs today:

  1. Ars Technica
  2. Gaming Nexus
  3. Holy Fragger
  4. The Flickcast

None of them require you to do anything special, ranging from sending them an email to posting to their Twitter account. People will then be randomly selected and given a code. All of them need you to get your entries sent literally within hours, so get to it!

If you have no intention of pre-ordering or purchasing an Xbox LIVE account, I guess the opening cinematic that appeared in the Community Tracker yesterday will have to tide you over. (Thanks to Mykal for dropping that one in the comments.)


[September 17th, 2009 at 9:13 GMT+1] Looks like we’re go, at least in the UK. I just put my own pre-order code that I got from GAME into the Xbox LIVE code redemption area, and it said I’m entitled to the Brutal Legend demo and proceeded to begin downloading. Oh man.

Update #2

[September 17th, 2009 at 11:44pm GMT+1] The latest word on the official Twitter feed is that some Xbox LIVE codes aren’t yet activated, and all PSN codes are inactive until 11pm PST.

Update #3

[September 24th, 2009 at 10:34pm GMT+1] I’ve just had a buzz from EA saying that the demo should now be available to all Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers. Unfortunately, the official Twitter feed implies that European Xbox LIVE members aren’t included — oh man. Can anyone confirm this?

Alternative pre-order bonus from Best Buy

News posted by Ryan on September 17th, 2009 at 12:23pm GMT

While one or two retailers in each country are offering early demo access and an exclusive in-game Tenacious D guitar, it looks like Best Buy is going to stir things up a bit by offering its own exclusive offer: a Brutal Legend-themed LP case just like you — or at least your dad — remember from the classic days of metal.

There’s no word on whether or not the LP case will make its way to retailers outside the US, but I think it’s fair to speculate that at least one vendor in each region will be offering these. If I were to put my money on which European shop will get it, I’d say

Currently Best Buy’s Brutal Legend section says nothing about this bonus, so it may be that you have to go into Best Buy and order from the shop itself to get the bonus. If anyone has further information on this please leave a comment.

Jack Black gashes up the MTV Video Music Awards

News posted by Ryan on September 14th, 2009 at 12:13pm GMT

Love him or hate him, it’s impossible to criticise Jack Black for the effort he puts into getting into the heads of the characters he portrays. There’s no better example than these photos snapped of him at the MTV Video Music Awards: Continue Reading »