Gaming is for Girls: News from the Game Developers Conference

Here we are folks — it’s GDC (Game Developers Conference) at the moment, so there’s a fair bit of gaming news to be had. For this reason, we’ll cover them in more bite-sized chunks for your careful consumption.

“Noby Noby Boy” heading to iPhone
Seems like the iPhone is swiftly becoming the place to be if you’re a handheld game. “Katamari Damacy” creator Keita Takahashi is presently putting together “Noby Noby Boy” for the iPhone. The game, which has been a bit of a hit on the Playstation Network, is expected to hit the iPhone platform in the not-too-distant future.

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“Ratchet & Clank” back on PS3 this year

That is assuming there’s no massive slippage. Yes, Sony has announced the intrepid duo will finally be back in a PS3 outing. “Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time” will see Ratchet out to save his sidekick Clank from the evil Dr. Nefarious. It’s expected to feature new weapons, new jokes and even space battles.

New Zelda game announced

Satoru Iwata‘s keynote address at GDC featured a rather well-received trailer for the new Zelda title “The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks.” The game will be released later this year and will be a DS title. The game will “utilize the intuitive touch control of Phantom Hourglass in an all new adventure that will please longtime Zelda fans while keeping the game accessible to all DS owners. The concept behind this Zelda game includes utilizing a steam locomotive to travel around the world, switching Phantom and Link to explore the dungeons, and solving puzzles using new items.”

Two new titles for DSiWare

Also from Satoru Iwata‘s keynote address at GDC comes news of two new titles slated for the DSi via DSiWare. The two games in question are “Moving Memo” and “WarioWare: Snapped,” the latter of which uses the DSi camera function. No release date has been announced

“Holy Invasion of Privacy Badman!” trademarked

Sony likes their games to feature some odd names, and they don’t come much stranger than this. SCEI filed the name “Holy Invasion of Privacy Badman!” this week and rumor has it the name is attached to a new game. There’s no other information available at present, but we can’t wait to see where this goes (Batman lawsuits aside).

Bungie says more “Halo 3” content coming?

In an odd move — given what the gaming community thought — Bungie apparently isn’t leaving “Halo 3” alone at all. Apparently, they’ll be working on it for another two years or so, at least according to Bungie’s Allen Murray. Good news for “Halo” fans who like fragging online.

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“Rock Band” tops a billion in sales
People do love music game “Rock Band,” so much so it’s made a whopping $1 billion dollars U.S.. The game also made more money than any other across all genres for 2008. Who knew plastic instruments and colored scrolling bars could be so popular? Oh yeah — any of us who have played it.

That’s all for this week, folks. Over at Lesbian Gamers, we’ve been throwing around the idea of a Lesbian Gamers Gamertag Database. We’re also taking applications for a teenage lesbian gamer who can write her own column for the site.

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