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Cooking Mama: Cookstar
subdirectory_arrow_right Yum Yum Cookstar (Game)
Yum Yum Cookstar appears to have been made as some kind of contingency over Cooking Mama: Cookstar's infamous legal disputes, being made by the same developers and publishers and having gone on sale on Steam a mere week before Cooking Mama: Cookstar was withdrawn from sale. While it is not known to what extent Yum Yum Cookstar is based on Cooking Mama: Cookstar, it does have a substantial difference in gameplay, having a psuedo-rhythm element that does not exist in the latter game.

Some prints of the box art have a printed sticker noting the game's connection to Cooking Mama: Cookstar, in spite of the controversy. The official website, TikTok account, and trailers for Yum Yum Cookstar proclaim the game to be made by "the creators of the best-selling hitgame[sic] Cookstar" (without acknowledging the Cooking Mama series by name) and use the slogan "This ain't your mama's kitchen!". The veracity of the claim of the first Cookstar being a best-seller is not known as sales figures have not been released.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month April 11, 2024
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
In 2012, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was ported to the PlayStation 3's PlayStation Network under the PlayStation 2 Classics line. However, it was taken down shortly afterwards with no official explanation. Audiences quickly inferred that the port's withdrawal was due to the poor reception it drew thanks to various emulation issues involved with it, though it may have also been due to THQ going bankrupt and Activision acquiring the license to make games based on Nickelodeon properties around the same time. Among these emulation issues, the 16:9 display (which was the default option) stretched the game rather than properly re-rendering it at a higher aspect ratio, the audio for in-engine cutscenes frequently stuttered and fell behind by up to a second, certain textures were noticeably blurry due to the game being displayed at a higher resolution than what it was designed for, and gameplay suffered from prominent input lag compared to the original release.
person VinchVolt calendar_month March 25, 2024
BoKe Travelog
BoKe Travelog was a PC browser game released exclusively in China that ran from 2011 to 2013 before shutting down. The game was very clearly inspired by Poptropica, though notably included a background story for the game's events, unlike Poptropica. Set in an alternate timeline where climate change forced humans to move from land to sea due to rising water levels, it follows a group of people known as "BoKe" as they confront the evil Dr. Hedra, who wishes to take over the world and has begun attacking the various islands left from the climate change to do so. The game also featured various visual similarities to Poptropica, namely with its map layout and the plots of each island, though it did use its own spin on the character designs.

BoKe Travelog had eight islands, each one of which was based on an island seen in Poptropica. The islands were:

• "Potato Island", based on "24 Carrot Island".
• "Octopus Island", based on "Shark Tooth Island".
• "BoKe Island", based on "Early Poptropica Island".
• "Time Tangled Island", based on the island of the same name.
• "Haunted House Island", based on the mini-quest of the same name.
• "Diamond Island", based on "Counterfeit Island".
• "Superman Island", based on "Super Power Island".
• "Battle Island", which had various aspects of Poptropica's multiplayer interactions, such as the Paint war, Hoops, and Pathwise minigames.

Also like Poptropica, a book series based on BoKe Travelog (called "Mystery Island Adventures") was released, featuring stories unrelated to the in-game islands. The game was ultimately shutdown on December 22nd, 2013 according to a news post on the site: while the post does not state why it was shutdown, it emphasized that it was a difficult decision to end the game.
Stellar Blade
On March 8, 2024, a demo for the game was mistakenly released on the PlayStation Store in the United States. It was taken down twenty-five minutes later and rendered unplayable on systems where it had been downloaded if they connected to the internet after the takedown. This was the first time Sony had ever done such an act, with many pointing out that they didn't even do it when P.T., the demo for the cancelled Silent Hills, was removed from the PlayStation Store by Konami.
person chocolatejr9 calendar_month March 10, 2024
Crush Crush
subdirectory_arrow_right Ayano's Lovesick Labyrinth (Game), Yandere Simulator (Game), Dark Deception: Monsters & Mortals (Game), YandereDev (Company)
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person chocolatejr9 calendar_month December 14, 2023
Postal III
Postal III was delisted from Steam on November 22, 2022 due to issues with the Steam version's DRM going offline. On October 12, 2023, Running With Scissors announced on the "I Regret Nothing Podcast" that the game had received some DEPOS updates to fix the issues keeping the game from being playable, and would be added back on Steam at a later date with some additional fixes from the ZOOM Platform version of the game.
person Wingzzzzy calendar_month October 12, 2023
Roy E. Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney and then-senior executive of The Walt Disney Company, was not informed that their licensing department had granted Sega the rights to develop a Fantasia video game until after its release. Roy had previously promised Walt before his death that merchandising deals would not be made for Fantasia, resulting in the game's withdrawal from sale after roughly 100 days.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month September 12, 2023
Ken Balthaser interview (November 24, 2006):

MegaTech UK Issue #5 - May 1992 (Page 6):