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Regular news followers will have read the recent story in which two national newspapers – The Times and METRO – went to press with the headline “Video gaming leads to surge in rickets”.
What followed were vast amounts of column inches of what I consider to be absolute spin as once again the video games industry was demonised, whilst the actual message that should have pervaded was ignored.
It seems that the recession has claimed another scalp, as Namco Bandai have announced they plan to cut its workforce by 10% due to a weak financial year.
February is always the shortest month of the year, and so SCEE are cutting the price of some of their minis in Europe – we’re sure the month being small has nothing to do with the decision though.
Sony’s answer to the success of the small games on the Apple iPhone and iPod touch were recently supported under the PS3 firmware update 3.15.
The games media industry spent much of 2009 getting all hot under the collar predicting a price drop for the PS3 – this duly came through Sony’s successful launch of the Slim. But should Capcom be believed, it looks like 2010 will be spent debating even further price cuts.
Analyst Michael Pachter has predicted that – although the console war is far from over – it will be Nintendo who emerge triumphant. The question we ask is this; in this period of economic uncertainty should we be worrying about a console war in the first place?
The Sun newspaper has reported a massive increase in game related injuries, whilst outdoor related injuries have plummeted.
Is the video game industry once again being blamed for something it has no control over?
In what we consider to be a bold (or crazy) move, Ben Jones of Zipper Interactive has made the comment that he thinks the crowd on Xbox Live are more juvenile than those who frequent the PSN.
LinkedIn, the professional version of Facebook, is always a goldmine for nuggets of information regarding upcoming games.
According to one profile, Jonathan vd Wijngaarden, a Sound Designer at Dutch studio PlayLogic Games Factory, is currently working on an unannounced PS3 SCEE title scheduled for release this Fall.
Both The Times and METRO ran headlines last week claiming that a report written at Newcastle University found that the playing of video games has led to an increase in rickets.
Well, fans of common sense rejoice because Dr Timothy Cheetham, one of the people who helped write the report, has come forward with the real results.
Earlier we announced that Sony Computer Entertainment had dated their new Motion Controller (a provisional title) for release this autumn. With its release in sight, we contemplate whether the PS3 with motion sensing is a match made in gaming heaven or whether we should expect to be overrun by a deluge of lobotomy-inducing novelty games – as has arguably been the case with the Wii.
Sony Computer Entertainment have announced today that their motion controller, which still has yet to have a name, will be released this fall in all major territories.
There are already some big titles that will support the new controller, Resident Evil 5 and LittleBigPlanet to name a few, and Sony plans on bringing new attractive and innovative games for the motion controller.
Gran Turismo 5 and LittleBigPlanet were also present in non-playable form. Gran Turismo 5 and Super Stardust HD have already been shown at CES, so there was nothing more to say about those games.
But apparently LittleBigPlanet actually worked really well in the third dimension…
Sony has now announced that BRAVIA Internet Video Link will be making its way to the PlayStation 3 this year.
The free HD Internet video streaming service gives users content from providers such as YouTube, AOL LLC, Yahoo Inc, Amazon, Netflix and more.
We all know 3D gaming is coming (probably thrown right at your face so as to get the most out of the effect) but reports of how games we’re already somewhat familiar with look and play using the old new technology have been a tad limited.
Speaking to the Official PlayStation Magazine, Codemasters’ chief games developer, Matthew Horsman, is looking forward to what Sony’s new motion controller will soon bring to the gaming table.
Another piece of news to come out of the Sony conference at CES this week that should be music to the ears of their investors is that December set an all-time high for sales for the PlayStation 3.
In the five weeks of last month, the PlayStation 3 sold 3.8 million consoles worldwide.
Technology is always changing and we’re continually looking for the next big thing in the industry. That next big thing appears to be 3D.
Announced at the 2010 CES, Kaz Hirai revealed during the Sony Press Conference that the PS3 would become 3D compatible this year.
In what could potentially be a great strategic move by Sony, a new PlayStation 3 bundle has been announced that will include the Michael Jackson “This Is It” movie on Blu-ray.
Currently only announced for Japan, the film that’s based on the rehearsals of Jackson’s new comeback tour that never was, will be included with a slim 120GB PlayStation 3 from the 27th of January.
At least not for the third person perspective genre.
Speaking to G4TV, Naughty Dog’s co-president Evan Wells has discounted any possibility of future Uncharted games getting the motion controller treatment.
That’s not to say one of the best studios in the world aren’t interested in the technology, they’d just prefer to use it on a new property designed from the ground up with the device in mind.