Weekly News #2
[Console] Ouya Android microconsole reach their kickstarter goal of 950.000 dollars in just 8 hours and triple it in 24 hours
The Kickstarter project for a little gaming console running Android as OS has shattered every other records in reaching a million dollars in funds.
[Console] Halo 4 X360 console on the way
The Xbox 360 Limited Edition “Halo 4” console bundle is available for pre-order today and will arrive in stores with the launch of “Halo 4” on Nov. 6, 2012. This must-have bundle contains an exclusive, custom-designed console and two exclusive controllers inspired by the game.
[Console] The reality of the OUYA console doesn’t match the hype: why you should be skeptical
There is a reason that the press around the newly-announced OUYA game console is based almost exclusively around the amount of money being raised by the product’s Kickstarter, and that reason is simple: There is very little else to report on.
[Console] Nintendo: 3DS XL Isn’t Big Enough for a Second Analog Stick
When Nintendo’s upcoming 3DS XL was first revealed to the public a few weeks ago, most gamers had one question: Where the hell is the second analog stick?
[Game] Max Payne 3 and GTA IV+V questions answered
Presenting a new edition of our Asked & Answered series – truths and trivia about our games featuring a broad range of questions extracted from your Social Club member Newswire comments, tweets, and Mouthoff emails.
[Game] Miyamoto talks Metroid, Star Fox for Wii U
Nintendo fans hopeful for the Metroid and Star Fox franchises to come to the Wii U aren’t the only ones. Shigeru Miyamoto talked about the possibility for both series to hit Nintendo’s first high-definition console, but stopped short of confirming that either project was actively in development.
[Game] World of Goo designer teases new game, Little Inferno
The Tomorrow Corporation just dropped a teaser of their new title. It’s called Little Inferno, and it appears to be a game about throwing treasured childhood toys into a fireplace in order to save the freezing world from a grim, icy death.
[Game] Arkham City Sequel will be a Silver Age Prequel
Variety has learned that WBIE (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment) is set to introduce members of the Justice League of America in the next installment of Rocksteady’s Batman series.
[Game] We’ve played the controversial Tomb Raider scene, here’s what’s really happening
Developer Crystal Dynamics released a statement saying that sexual assault is not a theme at any point. It didn’t seem to persuade many – the barrage of opinion pieces condemning the inclusion of attempted rape in a videogame barely slowed.
[Game] Mirror’s Edge 2 ‘is on the list’ – EA
A sequel to Mirror’s Edge is “on the list” of things to do, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau has suggested, saying it’s “really about how and when” to bring the series back.
[Software] Steam Greenlight announced
Steam Greenlight is a new system that enlists the community’s help in picking some of the next games to be released on Steam. Developers post information, screenshots, and videos for their game and seek a critical mass of community support in order to get selected for distribution.
[Software] Valve on Steam Big Picture Mode
Steam Big Picture Mode is a long teased thing of mystery. Announced over a year ago at GDC 2011, the mode should allow PC gamers to play, start and interact with their Steam games using a gamepad and TV friendly interface and. But it’s been kept under wraps by Valve since the announcement.
[Software] Valve: streaming ‘not in our short-term plans’
There are “interesting possibilities,” says Valve business development chief, but “lots of advantages” to non-streaming games.
[Software] Epic: Xbox 360 services are “slowly creeping up” to next gen features
The next generation is already here! It prowls amongst us like the Invisible Man infiltrating a women’s hockey team locker room, blowing on the backs of our necks and stealing our underwear. Thus the Epic Games diagnosis, at least.
[Company] Rockstar Vancouver merged into Toronto team
Rockstar Vancouver, which led multi-studio development of Max Payne 3 as well as producing Bully, will be closed; the 35-man team will relocate to join colleagues from Rockstar Toronto.
[Company] Vivendi faces trouble offloading Activision
The company has already contacted some companies to take its $8.1 billion stake in Activision, but so far, no firms have taken the bait. The news outlet says that Vivendi tried setting up a deal with Microsoft, but the software giant has, for now, decided against it. Disney has also declined a deal offer.
Valve has countered EA’s accusation that Steam sales “cheapen” intellectual property, saying they in fact benefit games, publishers and gamers.
[Politics] Valve on Valve Time: “It’s charming. It’s kind of a compliment.”
Valve Time – the term coined by fans to describe the seemingly endless development of the Half-Life maker’s games.