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Games Roundup – Week 5, April 2010

Games Roundup – Week 5, April 2010

Here’s your weekly dose of gaming news!

Multiplatform news

GetGaming.com.au — 50% off your 1st month with Australia’s new postal mail game rental service! – Stevivor.com: I’m leaving this first and formost for a bit…Aussies, take advantage of our country’s first GameFly-esque service!

Halo developer Bungie enters 10-year partnership with Activison – Joystiq: “Just when you thought things couldn’t get any weirder at Activision. Bungie has just announced that it has entered into a ten-year publishing agreement with Activision, which will receive exclusive, worldwide rights to publish all games based on Bungie’s “next big action game universe.”

Two rich people who are bound to become richer.

Bungie’s Grand Plans For Their First Post-Halo “Action” Game – Kotaku: “The game Bungie makes after Halo: Reach will be huge, on multiple platforms — won’t be Marathon-related — and is under Bungie’s control, the studio’s Brian Jarrard told Kotaku today. With Bungie’s future clarified, we learned some new details.”

Dead Rising‘s Frank West passively in Left 4 Dead 2′s ‘The Passing’ – Joystiq: Left 4 Dead‘s eerie atmosphere was made exponentially more engrossing by the warnings scrawled on the walls of each safe house by other survivors.

Taking photos was my least favourite bit of that game...

Left 4 Dead 2‘s new Mutations explained; Francis and Rochelle find a common interest – Joystiq: You don’t just stumble upon a kindred spirit every day. In a new promo video for The PassingLeft 4 Dead 2′s new chapter available today on the Xbox 360 and PC — it takes an apocalypse to bring Francis and Rochelle together.

NHL 11 to Feature Canadian Hockey League? – Kotaku: “Sports radio in Calgary and a team’s marketing employee are saying EA Sports’ NHL 11 will feature teams from the Canadian Hockey League, the top tier of junior hockey in that country.”

Mega Man Universe‘ trademark filed by Capcom – Joystiq: “Capcom just wrapped up its Captivate 2010 showcase, but it appears the publisher skipped mention of one planned project: “Mega Man Universe.”"

Dead Space 2 trailer leaked, then pulled (… so that’s what Isaac looks like) – Joystiq: “We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Mr. Isaac Clarke, the oft-masked engineer (and protagonist) from the first title.”

The face behind all those severed limbs...

The History of Gaming Through Manuals – Kotaku: “Website Replacementdocs.com has collected and scanned nearly 9,000 gaming manuals with the help of 465 enthusiasts. The manuals come from an amazingly diverse selection of platforms including the 3DO, Amiga, Jaguar, CD-i and PC. Though it appears there are no TRS-80 manuals.”

Xbox 360 news

Live-action Alan Wake prequel premieres on Xbox Live April 25 – Joystiq: If Alan Wake‘s TV show-like presentation isn’t, well, enough like a TV show for you, here’s some good news: next week, the first episode in a six-part live-action Alan Wake series will be available on Xbox Live.

Go watch; this is cool.

Jet Set Radio Coming to Xbox Live Arcade? – Kotaku: “Someone named “Xbox360 Leaker” dropped a screenshot of a French-language Xbox Live Marketplace that shows the Dreamcast classic Jet Set Radio available as a demo. The picture, of unknown provenance, adds weight to rumors that other Dreamcast classics are inbound.”

No New Titles For Game Room Until Further Notice – Kotaku: “According to a Tweet from Microsoft’s European Xbox Live editor, the next round of content for Microsoft’s virtual arcade Game Room has been delayed “until further notice.”"

Sony PlayStation3 and PSP News

We Can Mod This ModNation Racer – Kotaku: “Sent with a review copy of ModNation Racers for the PlayStation 3, because, you know, this game is about modding cars and figures.”

Cutest mod EVER.

Sony Can Update PS3 Firmware Without Permission – Slashdot: “Sony’s latest firmware update comes with a revised End User License Agreement which allows the company to change any part of the console’s operating system without notification or permission. You might think you own the console you paid for, but Sony has a very different idea.”

Early 3D Games On PS3 Feature Downgraded Graphics – Kotaku: “So, the PS3 is now ready for 3D gaming. But are PS3 games ready? It appears, hrm, maybe, with the first batch of 3D-capable titles needing to have their graphics scaled back a touch.”

PlayStation Store Updates Move To Tuesdays – Kotaku: “North American PlayStation 3 owners won’t have to wait as long for their downloadable content, as Sony is bumping up its weekly PlayStation Store digital releases from Thursdays to Tuesdays.”

Nintendo Wii and DS news

How Nintendo’s Mario Got His Name – Slashdot: “In 1981, tiny Nintendo of America was getting ready to release Donkey Kong. When the company’s landlord, Mario Segale, demanded back rent, Nintendo staffers named the game’s barrel-jumping protagonist after him.”

Why The Conduit 2 Will Be Better Than The Conduit – Kotaku: “In a message to Sega fans posted at the company’s European blog, High Voltage chief creative officer Eric Nofsinger explains why The Conduit was a muddled, uninteresting jumble, and why the game’s sequel won’t be.”

The gun reminds me of Halo's needler.

PC and iPhone news

Ubisoft ‘always on’ DRM hated, hacked - circle of life continues – Joystiq: “Ah, the circle of life. Here’s how it works: Game developers claim they’ve created some sort of unbreakable DRM that will lock pirates out, and then the pirates break their way in, leading to even more repressive forms of DRM.”

Bad-ass. Or something.

The Man Who Beat Bejeweled 2 – Kotaku: “The people who made Bejeweled 2 bring us what they say is the true tale of the first person to conquer Bejeweled 2. 2,200 hours. 2,147,482,575 points. Max score possible. Meet Mike Leyde [Bejeweled official site].”

The fine print

This is by no means meant to be a comprehensive roundup of the entire week’s news. All stories are chosen for no other reason than that they got my attention and might capture yours. If something you think is more important, chime in on the feedback; we’d love to hear comments and have a conversation about it.

Here’s your weekly dose of gaming news!

Multiplatform news

GetGaming.com.au — 50% off your 1st month with Australia’s new postal mail game rental service! – Stevivor.com: I’m leaving this first and formost for a bit…Aussies, take advantage of our country’s first GameFly-esque service!

Halo developer Bungie enters 10-year partnership with Activision – Joystiq: “Just when you thought things couldn’t get any weirder at Activision. Bungie has just announced that it has entered into a ten-year publishing agreement with Activision, which will receive exclusive, worldwide rights to publish all games based on Bungie’s “next big action game universe.”

Bungie’s Grand Plans For Their First Post-Halo “Action” Game – Kotaku: “The game Bungie makes after Halo: Reach will be huge, on multiple platforms — won’t be Marathon-related — and is under Bungie’s control, the studio’s Brian Jarrard told Kotaku today. With Bungie’s future clarified, we learned some new details.”

Dead Rising‘s Frank West passively in Left 4 Dead 2′s ‘The Passing’ – Joystiq: Left 4 Dead‘s eerie atmosphere was made exponentially more engrossing by the warnings scrawled on the walls of each safe house by other survivors.

Left 4 Dead 2‘s new Mutations explained; Francis and Rochelle find a common interest – Joystiq: You don’t just stumble upon a kindred spirit every day. In a new promo video for The PassingLeft 4 Dead 2′s new chapter available today on the Xbox 360 and PC — it takes an apocalypse to bring Francis and Rochelle together.

NHL 11 to Feature Canadian Hockey League? – Kotaku: “Sports radio in Calgary and a team’s marketing employee are saying EA Sports’ NHL 11 will feature teams from the Canadian Hockey League, the top tier of junior hockey in that country.”

Mega Man Universe‘ trademark filed by Capcom – Joystiq: “Capcom just wrapped up its Captivate 2010 showcase, but it appears the publisher skipped mention of one planned project: “Mega Man Universe.”"

Dead Space 2 trailer leaked, then pulled (… so that’s what Isaac looks like) – Joystiq: “We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Mr. Isaac Clarke, the oft-masked engineer (and protagonist) from the first title.”

The History of Gaming Through Manuals – Kotaku: “Website Replacementdocs.com has collected and scanned nearly 9,000 gaming manuals with the help of 465 enthusiasts. The manuals come from an amazingly diverse selection of platforms including the 3DO, Amiga, Jaguar, CD-i and PC. Though it appears there are no TRS-80 manuals.”

Xbox 360 news

Live-action Alan Wake prequel premieres on Xbox Live April 25 – Joystiq: If Alan Wake‘s TV show-like presentation isn’t, well, enough like a TV show for you, here’s some good news: next week, the first episode in a six-part live-action Alan Wake series will be available on Xbox Live.

Jet Set Radio Coming to Xbox Live Arcade? – Kotaku: “Someone named “Xbox360 Leaker” dropped a screenshot of a French-language Xbox Live Marketplace that shows the Dreamcast classic Jet Set Radio available as a demo. The picture, of unknown provenance, adds weight to rumors that other Dreamcast classics are inbound.”

No New Titles For Game Room Until Further Notice – Kotaku: “According to a Tweet from Microsoft’s European Xbox Live editor, the next round of content for Microsoft’s virtual arcade Game Room has been delayed “until further notice.”"

Sony PlayStation3 and PSP News

We Can Mod This ModNation Racer – Kotaku: “Sent with a review copy of ModNation Racers for the PlayStation 3, because, you know, this game is about modding cars and figures.”

Sony Can Update PS3 Firmware Without Permission – Slashdot: “Sony’s latest firmware update comes with a revised End User License Agreement which allows the company to change any part of the console’s operating system without notification or permission. You might think you own the console you paid for, but Sony has a very different idea.”

Early 3D Games On PS3 Feature Downgraded Graphics – Kotaku: “So, the PS3 is now ready for 3D gaming. But are PS3 games ready? It appears, hrm, maybe, with the first batch of 3D-capable titles needing to have their graphics scaled back a touch.”

PlayStation Store Updates Move To Tuesdays – Kotaku: “North American PlayStation 3 owners won’t have to wait as long for their downloadable content, as Sony is bumping up its weekly PlayStation Store digital releases from Thursdays to Tuesdays.”

Nintendo Wii and DS news

How Nintendo’s Mario Got His Name – Slashdot: “In 1981, tiny Nintendo of America was getting ready to release Donkey Kong. When the company’s landlord, Mario Segale, demanded back rent, Nintendo staffers named the game’s barrel-jumping protagonist after him.”

Why The Conduit 2 Will Be Better Than The Conduit – Kotaku: “In a message to Sega fans posted at the company’s European blog, High Voltage chief creative officer Eric Nofsinger explains why The Conduit was a muddled, uninteresting jumble, and why the game’s sequel won’t be.”

PC and iPhone news

Ubisoft ‘always on’ DRM hated, hacked - circle of life continues – Joystiq: “Ah, the circle of life. Here’s how it works: Game developers claim they’ve created some sort of unbreakable DRM that will lock pirates out, and then the pirates break their way in, leading to even more repressive forms of DRM.”

The Man Who Beat Bejeweled 2 – Kotaku: “The people who made Bejeweled 2 bring us what they say is the true tale of the first person to conquer Bejeweled 2. 2,200 hours. 2,147,482,575 points. Max score possible. Meet Mike Leyde [Bejeweled official site].”

The fine print

This is by no means meant to be a comprehensive roundup of the entire week’s news. All stories are chosen for no other reason than that they got my attention and might capture yours. If something you think is more important, chime in on the feedback; we’d love to hear comments and have a conversation about it.

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Steve Wright has desperately been trying to get people to call him Stevivor since he first arrived in Australia in 2001 (conveniently at the same time as Survivor: Australia was airing). He's a Canadian-Australian gay gaming geek, wannabe journalist, hockey player/fan and Technology Trainer. Steve also comes complete with his own personal website at Stevivor.com. Follow his personal Twitter account, @stevivor, or his game news-oriented Twitter account, @stevivorGAMING!

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