Gaming Roundup 7/22/08: Holy Video Games, Batman!

Nathan Grayson

Better late than never, right? That seems to be what roughly half of you think about GFW Live finally ditching its subscription fee. The remaining half, then, think Microsoft wizened up too late in the game, and that Steam has already taken home the gold. Personally, I have to say that dropping the fee was a smart move, but it's what Microsoft does next that'll really count. Will they add features that differentiate GFW Live from other services, or was today's announcement just lip service to keep the unwashed masses from becoming belligerent?

Luckily, today's Roundup will provide you with instant gratification where Microsoft couldn't. Whether you're looking for humbled admittances from Nintendo, excellent new titles on Gametap, or proof that the PS3 is actually front-runner in the console wars, the Roundup has you covered.

New York governor signs 'unnecessary' game law


Let's say, for the sake of example, that you're a parent. Each day, after a wholesome, sumptuous meal, your kids take their plates from the dinner table, rinse them, and put them in the dishwasher -- just as they've always done. Then, one day, for no reason, you start throwing an allowance at them for that same action. Doesn't make much sense, does it? That, in a nutshell, is a description of New York's new Game Bill, but with more delicious. The bill requires all video game consoles to include parental lockout features, and for retail games to display ESRB ratings on their packaging by 2010. Welcome to the future, folks.

EA’s Riccitiello: “I don’t care if people write about Take-Two”


Riccitiello has quickly become one of my favorite video game execs. He doesn't shy away from the truth, and the truth is, EA's Take-Two buyout hasn't made any progress in months. “There have basically been three moves and there have 6,000 articles on it," he said. "It’s sort of amusing." The full interview over at Venture Beat is chock full of Riccitiello-isms, such as "investors don't give a sh*t about quality." EA-haters, I dare you to justify your hate.

Iwata: Friends codes aren’t perfect


For all the hate they found themselves buried under after E3, and for all the cash they've been buried under since the approval of their money-printing license, Nintendo has been fairly humble. Along with apologizing to their core base for E3, the big N also admits that Friend Codes aren't so user-friendly. "We will be studying this on an ongoing basis in order to improve Nintendo’s own circumstances where people can freely and safely enjoy the communications through the net.”

Gary Oldman confirms Dark Knight game in the works


No, you won't be needing that BatBox 360 here, because Chris Nolan's dark, brooding Batman is finally entering the world of video gaming. Sadly, that's about all we know for sure at this point, but rumor has it that Pandemic (Mercenaries, Destroy All Humans) is developing, so it should be pretty great. Possible title: "Joker: World in Flames."

GameTap signs partnership with THQ


Looks like Gametap wasn't kidding about that editorial thing. The ad-based service is running full steam ahead, and with titles like Company of Heroes and Dawn of War joining the lineup, I can't wait to see where they go next.


The Ultimate Proof Sony Is Winning


On one hand, this is hilarious, but on the other, it's an interesting look from the outside in.

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