Sony still isn't ready to talk about its rumored second generation PlayStation Portable console, but that didn't stop one of the developers of Mortal Kombat from flapping his gums. In response to a question about porting a version of the upcoming Mortal Kombat refresh on the current PSP or 3DS, Executive Producer of Netherrealm Studios Shaun Himmerick said:
"We're not launching day one on all consoles like that. We are looking at them; we have a PSP 2 in the house and we're looking at the engine, like what it can support. Always a big thing for us is the performance. We're running at 60FPS, what can we do and do we have to build all the art assets over. We're definitely looking at them. PSP 2 looks like it's a pretty powerful machine. We don't have a 3DS system in-house yet, but we're looking to get one, and we'll certainly look at what its power is."
Sony, of course, held onto its usual "We can't comment on rumors or speculation" line, but given that this is a game developer talking about the next-gen console and not some unknown anonymous source, we're willing to give it a bit more weight. Most of the rumors up to this point have the PSP 2 shipping sometime in 2011, with Sony expected to unveil the device at CES.
One of manyy varied renderings of what the PSP 2 might (but probably won't) look like.
Good Old Games, or GOG.com, the online portal for DRM-free copies of older games ported and sold on the cheap to run under Windows, has waved the white flag and closed up shop, at least for now.
"We have recently had to give serious thought to whether we could really keep GOG.com the way it is," a message on GOG.com's website reads. "We've debated it for quite some time and, unfortunately, we've decided that GOG.com simply cannot remain in its current form.
"We've very grateful for all support we've received from all of you in the past two years. Working on GOG.com was a great adventure for all of us and an unforgettable journey to the past, through the long and wonderful history of PC gaming."
What the future holds for GOG.com remains to be seen. In their parting note, the GOG.com team said that the closure doesn't mean the idea behind the site is closed forever, but didn't elaborate.
For those of you who previously purchased titles through GOG.com but may have since formatted your PC, the company said it will put in place a solution so that you can re-download them. Updates on this will be posted on GOG.com and on the company's Twitter and Facebook pages.
If you weren't one of the first to snatch up a copy of Halo: Reach for the Xbox 360 earlier this week, there were plenty of others who filled in the gap. According to Microsoft, the latest title in the still uber popular Halo series pulled in $200 million in global sales on launch day.
"We feel really good about where the 'Halo: Reach' numbers are," said Phil Spencer, vice president of Microsoft Game Studios. "What 'Halo: Reach' numbers tell me is gamers are there. They are willing to buy the great experiences when they come out. In fact, that we are exceeding 'Halo 3' numbers out of the gate tells me that the industry is in a healthy state."
Fetching $200 million on day 1 day made Reach the biggest launch of any game or movie so far this year, Spencer claims. All told, the entire Halo franchise has sold more than 34 million copies during its ten-year tenure, pulling in almost $2 billion in sales.
Sony this week announced a new firmware release for the PlayStation 3 that will expand the console's 3D capabilities.
"We've announced that the PS3 system will be able to play back 3D content on Blu-ray 3D discs with the system software update (v3.50), slated for release on September 21," Sony wrote in a blog post. "We know that many consumers have purchased 3D TVs already and more of you will be purchasing them as the holidays approach -- so we're excited to offer this firmware update that makes all 38 million PS3s worldwide compatible with Blu-ray 3D discs."
PS3 owners have been able to play stereoscopic 3D games with the 3.30 firmware update released in April, but 3D movies wasn't yet part of the package. That changes next week, however there's a small caveat. Unlike dedicated 3D Blu-ray players, some parts of the menu and other minor portions of some DVDs will remain in 2D, Sony said.
Sony also recently updated its list of supported 3D games for the PS3 during, including Final Fantasy XIV (due out in March), Everybody's Golf 5, Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories, and Metal Gear Solid: Rising.
Elvis had a pink Cadillac, the delicious treat known as cotton candy is traditionally pink, and come September 21, 2010, you can show that you're a real gamer with a pink PlayStation DualShock 3 wireless controller.
The rumored controller is all but confirmed thanks to a pre-order page on Gamestop's website. And in case you're wondering who would want such a thing, Gamestop says "the stylish Candy Pink Dual Shock 3 wireless controller is perfect for female gamers and households with kids." Or as a complimentary accessory to go with your "Real Men Wear Pink" T-shirt.
The Candy Pink controller costs $55, the same as every other official PS3-manufactured controller runs, including blue, black, white, silver, and red.
In a blog post on Thursday, Capcom announced that Dead Rising 2: Case Zero has claimed the crown as the fastest selling Xbox Live Arcade game of all time.
"Capcom is happy to announce that its recently released downloadable title, Dead Rising 2: Case Zero, has broken all records on Xbox Live with the best week one unit sales in the history of all content distributed through Xbox Live Arcade," Capcom said.
Capcom stopped short of disclosing hard numbers for its Dead Rising prequel, but unless someone's abacus is busted, it would have to be at least 200,000 copies, which is how many Epic Games' Shadow Complex sold in its first week when it broke the one-week sales record for a single player game.
Sony has been teasing PlayStation 3 console owners that a firmware update slated for September would inject support for Blu-ray movies in 3D, but now it appears users will have a wait just a little longer. Citing un-named sources, Fudzilla says Sony has decided to push the update back a month.
There's no word on why the update is being pushed back until October, only that it is. When it does come, however, it will open the door to a variety of 3D rendering-related content, including 3D YouTube videos and PlayTV broadcasts. It's expected that the 3D upgrade will also support the add-on HDTV/DVR device Sony offers for the PS3.
Craig Smallwood, a 51-year-old man from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, will have his day in court. U.S. District Judge Alan Kay made sure of it when he dismissed half of Smallwood's eight charges against NCSoft related to alleged videogame addiction, leaving four charges still to be resolved.
According to Hawaii's Star Advisor rag, Smallwood claims he has a tough time bathing and even waking up in the morning because of "phenomena of psychological dependence and addiction" to the game "Lineage II." Smallwood further alleges that the game caused "extreme and serious emotional distress and depression."
None of us here have a degree in medicine, but it seems like Smallwood could have avoided these claimed ailments by spending a little less time plugged into Lineage II's network. Naturally, the plaintiff disagrees.
"NCSoft is a discretionary and discriminatory in its applications of the rules," Smallwood said in his original October complaint. "Often they will allow certain players to break rules ... while they enforce these rules on others."
The Judge threw out claims of misrepresentation/deceit, unfair and deceptive trade practices, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and punitive damages. The charges that remain include defamation, negligence, gross negligence, and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
It's entirely up to you whether or not take advantage of Gran Turismo 5's hard drive installation for the PlayStation 3 when it ships in November. The upshot to doing so is that the game supposedly runs much faster, but at the cost of 10GB of potentially precious hard drive space.
In a question and answer session via his Twitter feed, Gran Turismo head Kazunori Yamauchi revealed that the game will only require 256MB of space to get up and running, but for those who want a "smooth play experience," it's going to cost 10GB of space.
How much smoother GT5 will run with a full install remains to be seen, but it's something to consider if you own an older generation PS3 with a measly 20GB hard drive attached.
Electronics chain Best Buy has been experimenting with the used game business by offering customers store credit for trading in their pre-owned titles, a service which just recently was expanded to include 600 stores across the nation.
"The expansion of our trade-in program reaffirms our commitment to consistently pursue new ways to bring a better gaming experience to consumers," said Chris Homeister, GM of the home entertainment group at Best Buy. "Fall marks the launch of several highly-anticipated gaming titles and new technology, and we're thrilled to provide gamers with innovative ways to connect with the games they love."
By October, Best Buy will have rolled the service out to the rest of its 1,089 stores, and while there haven't been any specifics yet, the company is also reportedly going to start selling used games at its stores soon.