The Week In Review

Welcome one and welcome all to the recap to cap off your week with. If it happened during the week you’ll no doubt re-hear about it here, with a bit of a sarcastic and witty twist of course. They say hindsight is 20/20 so lets look back at the stories that broke this week that made us laugh, cry, gasp and say WHY GAWD, WHY?!?!?

Rundown of the Week:

  • Halo had a very busy week: First came news of Halo Legends, an anime style series of seven short films. Then came word that Bungie was leaving the future of everything Halo in the hands of, newly formed, 343 Industries after they wrapped up work on Halo: Reach, due out late 2010. Lastly the on againoff again Halo Chronicles, an episodic game by Peter Jackson, was still apparently being discussed only to be officially killed, just hours later, by Jackson himself telling Joystiq “The Halo project is no longer happening, it sort of collapsed when the movie didn’t end up happening.”
  • Resident Evil also stirred up some news as Producer Jun Takeuchi said during a panel at the San Diego Comic-Con that he would like to see the Resident Evil series be rebooted after Dark Chronicles comes out for the Wii. Also at a Comic-Con panel Producer Masachika Kawata confirmed that longtime RE villain Albert Wesker was dead and gone and that there was no way he was “coming back from that”. RIP Albert we hated you so, and “that” was awesome btw.
  • Possibly the Tweet of the Week: “In a design meeting for a #MW2 controller. Need your advice – Concave or Convex grips for the Analog sticks? Whats your preference and why?” – Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling. A Modern Warfare 2 controller you say… nice.
  • Word is the games shown at E3 to showcase Project Natal ran on the Unreal Engine 3.  With this news the possibilities now seem endless as to what may now be able to include Natal’s motion sensing capabilities
  • Avatar: The Game, based on the James Cameron’s movie, will feature voice acting by Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi and Stephen Lang. All will lend their voices to bring to life their characters from the movie due out late 2009, this is truly a step forward for the industry
  • Seems Google’s doodles have been featuring more than a twist on the world famous logo as many have now been discovered to have included the Triforce from The Legend of Zelda – unfortunately most have now been removed

  • The Japanese seem to get all the cool stuff as SquareEnix announced a special edition SaGa 2 DSi system to be released in Japan only. The limited edition console bundle is in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the SaGa series, formerly known as Final Fantasy Legend
  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game has already sold over 1 million copies since its release.  A good thing too because word out this week is that the game cost around 15 million to make, no word on how much of that budget was spent on making real proton packs for the staff
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is set to steal our attention, and plenty of our productive hours, on October 13th, and I for one can’t wait
  • The LittleBigPlanet community has now surpassed 1 million published levels on the PlayStation Network.  Great job everyone!
  • Apparently we wouldn’t have wanted Wii Motion Plus at the Wii’s launch
  • Microsoft’s Corporate VP Shane Kim revealed that Microsoft’s intentions to enter the handheld market are not a matter of if but of when.  He also adds that the future many not be a full blown hardware addition, but instead more in the vein of a software component ala Windows Mobile.
  • Xbox Live will get an update on August 11th.  Unfortunately it isn’t the one we’re all expecting with Facebook and Twitter which will be released in the Fall
  • Its official Sam Raimi will direct the World of Warcraft movie.  I wonder if Bruce Campbell will be Horde or Alliance
  • Stan Lee will make an appearance in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2… is there nothing he won’t cameo in at this point?
  • What’s in a name? Apparently a lot as Infinity Ward found out after reapplying the Call of Duty name back onto Modern Warfare 2 after months of it being MIA

Say What??? of the Week

Gabe Newell wants us to fund his next game…

Valve Co-Founder Gabe Newell revealed in an interview with Good Game this week that he’d love to see the gaming community “chip in some money to finance projects.”  While at first glance this may sound like an alright idea, in practice this is probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.  Our “investment,” as gamers, is the 60ish dollars we plunk down to buy our game. Yeah sure we can continue looking for new financing to get out new and creative ideas, but with all the homebrewers and the tools publishers and developers are making available to the public why should we pay them to do something we could do ourselves.

Invasion of the Week

Comics Invade the News…

The comic book industry is looking to turn its fortunes around, and it’s trying to do so by piggybacking off of the success of video games. This week at Comic-Con, comics were announced for Dante’s Inferno, Dead Space Extraction, and God of War (which also will team up with United Cutlery to bring us Kratos’ Blades of Chaos ).

Music Update of the Week

GH5, Karaoke Revelotion and Rockband, can there only be one?….

Guitar Hero 5 will include Carlos Santana’s “No One to Depend On” and will also have the legend himself rocking it on stage as a playable character. The only thing that could make it better would be jamming with some DVX.  Oh yeah.

Karaoke Revolution is bringing in The Jackson 5 and will feature the songs “I’ll be There” and “ABC.”  Can you feel it?

The Rockband Network, to open for beta in August, is said to be set to “open the floodgates” as both labels and artists are looking forward to putting up their catalogs for fans to download. The possibilities are truly endless, and while I’m not big on the rhythm games this is something that’s gotten me excited.

Betrayal of the Week

Schofield and Condrey defect Visceral Games and Join Activision

General Manager Glen Schofield and COO Michael Condrey have left Visceral Game, formerly known as EA Redwood Shores. The studio has risen to prominence, as of late, with their work on Dead Space and are currently working on Dead Space Extraction and Dante’s Inferno. EA is taking the high road on this one claiming to be giving other talented individuals to step up, but we all now being ditched for your biggest rival never feels good.

(via Edge)

News of the Weak

Activision can be so Brutal

Double Fine filed a countersuit against Activision to stop the mega publisher from stopping the release of Brutal Legend. Activision was originally set to publish the title, which stars Jack Black, but walked away from the project about a year ago. Now they’re back with a vengeance and trying to stick it to the little guy. I’m pulling for Double Fine and Brutal Legend in this one, as the game looks pretty ill.

(via Edge)

Best of the Wiik, PS3 and 360

NPD’s Top 5 Next Gen Game of 2009 (so far)

NPD released data to Gamasutra they compiled on the best selling games for each of the next generation systems thus far. The Wii’s top five are:

The Wii’s Top Five
  1. Wii Fit
  2. Wii Play
  3. Mario Kart
  4. EA Sports Active
  5. Star Wars: The Complete Saga
The PS3′s Top Five
  1. Killzone 2
  2. Resident Evil 5
  3. Street Fighter IV
  4. UFC: Undisputed
  5. MLB 09: The Show
The Xbox 360′s Top Five
  1. Resident Evil 5
  2. UFC: Undisputed
  3. Call of Duty: World at War
  4. Halo Wars
  5. Street Fighter IV

Amazingly the top 3 games for the Wii were released over a year ago.  The PS3 lineup has the dubious distinction of having none of those titles sell over the million mark while the 360 RE5 and UFC have already sold over a million copies.

That’s all for this week friends, but check back every Saturday from here on out to catch up on any news you might have missed or to just hear me talk out of my ass while I tell you what I thought about the headlines. Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your weekend, but remember it’s not news worthy if no one cares, so feel free to let us know what you think.

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