Weekly Gaming News for the Week of 5-18

jmaltz@pnosker.com May 25, 2010 0

Welcome to this week’s video game news round up.  A lot happened over the past week in gaming, and in case you missed any of it we’re here to catch you up on everything that you need to know.  This week’s roundup includes major announcements, crazy clothing, and sales records for the year among other things, so lets get to it.

 

 


Last week we told you about the release of Red Dead Redemption, reporting that the game had received favorable reviews and looked poised to be one of the early blockbusters of the year.  Well, apparently, the sales numbers are in and the hype and positive reviews is translating to incredible sales figures.  The game, which shipped last week has already become one of the highest sellers of the year on Amazon.  In fact, the buzz surrounding the game was so great that just based on pre-orders alone the game was able to claim its spot among some of the top sellers this year.  This news of healthy sales is especially good following an anemic April which saw game sales fall 26% year over year.

In other blockbuster news this week, rumor has it that J Allard, the man who was responsible for overseeing the design of the Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox Live, among other things, has left Microsoft.  The report from ZDnet  states that according to a previously reliable source, Allard is on sabbatical and won’t be returning soon.  The report states that apparently Allard became upset after the Courier tablet which he had recently championed was canned. Moreover, the Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft will be undertaking a serious shake up of their entertainment division before E3.  We’ll keep you posted as to what the results of these events is.

In the category of huge game reveals, the first details on Killzone 3 emerged this week.  Killzone 3 “picks up where its predecessor left off and it’s a much
grander experience in terms of scale and ambition. There will be more
variety, more enemy types, massive environments and a broader vision of
the planet Helghan and its many terrains. The presentation closed with a
beautifully violent video montage of the Brutal Melee attacks, which
are the new close range attacks.”(Source: Playstation Blog).  Along with this, a couple of screens of the game have been released, each of which showcases an impressive graphical suite.  No word on a release date yet though, but we’ll keep you updated as new details emerge.

In good news for fans of video games everywhere, an attempted ban of violent video games has been stopped by the people of Germany.   The government had been attempting a full ban on the production and development of violent video games for a while.  However, a petition signed by 73,000 German citizens was able to change the mind of the government, and the plan to ban graphic games is now off the table.  Instead, the creator of the petition lobbied for greater education of the public at large about video games.

Mass Effect, Bioware’s latest series for the Xbox 360 will hopefully be making the transition to the big screen sometime in the future.  Legendary Pictures, the same company that produced The Dark Knight has acquired the movie rights to the franchise.  What’s more, Mark Protosevich, the writer of I Am Legend  is reportedly in talks to write the script for the movie.  This deal is the culmination of “tremendous interest” which had been reported by Bioware as early as this January.  Although there are no further details, BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg
Zeschuk along with Mass Effect executive producer Casey Hudson will reportedly serve as Executive Producers of the Film.

Finally, under the heading of “well that’s a surprising pairing” the Wii title No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle has spawned a line of lingerie.  The news, published in the UK magazine Daily Sport quoted Rising Stars'(The UK publisher of NMH2) Martin Defries, who explains “No More Heroes 2 is all about style. We wanted to offer fans of the game
the opportunity to replicate that cool in real life.”  If you’re interested, you can check out the pictures over at Kotaku (Warning: slightly nsfw).  The game, which released in North America in January has received rather favorable reviews, averaging an 84% on Gamerankings, is releasing in Europe on May 28, 2010.

 Well that’s all for all the news that you may have missed this past week, stay tuned for more news and reviews of technology and video games here on pnosker.com

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