This week started slowly in terms of video game news but quickly escalated. Whilst not the most exciting gaming week it is still January and a particularly slow month for gaming.
Obama Researching Video Game Violence:
More specifically President Barack Obama has signed several decrees and one of them involves research into video game violence/gun violence in relation to children playing video games.
Now I have said time and time again that these games like Call of Duty and Gears of War are rated 18, the fact of the matter is children should not be playing these games period. I’m sure the research will come back telling us what we all know, video games, TV, movies and music do not make us killers. It just so happens killers use these mediums which I believe puts the fear in the ‘regular’ people that these killers might just be like me and you after all.
Disney Infinity set to make a lot of money:
Disney Infinity is a mix of toys and gaming, it is like Skylanders but with Disney characters. You will have some way of connecting the toys to the game and they will appear in game. It’s a cool concept that Activision has been running with since 2011 and I’m surprised the power house that is Disney hadn’t capitalised on this money pot any sooner.
With a cornucopia of characters, rich environment and such a large presence in the mind of our children there is no way Disney Infinity will fail.
Parents all over the world’s wallets just got a little lighter because it is confirmed the starter pack will be £60 and feature 3 characters the game and the connection device, whereas each other character that you want to buy will cost another £13-15.
This means lots of money for Disney and a lot less for you unless of course you can hide the upcoming trailers and the game section of the supermarket from the kids.
Splinter Cell Blacklist put back until August 20th
The follow up to the awesome Splinter Cell: Conviction has been held back from its original date of spring 2013. There has been no real reason given but we can assume that it was for extra polish which isn’t a bad thing. Maybe they are working more on the new co-op missions or the multiplayer levels, whatever the reason I hope it’s a great game when it finally releases.
World Series of Poker: Full House Pro on XBLA:
The free to play game will appear on Xbox Live in the upcoming month. It will be free to play in the sense that you get a small stack of chips per day and once those are exhausted then you will have to wait until the next day or pay a small fee for more. It gives people a good chance to get off the killing couch and on to a little chill out time with friends.
Poker is already a popular online game and I can see this being a hit with all those avatars sitting around a poker table, especially mine who is dressed as Han Solo.
Dead Island: Riptide zombie bait edition will come with buxom zombie torso statue:
That means it has just jumped up to my number one pre-order to get this little beauty. If you played the first game you know it’s nothing special, yeah you get to kill zombies but it gets way too hard at times and very repetitive.
The second game looks to be more of the same but adding in some flooding and swimming zombies.
This statue though has a somewhat endearing quality to it and I dare say that zombie fans around the world might just have to have this.
Considering the amount of bad press this release has gotten the edition might be pulled before we even get it in our hands but I hope Deep Silver have the bravery to release it like it is.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance demo due out January 22nd:
Hack and slash your way through a short demo of the upcoming game from the Metal Gear Solid franchise. You are Raiden the cyborg ninja and who knows what the story is but let’s face it the story will be mental just like all the other Metal Gears.
Warner Bros purchase several different Arkham Batman domains:
Arkham Universe, Arkham Arises and Arkham Legends as well as other domains have been purchased by Warner Bros. You can speculate about what this means but chances are it is probably just Warner Bros protecting their property. There have been talks the next game in the Batman Arkham series will take place before Arkham Asylum, there will be more of a 70’s comic feel to it with the first meeting of Superman plus Batman and Jokers first meeting.
They could essentially use any Arkham title but I really like Arkham Legends.
What did you think about those little beauties?
The most obnoxious hero is coming to consoles this year and I can say without a doubt I am looking forward to it. The screens look brilliant and I can’t wait until we can see a demo or gameplay trailer.
Fallout TV series:
Yeah it is a bit strange but Fallout publisher Bethesda Softworks has registered a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for “an on-going television program set in a post-nuclear apocalyptic world.”
In a day and age where amazing TV shows get cancelled and terrible ones go on I can’t help but think this won’t last long unless it has all the right elements.
The Fallout universe is such an amazing pick and mix of moments and places that it would make a great show but it remains to be seen.
Army of Two: The Devils Cartel Trailer:
I had such a fun time playing the other two games co-op that I really hope this one is more of the same. If anything it looks fun.
Check out the trailer here.