News Around the Watercooler
March 8, 2009
News Around the Watercooler, keeping you informed about all things gaming.
The Economic Crisis has dealt all lines of the economy a serious blow, including the Royal Air Force who has recently approved a money-saving plan to replace many of their combat pilots with none other than young gamers. Yes that’s right a £4million training package has been ditched to put armed aircraft in the hands of pilots with as little as 30 hours of basic flight training.
Granted they’ll only be flying unmanned reconaissance drones, but they still pack a big punch with laser-guided bombs, air-to-ground missiles and, soon, air-to-air missiles as well.
Studies have apparently shown the best drone crews are often young video gamers rather than experienced pilots.
Gaming comes to Late Night as Jimmy Fallon last week spoke on how he will be approaching gaming differently to other shows.
“We’re going to treat a videogame premiere as if it was a movie premiere,” Fallon promised. “My generation grew up with the computer. We grew up with the Internet. We live in a videogame type world — videogames are second nature to us. Games make more money, as an industry, than the film industry.”
Jimmy Fallon replaced Conan O’Brien on the American-based late-night talk show on March 2nd.
Xbox Evolved has suggested for people to stay away from Xbox 360′s. In an article released on Thursday by Site Director John Olin, he stated his discontent from the Microsoft hardware.
“…having less than satisfying experiences with Microsoft’s hardware [why would we] act like nothing is happening. There are a few problems with Microsoft’s hardware and new ones popping up to this day. Why would you want to spend $300+ on a console only for it to break on you in a year or less in this economy?”, Olin said in his article, “We love the games on Xbox 360 and we would love to encourage everyone that doesn’t own an Xbox 360 to buy one, but right now it is incredibly difficult to make that suggestion. Hopefully Microsoft will nail all of these issues down and we will be changing our tune later this year.”
Video game industry watchdog VGChartz has released a list detailing that the most wanted game of this month is on the Wii. MadWorld by developers Platinum Games, topped the charts after Killzone 2 was released on Friday of last month.
Infinity Ward has quelled the validity of a list released by a supposed tester of their upcoming title, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. It was claimed a play tester for the new COD game released a list on all the details of the game. Infinity Ward programmer Rayme Vinson was quick to jump on the claims, passionately expressing how the list was fake and how most of the information came from Infinity’s previous title Call of Duty 4. Vinson’s response was also reiterated by the studio’s community manager, Robert Bowling.
“I preferred when rumors were ground breaking, like when we were making that Sci-Fi Stealth Assassin game in space.” Bowling said.
The Beatles: Rock Band will be released world wide on September 9th (09/09/09), as has been announced by MTV, Harmonix and Apple Corps. on Thursday. Fans will be able to “experience The Beatles extraordinary catalog of music through gameplay”, according to the release. Including guitar, bass, mic and drums capabilities the game will also have a limited number of new hardware modeled after the actual instruments used by the iconic artists. The game will be sold as standalone software and hardware as well as a limited edition bundle. It will also be compatible with existing Rock Band instrument controllers. Exclusive content will also be made available if the game is pre-ordered.
It seems you can buy anything from vending machines nowadays, and now you can rent video games in a similar process. Online game rental leader GameFly has released their first G-Box, a new style video game rental kiosk that’ll stock all the latest games for Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360. The first has been installed at Textas Tech University and students can rent a new release from as little as $2.49 a day.
Being released this week are the following:
- Cabela’s Dangerous Adventures (Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii)
- Nppl Championship Paintball 2009 (PS3, PS2)
- Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box (PC)
- Grey’s Anatomy (PC, Wii, DS)
- Mysims Party (Wii, DS)
- Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360, PS3)
- Sonic and the Black Knight (Wii)
- Tenchu 4: Shadow Assassins (Wii)
- Tom Clancy’s H.a.w.x. (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
- Trivial Pursuit (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC, PS2)