Here's another collection of stories that yours truly couldn't find time to post about.
Games – Upcoming
- Here's a great Battlefied 3 gameplay trailer.
- There was another Star Wars: The Old Republic trailer released at San Diego Comic Con that gives a very quick insight into the eight classes. Beta-test weekends are due to take place in September for those who pre-order. If you want to dive into absurdity, Origin opened up pre-orders for pre-orders for SW:TOR .
- Todd McFarlane estimates Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning will drop in February 2012 .
- Here's a comparison of Halo: Anniversary Edition with the original Halo.
- A Penguin trailer has been released for Batman: Arkham City. And here's one for Gotham City Imposters, the multiplayer shooter set in the Batman universe.
- THQ claims they are going to be employing Penthouse models to do Quality Control for Saints Row: The Third.
- An animated short called Assassin's Creed: Embers will accompany the release of the upcoming Assassin's Creed: Revelations.
- Destructoid has an interview with Mass Effect 3 's executive producer Casey Hudson.
Games – Current
- The indie developer Robert Boyd released his games on XBLA and Steam, and the games sold more in a week on Steam than in 18 months on XBLA.
- RIFT has instituted a referral system enabling players to refer friends and those friends can get the game client free.
Games – Industry
- Gaming was blamed for the activities of the Norway massacre. A clinical psychologist says blaming murders on video games is racist , as when school shootings happen in inner-city schools, no one wrings their hands and asks "Why"
- XBoxLive Arcade title prices are rising .
- Giant Bomb gives a wrap-up of the Mega Man cancellation fiasco.
- Bethesda says multiplayer for the sake of multiplayer is a waste of time.
- Guitar Hero is back from the dead as Activision has announced plans to use new studios to reinvent the franchise .
- Trion Worlds GM Scott Hartsman talked about how gold selling and credit card fraud go hand in hand .
- A crappy British tabloid blames the XBOX for someone's death .
- The Entertainment Software Association is seeking $1.1M in legal fees for challenging the California videogame law.
- Epic Games says they've been neglecting the Unreal series because they've been focusing on Gears of War. Speaking of Gears Epic is promising a casual mode for players who are new to the series. Meanwhile Epic says they lost money on Bulletstorm .
- An online tracking service KISSmetrics, cannot be opted out of by standard browser privacy settings. Meanwhile another service has been stealing web-browsers' histories.
- AT&T has announced wireless data throttling to take effect October 1. Another bad news item for T-Mobile users.
- RIM is laying off 2000 people – 1500 of whom were hired in the past six months .
- Android is picking up steam in the tablet market .
- Ars Technica went hands on with Spotify. It's estimated that Spotify is due to have 70,000 paid subscribers in the U.S. However, The Harvard Business Review says Spotify users may see a Netflix-type price increase in the future, for same reason Netflix had to raise their rates. Netflix says it hates to make its customers upset, but regardless most will stay with the service.
- Not surprisingly Facebook is the most hated social media company .
- The patent troll Lodsys has set its sights on EA and Rovio (makers of Angry Birds).
- The US avoided mass blackouts during the recent heat wave through smart-grid management .
- CNET has a video tour of a fake Apple store in China. China has already closed two of the stores in the face of international attention. The Wall Street Journal was able to get an interview with one of the clerks at the stores.
- A UK copyright group wants search engines to flag search results that may link to "infringement" sites. As well they have teamed with PayPal to financially starve alleged infringers . On this side of the pond, US lobbyists are equating content piracy sites with sites that sell illegal counterfeit drugs .
- Fox is delaying when it puts its shows online , which will probably only lead to further piracy