Friday, February 11, 2011

Megabits of news: weekly roundup

Megabits of Gaming trawls the web for the tastiest morsels of news, so you don't have to...

Bulletstorm takes a bashing
Talk about sensationalism… Fox News has leapt on the game-bashing bandwagon and questioned whether upcoming EA shooter Bulletstorm is the “Worst Video Game in the World”. According to psychologist Carol Lieberman, games are bad news: “The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of [sexual] scenes in video games,” she said. Adding to her comments, another source said that Bulletstorm’s explicit language and violence could cause significant damage if younger kids were to experience it! It’s since emerged that the journalists chose not to make the argument as balanced as they might.

Back to the wastelands of Pandora
According to VG247, Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford has confirmed Borderlands 2 - the sequel to the vastly underrated 2009 RPG shooter - is in development. Great news for us fans of scavenging!

3DS launch games announced
Nintendo’s much anticipated 3D version of its handheld console is out next month but the gaming giant has revealed the 13 titles available at launch. There’s something for everyone’s tastes – in all their 3D glory: Pilotwings Resort, Nintendogs, The Sims 3, Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, PES 2011, Super Street Fighter IV, Ridge Racer, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, Super Monkey Ball, Samurai Warriors: Chronicles, Asphalt, and Rayman.

Out with the old in with the new
Turns out die hard retro gamers are pretty keen to get hold of the latest consoles too. According to a survey by Retro Gamer magazine, some 85% of its readers own current gen machines. “All three current gen systems allow gamers to play classic games from yesteryear,” said Retro Gamer editor Darran Jones.

RIP DJ Hero, Guitar Hero and True Crime
C&VG reports that Activision said this week that it has decided to cancel this year’s update of DJ Hero, along with best-selling series Guitar Hero and True Crime: Hong Kong. A decline in music game sales was blamed on the Hero games being canned.