[Hello and welcome to The Week in News, your premier news roundup delivered to you by Gamer Limit every Sunday.]
Once again, The Week in News is here to provide a service of paramount importance – to keep you, our loyal readers, up to date with the juiciest news that have been bombarding the interweb over the past week.
So what are you waiting for? Hit the jump for a definitive overview of this week’s biggest failures.
This week was the source of many unfortunate failures, starting with our Australian friends who were left seething after Left 4 Dead 2 felt the full force of what has to be the most stringent and out of touch classification board in the world. Seriously, do they not know the meaning of “fun” and “entertainment?” Even the developers shared their disapproval of the pedantic system.
Sony’s PSP Go is proving to be one of the most dreaded console launches in recent history. Nedgame, one of the Netherland’s biggest game retailers, refused to even show its ugly face to the public on launch, which is hardly surprising given that it won’t make them any money as I previously forecasted. And whilst we are on the subject of failed launches, good luck with starting up your preordered copy of Aion.
In other news, Anne Robinson’s ghastly face was the symbol of delicious controversy this week, after the BBC’s conspiracy programme Watchdog became overly keen to highlight the fact that manufactured appliances do break down every once in a while. What they did was take the recurring issue of the PS3’s yellow light of death and do what the media does best – blow it out of all conceivable proportions.
Yes, the PS3’s hardware failures are indeed a problem (I have even been a victim of it myself on my birthday of all days) but it has been said that the failure rate only amounts to 0.5%, which is insignificant compared to the Xbox 360’s infamous red rings of death that supposedly struck a quarter of all consoles. The report was at least partially enlightening, as apparently the solution to fixing a PS3 was very simple – all you have to do is stick it in an oversized oven.
The PS3’s ongoing battle with bulimia seems to be improving, as Sony has decided to give it some much needed bulk with a new 250GB hard drive in a newly rumoured Uncharted 2 bundle. Who could resist such a tasty offer?
Elsewhere, Activision have retained their weekly fixture in this feature thanks to a certain Jon Bon Jovi, who entered the feud that erupted from Kurt Cobain being resurrected, and it was also revealed that he would never demoralise his name by appearing in a Guitar Hero game, no matter how much money Activision threw at him. Also, those who devalued Guitar Hero as a series that rotted the brains of gamers who believed they had become fully fledged musicians will dearly love the fact that real sheet music has been produced for the game series. Wait, instruments outside of Guitar Hero actually exist?
Now for the lazy section where I simply list a sample of game announcements and video trailers that cropped up over the past week. Extreme sports lunatics will no doubt rejoice over the announcement of Skate 3, but fans of the RPG Valkyria Chronicles were probably not so happy about the developer’s questionable choice to develop the sequel exclusively for the PSP. Still, if you own a PSP and still play it after all these years there is still the new Loco RoRoco to look forward, although I for one will not be playing it. It’s just too Japanese for my liking. The rather intriguing 3D Dot Heroes was also branded with a new trailer and Brutal Legend is set to be one of the downright coolest games of the year.
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