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The eight most talked about stories of the week (18-22 Jan 2010)


MGS: Peace Walker's weapons get musical



Above: Get ready for Snake's weapons to serenade you

Poor Hideo Kojima. With the news that MGS: Peace Walker is set to include singing weapons, it seems the Metal Gear mastermind has finally gone of his rocker.

Publisher Konami announced that the game’s weapons can also speak to each other using something called VOCALOID technology. Supposedly, this will make them über smart. Forget bringing international terrorists to justice with Solid Snake, as long as his armory can hum us a few bars of Jay Z’s Empire State of Mind, we’ll be set.


BBC wants its TV shows turned into games



Above: Coming to a console near you soon

The good old Beeb is keen to have some of its most popular programmes turned into (hopefully not shit) video games. Apparently the broadcaster is making googly eyes at a number of potential developers in the hopes of getting Dr. Who and Top Gear titles churned out.

We don’t know about the time-travelling doc with the questionable medical credentials, but caning a virtual Top Gear test track with the Stig would be all kinds of win.


Tony Hawk boards the hype train for new game


Everyone’s favourite middle-aged totally extreme Activision spokesmen – eh, we mean skateboarding legend – has ollied back onto twitter to announce his next project is in development and admitted “…it’s much better than I expected.”

The as yet unnamed title is being made by Robomodo – the same guys and gals who made Tony Hawk: Ride (yay?). Short of this new game popping out of our disc-drives, sexually harassing our significant others and then stealing the contents of our wallets, there’s no way it can be worse than Ride, right?


Crysis 2 headed for the Big Apple


A few days ago the US Official PlayStation Magazine excitedly tweeted that the sequel to Crytek’s super solider-sponsored shooter would be set in New York.

Hang on, wasn’t the original the FPS that ran on the CryENGINE? You know, that super new fangled bit of ninja programming that could never EVER run on scummy consoles. Anyhoo, expect this to look real purdy and allow you to twat annoying commuters in the face with massive sci-fi guns.


Girl wins award for Pokémon obsession


Do you like Pokémon? If so, probably not as much as Lisa Courtney. She's just entered the Guinness World Records 2010: Gamer's Edition for having amassed 12,113 different items of Pokémon tat. She appears a well-balanced individual – that big Pikachu easily counterbalances her certificate in that heavy frame.

When quizzed about which one was her favourite, she said it was a doll of the Pokémon Absol which she bought off eBay. She probably doesn’t realise it’s short for ‘absol… ute waste of money’.


Rockstar's LA Noire to be revealed next month


It's been almost four years already since we first heard about LA Noire. 'A new Rockstar game?' we thought. 'Count us in.' And then count us more and more frustrated and disillusioned after months of no-shows and a worrying 'delay' which usually means 'canned-but-we-don't-want-you-to-know-that-for-ages-yet'.

But it hasn't been canned, it IS on its way and we should be hearing all about it very soon. And with the promise of 'amazing new technology' and 'ground-breaking gameplay', we're excited all over again. No, we never learn.


Xbox Live more mouthy than PSN

It comes as no surprise to us that a man making a Sony multiplayer game would claim that a competitor's online game service is in some way inferior to the PlayStation Network.

Ben Jones, a developer working on MAG, or Multiplayer Action Game, or the game with the most unimaginative name in the history of the known universe, reckons that in his experience gamers on Xbox Live are more foul-mouthed and 'juvenile' than those on the PSN.

We tend to agree. Just recently we had to quit out of a Modern Warfare 2 game because a child of about 12-years-old spent the whole time singing in a nasal voice. It was so loud that he can only have had the microphone inside his stupid juvenile fat mouth. Then there was the 'older' sounding man who just stood in the same spot all game, asking people how old they were. But that's a story for another time.


Apple's new Tablet will get involved with games


This is conjecture on numerous websites’ part, but we've managed to get ourselves sucked into it - the word on the street is that Apple's new Tablet will have some life-changing game ability that could well give Sony and Microsoft something to worry about.

What is it? We don't know yet, but a bunch of privileged game journos have been invited to the official unveiling of the device on 27 January. So we'll find out from them.

Jan 22, 2010


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  • rxb - January 25, 2010 1:42 p.m.

    I dont see how a Top Gear driving game could be any good. We all know you need at least 6 years to make a decent driving game.
  • beardo180 - January 25, 2010 9:32 a.m.

    I've been wanting a doctor who game for years,I hope they make it and make it good
  • CH3BURASHKA - January 25, 2010 2:25 a.m.

    That's not a girl.
  • Spybreak8 - January 25, 2010 2:11 a.m.

    Adding to the iTablet or whatever they plan to call it, the Kindle is partnering with EA to bring games to that as well. You know how many e-readers are going to come out this year, and hopefully all of them has a game app store haha.
  • Moschetto - January 24, 2010 11:35 a.m.

    "Hang on, wasn’t the original the FPS that ran on the CryENGINE? You know, that super new fangled bit of ninja programming that could never EVER run on scummy consoles." This shit again? What does this even have to do with the story? At this point I'm guessing that the crux of your Crysis 2 coverage will be "LOLZ consoles can totally run Crysis!11"
  • FistfulofPelican - January 24, 2010 9:01 a.m.

    I'd mock that Pokemon girl, but the sad truth is that I really want that Golbat hat.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - January 24, 2010 1:11 a.m.

    @ justthebobreaker dont forget agent maybe out this year
  • GameManiac - January 23, 2010 5:01 p.m.

    LOL to bmrskate for that Stig comment. A Top Gear game may actually work, maybe. I already like the show though. Good thing it was mentioned in this article!
  • bmrskate - January 23, 2010 8:23 a.m.

    Hell yes for the Top Gear in there! I'm not quite sure about a Top Gear game, but I think it would be twice as awesome if Jeremy, Hammond, Captain Slow, and the Stig made a Gran Turismo cameo! Some say....he regularly guzzles high octane petrol and eats the worn tires he has recently melted in order to feed his unbridled talent....all we know is he's called the Stig!
  • NanoElite666 - January 23, 2010 3:58 a.m.

    So GR, did you actually read the article about singing weapons in Peace Walker? Turns out it's not about Snakes guns that can sing, but large armored war machines controlled by AI.
  • JohnnyMaverik - January 23, 2010 12:55 a.m.

    A doctor who game O.o Oh god... if they screw that up I will go homacidal >.< If they don't I will cry tears of pure joy.
  • quicksilver_502 - January 22, 2010 9:45 p.m.

    yay! they're finally gonna talk about LA noire. its peaked my ninterest for years.
  • RedOutlive10 - January 22, 2010 9:35 p.m.

    Great idea from Crytek to move out of the jungle, it's been like that for so many games by now it's boring to look at falling trees again. Now they have to greatly improve the AI because the Crysis one was just terrible. Oh yeah and make it more open than the previous Crysis, thank you.
  • JustTheBoBreaker - January 22, 2010 8:57 p.m.

    Red Dead Redemption and possibly LA Noir? Rockstar's gotta a big year coming up.
  • IGiveUFunkButt - January 22, 2010 8:42 p.m.

    Can't wait for the first "Smashing Apple's Tablet" YouTube video!!!
  • Yeager1122 - January 22, 2010 8:06 p.m.

    Xbox live=Homophobic 12 year olds and yes i have a 360 and love it but sometimes hate the live community.
  • Turboash - January 22, 2010 7:38 p.m.

    "the game with the most unimaginative name in the history of the known universe" = comedy!
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