The eight most talked about stories of the week (25-29 January 2010)

A lot of stuff happens in the world of games every week - some of which you might have missed. Here's a quick round-up of what we considered to be the most talked about news stories of the past five days....

Apple announces iPad; you need a bigger pocket

How to sum up the week of the iPad? What about a load of links?

The Onion's take on the iPad (The Onion)
Eight reasons why the iPad sucks (Gizmodo)
The iPad compared to a load of other handheld devices (Us)
Techno-gent Stephen Fry gives his thoughts (
Funny Or Die take the piss (

The most unoriginal iPad statement of the week (CVG)
A comparison with a 'stone' tablet (via Buzzfeed)

Xbox 360 exclusivity period for GTA IV DLC expires

Less than a week ago Rockstar promised that it would be good to the PS3 this year. In a Q and A on their website the publisher recognised the "frustration" felt by PS3 owners that they hadn't been able to play any of the GTA IV DLC yet.

It was a timely statement because just a few days later PS3 owners were presumably overjoyed to hear that Episodes from Liberty City is now coming to their console on March 10 2010.

Can't say we were that surprised.

Alan Wake - a bit like a TV show

In a short interview with CVG, a Microsoft representative has seen fit to heap praise on the game she is responsible for promoting. As you would.

Alan Wake, apparently, will "blur the lines between games and TV, and play on the strengths of both to create something truly compelling," Laura Disney, product marketing manager for the game told our sister news site.

We think she's alluding to the episodic nature of the game, which will play out like a multi-part TV show. Although in fairness, her quote probably makes a better soundbite.

3D sports games - new gimmick for EA Sports to trademark

In another interview with CVG, Peter Moore, head of EA Sports said he was excited about the potential offered by 3D gaming and sees sports being its primary driver.

This makes 2011's EA Sports catalogue easy to predict - just stick the words 3D after all their franchises: FIFA 2012 3D, Madden NFL 2012 3D etc.

One thing to file away in the 'statement that someone said that may come back to haunt them' folder is Moore's belief that the best 3D games will be designed from the ground up to support a 3D platform, rather than just 3Difying existing titles. Let's see if stays true to his word.

Resident Evil creator must like Halo

The last of four Sega exclusive games from supercool developer Platinum Games (Bayonetta, Mad World) is called Vanquish and is being presided over by Shinji Mikami creator of the Resident Evil games. The only information available on the game is contained within the below video, which doesn't even mention what consoles it will be released for. All we can think of is Halo and P.N.03.

Nintendo said 'Meh' to Natal tech years ago

Nintendo's senior men were shown the Natal technology by its inventor back in 2007 and turned it down. That's according to a key Nintendo insider who for some reason wants to remain nameless.

The reasoning? Satoru Iwata, ultimate boss, believed it wouldn't be able to sell the device at a price that would be attractive to the Nintendo audience.

Teens spend too long on their lazy asses

Did you have any idea that most 8-18 year olds spend - on average - seven hours and 38 minutes a day sat in front of a TV playing games, watching TV and surfing the Internet?

Well, they do. 

Come on guys, that's at least 38 minutes too long.

Modern Warfare 2 knife stuck on face

You might have seen a few of those incredible Modern Warfare 2 knife throw kills before, but this one is the best yet.


  • tobacco - February 2, 2010 2:48 p.m.

    Vanquish looks like an Iron Man rip off as well.
  • revenge - February 1, 2010 10:12 p.m.

    @GoldenMe and any other person who hates the Ipad.STFU! they did one article on it and one on apple thats it go complain somewhere else.
  • farsided - February 1, 2010 9:18 p.m.

    not impressed with Vanquish...the suit looks stupid (white? seriously?), the opening shot looked like it was straight out of some cheesy live action anime show, the suit construction sequence was blatantly stolen from an early Starcraft II trailer, the attack on the city in no way felt large scale, seeing the guy shuffle around in combat (does he even know where he's going?) while all these lights are flashing around in his helmet gave a sense that he wasn't much of an "ultimate soldier"(there's no way in hell he could take on that mech the way he was moving around), and it seemed that all they wanted to focus on was the high def dirt he was kicking up.
  • Silentboy - February 1, 2010 1:30 p.m.

    Vanquish is not only like Halo when it comes to the super soldierish suit, but also the live action trailers that Bungie is so famous for making.
  • DriveShaft - January 31, 2010 7:38 p.m.

    Glad too finally get to play the GTA DLC's, too bad Alan Wake isn't switching teams though, it just seems like it should've been a ps3 game. Ah well, we got Heavy Rain.
  • Ijemin32 - January 31, 2010 7:28 p.m.

    the story about teens is true, and i still do it kinda...also its been a while since GTALAD came out so its about time it came out for ps3 lol....if u guys want u can get MW2 for dirt cheap or damn near free
  • FanofSaiyan - January 31, 2010 6:06 p.m.

    MW2's Knife Throwing video was hilarious. >D
  • Bonerawr - January 31, 2010 3:03 p.m.

    Stone Tablet comparison = GENIUS reCAPTCHA: Altair weeks
  • reidabee - January 30, 2010 6:08 p.m.

    Iron Man + Halo = Vanquish
  • GameManiac - January 30, 2010 7:39 a.m.

    What a way to die... Getting a knife bitch slap you in the face. Sucks to be him!!!! HA-HA HA-HA-HAAAAA!!!!
  • Mirako - January 30, 2010 5:59 a.m.

    Microsoft struck a deal with Rockstar so they got exclusive content. Wonder why it's coming out on PS3 now.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - January 30, 2010 2:03 a.m.

    finally we owners of the best next gen consoles get the gta episodes i dont know why they would be exclusive in the fist place. most of the true gta sequels are or once were playstation exclusives
  • TheHolyHandGrenade - January 30, 2010 1:56 a.m.

    If Natal turns out for the better, then maybe it will be Nintindo's next big mistake. It will fit right into the list: 1. Basically creating Sony Gaming 2. F**king gamers 3. Screwing Natal
  • NanoElite666 - January 29, 2010 11:10 p.m.

    Ooh spiffy, GTA IV DLC coming to PS3. Might motivate me to finish the main game. =P
  • oryandymackie - January 29, 2010 10:51 p.m.

    "Aaaaaah, my face, my beautiful, rugged face!"
  • Cyberninja - January 29, 2010 10:50 p.m.

    i bet if natal is great nintendo will regret that and i will be playing my friends xboxes more and i dont even have 7 hours free a day with school maybe if its a satarday those facts are correct
  • GoldenMe - January 29, 2010 10:45 p.m.

    I sure know what news I haven't missed. The fucking IPad. Why? Because GR secretly made it the "IPad, it's announced so we'll take a whole damn week talking about the IPad, and the IPad only" Week. Seriously GR. What the Hell?
  • JackSkellingtonsSkin - January 29, 2010 9 p.m.

    The knife doesn't even hit him on the sharp side. But good news about that GTA DLC. How did I miss that?
  • Rayce185 - January 29, 2010 8:48 p.m.

    I wonder what type of TV you'll need to play 3D games. Nice iPad/Rock comparison, haha.
  • iKOemos - January 29, 2010 8:23 p.m.

    Well about time the GTAIV DLC came out on PS3, but I don't really care about GTAIV anymore. Thanks a lot Microsoft.

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