The eight most talked about stories of the week (8-12 February 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....

Ubisoft reveals Ghost Recon Future Soldier

The new Ghost Recon replaces its advanced warfighters with future soldiers. It's coming from the same dev team that worked on the two GRAW games and is down for release at the end of 2010. The game's future soldiers will be armed with 'prototype high-tech weaponry'. And if the quote at the start of the trailer is to be taken literally, this is what soldiers of the future will look like:

But without the fishnets and stilettos. We couldn't find any soldier legs. Soz.

Pirate ordered to pay Nintendo vast sum of money

Nintendo like money. They like it a lot. So when 24 year-old scamp James Burt took it upon himself to copy and upload New Super Mario Bros. to the internet - where it could subsequently be downloaded illegally - it made Nintendo angry to think of all the money it was losing. To absolve his wrongdoings, the naughty pirate was told to pay Nintendo $1.5 million. Justice prevails!

But hang on. What's this? The case was settled 'out of court' and Kotaku has its own very plausible theory about what really went down.

Halo: Reach Beta. May 3rd. It's ON!

A bunch of tasty Xbox-related bobbins emerged from Microsoft's X10 gathering in San Francisco. Final Fantasy XIII bundle for the US. Pics of Gears of War boys Dom and Marcus making a cameo in Lost Planet (along with Resi's Albert Wesker). And more ambitious Fable III talk from ambitious dev Peter Molyneux. Oh yeah, and the Halo: Reach beta begins May 3rd. No details on how gamers without ODST will be able to get a slice, but it's going to be one of the year's hottest tickets.

Nintendo not just sitting around counting its money after all

Apparently the Wii and DS colossus is actually doing some work. While addressing the Annual Japan Media Arts Festival, the smiling-faced face of Nintendo, Shigeru Miyamoto, revealed that he's currently beavering away on a new Motion Plus game for Wii (no, it isn't the new Legend of Zelda) and the company is working on new hardware. Maybe after seeing Apple's oversized iPad, Nintendo thinks gamers are ready for a DSi XXXL...

Heavy Rain reviews provoke much internet noise

Online review embargoes for Quantic Dreams' interactive drama Heavy Rain lifted this week, just in time to neatly coincide with the arrival of the demo on PlayStation Store. And it was undoubtedly this week's most talked about game as passionately debated - and entirely subjective - opinion went into overdrive. We gave it a 7.

Sonic to appear in Mario Galaxy 2?

CVG picked up on a tweet from UK magazine NGamer saying that Sonic the not very good Hedgehog will be a playable character in Mario Galaxy 2. Apparently NGamer got the information from a "trusted source". We spoke to NGamer to see if we could find out more, but were brick-walled with "NGamer doesn't comment on rumour or speculation". We're sure we've heard that line somewhere before...

Violent video games desensitize kids to real violence

The slightly dangerous-sounding UK TV show 'Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance' decided to do a little test with video games. Same old story short - the kids that played 20 minutes of a first-person war game were found to have slower heart beats while watching violent news footage, compared to the kids that had been playing a sports sim. The inevitable, sincerely concerned voice-over conclusion: "Shockingly, just 20 minutes of violent gameplay was enough to densensitise the boys."

We would be outraged, but luckily The Guardian Games Blog was outraged for us. So we don't have to be. If you'd like to be outraged, why not watch 'Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance' for yourself. Honestly, it's a bloody outrage.

NES sells for $13,105 on eBay

Man keeps NES and five games in cupboard for years thinking his kids would be interested in playing it. Kids not interested in playing dad's antiquated console. Dad puts whole lot on eBay. Sells it for $13,105. Is happy (assumed, but not confirmed at time of writing). Why the big profit? Turns out that one of the games, Bandai's Stadium Events, is something of a collector's piece due to being produced in pretty low numbers. Very kerching.

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  • DriveShaft - February 14, 2010 8:17 p.m.

    I think Heavy Rain will be worth mroe than a 7, but oh well. That NES thing would be awesome, never sell anything game related for at least 20 years x]
  • Migglez - February 14, 2010 5:38 p.m.

    you gota love people who no absolutely nothing about video games we LOVE you jo frost
  • Cyberninja - February 14, 2010 5:12 p.m.

    @Bossco i think thats bad parenting i think you could go to jail
  • skynetiscoming - February 14, 2010 5:10 a.m.

    Anyone think Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance' will attack Heavy Rain on the basis of it teaching your children to have sex with serial killers?
  • skyguy343 - February 14, 2010 2:25 a.m.

    lol'd at the Shigeru Miyamoto comment. "the smiling-faced face of Nintendo"
  • whiteknight1981 - February 13, 2010 9:43 p.m.

    Now I am cursing tossing my Sega Master System. Curse you clean habits!!!! Recaptcha: Invoice $10. Shouldn't that be 13,000?
  • nik41507 - February 13, 2010 3:21 a.m.

    LOL remind me to always buy collector/special editions of consoles/games and to never throw them away ever I'll be rich in 20 years
  • vogler1604 - February 13, 2010 1:48 a.m.

    Lol @ Bossco!
  • Cwf2008 - February 13, 2010 1:42 a.m.

    Ah the violent video game thing. I'd watch it to be outraged, only i apparently dont get it here in the States. You know i think those idiots have a point though: Those who play violent videogames are more violent, not because of the game, but because of the amount of dumbasses out there who claim it makes them violent. That statement pisses us off and makes us want to do violent things to them.
  • sed598 - February 12, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    WHAT!!!! Theres nothing about dead rising 2? 360 owners get an exclusive prologue before it comes out which is AUGUST 31st!!!! Recaptcha:Durable Energy
  • EnragedTortoise1 - February 12, 2010 8:29 p.m.

    LOL @ people who think violent video games are the root of all evil. Why is this so bad if the exact same thing, but worse, happens all the time in films? How is it "immersive" if you press a button and the pixel people start doing "it"?
  • Yeager1122 - February 12, 2010 8:08 p.m.

    This has nothing to do with the article but i have a question when and how did your guys reviews get on metacritic ive never seen them there before and why does it say in house next to your name an now on the article ghost recon future soilder sounds like it will be awsome.
  • GameManiac - February 12, 2010 7:33 p.m.

    Hmm... Why wasn't Pokemon 5th gen in this?
  • Spydie4x4 - February 12, 2010 7:04 p.m.

    keep em coming. I love these round ups.
  • oryandymackie - February 12, 2010 6:09 p.m.

    Attacking games for such-and-such a reason is just filler.
  • CreeplyTuna - February 12, 2010 5:40 p.m.

    havent played heacy rain yet but indigo prophecy was good, so i think ill like it
  • Bossco - February 12, 2010 5:37 p.m.

    I too am outraged at Jo Frost's outrageous claims. I let my 7 year old daughter play grand theft auto 4, smoke cigarettes and drink Jack Daniels and she is just fine.
  • DrLovez69 - February 12, 2010 5:21 p.m.

    You know what should be here. Heavy Rain, Its unbelievable how much I love that game. Probz 'cause I loved fahrenheit so much and didn't see a single flaw in it, the least I could expect from it is fahrenheit 'cept with better graphics. But man I played the demo and Um shaking at how much I enjoyed it. Dunno, maybe Im just an adaptive gamer, and Heavy Rain will stand in my top list. But anyway NTL, GRs review was opinion, So I ain't mad =L YET!