News Wrap-Up: August 2nd, 2011

Today’s top story comes all the way from Australia. Brisbane tech company Euclideon posted this video today on Youtube, causing an uproar on the web spawning many different opinions. Minecraft Creator “Notch” posted this on his blog: “it’s a very pretty and very impressive piece of technology, but they’re carefully avoiding to mention any of the drawbacks, and they’re pretending like what they’re doing is something new and impressive. In reality, it’s been done several times before.” Then he points people to alternatives that he thinks could work, like this one. John Carmack, the king of nerds over at id tweeted this “no chance of a game on current gen systems, but maybe several years from now. Production issues will be challenging.” My thoughts on this are pretty much in line with Mr. Carmack’s, there’s no reason to believe it’s not possible. If you remember when OnLive launched, everyone was skeptical, however it works. At the same time though, they never go into details about how it works and why.

Square Enix has announced the price of the long awaited iOS port, Final Fantasy Tactics. That’s great news, although the price itself isn’t so great, it’ll set you back $16. In a world where you can buy similar titles for a dollar or two, it’ll be interesting to see how Final Fantasy Tactics sells. That being said, I don’t doubt the force of thousands of fanboys who will bite the wallet with this one.

Sony Computer Entertainment has acquired Sucker Punch, the studio responsible for titles such as Infamous and Sly Cooper. Fantastic news for Sony, surprised it hasn’t happened sooner.

Gears of War 3 was leaked onto the internet a while ago, and now there are videos popping up on Youtube, forum posts about the story, and more spoiling the entire game. Sad news, but Mark Reins, Gears executive producer is wondering the same thing I am, why would you spoil yourself? I guess if you’re not interested in the game, you wouldn’t care.

Satoru Iwata has an interesting letter addressing the people who feel “betrayed” about the 3DS price drop. It’s not anything surprising but at the same time, it’s not the typical spin companies try to put on price drops. You can go read the Kotaku article here.

Limbo was released on Steam today for $9.99, I’ve never personally played the game, however I doubt that all those great reviews I’ve read are wrong.

According to Eurogamer the sequel to Borderlands is in development and that an announcement from publisher 2K Games is coming soon.

MLB 2K10 Offering $1 Million For a Perfect Game

mlb2k10The guys at 2k games are so confident at how authentic their new pitching system is, they’re offering a cool one million dollars, to the first who pitches a perfect game. The contest period begins on release day, March 2nd, 2010, at 12:00:01 AM PST, and ends 11:59:59 PM on May 1st. The rules are that you must be playing the 360 or PS3 version, against the AI in MLB Today mode (which just puts all the options to default). Lastly, 2k have enlisted the help of Twin Galaxies, who will check your game. If you’re not familiar with Twin Galaxies, they keep global records of pretty much any game, the catch is you have to record the entire thing and send it in to them. Considering the prize is $1,000,000, this is probably the best way to do it without the cheaters getting through.