Infinity Ward creative strategist Robert Bowling, best known for his FourZeroTwo twitter feed, states flatly that Infinity Ward doesn't care if their games are bought by "three or three million" people, and leaves the competition to the publisher executives.
Viacom is suing shareholders of music game developer Harmonix for $131M, because the publisher claims "earn-out payments" made in its 2006 acquisition of the studio, intended to keep Harmonix management locked in after the deal was done, were miscalculated.
Netflix has announced that it will be renting video games under the brand "Qwikster", which will also represent their DVD rental service. "Netflix" will become the brand that is solely for live streaming.
THQ CEO Brian Farrell believes that the next generation of consoles won't require discs at all, he pronounced to an audience at Cloud Gaming USA. The lack of a disc drive would result in cheaper consoles and result in more mass-market adoption. Farrell said stated there would be "no physical goods cost for game makers, no inventory, no markdowns, and all the money spent by the consumer would go to the developer or publisher".
Activision has announced its own NASCAR racing game to compete with Electronic Arts' own NASCAR series. NASCAR Unleashed will take a different tack than NASCAR XX as it will be an arcade racer, rather than a serious simulation.
Destructoid received a leak from an anonymous focus group target that Disney is sending out questionnaires through online marketing to gauge interest on various aspects of an unannounced Epic Mickey 2 game.
Ubisoft has announced Just Dance Kids 2, a child-friendly version of their popular dancing game Just Dance 2. The game will be released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii. As expected, the game will utilize each system's motion controller; the 360's Kinect, the PS3's Move, and the Wii's Wii Remote.
The fallout from Nintendo's projected earnings - 82% lower than expected - continues, as Nintendo is tightening its belt as the company has started to cut overhead, starting with Nintendo CEO Saturo Iwata.
The June NPDs are in for software sales, and L.A. Noire and Duke Nukem Forever lead the competition, with inFamous 2 coming in third. The rest of the games include family oriented titles (LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, Cars 2, Just Dance 2) and months-old games (Mortal Kombat, NBA 2K11, Call of Duty: Black Ops).
UbiSoft has announced their latest music game, The Black Eyed Peas Experience, a dancing game in the vein of Dance Central and Michael Jackson: The Experience.
It looks like Nintendo will be going the proprietary route once again when it comes to optical playback.
Arvind Bhatia at analyst firm Sterne Agee has stated that although the processing power of the console is yet to be confirmed by Nintendo, a number of developers said that the Wii U will be notably more powerful than both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and estimate a 50% better processing power. Of course, with the Xbox 360 being 6 years old and the PS3 being 5 years old, the Wii U better be more powerful.
Another Japanese console manufacturer was hacked, and this time, it was Nintendo, not Sony. The hacker group Lulzsec, who broke
into Sony Pictures a few days ago, hacked Nintendo's US server. On the good side, there was nothing stolen. On the bad side, Nintendo didn't reveal this until weeks after the actual break in.
One of the strangest, most intriguing rumors yet is from 01net, a site that has been amazingly accurate in past leaks - the site was the one that broke (correctly) the Sony NGP's specs. This rumor is that not only does Rockstar have a Wii 2 dev kit, but is developing Grand Theft Auto V for the console.
Activision social media manager Dan Amrich has confirmed that Guitar Hero DLC will go on hiatus - possibly permanently - come the end of April.
Activision put the Tony Hawk franchise on hiatus for 2011, but now there are reports that the licensed skateboarding legend will return next year.
Not having been satisfied with driving rock band music games into the ground, Activision seems to be settings sights on dance games, having seen the success of games like Just Dance 2, Dance Master and, of course, Dance Central.
Wedbush-Morgan securities analyst Michael Pachter is predicting that Microsoft will announce an Xbox 360 price cut at E3 2011, which will force Nintendo and Sony to follow suit with Wii and PlayStation 3 price cuts.
The ESRB ratings have once again leaked an unannounced game, and this time, it’s BurgerTime HD.
Representatives of the US congress, Kevin Brady (Texas, Republican) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Florida, Democrat) have announced the Congressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus). The rare pro-videogame industry government caucus is comprised of 39 members to work toward sustaining a robust computer and video game industry by educating Members of Congress and the American people on the industry’s economic, educational and social benefits.