The week that was sees Microsoft get its Xbox Live Arcade act together, Sony back off of its controversial PSP ad campaign, and EA drop a bombshell with Team Fortress 2.
Tuesday was all about companies trying to cool some heads. Microsoft addressed the clamor of Xbox 360 players' ongoing demands for more Xbox Live Arcade games by announcing its Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays program, which saw the release of Frogger this week and will see a new Arcade game made available each Wednesday from now until August 9.
Meanwhile, Sony announced that it had pulled an ad campaign in the Netherlands for its white PlayStation Portable model. One ad in the campaign featured a white woman menacingly holding a black woman and drew condemnation from a California politician and a local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In ceasing the ad campaign, Sony also apologized to anyone who might have been offended by it.
Things heated up again Wednesday, as Epic Games' Mark Rein made headlines with a keynote at the UK Develop conference, wherein he called the current episodic-content trend a business model doomed to fail. Meanwhile, friction from the past came to light, as a Sega-16 interview with former Sega of America president Tom Kalinske saw the executive reveal that at one point, he was trying to get Sega and Sony to work together on a gaming console. However, his superiors at parent company Sega of Japan would not hear of such a partnership, and the rest is bitter, bitter history for Sega fans.
On Thursday, almost as if in response to Rein's assertion the day before, Valve Software dropped a bomb on the gaming world. The company announced at Electronic Arts' summer media event that the long-MIA Team Fortress 2 was alive and well and would be included in Half-Life 2: Episode Two. What's more, Episode Two would be coming to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 at the same time as the PC version of the game, and the console editions would include the entire Half-Life 2 saga to date.
In more contentious news on Thursday, GameSpot reported on a recent lawsuit brought against Sony by Agere Systems for numerous alleged patent violations. Legal action was also being considered this week by Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman. The mayor isn't happy about Ubisoft's upcoming tactical shooter Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas, which sees his town overrun with terrorist scum who probably plunder the buffet table and scam comped drinks by working the penny slots for hours on end.
And while NPD's week-ending release of its figures for June game sales weren't intended to be contentious in any way, one couldn't help but notice how they flew in the face of Monday's analyst expectations. Where a drop of 4 percent to 16 percent in sales compared to June 2005 had been expected, NPD's figures instead put the month's take at a 25 percent year-over-year gain. While the 600,000 units of the newly released Nintendo DS Lite helped push the figure to that mark, game-software sales were up 15 percent on their own, providing a welcome bit of good news to cap a week full of friction.
$10 Street Fighter II coming to Xbox Live August 2
Sony pulls controversial PSP ads
Call of Duty 3 debriefed
EverQuest to grow Serpent's Spine
Retail Radar: Godfather: Mob Wars, Sims 2 Glamour Life Stuff
360, PS3 Half-Life 2 top EA's Summer Showcase
Ubisoft gets Driver's license
Sony slapped with another patent suit
Vegas mayor craps out on Rainbow Six
White Council convening on 360, PS3, and PC
$200 console? AHEM, it's puff-puff-PASS - stop screwing up the rotation! You're high if you think the Wii will come out at anything less than $249.
What does this article have to do with Grim Fandango? I clicked it thinking there was news that involved Grim Fandango and well.... now Im confused.
Hm? They're pulling the White is Coming advertisement campaign? How sad, those were some fun images to make avatars out of.
Blazer88 said [QUOTE] "EA drop a bombshell with Team Fortress 2" EA makes Team Fortress 2? I thought it was like Valve.EA recently entered into a publishing agreement with Valve. after Valve finally got itself out of its former deal with Vivendi Universal Games.
I think it has gone unnoticed (or insufficiently covered) the fact that Nintendo DS lite is having a strong impact in the US market. In an industry where word of mouth and credibility is so important, Nintendo is well positioned to have a strong launch for the Wii. I think it only needs to begin a strong marketing campaing NOW to be finished with an incredible annoucement of a $200 console in September and a launch date of mid-October.
[QUOTE] "EA drop a bombshell with Team Fortress 2" EA makes Team Fortress 2? I thought it was like Valve.
Finally you show the other pictures in the Sony campaign, after a good number of people have been asking for them to be displayed alongside the first picture for a while. Though it's too late now. Glad sales were up for June, and also glad the DS Lite was around to do so. Poor Sony, another patent lawsuit. Since E3, most of what they've been getting is negative reactions. Overall, decent week. shasam712 said: "Two words....."open bar" I could go for one of those right now, and some DDR... " Same here.
Quite a busy week! I'd say Microsoft has won the award for most good PR choices. Has Nintendo done anything this week? They must be scheming up something pretty nice.
WOW. JUST WOW! EA drop a bombshell with........................ you won't belive this.......................... ANOTHER SEQUEL! WOW! Impresive. Or more like, SAD! "What Is DDR?" "DDR = Dance Dance Wii" LOL! Noobs!
Phylyn5151 Whats DDR? Posted Jul 14, 2006 7:41 pm PT Dance Dance Revolution or Dance Dance Wii What ever
hahahaha, man they should be regulars. they're so friggin' funny. actually, everyone on gamespot is pretty funny but these guys, man....funny stuff, funny stuff
"New 360s to be HDMI-compatible?" umm that better be a rumor...d*** it if not it better be able to upgrade the older ones
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