The kids at Kotaku have been very busy keeping up with the crazy, lazy world of videogame fanatacism. Here's the best dirt dished from last week.
Sony pushed for PlayStation 3 online game development with Korean game makers and KIPA, a Korean government agency that promotes IT, a huge market for online gaming and a quickly growing development region. Apparently, things didn't go so well. Will Sony get its online act together in time?
Speaking of Sony, they nipped some early details on God of War 2 and Gran Turismo 4 Online Edition right in the digital bud. After Eurogamer posted details mid-week, then pulled them at the behest of some nice lawyer-types, Sony reps officially denied the leaked info. What gives? Sounds like someone shot someone else's marketing load a bit too early for corporate's tastes.
One last noteworthy Sony bit is this little rumor going 'round that the PS2 would evolve into Sony Computer Entertainment's answer to the Nintendo "Revolution" by further integrating EyeToy functionality into the console and/or controller itself. Stinks of this-guy-I-know rumor mongering, but doesn't sound that unreasonable.
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Those finicky government types who like to regulate marketing "lies" put the kibosh on Activision's U.K. television advertising for Call of Duty 2 and Call of Duty: Big Red One, citing that the adverts misrepresented the game's real-time capabilities. If you've never seen them, the ads showcase none of the game's in-game graphics, instead opting for clean, cinematic prerendered sequences. This is known in the biz as "slimy".
Commemorating the final retail demise of the still-born Gizmondo portable, Tiger Telematics exec Stefan Eriksson had his Ferrari Enzo ripped in half, quite unintentionally. News of the crash led every single sucker who actually paid for a Gizmondo to smile with glee in perfect harmony. Further details crept out over the weekend.
In other failed venture news, Infinium Labs Phantom console received its final coffin nail, with only the questionably useful "lapboard" keeping the Phantom legacy alive.
And if you ever find yourself in Japan, and would like to visit Nintendo HQ, check out their visual guide to getting there by train. If you feel like snagging some coffee and pizza, with a side of karaoke and pachinko, it's an invaluable resource.