Here are the highlights from the past seven days at sister site Kotaku. Gaming news get!
Almost anyone with $400 in their pocket and the desire for Microsoft console gaming goodness should have their hands on an Xbox 360 at this point. Supplies were plentiful for the first time in many weeks, with Microsoft getting hundreds of thousands of consoles out to retail stores through the week. I'm still a bit surprised they're having supply issues and that seeing one in store is newsworthy.
Microsoft's Peter Moore (and others) also gave up some details on what's in store for the future at the company's entertainment division in his Blogger Breakfast. Kotaku editors Brian and Joel were on hand to pester Peter about all sorts of gaming topics, so check out the audio right here.
It looks like the UMD movie is going the way of the Beta Max. Overlord retailer Wal-Mart is reportedly dumping the PSP dedicated movie format as Hollywood scoffs at future UMD releases with some declaring the format "another Sony bomb".
Some good news from the next-generation camp is that Nintendo isn't just low-balling console prices, it's also going to release it's software on the cheap. Boss Iwata says that he can't see first party Revolution software retailing for more than $50 (aka the New Cheap). My wallet thanks you, Iwata-san! But here's the potential bad news: the specs for the Rev were revealed based on IGN's insider information and they are underwhelming to say the least. Not too surprising, but still potentially disappointing.
The latest "Preview Ho" column takes a look at the paid promotional schemes at uber-video game sites Gamespot and Gamespy. This is a must read if you are a regular visitor to those sites.
What's the real story behind Michael Jackson's involvement in Sonic the Hedgehog 3? Find out here, with this extremely in-depth look (and listen) at the musical history of Sega's blue mascot and MJ. It's the week's most bizarre and fascinating video.
Speaking of videos, this hilarious Christmas morning family video of some young hardcore gamer (and scary Nintendo fan) shredding wrapping paper and freaking the hell out made the rounds this week. Further proof that YouTube is the best site in the world.
Make sure you check out the details on Kotaku editor Brian Crecente's gaming room. His sweet digital pad is impressive, not just for the technical specs, but also for the redundant Xbox 360's and PS2's. I'm still rocking a 27" CRT from '97, but if you've got something more impressive, show it off by entering the Kotaku Best Gaming Room contest.
In stores this week was the highly anticipated Disney themed RPG from Square-Enix Kingdom Hearts II. Unfortunately, its release also met with the harsh realization that your "reserved" copy of games at your local Gamestop may not actually be reserved for you.
Finally, from the PSP WTF department comes Sweet Paradise, a simple minded dating game featuring some really cute girls — who just happen to range from 11 to 14 years old. No, I won't tell you where to import this thing, you monster.