In today’s news roundup we hear about a free downloadable causal game which pokes fun at those ban-happy Australian politicians. We bring news of why Capcom France has decided to move away from the Nintendo Wii and concentrate on publishing games for the PS3 and Xbox 360. And lastly, we hear from Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata who feels that the company may have finally recovered from the down turn.
You too can be a ban-happy Australian politician
Whilst we lucky gamers in the UK are free to bludgeon zombies to death with crowbars in Left for Dead 2, get high on virtual drugs in Crimecraft, and watch humans get dismembered in Alien Vs Predator, spare a thought for the poor old Aussies. Any game which features extreme violence, bad language or drugs – essentially all the best games on market – will earn itself an instant ban in Australia as a result of the country’s lack of an adult classification for video games.
However, in response to Australia’s manic attempts to protect its citizens from all this offensive material, someone has created a free downloadable game in which you step into the shoes of South Australian Attorney General Michael Atkinson and Minister for Broadband and Communication Stephen Conroy. The idea is to try and halt the influx of offensive video games (and other material) from crossing the red line before they infiltrate the country and warp the minds of all those poor innocent Australians. If you’re interested, go here to download a free copy of Ban this Game! now. [Joystiq]
Capcom France: gamers have deserted Wii
According to a frank interview with Antoine Seux (director of Capcom France) sales of hardcore Nintendo Wii games have plummeted as gamers ‘turn their back’ on the platform in favor of the Playstation and Xbox. Seux reported how sales for Capcom’s recent Resident Evil title, Darkside Chronicles, which should have been a game for gamers rather than the mass market title, fell far short of initial predictions. Seux said that this decline represents a much wider trend where sales for hardcore Wii games are ‘collapsing’. He said that as the Wii is essentially ‘a family console’ Capcom’s future will now reside with the PS3 and Xbox 360. [Videogamer]
Iwata: "Wii has recovered from slowdown"
However, despite the fact that Capcom France feels it is time to move away from the Wii, according to Nintendo head honcho Satoru Iwata, things are starting to look up for the console. The company estimated a huge surge in sales across North America over the December period compared with the same month in 2008. "I think it's now safe to say the Wii has recovered from slowdown" Iwata said in an interview with Reuters. However, admitting that Nintendo may not be out of the woods yet, he went on to add " I'm not sure if it's prudent to use words like revival and recovery lightly before making absolutely certain we can maintain this momentum. So, I steer clear of such words today." [Eurogamer]