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From the "B*llocking Useless" PSP to ModNation Racers Release - News Roundup 16th March 2010

Jonathan Lester
Bungie, Codemasters, ModNation Racers, News, PSP

Bungie Aerospace?

From the "B*llocking Useless" PSP to ModNation Racers Release - News Roundup 16th March 2010

Bungie's on a trademarking spree at the moment.  The Halo creators renewed their Marathon trademark yesterday, but now they've applied for a whole new patent with a groovy new logo. It's unclear what the purpose of Bungie Aerospace actually is due to the intentionally vague wording of the patent application, but it's likely to be a new game engine or possibly even a distribution platform.

I have my own theory: Bungie are enacting the the last of their 7 steps for world domination. Namely, they're about to build an enormous catapult to launch their enemies into the sun. Sure, you think I'm kidding now- but you won't be laughing when you're hurtling into the corona alongside Frank O'Connor and Bill Gates...

[well spotted, attackofthefanboy.com]

ModNation Racers Green Lit for May 25th

From the "B*llocking Useless" PSP to ModNation Racers Release - News Roundup 16th March 2010

Our very own Brendan Griffiths has recently previewed SCE's highly-anticipated kart racer, and suffice to say that we're looking forward to ragging our homemade cars around our custom-designed tracks. Turns out we won't have long to wait, as Sony has now announced that it'll be released on the 25th May.

American preorders will earn you a bonus character, from an hilariously adorable Kratos to a rugged little Nathan Drake. We haven't received word on whether these bonus characters will be available in the UK (or will be supplied as DLC at a later date), but the PS3 is region free if you simply can't do without them.

The sheer potential for genuinely creative level design and endless replayability is absolutely staggering... but don't be surprised to see a whole bunch of flagrantly copied Mario Kart tracks and penis-shaped cars if LittleBigPlanet is anything to go by...

Codemasters' VP Savages PSP

From the "B*llocking Useless" PSP to ModNation Racers Release - News Roundup 16th March 2010

Codemasters Vice President Gavin Cheshire clearly isn't a huge fan of the PSP. Whilst Sony's handheld is an exceptional piece of raw hardware, it's software support has been decidedly thin on the ground- and yet another developer has fallen out of love with the device. To put it mildly. In an interview with EDGE magazine, Cheshire made some well-reasoned and succinct points in a mature manner. Or, to put it more accurately, he went off on one.

"Well, speaking as a person who bought a PSP, the problem was that I always thought - because it was a better screen than iPod's - that I'd be doing more with it. But it was such a b*llocking useless waste of space; just getting stuff on it was ridiculous. Sony just hasn't got it right. Stuff like that will make people leave it alone.""

By "stuff", we can assume that he means the regular firmware updates that the PSP requires... or messing around with the Playstation store on the download-only PSP GO.

Don't expect to see Codemasters trotting out PSP titles any time soon... but you might see them develop for the iPad if Cheshire gets his way.

"The ecosystem's right - the straight-to-console nature of [the iPad]."

I'm sure many of us here at Dealspwn would disagree about the iPad providing a more viable gaming platform than the PSP - but what do y'all think? Let us know in the comments!

[EDGE via Eurogamer]

Add a comment4 comments
Jeffrey Archer  Mar. 16, 2010 at 11:35

The iPad a viable gaming platform?

Oh, bloody great. Now I'm going to be annoyed by a whole new level of Apple fantard while at Starbucks - ones who'll think its really cool to be sat playing bejewelled while drinking their mocha choca frappa tripple shot mocchiato with flakes.

PFC Hudson  Mar. 16, 2010 at 11:40

All the PSP is really good for is homebrew software, emulation and *ahem* downloaded titles (the ones you don't pay for).

My PSP has custom firmware and all I ever use it for is playing old Mega Drive Mega CD games, Gameboy emulation and old PS1 games which aren't available on the UK PlayStation store (Resident Evil 2, Dino Crisis and so on)

Very, very rarely do I play PSP games on it and even then they're not dtore bought if you get my drift.

Gunn  Mar. 16, 2010 at 21:19

PSP is a great multimedia device and its been out for almost 5 years now, it still sells and Sony continue to work on it, with several iterations already. There are games for it but perhaps the piracy element has hit it harder than other platforms.
I do worry that someone at Codemasters is having trouble just using a PSPGo, makes him look like a bit of granddad.

Jonathan Lester  Mar. 17, 2010 at 15:47

Official Line: Dealspwn does not condone the use of AWESOME homebrew applications.

I personally wish that Sony had supported the homebrew community rather than demonise them, as it would've provided a desperately-needed USP for the system.


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