Britain Comes Joint Second In World Cyber Games
England's sportsmen may have crashed and burned in the World Cup and are enjoying mixed success at the commonwealth games, but representatives from our gaming scene have achieved their best-ever results at the World Cyber Games (WGC) this weekend. The prestigious four-day competition was held in Los Angeles, and saw more than 450 players from 58 countries compete in 13 games for a share of a quarter of a million dollars.
Our valiant gaming team was victorious at the Guitar Hero 5 and Forza Motorsport events, which propelled them to joint second in the medal charts - behind (surprise surprise) South Korea and tied with Germany and Brazil.
"We're enormously proud of our UK players. In a thrilling weekend of videogaming competitions we proved we're close to the best in the world - and we hope the achievement this weekend will propel our players to go one better next time." - Craig Fletcher, MD of Multiplay.co.uk
Daveskills and George Boothby did us proud, folks! We hope that the WGC helps to elevate our favourite entertainment medium as well as cement our reputation as a bona fide gaming nation.
Black Ops To Support 3D On All Platforms
Crysis 2 and Killzone 3 have famously comitted to 3D support at launch day, but it appears that Activision has beaten them to the punch. Treyarch has confirmed that Call of Duty: Black Ops will support stereoscopic 3D on "all platforms" and will be available from November 9th.
Apparently the 3D effect is being used to create a greater depth of field rather than making bullets and shrapnel fly out of the screen, but we're looking forward to. As far as "all platforms" are concerned, we can definitely expect PS3 and Xbox 360 3D support as well as PC compatibility with nVidia's 3D Vision. But the Wii? Not so sure. It will be interesting to see whether CoD's adoption of 3D tech has a knock-on effect for the rest of the industry.
Panasonic Unveils New Gaming Handheld
We didn't see this one coming. It's been over 10 years since Panasonic's last foray into the portable gaming scene, but the hardware giant has now revealed The Jungle: a slimline concept handheld that's designed to offer MMO and competitive multiplayer experiences on the move.
A full QWERTY keyboard and some serious hardware grunt will allow The Jungle to deliver a mini-PC experience... and we assume that it will have built-in 3G. Frankly, it had better. Apparently a browser-based Battlestar Galactica MMO will be heading the launch titles, but we assume that Panasonic will be designed for compatibility with other browser RPGs and flash games.
This may sound like an insane pipe dream, but some sources have placed the PSP2's release date at the tail end of 2011. There could be a gap in the market if Panasonic offer enough features for our money.