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From The Demise Of The Red Ring To Metal Gear Friction: News Roundup September 3rd

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Today’s news sees hope of the Red Ring of Death disappearing forever from our Xbox 360s, also EA file a suit in order to use the Dillinger name on a Tommy gun for The Godfather, the first DSi-exclusive game Monster Finder is announced, and Hideo Kojima claims that the two separate Metal Gear development teams are not the best of friends.

Red Ring Of Death Gone Forever?

From The Demise Of The Red Ring To Metal Gear Friction: News Roundup September 3rd

A recent survey indicated 54.6% of Xbox 360s will fail.  If this is true, then over half of all 360 owners will have at some point seen the dreaded Red Ring of Death.  SquareTrade, a company known as one of the largest independent providers of hardware warranties, recently give their view on how prevalent the Red Ring of Death will be in the future, which is not very.

A survey looking at over 16,000 new game consoles covered by the company found one constant result: a significant decline in 360 RRoD reports since the new “Jasper” chip was introduced in late 2008.  SquareTrade was even as bold to say the Jasper chip “has likely solved” the RRoD problem.  The elimination of the RRoD would be great news for many, most of all Microsoft.  SquareTrade also point out the Wii stands by far the most dependable console, being nine times more reliable than the 360, and four times more reliable than the PS3.  [IndustryGamers]

EA Forced To Sue To Use Dillinger Name In The Godfather

From The Demise Of The Red Ring To Metal Gear Friction: News Roundup September 3rd

Electronic Arts have been forced to sue in order to use the John Dillinger name in The Godfather and The Godfather II.  The suit originated when Dillinger LLC, which apparently is owned by a grandson of John Dillinger’s half sister, slammed EA for violating their right of publicity and infringing on their trademarks.  Dillinger then demanded “millions of dollars” for use of his name; otherwise they would sue EA for litigation.

EA responded by filing a suit of their own, requesting the “Dillinger” name be allowed use for the “Dillinger Tommy Gun” in The Godfather, and the “Modern Dillinger” in The Godfather II.  As it stands “Following Dillinger's recent conduct, EA is faced with the choice of either abandoning its rights to develop, publish and sell the works at issue or risk liability for damages” according to court documents.  [GamePolitics]

First DSi-Only Game Announced

From The Demise Of The Red Ring To Metal Gear Friction: News Roundup September 3rd

Following the news of a number of DSi-exclusive games hitting this autumn, Japanese developer Alpha Unit have just announced Monster Finder will be first in line.  The title will utilize the built-in camera to give the game an original twist, becoming part of its core gameplay mechanics.  Apparently it will be used to capture monsters, which can then be used in battle.  Promising over 100 monster designs, Monster Finder is set for a winter release.  [AndriaSang]

Metal Gear Teams Apparently Are Not Good Friends

From The Demise Of The Red Ring To Metal Gear Friction: News Roundup September 3rd

Friction is growing over at Kojima Productions, as the Metal Gear Solid: Rising team is apparently enjoying themselves a little too much.  The Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker team suffer from the green eye of envy as Kojima explains “If you could imagine the PSP team looking at the Rising team, they have all the money and specs.  That's the one reason why they are not good friends.”

Although Kojima admits to find the situation amusing, claiming because it was always just one small team working on a game, team members have never acted this way.  The PSP team is hard at work to ensure Peace Walker will be “even better than Metal Gear Solid 4”, but the technological restrictions makes this rather hard.  [GamePro]

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