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From Facial Expressions To Monster Closets: News Roundup August 17th

Lionhead, News, Pokémon, PS3

In today’s news roundup, Sony patent emotional expressions with the PS3, a new Lionhead game is set to be revealed at GamesCon, Phoenix Wright is excluded from Tatsunoko vs. Capcom for being too powerful and id promise us "monster closets" will not be making an appearence in Rage.

Sony Bring Emotional Expression Technology To PS3

From Facial Expressions To Monster Closets: News Roundup August 17th

Sony has not only decided to bring motion control to the PS3, but emotional expression as well. A patent has been filed by Sony for new technology using a camera and microphone to detect a player’s emotions, including laughter, sadness, anger, joy, and even boredom.

Apparently this technology will read metadata gathered from the camera and microphone, allowing it to recognize your emotional response to what you’re seeing. For example, laughing  at something humorous in the game. Additionally this technology will be able to read group behaviour such as players high-fiving each other. How Sony plan to integrate this technology with videogames remains to be seen, but hopefully Sony will reveal more soon.  [JoyStiq]

New Lionhead Game To Be Revealed At GamesCon

From Facial Expressions To Monster Closets: News Roundup August 17th

Peter Molyneux and Lionhead Studios look set to reveal some big news at the upcoming GamesCon event. A series of clues has cropped up on LionHead’s website, each being an image and quote from a different revolutionary figure from history, along with numbers counting down to the imminent announcement.

The first image to appear on the website was Che Guevara, paired with the number 6. An image of French revolutionary leader Maximilien Robespierre accompanied by number 5 followed this, and most recently an image of Abraham Lincoln appeared with the number 4. A quote reading; “Be not deceived. Revolutions do not go backward” also appeared.

Three more historical figures should appear, ending with announcement of the game at GamesCon. Microsoft has previously teased a special announcement from Lionhead at GamesCon, so it looks like we’ll have to wait to then to find out.  [EscapistMagazine]

Phoenix Wright Too Powerful For Tatsunoko vs. Capcom

From Facial Expressions To Monster Closets: News Roundup August 17th

Phoenix Wright has allegedly been left out of the U.S and European versions of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom for being too powerful.  How can a lawyer manage to be too powerful for trained super fighters?  Easy, by screaming.  Phoenix Wright’s signature move is screaming “Objection!” at his challenger.

According to producer Ryota Niitsuma “the actual writing attacks the opponent. However, 'objection' in Japanese is 'igiari' -- it's four characters, whereas 'objection!' becomes ten. When we localize, the balance of the game gets destroyed because the move becomes bigger. There'd be no way of avoiding it!”  Aside from considering using a smaller word for poor old Phoenix, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom looks set for release in the U.S and Europe with no further changes.  [Kotaku]

No Monster Closets In Rage

From Facial Expressions To Monster Closets: News Roundup August 17th

Sometimes when playing a game a particular area or point will be reached, then suddenly a group of enemies spawn out of nowhere and attack.  This is a system lovingly referred to as a “monster closet”, and something which plagued id’s Doom 3.  Matt Hooper, lead designer of upcoming Rage, assures us ‘monster closets’ will no longer be a problem for id.

“[In Rage] when you're going to the RC-Bomb base [from the demo] to deal with the Shrouded clan, they're doing whatever they're supposed to be doing. If they're supposed to be defending against you coming there, they'll be doing that. If they're just tinkering or having a conversation they'll do that. You will never see [a monster closet.]” Rage should see release in 2010, without monster closets of course.  [1UP]

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