In today’s news roundup the US media reaps the whirlwind after a deeply one-sided report on the dangers of Xbox Live. Rebellion apologizes to AVP fans after unforeseen technical errors ruin the demo for a few PC and PS3 gamers. And lastly, Just Cause 2 fans won’t have to wait until March 25th for a first go on this long awaited sequel as, according to Square Enix, the demo's already in the pipeline.
Denver TV Station Warns of Xbox Predators, Angers Gamers
The American media are certainly partial to the odd bit of fear-mongering, and it seems that the games industry (particularly Xbox Live) has found itself at the centre of a fierce campaign to whip up some parental paranoia. Of course there is nothing wrong with the media informing parents about the dangers of online gaming - which do of course exist - but the recent report issued by Denver KDVR (similar to the one reported on earlier this week by Dealspwn) has instigated a furious backlash from the gaming community. The report paints a picture of an online system which is dangerously unregulated and which places children at the mercy of sexual predators ruthlessly hunting for their next victim.
However, what’s outraged so many gamers is the report’s complete lack of research, and the sheer ignorance of the reporter who simply sensationalizes the dangers without offering any opinion from Microsoft, or any information to parents on the numerous blocking features available. According to 1UP, Denver KDVR’s forum has been bombarded by complaints from angry viewers and gamers who all feel that the coverage was unbalanced and completely lacked any real objectivity. To see the report follow this link (warning - 1.13 is particularly shocking): [1UP]
Rebellion apologises for AVP demo issues
PC or PS3 gamers who have already downloaded the demo (released yesterday) of Rebellion’s forthcoming Aliens Vs Predator title, may have experienced a few problems when it came to online matchmaking. However Rebellion say they are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible and released the following apology: ‘We're really sorry that this issue tainted a day in which we saw many people get hands-on with AVP for the first time and we're hugely gratified by the positive feedback to the game.’ A patch released on Steam yesterday should sort things out for PC gamers, although a few problems with the PS3 version continue to persist. [Eurogamer]
Just Cause 2 demo "on its way"
Speaking of demos, it doesn’t look we’re going to have to wait until the 25th March to have a crack at Just Cause 2 as according to Square Enix’s Mike Oldman the demo is on the way ‘and it’s awesome.’ Just Cause 2 is an open-world action game which sees the player assuming the role of Rico Rodriguez who, wielding his trusty grappling hook, is out to overthrow the dictator of Panau island in South East Asia. The game will be available on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, and with overwhelmingly positive previews, is hopefully shaping up to be something special. [Destructoid]