In today’s news roundup we take a look at the new world record set by Batman Arkham Asylum and see which other bizarre gaming records have been bestowed by Guinness. We bring news that one of Hollywood’s greatest composers has been commissioned to create the musical score for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. Lastly, we hear of Sony and Microsoft’s fatigue after the PS3 and Xbox 360, and how plans for the next generation of consoles have, for the moment, been put on hold.
Batman Arkham Asylum Smashes Guinness World Record
It is true that competition for the Guinness World Record for ‘Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever’ could not exactly be described as fierce, but none the less; few would begrudge the title going to Batman Arkham Asylum. The game has attracted world wide critical acclaim, pulling in an average score of 91.67, making it the most successful superhero game ever.
Although this might sound like a rather obscure title, it is certainly not the weirdest games related record to go down in the pages of Guinness. In 2002, Faiz Chopdat was incarcerated for four months after he was caught playing Tetris on board an aircraft. He was awarded the Guinness World Record for ‘Longest Prison Sentence for Playing a Video Game’.
The Playstation 2 also became the ‘First Console in a Nuclear Weapons Conspiracy’ after dictator Saddam Hussein broke UN sanctions after he imported 4,000 PS2 consoles into Iraq back in 2000. At the time it was feared that Saddam might combine the power of all those PS2s into a huge super computer and destroy the whole world with a massive nuclear strike. [GameZone]
Hans Zimmer Confirmed to Compose Call of Duty MW 2 Score
He is one of Hollywood’s most prolific film composers; churning out musical scores to some of the biggest blockbuster hits including Gladiator, The Lion King, The Last Samurai, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Batman Begins. Now, Hans Zimmer has been confirmed - via twitter of course - to compose the soundtrack for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.
Nobody could doubt his versatility, but having previously worked on the soundtrack for Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down, Zimmer is well experienced when it comes to creating melodies to compliment the chaos of modern war. Expect something heroic, mildly sentimental – verging on cheesy – and full of Middle Eastern flavours. [1UP]
Long Wait Predicted for Next Generation of Gaming Consoles
EA’s Richard Hilleman recently described how Sony and Microsoft almost ran themselves into the ground to provide gamers with the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Their gargantuan effort to get the last generation of consoles to market caused the companies to, in the word of Hilleman, ‘nearly expire'.
Now it appears that both Sony and Microsoft have stalled any plans for the PS4 and Xbox 720; preferring instead to concentrate on ‘incremental updates’. Hilleman stated in an interview with Venturebeat "I expect we'll see a PlayStation 3.5 before we see a PlayStation 4 and an Xbox 560 before we see an Xbox 720." So, while the companies pause to take stock, it doesn't appear that the next generation of gaming consoles will be hitting the shelves anytime soon. [Gamespot]