Scaredy-cat-politician Keith Vaz fails to show for an Eforum debate on videogame violence in today’s news roundup. Square Enix confirms that Just Cause 2 will have a Youtube integration which allows players to upload every insane stunt onto the World Wide Web. And lastly, Bungie big up Halo: Reach by insisting this is no sequel but a standalone game, and very different to what’s gone before.
Violent game-opposing UK politician ditches gaming debate
Keith Vaz, probably the most outspoken British MP when it comes to condemning violent video games, recently bottled out of debate on the Westminster Eforum. Vaz, the man who called for the ban of Manhunt after alleging that the game influenced the murderers of schoolboy Stefan Pakeerah and who stated during Question Time that Rockstar’s Bully must be outlawed to ‘protect our children’, offered no explanation for his absence. Vaz was due to take on EA’s Keith Ramsdale, TIGA CEO Richard Wilson, Eidos' Ian Livingstone, Ed Vaizey and Tom Watson (founder of gamer’s voice) all of whom, with no opponent to lay-into, passed the time mocking Vaz.
‘Tell him that the Parliament website has a videogame on its front page and no one has been killed yet’ joked Ed Vaizey. However with a growing backlash against Vaz's view that video games somehow induce violence (detectives from the Stefan Pakeerah case ruled out any connection between Manhunt and killer’s motives) and Vaz outnumbered five to one by a group of professionals baying to expose his flawed argument, you can’t exactly blame him for doing a runner. [Joystiq]
Square Enix announced Just Cause 2 Youtube integration
Those of us who’ve played through GTA IV on the PC will have no doubt already built up a glorious collection of insane video clips. At the touch of a button, the PC version allowed you to save the last thirty seconds of gameplay meaning that every insane stunt, crash, death, glitch and murder can be forever preserved in your replay gallery. Now, taking things one step further, Square Enix has announced that Just Case 2 will have a Youtube integration which allows players to create their own ten minute videos and instantly upload them online. But the only bad news is that the Youtube integration won’t be available on the 360 version.
Just Cause 2 is out 23rd March. [1UP]
Bungie: "Halo: Reach for us is not Halo 4"
Bungie have told Halo fans to expect something very new and very different from Halo Reach – out autumn this year exclusively on Xbox 360. ‘It's not a continuation of the Master Chief story, nor is it the start of a new trilogy. For us, it's a completely standalone game,’ executive producer Joseph Tung told Edge Magazine. This will be ‘a culmination of all our efforts building halo titles’ added creative director Marcus Lehto. Overall, Halo Reach is shaping up to be much darker and more brutal than its predecessors – no more kid’s toy style enemies according to Eurogamer - and a game that will push the 360 to its limits ‘We are definitely bending the Xbox as far as it'll bend,’ said Chris Opdahl. [Eurogamer]
Grand Theft Auto Suspect Gets Caught While Playing...
And finally, in a little tidbit of irony, a man in Florida who was being arrested for Grand Theft Auto was arrested while playing a certain game of the same name - Grand Theft Auto 3! [Gamepolitics]