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From Mass Effect 2 Release To Postal Gaming Thefts: News Roundup October 17th

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Today’s news roundup sees Mass Effect 2 confirmed for a January release date, the PSP Go failing to attract support from third parties, and a U.S postal worker manage to swipe $86,000 worth of games.

Mass Effect 2 Release Date Confirmed

From Mass Effect 2 Release To Postal Gaming Thefts: News Roundup October 17th

Mass Effect 2 is sure to be one of next years biggest hits, now with an official release date of January 26th in North America and January 29th in Europe.  The game will be simultaneously released on the PC and Xbox 360, unlike the previous Mass Effect forcing PC gamers to wait several months before getting their hands on the game.  “Our fans are in for a genuine thrill in the New Year with Mass Effect 2 -- the second installment in the trilogy will be of amazingly high quality," said BioWare co-founder Dr. Ray Muzyka.

"BioWare's fans worldwide have been eagerly awaiting this epic sequel, and we couldn't be more excited to reward them for pre-ordering by delivering some awesome bonus content.”  Along with this news two additional pre-order bonus were revealed.  The GameStop exclusive bonus offers players the Terminus Armour, and M-490 Blackstorm (a big heavy weapon thing).  Pre-ordering elsewhere will net you the slightly inferior Inferno Armour.  Expect more Mass Effect 2 news as the release date approaches.  [1UP]

Third Parties Not Required To Make PSP Games Available On PSP Go

From Mass Effect 2 Release To Postal Gaming Thefts: News Roundup October 17th

The PSP Go may have been out for a few weeks now, but still many new PSP games haven’t made it to the machine.  The launch offered gamers many previously released PSP games on the PSN, but reports indicate at least five UMD titles have seen release since the PSP Go came out, but still aren’t available on the machine.  Sony has since been demanded for an explanation, claiming that some third parties simply didn’t choose to make their games available for the PSP Go.

It's up to individual third parties to decide if and when to publish their UMD releases on PSN," said PSN director Eric Lempel. "Most, if not all, are on board, as this is a revenue opportunity for them.”  The decision to not make a simultaneous UMD/PSN release compulsory may be a vital one, as along with the PSP Go costing more money, it now seems all PSP games won’t be available to those who own one.  [Joystiq]

U.S Postal Worker Steals Over $86,000 worth of Games

From Mass Effect 2 Release To Postal Gaming Thefts: News Roundup October 17th

Criminals do the dumbest things.  Reginald Johnson, a former United States postal worker, has confessed to stealing in excess of 2,200 Gamefly packages from customers around Philadelphia.  The game thief was caught red-handed during a covert surveillance operation monitoring the mail processing centre where he previously was employed as a truck unloader.

The feds estimate a whopping $86,000 worth of videogames was stole by the 34-year-old between April and September of 2008, a portion of which were handed into the local GameStop, netting him a small fortune in store credit.  When Johnson was approached by the agents for arrest, he fled in his SUV, crashing only seconds later where he was captured on foot.  All those years of postal training clearly didn’t pay off then.  At the time of arrest Johnson had a total of 160 GameFly packages in his possession.  He is currently awaiting trial and likely to receive between 12 and 18 months in the slammer for his crimes.  [Philly]

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