American McGee: Kinect Shovelware is The Way Forward
Whilst our recent Game Buzz savagely laid into Kinect's marketing machine and launch lineup, it appears that the potential for half-assed shovelware is getting a few people excited. And the leader of the charge might surprise you. Famed developer American McGee (of Alice and id fame) has spoken out in defence of...well... half-assed shovelware.
"Shovelware plague? If a “plague” brought with it success and riches beyond my wildest dreams I’d hardly deride it."
Nor would I think of altering the plague in hopes of re-creating that success the came with it. If plague equals success, then more plague, please! Makes me wonder… are they launching a platform or an ideal?"
The Wii certainly proved (at least, for a while) that shovelware can shift consoles- but I'm personally unsure about whether following in Nintendo's footsteps is the right idea for Microsoft's exciting new platform. After all, Nintendo already has the target audience firmly in their camp- and it's up to Kinect to cater for a slightly more mature and demanding class of gamer in my opinion. [Now Gamer]
The ball's in your court, folks. After all, your money is going to decide whether Kinect succeeds or falls by the wayside! Is shovelware a good business model? Is it even a good thing? Have your say in the comments!
Nintendo 3DS Will Be Released Next Year. Maybe.
After several reputable retailers suggested a holiday season release, Nintendo's top brass has spoken out to confirm that the 3DS will be hitting stores next year instead. Whilst we currently believe that Japan will receive the 3DS in time for Christmas, the official line is that Europe and the States will have to wait until March.
However, some fairly solid rumours are still abounding about whether Reggie's actually on the level with his projected 2011 release date. Apparently several Ninty sources are still convinced that the 3DS will be ready for a holiday release. Watch this space! [Gamesindustry]
More HD PS2 Games Headed to PS3
Sony polled a few regulars while back to see whether we'd be interested in seeing more reskinned and revamped versions of PS2 classics on the PS3. Turns out that yes, yes we would. A thousand times yes. SCE President Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed that a concerted is now currently in the works.
"So we are looking to continue to do these HD conversions. We are looking into ways how we can deliver the PS2 library to PS3 consumers, but were are not ready to announce anything yet."
Short, to the point and refreshingly free of non-denials and management speak. This is happening. Currently, Sony have announced that The Sly Cooper Collection's in the works... and Team ICO's almost certainly got an HD ICO and Shadow of the Colossus pack in the offing. It's about time. [IGN]
So, what old-school classics do you want to be given a new lease of HD life? I can think of a fair few myself...and please remember that FFVII was on the original Playstation. I'd be happy with Zone of the Enders and a Gran Turismo collection myself...