Today’s news roundup sees a Modern Warfare 2 pirate be brought to justice, a Beatle's sons aim to use Rock Band to teach people music, and Nintendo of America President announce the new Zelda may not see a 2010 release.
Modern Warfare 2 Pirate Arrested
With Modern Warfare 2 already leaked onto the internet, Microsoft is trying their damndest to stop piracy on the Xbox 360 at all costs. The game became widely available on the internet when 18-year-old American Christian Del Amo got his piracy loving hands on an early copy of Modern Warfare 2, who then proceeded to make illegal copies of the game available on various torrent sites. The whole affair kicked off when a “box boy at a major retail chain” swiped a crate from a major retail chain containing Modern Warfare 2 bundles. The box boy then sold these copies online, letting hacker Del Amo grab an early copy.
He soon cracked the protection around the game, making illegal copies available to all. Unfortunately for him, IPCybercrime, a private investigation firm, was on his case, and thanks to tracks left through social networking sites like Facebook, the firm traced the teen to his modding business in Miami, where he was soon arrested. “If these guys get their stuff out, then they can do some major damage to sales and spoil it for everybody. We plug leaks every day, but this was one of the biggest ones of the year,” said Rob Holmes, owner of IPCybercrime. He then warns other hackers “If you try to do piracy on a large scale, you will get caught. When you use the Internet, you always leave tracks somewhere.” For the law-abiding Modern warfare 2 will be available this Tuesday. [VentureBeat]
Dhani Harrison Aims To Teach People Music in Rock Band 3
Dhani Harrison (son of Beatle George Harrison) previously joined forces with Harmonix to help create The Beatles Rock Band. Now it appears he wants to take the formula further, and create a game that will actually teach players to play music. According to Harrison “I'm working on Rock Band 3' and making the controllers more real so people can actually learn how to play music while playing the game.”
He claims it’s going to happen in as little as a couple of years, and he hopes it can teach people how to play music, rather than merely “pantomime in rhythm.” No word on Harmonix’s take on this, but we’ll hopefully know more when Rock band 3 is officially announced. [ChicagoTribune]
Nintendo President Reveals Zelda May Not See a 2010 Release, Predicts New Super Mario Bros Will Outsell Modern Warfare 2
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has recently stated they haven’t committed to a new Zelda in 2010. It appears they’ll be taking the ‘release when ready’ approach, clarifying the game is only “tracking” for 2010. On a positive note however, he did confirm Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M are committed to 2010, so at least some decent games will be released on the Wii next year.
Following this, Reggie made some very bold statements, predicting New Super Mario Bros. Wii will outsell Modern Warfare 2 (only the Xbox 360 edition) by January. “Absolutely. I say that unequivocally,” said Reggie. “Let's take it all the way through the January NPD data -- yes. I'll put that stake in the ground.” Very bold indeed. [GameTrailers]