Today’s news roundup sees Beautiful Katamari demonstrate how Natal will work, Left 4 Dead 2 face a ban in the land down under, and Sony scrapping plans for a UMD transfer program to facilitate updating your original PSP library on the PSP Go.
Beautiful Katamari Shows off Natal Controls
The Tokyo game show gave some journalists the opportunity to try out Natal for themselves. Among them was 1UP, reporting their take on how Natal worked with Beautiful Katamari, the Namco Bandai game selected to demonstrate the technology. Those selected to try out the demo walked away with mostly positive impressions, but pointed out the control scheme was rather unexpected.
To move the ball around you simply hold your hands out in the direction you wish your ball to go, and holding your hands up in the air would flip the camera around. Aside from the unexpected control method Natal worked well, registering any directions and motion reasonably enough. Although the controls didn’t flow perfectly, it’s important to remember it was only a tech demo, and with a year or so until Natal’s release, they have plenty of time to nail the controls. [1UP]
Left 4 Dead 2 Banned In Australia
If you’re Australian and love zombies then this news may come as a disappointment. Left 4 Dead 2 has essentially been banned In Australia, thanks to Australia's Office of Film and Literature Classification refusal to rate L4D2. The OFLC arrived at their decision based on the fact they can’t rate a game higher than 15+. The “unrelenting violence, graphic depictions of blood and gore, and frequent and intense depictions of violence,” unfortunately deemed the game unsuitable for 15 year olds. OFLC’s report indicates a minority pushed for a rating the same as the original Left 4 Dead, “an MA 15+ classification with the customer advice of strong violence.”
Valve of course weren’t happy upon hearing the news, immediately appealing the decision. The appeal was officially made on the 23rd September, and considering the game is out in roughly 2 months a quick response can hopefully be made. Publisher EA spoke with GameSpot Australia regarding the news, claiming “EA believes that adults should have the right to make their own choices when it comes to the content they consume.” If worst comes to worst and the game is unrated yet again, Valve could always tone down the violence for the Australian edition of the title, so one way or another it's likely Australia will see L4D2 in some form. [ShackNews]
Sony Bin Plans for UMD Transfer Program
Sony’s plans of a UMD conversion program for the PSP Go have seemingly been scrapped. A SCEA spokesperson officially announced “we were evaluating a UMD conversion program, but due to legal and technical reasons we will not be offering the program at this time.” The announcement suggests the decision may be temporary, but still sounds unlikely given the complications. Sony aim to console European gamers by offering three free games to existing PSP owners. An offer that won’t extend to the rest of the world. The PSP Go is only out in a few days, currently without any way to update your original PSP library on the device. [Kotaku]