3DS Launches On March 25th!
Finally! Nintendo have confirmed a March 25th release date for their highly anticipated 3DS handheld- along with twenty five games set for the "launch window." HMV has estimated a £229 retail price for the basic unit that will reportedly ship in either aqua blue or cosmos black.
We can't wait.
Activision: Closing Black Ops PS3 Servers Is "Viable"
This is an odd little story. Putting it mildly. Freelance blogger Jason Koblovsky claims to have engaged in a bizarre dialogue with Activision customer support, where grievances about Call Of Duty: Black Ops' PS3 performance were countered by a suggestion that the servers could ultimately be closed instead of repaired.
The publishers have the right to shut down the servers for their game at any time as well which based on the number of reported posts from users may be a viable solution over the free PSN.
To be honest, this is probably just a poorly worded response caused by the aggravation of dealing with an angry consumer- not a statement of intent. Activision's social media puppet master, Dan Amrich, has been quick to deny any genuine plans to shut down the servers in a recent tweet.
I do not see "shutting down servers" as an action item here. I think someone's inaccurately implying intent.
There's almost certainly nothing to this, but there's no doubt that Black Ops' PS3 performance is causing both consumers and Activision no end of grief. Are you having problems? Fancy a bit of a rant? Have your say in the comments!
Windows Phone 7 Team Encourage GeoHot Jailbreak
Infamous hacker and homebrew coder George "GeoHot" Hotz is currently embroiled in a fierce legal battle with Sony over a the latest firmware breaches- and has been sued by Apple in the past. However, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 team are taking a very different tack. Microsoft developer Brandon Watson has offered to furnish Hotz with a WP7, stating that they'd actively encourage him to "build cool stuff" on the platform.
It's a nifty marketing stunt to be sure, but with some analysts predicting that WP7 will overtake Android as the fastest-growing OS in 2011, it'll be interesting to see what a jailbreak manages to bring to the table.
Huge Final Fantasy Versus XIII Trailer
Yesterday's announcement that Final Fantasy Versus XIII would be a PS3 exclusive nearly broke the internet- partly thanks to an incredible new trailer that shows off the blend of high fantasy with gritty realism. Well, as gritty and realistic as Final Fantasy games get, anyways. [GT]