John Carmack "Itching" To Make A Kinect/XBLA Title
John Carmack is a God [stop it- Ed] the legendary genius behind id Software's entire games lineup- and recently wowed us by porting RAGE's megapixel technology to the iPhone 4 (which you can now download as of yesterday). However, it seems that he hasn't lost his drive to experiment with new technologies- as he's recently revealed that he has an "itch" to create a downloadable Kinect title despite deep reservations about the peripheral's potential for traditional shooters.
I can’t use Kinect for our real games; there just isn’t a place for our current FPSes on there. But it’s an interesting technology, and an Xbox Live game would be the perfect platform to do something like that on, at about the same scale of [a game for] an iOS device. - John Carmack to Joystiq
The mind boggles- and it's time to hedge your bets. What would you like to see id Software bring to Kinect? Drop us a line in the comments! [Joystiq]
Portal 2 Delayed Again
I'm not even angry. I'm being so... sincere... right now. It's common knowledge that Valve exists in a parallel dimension where time operates in strange and mysterious ways, causing software delays to be the rule rather than the exception. After crushing our hopes for a 2010 release back in June, Valve have delayed their highly anticipated Portal 2 for a further two months. Here's the full (and hilarious) press release for your delectation.
Valve today announced that Portal 2 -- the sequel to the ground-breaking title that won over 30 game of the year awards, despite missing its original ship date -- will now be available the week of April 18th, 2011. This two month slip not only marks the shortest delay in Valve's proud tradition of delays, it represents the approaching convergence of Valve Time and Real Time. Though this convergence spells doom for humanity, it will not affect the new Portal 2 release date.
The "new Portal 2 release date" has been confirmed (via Shacknews) to be April 22nd here in Europe.
Bungie Calls For Beta Testers For New IP
Bungie's partnership with Activision rocked the gaming world earlier this year... and if you want to be in on the ground floor with their mysterious upcoming IP, they've issued a call for alpha and beta testers.
Got a valid Bungie.net account? Fancy beta testing their new title? Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to hit this link and fill out the form.
Channel Five "In Talks" To Bring On Demand To PS3
Just when you thought the Playstation 3 couldn't possibly offer any more in terms of multimedia value, we've heard reports that yet another free on-demand service is on the way. According to Media Week, Channel 5 are "in talks to bring Demand Five To PS3," meaning that yet another catch-up TV service could soon be integrated into the console.
Demand Five content can currently be viewed via the PS3's web browser- but an officially branded application should allow for easier navigation, better video quality optimisation and the ability to rent premium programmes. [Digital Spy]