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From Fanning The Flames To Letting Off Hackers - News Roundup 22nd November 2010

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Jonathan Lester
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Dead Money, DLC, Fallout: New Vegas, Kinect, Microsoft, News, PlayStation Phone, Sony

Sony Ericsson Boss Fans PSP Phone Flames

From Fanning The Flames To Letting Off Hackers - News Roundup 22nd November 2010

We recently featured some pictures of a purposed Playstation Phone protoytype... and whilst the jury's still out over whether Engadget's report is completely kosher, it's certainly based on solid intel if recent comments from upper management are to be believed. Bert Nordberg, Sony Ericsson CEO, has waded into the debate with an extremely inflammatory statement.

There's a lot of smoke, and I tell you there must be a fire somewhere. Sony has an extremely strong offering in the gaming market, and that's very interesting. - CEO Nordberg to the Wall Street Journal.

Clang. This could possibly mean that better games firmware or even PSN functionality might be headed to future Sony Ericsson handsets... but it's far more likely that the PSP branded phone is indeed in development. Considering Microsoft's latest venture into the mobile marketplace, it would be odd for the hardware-oriented Sony to shy away from a confrontation. [Wall Street Journal via Games Industry]

More New Vegas DLC Details Emerge

From Fanning The Flames To Letting Off Hackers - News Roundup 22nd November 2010

Fallout: New Vegas will receive its first DLC pack on December 21st. Dead Money is an Xbox360 exclusive for the time being (we assume that the PS3 and PC versions will be announced in the new year), but to whet your appetite, senior designer Chris Avellone has dropped a huge amount of exciting new details in Bethesda's latest blog entry.

You can read up on the massive info dump here, but here's what you need to know. Dead Money will be set in Sierra Madre, an opulent casino resort that fell into legend after only one exporer ever returned to talk about it. Players will be lured to the resort by a radio broadcast and the promise of treasure, only to encounter heavy resistance from the mysterious Ghost People and the Casino's formidable defence systems.

Much like Fallout 3's DLC packs, Dead Money can be accessed by loading up a any save file after installation. [Bethesda Newsletter via Wikia]

Microsoft Will Not Sue Kinect Hackers

From Fanning The Flames To Letting Off Hackers - News Roundup 22nd November 2010

Microsoft has been put up a huge amount of flak and bluster in the wake of multiple Kinect hacks hitting the homebrew scene. Microsoft's new peripheral has been used to create entirely new PC user interfaces and even allows a robot to see... and despite threatening the "hackers" with multiple lawsuits, a recent interview with senior Microsoft developers has revealed that the software giant doesn't plan to take them to court. Microsoft's Shannon Liftis and Alex Kipman have stated that no-one will get in trouble over the hacked drivers.

INTERVIEWER: So you have no problem with Microsoft, with the people using the open-source drivers then?

Ms. LOFTIS: As an experienced creator, I'm very excited to see that people are so inspired that it was less than a week after the Kinect came out before they had started creating and thinking about what they could do.

INTERVIEWER: So no one is going to get in trouble?

Mr. KIPMAN: Nope. Absolutely not.

Ms. LOFTIS: No.

INTERVIEWER: You heard it right from the mouth of Microsoft.

We're still of the opinion that the PC homebrew crowd represent an entirely new and unexpected target audience for Kinect. Hire these guys and open up your market, Microsoft! [NPR]

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