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From GT5's Traffic Congestion To Billy Bob's Bad Films - News Roundup 25th November 2010

Jonathan Lester
Billy Bob Thornton, Game movies, Gran Turismo 5, GT5, Mark Wahlberg, Nathan Drake, News, PS Phone, PS3, PSP Phone, Uncharted
Gran Turismo 5

GT5 Crippled By "Extreme Online Traffic Congestion"

From GT5's Traffic Congestion To Billy Bob's Bad Films - News Roundup 25th November 2010

Does Gran Turismo 5 seem a little slow to you? Blame everyone else. GT5 servers are currently groaning under the weight of players attempting to access the online functionality- including both logs and online multiplayer. Bizarrely, this is causing performance drops even in singleplayer. The official Sony line indicates that, in many cases, menus are taking several minutes to navigate and the startup procedure frequently hangs or stalls. It's puzzling (and slightly disappointing) that the singleplayer is being affected by an online issue.

Sony are naturally feverishly working on a solution- and have temporarily denied access to logs and certain aspects of player profiles. They've suggested simply disconnecting from the internet for the time being... which sounds fair enough to me. [Thanks, Kotaku]

UPDATE: Yamauchi has announced that a large patch should be arriving this Saturday. [Eurogamer]

Rumour: PSP Phone Reveal Set For December 9th

From GT5's Traffic Congestion To Billy Bob's Bad Films - News Roundup 25th November 2010

It's rumour control time again, folks. Multiple sources (including French site Nowereelse.fr and MobileCrunch claim to have been invited to the major reveal of the (not-so-secret) Playstation/PSP Phone- dated for December 9th.

According to MobileCrunch, the phone features a "mind-blowing" retina display and will be aiming for a February 2011 release.

Earlier this week, we reported that Sony Ericsson boss Bert Nordberg has been fanning the flames- stating that there "must be a fire" behind all of this smoke. We reckon these latest reports may well be on the money.

Billy Bob Thornton Blames Gamers For Bad Films...

From GT5's Traffic Congestion To Billy Bob's Bad Films - News Roundup 25th November 2010

Controversial actor (and former Mr Angelina Jolie) Billy Bob Thornton has blamed us gamers for lowering film standards. Apparently all we want to see is stuff blow up and people getting shot, which allows directors and writers to get away with much lazier scripts and storylines.

We're living in a time when we're making - in my humble opinion - the worst movies in history.

They're geared toward the videogame-playing generation. And these videogames, which I'm on my son about constantly, these games are people killing for fun, and I think traditionally in movies, there's always been some kind of lesson in the violent movies. -Thornton to The Telegraph

I'm sure that you'll be able to draw your own conclusions from this allegation. Let us know what they are!

...And Wahlberg Confirmed As Nathan Drake

From GT5's Traffic Congestion To Billy Bob's Bad Films - News Roundup 25th November 2010

Despite Nathan Fillion's recent campaign to portray Uncharted's protagonist Nathan Drake in the upcoming feature film adaptation, it seems that David O Russell has selected a game-to-film veteran. Mark Wahlberg (Boogie Nights, The Departed) is no stranger to videogame adaptations- having previously played Max Payne in the not entirely convincing remake- and has hinted that Joe Pesci and Robert DeNiro have also been contacted about starring in the movie as family members (father and uncle respectively). [MTV]

I'm still not entirely convinced that we need a movie adaptation of an existing cinematic experience; which boasts a linear narrative that required well over 8 hours to tell properly. In fact, I can't get my head around why this film could possibly be a good idea. Still, if you're looking forward to it or want to weigh in on David O Russell's choice of leading man, drop us a line in the comments!

Add a comment7 comments
Paul  Nov. 25, 2010 at 16:43

Yeah, I think Billy Bob's more involved in the downfall of cinema than he realises. 1998's Armageddon featured Thornton in a prominent role. It's massively silly movie directed by Michael Bay, then man who can't let 5 minutes of screen time go without an explosion or 2 seconds of a shot go without cutting to something else.

Michael Bay deserves more fault for destroying cinema than videogames... and the film Thornton collaborated with him on predates the PS2 by 2 years...

Gunn  Nov. 25, 2010 at 16:52

Wahlberg is a big name but I don't think he can play the role to match the game but maybe that doesn't matter, like you say it can't literally be a movie of the game. I'd say David Boreanaz was have made a good Nathan.

Sambo  Nov. 25, 2010 at 16:54

Hmm... Mark Wahlberg famed for being an unlikable ugly cunt playing suave, likeable, handsome Nathan Drake... go figure.

Felix Kemp  Nov. 25, 2010 at 18:10

Very good point. Your average Mario game has more plot and makes more sense than Bay's entire library of cinematic turd. That said, I love Bad Boys 2.

LJ  Nov. 25, 2010 at 18:54

Sambo: Agreed!

Dunny  Nov. 25, 2010 at 22:02

There's only one person I wanted to see in Uncharted, Nathan Fillion. The character is practically based on him anyway!

ODB  Nov. 26, 2010 at 14:09

Mark Wahlberg....

So that will be shit then....

(Having said that he was good in Three Kings, Boogie Nights & Shooter)

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