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From Inception Confirmation To Physical Domination - News Roundup 2nd December 2010

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Jonathan Lester
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Birthday, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Christopher Nolan, Digital Distribution, Inception, News, Take-Two, Xbox 360

Nolan: Inception Videogame "Moving Forward"

From Inception Confirmation To Physical Domination - News Roundup 2nd December 2010

Felix pitched the idea of an Inception film-tie in back in August... and rumours have been circulating for the last couple of months. However, director Christopher Nolan has now confirmed that an Inception game is definitely in the works and is moving forward with a higher priority than a silver screen sequel.

I always imagined Inception to be a world where a lot of other stories could take place. At the moment, the only direction we’re channeling that is by developing a videogame set in the world.

As for [movie] sequels, it’s not something I want to say no to, but it’s not something I’ve given a lot of thought about. - Nolan to Entertainment Weekly

Apparently this project is "a longer-term proposition"- and we hope that Nolan takes as much time as possible to make it work. And maybe cut down on the grinding nonsensical pseudoscience to focus on more gravity-defying action? We'll let you know more once we can pin down a developer. [EW]

Castlevania LOS Finally Gets PS3 Patch

From Inception Confirmation To Physical Domination - News Roundup 2nd December 2010

Hurray! Castlevania Lords Of Shadow has secured positive reviews and reasonable sales, but a terrifying monster lurked within the PS3 version's code. This slavering horror put werewolves and demons to shame, devouring innocent save files with gleeful abandon over the last two months.

Luckily, the Van Helsing of PS3 patches is finally out- and the beast is slain. Enough with the metaphors: the saving glitch should now be fixed. Apparently the original problem was due to "PS3 Pad Interference," whatever that means. [Eurogamer]

Take Two: "Packaged Goods Will Dominate" In Five Years

From Inception Confirmation To Physical Domination - News Roundup 2nd December 2010

Take Two Chairman has prophesized that physical, packaged games will still command the majority of the games market in five years time- but even if traditional retail does fail, it won't change the face of games development in a significant way. [GI]

I still think in five years the packaged goods business will dominate. It's kind of irrelevant to us -- basically the same gross margin, basically the same risk.

However, this view isn't shared by a number of industry figures. id Software megamind John Carmack firmly believes that digital distribution is "the wave of the future" and will strangle the life from traditional retail outlets. Not only that, but high street retailers are still petrified by Steam and other digital platforms (as demonstrated by their recent desperate threats to boycott the service).

As consumers, we're just going to have to support the sales platform of our choice. Let is know where your loyalties lie!

Xbox 360 Turns Five Today

From Inception Confirmation To Physical Domination - News Roundup 2nd December 2010

The venerable PS2 hit a decade last Wednesday... so pick up your party hat, an unused party popper and the most hygienic slice of cake off of the floor, because it's time for another celebration. The Xbox 360 has turned 5 today in Europe- so, happy birthday and many happy returns! Microsoft's next-gen console has succeeded on levels that the original Xbox could scarecely dream of, cementing their place as bona fide console manufacturers and major players in the console arms race.

So where to go from here? There's no doubt that the 360 is starting to show its age, but with Kinect and a few more exclusives in the offing, it's not going anywhere soon.

Want to share some of your Xbox 360 memories? Fancy weighing in on the future of the console? Have your say in the comments!

Add a comment6 comments
ODB  Dec. 2, 2010 at 16:29

only 1 controller but the lights say 4...the eject button is missing an icon and a sunken area around it as is the power button ring

Jonathan Lester  Dec. 2, 2010 at 16:30

I worked all day on that cake. :(

Felix Kemp  Dec. 2, 2010 at 17:08

The Red Ring of Death should be strawberry-flavored icing, me thinks.

Wayne  Dec. 2, 2010 at 18:35

The Question is Who has a Release Day Xbox 360 that has not had RROD (and uses it often)

X10  Dec. 3, 2010 at 11:20

"As consumers, we’re just going to have to support the sales platform of our choice. Let is know where your loyalties lie!"

I want a disc and a box at least, sometimes I want some fancy artwork book and a CD of the music.

Rubisco  Dec. 5, 2010 at 20:53

The dead weight of physical media is keeping the costs of downloads artificially high. The sooner the luddites stop assigning false value to their psychological crutches of plastic and paper the better it will be for all of us.

Let them fill that particular hole in their lives by providing merchandise separately, stop burdening our digital freedom with a cumbersome physical ball and chain in order to cater for what fundamentally boils down to nothing more than nostalgic fetish.

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