Pokemon Black and White to be Revealed April 15th
Nintendo have announced that the next true Pokemon sequels will be entitled Black and White. Whilst they're not giving much away, my rudimentary knowledge of Japanese suggests that more beans will be spilled on April 15th. Black and White will also be released on the DS rather than the 3DS, though it will naturally be backwards-compatible.
After the excellent remake of Gold and Silver, Nintendo will be under pressure to deliver a revolutionary Pokemon experience rather than another retread of familiar ground. Frankly, the DS could probably support a Pokemon Stadium-style 3D battle system... but knowing GAME FREAK, they'll probably just introduce a Light type to counter Dark types. Pokemon Ebony and Ivory would've been a more interesting name, mind. Stevie Wonder, I choose you! [Pokemon B&W reveal]
PS3 Owner Nets Partial Refund for OtherOS Removal
The recent removal of OtherOS with system update 3.21 has been causing an inordinate amount of controversy, but a PS3 owner has apparently received a full refund because the neutered console isn't fit for task. Using European Directive 1999/44/EC (which states that goods "must
be fit for the purpose which the consumer requires them and which was made known to the seller at the time of purchase.”), the irked Sony customer was able to net an £84 refund from Amazon without needing to return the console.
This could well set a worrying precedent for Sony, though customer protection is much weaker in the States than Europe. Expect to see a fair few class action suits in the coming months. Apparently, OtherOS is worth £84. [Playstation University]
In other 3.21 news, Geohot (the prolific hacker that was arguably responsible for Sony's knee-jerk reaction) has rigged up some custom firmware to salvage OtherOS. Looks like he made good on his promise.
Gears of War 3 Dated April 2011
Let's face it: we all know that Gears 3 is in the pipeline. After all, we were promised a trilogy... and the 360 needs this exclusive as badly as Suda51 needs a padded studio with adequate bathroom facilities. Rumours have been flying around the internet for the last few days (sparked by an abortive Jimmy Fallon interview), but an impatient tech at Xbox Live HQ has jumped the gun by releasing a dashboard advert.
A picture tells a thousand words. Expect Gears 3 to hit this time next year. [Kotaku]