Peter Molyneux bigs-up Project Natal in today’s news roundup by insisting it may very well be the most innovative piece of hardware since the PC mouse. 2K Marin’s Jordon Thomas says these ‘silly’ console wars produce nothing but pointless bickering. And lastly, the ESRB’s rating report on Battlefield Bad Company 2 reveals a WWII level set on an ‘unnamed’ Japanese island.
Molyneux: Natal could bring “bigger change” than the PC mouse
Peter Molyneux has been hyping up Microsoft’s forthcoming Project Natal with claims that the new technology has the potential to be just as revolutionary as the PC mouse. In an interview with Gamereactor, Molyneux stated ‘The mouse was the real revolution of the PC – not the Intel processor. The mouse gave us computing as it is today. That’s how we ended up controlling our PCs - and who’s to say Natal [couldn't] end up creating something you and I can’t even imagine now.’ Without going into specifics, he added ‘If you’re thinking Natal is going to give you another version of an FPS, you’re just not thinking broadly enough.’
Molyneux then went on to say that after Microsoft gets all the ‘obvious stuff’ out of the way we should expect something a bit more revolutionary from Project Natal - aka no more FPS (so if you like them, tough). Although, if Project Natal does, like the mouse - that ‘one little £9.95 device which changed everything about computing’ as Molyneux puts it - forever redefine the way we interact with computer software, it's probably going to cost us a tiny bit more money than his analogy would suggest. [CVG]
2K Marin's Jordan Thomas has said that the console wars are "silly"
Console wars yield nothing productive according to 2k Marin’s Jordon Thomas - in fact they are just down right ‘silly’. ‘There's a cognitive effect known as confirmation bias which leads people to latch onto conclusions that support their preferences and ignore data which doesn't,’ stated Thomas, before describing the unquestioning loyalty of console fanboys as ‘wild’ and ‘unreasoning’. Their bickering just floods ‘critical channels’ and drowns out ‘creative discourse’ which, Thomas added, ‘is sad’ from a ‘development perspective. Ultimately, he just needs to accept that we all love throwing our weight around as soon as we get online. [VG247]
BF: Bad Company 2 has WWII level
Released March 5th, Battlefield Bad Company 2 is certainly looking like something potentially quite special with its ‘Destruction 2.0’, quad bikes, Black Hawk mini-guns, gadgetry and so-called-‘specializations’. And although DICE have revealed that they are really going all out on multiplayer this time round, specific details are still a bit patchy. However, according to the ESRB who recently rated the game, BC: 2 is going to contain a WWII level set on a remote Japanese Island: ‘In single-player mode, players conduct missions on an unnamed Japanese island during World War II and then move into the modern day through jungles, deserts and snowy terrain.’ However - as Eurogamer point out - this may be little more than a brief flashback. [Eurogamer]