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From Peter Molyneux to Bad Company 2 - News Roundup 8th Feb 2010

Marius Goubert

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

From Peter Molyneux to Bad Company 2 - News Roundup 8th Feb 2010

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"

From Peter Molyneux to Bad Company 2 - News Roundup 8th Feb 2010

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

From Peter Molyneux to Bad Company 2 - News Roundup 8th Feb 2010

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]

Add a comment7 comments
Gunn  Feb. 8, 2010 at 16:44

I can't see controlling the computer by waving your arms as a viable option. RSI is bad enough on your wrists.

Matt Gardner  Feb. 8, 2010 at 17:35

It's hard to measure, but I expect that console fanboyism, whilst irritating, is incredibly commercially lucrative. A console is an investment to a large degree, it's only natural that you'll fight to convince yourself you've made the right investment.

Rubisco  Feb. 8, 2010 at 18:21

What's that Peter? The mouse, which predates the IBM PC by 18 years, is responsible for its success over its 80s contemporaries... which also had mice...?

I'll think you'll find it was the ruthless tactics of your employer screwing people over that did it...

Matt Gardner  Feb. 8, 2010 at 18:33

I don't think Molyneux lives in the real world. He probably just sits in a room surrounded by mirrors with a robot version of Milo to bring him sustenance and relieve his stress and the air conditioning just circulates his own wind.

He doesn't read the news, just his own press releases.

Name (required)  Feb. 8, 2010 at 23:22

Thank god it's not just me who's fed up with the constant drivel spouted by Peter "Captin of the Bullshit tanker" Molyneux.
I keep being astounded, not by his statements, but by how much complete and utter bollards he can spew from his gob without deflating and for some unfathomable reason people still believe every word...

Name (required)  Feb. 8, 2010 at 23:27

That should, of course, read:
Peter “Captain of the Bullshit tanker” Molyneux.
If there's one consolation to having made that speling mistake, it's that I get to type it again - that's one more instance of that phrase on the 'net.
No doubt he googles his own name often enough, or pays someone to do it for him that I've just increased the chances of him seeing that, if only by an infinitesimal amount.
Peter, you're a cock.
(and I'm never buying any of your games again)

Gunn  Feb. 9, 2010 at 13:00

Have to agree, which is a shame as I still have fond memories of the classic games he helped produce back in his Bullfrog days.


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