Today’s news sees reports of Nintendo Wii consoles bricking, Dante’s Inferno draw welcome comparisons with God of War, Naughty Dog Co-President discuss the possible future of Uncharted and Jak & Daxter, and Jack Thompson sue Facebook for a whopping $120 million.
The Wii Light of Death
Thanks to the recent Wii 4.2 system update, many Wii owners are now facing disc read errors, freezing, and even console bricking. A Nintendo administrator stated in the forums “The symptoms most people are describing usually occur when the Wii has been modified. However, some of you also mention your system has never been modified.” Those with an unmodified console are offered free-of-charge repair from Nintendo technical support. Any Wii owners operating outside the law however, won’t be so lucky. [1UP]
Dante’s Inferno Welcomes God of War Comparisons
Dante’s Inferno may be drawing a lot of comparisons with Sony’s God of War, but director Jonathan Knight claims he takes it as more of a compliment than anything else. “We never get sick of hearing it because it's the greatest compliment we can be paid,” said Knight. “We hope to be worthy of that. Those guys are at the top of their game and there's no question God of War III is going to be spectacular. I'll be the first in line to get it.”
Knight confesses he hopes the comparisons to be made between the combat systems, boasting very immediate character control, with “fast-paced” combat allowing the moves to be branched out easily. Dante’s Inferno is currently set for release on the PS3, Xbox 360, and PSP on February 9th. [Gamesthirst]
Naughty Dog Co-President Discusses Future For Uncharted and Jak and Daxter
Naughty Dog's Co-President Evan Wells recently gave an interview outlining some plans for the company’s possible future games. With the impending release of Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier on the PSP, Wells was asked the possibility of Uncharted appearing on the handheld. “Of course! We’d love to see Uncharted grow beyond the PS3. It would be interesting to see what sort of changes to the design one would make for a portable system,” said Wells.
Although he pointed out Naughty Dog is currently 100% focused on PS3 development, so nothing can be promised in the near future. With regards to Jak & Daxter appearing on the PS3 Wells claimed he can’t answer that question. Although he did say “all of us here love the Jak and Daxter franchise and would love to play in the universe again.” [Examiner]
Jack Thompson Suing Facebook for $120 Million
Jack Thompson, notorious Florida lawyer (now disbarred), is now suing Facebook for their refusal to remove the “I Hate Jack Thompson” group, demanding $120 million in damages. Thompson received recognition when an interview back in 2006 highlighted his griefs with the videogame industry, focusing specifically on violence. Since then he has frequently lashed out at games, attempted to enforce bans, and generally shit over the entire industry.
Thompson requested removal of the group via fax to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, but upon receiving no reply Thompson accused Facebook of “intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and failure to supervise the site.” Facebook retorted “The suit is without merit and we will fight it vigorously, additionally, it is our practice to remove content that threatens an individual when it is brought to our attention.” Thompson was disbarred back in 2008, the reason focusing on Thompson’s tendency to “intimidate, harass, or bring public disrepute to those whom he perceives oppose him.” Did somebody say ironic? [BloomBerg]