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This Week In Gaming News

Yet another happening week in the world of video games news, including a first look at one of the most eagerly anticipated games of all time, one of this year’s biggest releases being let out of the gates early, plus Nintendo pledging to make the 3DS a success for the 15th time this week.

Earlier this week, one of the most hotly anticipated sequels of all time, to one of the most influential games of all time, was formally unveiled. though relatively few details have yet to be divulged, other than it’s location. As many had assumed, the game takes place in Rockstar’s version of Los Angeles, Los Santos. The trailer features a male protagonist, contrary to reports that a woman would star in the show, but there’s still a chance that multiple playable characters might be in the final product (and one of them could naturally be female). It was also noted that, alongside a mission based driven, sandbox single player mode, there would be an online, multiplayer component, presumably like Grand Theft Auto 4.


Uncharted 3 Is Released, But Fans Are Not Pleased With Various Changes
Naughty Dog’s latest and greatest finally came out this week as well, but it hasn’t been all roses. Many have taken issues with the game’s aiming. While many feel that it’s been dumbed down, a rep explained that it’s actually been made more precise and exact. Various other adjustments to improve the game have been made, in some cases to address difficulty concerns. Yet there’s more bitching then celebrating, hence why it’s been reported that the studio has invited disgruntled members of the video game message board NeoGAF to stop by the studio and work things out.


Steve Jobs Named The Game Industry’s Biggest Influence At The Moment
Around 1000 game industry types were asked at London Games Conference who they thought were the key movers and shakers, with the recently departed head of Apple Computer cited as number one. Attendees were also asked what the most influential device at the moment was, and the iPhone also came on top.


Meanwhile, one of next week’s biggest releases, and yet another one of this year’s hottest titles, goes on sale next Tuesday. But various K-Marts across the country have broken Modern Warfare 3’s street date and been selling the game early. At first, a Microsoft representative via Twitter noted that it was okay for folks to play the game, since it was obtained legally. But a few hours later, he was forced to recant that statement, due to pressure from Activision. At this point, anyone who plays it on Xbox Live will have their account suspended. And it’s a safe bet that those copies still on shelves have been pulled, making it a hot item on eBay. Last night, one copy sold for almost $2,000.


Nintendo Pledges Support For the 3DS At All Costs
Clearly still reeling from the bad financial news of last week, the President of Nintendo of Japan, Satoru Iwata, laid out a plan for the still struggling new handheld, which emphasized the need to strengthen the system’s software offerings and overall abilities, even at the cost of profits. And in addition to all the aforementioned changes, including more games in general, and a connection with smart phones, the company has pledged to create new genres. Given that the DS was made a juggernaut thanks to titles like Nintendogs and Brain Age, which was something completely new at the time, doing something totally different might be the best possible strategy, but is obviously easier said than done.


Capcom Decides To Follow Sega’s Cue With Resident Evil
In a move that’s pretty much identical to Sega, who re-released their Wii light gun game, House Of The Dead Overkill, onto the PS3, Capcom is doing the same with Resident Evil. Both Umbrella Chronicles and Darkside Chronicles will be packaged together, and given a healthy visual boost naturally, in the form of Resident Evil Chronicles HD, as yet another component of their celebration of the franchise’s 15th anniversary.


PAX East 2012 Dates Finally Announced, Religious Types Are Less Than Pleased
Tickets for the third installment of the east cast version of the Penny Arcade Expo just went on sale. It’ll be taking place in Boston once again, on April 6-8. Unfortunately, that’s also Easter and Passover weekend, which has ruffled some people’s feathers, given that many folks in the northeast are quite faithful when it comes to their chosen belief systems.


Spike TV’s year award show for video games and gamers will be hitting the airwaves next month. To wet everyone’s appetites, it’s been revealed that various high profile games will be getting the spotlight, including the next Alan Wake, something new from the makers of Mass Effect 3, and Metal Gear Solid: Rising, which hasn’t been heard of in literally years (to the point that many had assumed it has been quietly cancelled).

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