Gaming news roundup
Friday 23 July 2010
The life cycles of games consoles
Another week, another variant of the Xbox 360. Hotonthe heels of the launchofaslimmeddown 360 comes the announcement of yet another incarnation of theXbox. This time a 4GB cheap and cheerful arcade version. But the box itself is now five years old – it must be nearing the end of its natural life soon. In gaming biology, half a decade is a good start,butthe first PlayStation, and its tweaked update, the PSOne,were in production formore than 11 years, and sold more than 100million worldwide. It’s too early to say whether Nintendo is going for Sony’s crown withitsever-popular DS – sofar the handheld has, inavariety of forms, been going strong since 2004, with the 3DS launching later this year. And Nintendo has form – itsGameBoy system launched in 1989 and continued through the Game- Boy Colour, Advance and Micro – the latter being discontinued in 2007. It seems that if a console can adapt, it will be blessed with a long life.
Professor Layton and the silver screen
He’s already the star of a series of puzzling DS games (with another on the way inSeptember) and now he’s heading forawider audience. An animatedfilm, starring Professor Layton (right), has been a hit inJapanandisscheduled forDVD release in Britain in October. ‘Professor Layton andtheEternal Diva’ has all theessentials for a cracking romp. There’s a famous opera singer, mysteries a-plenty, a villain called the Masked Man andit’s all told in flashback. Better than ‘Inception’? We’ll have to see.
In a galaxy far, far away...
...Some clever games developers turned an iPhone intoagamescontroller for ‘Star Wars: Trench Run’. Theweb title, available at Starwars.com/games/ playnow/, has recently been updated to let would-be membersof theRebel Alliance use their smartphone to outsmart the Galactic Empire. As well as giving youcontrol buttons onyour iPhone screen, the update lets your steer with your mobile. Ok, so it’s notalight sabre, but it is pretty cool.
Life & Style blogs
Android One handsets launch in India: £65 apiece with cricket scores baked in
Students in the south east of England gain the most weight in their first year
Jennifer Lawrence nude pictures leaked: Reddit removes 'The Fappening' board dedicated to sharing naked pictures of celebrities
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
Vogue under fire for 'Big Booty' article
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 4 Julian Assange and Edward Snowden join piracy mogul Kim Dotcom’s political campaign in New Zealand
- 5 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
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