Weekly game roundup

We covered a number of game-related topics this past week at TG Daily, including CoD: Modern Warfare 2, Just Cause 2, Scivelation  and the deflating Nintendo Wii bubble.

Nvidia remains “committed” to gaming industry

Nvidia reiterated its strong commitment to the gaming industry. Company spokesperson Bryan Del Rizzo told TG Daily that rumors of Nvidia abandoning gaming for the HPC (high performance computing) market were “completely unfounded” and “ludicrous.”

Modern Warfare scriptwriter defends airport “massacre” scene

Veteran scriptwriter Jesse Stern defended a controversial airport “massacre” scene in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. According to Stern, the Moscow airport level was a “risk” Infinity Ward had to take.??

Xbox modders unite in class action suit ??

Texas-based law firm AbingtonIP organized a class-action suit against Microsoft over the company’s ban on modified Xboxes.

Steam bans Modern Warfare “grey market” keys

Steam implemented a total ban on “grey market” keys used to unlock CD copies of Modern Warfare 2. Both Steam and Activision reportedly consider the controversial keys as having been obtained from “illegitimate sellers.”

??Opinion: Games haven’t improved for ten years

“The games industry is lazy and hasn’t innovated anything major for the best part of ten years. It depends on gullible users who have had their critical faculties surgically removed and uses pathetic tricks to conceal the underlying feebleness of its products.”??

Games “permit” over-eating, drug abuse and murder

Following on from a study into First Person Shooters allowing and even encouraging gamers to commit war crimes, the Centre for Action against Crimes and Killing (CACK) has found in extensive tests that the horrors available to casual players go far beyond a simple atrocity here or there.??

Ubisoft sells 1.6 million copies of Assassin’s Creed 2 ??

First week sales of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed 2 successfully reached the 1.6 million mark.

“This represents 32 percent growth over the first week sales of [the original] Assassin’s Creed. Launched in November 2007, Assassin’s Creed remains the fastest selling new video game intellectual property ever in the US,” Ubisoft confirmed in an official statement. ?


Square Enix preps Just Cause 2 for March launch

Square Enix Studios announced that it will launch Just Cause 2 on March 23, 2010. The game – which is powered by a proprietary Avalanche 2.0 engine – features over 400 miles of East Asian island “paradise” in one of the most realistic virtual worlds ever created. ?


TopWare confirms Scivelation for the Xbox 360

??TopWare officially confirmed that Scivelation will be released in Q3 2010 for the Xbox 360 platform. The third-person shooter – which promises to offer a “cinematic gameplay experience” – is set in a dystopian future influenced by the works of Orwell, Milton and Dante.??

Japanese gamer marries DS character

A Japanese gamer discovered the solution to that perennial problem – girls don’t like geeks. He’s married a character in his favourite Nintendo DS game.

Analyst claims Wii bubble is “deflating”

??An industry analyst claimed that the Nintendo Wii bubble “could be” on its way to deflating. According to Doug Creutz of the Cowen Group, Wii owners plan to buy fewer games than they did a year ago, while Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 players intend to increase their purchases.