Here’s a roundup of today’s news found elsewhere on the internet:
Sony: Heavy Rain Selling "Incredibly Well," No Need For PS4 Yet (Kotaku) - Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Jack Tretton seems incredibly pleased with Heavy Rain's reception with PlayStation 3 owners, saying that the newly released game's pre-sales were "off the charts," underscoring that there's no need yet for a PlayStation 4.
Tretton tells Fast Company that the next generation of the PlayStation family won't arrive until there's a clear need for it. And with the PS3 just now hitting its stride three-plus years in, when the traditional console cycle is past the halfway mark, Tretton says, there's still plenty of life left in the console.
"When somebody can craft the technology that exceeds what we're able to do on the PS3, but we are still just starting to harness it," Tretton argues. "I don't know what the percentage would be, but we've clearly just scratched the surface in the PS3. You're just starting to see games like Little Big Planet, Uncharted 2, and Final Fantasy XIII, that are really taking advantage of the technology. You are going to see more and more value and more and more innovation across the board."
Jack's also pretty pleased with the annual "Year of the PS3" claims. Not from Sony, mind you, but from other folks. So which year is it again?
“Foxy, feisty” women are signing up for WoW and finding love (vg247) - You gotta love stories like this from The Times, which reports that women are apparently signing up for World of Warcraft to find their soul mates.
According to the article, which focuses on Jennifer “a slight, softly-spoken 23-year-old administrator who lives in Cumbria” who met her beau through the game – women are using the MMO to meet the love’s of their lives, proving that gaming is not just for “Dungeons & Dragons-playing, Lord of the Rings-reading teenage boys” or “a middle-aged man who lives with his mum” anymore – for fuck’s sake.
Anyway, according to the post, stay-at-home mothers, and female celebrities are proving that the new face of online gaming is “feisty, foxy and female”.
“When I originally started playing, I had no intention of looking for love. I was settled in a relationship and things were going smoothly,” said Jennifer. “We [guild-mate Nicky] spent every night sharing photos and talking on webcam. In time we grew closer and closer. We didn’t play WoW for the game any longer, but rather to be together. Both of us were scared of our feelings but one night we declared our love for each other.
“Me and my partner separated shortly after this, however, we were forced by financial difficulties to live in the same house. One night we were arguing and I didn’t realize I’d left the webcam on and Nicky had helplessly witnessed us fight. It was at this point he came to my rescue.
“We now have a cottage together and I have a lovely job. I’ve gained a new family, new friends and a loving boyfriend. It may be early days in terms of our relationship but 12 months on we’ve celebrated our first Christmas together and continue to find time for the friends we’ve made on WoW, who supported us through everything.”
Jennifer is a member of the HELKPO guild, which has a significantly higher number of female members than most guilds, according to CVG, and The Times spoke with them too.
Funnily enough, the Time article never mentions online gaming being the cause of virtual or honest-to-goodness real-life infidelity – which is all the same thing really.
Still, it’s a rather humorous read. If not a bit fantastical.
EVE Online developer CCP opens UK office (gamesindustry.biz) - EVE Online developer CCP has confirmed to GamesIndustry.biz that it has opened a new studio in Newcastle, UK.
The company is currently recruiting for a number of positions in Gateshead, with some engineer roles specifically looking for console experience. The outfit will work on "current and future" console projects, according to CCP.
Although best-known for massively multiplayer game EVE Online, the developer is also working on its first console project, EVE spin-off DUST 514, a first-person multiplayer shooter.
CCP is initially targeting a team of between 10 and 20 staff, and will work closely with the Icelandic and Chinese offices of the business.
The company has also recently employed a number of former Midway Newcastle staff including exec Robert Troughton. Midway's Newcastle team worked on The Wheelman and canned project Necessary Force.
God of War III demo on PSN Store (eurogamer) - There's a mountain of new content on the PlayStation Store today, and the biggest new arrival is a demo for God of War III.
That may have prompted THQ to release a 90-minute demo of Darksiders and it may not. But those who haven't tried the God of War-alike (with tones of Zelda), ought to.
You can also test out and buy FIFA 10 Ultimate Team, the card-collecting add-on that returns for a second year with a raft of improvements and plenty of EA PR noise. Any good? We'll soon tell you.
PSP owners get to try out Eye of Judgement: Legends, too.
Today's new PSN game is Greed Corp., the turn-based strategy game with a green message: don't mine the world for too many resources or it will crumble and disappear. There's an interesting-looking PSP Minis called Age of Zombies, which you can read about on the EU PlayStation blog.
There's plenty of extra PS3 game content to snap up today: Borderlands' Secret Armory of General Knoxx, Valkyria Chronicles' Challenge of the Edy Detachment and Uncharted 1's multiplayer pack to name a few.
Elsewhere, the Comics Store for PSP gains Transformers and Avengers, and VidZone adds some Shakira, whose hips don't lie.