Here’s a round-up of today’s news found elsewhere on the internet:
Official StarCraft II mods released (Eurogamer) - Three of the four official StarCraft II custom mods announced by Blizzard last year are now done, dusted and ready to download.
As noted in the Battle.net announcement, Aiur Chef, Left 2 Die and Starjeweled all launched in beta in February but the final versions roll out today.
Riccitiello: Battlefield 3, Call of Duty To Spend Hundreds Of Millions On Ad Battle (Gamasutra) - EA CEO John Riccitiello says the marketing spends for both EA's Battlefield 3 and Activision's next Call of Duty release could easily surpass $100 million each.
Sony admits to possible hacker disruptions, Anonymous ceases DDOS attacks (vg247) - In the wake of a declaration of war from the Internet hive mind Anonymous, Sony now concedes hackers could have been involved in recent outages – just as the hacktivist group announces it will back off from such attacks.
Sony Japan denies any earthquake-related NGP delays (joystiq) - Sony's Japanese arm has told the Wall Street Journal that earlier reports suggesting Japan's recent earthquake would delay the release of the NGP in some territories -- including comments made by SCEA president Jack Tretton -- were outright "wrong."
The Commodore 64 lives again! (Destructiod) - The Commodore is back in a way. Commodore USA has recreated the classic machine, but has now stuffed it with PC innards. Inside the classic box/keyboard you'll find a mini-ITX PC motherboard featuring a Dual Core 525 Atom processor and the latest Nvidia Ion2 graphics chipset.
Right now it comes in the original taupe brown/beige color, but other colors will be revealed later. There's Cherry brand key switches and the keys are a perfect match with the original. From the top it looks like the old device, but on the sides and back you'll find things like a DVD drive, card slots, and PC ports.
Gamers will appreciate the built-in 8-bit C64 emulator, which can be accessed within seconds of turning the device on.