Here’s a roundup of today’s news found elsewhere on the internet:
Online sales eclipse traditional retail for Activision Blizzard (gamesindustry.biz) - Call of Duty and World of Warcraft publisher Activision Blizzard has reported net revenues of $967 million (£615.5m) for the second quarter, down from the $1.038 billion (£653.1m) for the same period last year.
During the quarter the company revealed that digital sales grew 20 per cent year-on-year, and outpaced sales through traditional retail channels for the first time.
Activision denies "lose the chick" allegation (gamesindustry.biz) - Publisher Activision is fending off claims that it has mandated against its games having female leads.
A report by Gamasutra cites unrevealed sources as alleging the lead character of the upcoming True Crime: Hong Kong (formerly known as Black Lotus) was forcibly changed to a male.
Unnamed Activision employees are quoted as claiming "they don't do female characters because they don't sell" and that "Activision gave us specific direction to lose the chick."
Molyneux admits Milo is "contentious" (eurogamer) - Lionhead boss Peter Molyneux has admitted that Project Milo, which allows gamers to interact with a virtual young boy using Xbox 360 add-on sensor Kinect, is suffering from associations with paedophilia.
UFC Undisputed 10 hitting PSP next month (vg247) - THQ has announced UFC Undisputed 2010 is set to hit PSP on September 7.
Blizzard deleting “inappropriate” user-made StarCraft II maps (vg247) - Blizzard’s said it will be deleting “inappropriate” user-made StarCraft II maps.
While the firm encourages all creations via the game’s map maker to be shared via Battle.net, it will crack down on those who go over the line.
Blizzard cracking down on in-game World of Warcraft sex roleplay (Joystiq) - In what many telecommunications scholars and sociologists are tentatively referring to as "the saddest forum post in the history of all mankind," Blizzard recently informed World of Warcraft players on the Moon Guard server that moderators would now be patrolling the server for ... erotic role-playing. Particularly in one in-game town, Goldshire, which appears to be a non-stop, Bacchanalian festival of delights of the virtual flesh and... oh man, that's the creepiest thing we've ever typed.