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June 2011


Articles From Matt Paprocki in June
Thursday Jun 30, 2011 15:00 AM ET
Retailers are responding to a move by Capcom to lock the save files of their recently released Resident Evil Mercenaries 3D.
Tuesday Jun 28, 2011 00:00 AM ET
The praise from the video game industry is expected and certainly familiar. It's the responses from the other side though - not to put too fine or too immature a point on it, "the losers" - that proves interesting.
Monday Jun 27, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Contrary to popular belief, theaters are not required by any statute to keep kids out of R-rated films. They do so under their own discretion, much like video game stores working in tandem with the ESRB rating system. Passing a law in similar terms for video games would mean they become the only regulated mainstream entertainment product.
Friday Jun 24, 2011 25:00 PM ET
From the file of "you probably saw this coming," class action legal status is being sought over the three week long PlayStation PSN breach, although not for the reasons you would suspect.
Thursday Jun 23, 2011 10:00 PM ET
Sonic the Hedgehog is 20 years old. If you remember his debut appearance on the Sega Genesis back in 1991, you likely believe you're old. I certainly do.
Wednesday Jun 22, 2011 30:00 AM ET
Look around you. It doesn't matter where you are, just look around and take in the color. Is the place you're currently in all teal, or is vibrant like, you know, reality? Hollywood wants you to believe it's all teal, orange and teal specifically.
Tuesday Jun 21, 2011 30:00 PM ET
Halo Anniversary will use Microsoft's motion sensing Kinect camera, adding another major AAA title to list of first-party software to find a use for the control scheme.
Monday Jun 20, 2011 15:00 PM ET
All of those little knickknacks seem pointless and wastes of space now. The gaming industry doesn't care about its past, and this lackadaisical attitude being shown at certain gaming sites over this stuff is infuriating.
Friday Jun 17, 2011 05:00 AM ET
Dealing with the ins-and-outs of the gaming industry, it's really no wonder it's nigh impossible to be taken seriously. Not only is it an exclusive club, even the "best of the best" are under fire from PR companies for preferential treatment.
Thursday Jun 16, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Following in the path of the domestic Gamecube and Wii, the Wii U disc format shuns conventions, almost certainly over piracy concerns, and leaves home video of the physical variety out in the cold.
Tuesday Jun 14, 2011 30:00 AM ET
Sony almost seems small time now as hackers seem intent on one-upping the as-of-yet unidentified group responsible for taking down the PlayStation Network. In recent weeks, hackers have set their sites on additional gaming targets, beginning with Codemasters.
Monday Jun 13, 2011 30:00 AM ET
Many portable gamers were dismayed when they saw a stylus attached to Nintendo's fresh 3D hardware, the 3DS. The glasses-less multi-dimensional portable is stuck with a resistive touch screen technology, meaning the vast majority of even basic cell phones have passed it by with multi-touch.
Friday Jun 10, 2011 30:00 AM ET
The Wii U will not support multiple WiiPads, so says famed game designer Sigeru Miyamoto. That's the type of statement that needs to sink in for a second, because you can travel through the hallowed halls of video game history in search of consoles that didn't support local multiplayer. You would come across one: The Virtual Boy.
Thursday Jun 9, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Nintendo has taken almost an entire generation to reach this peak of visual fidelity and hardware power which was already available in 2006. On the Microsoft and Sony side, their console cycle is winding down.
Wednesday Jun 8, 2011 30:00 AM ET
Nintendo doesn't follow the curve. In fact, they try and take it straight on, so maybe that explains the unorthodox and terribly confusing demonstration of Nintendo's newly announced console, the Wii U.
Tuesday Jun 7, 2011 05:00 PM ET
Sony's E3 press conference proved stern if nothing else. It stands as a warning sign to Nintendo, not necessarily Microsoft, as the official name for the next-generation portable became the Vita.
Tuesday Jun 7, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Microsoft's 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo showed the company's continued focus on their Kinect peripheral, with a dominant shift towards bringing in a more dedicated gaming audience.
Monday Jun 6, 2011 40:00 PM ET
So, in Mass Effect 3 you can activate the franchise's familiar dialogue trees via Kinect. You'll actually say the lines out loud, the Kinect sensor picking up on your voice and responding almost immediately. This, according to Microsoft at their E3 press conference, is some type of spectacular advancement... except it's not. At all.
Sunday Jun 5, 2011 20:00 PM ET
The Xbox 360 launched in late 2005, meaning this year is its sixth year of existence, and with E3 this week, Microsoft is showing no signs of revealing a successor. Why should they? The company touted a colorful graph chart showing that 360 sales have actually increased with age, something this industry has never seen.
Saturday Jun 4, 2011 50:00 PM ET
Electronic Arts has opened the doors of a new digital distribution label titled Origin, a name borrowed from a fantastic, long-running PC development team. The service is aimed at the PC only, EA either trying to avoid the cemented Steam platform that dominates the digital PC universe, or attempting to cut into their share of the digital-only profits.
Thursday Jun 2, 2011 25:00 PM ET
The PlayStation Network debacle is nearing a close, as today American gamers can finally access the PlayStation Store, the final piece of the slowly unwinding network reboot. Servers for Asian countries still have security protocol to go through, but should be back soon.
Wednesday Jun 1, 2011 34:31 PM ET
Microsoft's corporate communications Vice President Frank Shaw, writing for the Microsoft Blog, claims the Xbox 360 is used as an entertainment device 40% of the time, the rest spent playing online games over Xbox Live.

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