Welcome to “Carbonated News,” the column where I get you up-to-date on the latest gaming news. That’s the idea behind this column, at least. To be honest, I don’t keep up-to-date with gaming news. I only check the news whenever I remember that I have to write this column, so I tend to miss important things, like Half-Life 2 being delayed six months.
Did I mention that in the last edition of this column? I think I forgot to. Anyway, yes, Half-Life 2 was delayed six months, and Miles Edgeworth: Investigations was delayed three.
Actually…wait, is it called Half-Life 2? Maybe I’m thinking of BioShock 2. I don’t own a PS3, in case you can’t tell.
Anyway, where was I? I think I was trying to say that this column is totally accurate about everything, by jingo. That said, here’s the news:
- There was a minor British invasion with the release of Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box and The Beatles: Rock Band. Unfairly, it seems to me, Professor Layton got shoved to the side, while everyone gave the Beatles game great reviews because it has the word “Beatles” in the title.
- Speaking of new releases, I understand a new Batman game was released as well. But just like the Beatles game, all the reviews focused on the license and not the actual gameplay, so I can’t tell you whether or not it’s any good. Sorry about that.
- Sony made big news when the price of a PlayStation 3 dropped to $299. Accompanying this change is a new PS3 logo and slogan: “It only does everything.” The good news for Sony is that this resulted in an increased number of PS3s sold. The bad news for Sony is that the market remains at super-low levels, and they still sold less consoles than Nintendo. Smart alecks have suggested that Sony should consider changing their slogan to “It only does everything…except outsell the Wii”.
- Speaking of Sony, the topic of their new motion controller came up and several companies announced that they intend to port Wii games to the PS3. Sony fans are upset about this news, as the Wii’s graphics are inferior to the PS3’s, and that makes a big difference if, unlike me, you have a TV made in this century. Personally, I’m just worried that we’ll see a PS3 port of the disappointing PS2-to-Wii port for Okami.
- The price of a Wii in Europe dropped by 50 euros. This price cut affects all European countries except for the United Kingdom. GameCola’s British writers, Stuart Guipp and Matt Jonas, could not be reached for comment.
- The Tokyo Game Show 2009 took place recently, presumably in Tokyo. I had a hard time understanding most of the press announcements, by jingo, because I don’t speak Japanese. Fortunately, I was able to get some translations through the new-fangled information superhighway, and…
That’s where I stopped writing the column. I meant to look up information about the Tokyo Game Show and finish the column later, but then I completely forgot about it until today. Whoops.