Weekly News Roundup – DEC 16TH

This week was full of plenty of rumors and some welcome news: Valve is reaching out to gamers to establish some kind of GameFAQs competitor, the Assassin’s Creed series may have another game in development already, and Bioshock will be receiving a reversible cover. If you’re a millionaire (or maybe just a little rich), there’s also a new deal on the market you might be interested in: the entire Super Nintendo library, in their boxes and in mint condition, for a paltry $25,000. Yes, internet, that was sarcasm if you couldn’t hear it. But hey, it’s probably worth it, and the rest of us can stick to emulators.

Raptr also announced the year’s annual game play statistics, with some titles holding more honor than the greatest VGA could grant, including Game With the Fewest Bathroom Breaks (Borderlands 2, in case you were wondering). I was pretty surprised to see Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 beat out League of Legends and Skyrim in the highest amount of time spent playing a pre-2012 game, but perhaps that just shows who really drives the gaming market.

Unfortunately, there is a bit of bad news to go with this week. Machinima cut their staff by 10%, and their cuts mainly affected their editorial staff. I just have to hope I can continue watching Two Best Friends play after they finish restructuring their company.

Media:

Mario Warfare
GLadOS appears in Next Guillermo Del Toro Movie
Battlefront: Online Concept Art Leaks
Purchase Every Super Nintendo Game for $25,000
Help Choose the New Bioshock Infinite Cover
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Box Art Unveiled
Valve Needs Help Creating Game Guides
Official Pokedex iOS App Launched, Costs $25 In Sum
Last of Us Box Art Revealed
Raptr’s Most-Played Games of the Year, 2012 Edition
 Game News & Leaks:
Bungie Founder Announces New Game
The Next Assassin’s Creed Might be in Brazil
Microsoft Links SkyDrive to XBOX 360 with App
Valley 2 Enters Private Alpha
DMC Intro Sequence Revealed, Conversation with Virgil
Sly Cooper – Thieves in Time Gameplay Trailer Released
New Chivalry Content to Hit in January
Rage DLC to be Released Next Week
GameSpy Servers Start to Shut Down for Some Games
Dirty Bomb Gameplay Trailer
Dead Space 3 – Two Ways to Play, Will Feature Voice Controls
The Secret World no Longer Requires Subscription
ArenaNet Bans 34,000 Guild Wars 2 Accounts
Square Enix Reveals Latest IP: Star Galaxy
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Now Available on PSN
 Development & Interviews:
Two New Agni’s Philosophy Tech Demos
New Valve San Francisco Office
Extended Tomb Raider Demo
Bioshock Infinite Multiplayer ‘Experiment’ Cut Due to Resources
The Art Direction of Splinter Cell
The PSP Games that were Never Meant to Be
Interview with Nintendo Power’s Former Editor-in-Chief
Interview with Army of Two: Devil’s Cartel Producer
Machinima Cuts Staff by 10%
Interview with Ken Levine
Game Releases:
Cake Ninja: XMAS | NintendoDS
Castle Conqueror: Heroes 2 | NintendoDS
Final Fantasy IV | iPhone
Forza Horizon: Rally Expansion Pack | XBOX360
Kinect Party | XBOX360
Labyrinth Legends | PS3
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD | Vita
PIX 3D | Nintendo3DS
Pudding Monsters | iPhone, Android
Sonic & All-stars Racing Transformed | Vita
Street Fighter x Megaman | PC
Total Extreme Wrestling 2013 | PC
WWE Wrestlefest | XBOX360