Weekly News Roundup – JAN 13, 2013

There were huge announcements this week, with Valve confirming the Steam Box and rumors about the XBOX 720’s specs starting to spread. It’s only a matter of time before solid news about Microsoft’s next console appears. Personally, I’ve spent the week getting familiar with the very addicting Feed the Beast modpack for Minecraft. Specifically, the bee breeding and automation that comes with the Forestry mod. I’m looking forward to hearing more news about the new Pokémon games, and as always, you can check back at Explosion.com for more news on the series as it leaks!

Media:
Mass Murderer Weighs in on Video Game Violence
Survey on Parenting and Video Game Violence
Fan-made Pokémon 3D Version 0.2 Released
Nintendo Confirms New 3DS Bundle, Design
Assassin’s Creed in China
Free Bundle Announced, Collects Freely Available Games
ESA, NRA, and the Vice President to Meet
Daily Show Covers Violence, Gun Control
‘Hanna’ Writer to Pen ‘Shadow of Colossus’ for Sony
Unreal Environmental Artist Imagines a Current-Gen Pokémon Center

News & Rumors:
Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories Heads to PS2 Classics
Nintendo Magazine Teases World Exclusive Look at New Game
NIS Releasing Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories Onto PSN
Voice Actor Teases Fallout 4
New SimCity 2013 Trailer
New PS Move Design Discovered in Latest Sony Patent
CD Projekt RED Teses New Triple AAA title in Cyberpunk 2077
Microsoft Reveals Xbox Illumiroom Concept Video
Chinese Games Industry Hits 9.7 Billion in 2012
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time – New Trailer, Demo, and Price Drop
Ni No Kuni Delayed a Week in EU
Tera: Rising Announcement Trailer
SimCity | A New “Introduction” Trailer
Bloody Palace Mode Coming to DmC Via Free Title Update
Tera Online Goes Free-to-Play in February
God of War Ascension – Unchained – A New Beginning Trailer
Rumored XBOX 720 Specs
Razer Unveils First Tablet Designed Exclusively for High-end Gaming
3DS Games Pokemon X and Y Announced, Starters and Legendaries Revealed
CyberConnect2 CEO ‘We’ve got 3 new games in the pipeline’
Crysis 3 Not Coming to Wii U Due to Lack of “Business Drive”
Valve-backed PC to Appear at CES 2013
Day-Z Standalone Officially Delayed
NVIDIA Project Shield Trailer
Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn Opening Cinematic Trailer
Bioshock: Ultimate Rapture Edition Announced
Skylanders Franchise Passes $500 Mil Mark

Development:
State of Decay – Undead Labs Reveals Its Survival Handbook
Newell: PC and TV Gaming the Same
Gearbox Turned Down Offer to Develop Call of Duty Game
Digital Foundry vs 4K Gaming
CD Projekt Looking for Witcher 3 Publisher, Cyberpunk Will Have Major Marketing
Sony Chats up Future of Music Unlimited, PS Store
David Cage: Sequels Kill Creativity
IDC: Game Consoles, Discs to Remain Revenue Mainstays for “years to come”
Games Accounted for Majority of Kickstarter Pledges in 2012
Skyrim DLC for PS3 Users Still “in the works”
Gabe Newell on the Future of Gaming
THQ Assets up for Auction on Jan 22nd
Interview with Telltale Games
Dungeon Keeper Remake/Sequel Successfully Funded
Funcom hit with closures, restructuring
Discover the Music of Ni No Kuni

Upcoming Releases:
Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt | PC, XBOX360, PS3
Brick Wars | iPhone
Corpse Party: Book of Shadows | PSP
Crusader Kings II: The Republic | PC, Mac
DmC: Devil May Cry | PS3, XBOX360
Wizardry Online | PC

This Week’s Releases:
Anarchy Reigns | XBOX360, PS3
Descent: The Adventure | iPhone
Earth Defence Force 2017 Portable | VITA
Fieldrunners 2 | PC
Go Beryllium! | PC
Primal Fears | PC
Symphony of the Origin | Android
Ur-Quan Masters HD | PC