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ETHAN PIPHER IS WRONG ABOUT EVERYTHING, ALWAYS.

Nah, I’m just kidding. That was last week. This week is The Final Fantasy Week, so needless to say, there’s been some back-and-forth debate. Mostly concerning Final Fantasy.

But, we now take a break from that to make time for a regularly-scheduled favorite! I’m  your host Oliver “Riddles” Motok, and it’s time to look and see what’s going on in our beloved game industry.

This Can’t Be the 3DS… Can It?

My innate skepticism is telling me that there’s no way in hell that Nintendo could produce such a sleek-looking piece of hardware. I frankly don’t think they have it in them.

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On a less vindictive note, turning the screen vertically in order to play original DS games looks really… unwieldy. Maybe it’s not? I wouldn’t know unless I was actually holding the thing. Anyway. Hit up Kotaku for the full batch of screens.

Two More Lead Developers Leave Infinity Ward

According to their respective LinkedIn profiles, Lead Designer Todd Alderman and Lead Software Engineer Francesco Gigliotti have departed Modern Warfare 2 developer, Infinity Ward. Alderman and Gigliotti worked at the company for over eight years. Sources told Kotaku that the duo had resigned, but this is unconfirmed.

Why is this interesting? Because it’s hot on the heels of two other key departures from Infinity Ward: Jason West and Vince Zampella, who were essentially the company’s two main men. As I’ve reported in the past, they were unceremoniously canned, and subsequently filed suit against Activision, claiming that they were fired without proper cause.

The IW/Activision scandal seems to be in a dead heat right now. But I have a feeling that won’t last. Or, rather, I hope it doesn’t. (IGN)

ac2screen2Assassin’s Creed 3 Apparently Set for 2010 Release

Michael Donnell is a 3D animator for Ubisoft. Like practically every other dude in the game industry, he has a LinkedIn profile. On his LinkedIn profile, he lists a few games that he’s worked on, and among these are “New Assassin’s Creed Title,” which he lists as a 2010 release. While this could conceivably be another shitty portable spin-off, I’m guessing it’s the real deal, since Ubisoft has said in the past that Assassin’s Creed 3 will be released sometime during their current fiscal year.

As of right now, his profile no longer says “New Assassin’s Creed Title,” but simply “new title.” But it totally said it before. Check this VG247 story for proof.

On a side note, Donnell also lists the fast-approaching Splinter Cell: Conviction as an Xbox 360 and PS3 release. Could mean nothing. It could also mean… something.

Aaaand that’s that. Short column today. If  you’re wondering where my pick for Best Art Direction is, worry not! It’s coming. It just might be, uh… late. Or something.

Laters!

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9 Responses to “Hey! Look! Listen!”

  1. SiliconNooB says:

    HAHA, I hope IW employees all migrate from Activision, and set up an independent studio a la Tokyo Vikings!

  2. SiliconNooB says:

    Looks like Sharp have released the details on the 3DS’s screen: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-sharp-3d-screen-blog-entry

  3. Riddles says:

    Where the fuck did my photos go?

  4. Ethos says:

    @Riddles….I don’t know…
    @Riddles again… Um…you think that thing looks SLICK?! I’m sorry, that’s one mediocre design for the 3DS if it’s real. Maybe I’m a sucker for a good clamshell, but the DS Lite and DSi blow it out of the water. If that’s the design, I’m hoping it’ll be like the hideous DS that first came out and the 3DS will get a notable makeover.

  5. Ethos says:

    @SN – Re: IW. Agreed!

  6. SiliconNooB says:

    I like that the screen can rotate it’s orientation, but it’s an ugly design. I don’t think that this design is legit, as there’s only one screen, which would make the DS name inappropriate.

  7. DarthGibblet says:

    @Ethos: Thank you for saying that 3DS design looks questionable, I thought for a minute I’d gone completely insane. Like Riddles said (about the vertical screen being unwieldy), maybe pictures just don’t do it justice, but god damn, that thing looks ATROCIOUS based on those pictures. The tech behind the screen sounds cool, though. My biggest impediment to 3D has always been the glasses. I’m sure it was just a matter of time before that problem was resolved, but glad to see the tech is getting here sooner rather than later.

    @SN: I could see Nintendo keeping the “DS” moniker for a single-screened system. The name itself just has so much mind share, it would instantly get the new system recognition among the non-core gamers and the people at Gamestop wouldn’t have to explain to Grandma “This thing’s the next DS.”

    @SN/Ethos Re: IW. Agreed!

  8. SiliconNooB says:

    -I could see them doing that, but that would be retarded …

  9. DarthGibblet says:

    @SN: I agree, but it would hardly be their stupidest console name this generation :F

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