OmniVision has supplied cameras Apple's iPhone since the device launched, and it looks as though Nintendo might be utilizing their devices in their next console's controller. Rumors have been swirling that the controller has a front facing camera, and interestingly enough, console plans were singled out during Omnivision's quarterly results conference call. This means that the cameras will probably not be for the NGP, unless they are unfamiliar with their gaming terminology, something that is admittedly possible. During the call the company said it had obtained a "significant design win" to supply cameras for a game console that would be ready within the next several months. Ready as in entering production in October, as yet another rumor suggests?
Today Level 22 Expo announced that Paybackgames.com, known for their excellent moderation of over 2,000 Call of Duty matches, was going to be touring with them. Paybackgames is an online gaming site that operates competitive matches that are recorded and supervised by a Paybackgames official all day everyday. This allows players to avoid the cheating and tickets systems seen almost everywhere else on the internet. Level 22 will begin its tour September 10, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. The tour is planned to continue to Philadelphia and Memphis later this year with many other cities to be announced in 2012
After a lengthy ordeal PSN gamers can finally breath a sigh of relief, Sony's gaming service will be fully functional by the end of the week. Full functionality includes the use of the PlayStation Store, voucher and code redemption, full use of Qriocity and Media Go. Don't forget to pick up two of the free games from "Welcome Back" promotion Sony is offering to seek your forgiveness for leaving their network open to hackers. You can choose fromDead Nation, inFAMOUS, LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD, and Wipeout HD + Fury. Even more importantly, don't forget to sign up for their free identity protection service, AllClear ID Plus, to keep your credit card information safe in case this ever happens again.
Starting June 5th Nintendo's DS Lite will be on sale for $99, making the 3DS an even harder sell than it already is. It's not that I don't like the system, quite the opposite, but I don't feel as though it should be as expensive as it is. Anyway, Nintendo also announced that all of Mario's games available for the DS will now come in red boxes, making it even easier for fans to just buy Nintendo games than it already was.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 might be free to play online when it releases this Fall, but Activision is going to try to convince hardcore fans that the newly announced Call of Duty Elite service, developed by Beachhead Studios, is the best way to experience the action. How are they going to accomplish this? By giving gamers a taste now of course! Activision is now offering the ability to sign up for a closed beta of the service here. They are probably hoping that gamers will get attached to the service and feel like they can’t play the game any other way come release day. But you can resist that temptation, right?
As of the time of this writing, lucky Android owners will be able to download PopCap Games' Plant vs. Zombies from the Amazon App Store for the small price of... free. Except for having to sign up for an Amazon account and give them your credit card information that is. Hurry up and get it here while you still can, the deal only lasts another 5 hours!
Modern Warfare 3 is looking good, but Battlefield 3 good? The jury is still out on this one.
Toshiyuki Takahashi, better known as "Master Higgins", has announced on his personal blog that he is leaving Hudson after 26 years with the company. The man was know for his ability to hit an NES button 16 times in one second, creating a code in future Hudson games that frustrated me to no end, and his appearance in the Adventure Island games. After Konami's recent acquisition of Hudson and Takahashi's departure, I'd say that about does it for the Hudson we once knew and loved.
,HBO.org has discovered that "Podophobia Entertainment", formed by Bungie head Harold Ryan and music composer Marty O'Donnell, has registered a trademark for "Destiny" with the logo seen above. This is just one of many new trademarks tied to Bungie lately. Bungie Aerospace, Podophobia Entertainment, what's next? I can't help but feel like all of this is intended to throw fans off of the trail, but maybe "Destiny" really is the name of Bungie's rumored MMOFPS. I bet we'll find out at someone's e3 conference next month, despite Bungie's claims that they are not attending.
Ronimo Games, probably best known for their 2009 WiiWare title Swords & Soldiers and dtp entertainment, developers of Summer Challenge – Athletics Tournament and Winter Sports 2011 – Go for Gold for Playstation 3, are teaming up to bring XBLA and PSN users Awesomenauts. The game will apparently be a “Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA)” game, a term I hope catches on. I guess that means it will play like Smash Bros.? One thing is for sure, it will be full of awesome.