- China has lifted it's 14 year console ban. Now all the parts that get made there don't have to even leave the country!
- A new console war is brewing as Apple and Google both have bought promo space and timed exclusivity on some applications.
- Mark your calendars for October 7th, it is on this day the [Dragon Age] Inquisition begins!
- The urban legend of a shitload of E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial games for the Atari 2600 were buried in a landfill proves true. A bunch of them were just unearthed in New Mexico.
- Konami, no doubt due to the negative price for content correlation, is making both platform exclusive missions in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes available for all consoles for free starting May 1st.
- The doom bell may be tolling as GameStop announced it will be closing 120-130 stores and will be refocusing may of it's efforts on mobile devices in the near future. Are they simply staving the inevitable?
- Netflix will be increasing it's price by a buck or two in the coming months for new members. This comes as no surprise as companies like ¢om¢a$t have been hiking up their prices for the streaming service for some as as well as the FCC's ruling on Net Neutrality (more on that in a bit)
- The WiiU might be able to entice a niche in the hardcore crowd with the announcement of a new Fatal Frame game.
- A glitch earlier in the week allowed previously unplayable PSP and classic PSX titles for PSVita to be able to be played on the system. Sony has since fixed the glitch.
- The Start menu will soon be making it's triumphant return to Windows OS. You can argue that people shit on Windows 8 because it's new but, as the old saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
In other news, Joystiq tells us about the curtains up on Theathrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtian Call, and Microsoft announced that Unreal Engine 4 is now available to indie developers.
As it stands, the FCC ruled that the concept and rules of the current state of Net Neutrality and "open internet" are "unenforceable" and will be proposing new legislature in the coming months that will in large part benefit only broadband providers like the aforementioned situation above with ¢om¢a$t.
This will be exactly like it is at your local grocery store or gas pump. Like most corporations, they didn't huddle after the ruling and get their stories straight as multiple stories are being told by the FCC (see the first link to The Escapist). What will wind up happening is that broadband providers will up their costs to the companies like Netflix, Hulu, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and so on and this cost will be passed on to us just like the extra 10 cents extra per gallon of gas if you use a credit card to pump your gas at Safeway.
Unlike the ideal world most hope for, corporations will continue to screw the little guy. Just because legislature is put in place, the higher ups will not take the pay cut in order to keep their prices the same. The idea of "Mom and Pop" shops caring for their customers is long dead. It's all about making money now. If you think that a CEO isn't going to buy his 4th yacht just because you think you're paying too much for Netlifx, you have more faith than I do.
Besides that, he knows you're too cheap to buy the DVDs and even though you bitch, you're going to keep using the service.