No rest for the wicked or indeed the Snatch news desk as I spy some last minute news scampering around the office floor trying to eat left over turkey.
Some people are still faffing around with 22 Can’s Curiosity Cube with an astounding 11 billion taps registered. In years to come these gamers will sit in front a blazing log fire with their grandchildren bouncing on their knee and regale them with tales of Curiosity: The Cube. “Aye lad, when I was a young’un we did not have virtual reality augmented smell-o-vision, we had a cube. A cube that we tapped, and we tapped it and tapped it and we were thankful for such entertainment.”
However, naughty people are trying to spoil the endless fun of bobbing up and down like Tulisa in that video and have been trying to cheat their way to the centre of the cube. “The cube has been attacked by a lot of hackers over the past few weeks and we’ve defended against that,” said shy, retiring wallflower and certainly-not-a-multi-millionaire, Peter Molyneux.
The BBC have just noticed that Sony are to stop making PlayStation 2‘s, something we reported on last week. “By ending production, Sony has fuelled rumours it is putting manufacturing resources towards the PlayStation 4,” they hypothesise.
Back in the days of the Amiga, I spent many an hour playing Dune 2, a rather fantastic real time strategy game. Now some technical wizards have sacrificed three Lolcats at the altar of the Interweb so you can play Dune 2 through your browser. Click here to smack some sense into the Ordos.
The first Black Ops 2 DLC pack has been leaked and includes multi player maps ‘Hydro’, ‘Downhill’, ‘Mirage’ and ‘Grind’, the Zombie map ‘Die Rise’ plus a new weapon, the ‘Peacekeeper SMG’.
This is going to nark some people – Retro City Rampage is to land on Xbox Live Arcade next week and will include ‘polish, tuning and improvements from the first version’, the exact same reason we have been given for its non-appearance on the Euro PSN. A foolish person would suggest that the PSN delay may have something to do with Microsoft’s draconian rules that any game appearing on Xbox Live should not appear on any other platform first, but that person would be foolish. Definitely.
EA are shutting down the servers for a number of older games. “It’s no longer feasible to continue the behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping these games up and running,” the company said in a statement, “We would rather our hard-working engineering and IT staff focus on keeping a positive experience for the other 99% of customers playing our more popular games.”
Here is a list of the titles affected.
January 3, 2013 — Online Services Shutdown
FIFA Manager 11 for PC
January 11, 2013 — Online Services Shutdown
FIFA Soccer 11 for PC, PS3, Wii & Xbox 360
FIFA Soccer 11 Ultimate Team for PS3 & Xbox 360
Madden NFL 11 for PS3, Wii & Xbox 360
Madden NFL 11 Ultimate Team for PS3 & Xbox 360
NBA JAM for PS3 & Xbox 360
NBA LIVE 10 for PS3 & Xbox 360
NCAA Football 11 for PS3 & Xbox 360
NHL 11 for PS3 & Xbox 360
NHL 11 Ultimate Team for PS3 & Xbox 36
January 14, 2013 — Online Services Shutdown
The Sims 2 for PC/MAC and TheSims2.com
January 19, 2013 — Online Services Shutdown
Trenches II for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
Staying with EA, they have rather wisely removed links to the websites of the manufacturers of real weapons from the Medal Of Honor site. A representative for publisher EA said, “We felt it was inappropriate and took the links down.”
And finally, a couple more videos for DMC: Devil May Cry.
Happy New Year, Snatchers!