News Snatch: Obama, Fallout and TWO

Blimey, I have a few days off and the apocalypse happens. Companies are imploding, people are eating horses, grandads are looting stores and helicopters and trains are burning up across the city. Let us take refuge in the safe, comforting, zombified bosom of gaming.

President Obama has called for further research into the effects of violent videogames on children. “Congress should fund research on the effects violent video games have on young minds,” Obama said, “We don’t benefit from ignorance. We don’t benefit from not knowing the science.” Whatever the results of the research it will be good to have a large, fully funded investigation in to the matter.


A couple of days back we noted that Fallout 3 radio DJ ThreeDog had hinted his character would return and now a user on Bethesda’s forums has discovered the company has registered a trademark that gives them the option to make Fallout “an ongoing television programme set in a post-nuclear apocalyptic world.”

If you picked up Transformers: Fall Of Cybertron in the January sales then you will be pleased to know that from now on the multi player will be dishing out double XP. This is a permanent change to help everyone level up.

A new trailer for Army of TWO The Devil’s Cartel has been released. Not sure why TWO is now all in capitals but that is what EA seem to be calling the game from NOW on. It is very ANNOYING.

Lightning is to get a new chum for her third outing, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, she will be joined by the pink haired Lumina. Silicon Era suggest she has a “Gothic Lolita style.”

The Writer’s Guild has chosen its nominees for the Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing at its forthcoming awards ceremony and the nominees are: 007 Legends, Assassin’s Creed III, Disney Epic Mickey 2, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, Halo 4 and Uncharted: Golden Abyss. Some rather odd choices there (007 Legends? Really?) but nice to see Golden Abyss get a nod.

Not much else going on apart from hundreds of frickin teasers, announcements of announcements and half arsed rumours, most of which have been carefully stored in the round filing cabinet on the floor.

Let’s end with a trailer for Defiance, the new TV show that will be linked to an MMO shooter for all consoles and PC. The game is currently in testing with the ‘Advance Mission Beta 1’ taking place this weekend for those lucky enough to snag themselves an invite. 



  1. “an ongoing television programme set in a post-nuclear apocalyptic world.”

    Argh…. stick with games >.<

  2. I hate when they stylise game titles with extra upper-case letters like that. It’s almost as silly as replacing letters with numbers like Driv3r and F3AR.

    Except, I really wanted Forza 4 to be “Fourza” and Left 4 Dead 2 should totally have been “Left 5 Dead.”

    • Agreed, I really hope they change Thi4f to just Thief 4. Actually, I just hope they release the damn game!

  3. Defiance. Looks. Balls.

    Was tempted to pick up Epic Mickey 2 today as it was in HMV’s “X” sale but in the end I decided it would only really be for my daughter to watch me play….. If it’s nominated for Outstanding Writing then surely it must be quite good, maybe I should’ve bought it, £22.

    • I’ve played the Wii U version (same game, tailored controls, I think) and it’s not very good. My nephews got to a certain point and now they just switch it on and fight each other in this arena-style bit because they can’t get any further. So they just push each other off a cliff because it’s more fun than playing the actual game.

      • Awesome. £40 well spent then? Hahaha
        Yeah, she got uDraw for her Christmas and its gets her more frustrated than anything. Maybe you should do a Top 10 games for kids article?

      • I finished it on the PS3 and thought that it was a bit rubbish. Nowhere near enough Disney in it for a start

    • Well the big game beta starts this weekend and If I wasnt NDA’d Id tell you what it’s like.

  4. Army of TURD

    • When’s that out gotta be better than army of two..

    • That’ll be the next game in the series.

  5. Great intro to the article.

  6. “A new trailer for Army of TWO The Devil’s Cartel has been released. Not sure why TWO is now all in capitals but that is what EA seem to be calling the game from NOW on. It is very ANNOYING.”

    The cover of the previous two games had the word in upper case letters too. The sad thing is that the following won’t even be the nerdiest thing I say all week.

    In the epilogue of the first game the two main characters for their own PMC called Trans World Operations this making TWO an acronym and justifying the capital letters.

  7. “Not sure why TWO is now all in capitals”.. I thought that was established in the end of the first game. Didn’t they call their organization TWO or something? It’s been a while..

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