Between the launches of Modern Warfare 3 and Skyrim, there's probably been quite the rash of spontaneous "illness" across North American workplaces this week. More Modern Warfare insanity is ahead, plus plenty of news from the Big Three console makers.
Call of Booty: Modern eBay
It would have been difficult to miss the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 launch, what with every gaming website under the sun splashed with the Modern Warfare logo. The latest entry in the über popular shooter franchise has attracted attention not only from millions of gamers around the world, but from some enterprising thieves in Paris, who hijacked a truck loaded with six thousand copies of Modern Warfare 3. If a gentleman in a trench coat with a French accent offers to sell you a cut-rate copy of the game, be careful.
It turns out there's an easier way to make a buck on the franchise than taking out a truck with the use of firearms and tear gas. When Kmart accidentally sold some copies of Modern Warfare 3 four days early, several of them turned up on eBay. One copy sold for an astonishing $1,700. Dear eBay purchaser: may I have some money? You obviously have too much of it on your hands.
Sony Puts the Kibosh on Account Sharing
Sony announced a change of policy for PlayStation Network accounts this week. Up until now, PlayStation Network accounts could be used on up to five PlayStation 3 devices. This was meant to make life easy for users who had multiple PlayStation 3s, but was more frequently used by friends to share games with each other.
Anything purchased after November 18 will only be able to be activated on two PlayStation 3s instead of the previous five. Games should also be able to be used on up to two Sony portable devices (PSPs or Vitas), but game-sharing friend circles look to be over and done with.
More Nextbox Rumors Emerge
Microsoft is always welcome in a column dedicated to dirty rotten scoundrels, so we'll report a few more rumors about the next Xbox from insider blogger "MS Nerd." Mr. Nerd believes that the new Xbox will have a modified Windows 9 core, with one main processor and dedicated assisting cores for graphics, physics, sound, networking, etc. for greater speed and efficiency.
The blog also claims that the Nextbox project is codenamed "Loop" and that the new machine will be far smaller and less expensive than the Xbox 360. It seems to imply that Kinect will be built into the new machine, as most people are speculating it will be. In fact, Microsoft seems more in love with Kinect than ever, as it has just announced that Kinect will be coming to Windows soon.
Nintendo Patents World's Most Awkward Remote
Patent sketches are often good for a laugh, and Nintendo's latest is a doozy. The company has patented a way to work touchscreen technology into the existing Wiimote design. According to the associated picture, the device looks like a very awkward clip-on touchscreen extension that could turn the Wiimote into a lethal weapon. I don't recommend attempting to play Skyward Sword with that sucker.
In more forward-looking Nintendo news, the company is currently working on a way to support more than one touchscreen controller per Wii U. This is good news, since back during E3 the plan was to only support a single touchscreen controller per console, with any other players being relegated to using Wiimotes. I suspect that Wii Us will still only be packaged with a single controller to keep the price down, but it'd be nice to at least have the option for two players to use these controllers at the same time.
By Becky Cunningham
CCC Contributing Writer
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