The Week in Review & Rumor Round-up: Holiday Fun and the Big Three

The Week in Review & Rumor Round-up: Holiday Fun and the Big Three


The Week in Review news piece summarizes and highlights the most important gaming related news and rumors over the past week. This weekly article will keep you plugged in and in-tune.

A very short week means a teeny tiny Week in Review. Really, there were only three tidbits of info that you’ll want to know about while enjoying the extended weekend and light week leading up to New Year’s Day.

Sony trademarked Qriocity. From the details of the application, Qriocity will be an “on-line shopping mall with links to the retail web sites of others” and offer “Game services provided on-line from a computer network; entertainment services, namely, providing on-line computer games, music, video and related information” and “online distribution of music, image or video.” It looks like Qriocity may be Sony’s answer to Xbox LIVE.

Also, Nintendo did a bit of trademarking of their own. Apparently, the name WiiRelax has been filed for protection by the gaming giant in Europe. It is likely that this will be one of the first, if not the first, piece of software for the Vitality Sensor shown off at E3 2009.

Finally, Microsoft chipped in with a bit of news of its own. The company is looking to individualize their users’Avatars through actual physical and health data collected from consumers. In other words, if you’re fat, you’re Avatar will be, too. Participation will likely be optional but encouraged by both the community and Microsoft itself. Microsoft thinks that undesirable behaviors will be curbed with its implementation. Also, it will incentivize players to improve their health and well-being.

Thanks so much everyone and we will see you next week!

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