The Week in Review & Rumor Round-up: PS3 Meltdown, Infinity Ward Shake-up, PSPad and PSPhone Rumors, and More!

The Week in Review & Rumor Round-up: PS3 Meltdown, Infinity Ward Shake-up, PSPad and PSPhone Rumors, and More!


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.

There were two huge stories this week: the PS3 meltdown of 2010 [echo, echo, echo…] and the shake-up at Infinity Ward; however, there were also a handful of other juicy bits.

In case you don’t own a PS3, or just came out of a coma, Sony had a major firmware glitch that caused PS3s across the world to not function. Apparently, according to a Sony statement, “the internal clock functionality in the PS3 units other than the slim model recognized the year 2010 as a leap year,” leading to widespread chaos. While many thought this was Sony’s RRoD, within 24 hours the bug was fixed. Unfortunately, some users did end up losing Trophies and even game saves.

On a far better note, Sony confirmed this week that they have officially acquired UK-based Media Molecule – developers of LittleBigPlanet. Expect to see a host of quality Play. Create. Share. titles to stream out of the studio.

Better still, though complete unconfirmed, Sony is in the process of developing iPhone and iPad killers. A Wall Street Journal report published on Friday cites inside sources as confirming the two new devices, and that the new gadgets will be backed by a brand new content provider called Sony Online Service.

While Sony did their best to dominate headlines, perhaps the most shocking news of the week was that Infinity Ward co-founders, Jason West and Vince Zampella, were fired by Activision for “breaches of contract and insubordination.” The gaming masterminds have since filed a joint suit against Activision in Los Angeles County Superior Court in order to garner significant royalties due to them from previous work as well as secure certain rights related to the Modern Warfare franchise. And to think that just several weeks ago Activision and Infinity Ward launched the most successful media release of all time. Strange isn’t it?

Finally, on a much more warm and fuzzy note, Microsoft has gone ahead and changed their code of conduct policy for Xbox LIVE users. Now, members will be able to include ethnicity, religious affiliation, and sexual orientation in their Gamertag profiles. Microsoft is making this move in order embrace the diversity of its community rather than worrying about a small percentage that will seek to abuse such indicators.

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

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