Week in Review: RoadRunner Supercomputer, Caffeinated Games Founded, Fire Emblem DS, and more!

Week in Review: RoadRunner Supercomputer, Caffeinated Games Founded, Fire Emblem DS, and more!


The Week in Review news piece summarizes and highlights the most important gaming related news over the past week. This weekly article, in conjunction with the Rumor Round-Up, will keep you plugged in and in-tune.

A new supercomputer, developed by the American military, is more than twice as fast as the next fastest supercomputer. According to IHT, The IBM BlueGene/L was “assembled from components originally designed for video game machines.” The machine is housed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and is able to process more than 1.026 quadrillion (one thousand trillion) calculations per second. This computing goal, known as a petaflop, is a critical “milestone for the military, technical and scientific organizations.”

Leonardo DiCaprio will star in and produce “Atari,” a film about the life of Nolan Bushnell, the father of arcade gaming. According to the Reuters article that details the project, Nolan Bushnell was an engineering student, puzzle-lover, and game enthusiast [that] went from fixing broken pinball machines to launching Atari Corp., a video game manufacturer, in the early ’70s.”

Microsoft, in an attempt to continue to weasel their way into the JRPG market, revealed several awesome titles in Tokyo on Wednesday. The Xbox 360 RPG Premiere 2008 unveiled six mouthwatering Namco Bandai, Square Enix, and Microsoft Game Studios titles that are sure to please fans of the genre. Some of the games will be 360 exclusives, while others will simply be initially released for the system. Games include Tales of Vesperia, The Last Remnant, Infinite Undiscovery, and Star Ocean. Click HERE for more details.

High Voltage Software, Inc officially announced The Conduit, “a stunning first-person action shooter that promises to provide some of the best visuals seen to date on Nintendo’s Wii gaming console.” The game is set to release in the first quarter of 2009, but High Voltage has yet to secure a publisher. This has many questioning whether The Conduit and the Quantum3 engine will actually succeed.

Caffeinated Games, an independent game company and social network focused on the creation of original AAA games, announced its founding on Thursday. Headed by former Lead Tools Engineer of Zipper Interactive (SOCOM), Greg Chudecke, who prior to Zipper worked on Backyard Skateboarding (Atari) and Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Black Label Games). The indie developer has taken the mantle of AAA, hopefully their first game announcement next week will be a big one!

The original Fire Emblem title is being remade and re-imagined for the Nintendo DS. According to the most recent issue of Famitsu magazine, Fire Emblem will closely follow the story and exploits of the original game, but there will be one major twist. Fire Emblem will take advantage of the DS’s Wi-Fi capabilities for P v P battles.

Nintendo has filed suit against Nyko , the world’s leader in third party peripherals, in Seattle, Washington. According to IGN, Nintendo claims that the Wireless Kama Nunchuck “wholly appropriates the novel shape, design, overall appearance and even the color and materials used in the Nintendo Nunchuk controller.”

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

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