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Critical News Rundown – Friday, 10/17/2008

Sony delays LittleBigPlanet so as to not offend Muslims; Braid gets a negative review (not new, but still interesting); Obama uses Electronic Arts games to advertise to our kids; Uwe Boll gets a positive write-up; a London mayor decides he actually does love (money from) games; a study shows parents happy with games; new ESRB ratings (just for fun); Will Wright's take on DRM; and one lucky kids gets a cool Mega Man costume for Halloween.

Media Molecule's LittleBigPlanet

First up is news that Sony will be delaying LittleBigPlanet worldwide. It is unfortunate, but to play it safe and avoid an unpredictable backlash from the Muslim world, Sony will delay its most important title of 2008. It's all because of two expressions that can be found in the Qur'an are present in some background music.

"During the review process prior to the release of LittleBigPlanet, it has been brought to our attention that one of the background music tracks licensed from a record label for use in the game contains two expressions that can be found in the Qur’an. We have taken immediate action to rectify this and we sincerely apologize for any offense that this may have caused."

Microsoft takes second step towards casual gamers

The first step was of course the recent price drop of the Xbox 360 Arcade. Still, this next move is so counter to what the typical Xbox 360 owner wants that you wonder if Microsoft is willing to endure any kind of backlash just so it can grab some dollars from the Wii crowd. The transitioning period that Microsoft talks about is bound to be even longer than necessary since there wasn't a media onslaught similar to what Nintendo did for the Wii. As it is, Microsoft is expecting core gamers to just deal with it when this new "Xbox Live Experience" (and a recent price drop) tempts casual gamers to come play with the hardcore crowd.

Xbox Live Experience

"Dubbed the new "Xbox Live Experience," this re-launched service…really does seem to have something for everyone: an easy-to-use graphical interface complete with deeply customizable avatars that casual players will enjoy, and all kinds of new functionality that will actually reward the dedication of the hard-core Xbox player. Microsoft readily admits that there may be a bit of a transition period for those core players–a time during which a lot of griping might be heard–but the company fully expects a gradual realization on the part of those players that the new service takes the existing Xbox Live and adds all kinds of new community and interactive functions to it."

New The Conduit Screens Released

IGN has posted some new screens of The Conduit for the Wii. It's not looking back, but this game has a real Perfect Dark Zero vibe to it. I picked the sexiest, and most pyrotechnic, shots I could find, but there are many shots with boring architecture and one or […]

More young girls “migrating” to games

Baby Steps. The ladies won't be knocking you out of the way to get at the newest S.T.A.L.K.E.R. or Gears of Wars sequels, but more and more refuse to relegate themselves to watching you play over your shoulder.

"In general, girls are spending more time on entertainment activities this year than they were in 2007, and more than half are spending their time using CE devices, and playing PC games and video games."

 

Habbo Hotel

Jack Thompson finally disbarred!

He fought and clawed for every second of television time he could get in his crusade against Grand Theft Auto (starting with Part III). Backed by a paranoid media and hysterical family-groups, he became their champion of against violence and children and evil videogame companies that wanted to encourage children to murder prostitutes. However, any investigation on the part of these groups, or the media for that matter, would have revealed that Jack Thompson was the last person you would want to be associated with.

Jack Thompson