Morning News Wrap (9 Jan 2013)

Breakfast Wrap 04This is the news that maybe wasn’t that important… or we simply just missed it.  Those interesting little sound bites you can use to make yourself the clever gaming geek.

Valve plans to exhibit its living room PC hardware at CES this week.  The technology the company has invested in is designed to support Steam and its Big Picture mode on large, HD TV screens.  The system is developed by Xi3Corporation and the hardware is “a development stage system optimized for computer gameplay on large high-definition television monitors”.

Tomb Raider has been rated by the ESRB (M rating in North America in case you are wondering), with the listing by the rating board revealing new gameplay details.  Spoilers within: Rating summary: This is an action game in which players assume the role of a young explorer named Lara Croft who investigates a mystery surrounding an ancient queen. As Lara, players explore caves and ruins, and use arrows, firearms (e.g., pistols, shotguns, machine guns), and bladed weapons to battle wild animals, human enemies, and demonic soldiers. During several sequences, Lara is depicted getting stabbed, beaten, strangled, or shot by enemies; these close-up deaths occur as fail scenarios, usually when players miss certain action cues. A handful of cutscenes also depict enemy characters shot at close range. Large blood-splatter effects occur when characters are hit; one level depicts a demonic lair covered in dismembered human corpses–scattered limbs and pools of blood are prominent. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” can be heard in the dialogue.

THQ will sell off its key IPs via auction later this month.  The embattled publisher will be selling Saints Row and Homefront, among others, with EA, Ubisoft and Warner bros. being cited as interested parties.  THQ filed for bankruptcy in December and following a blocked sale to investment firm Clearlake, the publisher has no real option left but to sell its most valuable assets.

On top of the sale of the IPs, THQ is also planning to sell off its game studios, including Volition, Vigil Games, Vancouver group Relic Entertainment and THQ Montreal.  Interested buyers have until 22 January to place their bids, so if you have a few (tens or hundreds) of million dollars lying around, get your price in before EA or one of the other publisher grab a bargain.

In other financial type news, Sony‘s chief executive Kaz Hirai has suggested that the company’s latest handheld, Vita, has sold on the “low end of what we expected”.  His comment was made during his visit to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  Maybe a permanent price drop is in order then?

In ‘better’ news for Sony, one of their big releases of 2013 is almost here, and to celebrate, a new developer diary for God of War: Ascension has been released.

For whatever odd reason, the release date and pre-order DLC for Star Trek has suddenly made the news… we had it covered for you in mid-December already, but let us remind you.  The game is out in PAL regions on 26 April and comes with the ‘Elite Officer Pack’ for those that pre-order.

In news that makes one wonder why we sometimes even play games, the top ranked Black Ops 2 player on Xbox 360 has reset his stats following DDoS attacks and personal harassment.  Seriously gamers, do you really feel the need to act like a bunch of childish and jealous twits?

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