Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Gamer's Source 5/20/2014 - 5/21/2014

Hello and welcome to the Gamer's Source, your destination for the gaming conversation. Nintendo has dodged a patent lawsuit and Wii game Sadness is being revived. So, without further ado, the news:


Nintendo has finally triumphed over Wall Wireless in a patent infringement lawsuit. The suit, started in Texas in 2009, was thrown out when the court discredited Wall Wireless's patent. At the same time, Nintendo won a similar suit against the company in Japan. Wall Wireless is a non-functioning company is known as a patent hound. 

This is good for Nintendo. Though this may not have been the company's fault, this is one of three lawsuits the game developer has been dealing with in the past few years. Nice to see that Nintendo is coming out on top and not stealing ideas from other companies. 


Hit JRPG Child of Light will be making its way to Vita. Slated to come out July 1st here in the States (and the 2nd in Europe) the game will be available as a download only title.  

This is the double edge sword for Vita owners. The games are coming, but only after they are released on other platforms. It makes no sense as to why the game released on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U but is delayed on Vita by practically two months, especially considering how easy it is to create games on the Vita and how many tools Sony has provided to developers to help port games over from PS3.

Number THREE!!!

Sadness, the canceled Wii game, will see new life on the Wii U. The game, which was announced early in the Wii lifetime and abruptly canceled, will be revived by HullBreach Studios and Cthulhi Games, two developers who are currently working on separate games for Nintendo's home console. Sadness follows the tale of a woman in pre-World War I Ukraine protecting her paranoid schizophrenic, blind, narcoleptic son. 

This was a small game that many older Wii owners were looking forward to, and it's really great to see it come back to life. The premise is so unique, I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Number FOUR!!!!

Microsoft has detailed the next Xbox One update, releasing in June. The update will allow players to use their real names when playing games online, similar to players on PS4. Gamers will also be able to view the TV guide on any device connected via Smart Glass. The final part of the update allows gamers to set up an external hard drive, as long as it meets the following standards: USB drive with a minimum of 256 GB available, USB 3.0 compatibility, and must be formatted for use with your console. 

Microsoft seems to be taking a trick from Sony's bag with all of this transparency with the updates. Keep it up guys, because the more information for your consumers the less there is to bitch about. 


Oculus Rift will be releasing in Chuck E. Cheese restaurants. The game, titles "Chuck E. Cheese Virtual Ticket Blaster Experience", will have children grabbing as many tickets as they can in a virtual environment. These tickets can then be exchanged for prizes. No word yet as to when this game will debute.

Pretty crazy stuff. Every week there seems to be something new released about development for Oculus, but this is one I never expected, despite how much sense it makes on paper. It'll be interesting to see how the developers handle the motion sickness that seems to be apparent with players when using the headset, especially seeing as the target audience is children.   

And to add some more fuel to the gaming conversation, here are a few smaller stories that are pretty self explanitory:
That's all folks! So, what did you think about today's news? Interested in Child of Light on Vita? What do you think about Nintendo winning one of many lawsuits? Tell me in the comments below. Don't be afraid to share this site with friends and family who enjoy gaming. The more people talking the better the dialog. And, as always, keep the conversation going. 

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