Thursday, June 19, 2014

Gamer's Source 6-17-2014 to 6-19-2014

What a week last week! So much news, so many announcements and a whole lot of surprises. But now that E3 has come and gone, there are other things to report about. Nintendo triumphs in another patent battle and there's bad news for PS Vita fans. So, without further ado, the news: 


Though Nintendo had a presence at E3 last week, the game company was also fighting it out in court. As of last Friday, Nintendo has finally beaten yet another case against the patents within it's consoles. A US federal appeals court denied Triton Tech's patent lawsuit for technology in the Wii Mote, stating that the suit was invalid. Yet another victory for the makers of Mario.

It seems like Nintendo is dealing with a lawsuit hydra right now, with every lawsuit defeated being replaced by two more. Hopefully with the next cases coming to a close the company will get a break.


Destiny is a PlayStation exclusive.... in Japan. Kotaku picked up the story this morning at 4:40 am and are currently looking into seeing whether this is a timed exclusive or an actual exclusive, but regardless this is a huge deal for PlayStation, who seems to have really buttered up to one of Microsoft's biggest studios last console generation. 

With the Xbox One not launching in Japan until September 4th and the Xbox 360 almost non-existent in Japan, it would make sense that the game would not be released on anything but the PlayStation, but Microsoft also seems to be making a decision to not totally abandon Japan. I will update this story as soon as possible.  

Number THREE!!!

Bad news for PS Vita fans (like myself). Sony is officially cutting back on first party titles for the handheld, focusing more on indie and third party games to fill in the void. This has been confirmed by Sony's Shuhei Yoshida, who told Polygon that, "as time moved on, you are seeing PS4 quality and people's expectations for the graphic fidelity has gone up. It's very fortunate that the indie boom happened and they are providing lots of great content to Vita." 

This is really discouraging. As it is now, there are very few first party games coming out for the device, outside of some more HD remakes and some Japanese titles. The device is not selling as well individually as Sony had hoped, though the company has decided to bundle the device with PS4 as an accessory. Does this mean the future of the Sony dedicated handheld will be relegated to an add on to the console space? Probably, which is really unfortunate.

Number FOUR!!!!

Despite the unbundling of Kinect with the Xbox One, Microsoft has announced that the company will continue to support Rare with some new projects that are not Kinect focused. Rare, which was acquired by Microsoft years ago and has been working on the Xbox Avatar and Kinect only games, will hopefully be able to get out from underneath this terrible umbrella and actually be able to use some of it's talent to make some great games once more. 

Here's a small list of interesting stories that are pretty self explanatory:
  • World's Largest video game collection has been sold for $750,000.
  • Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions of FIFA 15 will receive exclusive content. 
  • Classic Fallout games sneaks back on to Steam.
And that is all for today! With E3 out of the way, news will probably be slow for the next couple of weeks, but keep reading! What do you think about Destiny being a Sony exclusive in Japan? Are you upset about the remarks about PS Vita? Tell me in the comments down below. Feel free to share this site with your friends and family and, as always, keep the conversation going!

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