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UK Chart: Skyrim Is Your Christmas No.1
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has brought Call of Duty's two-year run of Christmas No.1s to an end despite the fact that Activision's latest instalment in the series, Modern Warfare 3 had been the odds-on favourite to retain the crown.
Skyrim took the No.1 spot from Modern Warfare 3 last week after the shooter had enjoyed a month at the top following its release on November 8th. Having been pushed down to No.2 last week, Modern Warfare 3 has now been demoted another spot by Just Dance 3, which landed at at No.2 this week.
This Player Has Mad Battlefield 3 Skillz, Yo!
Bearing in mind that, on the rare occasions we manage to jump onboard a jet fighter in Battlefield 3, we usually last no more than 30 seconds due to locked-on missiles from all corners of the battlefield and our lack of ability in deploying flares, this next video takes impressive dogfighting skills to all-new levels:
Thanks to Doug Graham.
10 More Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors Games Now Available
Having already provided its 3DS Ambassadors with 10 free NES titles back in September, Nintendo has now completed its Ambassadors program for the 3DS by releasing its previously promised 10 Game Boy Advance games for free download.
As with the NES titles before, you'll need to have registered with the Ambassadors program prior to August 12th in order to receive the games. Users will be able to find the titles neatly queued up in the 'Download History' section under 'Settings' from within the 3DS eShop - all you need to do is effectively 're-download' the games to install them.
Rockstar Explains Why GTA III's Claude Was Silent
To mark GTA III's tenth anniversary – and to promote the release of GTA III 10 Year Anniversary Edition on iOS and Android devices – Rockstar has been answering fans' questions on its Newswire and the publisher provided an interesting answer as to why GTA III's infamous protagonist, Claude remains silent at all times.
“It may now seem obvious that people should all talk in games, but this was not necessarily the case in 2001, certainly not in an open world game,” said a Rockstar rep on the Newswire thread. “We were making up a lot of procedures as we went along, and we decided that the NPCs (Non Playable Characters) should talk and we would have to figure out how to make them talk (using motion captured cutscenes, something that had never really been done before, at least not on the scale we were doing it). So we decided that the game’s protagonist would not talk, partly to aid people identifying with him, but mostly because we had so many other problems to solve and this did not seem like a major issue.”
Skyrim Is The Fastest Selling Game Ever On Steam
Bethesda and Valve have revealed that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the fastest selling game on Steam in the digital-download service's eight-year history.
"Skyrim is the fastest selling title in Steam's history" said Jason Holtman, Director of Business Development at Valve Corporation. "Bethesda's commitment to and understanding of the PC as a gaming platform shows in the great review scores, spectacular launch, and continued high player numbers that Skyrim has received. We are delighted that Bethesda chose to use Steamworks to support Skyrim both at retail and digitally."
Miyamoto Steadies The Boat, Definitely Isn't Retiring
Last week, Shigeru Miyamoto temporarily shocked the game world with talk of his retirement – we say temporarily because Nintendo were very quick to send out a PR communiqué clarifying that this was not, in fact, the case and Miyamoto-san has no intention of stepping down.
To hammer that point home, Miyamoto-san has now spoken publicly on the subject again, telling the San Francisco Chronicle, "Nothing has changed, and nothing will be changed in the near future as to my role inside of the company."
Codemasters Announces DiRT Showdown
Seemingly not content with the runaway success of DiRT 3 earlier this year, Codemasters has now announced a spin-off to the series, DiRT Showdown which will be released for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC in May.
While Codies has traditionally blended arcade and sim elements in its driving games, DiRT Showdown is being positioned deep in arcade territory and sheds much of the authentic styling that lies at the series' roots.
Sony Confirms Ueda's Departure From Team Ico
Sony has confirmed that the Director and Lead Designer of Team Ico's long-delayed and eagerly anticipated game The Last Guardian, Fumito Ueda has left the company and will now complete the project's development on a contract basis.
Gamasutra is reporting the official news from a Sony statement which assures fans that Ueda-san is "committed to completing" the game, which the company hasn't publicly displayed since the 2010 Tokyo Game Show over a year ago.
Joe Danger Coming To XBLA Next Week
Microsoft has confirmed that Hello Games' Joe Danger: Special Edition will be released over Xbox Live Arcade next week on December 14th, when it will bring a new Laboratory mode and 50 new levels to the original game that was released via PSN last year.
There's no word on a price as yet, although we'd be more than a little surprised if it doesn't come in at the standard 1200 Microsoft Points (£10.20) tag for a new XBLA title.
OnLive Comes To Tablet Devices And Smartphones
The cloud-based gaming service, OnLive is now available for iOS, Android tablet devices, and compatible smarthpones via a new app that's been released by the company.
By downloading the free app via iTunes or the Android Marketplace, tablet and smartphone users can access the same hub that PC gamers and owners of OnLive's micro-console utilise to play high-end console games remotely as they're streamed through the 'cloud' from OnLive's servers.
Miyamoto Says He Might Step Down, Nintendo Denies It
When it comes to games designers, they don't come more highly respected, formative, or critically lauded than Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto. So, when the creator of Mario and Zelda mentions the possibility of retirement, naturally the game industry's ears prick up and listen intently.
“Inside our office, I’ve been recently declaring, ‘I’m going to retire, I’m going to retire,’” Miyamoto-san told Wired. “I’m not saying that I’m going to retire from game development altogether. What I mean by retiring is, retiring from my current position.”
The Last Guardian's Executive Producer Resigns
Yoshifusa Hayama, the Executive Producer on The Last Guardian at Sony's Team Ico studio, has resigned from his position at the company following a four year stint as the Vice-President of Sony Computer Entertainment.
Hayama-san will now join Newscorp's Bossa studio as its Creative Director, where he will spearhead the company's first 3D social game. “Together at Bossa we have plans to bring a plethora of games to Facebook and eventually other appropriate social media channels, which include 3D elements and can be enjoyed by all age and interest groups,” Hayama-san said (thanks, Develop).
Sledgehammer Games Hiring For New Call Of Duty Title
Sledgehammer Games – the Activision studio that teamed-up with Infinity Ward on Modern Warfare 3's development – is now hiring for positions within its Call of Duty team on an “unannounced high-end console title”.
“We are actively recruiting top talent for our Call of Duty development team,” reads one job ad for a Generalist Engineer position at the studio.
The Last Guardian "Still In Production", Confirms Ueda
Fumito Ueda, the Director and Lead Designer behind Sony's critically revered PS2 games, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, has confirmed that his next opus, The Last Guardian has not been cancelled despite rumours of his departure from its Team Ico studio.
"I've received a lot of questions... there's no need to worry, as The Last Guardian is still in production," Ueda-san tweeted according to a translation from Andriasang (the site confirmed that he'd been absent from Twitter since rumours of his departure first surfaced last week).
2K Games Reveals The Darkness II's 'Vendettas' Mode
2K Games has announced a new mode for Digital Extreme's incoming comic book-inspired sequel, The Darkness II, that will bring 4 player co-op to the series for the first time.
Judging by the press release, this 'Vendettas' co-op mode will be separate from the main single-player campaign but is set to riff alongside Jackie Estacado's main plot.
UK Chart: Modern Warfare 3 Completes A Month On Top
Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has completed a full month atop the UK charts since its launch at the start of November, edging it closer to the Call of Duty series' longest run of No.1s when Modern Warfare 2 recorded nine straight in 2009/10.
Overall though, it was a top ten that remained fairly quiet with only one new entry, Mario Kart 7 at No.8 (a pretty solid performance for the title considering the Nintendo 3DS' relatively low installed base in the UK). Only two titles managed to move up the top ten – Just Dance 3 gained four spots up to No.4 and FIFA 12 dribbled past three spots to No.2.