Episode 8: Seat Warmers and Pocket Pool

fire_under_butt_motivation_for_change Down to 3 hosts this week, Andy, Mike and Darcy talk the latest news in the gaming world and also answer your questions! We’ve got the December NPDs, talk about Star Trek Online Annual Subscriptions and a couple of rumors making the rounds.

This week in Gaming

    1. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii, Nintendo) 2.82M
    2. Wii Fit Plus (Wii, Nintendo) 2.41M
    3. Wii Sports Resort (Wii, Nintendo) 1.79M
    4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (360, Activision) 1.63M
    5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3, Activision) 1.12M
    6. Wii Play (Wii, Nintendo) 1.01M
    7. Mario Kart Wii (Wii, Nintendo) 936.1K
    8. Assassin’s Creed II (360, Ubisoft) 783.1K
    9. Left 4 Dead 2 (360, Electronic Arts) 728.5K
    10. Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (DS, Nintendo) 656.7K
    1. Wii 3.81M
    2. Nintendo DS 3.31M
    3. PlayStation 3 1.36M
    4. Xbox 360 1.31M
    5. PSP 654.7K
    6. PlayStation 2 333.2K

Advantages to purchasing a lifetime sub other than monetary. You will get a playable Borg as a race, and two additional character slots – all for $239.99. If you pay annually, it will run you $119.99 which is $60 off a year, and it nets you two additional character slots. A normal monthly sub will run you around $14.99 a month.

Rumor Mill

“We believe that due to the aging technology, the possibility of new competitors in 2011, [and] a decline in publisher support and piracy, Nintendo will launch a successor to the DS within the next 15 months, and likely announce such in the next eight months,” the analyst concludes.”

  • The New York Times reports that Microsoft has “held in-depth discussions” with the Walt Disney Company to stream ESPN programming through Xbox Live. According to anonymous sources, ESPN would provide live streams (like it does with the titularly similar – though unrelated – ESPN360) to subscribers for a fee. There is also the possibility that Microsoft may “create some interactive games in association with ESPN” … as compared to non-interactive games? (joystiq)
  • The online world of Hellgate: London experienced its apocalypse (or, judging by the game’s ruined, lifeless environments, its second apocalypse) almost one year ago, only remaining open in Korea as a free-to-play title. Today, HanbitSoft, the company responsible for keeping the game on life support in Korea, announced it had secured worldwide publishing rights for the title, and would revive the game in Europe and the U.S. later this year.
    The MMO, which has appropriately been remonikered Hellgate: Resurrection, has adopted a universal free-to-play model during its downtime. It’s also acquired a few new features, thanks to developer T3 Entertainment. Hopefully, the studio didn’t succumb to the crippling waves of depression which hampered the game’s original creators.

Email

Voicemail from Marty:

Google Translation

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Real Translation

Hello polygamerous, this is Marty. I found an interesting statistic the other day that says there will be 12 mmos released this year in 2010 and there are currently 35 mmos in development. do you think there is enough of a player base to make such a grand mmo scheme or do you think most of these are just going to fail and publishers are banking on the fact that MMOs make a lot of money

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About MikeH

Gamer/Podcaster/Blogger - Mike, who is also known as Fimlys in the WoW community, is the Author of Asleep at the WoW Blog ( http://aatwow.fimlys.com ) and Co-Host on the Twisted Nether Blogcast (http://www.twistednether.net ) and HotsCast a Podcast about Heroes of the Storm. He also produces Polygamerous and does the web maintenance. An avid gamer, he's played since his parents first bought him an Atari 2600.. Back in the stone-age...