• SEGA’s game division will be trimmed and restructured after an underperforming year. Specifically, SEGA of America will focus on its blue chip titles as underperforming and developing titles have been cancelled. [Joystiq]
•Households are now spending more time using Xbox Live to listen to music and watch video than they are playing online games. One might expect that the next version of the console is going to be presented as much as a “life device” as it is a “gaming device.” [LosAngelesTimes]
• Music publishing giant EMI is suing Konami over “Def Jam Rapstar,” a game you forgot that came out two years ago. EMI wants $150,000 for each title that the game failed to fully pay to license, which would total $8 million plus net profits from the game. Getyourowncopy for ten bucks on eBay while you still can. [TheHollywoodReporter]
•When this blog launched, I had on my idea list, "we need better ‘Game of Thrones’ games." Well, Luke Plunkett over at Kotaku has written a piece about just that. Our thoughts exactly, but we’ll reserve judgement until we get our hands on the upcoming RPG. [Kotaku]
On Shelves This Week
• "Kinect Star Wars" lands on shelves Wednesday. The game lets you do some “Episode I” pod-racing, dance in Jabba’s palace and of course use the Force to train as a lightsaber-weilding Jedi. You know what that means: time to dust off the “StarWarskid” video! My wild prediction is that hardcore “Star Wars” fans will not like this game. Just going out on a limb here.
• “Xenoblade Chronicles,” the critically-acclaimed RPG for the Wii, finally reaches North America on Thursday almost two years after its Japanese release date. This may be the last hurrah of “serious” games for the Wii before the Wii U’s launch later this year.
• Taking a cue from “Silent Hill,” the hack-and-slash series “Devil May Cry” gets its own “HD Collection” tomorrow for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.
“Geared” is currently racing up the App Store charts (also available on GooglePlay). On the heels of the “Draw Something" big breakout, we could be in for a renaissance of semi-cerebral mobile games. “Geared” is a ton of fun, in the spirit of the mid-'90s series “The Incredible Machine.” Like any well-thought-out mobile game, you can play for free without feeling like you need to invest in in-app purchases to get the full experience. I got hung up on Level 20, so if you make it there and have any hints, drop me a line on Twitter.
Really Important Video
I mentioned earlier that April Fools' has become my cue to generally lay low and stay clear of goofy tweets and Facebook posts. However, this video would be excellent any time of the year, and doesn’t have the annoying “GOTCHA U THOUGHT THIS WUZ REAL!” quality to it that ruined so much of yesterday. The irony of course, is that video games have kind of replaced the amazing Saturday morning cartoons that used to be the main source of entertainment for older kids. Video killed the radio star, etc. However you spin it, I’d watch this version “Mass Effect.”
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