I'm personally baffled and not all too keen about Koei Tecmo's proposition of incentivizing their staff to expand their families. Maybe they do need the population in their headquarters' town. But what I am sure of is that the news and updates here at QJ are expanding and on their own, beyond the shadows of E3.
The (post) event updates have considerably slowed down, but in its place are new items and updates to buzz about, like a new custom firmware, more PSP Go details, executives' gripes about leakages in the industry, and pushing forth the race of this generation from mere hardware to motion control.
It's all right here, so start digging in.
It's the week after E3 2009 and we received more updates on the stuff that were announced during the yearly gaming expo. First up is the new PSP Go, which generated a bit of controversy over Sony's decision to slap a US 250 price tag on it. We also heard more about the games presented during E3. A new firmware update that "improves system stability" also went live this week, just ahead of another custom firmware release from the PSP homebrew community.
Link: PSP Weekend Warrior
This week's crop of PSP homebrew was headlined by the release of GENyUS's custom firmware 5.50GEN-A. This new CFW supports all the functions of the official firmware 5.50 along with a couple of not-so-official features. We also saw some updates for great homebrew games like Apollonia and Wagic as well as for homebrew apps like the Custom Firmware Enabler.
Link: PSP Homebrew Weekend Warrior
Sony execs had a lot to say this week, with their statements running the gamut of emotions from frustration to confidence. The price cut rumor was again resurrected, but that's understandable since we didn't hear a peep at all from Sony about it during E3. We didn't see a lot of big game-related news this week, but there's still meaty stuff nonetheless with updates
Link: PS3 Weekend Warrior
Microsoft's not backing down on updates just because the big event of the year just finished last week ( cough E3 cough ). From "unpleasant" sequels to more online services coming to join in on the fray, the Xbox 360 blog sure knows how to show that just because the event is over doesn't mean the party is over.
Link: Xbox 360 Weekend Warrior
With Sony and Microsoft making such big headliners back in E3, the aftermath has left Nintendo a bit unsung. Worry not though, that's what the Weekend Warrior is for, so you can get a quick recap of all things Nintendo that hit the scene this week. Hardware is the name of the game for the past few days, and so we have a one for a pedometer, motion-sensors, and a lie detector.
Link: WiiDS Weekend Warrior
No more E3 to steal the thunder from the iPhone this week, and now Apple's smartphone is poised to make its own headlines, especially after starring in the event where it shines brighter than the gaming scene - the World Wide Developers Conference. Under the spotlight this week is the newly-unveiled iPhone 3G, and you can learn all about it in this edition of the iPhone Weekend Warrior.
Link: iPhone Weekend Warrior
We wish it could be that easy to say that he's just young and he doesn't know what he's talking about. But when an 11-year-old kid has just received his college diploma, it's kinda hard to pull the "not smart" card. However, a diploma doesn't always guarantee you know everything there is to know, and that all your opinions are right. Especially if on this blog, you say that videogames are "a waste of time."
Link: 11-year old college grad says videogames are "a waste of time"
David Rutter of EA's FIFA franchise is calling for a stop to the bad-mouthing that his company's been receiving. They're by no means anywhere near perfect, but they're definitely trying and doing their best to deliver games that will cater to your enjoyment.
Link: FIFA games producer: It's time to stop bad-mouthing EA
And here I was thinking that we're getting a mighty bit cramped here on Earth. Koei Tecmo apparently thinks there's room for more as they're giving out monetary incentives for their staff to propagate some more. Spread 'em good genes, if you must! No idea as to what spurred this idea, nor if how much of the staff will actually go for it. Go forth and be many, I guess.
Link: Koei Tecmo provides monetary incentives for employees to make more babies
It's time for some action! Activision announced last week that they have their eyes set on breaking into the action genre via a brand new IP. No details as to what this action title will be, but he did say that they want their approach balanced and measured.
Link: Activision moving into action genre with new IP
It was quite a comeback, and everyone's happy with the way this year's E3 event turned out. The positive reception was unanimous too. Check out what the industry players have to say about ESA's resurrected event of the year.
Link: Industry gives two thumbs up to E3 2009
But what's a gaming event coverage if there's none about them hot booth babes? You folks sure had a lot of fun literally checking out the girls, and making your pick. Unfortunately, they're of the no-touch-just-look specie. Don't you just wish you could actually bring them home?
Link: E3 2009: Last but not least, the booth babes!
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Looking for a bargain? It's definitely godsend nowadays. That's why we cooked up this list of 25 games ringing up for under US 25. Take note, they're not necessarily the top 25, but still. They cheap, we like.
Link: On Shelves Special Edition: 25 Games Under US 25
And that's it for this week's QuickJump QuickPeek wrap-up. We've got plenty more in store for you, as always, so do make sure to come back and have your fill of the latest and hottest on the industry's news and updates.
Keep 'em jumpin'!