Kojima Praises NGP, Talks Cloud Gaming

Hideo Kojima made an appearance at Sony’s first public demonstration of the NGP, where he showed off a scene from Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. He said the demonstration was rendered in real-time.

“On NGP, we can enjoy the same quality as PS3,” said Kojima. “When we launched Peace Walkerfor PSP, this is what I said: In the near future there will be a world of cloud computing… I really believe that you can have a portable MGS and Peace Walker was an experiment for the cloud computing future. NGP allows this cloud computing. What I’d like to realize is playing on your PS3, and when you go out, you put the game on your NGP, and when you come back home, you can once again use your PS3 and large screen TV.”

While those ideas certainly are tantalizing to many gamers, Kojima announced no particular plan for their implementation. Given the heavy support Kojima Productions gave to the PSP over the years, we’d expect something big from Kojima for the NGP.

“This dream is going to come true in the near future. And right now, I’m working on this project of the dream, said Kojima. I’m sorry, I can’t reveal this now. But we’d like to present what we’re doing at E3.”

Source: PlayStation.Blog

APB Closed Beta Invites Incoming

Those who played APB in its original or beta forms are currently getting invites to the new game’s closed beta. The testing opportunity is also being given to those who signed up for the closed beta of APB: Reloaded.

Currently, the emails should be available to everyone who signed up. “Remember, if you don’t sign up, you won’t have the chance to be one of the first to take back the mean streets of San Paro,” the email reads.

Source: Destructoid

LittleBigPlanet Done Live

LittleBigPlanet (and its recently released sequel) encourage players to build their own levels, and some industrious people have taken that to the logical extreme. Show About Games Show presents a really well done human-powered skit.

Prepare Your Brain For Robot

Robot (also known as Enthiran) is India’s most expensive film ever and it’s easy to see why. While it borrows lightly from some obvious sources, there aren’t words in the human language to properly describe some of the crazy action scenes.


Kongregate Returns To Android Market

After much drama, Kongregate has relaunched their app on the Android Market. This version downloads and plays the games using the web browser instead of directly to the phone, which was the issue that Google had with the app.

We told them that (the games ran in a browser), and they circled back up internally and said that despite the fact it was in a browser they felt it was still over the line, Kongregate CEO Jim Greer said. It s their terms of service, so there wasn’t much point in continuing to argue with that.

Source: VentureBeat

NFL Labor Dispute Could Disrupt Ad Industry

The NFL is big money, estimated from $8.5 billion to $9 billion in annual revenue. While TV contracts are about half of that, ads and sponsorships make up over a quarter of revenue the Super Bowl alone is about 10 percent of that revenue, with prices around $3 million per 30-second ad.

All of this, however, could go up in a puff of smoke if the NFL owners lock out the players if a new collective bargaining agreement is not reached. It could be bad for a lot of peripheral businesses, bad news for key sponsors like Budweiser and General Motors, and has reportedly resulted in EA asking for a $30 million reduction in rights because of the labor situation.

“There are dire consequences on so many levels,” said Rick Horrow, sports business analyst and chief executive of Horrow Sports Ventures. “The Super Bowl is now generating $300 million to $400 million of economic impact in each host region, so that would be at risk, and the advertising is now selling for $100,000 a second — and that’s not replaceable by another event.”

Source: Minyanville.com

Brian Wilson Does Digital Shorts For MLB 2K11

2K Sports has announced that Brian Wilson, closer for the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, will be a creative consultant in a series of original digital short films in support of Major League Baseball 2K11. All of these films will star Wilson, who will also provide some of the writing and all of the adlibbing.

While Wilson is known for his intimidating demeanor on the mound as a relief pitcher and jet-black beard, he has also developed a reputation for his antics on live television. He promoted the new feature last night on the TBS show Lopez Tonight.