Netflix Nixing DVD Queue Management From Consoles

Netflix has allowed users to manage their DVD Queue from streaming devices, such as game consoles. Netflix has announced that they’re withdrawing this feature from streaming devices; users will now have to add DVDs from the Netflix web site.

“We’re doing this so we can concentrate on offering you the titles that are available to watch instantly,” writes Jamie Odell, director of product management at Netflix. “Further, providing the option to add a DVD to your Queue from a streaming device complicates the instant watching experience and ties up resources that are better used to improve the overall streaming functionality.”

Source: blog.netflix.com

Nintendo: Hollywood Has ‘Tremendous Interest’ In 3DS

Nintendo has touted the 3D capabilities of the 3DS since the beginning, and are claiming that it will be the first mainstream 3D console. What’s more than that, however, it seems like they’re playing up the system’s multi-media capabilities.

“One of this device’s values is that it can play back 3D videos.” said Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata. “When we show 3DS to people from Hollywood, they express tremendous interest. We believe many people will be happy if we make it so that you can use the 3DS to watch things like, for instance, 3D movie trailers.”

Nintendo has already announced they are partnering with Eurosport and Sky to deliver sports content to the 3DS.

Source: Andriasang.com

Valve Might Expand Steamworks For Other PS3 Titles

Portal 2 on PS3 is a landmark moment for Valve, showing not just their commitment to the platform, but also linking PSN and Steamworks. Portal 2 on PS3 comes with a copy of the game for Steam, and it might not be the last game with such a collaboration.

“The goal is to give a Portal 2 customer access to their game on as many devices as possible. We introduced this notion when we launched Steam Play for Mac and PC games in the spring of last year,” said Doug Lombardi, Valve’s VP of Marketing. “Giving a PS3 owner of Portal 2 the ability to also play their game on the PC and Mac is an extension of this philosophy. From our perspective, it’s not two copies of a game; it’s the same game, but with Sony’s help we’ve worked out a method to allow that Portal 2 PS3 customer to also play their game on the PC and Mac.”

“We are hoping other titles will benefit from the Steamworks tools and services we’ve created for Portal 2 PS3, but we don’t have anything to announce today,” he added.

Source: Ars Technica

Nintendo: ‘Retail Happy With 3DS Price’

The 3DS is an expensive little gaming device from Nintendo, costing $249 in the U.S. and the rough equivalent of $365 in the U.K. Still, Nintendo U.K. general manger David Yarnton doesn’t think the price will hold the system back from success.

“Indications that we’ve had so far from retail is that they are really happy with the price and demand indicates it will be our biggest launch in terms of hardware,” said Yarnton. “The DS for us was huge in 2005 and in 2006 the Wii was even bigger. Retailers – especially with the environment they are in – are right behind it. It’s a new format. In the last ten years, the innovation that we’ve brought to the market, people may have looked at the price to begin with but it was soon forgotten because of the quality of the product and the content that’s available.”

Without a way to convey the 3D capabilities of the system via traditional advertising, hands-on demos will be even more important, and that’s something Nintendo is prepared for. “We’ve had huge sampling experiences on Wii and DS in the past and we properly started that whole touring the product, we’ve been doing that for years. With 3DS it’s going to be the biggest sampling campaign that we’ve ever done, said Yarnton. “We’re looking at between 4-500,000 consumer samples up to Easter this year. And because we’re doing a combination of not only interactive in stores but also consumer events, and then samples in shopping centers . . . we see the opportunity as so important. How do we explain the 3D We can paint a picture but until you actually experience it you’re not going to see the full value of it. Sampling is huge, it’s a major investment for us.”

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

Google Co-Founder Takes Up CEO Role

Google has announced that Larry Page will be taking up the mantle of CEO at Google. He replaces Eric Schmidt, who will become executive chairman and focus on tasks like corporate management and government outreach.

Page, who helped co-found Google, takes on day-to-day operations in order to make a cleaner chain of command and streamline decision making. Google’s fourth-quarter earnings were recently announced to be $6.37 billion, beating analyst estimates.

Source: Reuters

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Debuts In English

Watching the beginning part of this trailer is like watching the last few moments of a movie unless you’re familiar with the context, it can be a bit confusing. Still, images of this direct sequel are set up, and it certainly looks very pretty.

We had the trailer here, but unfortunately Square Enix removed the embed (not such a smart marketing move when people want to spread the word and show the trailer to friends…), so we’ll direct you to the official site where you can watch it.

Kongregate App Cut From Android Market

Almost as suddenly as it launched, the Kongregate Arcade app was removed from the Android Market store. Google claims the app violates the developer agreement of the Android Market store and Kongregate is working to restore it.

As reported earlier today, the Kongregate Arcade app was launched on the Android Market and was enthusiastically received by the gaming community, receiving 4.5 out of 5 stars, said Kongregate. Tens of thousands of users successfully downloaded the new app but, due to unknown reasons, Google has pulled it from the Market. Gamers wishing to experience Kongregate Arcade will be happy to learn it is now available for download at http://kongregate.com/android.

Source: Joystiq

Mass Effect 2 PS3 Releases To Widespread Praise

Mass Effect 2 has finally launched onto PS3, available on Blu-ray and also via download on PSN. This version of the game, including an enhanced game engine, a interactive prequel comic in Mass Effect: Genesis, and free DLC bundled with the game, has been widely praised, with a Metacritic score hovering around 95 percent.

“The Mass Effect team is very proud of the PS3 version of Mass Effect 2Mass Effect 2 has already won multiple awards, including IGN s Game of the Year and Gametrailer s Game of the Year as well as Best Sci-Fi Game, Best Blockbuster Game, and Best Story, among many others,” said Chris Priestly, Community Coordinator for BioWare. “And early word on the PS3 version is extremely positive with a 5/5 rating from The Toronto Sun, 5 stars from The Guardian, a 9.5/10 from IGN and Official Playstation Magazine giving it 10 out of 10!”

Source: PlayStation.Blog

Batman Faces Off Against Bane, Catwoman In Next Movie

Warner Bros. announced today that Selina Kyle (better known as Catwoman) has been cast for the upcoming film The Dark Knight Rises. Joining her will be Tom Hardy, who will play the manipulative and dangerous Bane.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story, said Nolan. “I am delighted to be working with Tom again and excited to watch him bring to life our new interpretation of one of Batman’s most formidable enemies.”