GameStop Stands Behind Physical Media and Expands into Browser Based Gaming
With more and more of the industry embracing digital distribution, gaming retail powerhouse GameStop still believes it’s future in selling physical games will remain strong. With the expansion of 3D and motion based games, GameStop exec Shawn Freeman, still sees room for growth while also it “will require, I still think, Physical delivery for quite awhile as that technology continues to outstrip advances in bandwidth and storage.”
Also, GameStop has acquired Kongregate, a free-to-play gaming site. Another GameStop Exec, Chris Petrovic, says this is a move to help fulfill the demands of all types of gamers.
Radiant Historia Announced for DS
Acclaimed RPG studios tri-ACE and Atlus are working together to create Radiant Historia, an upcoming Japanese RPG that tells the story of Stok, a spy who goes behind enemy lines to rescue a comrade but, through a strange turn of events, develops the ability to travel through space and time. The focus of the game will be on creating a better future for the war-torn world by changing the past while the battle system is promised to be a new design, though little is known right now exccept for the fact that it involves a 3×3 grid.
The team developing Radiant Historia consists of veterans from tri-ACE’s Radiata Story and Atlus’ Shin Megami Tensei III, both critically acclaimed RPGs for PS2. The game will launch on November 4, though no plans for an international release have been announced.
UK Bans R4 Cartridge
Nintendo has been fighting a worldwide war on piracy lately, and another victory was recently achieved in the UK. The R4 cartridge, a DS card designed to override the systems built in anti-piracy measures and allow the play of pirated and home-brew applications, was officially outlawed in the UK by the nations High Courts. Any other items designed with the same intent are also banned by this ruling.
While piracy exists on just about every platform, the R4 cartridge’s ease of use and easy availability have made it one of the biggest thorns in the sides of Nintendo and other DS developers.