3DS, Titchmarsh and Infinity Ward turbulence: 2010 in review - March
27th Dec 2010 | 10:00
Now we look back at it, March was possibly the most exciting and eventful month of the year for games news, with all of the year's biggest megatons dropping in those four short weeks.
It was the month that the ongoing war between Activision and Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward kicked off. In a shock move, the publishing giant sent guards (guards!) to escort IW studio heads Vince Zampella and Jason West off the studio's premises, as the pair were accused of "breaches of contract and insubordination". This would go on to become the biggest developing story of the year - one which places huge question marks over the future of Infinity Ward.
Meanwhile, the most bizarre story award surely went to Sony, when it seemed the world-ending 'millennium bug' that had hippies' knickers in a twist in year 2000 had arrived a decade late for PS3 gamers. An alarming number of the world's PS3s were rendered useless by a PSN-side calendar glitch that caused games (even offline ones) to crash or consoles to endlessly restart.
Even more bizarre was how the newer slim PS3s were completely unaffected, but before fans could storm Sony's offices with pick axes and fire the firm rectified the error and returned peace to the world.
And then, there was Titchmarsh. Watching it back, you know we still can't quite believe it. But for those who weren't there, CVG ed Tim took to the good fight to ITV One - and got booed by a load of grannies for his trouble.
"Video games promote hatred, racism, sexism... and they reward violence," said a certain Julie Peasgood. She who starred in ultra-violent (and rather poor) Resident Evil clone Martian Gothic ten years earlier. (Biggest news story of the year? Maybe not. Smuggest? Oh, yes...)
Those were the bad headlines. From there on March was a truly joyous month. CVG exclusively revealed that the then unannounced Killzone 3 - which was confirmed later in March - was to feature support for both stereoscopic 3D and Sony's motion controller. A week later, that controller would be officially named 'Move'.
Nintendo, without prior warning, rather spontaneously revealed the 3DS, with a bare-bones press release only promising stereoscopic 3D without the need to wear glasses, and a release by the end of March 2011.
Of course the rumour mill went into overdrive, with tilt and motion control touted for the new handheld, along with a rumbling stylus. And TV display experts correctly predicted the technology Nintendo would use for the 3DS' specs-less 3D screen in a special CVG report.
March also saw the BAFTAs roll into town. Batman: Arkham Asylum was the big winner on the night, trumping Naughty Dog's magical Uncharted 2 for Best Gameplay and Best Game prizes. Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto was accepted into the Academy's Fellowship, and we caught up with the great man to celebrate. Humble doesn't quite cover it. What a hero.
Then we all cheered in unison when the government pledged to offer tax breaks to the UK video games industry at long last. Finally, UK developers would stop losing talent to Canada, where tax breaks are offered, and get the helping hand they need. Or would they?