Wednesday shorts, part 2: Dualshock 3 goes candy blue, “Retail PC Gaming Is Dying,” more

Wednesday, 2 March 2011 13:53 GMT By Patrick Garratt

The second installment in today’s minor story linkathon lies below. Here’s the first bit from earlier today.

  • Sony’s going to release a “candy blue” DualShock 3 in Japan on April 21, as well as a charging station for the controller. Details on Siliconera.
  • There’s an interview with Obsidian’s Rich Taylor up on GameBanshee, talking mainly about Dungeon Siege III. There’s some stuff in there about the never-released Baldur’s Gate III as well. Thanks, Blue.
  • “It’s Official: Retail PC Gaming Is Dying,” says CinemaBlend. The PC Gaming Alliance said this week that overall PC games retail is up 20 percent year-on-year to $16.2 billion, so whatever.
  • Shank dev Jamie Cheng has told GDC that Xbox 360’s Summer of Arcade promo is “dangerous” thanks to its “king-making” traits. That’s on EG.
  • Enterbrain’s reported that the top selling game for 3DS’s launch weekend in Japan was Level-5’s Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask with 117,598 units. 3DS itself sold 371,326 units of a 400,000 allocation in the same timeframe. More on Andriasang.
  • Jake Kazdal’s been talking about going indie at GDC. He previously worked at EA and Sega Japan on games like Rez: now he’s in a three-man band. More on GSW.
  • Square Enix has hired Mona Hamilton as vice president of marketing for the American branch of the company. Go nuts on Industrygamers.
  • 1Up’s got a massive feature based on a visit to Killzone dev Guerrilla in Holland. There’s some new concept art, photos and more.