Wednesday, muddy funster. Two more days to Saturday. Get all this morning’s major headlines in video and text form after the break.
- UK police arrested a 19-year-old man yesterday in relation to hacking. Common consensus is that this is related to LulzSec.
- The 2011 Game Critics Awards nominations are in, with BioShock Infinite and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception each appearing in four categories.
- UK retailer ShopTo’s listed Vita as a November release with £40 games.
- EA has successfully defended its right to name in-game weapons after Depression-era gangster John Dillinger. “The Dillinger,” a Tommy Gun-like weapon, is used in the Godfather games.
- Microsoft has unveiled its NUADS service: it’s a gesture- and voice-controlled interactive ads thing for Kinect.
- EB Games Australia has listed Wii U for pre-order at AUD $598.00.
- Epic design boss Cliff Bleszinski is “itching” to make a new IP.
- EVE’s Incarna update has seemingly had a huge effect on the MMO’s economy.
- Sega’s announced that the Yakuza series as a whole has now shipped 5 million units worldwide.
- UK MP Jim McGovern has called on Ed Vaizey, the minister for creative industries, to make games industry tax relief a priority. Told you.
- A Boston job listing has Turbine looking for an engineer to work on an “unannounced online console project,” and rumor has it, it’s a console-based MMO.
- City of Heroes will be going free-to-play later this year, and the MMO’s name will be changed to City of Heroes Freedom.
- GameStop has posted a listing for a Call of Duty: Black Ops Limited Edition. It includes all the DLC.
- The Duke Nukem Forever demo’s out now.
- David Perry’s Gaikai service has scored a major streaming deal with Wal-Mart.
- Barack Obama wants you to stop your kids playing games. Get them to read instead, he said.
There. Make today count, soldier. It may be your last.