US News Wrap, August 16 – What Happened Today

By Stephany Nunneley
17 August 2011 02:44 GMT

The news never sleeps, and neither do I. Take that, Father Time. I flip my hair at you and saunter away.

US Wrap Highlights

Gamescom 2011 – EA press conference: BF3, ME3, SWTOR
Can you say Ray Muzyka, SWTOR, Mass Effect 3, Reckoning and Battlefield 3? Of course you can! If not, you will be by the time you read our liveblog coverage of the EA presser.

Gamescom 2011- Sony conference sees PS3 drop to £199
A PS3 price cut, a newer PSP model for $99, loads of Uncharted 3 goodies, Vita announcements, and Resistance everywhere. It was just grand.

Kinectimals coming to Windows Phone 7 with cats and bears
Lions and tigers and bears for Windows Phone 7, oh my!

Vitastic: Hands-on with first-party Vita titles at Sony event
Our very own Johnny Cullen gets some face time with Vita. Lucky gouger.

“There’s plenty of potential to do more” Gears, says MS
Executive producer of Gears of War 3 on the Microsoft side, Chris Kimmel, said this to Johnny Cullen.He never said what this “more” could be, though.

Halo Anniversary Maps to be exportable, available separately as DLC
Good news, everyone, right?

Rare: Kinect Sports 2 still “a Rare game at heart”
Rare tells us that despite being a departure from the games that made the studio famous, Kinect Sports and its sequel Kinect Sports: Season 2 still bear the hallmarks of a Rare product.

Kinect Star Wars to offer “finesse” in combat for core gamers
There’ll still be a challenge for hardcore gamers in Kinect Star Wars according to the game’s Global Product Manager.

Quick shots: Yves Guillemot checking out Vita
A shot Pat took of Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot at the Sony press conference after party at gamescom. Very nice.

If you are wondering why this is just now going up, it’s because gamescom was in full swing today, and my shift, is just now ending. Granted, I should have stopped four hours ago, but I laugh at such things. I would keep going if Brenna would let me, but she pulled her bullwhip card and is threatening me with it as we speak. So, unfortunately, I am off to bed. I think.

Anyway, enough mumbling from a demented southern belle. Let’s get you caught up on my shift. There were loads today, I tell ya’ll.

US Wrap, August 16, 2011

Updates from Johhny, Alex Donaldson and conference information is in the boxout.

Here’s some more US stuff posted by Andrew Groen

Alright. That’s it for me today, er um, tonight. I hear the dogs having fun in the other room and I am missing out. I leave you in Brenna’s lovely hands.

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