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Weekly Wrap-Up 6.13.08

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Posted June 15, 2008 - By Rick Damigella

Welcome to TheFeed's weekly wrap-up of all the important goings-on this week in the world of popular culture, videogames and technology.

It was a big week for us here at G4. We won a Webby! We got our hands on an early draft of Indiana Jones IV and reviewed it for ya. We waited in line for Metal Gear, ate Gummy Bacon, made fun of fanboys and called people on our iPhones to tell them about the new 3G iPhones that are coming.

We also created the following awesome video entertainment for ya.

  • Fresh Ink: Blair clues you in on Skaar: Son of Hulk, The Goon, Red Mass For Mars, the last issue of Local, and a sexy catfight in Batman Confidential.
  • Freestlyle 101 : Meeno and Dame Grease chop it up.
  • Sessler's Soapbox: Sessler calls out Xbox bigots.
  • The MMO Report: Casey is back and in rare form.
  • Geek Out: We interviewed Earhtworm Jim creator Doug TenNaple.

Now, without further adoos, here's the news:

Monday

  • New details have leaked out about Call of Duty 5.
  • We're totally against griefing, unless it's funny. Funny like this video.
  • Leo DiCaprio will star in the Atari biopic.
  • Can't wait until Thursday for Metal Gear Solid 4? Hop in your private jet and head to Kuwait!
  • Cybergirl Vs. Sark!
  • Games Radar redid the intro to The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad in the Grand Theft Auto IV world.
  • We drool over the LG Vu Phone.
  • The John Facenda Estate sued the NFL in 2006 for illegally allowing EA to use the late, great sports announcer's voice in a Madden 2006 promotion.
  • American military supercomputer "Roadrunner," has reached a long-sought-after computing milestone by processing more than 1.026 quadrillion calculations per second.
  • Terrence Howard has revealed that shooting on the sequel to Iron Man will begin in March of 2009.
  • A decent list of new applications for the iPhone have come to light.
  • A youtube punishment was handed out.
  • Mayhem in Akihabra.
  • 3G iPhone was announced.
  • We try to be spoiler-aware (and avoidant) at G4, but we can't possibly pass up this Metal Gear Solid 4 clip.
  • Wait, Jimi plays Guitar Hero?
  • According to Silicon Valley Insider, Warner Music Group has pulled its catalog from Last.fm's "on demand" free streaming service.
  • Check out Gamefly's most requested list.
  • Apple stock plunged today.
  • Check out World of World of Warcraft.
  • The latest issue of GamePro magazine has some details on upcoming real-time strategy title Halo Wars. According to the magazine:

Tuesday

  • Some Portal 2 details dropped today.3
  • Metallica doesn't seem to understand the internet very well.
  • A new Freestyle 101 is live.
  • Konami is surprisingly okay with early sales of Metal Gear Solid 4.
  • We review the SteelSeries Mouse and Keyboard.
  • Achievements in World of Warcraft might be coming.
  • Is gaming a more shameful addiction than porn?
  • In news of epic proportions, video site Hulu.com has nabbed Comedy Central's Daily Show and Colbert Report for their service.
  • Tri-Ace and Square Enix's Infinite Undiscovery, a real-time fantasy RPG, has been dated for a North American release on September 2, 2008.
  • The Federal Communications Commission has begun examining whether to let video producers block consumers from recording certain movies on their DVRs.
  • Celebrity Rehab season two has an AWESOME cast.
  • Check out this APB concept art.
  • Is Ubisoft going for Take Two?
  • Square Enix revealed that RPG The Last Remnant will be arriving on the 360 this Winter.
  • The expansion to Command & Conquer 3 is finally releasing on the Xbox 360.
  • LucasArts responded to the rumors about its firings.
  • The next update for Team Fortress 2 is almost ready and will spotlight the Pyro.
  • Namco's Tales of Vesperia RPG will launch in Japan on August 7th. In the U.S., the RPG is coming in August, but won't be available in Europe until 2009.
  • The Xbox 360 version of Supreme Commander has gone gold and will release on June 23, 2008.
  • Iron-Man 2 will probably not be coming out in 2010.
  • Spore, which is currently set for release on September 7 for the PC and Mac, will thankfully not require a beefy machine to run.

Wednesday

  • Is Nintendo virally advertising Wii Fit?
  • Atari announced this morning that "Storm of Zehir," the second expansion for PC role-playing game Neverwinter Nights 2, is in production
  • Do you sometimes feel like you could use more than 512MB of internal storage on your Wii? If you do, Nintendo considers you a "geek or otaku".
  • Virtual Greats is making virtual versions of celebs for online worlds.
  • The co-founder is Google is going into space.
  • We review the Pacemaker Pocket DJ.
  • Robert Downey Jr. had a Burger King hamburger that was so disgusting to him that he quit doing drugs for the last time.
  • Adam Beach will star in Turok film.
  • Vigil Games takes us into the creation of the THQ action-adventure game, Darksiders: Wrath of War, unleashing for the Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2009. 
  • The new 50 Cent game, 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand is apparently looking good.
  • According to a survey conducted by Information Solutions Group survey commissioned for casual game developer PopCap Games, 20% of players of casual games like Peggle and Oblivion (kidding) have disabilities.
  • Mega game publisher Take Two is staring down the Federal Trade Commission by not complying with subpoenas the agency has issued.
  • HBO has acquired a minority stake in FunnyOrDie.com, and is ordering 10 half-hour episodes of internet shenanigans.
  • Grand Theft Auto IV's reign of terror over the Xbox Live leaderboards is over.
  • An  Xbox 360 credit card to the right can be used to purchase goods and services all across the country of India.
  • Disgruntled football videogame fans are suing Electronic Arts over the Madden series' exclusive rights to NFL properties.
  • Fatal Inertia EX has been dated.
  • Check out Line Rider 2 Unbound's tech trailer.
  • Fireteam Reloaded has launched as a free download on the Pixel Mine site
  • We check out the alternative script for Indiana Jones IV.

Thursday

  • Metal Gear's launch is delayed in Spain.
  • FreeStyle 101 went to New York and returned with a Webby award.
  • Limbo of the Lost stole a lot of stuff.
  • The Guitar Hero: On Tour bundle that will go on sale on June 22nd.
  • According to Joystiq, an ad promoting an MTV2 track pack for Rock Band that is soon-to-be-released reveals a few of the cuts available for download.
  • Info about E3 is trickling out.
  • Raymann's Raving Rabbids is changing laws in the U.K.
  • A lawsuit against Harmonix which is owned by MTV Games which is owned by MTV which is owned by Viacom which is owned by God was recently thrown out for being ridiculous.
  • Metal Gear Solid 4 was released last night at midnight and we were at the Los Angeles Launch Event!
  • This week's Epic Fail list looks at the most epically fail-filled fanboys.
  • Check out these Legendary screenshots: Werewolves, baby!
  • Here's the amazing Metal Gear IV install video.
  • Metallica actually loves bloggers.
  • The Wii got another fitness game.
  • AMD and Intel are working to make games faster.
  • Were you so quick to hit start in Metal Gear Solid 4 that you missed the scene that plays out with Snake in the graveyard? If so, watch it here.
  • One part Pikmin, one part Fable... pinch of dark humor and maybe a hint of cinnamon.  What do you get? Overlord!
  • The Xbox 360 version of Unreal Tournament 3 is dated.
  • According to The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo has announced that talks with Microsoft over any part of Yahoo’s acquisition, including its search advertising business, have ended.
  • There's a new MMO Report for you to enjoy.
  • Funny People has a lot of funny people in it.

Friday

  • May saw gaming sales up 37% overall, and the PlayStation 3 outsold the 360.
  • Where does McCain stand on videogames?
  • TurboNegro announced Rock Band 2.
  • Age of Conan is getting a big overhaul.
  • Nintendo is really sorry for calling you a nerd.
  • According to reports, Sony is developing a 'break-apart' controller for the PS3.
  • Is Microsoft going to announce a price-cut at E3?
  • The Pixies' Doolittle is coming to Rock Band.
  • Rock Band rockers are in for a treat next week: Avenged Sevenfold, Offspring and Crooked X tracks are coming!
  • A new Fresh Ink is yours to enjoy.
  • Rumor of the day on the internet: Search giant Google is just about to buy Web 2.0 aggregation site digg.com.
  • Nintendo is suing third-party peripheral maker Nyko over their version of a Wii controller, the Kama Nunchuk.
  • Coldplay is rocking (?) Guitar Hero III.
  • According to a report in the journal Cyberpsychology & Behavior, the Red team is better than the Blue team.
  • Shane Kim has been promoted to a position created just for him; Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment business.
  • Find out what phone sex operators look like.
  • Capcom uses eBay to make gaming decisions.
  • According to a Pike & Fischer's survey, broadband services and speeds are ranked higher than any other "new" service when it comes to importance to consumers. 
  • Two new Capcom films may be coming: Clock Tower and Onimusha.
  • Ron Paul has left the building.
  • Eminem has finally been starting to ease out of self-imposed hip hop exile….but in unusually ways.
  • R&B star R. Kelly was acquitted today on all counts in his child pornography trial in Chicago.
  • According to the New York Times, Verizon, Sprint and Time Warner Cable have all agreed to block access to some parts of Usenet.
  • Is  Capcom is in the middle of working on Mega Man 9 for an unnamed console?
  • Stone Temple Pilots are being sued by their label.
  • A videogame version of Igor is coming out.
Weekly Wrap-Up 6.13.08
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