Beyond Co-Op - March 25th through March 31st, 2012
Welcome to Beyond Co-Op, a weekly piece that talks about industry stories that may or may not be related to co-op gaming! We like to take a look around the industry and see what news and links may interest you in the world of gaming.
This week we are featuring:
- Next iPhone Will Boast a 4.6-inch Display
- Walking Dead Creator Robert Kirkman Talks About Upcoming Game
- GAME Retailer Enters Final Hours and Begins Liquidation
Next iPhone Might Boast a 4.6-inch Display
Apparently bigger is better? Since the iPhone’s release, it has always boasted a 3.5-inch display, making it just big enough to enjoy entertainment features and fit snug in your pocket as well. A few reports, however, are stating that the iPhone will increase its own display to compete with the market up to about 4.6-inches, making it about the size of an LG Optimus Vu (comparison shown above). Due to the iPhone’s specific aspect ratio, however, it is highly unlikely this will occur. If increased that much, it would be more bulky than worth the effort. But still, Apple might just want a new design change altogether for their top product. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Walking Dead Creator Robert Kirkman Talks About Upcoming Game
Now that Season 2 of The Walking Dead has come to a close, fans are looking for more zombie action from series creator, Robert Kirkman. Telltale has just released a new video in their “Playing Dead” series for their upcoming game, The Walking Dead (fitting name, isn’t it?), which features Kirkman talking about it and what gamers and fans of his comic book world have in store for them.
The most important things he mentions are why the game isn’t based solely around Rick Grimes (the main protagonist of the comic book and TV show series’), why it’s not an open-world shooter that many people would want to see, and also why the player’s choices and decision making will make a big impact on gameplay.
The Walking Dead: The Game will release later on this year for the Xbox 360 and PS3 as the first episode, with later episodes to follow soon. It is still unclear on whether or not it will support co-op, so keep in touch with us here at Co-Optimus for future info!
GAME Retailer Enters Final Hours and Begins Liquidation
The gaming industry is a tough world to live in, even for writers such as myself to just report the news events. Recently, GAME, a major video game retailer located in the United Kingdom, has hit a financial collapse and is in the immediate process of “closing up shop”. Tomorrow, their assets are to begin being an immediate sell-off, hoping that GameStop (their only true lifesaver in this situation) might still be interested in some of their stock in an attempt to salvage their dying business.
In a nut-shell, major publishers such as Electronic Arts, Capcom, and Nintendo had recently begun to refuse GAME any of their titles, most currently being Mass Effect 3, due to their growing concerns with GAME's credit limitations.. Soon after, Microsoft and Activision had also ceased to provide them with their products, forcing the company into financial crisis and sought after for a buyout by a competitor (OpCapita).
It’s a shame to see a major video game retailer bite the dust, as there will be some casualties in this business with global economy trying to tread water lately.