Missing Pieces: Wrapping up the week's must-know gaming news
Welcome to Missing Pieces, our weekly games wrap-up. Each week we round up the interesting stories that didn't quite make it through the dastardly news gauntlet on our site and wind up as stand-alone articles.
This week on Missing Pieces: a former reality TV star sues a Rockstar, a King tries to give candy back to those it stole from, and a Nintendo shareholder has some nightmarish ideas for mobile titles.
Candy for babies
Break out the "MIssion Accomplished" banner, Internet—Candy Crush developers King.com are abandoning their trademark application for the word "Candy." Finally! All the ceaseless mockery must've gotten to them!
What's that? They're only abandoning it in the United States? They're still holding onto this frivolous claim in Europe? Guess it's time to play more games from the Candy Jam.
Hawk, you were the chosen one
Get to the mine
They're making a Minecraft movie.
Someone is trying leak the fact that we're working with Warner Brothers on a potential Minecraft Movie. I wanted to be the leak!— Markus Persson (@notch) February 27, 2014
I don't even have a witty remark here. I just don't understand what this world is coming to. BioShock movie: Canceled. Halo movie: Canceled. Every game movie you've ever cared about: Probably canceled or terrible.
Minecraft movie: Incoming.
GTA being sued...again
Grand Theft Auto V hasn't exactly had the best time with lawsuits since launch, and now Rockstar can add another to the list. Former Mob Wives star Karen Gravano alleges that Rockstar ripped details of her life story for a side mission in GTAV, and she's suing to the tune of $40 million.
The new Virtual Boy
Well, it's official: Our Oculus Rift dev kit is now a historical artifact.
That's because Oculus is suspending Rift sales for the moment, due to the fact that many components used in the dev kit are no longer manufactured. Expect the Rift to go back on sale when the updated dev kit is released, presumably sometime later this year.
As part of the announcement, Oculus also revealed it has sold over 50,000 dev kits. That's quite a few units for a costly, semi-niche prototype.
Oh, and RiftCon—a virtual reality-themed convention—is apparently in the works too.
Ocu-rina of Time
Speaking of the Rift, there's not one but two Zelda games for the Rift now. One person turned the original Legend of Zelda (you know, the "It's dangerous to go alone" one) from two dimensions into a 3D Rift game. Another is working on Ocarina of Time.
Prepare for the worst
One of Nintendo's shareholders wants the company to branch into mobile games. Okay, sure, that sounds reasonable, in a Sega "end of an era" type way. Let's hear what he has to say:
"Just think of paying 99 cents just to get Mario to jump a little higher."
Oh no! No no no no no no no no no.
The above was reported by the Wall Street Journal, quoting a letter from Oasis Management head and Nintendo investor Seth Fischer to Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata.
The mind reels.
I never knew you at all
Call of Duty Elite, the subscription-service-turned-free-service Activision launched alongside Modern Warfare 3 for...some reason...shuts down today. Activision urges people to use the official Call of Duty app instead.
And nothing of value was lost.
This week it's Sony Santa Monica, the studio best known for God of War. Rumor has it that an unannounced project was completely shuttered in the process. Best of luck to those affected.
Ah, February is almost over and thus spring is right around the corner. But the sun isn't here yet, so why not stay inside and read these articles instead? This week we had articles on Diablo III's massive update, Twitch streaming coming to the Xbox One just in time for that Titanfall bundle which basically gives you the game for free, and the first film made exclusively for the Oculus Rift. Also, be sure to check out our review of the rather disappointing Thief reboot.