Catch Up: Gaming News! Playstation Vita x Skype? FIFA ’12 Release Set! Bejeweled Barrage!?


By: Adam Thomas of

In this week’s Catch Up gaming news from and, we have Playstation Vita leaking things everywhere,  a Super Nintendo classic being shelved, Nintendo trying to change one of their biggest mistakes, and Bioware taking stock of their recent security hit. Meanwhile, FIFA and Bejeweled letting people get closer in more ways than one!

Playstation Vita Release Date Leak?

The online retailer has listed the Playstation Vita for a release date of November 4 this year. While this may be nothing more than a guess to get potential customers to pre-order, we must admit that it is not entirely implausible to see the Vita in the next five months.  Click here to read more

Is Skype Coming to Vita?

A picture taken by GameGeneration saw a small number of brand names during the presentation. In particular, Skype. Now Skype is currently available on the PSP, so it wouldn’t seem much of a stretch to introduce it to the Vita. However, Microsoft has recently bought over the company for $8.5 billion (£5.2bn) with plans to incorporate it into Xbox Live. This may hinder Sony’s chances, but doesn’t rule the functionality out entirely.   Click here to read more

Turtles in Time Re-Shelled Being Pulled from XBLA and PSN

Anyone wanting to still pick up Turtles in Time Re-Shelled should do it fast because it won’t be available much longer. An expiring license at Ubisoft means that that game will no longer be able to be sold on Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network in North America.

The game will be pulled on June 30, being de-listed from both digital platforms for good. Not the first time such a thing has happened, and very understandable in this case. Click here to read more

Nintendo to Scrap Friend Codes?

For a while now it’s been hinted that the Wii U will abolish the friend code and opt for something more along the lines of an account for each user (think gamertags). Although Nintendo or it’s guru Miyamoto have yet to utter the words, “Sayonara friend codes!” (or something along those lines), other developers have.

In an interview with MTV’s Multiplayer blog, Ubisoft’s Adrian Blunt stated, “rather than using friend codes, which we’ve had in the past, we’re able to connect players in a much easier way.” Click here to read more

Bioware Reveals the Extent of Damage from Recent Hack

When a company with as much consumer credibility as Bioware gets targeted for a data breach, there really is no shelter in sight. Bioware’s VP and General Manager Aaryn Flynn took to the company’s forums this week to declare the extent of the damage from last week’s successful LulzSec hack.

In the update, Flynn stated “Our investigation shows that information such as user names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, mailing addresses, names, phone numbers, CD keys and birth dates from accounts on the server system associated with Neverwinter Nights may have been compromised.” Click here to read more

FIFA ’12 Release Date Set

EA Sports has announced that the worldwide release of FIFA 2012 will be kicking off September 30, 2011. The PC release is also set to be on par with that of the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, meaning desktop players will have access to the Players Impact engine, giving improved physics of the players as well as a few other tweaks.  Click here to read more

Bejeweled Coming to…Well, Everything

In a press release this week, PopCap Games announced they would be bringing the well-received sequel Bejeweled 3 to the Nintendo DS, the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3. Previously a PC exclusive, the game will bring the now famous match-3 action to every gaming platform it possibly can.

The Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 will receive both disc and digital versions of the game, ensuring that anyone will be able to play it.  Click here to read more

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