Weekly Warp-Up: Helghan Public Library Edition

No, that’s not a typo. Welcome to the Weekly Warp-Up, your weekly wrap-up of the biggest and the best articles posted at Warp Zoned this week…

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You may not realize it, but there have been a lot of books written about video games and the video game industry. We at Warp Zoned want to recognize this oft-ignored corner of the bookstore and have launch a book reviews section this week. So whether you read in your favorite chair or on the toilet (also a favorite chair actually), check out these reviews of 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die and Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.

Sony’s Killzone 3 is only a few weeks away and the console-maker has been ramping up the hype and the excitement for the game over the last few weeks. Their latest gambit was the release of an open beta and our own Mike Gutierrez locked and loaded his Beta Impressions this week. Sony wasted no time in making their next Killzone 3-related move as they released a single-player demo for PlayStation Plus users on Tuesday and plan to make it available to every PS3 owner on February 15.

Hmm… books and Killzone. I wonder what a library on Helghan would look like?

Hit the jump for the rest of the Weekly Warp-Up.

The Week in Reviews…

The Week in New Games…

The Week in Announcements…

  • The AIAS names Mass Effect 2 their Game of the Year.
  • Hudson Entertainment was closed this week and all of their current projects were canceled.
  • Activision cancels Guitar Hero 7 and True Crime: Hong Kong. They’ve also benched Tony Hawk for 2011.
  • But the publisher has a lot on tap for 2011 including a Family Guy game, X-Men: First Class, a new Spider-Man game and Call of Duty 8.
  • Super Bowl XLV was not only the site of a fantastic football game, but also the place where EA Sports unveiled Madden NFL 12 for the first time.
  • After months of speculation, the Xperia Play (AKA “the PlayStation Phone”) was finally officially announced by Sony.
  • DC Comics is producing a Batman: Arkham City comic miniseries to tell the tale of the events after Batman: Arkham Asylum.
  • Who’s got balls of steel? Duke Nukem! 2K Games has announced a “Balls of Steel Edition” of Duke Nukem Forever.
  • The “First Strike” DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops will be released for the PS3 on March 3.
  • Two days before that, PS3 owners will get a chance to download PixelJunk Shooter 2.
  • The release schedule and pricing details for the 2011 XBLA House Party has been finalized.
  • With the game just a few days away, Capcom has announced that Galactus will be the final boss in Marvel vs Capcom 3.
  • Remember The Darkness? 2K Games does as they’ve announced The Darkness II.
  • Blizzard has announced the 2011 dates for their annual BlizzCon event.
  • Jeri Ryan (Sonya) and Ian Anthony Dale (Scorpion) have officially signed on for the Mortal Kombat: Rebirth webisodes.
  • Speaking of Mortal Kombat, the two films based on the franchise will be released on April 19th in Blu-ray editions packed with a PS3 costume code for Jade.
  • Ubisoft is bringing the Call of Juarez series into the modern day with Call of Juarez: The Cartel this Summer.

It’s a Secret to Everybody…

  • Microsoft showed a Kinect update to a British TV station and left a logo for Halo 5 lying around.
  • Sony can’t decide if Twisted Metal is being released in the Spring or in the Fall.
  • Take-Two has submitted a mystery game, 000A, to the Australian Classification Board. But it’s probably just Duke Nukem Forever.

And Finally…
The Packers proved the Madden Super Bowl Simulation wrong for only the second time in the last eight years.

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John Scalzo is Warp Zoned's Editor-In-Chief and resident retro gaming expert. You can follow him on Twitter or email him at john AT warpzoned DOT com.

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