It Came From The Web! Weekly Gaming News: Dec. 2, 2012

It Came From The Web

This week’s gaming news round-up has Journey’s score up for a Grammy, Assassin’s Creed 3 DLC shenanigans, and Killer Instinct trademark rejected.

Ahoy! The first week of December has come to pass, the weather’s getting colder, and… there’s no more snow. BAH!

Anyhoo, here’s a quick rundown of this week’s Gaming News. And we start with a happy surprise! 😀


From The Intarwebs & Blogosphere

And The Grammy Goes To… — “Baba Yetu”, the opening theme for Civilization IV written by Christopher Tin, won a Grammy for ‘Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist’ last year. Now videogames are getting another Grammy nod.

The score for thatgamecompany’s Journey was nominated for “Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media”. It’s going up against some crazy competition, like Hugo, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and The Dark Knight Rises.

Catch the Grammys on February 10th to see if Journey takes home the Golden Megaphone! 😀

Source: The first video game score ever nominated for a Grammy, [Gamasutra]


Assassinating Save States — Seems a lot of people are having some trouble with Assassin’s Creed 3‘s “Hidden Secrets” DLC. The type of problem that causes players to lose all their save progress. The folks at Ubisoft were notified via the forums on their website, and were able to re-create the nasty lil’ bug. They’re working on a fix as we speak.

Meanwhile, don’t load up your Assassin’s Creed 3 save data if you’re downloading the DLC, as doing this seems to be what triggers the bug.

Source: GameSpot, via Destructoid


Killer Patent Denied — A while ago, Microsoft filed a trademark renewal for Killer Instinct, which made fans get excited. However, the United States Patent and Trademark Office rejected the renewal, citing that there’s “the likelihood of confusion”. Seems the confusion has to do with the short-lived 2005 Fox crime drama of the same name.

Speaking with Joystiq, attorney Mark Methenitis said that this hiccup doesn’t mean much of anything. “It’s just an office action; they happen on lots of trademark applications, and is not by any means the final say on the application,” he said. “It just means that Microsoft has to provide more evidence to overcome their objection to move forward with the application.”

Since the games existed long before the Fox show, Microsoft has a good chance of getting this straightened out. I mean, who’s gonna confuse a fighting game with a crime drama? They have about six months to appeal.

Do you guys think that Microsoft will pursue this further, or drop it? We’ll see soon enough, yea?

Source: Killer Instinct trademark renewal rejected, what it means, [Joystiq]


From Twitter




Vid of the Week

Yes. Just. Yes.

Capcom didn’t make any announcements regarding celebrating Mega Man’s anniversary (much to the disappointment of fans). But then a fan-made game, Street Fighter X Mega Man, was causing waves, so much so that Capcom not only gave their blessing, they even helped the creator, Seow Zong Hui, with QA and general support!

The game features the Blue Bomber going up against the eight original Street Fighters, gaining their abilities, and general shenanigans.

The will be available as a free download for PC on December 17th. Check out this sweet trailer:

That’s all for this edition of It Came From The Web! If you hear of any gaming news shenanigans, let me know!