Not too many of us out there actually purchase a physical CD anymore, unless we're interested in the cover art that is. Since it is currently cheaper to just download the whole album from iTunes, what's the point of having the physical disk right? Well, Universal Music Group is hoping to change your mind, by lowering CD prices to a $10.00 maximum.
Beginning in April, almost all of the company's CD's will be cut to a price between $6.00 and $10.00. The drop in price hopes to have an increasing effect on sales. For all those devoted fans out there, UMG has stated that they plan to generate more "deluxe" editions then they currently have, but it'll cost you a little more.
While we wait for Valve to finally release the Engineer update for
Team Fortress 2, Valve is letting anyone else add content to their hit multiplayer shooter. This week Valve released an update to the game that includes new weapons and items that were submitted by Team Fortress fans. Here's a little hint for the people out there wondering what's been added, have you noticed Elvis has been brought back from the dead to play some TF2? Well you can thank your fellow players for that little add-on.
Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia recently visited EA to check in on the progress of the company's upcoming, cutscene-driven MMO,
Star Wars: The Old Republic. He reported that "earnings are somewhat depressed" due to the development costs for the game, but EA management is hopeful that they'll recoup this cash when the title brings in over two million subscribers. He added that, at the very least, the game needs over one million players in order for EA to break even on its biggest development project to date. For you number junkies out there, your standard computer game these days cost around $50 just to buy the game. This means that SWTOR could potentially cost a petty 50 million dollars to develop.
In addition to
Captain America news, we had an interesting week for Hulk. After the off-camera drama that occurred around the production of The Incredible Hulk between Edward Norton and the studio, it was predicted that we would not see Norton in the role of Bruce Banner again. This, of course, causes some issues for The Avengers seeing as Hulk is sort of their rallying force.
Luckily, Hulk himself is CGI, leaving the ability to banish Banner to the same depths of Hell as the Fantastic Four, but it does pose a problem for them once Hulk becomes a part of the team and Banner is needed once again. Or what if his existence is so well received they decide to do another Hulk exclusive movie, bringing in The Leader for his full performance after his cameo in the last film. A departure from Norton as Banner would make for a continuity issue across the Marvel Film Universe.
The road to picking Captain America for the upcoming
The First Avenger: Captain America and The Avengers films has been a long one. There has been a lot to consider when casting any of these iconic roles. The short-list has been parsed and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the winner is - Chris Evans.
You will know Chris Evans from his time as the Human Torch in the less-than-stellar
Fantastic Four films. While the films were plagued with bad story design and implementation, Evans did the best he could with what he was given. Apparently they guys at Marvel want to see exactly what he can do with a product that isn't bad right off the line.
Several sources are reporting that "USB Mass Storage Device Support on Xbox 360" will soon become more than idea, with an upcoming Spring 2010 system update. The reason? The document states: "increased market penetration of high-capacity, high throughput USB mass storage devices, a 2010 Xbox 360 system update" will finally let the Gamers of America load, copy and save data from USB devices.
The question on our mind was what kind of data, and that has been answered. Once you download the (more than likely) required update, you can download Title Updates, Xbox Live Arcade games, Xbox Live Indie games, DLC and Games on Demand to the USB device. More importantly, you will be able to store disc games on the device as well! Of course, you will have to have the disc in the tray in order for the game to authenticate, just like it does now.