News Blips: Still No Medal of Honor on Military Bases, Best Buy Sells Free PS3 Firmware, and More

Soliders are trained to endure all kinds of hell, but nothing can prepare them for seeing a video game at a store on their base and knowing it used to feature a team in multiplayer called the Taliban. They're trained to fight people, after all, not names.

News Blips:

GameStop stores on United States Army and Air Force bases still refuse to sell Medal of Honor despite EA removing references to the Taliban in the game's multiplayer mode. Last month, store representatives said they chose not to sell the game on military bases out of respect for the men and women in uniform. They told Kotaku yesterday that they are remaining consistent with their decision, despite the changes made. I wish everyone involved would stop trying to out-respect one another and realize they're all just perpetuating the fear of a name.

Best Buy is selling "firmware updated" 120-gigabyte PS3 consoles for an extra $30. The 120-gigabyte model typically sells for $299, but Best Buy ads indicate the store is selling the console for $329 because it comes with updated firmware, which is available for free to all PS3-owners with Internet access. The ad also implies the update allows the machine to run all PS3 games and Blu-Rays, eliminate bugs and glitches, run smoother, and more. How much more does it cost to have them not laugh at you while you check out? [DualShockers]

Microsoft's Kinect manual reveals specific distance and clothing requirements for optimal play. According to leaked photographs of the Kinect manual, players must stand eight feet away from the camera if they want the device to recognize two people at once. It also recommends positioning the camera two or six feet off the ground, wearing colors that contrast with the background, and preventing excess sunlight from hitting the camera for the best results. I was planning on playing Kinect in an abandoned warehouse while wearing a neon-pink tracksuit anyway, so this doesn't bother me.

A new survey on 3D televisions and video games indicates 63 percent of console owners think a firmware update is all that's required to play games in 3D. Research firm Interpret surveyed 1,500 people online and found a majority didn't realize a 3D-enabled TV was also required for 3D gaming. In addition, 46 percent of people not interested in purchasing such a TV said wearing 3D glasses was their biggest concern, and 83 percent of everyone polled believes all 3D requires glasses. Looks like Nintendo is poised to make a killing next year when they shock the world with the glasses-free 3D of the 3DS. [Gamasutra]

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