Shiniest Objects: Sony Promotes Hacking

The music games genre continued to take a beating this week with lots of layoffs and the death of the lesser franchise, and Sony finally (and unremarkably) reveals their “PlayStation Phone.” Cole reminds us that while the children are important, not every games is necessarily intended for them.

Every day we are on the look out for the most interesting news items in the gaming industry. Some make it on the site as headlines, and the articles that just miss the cut end up in the Shiny Objects feed which can be viewed here (or on the sidebar of the site) and subscribed to here. Every Monday we recap the shiniest of the objects, and our original articles from the previous week.

Horrible Objects

Last Week’s Headlines

Hackers

Thanks you for the help, Kevin

21 headlines distracted us and here’s the best from that list:

Harmonix hit with layoffs, intended to align with ‘current product development plans’ – Joystiq
Seemed inevitable. Here’s hoping they find some stability from here on out.

Fat, Ugly or Slutty – Where Online Gaming Misogynists are Crucified for All to See – Unreality
God, I love this site. Way to go, ladies.

Dark Void Devs Prepping The Darkness 2 for Fall 2011 Release – Piki Geek
I was with you until that Dark Void developers part.

Review of Stacking – Giant Bomb
For those still on the fence about jumping into some dolls

Preview: Dragon Age II – Destructoid
This game officially has my attention, and has my spare time on notice.

LAWL: Kevin Butler retweets PS3 Jailbreak code – Destructoid
Bahhahahhaa

Activision axing Guitar Hero and True Crime; Freestyle Games reportedly hit with layoffs – Joystiq
Not that I like layoffs, but nice to see the inevitable death of Guitar Hero finally.

‘World of StarCraft’ mod reborn as ‘StarCraft Universe’ – Joystiq
Happy ending is probably a much happier beginning for this guy.

Mass Effect 2 wins GOTY, RPG, storytelling awards at DICE 2011 – Joystiq
I’m quite happy with these results, Mass Effect 2 wins the big one, while Red Dead takes home plenty of others.

Sony Reveals Xperia Play Specs, Service Provider – GameInformer
Good lord does Sony love burning through money