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As you may have noticed, Player Attack is headed to tv, with a brand new, half-hour show starting on Australian cable service Foxtel in April. As that date gets closer, we're spending more and more time on the project, so we're taking a quick break from our regular vidcast news schedule, which will start up again in our new format on April 12th.
But - as we know - the world of gaming continues relentlessly, and we're not going to pretend that it's stopped just because we have. Instead, please enjoy this selection of links, which are the stories that would have been in the news episode, had there been one.
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm launched around the world, and we were at the game's Melbourne festivities, looking at fireworks, watching paintings and cheering for an assortment of pro-gamers.
Nintendo loses 3DS patent infringement lawsuit to a former Sony Corp employee, who developed the glasses-free 3D technology back in 2003. Saijiro Tomita has been awarded more than US$30 million in compensatory damages - no word as yet if this will impact on the 3DS in any way.
While we're on the topic of hardware news, Suda51 is appropriately aroused by PlayStation 4, claiming that the new technology "turns him on", and explaining that cloud-based gaming is something that makes him horny.
Aussie game dev named Woman of the Year - Congratulations to Siobhan Reddy, co-founder and studio director of LittleBigPlanet creator Media Molecule. The Sydney-born developer is now based in Britain, and has been officially named Australian Woman of the Year in the United Kingdom. She plans to use her new-found fame to encourage more women to get into gaming.
Ron Gilbert quit Double Fine, explaining that there are "so many games left to make" and it's time for him to move on. His next moves have not yet been detailed, beyond an upcoming game for iOS described as "a musical match-3 pirate RPG", and - of course - the keynote presentation at PAX Australia.
Still in Australia, an interesting game popped up on the Classification Board database, which a little detective work suggests that Ride to Hell: Retribution has resurfaced with an R18+ rating. This suggests this story of a Vietnam veteran may well be the first such title released in the region with the controversial warning of "high impact sexual references".
Something completely different: Retailers demand delays for Disney Infinity - the kids sandbox/toybox title is now due out in August, which is a much nicer time according to those who actually sell the games. Developers promise they could have released it in June, but the extra two months certainly won't hurt.
Dishonored DLC revealed: The Knife of Dunwall puts you into the shoes of supernatural assassin Daud, as he experiences an almost parallel story to Corvo's in the original game. The story-driven update is due out for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC from April 16th, and we're left wondering who, or what, is Delilah?
And finally this week, it wouldn't be right to skip out without a trailer. Last August, two years after release, we started to hear hints that Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game would be getting multiplayer. Then it was delayed and delayed and delayed... but it's finally here. The Wallace Wells pack for the game has arrived, bringing a new playable character and the exciting introduction of online multiplayer, and we've got the trailer right here:
...next week, we're planning more of the same, but remember: Mark your calendars for April 12th, the show's shaping up to be something a bit special.
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