Daily Recap: April 13, 2009

Imagine me presenting the daily news from behind that desk, and with that mustache

Imagine me presenting the daily news from behind that desk, and with that mustache

Welcome back to the stage of history. After a weekend away, we’re back at it, and I’m delivering the news updates for the week.

First off, it appears Netflix may be expanding its console reach. Stories surfacing today suggested this may be occurring based off of Netflix posting job listings for “Engineering Leader – Gaming Platforms,” a position which the postings say would require “prototyping, testing and building the Netflix experience for gaming consoles.” Could PS3 and even Wii users know the joy of Netflix streaming soon? Perhaps.

Might Sony be shifting some of its strategy as well? Ars Technica had the scoop, finding from “inside sources” first the rumor (later confirmed by Sony) that the PSP-exclusive rhythm-strategy sequel Patapon 2 will only be available digitally– boxed copies from retail locations won’t contain a UMD, but just a download key for the game. “We’re considering a digital only format for the Patapon 2 release as a one time test case as we continue to explore consumer preferences for digital content,” Patrick Seybold, Senior Director of Corporate Communications at SCEA told Ars Technica.

Brief tidbit on the Ghostbusters game coming out in June: Dan Aykroyd, one of the actors and writers of both the classic movies and now the Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3 game, confirmed recently to journalists that the game was essentially the third Ghostbusters movie.

Finally, something cool from the Internet: The fine aspiring folks over at NeoGAF have created a thread that’s made its way around the news sites, this time focusing on “Criterion Collection”-style box art for video games. Some of the cases they’ve thrown together in Photoshop are pretty damned awesome, and it’s something I really wish games would get. Here’s a selected few covers.

There’s loads more in the GAF thread, and they are all collected on this site as well.