Welcome to the Rumour mill, VideoGamer.com's run-down of the big rumours currently doing the rounds in the video game industry. Every week we'll hunt down the juiciest stories and give our opinion on how legit they are. So, whether you want the ridiculous or the plausible, read on.

HD DVD Xbox 360 canned at last minute

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The Rumour: Rumours leading up to this week's CES show in Las Vegas suggested that Bill Gates would use his keynote speech to announce a new HD DVD equipped Xbox 360. Due to Warner announcing it would release movies only on Blu-ray from June Microsoft scrapped its plans at the last minute.

Verdict: The internet is often the cause of unwarranted hype. In this case the truth is probably somewhere between what happened (nothing) and what was rumoured. Microsoft had probably planned to discuss HD DVD but perhaps not a new Xbox 360.

Plausibility rating: 2/5

Halo: Chronicles demo with Halo Wars

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The Rumour: Regular rumour source Surfer Girl claims that this year's Xbox 360 exclusive RTS will ship with a demo for the Peter Jackson and Wingnut Interactive's Halo: Chronicles.

Verdict: Halo Wars is expected to do good business given the popularity of the Halo brand, but an RTS isn't guaranteed to sell well on a console. Microsoft isn't new to the idea of bolstering the appeal of a game with an included extra. Crackdown most certainly benefited from the inclusion of the Halo 3 multiplayer beta.

Plausibility rating: 3/5

Xbox 720 already in development

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The Rumour: Leading US magazine EGM stated that a game for the Xbox 360's successor is already in development, only two years into the console's life.

Verdict: This rumour was bound to crop up sooner or later, followed by the inevitable cry from gamers that Microsoft is going to kill the Xbox 360 too soon. We don't doubt that a game is in development, but it's likely to be at a very early prototype stage. The very best current-gen games take upwards of two years to create, so including the research required when developing on a new platform we'd bank on no Xbox 720 games being released for at least three more years.

Plausibility rating: 5/5

Starship Troopers style PS3 MMO from NCsoft

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The Rumour: A new MMO from NCsoft Europe is in development and it'll be the first game to come from the studio for the PlayStation 3.

Verdict: NCsoft Europe is hiring and has uploaded a decent smattering of concept art to its website. We're also expecting some news to break next week on a new MMO. Is it for the PS3? We're not sure.

Plausibility rating: 3/5

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"David Scammell, Deputy News Editor"? When did that happen? Did someone get a pay rise. or just a fancy new title?

Anyways Neon I loved Vice City - that actually made me go out and buy GTAIII back in the day. Until Vice City I had no interest in the series. Couldn't get into San Andreas though - partly because I wasn't a fan of the whole black gang culture thing, but mainly because I couldn't understand what any of the chars were actually saying. All the gangsta talk just went straight over my head. I had a 14" tele back then too and the subtitles were too small for me to read. Yes, I'm not hip, leave me alone.

As for me, I've been playing a lot of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning these past couple of weeks. The combat's okay, and the story shows a bit of promise, but blah I'm bored as hell to be honest. It's the whole open world and side quest thing - I had the same problem with Oblivion, where I burn myself out on the game with all the side-quests before even getting onto the main story quests.
Posted 11:11 on 02 December 2012
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Unbelievably, CheekyLee actually tried to defend the Wii U system update the other day and suggest that the problem came down to the user, not Nintendo or the console :P
Cheeky IwataLee San says stop complaining!

@Neon
I loved that style the GTA games used to have and actually really miss it. I understand that a lot of it was due to poly counts and texture weight. But, it was really cool, big, chunky characters who possed a whole lotta swagger when they moved.

I also loved he long, slow build up of San Andreas. Spending so much time in the hood really made you feel like it was your teenage stomping ground. You learned the tricks of the trade there, had successful and broken relationships with people, intricately learned the backstreets and got a sense of home when you returned later in the game. You even fought a war there, dammit!

@topic
This week I spent a lot of time with Super Mario 3D Land. It's a great game, but a little too easy. Ive pretty much 3 coined most levels first try and im now on the new page of world 8. The visuals are spectacular and the lands are vibrant. Mario controls perfectly with the heavy yet gravity defying weight that only Mario can have. It's a very good game.

I've just ordered Alien: Infestation and hope to have that Monday. Really looking forward to it.
Posted 09:28 on 02 December 2012

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