After being outed by Amazon UK (nice job guys) NetherRealm Studios has released an announcement trailer for Mortal Kombat X. Could this have gone smoother? Sure, it could have waited one freaking week to happen at E3, probably like they planed. But seeing how the cat is out of the bag, here it is. By the way, if you are squeamish or don't want to have young children see violence usually saved for HBO and Game of Thrones, you may want to hold off on watching this.
Kazua Hiraj has announced that Sony has begun a region by region activation of the PSN today. It is suggested that after you turn on your PS3 and update your firmware you immediately change your password for the PSN (like they have to tell you that). They are slowly getting to each city and state and are saying it will be "several hours to restore PSN throughout the entire country". As of this writing at 8:53 PM MST only 7 Northeast states had their service restored and given their estimate, we should be seeing a nation wide return to coverage by Sunday morning. This is assuming they work on it all night. If you would like to see the status on the return coverage check on the source link. Good news is now you can start get Portal 2 on your PC for those that have it on PS3 and Mortal Kombat can start to see the online play it deserves.
EDIT: We now have a full return of the PSN.
So I am sure that there is some actual news at there that I could report on. I could mock the PSN some more, maybe further speculation on Project Cafe, or even randomly speculate on Microsoft's next console. But that is not what I am going to do on todays post. I have not gotten around to posting (or writing) my Portal 2 review, but I did find these portal related videos. Do they give me some leway on the review until I can play the co-op portion?
Mario Meets Portal 2
No real surprise here given their history, but Australia has found that Mortal Kombat does not fit into it's limited rating system, and has therefore been banned from entering the country legally. This is mostly due to the outdated notion that the Austrailian parlament has about games being only for kids since their highest rating for games is still MA 15+. While many groups have tried to get an MA 18+ rating into the Australian system these attempts have so far failed. This leaves no room for games that are made soley for the adult population, and causes Mortal Kombat not to be availble for mature Australian gamers.