When Lethal Weapon 3 got its cinematic release in 1992, my parents dutifully went along to the cinema to watch it. At the end of the credits, they were delighted to discover, there was one last scene - an easter egg to reward those who watched all those names scroll past on the screen. So began an excruciating family tradition.
Happy Gran Turismo 6 day! I'm sitting here wearing my special racing boots, practising heel and toe on the Thrustmaster pedals underneath my desk as I count down the hours to 5pm when I can finally play a slice of Polyphony's latest. Lord I wish I was joking. The Gran Turismo 6 demo isn't the only notable download today, of course, and there are probably a fair few of you who don't go all dewy-eyed at the scent of burning rubber getting excited about something else entirely. So, to you: happy COD BLOPS 2 DLC day!
Earlier this month, our YouTube Editor Ian Higton travelled to the Call of Duty Championship European finals in Cologne to investigate how COD was faring in its attempt to enter the hyper-competitive eSports business.
Update #2: An ESL spokesperson has gotten in touch about the video and, in the interests of fairness and balance, this is the organisation's take on it: "eSports events such as the recent Electronic Sports League European Finals are highly competitive and evoke a huge amount of passion and excitement among the participants. This is no different to sports such as football and rugby, where competitive spirit and banter are part of the mind games that take place between teams. The events are always conducted in a professional manner, and this film does not reflect the generally sportsmanslike behaviour we saw over the weekend."
So it begins. We've had Nuketown Zombies already, of course, but today marks the release (on Xbox Live, at least) of the first of four proper downloadable map pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Called Revolution, it consists of four new multiplayer arenas, a Zombies co-op map called Die Rise, and the new Turned mode, where you play as zombies trying to gobble up humans. Amazing scenes.
Not much to tell these two versions apart, suggesting that the Wii U game is based heavily on the 360 original.
Just like the 360 version it is based on, the Wii U version stands up fairly well against the PC game.
Wii U takes the PS3 to the cleaners in terms of image quality.
Like-for-like scenes tested across the three HD console platforms, with a clear winner in view.
Like-for-like areas of the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Black Ops 2 directly compared with Digital Foundry tools.
The PC version of the game is compared against the PS3 SKU running patch 1.03 which improves image quality a touch.
The Xbox 360 version of the game compared with the patched PS3 edition, which improves image quality a little.
For some, multiplayer is all that matters in a COD game, so we've prepared a bespoke performance analysis video covering online gameplay.
Check out how well Treyarch's new upscaling technique on Xbox 360 compares with native resolution on PC.
The weakest SKU goes head-to-head with the PC game running at max settings.
Xbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3 in what is likely to be the biggest game of 2012.
Like-for-like scenes between the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Black Ops 2 compared.