Sony has decided to discontinue online support for 2007 PlayStation 3 title Eye of Judgement.
A year and a half has gone by since Eye of Judgment was first unveiled. The game made its debut at E3 2006, which did for Sony what It's a Royal Knockout did for Prince Edward. EoJ got a bit lost while everything else was going on. Mixed in with all the giant enemy crabs, drunken aircraft and grazing rhinos flying about the place, the sight of Phil Harrison faffing about with a pack of cards and a camera just seemed like another bizarre piece in a rubbish puzzle.
But that was 18 months ago, and now Eye of Judgment's here, and turns out it's really rather good. It's got depth, impressive visuals and innovative use of technology. The technology actually works like it's supposed to, even in living rooms which aren't as brightly lit as the heart of the sun. All this makes EoJ more fun than any of the PS2 EyeToy games we've played.
In essence, Eye of Judgment is a high-tech trading card game. It comes with a cloth mat you spread out in front of the TV and a plastic stand on which you position the PlayStation Eye camera. This is included in the package along with a starter deck of 30 cards. You can build this up with the booster packs sold separately, but 30 is enough to get you through plenty of games without getting bored.
Another good thing about Christmas is that you can kiss people by holding a twig with leaves above their heads, made all the more likely by the enormous vat of incredibly pungent mulled wine stewing in the kitchen. Similarly smile-worthy is that yes there are games on PS3 to buy this year, despite what James with his rival console says in the comments section while picking his nose and flicking it at his equally spotty friend.
The Eye of Judgement can scan fake cards produced by colour printers, as those of you with fraudulent tendencies have found out.
Sony has finally decided that SingStar PS3 will be out in December, after making us fear the worst recently by saying the game was stuck in "release limbo".
Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation Eye will be out in Europe on 7th November.
Of all PlayStation 3's forthcoming releases, the most interesting and significant is neither a game nor for sale. Home, Sony's more structured, sanitised and solid attempt at a Second Life world might seem innocuous enough but with the screenshots of its cinema space and the implied possibility of fully downloadable movies, there's the chance it might eventually outgrow even its host platform in significance.
The Eye of Judgement has been probing the gaming landscape for a suitable opening through which to emerge, and now it seems to have found one: er, autumn.
The "father" of EyeToy, Dr. Richard Marks, believes the best new feature of the PlayStation Eye is its microphone.
Sony Japan has revealed that camera-based PlayStation 3 title Eye of Judgement will be released worldwide in the autumn.