3DS Wi-Fi, a PS Vita copycat and ‘Diablo 3’ in gaming news for Monday morning

Posted by – December 12, 2011

Just catching up on games industry headlines from the weekend:

• Nintendo made a smart partnership decision business-wise when they brought free Wi-Fi for the DS into McDonald’s restaurants. Airport visitors probably know who Boingo is and recognize why free Wi-Fi for 3DS users at Boingo access points could also be a wise move. (via Joystiq)

• As many of you know, I’ll soon be out in Washington, D.C. The timing for The Smithsonian’s “The Art of Video Games” exhibit couldn’t be better. I don’t know about these fan pictures though.

• This Chinese PS Vita knock-off is just laughable—or at least it would be if it weren’t so sad.

• The Spike TV Video Game Awards took place over the weekend. I didn’t tune in, though I did keep up with the winners (Skyrim came out on top). Based on the years when I have watched the show, I tend to agree with Giant Bomb’s Jeff Gerstmann, who suggested that a better name conceptually for the event would be “World Exclusive Mania: Game Trailers You Ain’t Seen Before: The TV Show.” I should note that I do love new trailers. But I often prefer watching them on the Internet if the alternative requires setting aside an evening at home.

• And speaking of VGA debuts, a cinematic trailer for Diablo III showed up. I have to admit that I was rolling my eyes throughout much of the first half. It picks up and gets much less abstract toward the end.

And if you’d like to catch up on other trailer reactions, I suggest checking out Rick Marshall’s commentary.

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