Some links from a Friday afternoon spent enjoying the rain (I'm from Portland, we like our precipitation).
The US relsease date for "Mercenaries 2: World in Flames" was revealed to be Aug. 31 of this year. As someone who played the original on the X-Box, I'd be excited if this game came out for Wii ... because it's the only console I own. Still, it was a great game and would be a top-5 reason to buy another console. (Top reason not to ... money. No. 2 reason not to ... money. You get the gist).
"Star Wars: The Force Unleashed" will be released on Sept. 16 in the U.S. Anytime you can play as a dark Jedi, I'm for it. I like this trend of being able to play as villians.
For those who've been disapointed in Sonic the Hedgehog's recent offerings, Sega has slated "Sonic Unleased" to be released this holiday season. The developer says it will be a return to his roots. It will also relsease on all three of the big consoles. Naturally, the game of the three I'm least excited for (never was a big Sonic fan, mostly because he was clearly a hippie) is the only one coming to the Wii.
And finally, something to refute the arguments that video games are bad for you. A London study says playing violent video games is actually calming, as opposed to leeading to increased anger and aggression. Of course, the violent video game used in the study was "World of Warcraft", which registers as a "T" rating. I somehow don't think that anti-video game moms (save for Tipper Gore) think of WoW when they oppose violent video games. I suspect they're thinking the "Grand Theft Auto" series, "Mortal Kombat" and stuff that comes with an "M" rating. Still, the study is worth a read.