Fully Charged: Sony is finally killing Betamaxx and Konami is making Metal Gear prosthetic

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Sony finally ends Betamax tape sales

Betamax cassette tape

Sony's Betamax lost to VHS in one of the very first home media format wars, but the company admirably continued supporting the format for those who bought the hardware. It's now been 40 years. And Sony, finally and understandably, is ready to move on.

The company announced that sales of Betamax cassettes in Japan, perhaps the only country where they're still available, will end in March. Sony will also end sales of MicroMV camcorder tapes, which debuted in 2001, although the devices themselves have been discontinued for a decade now.

[Source: Sony via Engadget]

MST3K revived on Kickstarter

Big fan of cult comedy TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000? It was canceled in 1999 after 197 total episodes, but creator Joel Hodgson (who departed the original show partway through) is trying to revive the series for a new season via Kickstarter.

If the campaign raises US$2 million, they'll make three new episodes - and the funding promises scale up to as many as 12 new episodes for US$5.5 million. You can back it for as little as US$10, which basically just gets you updates, while a US$5,000 (about ₹2.18 lacs) pledge gets you into one of the new episodes as a guest star.

The campaign has already raised nearly half of the base goal after less than a day, so its chances of bringing at least three new episodes to life look pretty assured.

[Source: Kickstarter]

Konami making Metal Gear prosthetic

Sketches for Konami's Metal Gear prosthetic limb

Legendary game maker Konami might be moving away from AAA development, but it's now turning its attentions to... prosthetic limbs? Well, just one: the company has announced its participation to help create "a highly stylized and multi-functional limb" for James Young, a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid series.

Konami is working with the Alternative Limb Project to create a prosthetic limb inspired by the series, which actually makes a lot of sense: latest entry Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain sees hero Snake wearing a prosthetic arm. The studio has started a blog about the project, and plans to make a documentary as well.

[Source: The Phantom Limb Project via Polygon]