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Sep
24
Oh no! Polyphony Digital has confirmed that Gran Turismo 5 has been delayed and will now hit Japan on March 2010. While it is possible for North America and Europe to receive an earlier date, it seems unlikely that it will be out any sooner than in Japan.
Sep
24
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: Sony Computer Entertainment [Country] Announces</strong>

Tokyo, 24th September 2009: Sony Computer Entertainment today announced a line-up of PlayStation®3 (PS3™) bundles for the holiday season, consisting of a PS3 with a 250GB hard disc drive and one of a selection of software and content, including FIFA 10 and Need for Speed™ Shift . The bundles will be available throughout retail in October 2009.

Following the great success of the new, smaller, 120GB PS3, which sold over 1m units in its first three weeks on sale, the 250GB model has the same hardware specifications as the current model, but with greater storage space, to offer consumers even more choice. The 250GB PS3, with its larger storage capacity, will allow owners to take full advantage of the incredible software line-up and the many multimedia functions available on PS3, whether that is storing and viewing your family photographs, listening to your entire music collection in crisp...
Sep
24
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: Kick-start your PSPTM (PlayStation®Portable)go game collection</strong>!

Got PSPTM? Thinking of going digital with PSPgo?

Get three free games with PSPgo Rewards*

LONDON, 24th September, 2009: To celebrate the upcoming launch of the latest model of PSP™(PlayStation®Portable) Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) is pleased to announce a special promotion to help existing PSP owners with UMD®s (Universal Media Discs), to start their digital games collection for PSPgo.

If you enjoy your PSP, you’re going to love the all-new PSPgo. Say hello to entertainment in your pocket as the sleek, slimline look of PSPgo comes packed with 16GB of built-in storage space – meaning that you can take all your favourite games, photos and more with you wherever you go. And to help you get your PSPgo collection started, we’re giving away three full games for free.*

With PSPgo Rewards you can download three much-loved, or totally new PSP titles for...
Sep
24
SCE has confirmed a number of new titles it is working on that will be compatible with the new motion controller as and when it is released next year. Sing and Draw, The Shoot, Motion Party and more have all been mentioned, check out the full list below:

Software Titles for Motion Controller from SCE Worldwide Studios*1

(2010 release, includes both Motion Controller dedicated and compatible titles)

Title name

Ape Escape (Working Title)

Echochrome 2 (Working Title)

Eccentric Slider (Working Title)

Sing and Draw (Working Title)

Champions of Time (Working Title)

Motion Party (Working Title)

The Shoot (Working Title)

Tower (Working Title)

PAIN*2

Flower*2

Hustle Kings*2

High Velocity Bowling*2

EyePet*2

*1 Titles to be released will depend by countries or regions.

*2 Motion control function will be added by network update, etc.
Sep
24
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: Xbox 360s "Project Natal" Awakens Imagination of Global Video-Game Industry</strong>

World's top publishers pledge support for "Project Natal," helping pioneer a new category of controller-free games and entertainment.

TOKYO - 24 September 2009 - Xbox 360 today announced widespread enthusiasm from the world’s leading video-game publishers for “Project Natal,†a whole new way to play - no controller required. Developers across the globe have embraced the technology and have begun work on titles that will deliver extraordinary entertainment experiences for everyone to enjoy. Coming just three months after “Project Natal†was unveiled at E3, the announcements at the Tokyo Game Show underscore the swift industry support for the revolutionary controller-free experiences being developed exclusively for Xbox 360, the premier games and entertainment system.

Among the elite publishers actively working on games for “Project Natal†are Activision...
Sep
24
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: TOM CLANCY'S SPLINTER CELL CONVICTIONTM TO STREET ON FEBRUARY 26th 2010</strong>

LONDON, UK - September 24th – Today, Ubisoft® announced that Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction™, the most highly awarded Xbox360 game of E3® 2009, will street on February 26th 2010, exclusively for the Xbox 360TM video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and for Windows® PC.

Combining innovative gameplay features with a high-octane, no-holds barred storyline, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction arms the player with the lethal skills of an elite operative, and invites them into a dangerous world where justice means making your own rules.

For more information about Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction, please visit www.splintercell.com
Sep
24
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: Motion Controller (Tentative) Equipped with High-Precision Motion Sensors, Combined With PlayStation®Eye Camera, Delivers Whole New Entertainment Experience on PlayStation®3</strong>

Tokyo, September 24, 2009 – Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) today announced that it will release new Motion Controller (tentative) for PlayStation®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment system in Spring 2010. The new controller, equipped with high-precision, highly accurate motion sensors, can deliver whole new entertainment experience on PS3 when combined together with the PlayStation®Eye camera*1. Capable of recognizing and tracking a user’s face and voice as well as body motion, PlayStation Eye can also output the player’s image onto the TV screen. SCE will vigorously promote the expansion of this new experience only possible on the PS3 platform.

The newly announced Motion Controller is equipped with two motion sensors, three axes gyroscope and three axes...
Sep
24
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: Wii at $199.99 Beginning Sept. 27 </strong>

World of Nintendo Events, Key Software Releases Further Demonstrate System’s Incomparable Value

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Beginning Sunday, Sept. 27, the world’s most popular home video game system gets even more appealing. On that day, Nintendo’s suggested retail price for its record-setting Wii™ drops by $50 to $199.99. The new $199.99 Wii price point delivers the full iconic Wii gaming experience, including the motion-sensing Wii Remote™ controller, Nunchuk™ controller and Wii Sports™ software, and furthers Nintendo’s mission to expand the gaming universe by making video games accessible to more and more consumers.

Wii ownership also opens an avenue for players to the industry’s most diverse and unique collection of home console games. Key upcoming releases include Wii Fit™ Plus, launching on Oct. 4, and the first truly multiplayer Mario™ title ever, New Super Mario...
Sep
24
Microsoft is so intent on proving that developers love it, the company is hosting a panel at TGS featuring the aforementioned Inafune, Sega's Toshihiro Nagoshi and Konami's Hideo Kojima
Sep
23
Reuters reports that Sony has revealed that sales of the PS3 have increased by 300 percent recently. Such an increase in sales has sparked expectations that a shortage may well be on the horizon for PS3.

<blockquote>Sales of the PlayStation 3 video game console jumped in the weeks after a $100 price cut last month, Sony Corp's top PlayStation executive said on Wednesday.

"We are up about 300 percent over where we were pre-price drop," Jack Tretton, chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment of America, said in an interview. "We are up significantly versus last year."</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE58M4GT20090923" target="_blank">Reuters</a>
Sep
23
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: TriForce Releases Final Version Of 1:1 Scale 'Gears of War 2' Lancer Assault Rifle Replic</strong>a

Sculpting Done By Erick Sosa, And Paint Work By Paul Komoda

(September 23, 2009 New York, NY) - TriForce Sales, LLC announced today that it has finalized work on its 1:1 scale Gears of War 2 Lancer Assault Rifle Replica. The piece was sculpted, engineered and painted by an extremely talented and well-known group of the best and brightest names in the industry. Artists include sculptor Erick Sosa, William Valenzuela, Jorge Martinez, Toi Ogunyoku and painter, Paul Komoda. The replica is 40 inches in length, weighs approximately 15 pounds, and features working LED effects. The estimated available ship date is February 2010. View us on the web at www.projecttriforce.com.

“When working on something as iconic as the Lancer Assault Rifle you have to get every detail right, in order to pay it the respect it deserves. Working closely with the incredible team...
Sep
23
MS has confirmed that a recent new 360 firmware update has been completed. This specific update adds no new features but has been conducted in order to prepare the system for the integration of social networking websites such as Twitter and FB.
Sep
23
The sheer online pull of Halo is still there! Latest figures displayed at Bungie.net reveal that in the most recent 24 hour period, nearly 910k Halo 3 ODST players were online! However, Halo 3 is still in the lead with nearly 1.4 million players online in the past 24 hours.
Sep
23
A new Wii UK bundle has been 'leaked' and while it looks as if the Wii will get no price cut in UK, new buyers will potentially got a whole lot more bang for their buck. The new bundle reportedly includes a Wii, controller, motion plus and copies of Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort!

<blockquote>
A retail source has told MCV that the UK will shortly unveil a brand new Wii hardware SKU that will replace the current bundle incorporating Wii Sports.

The source has not, however, been lead to believe that the new bundle will be any cheaper than the current offering, meaning that the UK could yet miss out on the price cut arriving soon in North America and Japan.

The pay-off, though, is that UK gamers are set to get a lot more included in Wii’s basic hardware SKU than consumers overseas.
The new bundle will include the console, a WiiMote, one nunchuck controller, a MotionPlus peripheral and copies of both Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort.</blockquote>

News Source: <a...
Sep
23
As much as I wanted one, the average reviews of its big titles, high cost, high game download prices and lack of UMD transfer support means its a no thanks for me. Has anyone else changed their minds?


Full rant - Anyone got any compromising pics of Sony execs so we can get them to sort out this mess?
Sep
23
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: HALO Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Halo Universe</strong>

Foreword by Frank O'Connor

‘I can still remember the first time I really experienced Halo…it was stepping out of the crashed escape pod and into a world that would consume my professional and creative life for the next seven years. In the following pages, you’ll find a great deal of depth and drama and data – some familiar, some new. It’s fiction, of course, but we only ever want it to feel real. Because it’s real to us. These are places and times that we want to share with you.’ Frank O’ Connor – foreword

Widely described as Microsoft’s ‘Killer App’ the Halo franchise is one of the biggest entertainment properties in history and one of the fastest selling video games ever. With over 1 billion Halo games played worldwide, the fans known as ‘Halo Nation’ are hungry for insight and information about the world of Halo.

Created in full collaboration with...
Sep
22
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: **ROCK BAND MEDIA ALERT** MTV GAMES, HARMONIX AND EA ANNOUNCE</strong>

Unique Bundle Allows Fab Four Fans to Sing Along to 45 of The Beatles' Greatest Hits
Guildford, UK. – 22nd Sept., 2009 – Harmonix, MTV Games, and distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc., today announced the The Beatles: Rock Band – Two Microphone Pack for PS3™, combining The Beatles: Rock Band, the most critically-acclaimed music game of the year, with two SingStar microphones from Sony’s leading interactive singing experience franchise. With an extraordinary catalogue of 45 tracks available, The Beatles: Rock Band – Two Microphone Pack for PS3™ will allow players to enjoy multi-part harmonies in a way never before experienced within a music game through an unprecedented, experiential progression of the music and artistry of The Beatles.

The Beatles: Rock Band – Two Microphone Pack for PS3™ is available now in the UK for a suggested retail price of £49.99....
Sep
22
As undercover police investigators searched a home drugs, some of their bored colleagues found other ways to entertain themselves - by playing Wii bowling and jumping for joy with every strike they made!

<blockquote>As investigators searched the home for drugs, some drug task force members found other ways to occupy their time. Within 20 minutes of entering Difalco's house, some of the investigators found a Wii video bowling game and began bowling frame after frame.

While some detectives hauled out evidence such as flat screen televisions and shotguns, others threw strikes, gutter balls and worked on picking up spares.

A Polk County sheriff's detective cataloging evidence repeatedly put down her work and picked up a Wii remote to bowl. When she hit two strikes in a row, she raised her arms above her head, jumping and kicking.</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/sep/21/undercover-drug-investigators-embarrass-polk-sheri/"...
Sep
22
Numerous internet reports indicate that Sony has revealed that Uncharted 2 will hit Europe on October 16th, exactly one day later than the game is available in the US.

Apparently Sony told the news directly to EG.