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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!

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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>

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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.
Sep
22
As part of the press release for the $50 Xbox 360 rebate, MS also stated the following bit of important news: "as announced earlier this year, the Xbox 360 you buy today will work with “Project Natal†and controller-free gaming in the future."
Sep
22
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: Stretch Your Entertainment Dollar with Special Offer from Xbox 360</strong>

$50 Rebate Offered with the Purchase of Xbox 360 Elite through Oct. 5

Beginning today through Oct. 5, when you purchase an Xbox 360 Elite for $299, Xbox 360 will put $50 back into your pocket with a limited-time rebate. Coupled with the recent price drop of the Xbox 360 Elite console, this offer makes your premium games and entertainment experience more affordable than ever.

Xbox 360 Elite puts all your entertainment in one place so you can play games, watch movies and TV shows, listen to music, and, coming this fall, keep up with your Twitter and Facebook social circles, all from your living room. Additionally, with a Netflix unlimited membership and an Xbox LIVE Gold Membership you can instantly watch movies and TV episodes streamed from Netflix, recommend your favorite shows and share in a movie party night with up to 7 friends — all on Xbox LIVE.

And, as announced...
Sep
22
Mark your calendars folks, October 15th marks the day of the ugliest official Xbox 360 controller yet to be released. The black and red controller will be on sale for $69.99 at GaemStop and looks snake-like scary.

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Sep
22
Nintendo has confirmed that three new colored DSi's will be available from October 23rd and include Facebook pre-installed on the systems. The colors are light blue, metallic blue and red.

<blockquote>Facebook pre-installed on metallic blue, light blue and red versions; Coming in October
Nintendo has today announced that its DSi will be available in three new colours from October 23rd – with Facebook pre-installed on the console.

The system will be available in Metallic Blue, Light Blue and Red across Europe on October 23rd.

The Facebook feature allows users to post their photographic creations straight to their profile via the Nintendo DSi Camera.
The console also includes Flipnote Studio, which enables consumers to make notes on their Nintendo DSi animate their own mini-movies. These can then be uploaded and shared online.</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.mcvuk.com/news/35852/New-DSi-SKUs-unveiled" target="_blank">MCVUK</a>
Sep
22
A producer at Bethesda has blogged about how Microsoft messed up their marketing communications messages when promoting ODST which led to reviewers talking about the pricing of the game a whole lot more. Time and time again MS were dithering between whether ODST was a full new game or an 'expansion pack' which led to confusion.

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Microsoft and/or Bungie totally bungled the marketing on this. First saying it was a standalone expansion pack, then coming out and saying wait, no, we're charging full price because - surprise! - we put "more" stuff in it and it's called Halo ODST now, vs it's original title, Halo Recon. Like Microsoft was ever going to sell this for less than full price. It is a new Halo title, it'll sell like hotcakes no matter what.

Because of the waffling, reviewers are now mentioning that Halo ODST may not be worth the price point, that it should've been cheaper, etc... Give me a break. First off, most games - especially first person shooters - are...
Sep
22
It's taken a while to get out, but Bungie have been caught red handed playing PS3 exclusive Uncharted 2. When asked how they can play a PS3 exclusive, they responding by stating that they 'play everything'. So first Cliffy B, and now Bungie also have a passionate love for Uncharted.

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<blockquote>While At E3 2009, we spotted an anomaly, it was a couple of Bungie guys making their way through the crowed to play none other than, the Critically Acclaimed!, Uncharted 2 among Thieves Multiplayer Demo. When asked, “How could you play a PS3 Exclusive?†they responded. “We Play everything!â€, and apparently are big fans of the Uncharted series. I guess Cliffy B isn't the only one who has a secret love for Uncharted. Who knows! Maybe Bill Gates has a PS3 now, Probably a Slim, given Microsoft’s recent struggles with Windows Vista. Enjoy the Photos.</blockquote>

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