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Dec
20
Ah, the beauty of user generated content can truly be seen in the beta of ModNation Racers already. So far users have been busy creating a variety of racers including Mario, IronMan, Batman, The Joker and many more interesting characters.

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See more at <a href="http://scrawlfx.com/2009/12/modnation-racers-beta-spawns-incredibly-customizable-character-creations" target="_blank">Scrawlfx</a>
Dec
20
A nice little effort here from the football team at Cardiff City. They recently visited the children's hospice for Wales and took a variety of gifts bought from their own money including an Xbox 360.

<blockquote>CITY trainees also visited the children’s hospice for Wales, Ty Hafan, this week – and took gifts bought from their own money.

All the Bluebirds’ youth teams carry the Ty Hafan name on the front of their shirts and the boys bought an XBox 360 plus many other gifts.</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.walesonline.co.uk/footballnation/cardiff-city-fc/2009/12/19/cardiff-city-youngsters-visit-ty-hafan-in-sully-91466-25425478/" target="_blank">Walesonline</a>
Dec
20
A UK based financial website has urged parents not to buy their children's Xbox' for Christmas and instead invest in their future. According to their logic, if parents save the cost of an Xbox 360 every year for Christmas (until 18), then the child could have around 100 grand at 60 years old.

<blockquote>Investing in a basket of shares of toy manufacturing companies at Christmas time could prove to be the ultimate gift for a child's future - potentially making them around £100,000, according to financial website The Motley Fool - Fool.co.uk.

Analysis of the decade's ‘Top Christmas Toys' makers reveals that if parents fill their shopping basket with a selection of these companies, and continue to invest in them each year then they could reap the benefits of the 6.6% compound return these companies have generated collectively.

By not buying a Christmas present and instead investing £200 every year (the equivalent of an Xbox 360) until their child is 18, could see the...
Dec
20
According to a 3000 strong poll conducted by a UK tech publication, their readers were awaiting the PS4 much more than the next version of the Xbox. However, the pull also revealed that 22 percent wanted a pen with a flying car so the validity of the poll is questionable.

<blockquote>latest poll suggests that twice as many readers would like to get their hands on a PlayStation 4 than they would the next iteration of the Xbox - although neither console was the top result, as we asked which future gadget you would like to get your hands on.

With nearly 3,000 votes cast, it was gaming machines that picked up the big votes, with 35 per cent opting for a next-next-gen console.

But top, with 22 per cent of the vote, was the 'pen that's also a flying car' option that we put in as a joke. </blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/world-of-tech/future-tech/ps4-tops-xbox-in-most-wanted-future-gadgets-poll-658985" target="_blank">TR</a>
Dec
19
Just a quick note - the very latest Modern Warfare 2 patch is available to download right now. Expect further patches in future as IW go on their mission to make the game bug and glitch free.
Dec
19
Newsweek expects that charismatic Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be getting fired next year. MS's stock has been dropping pretty badly as of late in comparison to other tech companies, so it's only logical for the big man to get the boot.

<blockquote>Ballmer's 10th anniversary as CEO of Microsoft arrives in January, but it's hard to imagine he'll be celebrating. Microsoft stock has dropped by nearly 50 percent on his watch, lagging not just other tech companies but even the Dow Jones industrial average.</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://2010.newsweek.com/top-10/tech-predictions/Microsoft-Pushes-Out-Steve-Ballmer.html" target="_Blank">NewsWeek</a>
Dec
18
According to reports, an accessories company has stated the PSP 4000 is in existance which will confirm all the recent rumors about such a version.

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Whilst we’ve only really seen a whole range of Sackboy figurines on retailers such as Play.com, we’ve picked up an advertisement displaying an upcoming LittleBigPlanet branded PSP Case and includes a set of stickers for you to customise it. The advert, from Accessories4Gamers Ltd., details that it is suitable for 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000 and PSP Go models too… wait… 4000?! Uh oh, seems like someone has maybe confirmed recent rumours too soon!</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.thelostgamer.com/2009/12/18/littlebigplanet-set-for-merchandise/" target="_blank">TheLostGamer</a>
Dec
18
Speaking recently, BioWare believe that they have NOT peaked on the Xbox 360 just yet. Apparently, they feel that there is quite a lot more power to be extracted from the Xbox 360 in the future.

<blockquote>"Have we actually peaked? No. I was the technical artist on the first game and what we do is build things a lot smarter to avoid some of those issues like texture pop-in in the sequel," he added. "But I don't think we've reached that ceiling yet; there's actually a lot more power that we can get out of the 360."</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=230051" target="_blank">CVG</a>
Dec
18
Good news folks. Sony has started selling out beta codes for ModNation Racers. The funny little game which looks like a blend between Mario Kart and Little Big Planet.
Dec
18
The new GT 5 demo was released yesterday and we want to know what YOU think of it. IGN thinks its outstanding, but did you feel the same away? What do you think about the physics, the looks, the style, is it all you had hoped for or less?
Dec
18
Sony has reportedly confirmed to UK trade publication MCV that MAG will be released on January 29th. Elsewhere, Heavy Rain and God of War are expected to arrive before March.
Dec
18
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: PlayStation®Home: where users and developers meet</strong>

• As three new, interactive game spaces open in PlayStation®Home, its status as the meeting place of choice for users and developers becomes ever more apparent

• More than 10 million Home users is the evidence of the success.

City, Date: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has opened the doors to two stunning new spaces in PlayStation®Home for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves™ and Ratchet and Clank™ A Crack in Time, with a MotorStorm™ space set to arrive soon. Each space has its own distinct feel offering an interactive area where all of the 10 million users can get a taste for the title, hang out with other fans, enjoy fascinating mini-games and watch the latest game footage.

For developers, it’s a chance to showcase their products and creativity to their core audience; the MotorStorm space, for example, is decked-out as a garage-come-industrial warehouse, complete with DJ...
Dec
17
The BDA has confirmed that it has finalized the specification of 'Blu-ray 3D'. Of note is that the specification is designed to allow the PS3 to play back Blu-ray 3D Content in 3-D.

<blockquote>The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) today announced the finalization and release of the “Blu-ray 3D™†specification. It leverages the technical advantages of the BD format to deliver “unmatched picture quality†as well as uniformity and compatibility across the full range of Blu-ray 3D products, both hardware and software. The specification is also designed to allow the PS3 to play back Blu-ray 3D content in 3-D.

Notably, the specification allows every player and movie supporting it to deliver full HD 1080p resolution to each eye. Moreover, the specification is display agnostic, meaning that Blu-ray 3D products will deliver the 3-D image to any compatible 3-D display, regardless of whether that display uses LCD, plasma or other technology and regardless of what 3-D technology...
Dec
17
Sony's John Koller has revealed that Sony still has the PS2 firmly in its plans. Despite the system being around the block from quite some time, Sony is looking to push the fact that the PS2 has so many games in comaprison to the Wii.

<blockquote>Yes, we have a very firm stance, and we're going to continue to support the PlayStation 2 wholeheartedly. The PS2 obviously had a price drop this year, which gets forgotten because of the PS3 noise, but it's still selling exceedingly well. It's a new demographic, a consumer that's maybe a "last gamer" or a consumer that's new to gaming. With this economy, coming in at $99, a lot of these consumers are choosing between a PlayStation 2 and a Wii, and you're looking at a PS2, which is $99 and carries 2000 games.</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.gamepro.com/article/features/213252/sony-talks-2010-project-natal-and-wii-are-going-to-have-trouble/" target="_blank">GP</a>
Dec
17
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: BRAID AVAILABLE ON EUROPEAN PLAYSTATION®NETWORK TODAY</strong>

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Dec. 17, 2009 – Just in time for the holidays, Hothead Games today announced that Jonathan Blow’s Braid is now available for download via the PlayStation®Network in Europe. Already recognized by Metacritic as one of “The Best Games of 2009†for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, European gamers can fill their virtual stockings with this amazing indie title for only €9.99.

Players explore the human condition and manipulate time with our hero Tim in the lush, painterly world of Braid. The game takes you from a house in the city on a journey through a series of worlds to solve puzzles and rescue the princess. In each world, you have a different power to affect the way time behaves, including the ability to rewind, create parallel realities and utilize time dilation to overcome the many obstacles in your path. There is no filler in this...
Dec
17
Personally we think Sony should just give up with this Playstation Home idea and devote their efforts elsewhere. However, today they have announced that a virtual London pub will hit HOME in January at a cost of 5 Euro's.

<strong>PRESS RELEASE: The London Pub</strong>

Become your own virtual pub landlord in PlayStation®Home

LONDON – December 17th 2009 – VEEMEE, an independent creator of branded and original content for games platforms and virtual worlds, are excited to announce details of the first virtual London Pub releasing on January 7th 2010 in PlayStation Home, priced at €4.99.

Based on your favourite London watering hole, situated on the banks of the river Thames overlooking The Houses of Parliament, The London Pub personal space comes complete with a multi-player darts game, a roaring open fire, comedy beer pumps, crank phone calls and hand dryers that don’t dry your hands (they’re only virtual you know).

Commenting on the upcoming release of The...
Dec
17
The possible uses for games consoles just keeps on getting bigger and bigger. Mike Pereira, VP of NFL was recently seen using the Xbox 360 controller while fast forwarding and rewinding various clips of a real NFL game.

<blockquote>Broadcasters are trying everything they can to make TV more exciting, but this has to be one of the first times a presenter has used an Xbox 360 to show analysis footage from a "football" game in America.

Strangely Mike Pereira, VP of NFL Officiating, only uses the controller for slow motion fastforward and rewinding through the clips of a tough call from a recent game.

Perhaps he was caught playing Madden Arcade or the full version before filming and had to make a quick decision. </blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/30278/nfl-xbox-360-presenting-tool" target="_blank">Pocket-Lint</a>
Dec
17
Sony has revealed a thought that Project Natal and Wii are going to have problems matching the opportunities offered by Sony's motion sensing technology. One thing for sure is that it should be a good battle between them all.

<blockquote>It's a pretty seamless toolset that's going to accent gameplay substantially. In terms of the best types of games, I'd say that right now we're looking a real wide variety of genres that can utilize the technology. I think the areas that are going to be really critical to our success will be family games, as well as shooters and sports games. Those are going to be the areas that will really define success, because they're areas that quite honestly, I think Project Natal and the Wii are going to have trouble matching, from a differentiation standpoint. We look at motion control as being that much more than what exists on the market.</blockquote>

News Source: <a...
Dec
17
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: REALVIEW INNOVATION'S DEPTH ENHANCING V-SCREEN FOR PSPTM ILLUMINATES THE WORLD OF HANDHELD GAMING AT CES 2010
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Optical Technology Developer Launches Ultimate Depth Enhancing Device with the V-Screen for PSPTM 1000, 2000, 3000 and Slim

Los Angeles, Calif. (December, 2009) - Handheld video games will enter a new age of visual excitement in January at the annual CES trade show with the introduction of the V-Screen from RealViewTM Innovations, a developer of optical technology located in Ireland. Designed specifically for the Sony® PSPTM , the V-Screen provides patented "Depth-Enhancing" screen technology that makes 2-dimensional content appear more clear, bright and realistic than ever before, similar to a 3D experience. The V-Screen will be on display at Booth #5621 North Hall.

A New Visual Experience
The V-Screen uses patented optical technology first developed for the medical world in order to enhance depth cues hidden in existing images....
Dec
16
Sony has admitted that the PSP GO is selling better than they expected. John Koller noted the system is currently over-forecast what Sony original thought so obviously the team is very pleased with how the new system is progressing in the market.

<blockquote>The PSP Go has been the subject on constant scrutiny since it's October launch. In October, the direct download-only portable launched in the US, alongside the highly anticipated Gran Turismo PSP. Estimates put PSP Go sales at approximately 100,000 units sold, and overall, the PSP actually sold less than it did the previous October. In Japan, the retooled hardware is less than half way through the initial shipment released last month, being outsold by the PS2 and Xbox 360 consistently. At current rates, the Go's first shipment won't clear Japanese retail channels until April 2010.

Despite that, the PSP Go is apparently doing better than anticipated, according Sony marketing lead John Koller. "We are over-forecast on...