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Oct
21
Another example of Best Buy attempting to squeeze every penny out of un-educated gamers here. Apparently, one employee hooked up a 360 to the internet, downloading the latest system update and tried to charge $30 extra for the system because of the update!

<blockquote>Bryan sent us this photo he shot at a local Best Buy that shows a helpful employee named Kim has opened an Xbox 360, hooked it up to the internet and pressed the "X" button, downloading the latest system update. For all this hard, un-requested work, she also added $29.99 to the sticker price.</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://consumerist.com/5372757/best-buy-opens-360s-updates-firmware-slaps-30-more-onto-price-tag" target="_Blank">Consumerist</a>
Oct
21
According to complaints across the web, the co-op feature of Borderlands is well and truly busted on the PS3. Over at the official forums, gamers seem pretty angry and the team is yet to respond on a time line for the patch. Symptoms of the bug include freezes when opening the public game list and a general lag-filled experience.
Oct
21
Here's a little something for our female readers. Nathan Drake of Uncharted has been crowned as the sexiest male video game character. However in an awards event by VGC, Forge from Halow Wars and Redfield from Resident Evil pushed Drake pretty far!

Check out the top 10 at <a href="http://news.vgchartz.com/news.php?id=5612" target="_blank">VGChartz</a>
Oct
21
RARE has been working with Project Natal for around a year now and the head of design has described Natal as having a massive ocean of possibilities. Moreover they believe that the device can virtually any possible experience on Microsoft's gaming machine.

<blockquote>After working with the motion-control system for the best part of a year, the head of design at Rare has described Natal as a "massive ocean of possibilities"

George Andreas spoke to games™ during the magazine's exclusive trip to Rare's studio in Twycross. Discussing the advantages of working with Natal over traditional game controllers, the developer said: “When you work on a conventional controller you reach the limitations of that very, very quickly. From a design perspective you know what it does, you know what the buttons do, and you know how you’re going to interact with the software."</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://xbox-360.nowgamer.com/news/1520/rare-natal-can-create-any-experience"...
Oct
21
EA has warned that copycat publishers and those who take a 'me too' approach to delivering content on Nintendo systems will FAIL. But that pretty much goes without saying on near enough any platform or product.

<blockquote>Electronic Arts UK VP Keith Ramsdale has warned that publishers producing ‘me too’ product will struggle on Nintendo formats.

The publisher unveiled its Flips range last month – a line-up of e-books for kids on DS from popular authors including Enid Blyton and Eion Colfer.

And Ramsdale said that the range was another example of EA’s innovation in a market notorious for copycat product.

“Where any publisher goes ‘me too’, they’re always going to struggle,†he told MCV. “Unless you’ve got a compelling point of difference, it’s going to be an uphill battle.</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://www.mcvuk.com/news/36197/EA-warns-against-copycat-publishing" target="_blank">MCVUK</a>
Oct
21
Ever wanted to know the real reason as to why God of War III will not feature multi-player? Well here it is, it simply wouldn't fit. At least that's what the games producer is telling the gaming media.

<blockquote>God of War III is one of the most anticipated PS3 exclusive's ever released, and the majority of games being released in this generation feature some type of multiplayer whether it's competitive or cooperative. Now God of War III, will not have multiplayer as it was revealed in an interview with GamePro that it wouldn't "fit";

"With God of War 3, there's a story we want to tell and an experience we want to deliver, and multiplayer doesn't fit into that." said the games producer Stig Asmussen. </blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://connectedconsoles.com/ps3-God-of-War-III-Multiplayer-wouldnt-fit.cfm" target="_blank">Connectedconsoles</a>
Oct
21
Microsoft is currently piloting a new Xbox Live rewards scheme with a view to giving members 'cool stuff' in return. And apparently registering for it isn't enough, MS are pretty picky on who they select at the moment.

<blockquote>Gaming is the gift that keeps on giving. Microsoft is readying a pilot rewards program to give select Xbox Live members a bunch of “cool stuff.â€

A number of Xbox Live users have received an email from Microsoft letting them know of the goodie giveaway scheme exclusive to those lucky enough to get in.

“This is an exclusive pilot rewards program,†the email says.

“That means that the people who get in get stuff. Cool stuff. You want cool stuff, right? Sure you do, we all want stuff. Especially cool stuff. Well, you’ve only got until October 21, 2009 to let us know you want cool stuff, because after that, the doors close and someone else gets the cool stuff.â€</blockquote>

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Oct
21
Seems a bit weird doesn't it? Sony has thrown a new PS3 Slim at one of their latest LCD TV's on purpose. But better yet, you can watch it inside in slow-motion!

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Oct
21
A 26 year old has set a new world record for the longest continuous play session on Grand Theft Auto IV. And the record has been clocked at a monstrous 40 hours and 20 minutes to be precise.

<blockquote>India may already be a nuclear power with one of the world's biggest film industries, but the country has now added a new crown jewel to its collection -- a Guinness World Record for "Grand Theft Auto IV." 26-year-old Chirantan Patnaik now owns the official record for longest continuous play session on "GTA IV" thanks to certification from Guinness World Records (and a long-lasting PlayStation 3).


"There are so many other games which I have played for long hours," Patnaik said, according to Zee News. "But I had never tried playing this particular game seriously. However, I knew that I can do it after I saw my brother playing it."

Patnaik credits a stringent exercise regiment of running and yoga for his accomplishment, which eclipses the previously held record of 28 hours...
Oct
21
A new patent filed by Sony for a controller has been revealed. While there isn't a great deal of information on it, the device is referred to as a 'hand held game controller' and looks a bit like a remote.

<blockquote>Sony seems to be working on a lot of controllers these days. They have a motion controller scheduled for next year and, maybe in the future, this remote-like thing.

A design patent application for this unannounced device was filed in the US by Sony Computer Entertainment. The document is light on details, but calls the device a “hand held game controllerâ€.

It seems like this controller is being developed in the USA since all of the inventors are from southern California. More specifically, one of them works at Sony’s Electronics Design center in Los Angeles.
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News Source: <a href="http://www.siliconera.com/2009/10/20/an-unidentified-sony-controller-patent/" target="_blank">Siliconera</a>
Oct
20
Datel has slammed Microsoft by asserting that they are preventing of customers freedom of choice following news that they are to block out un-authorized memory storage devices.

<blockquote>Third party peripheral firm Datel, who make a range of Max Memory storage units for Xbox 360, says it's "disappointed" with MS's decision to stop unofficial memory units working with the 360's upcoming dashboard update.

"We are following this issue and awaiting the outcome like everyone else," a Datel rep told CVG.

"If the Major Nelson blog is to be taken at face value then we're disappointed to see that Microsoft are taking these steps to prevent customers from exercising their freedom of choice.

"Everyone is looking for ways to make their cash go further at the moment and we believe that Max Memory offers a good value, high capacity, alternative to the official Memory Unit."</blockquote>

News Source: <A...
Oct
20
Despite the efforts of Uncharted 2 thus far, it still looks as if the game is freezing up during the single player campaign for some owners. New reports are looking to remind Naughty Dog that the freezing issue is far from over.

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Oct
20
New research indicates a large section of the PS3 owning population are not interested in using the device as a Blu-ray player and many have not even attempted to watch a single movie.

<blockquote>A large bulk of people who buy a Sony PS3 are not interested in using the Blu ray player and have never tried to watch a Blu ray movie, claims a new research study. This is despite Sony Computer Entertainment bragging about the benefits of their player inside the PS3 console.</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.smarthouse.com.au/Gaming/Console/R2W7R5R7" target="_Blank">Smarthouse.com.au</a>
Oct
20
An extreme 'nerd alert' here. It seems as if some Xbox Controller button cufflinks have gone into production and are available to purchase on eBay from $15!

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News Source: <a href="http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/xbox-controller-button-cufflinks-20-10-2009/" target="_blank">Geeky-Gadgets</a>
Oct
20
Nintendo has confirmed to trade publication MCV that the UK will receive the black Wii before the rest of Europe and the US. The Wii console will be on sale in the UK as of November 6th.
Oct
20
News has come forward that MS is set to drop the price of the 360 Elite in Japan to 29,800 YEN as of October 28th. This converts to something just short of $330 USD at the moment. The package includes Lost Planet as well as Ace Combat 6.
Oct
20
Bayonetta has hit the shores of Japan and early import reviews of the game are scoring it a 10/10. Additionally, a new video promotion available to view inside features a Japanse girl getting a bit too excited about the game!

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The title is due out in the rest of the world sometime next year, but for whose who want it right now you can import it from UK retailer <a href="http://www.gamesbasement.co.uk/games-action-adventure/xbox-360/bayonetta-xbox-360-PD-675.html" target="_blank">gamesbasement.co.uk</a>.
Oct
20
Now here's some good old fashioned console fighting talk. Major Nelson of Xbox has told the Hip Hope Gamer show that he'll be happy when he goes to his crib next time and see's the PS3 with dust all over it! These comments were made back at E3.

Check out the video here:

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Oct
20
A new Mercedes video which includes what looks to be the final retail box of Gran Turismo 5 highlights something very intriguing - there's 3 separate blu-ray cases in the package! One is red, one is blue and one is black - surely GT 5 isn't THAT big?

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News Source: <a href="http://www.gtplanet.net/gran-turismo-5-packaging-reveals-three-discs/" target="_blank">GTPlanet</a>
Oct
20
Just a quick note here. Reggie Fils-Aime of Nintendo has revealed that the company has sold 2.2 million units of the new DSi since its launch in April. This figure was given a few weeks ago so it's probably creeping up closer to the 3 million mark by now.

News Source: <A href="http://ds.gamespy.com/articles/103/1032531p1.html" target="_blank">GameSpy</a>