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Nov
18
Uncharted 2 is leading the way in this year's video game awards with EIGHT award nominations. Elsewhere, MW2 has got six nominations and Left 4 Dead 2 has about the same amount.

<blockquote>"Uncharted 2: Among Thieves" has seized a leading eight nominations for this year's Video Game Awards, Spike TV announced Wednesday.

The action-adventure "Uncharted 2" is bucking for Game of the Year, as is "Batman: Arkham Asylum," which logged a total of seven nominations, according to Spike TV, which presents the awards.

Military shooter game "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" and zombie thriller "Left 4 Dead 2" each has landed six nominations, including Game of the Year. "Assassin's Creed 2" rounds out the contenders for Game of the Year.

Nominated for Studio of the Year are Infinity Ward, Naughty Dog, Rocksteady Studios and Valve.</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091118/ap_on_bi_ge/us_games_video_game_awards" target="_blank">Yahoo</a>
Nov
18
Facebook is hitting the PS3 today, amazingly that's just one day after all the social networking goodness hit the Xbox 360. Eric Lempel of Sony told 1UP that the feature has been in the works for quite some time and it's been planned for a long while.
Nov
18
The CEO of BioWare has revealed that the motion sensing technology that is available in the upcoming Project Natal is something which could certainly 'work' for upcoming Natal games. He added that the best games will use Natal as a core part of their game instead of as an add-on.

<blockquote>BioWare CEO Dr. Ray Muzyka has stated that the motion sensing tech found in Microsoft's upcoming Natal "certainly could" work with future BioWare games, saying that the best games will likely "approach Natal as a core part of the game as opposed to an add-on or an afterthought."

Talking to VideoGamer.com about the prospect of using Natal in the future, Muzyka said, "We'd want to approach it from a fresh perspective and design a game around the mechanic of the controller. It's so different. In the same way the best Wii games embrace the control mechanic as part of the core design.

"It remains to be seen what kind of Natal games will come out. It will be very cool. The best ones will...
Nov
18
News has come forward that hackers have found a way to stop the 'HD crippling' that comes with the recent bans imposed by MS on 360's. The NAND focused adaptation looks to be for tech-savvy folks and will not block the ban itself.

<blockquote>GodzIvan strikes again, this time with a diagram which simply write protects the NAND flash in the Xbox 360 by connecting WP to ground pin (if the flash type has different pinout, just find the datasheet to locate WP). This modification does not stop the ban from M$, but it prevents deletion of the HD installation certificates required by games which means you can still install them on the hard drive. In order to update the kernel this mod must be disabled; a simple switch solution comes to mind."</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.eurasia.nu/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2483&mode=&order=0&thold=0" target="_blank">Eurasia.nu</a>
Nov
18
According to reports, PSP firmware v6.20 is due to hit this Thursday. This new firmware will include an extra category to the XMB and also a comic reader.

News Source: <a href="http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=380001" target="_blank">Neogaf</a>
Nov
18
Looks like yesterday's rumor was indeed true as an EA Spokesperson has confirmed that the majority of the staff at Pandemic Studios would be laid off. However, the IP that Pandemic were developing will be gobbled up by EA studios elsewhere.
Nov
18
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: KONAMI ANNOUNCES DETAILS FOR NEW METAL GEAR® ONLINE 24-HOUR SURVIVAL CHALLENGE</strong>

Players With The Longest Survival Time Over the Course of the Day Will Be Awarded the Most Reward Points and Rare In-Game Items

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - November 12, 2009 - Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. announced today the first details for METAL GEAR ONLINE 24-hour Survival Challenge which is open to all registered MGO players to enjoy over a 24-hour period. Players will be awarded Reward Points based on their team's winning streak. Players are not recommended to play for an extensive duration of time due to health risks.

The challenge will be held once a month for the next four months with the scheduled dates currently set for November 28, December 26, January 23, 2010, and February 27, 2010. Participants will need to log into the game during the 24-hour period and select to join a Survival lobby to participate in the challenge and the numbers will be capped...
Nov
17
Comments made by James Thorpe of Playstation seem to confirm the imminent arrival of cross game chat on the PS3. Answering a question about whether such a feature is on the way he commented - "I wish I could give you a date, I really do... as I hear from the up top I will be shouting about it".

News Source: <a href="http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=nl&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fps3life.nl%2Fnieuws%2F4787-cross-game-chat-komt-eraan%2F" target="_blank">PS3Life.nl</a>
Nov
17
The boss of Buzz! has launched an attack on the 360, claiming not only is it ugly but also noisy. However, the boss has clear love for the PS3 calling it a bargain and pretty. Apparently, the PS3 is the only machine his wife allows in the living room and his Xbox broke.

<blockquote>So says Buzz! boss Andrew Eades, who has delivered his verdict on the console war.

Eades is executive director of Relentless Software, the Brighton-based Sony-exclusive independent developer behind the popular Buzz! series and the upcoming PSN-exclusive murder mystery quiz game Blue Toad Murder Files.

When asked for his honest assessment of the PS3, Eades answered: "It's great. It's got better and better. The new Slim is excellent. I bought one already. I really, really enjoy it. It's the only machine that my wife allows in the living room. The Xbox was exiled to my office until it broke."</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.videogamer.com/news/buzz_dev_wades_into_console_war.html"...
Nov
17
Eedar's Jesse Divinch has cited marketing as the reason for the poor sales of the PS3. He noted that it's not the high price point, rather Sony's lack of marketing skills and poor judgement in adverts which proved to be a crucial stumbling block in the progress of the system.

<blockquote>According research firm EEDAR's Jesse Divnich the poor sales of the PS3 back at its launch should not be attributed to its high price point, but the bad marketing support for the console.

"There are times when marketing fails, you can spend so much money but it doesn't matter. Sony spent $150 million globally on the launch of the PlayStation 3," said Divnich at the Montreal International Game Summit.

Divnich then showed the audience the PlayStation 3 baby commercial.

"They honestly thought they could release any type of commercial and it would sell. It truly is a WTF moment in marketing history. It creeped people out. Sony got complacent, they were on top of the world and they thought...
Nov
17
CNET has revealed the results of their very own survey into console breakages. And the 360 leads the way with a 60 percent defect rate, followed by the PS3's 16 percent and 6 percent for the Wii.

<blockquote>CNET UK commissioned the survey last month -- and the results don't reflect well on the Microsoft console. Some 1,128 UK-based console owners responded, of whom 562 owned Xbox 360s, 473 owned PS3s and 591 had Wiis (some owned more than one).

Of those Xbox owners who have bought their Xbox since January 2008, 34 per cent report that their Xboxes have broken -- still double the lifetime failure rate of the PS3. Microsoft introduced new components in late 2007 and early 2008, when Bill Gates boasted of the Xbox's newfound "incredible reliability". Our survey shows that while the console has improved, it's still far from reaching Gates' goal of being the "most reliable video game box out there".</blockquote>

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Nov
17
The guys behind the WODE have released a new vide. (a modification device for Wii). The allows external hard drives with multiple file systems to be hooked up to the Wii as well as allowing the loading of backups, and the new video shows off its WiFi capabilities.

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Nov
17
Good news all you PS3 owning Facebook lovers. Sony has confirmed that the new PS3 firmware v3.10 will indeed incorporate Facebook integration, just like its major rival at Microsoft.

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Nov
17
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: Media Alert: Come Join the Largest Social Network on Your TV! Facebook and More Are Coming Soon to Your Xbox 360! Xbox 360 continues to deliver the leading games and entertainment experiences.</strong>

REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 16, 2009 —

What:

Unlock a world of friends, entertainment and games from the comfort of your couch, displayed on the best screen in the house, using Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE. Tomorrow, Xbox LIVE members around the world will have their Xbox 360 console transformed and plugged into the best value in home entertainment, with access to Facebook, Twitter, Last.fm and Zune video with instant-on HD, all right in their living rooms.

• Facebook.2 Update your status to share what movie, game or entertainment you’re enjoying, connect with friends, and view their Facebook stream, status updates and photos on the big screen — all seamlessly integrated and custom-built for Xbox 360. You can even compare your Xbox LIVE and Facebook...
Nov
16
Reggie Fils-Aime has revealed that the next version of the Wii will not be just HD enabled, rather it will have additional capability. He added that there will be additional elements but they will be 'far into the future'.

<blockquote>He said: "The fundamental issue in the logic flow is that — and this is what I'm hearing, whether it's from you or Geoff or Michael himself — is that, gosh it's such an opportunity to take HD capability and link it with the Wii. And what we have said, repeatedly, is that that's not the way we at Nintendo do things. The way we at Nintendo do things is, you know, when we will move to a new generation, it's because there are some fundamental things the [current] console cannot do. What that says is that simply the addition of HD capability will not be the next step for us. There will be more to it. There will be additional capability. There will be additional elements, and, given that, it is far into the future."

In jest, I replied: "So, no...
Nov
16
AC has provided a new analysis on why the banning of 360's is a bad move from MS. The argument revolves around the idea that banning systems was foolish considering we are entering the holiday season now. The bans are causing confusion, for example at GameStop a mother bought a PS3 for her son instead of an Xbox 360 because she thought he could get banned for downloading content.

<blockquote>By banning modded X-Box 360s right now, Microsoft is sending a message to not only those customers that have hacked their X-Box 360s, but also to those that are considering purchasing an X-Box 360 in the future. This is especially true for those that will be purchasing on during the holiday shopping season. Microsoft is pushing the fact that they will not stand for those people that use their X-Box-360s in any way other than it was intended.

I was at GameStop the other day and listened to a customer's questions about Microsoft's banning of modded X-Box 360s. The worker tried to explain...
Nov
16
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: Mad Catz® Ships Wireless-N Gaming Adapter for Xbox 360® and PlayStation®3 Consoles</strong>

Wireless-N Technology Provides Fast, Stable Connection over Long Distances for Superior Online Play

San Diego, November 16, 2009

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (AMEX/TSX: MCZ), a leading worldwide third-party interactive entertainment accessory provider, today announced the shipping of the Wireless-N Gaming Adapter for use with Microsoft® Xbox 360 and Sony® PlayStation 3 videogame consoles.

Connecting via the Ethernet (WAN) port on either console, the Wireless-N Gaming Adapter (compatible with 802.11b/g/n networks) proves ideal for online play and content downloading. When using with a Wireless-N network, the Adapter offers a strong and stable connection to your Wireless-N broadband router/access point and delivers up to three times the range and speed (Up to 150Mbs) when compared to other ‘G’ gaming adapters running at speeds up to 54Mbs. Simple, yet...
Nov
16
Team Xecuter is set to release a brand new keyboard and mouse adapter for the 360. This product is aimed at all those die-hard FPS fans on the 360 who want to frag away with their mouse and keyboard. In comparison to its rivals, Team Xecuter are promising greater quality as well as a far more attractive price!

<center><img src="http://www.maxconsole.net/content_img/xeeccc35000.jpg"></center></a>

You can check out the full specifications over at <a href="http://team-xecuter.com/xfrag/" target="_blank">TeamXecuter.com/xfrag</a>
Nov
16
A technology editor at Cnet ponders whether banned Xbox 360's mean the rise of the PS3? And it looks like this is indeed happening. His perspective is coming in from Indonesia but it's arguably even more relevant to this side of the world as well.

<blockquote>The only way to get an official and potentially non-banned console would be to handcarry it from Singapore (which can bring on other issues, especially with customs).

So who might be the winners here? Interestingly enough, it could be the PS3. Despite Indonesia's rampant software piracy, Sony a few months back officially launched the PSP Slim and the PS3 to the Indonesian market. Thus, gamers can officially buy the console and games locally, which is probably helped by the fact that the PS3 is one of the harder consoles to mod (or crack).

Plus, Modern Warfare 2 is also available on the PS3. Price-wise, the console is slightly more expensive and the games must all be "oris" or originals that follow the US pricing...
Nov
16
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: Nintendo Download – Try Before You Buy: Nintendo Offers 5 Game Demos to Guide Holiday Shoppers </strong>

NOTE: Multimedia available here

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- There’s never been a better time to check out the extraordinary lineup of downloadable games from Nintendo. This week, Wii™ owners who connect their Wii consoles to the Internet can enjoy demos of five exceptional games for the WiiWare™ downloadable game service for zero Wii Points™: BIT.TRIP BEAT, FINAL FANTASY® CRYSTAL CHRONICLES®: My Life as a Darklord™, NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits, World of Goo™ and a brand new entry in the Pokémon™ game series, Pokémon™ Rumble. To get a taste of any or all of these tremendous titles before downloading the full versions, go to the WiiWare section of the Wii Shop Channel and search for “Demo.†For more information, please visit www.nintendo.com/wii/wiiware/demo.

This week’s launch of Pokémon Rumble for WiiWare delivers...