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Feb
11
The New England Journal of Medicine has a very comprehensive look at the injury sustained to the foot of a girl due to Wii Fit. So if you're interested in reading the scientific break-down of how Wii Fit can cause you injury, the look inside!

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In the United Kingdom, a healthy 14-year-old girl presented to the emergency department at Horton General Hospital in Banbury (near Oxford), having sustained an injury to her right foot with associated difficulty in mobilization. She had been playing on her Wii Fit balance board and had fallen off, sustaining an inversion injury. (The Wii Fit replaces handheld controls with a pressure-sensitive board about 2 in. off the ground that lets the user participate in tricky games that can improve balance.)

On examination, there was soft-tissue swelling around the base of the fifth metatarsal, which was maximally tender to palpation. A radiograph showed a small fracture of the base of the fifth metatarsal (Figure 1). The patient...
Feb
11
Nintendo has revealed that as soon as it found out that the New Super Mario Bros. game was uploaded online, it hired a forensic to find the root of the upload. They claim that the illegal upload cost them big time and hurt the industry globally.

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"It wasn't just an Australian issue, it was a global issue. There was thousands and thousands of downloads, at a major cost to us and the industry really," Nintendo Australia managing director Rose Lappin said.

"Once it's on the Internet it's anyone's really."

Nintendo said when it discovered the game was online, it used computer forensics experts to identify the individual responsible.

"Nintendo will pursue those who attempt to jeopardise our industry by using all means available to it under the law," the company said in the statement.</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100209/tc_afp/technologyaustraliapiracygamesnintendo" target="_blank">Yahoo</A>
Feb
11
Bungie has gone on record to reveal that they will not be making Halo in any form of 3D. They noted that Reach is probably the final conclusion to the Halo episode and people are looking forward to trying Bungie's next big thing.

<blockquote>When asked if the concept of revisiting the franchise with 3D or other technology, Jarrad replied:

"Not from us. I don't think that would be something our team would find interesting - to go back and sort of [revisit Halo]. There's a lot of feeling that Reach is sort of a final conclusion to our Halo saga and I think people will be excited to move forward and try our next big thing afer that."</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=234472" target="_blank">CVG</a>
Feb
10
Activision has posted a fourth quarter LOSS. However, they seem to have pin-pointed the problem - flagging sales of Guitar Hero and titles on the Wii platform.

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Activision Blizzard Inc., the world’s largest video-game maker, posted a fourth-quarter loss because of flagging sales of “Guitar Hero†and Wii titles.

The shares rose after the Santa Monica, California-based company set a $1 billion stock buyback and its first dividend. Excluding charges, results beat analysts’ estimates.</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-02-10/activision-posts-loss-on-guitar-hero-sets-buyback-dividend.html" target="_Blank">BusinessWeek</a>
Feb
10
Heavy Rain currently has a meta score of 90, with a number of 100 percent reviews. There are a few low scoring ones including two 70's but on the whole it is doing very well and the PS3 has another winner!

Via <a href="http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/ps3/heavyrain?q=heavy%20rain" target="_blank">Metacritic</a>
Feb
10
SMH is reporting that the 'pirate' Nintendo has fined 1.5 million AUD is just a shy 24 year old gamer. But Nintendo is having none of it, they claim that the man uploaded the new Mario game to the internet in order to gain acceptance from release groups and not his friends.

<blockquote>A Queensland man who has to pay Nintendo $1.5 million in a piracy case is little more than a shy gamer who uploaded his copy of a new game on to the internet only to prove a point to friends, his father said.

But Nintendo maintains James Burt deliberately distributed the game illegally online in order to gain acceptance with a game hacking group.

Burt, 24, a part-time freight worker who still lives at home with his parents in Sinnamon Park, will be forced to pay Nintendo $1.5 million after an out-of-court settlement was struck to compensate the company for a claimed loss of sales revenue.

Burt uploaded a game file from the Nintendo Wii game New Super Mario Bros on to the internet on...
Feb
10
A CV from a programmer at EA Sports indicates that the previously thought 'Wii exclusive' called EA Sports Active will actually be coming to the PS3 and Xbox 360.

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The CV of a systems programmer at EA Sports Canada reveals that the apparent 'Wii exclusive' EA Sports Active will be coming to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Dr Jens Uwe Intat, European VP at EA Games recently told GI.biz that they will try to expand the game to different platforms. But, as spotted by SuperAnnuation, Sean Quinn's CV states that the titles been in the works since September last year, and that they've already developed the DLC plan.</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://connectedconsoles.com/ps3-EA-Sports-Active-Coming-To-PS3-360.cfm" target="_Blank">ConnectedConsoles</a>
Feb
10
SCEE has detailed an invite feature that they claim few PS3 owners are aware of. The feature will allow you to invite players in your active text chat room straight into the game you are playing.

Check it all out at <a href="http://community.eu.playstation.com/t5/PlayStation-Network/How-to-invite-chat-room-players-into-a-supported-game/td-p/10183022" target="_Blank">Playstation.com</a>.
Feb
10
IGN is currently touting the PS3 as the fantastic comeback kid given its recent heroics in the market-place. They seem to think the PS3's resurgence is a long-term think, so Microsoft better keep their eyes on their famous rival.

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Even here, though, Sony is showing signs of rallying its user base. The PlayStation Blog has become an official mouthpiece not only for first-party announcements, but, increasingly, third-party details -- exclusives, special editions and game announcements have been cultivated nicely. Perhaps most encouraging of all, though, is just how strong games have been out of the gate this year. E3 is bound to bring plenty of announcements about the Holiday season and beyond, and if announcements like Rockstar's Agent being exclusive and Final Fantasy XIV dropping on the PS3 first are matched, 2010 could definitely end with as big a bang as last year.

At this point, the turnaround for the PS3 seems long-lasting. The days of long-since-overused...
Feb
10
Here's one of the first 'Wii Fit' knock-offs we've seen this far and it's called 'iFit'. Connecting directly to a TV, the 'replica' product promises at least 15 fun-filled exercises for you to take part in 'just like Wii Fit'. Check out the video inside.

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News Source: <a href="http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2010/02/06/chinese_wii_fit/" target="_Blank">Andriasang.com</a>
Feb
10
EA's John Schappert has revealed that from fiscal 2011 EVERY EA game produced will have an online component - consisting of both downloadable content and online play.

<blockquote>IGN quotes Electronic Arts chief operating officer John Schappert during the company's fiscal third quarter investor call as saying, "In fiscal 2011, every one of EA's releases will have an online component, both downloadable content and online play."

For EA, fiscal 2011 would be calendar April 2010 through March 2011 – which means the majority of EA games this year will be hooked into the online world.</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.tomsguide.com/us/mass-effect-dragon-age-online,news-5781.html" target="_Blank">TomsGuide</a>
Feb
10
Next week will see the launch of Sony's reality TV series called "The Tester" on PSN. However, this is just a small part of Sony's vision as they are aiming for PSN to turn into something like HBO with a variety of 'great original shows'.

<blockquote>Just as HBO has made a name for itself with original content, so too does Sony aspire to make its online PlayStation Network more than just a videogame hub.

Sony will launch its first reality TV series next week, "The Tester," on PSN, with the help of partner 51 Minds Entertainment, a production company that's produced reality shows like "The Surreal Life." The Tester has 11 contestants undergoing various challenges to compete for a position as a game tester at Sony Computer Entertainment America and a $5,000 signing bonus.

PSN's senior director Susan Panico says she wants to see Sony's online gaming network become something like HBO. "I would love for us to get to the point where we're creating great shows in pop culture and...
Feb
10
Another boost for the games industry. Scores within video games are to be acknowledged at the Ivor Novello awards, a ceremony which focuses on praising excellence in music writing!

<blockquote>Video game music scores are to be recognised at the Ivor Novello awards, which hail excellence in music writing.

As games have increased in scale, their soundtracks have progressed from the bleeps and blips of the Pac-Man era.

The London Symphony Orchestra features on a Tomb Raider game, while the Los Angeles Philharmonic stages concerts of music from Final Fantasy and Halo 2. </blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8465150.stm" target="_Blank">BBC</a>
Feb
10
MS is allegedly busing checking out the potential of Xbox 360's to replace 'similar' hospital equipment such as filters for medial information and in-room display screens.

<blockquote>Microsoft hopes to vamp up its HealthVault and other health services by making it easier for users to do everything from track their caloric intake to count their steps using their cell phones, according to researchers at a Microsoft forum on health care technology in Beijing.

Microsoft researchers are also busy investigating the potential of Xbox 360 units--which are cheaper than similar hospital equipment yet often just as powerful--to feed and filter information from electronic medical records onto in-room display screens for patients and caregivers, according to Desney Tan, a senior researcher at Microsoft Research, who spoke during the forum.</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-27083_3-10450255-247.html" target="_Blank">Cnet</a>
Feb
10
According to reports, Sony is set to roll out a 3D firmware update for the PS3 during the Summer to coincide with the release of its 3D compatible Bravia LCD TV.

<blockquote>PS3 gamers can look forward to tucking into some 3D gaming as Sony confirmed that a 3D-supporting firmware update is on the way for the seventh gen console.

Set to coincide with the launch of Sony's range of Bravia 3D TVs fresh off the CES conveyer belt, John Koller, director of hardware marketing for Sony Computer Entertainment America, confirmed that PS3 3D gaming would become a reality saying, "3D is a major part of our initiatives in 2010 and we’re currently developing 3D stereoscopic games to come in conjunction with the launch of Sony's 3D compatible BRAVIA LCD TV in summer 2010."

On the arrival of 3D on the PS3 Koller said, "All PS3 units that exist in homes and markets will be able to play 3D stereoscopic games as well as 3D BD movies through separate firmware upgrades."</blockquote>...
Feb
10
EA has confirmed that it is exploring ways in which to stop people quitting from FIFA once they find themselves in a losing situation. The way EA are looking to do this is by rewarding people by COMPLETING matches instead of allowing them to quit and just lose a few points as if they lost without quitting.

<blockquote>EA Canada has said it is working on ways to stop people quitting out of FIFA games online when they find themselves in a losing position.

2010 FIFA World Cup line producer Simon Humber told Eurogamer during a recent hands-on event that the FIFA 11 team was considering rewarding "people for completing matches rather than quitting out".

"It's a complex problem. We do have the five-minute rule: if you find your connection's poor you can drop out within the first five minutes.

"After that there should be a penalty; just in the online world there are complexities that mean by the time the data comes back to our servers, something there means it doesn't award...
Feb
10
FIVE screenshots have popped up of the Gran Turismo 5 online racing menu. You can check out one of the main ones inside as well as check out a link to the remaining ones! Live weather and 'time of day' also feature on some of the screens.

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Feb
10
Just a quick note here - Microsoft has confirmed that Forza 3 has sold 2 million units worldwide. Good stuff!
Feb
10
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: YAKUZA 3 – BATTLE PACK REVEALED</strong>

SEGA Confirm Bonus Content for Western Release

LONDON (9th February, 2010) – SEGA Europe Ltd. today announced that Yakuza™ 3 will be released in an exclusive premium edition pack when it hits shelves on 12th March 2010. The pack will include the following pieces of compelling content:

• 4 pieces of DLC
1. Battle for Survival – Take on all the bosses of Yakuza 3 as Kazuma
2. All-Star Tournament (7 character tournament)
3. All-Star Tag Tournament (8 team tournament)
4. Haruka’s Request - This unique series of challenge missions will send you on a task of exploration throughout the entire Yakuza world, playing mini-games and entertaining Haruka.
• 31 track soundtrack
• Yakuza Who’s Who – learn how all the characters are connected and who turned from rivals to allies in this fully animated guide

In addition to this, consumers who pre-order the game will receive the Challenge Pack which...
Feb
09
Michael Pachter has predicted that Microsoft's motion sensing technology will triumph over that coming to the PS3. And the main reason for this is he forsees that Natal will retail for around $50 while Sony will go for the $100 price-point.

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Both Project Natal and Sony's equivalent system, codenamed Arc, are set to appear in time for the holiday season. "My uninformed opinion is that Microsoft will price relatively low (around $50), and Sony will price higher (around $100), and that suggests that Microsoft will have greater success. If my assumed price points are off the mark, the outcome will be different," the analyst added. Project Natal's price point was previously speculated on when it was alleged that Microsoft's launch plans for the system were leaked...</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.nowgamer.com/news/2473/pachter-predicts-motion-control-winner" target="_blank">NowGamer</a>