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Feb
20
Perez Hilton, everyone's favourite little gossip queeen is currently playing host to the PS3's VidZone service in UK. He's hosting a litle exclusive playlist with all kinds of girly feel good tunes so give it a listen if you're into that sort of stuff.
Feb
20
A third party studio has reportedly step forward to confirm that they are using a new DS 2 development kit complete with motion sensing. They claimed that the new kit is the 'best thing' that they have ever worked with. Strong praise idneed.

As reported by <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/17/third-party-studio-offers-more-confirmation-of-motion-sensing-ni/" target="_blank">Engadget.com</a>, the insider noted it's "genuinely the best thing I think I've ever worked with."

In addition to this he revealed that the tilt function is quite simialr to that of the iPhone and Pokemon will be getting some "special attention".
Feb
20
Loads of scans have popped up of the PSM3 review of God of War III en Francais. They have awarded the title a score of '20' which we assume is a perfect one!

News Source: <A href="http://www.gamerama.fr/view_message.php?sujet=977&message=430664" target="_blank">Gamerama.fr</a>
Feb
19
For some time now Valve has refused to develop PS3 games. But recent comments seem to suggest that this will all change and they will actually start developing for the system.

Here is what was re-quoted by <a href="http://www.destructoid.com/valve-sure-it-ll-develop-for-ps3-in-the-future-164300.phtml" target="_blank">Dtoid</a>:

"Before we do anything on the PS3 we need to be able to support it in the right way," explains the Left 4 Dead writer. "But we’ll look at it, and I’m sure down the road we’ll do it."
Feb
19
According to reports, Sony Ericsson has once again hinted at a possible PSP phone. He noted that previously there has been no tie between them and the PSP platform but we can hear much more about in the future.

As quoted by <a href="http://www.electronista.com/articles/10/02/17/mobile.company.to.collaborate.with.gaming.division/" target="_blank">Electronista</a>, here is what was said:

"We missed the window for high-end and touchscreen devices big time," Nordberg admitted. "Part of the recovery will be much better design and closer work with our partner Sony... In the past there was no tie-up between us, the PSP platform and Sony, but you can expect to hear much more about that."
Feb
19
"It is not surprising to find more than one game consoles in a household, especially when competing game console manufacturers attempt to attract unconventional consumer groups in the gaming industry. As understood herein, it would be useful to have a universal controller that would be able to work with a variety of game consoles."

But if you want to know more about how Sony vision it all working, then continue to read the following extract from the patent at <a href="http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=/netahtml/PTO/search-adv.html&r=1&p=1&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20100041480.PGNR.&OS=dn/20100041480&RS=DN/20100041480" target="_blank">uspto.gov</a>:

<strong>SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION</strong>

[0003]A game console controller includes a hand-holdable housing and a touch sensitive liquid crystal display (LCD) on the housing. The LCD is caused to present, depending on what type of game console a user has selected, a controller key layout for a first type of...
Feb
19
The news just gets better and better for the guys behind Unhcarted 2. At the Annual Interactive Achievement Awards at the DICE conference, the game picked up a massive TEN Awards.

So here is who won what courtesy of <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2010/feb/19/awards-games" target="_blank">Guardian.co.uk</a>:

Game of the Year:
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
• Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
• Developer: Naughty Dog
• Producer: Sam Thompson
• Creative Director: Amy Hennig
• Game Director: Bruce Straley

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
• Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
• Developer: Naughty Dog
• Producer: Sam Thompson
• Creative Director: Amy Hennig
• Game Director: Bruce Straley

Casual Game of the Year
Flower
• Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
• Developer: thatgamecompany
• Producer: Kellee Santiago
• Creative Director: Jenova Chen

Fighting...
Feb
19
An apparently reputable source has revealed that the new PS3 firmware update will not support OtherOS. Would be a big shame if they dropped support for sure.

The comments were made by a Linux product manager at <a href="http://www.yellowdog-board.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=7132" target="_blank">Yellowdog-board</a>.
Feb
19
Could this catch on? Perhaps. It has been revealed that there is effectively no managers at Naughty Dog.

Here is what was said according to <a href="http://www.mcvuk.com/news/37615/Managers-not-welcome-at-Sonys-hit-studio" target="_blank">MCV</a>:

"There is not one person at Naughty Dog whose only job is to mange other people. We have very little hierarchy."


A good idea or just plain foolish? Let us know what you think!
Feb
19
Good stuff here. EA has already released an update for the Battlefield Bad Company 2 beta. This update improves the performance of the beta essentially so give it a try!
Feb
19
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: MARIO & SONIC CONTINUE TO SHARE WORLDWIDE SUCCESS</strong>

Official Olympic Winter Video Game Hits 6 Million Units Worldwide!

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON (February 19th, 2010) – SEGA of America, Inc. and SEGA Europe Ltd. are thrilled to announce that the Nintendo platform-exclusive game – Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games™ - has sold over 6 million units worldwide since its launch in October 2009 and is available for the Wii™ system and the Nintendo DS™ handheld system.

With the Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony on February 12th marking the start of the Games themselves, SEGA has big plans to support the title across the globe with increased marketing activity. New television campaigns for the game are planned for North America (running from February 12 to 28th) and other major European territories including France, Benelux, Austria and the Nordic countries. As Olympic Winter Games fever hits, SEGA will also be participating in...
Feb
18
A little study has concluded that Final Fantasy XIII on the Xbox 360 is nowhere near HD. Infact its resolution is a mere 576p. Sony will feel pretty smug with themselves right about now that's for sure.

<blockquote>While a top notch side-by-side comparison of the PS3 and 360 versions of Final Fantasy XIII has yet to be published by any of the major gaming sites, we have the strongest indication (through analysis), that the PS3 version remains the superior of the two.

A user known as MazingerDUDE, who performs tasks for well respected analysis website Digital Foundry, has revealed that through a study of recent Xbox 360 and PS3 screenshots, that the 360 version actually runs at 576p, which is not HD resolution.

Furthermore, he has also provided a hi-res screenshot of the same image, for both versions of the game – just look at the differences for yourself.

If you still didn’t know what version you wanted to pick up in March, you might do after hearing about...
Feb
18
Tim Clark of OPM has confirmed that the 'special' PS3 title he was talking about is a FPS title game that is under development from the guys at Criterion that developed Black previously.

<blockquote>GoOnline Games recently mentioned that OPM’s Editor In Chief, Tim Clark, said they’d be talking about shooters in their next issue – Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Vanquish and â€another very special game yet to be announced.â€

Well, TheSixthAxis has spoken to Tim, and can reveal that the “special game†is this – the FPS under development by the guys behind Criterion’s Black. The title will be published by Codemasters and run on their EGO engine.

For everything on the new game, check out Issue 43 of the Official PlayStation Magazine (on sale 16 March).</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.thesixthaxis.com/2010/02/18/opms-special-game-is-black-fps/" target="_blank">TheSixthAxis</a>
Feb
18
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: YAKUZA 3 DEMO AVAILABLE NOW</strong>

SEGA Europe Ltd. is pleased to announce that the demo for Yakuza 3™ is now live on the PlayStation® Network.

In the demo, players will take on the role of Kiryu Kazuma as they explore rich and realistic Japanese environments and complete a series of side missions from the game. They will also be able to try out the new deeper combat experience with two brutal and intense boss battles.

In addition to the Tokyo settings featured in the demo and the first two games, fans will also discover a completely new setting in Yakuza 3 with the tropical island of Okinawa. Here, accompanied by his adoptive daughter Haruka, Kazuma is now running an orphanage. However, he is allowed no respite in this idyllic retreat and before long he is once again forced to deal with his sordid past.

Meet some of the colourful cast of Yakuza 3 in the brand new ‘Characters’ trailer released today.

Yakuza 3 will be available...
Feb
18
PS3 owners of FIFA 10 are now eligible to download a new FIFA 10 update which weighs in at 39MB. We'd assume that the update takes care of the transfer updates.
Feb
18
The producer of Lost Planet 2 has revealed to Famitsu that content was cut from the game in order to fit on the Xbox 360. He noted that this was one of the small problems they encountered and that the cut content may well be available in the future as DLC.
Feb
18
Playstation Arc, Playstation GEM? Who knows what exactly the final version of the PS3 motion controller will be called but Disney are swaying towards the latter. At DICE they called PS3's motion controller GEM.

<blockquote>
After mentioning the iPad and iPhone, Wadsworth also talked about upcoming opportunities with Microsoft's Project Natal and, in perhaps a slip of the tongue, Sony's Gem. Sony's motion-control peripheral has been called Arc and Gem in the past few months, and Wadsworth's comment at least adds some more confusion about its name into the mix.

Wadswroth also talked about making a media group like DMG successful in the modern world of media consumption. While he agreed that the traditional model of supply and demand is still the obvious basis for business, he also talked about flipping the formula and letting demand drive supply for approaching how they create media like games.</blockquote>

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Feb
18
According to OPM, there is a new 'very special' game out there for the PS3 which is yet to be announced. Clues seem to be point it being a shooter.

<blockquote>In Episode 8 of the Official Playstation Magazine Podcast, Editor-In-Chief Tim Clark has revealed that a new game is yet to be revealed.

“Next time we’ll be talking shooters with Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Vanquish and another very special game yet to be announced.â€</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://goonlinegames.net/2010/02/18/opm-very-special-game-still-to-be-revealed/" target="_blank">Goonlinegames</a>
Feb
18
Sony continues to trash talk the competition and this time it is the turn of the Wii. Dyer of Siny noted that there is a distinct lack of innovative new IP coming out on the Wii and the publisher backlash is benefiting the PS3.

<blockquote>Dyer continued, "And I don't even have to fight for their hearts and minds; I just show them the TRST data with regards to how many top 10 titles are third-party titles on the Wii, or how many top 10 titles are third-party titles on the DS. Not many. It's not a hard story to sell, and they get that. Unless they've got a particular franchise that's worked well on the Wii, you don't see a lot of innovative new IP coming out on that platform.†</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.industrygamers.com/news/ps3-benefiting-from-wii-publisher-backlash/" target="_blank">IndustryGamers</a>
Feb
18
According to reports, An Australian distributor has been ordered to pay Nintendo just over half a million dollars in damages due to it selling the R4 cartridge for DS.

<blockquote>An Australian distributor has been ordered to pay Nintendo over half a million dollars for selling video game piracy tool, the R4 mod chip.

The Federal Court ordered that RSJ IT Solutions cease to sell the chip through its gadgetgear.com.au site and any other sites it controlled, as well as paying Nintendo $520,000 in damages.

The chip allows users to circumvent the technology protection measures Nintendo has built into its DS handheld consoles, enabling illegally pirated games to be downloaded online.

Nintendo brought the claim against the gadget accessory distributor and two affiliated respondents Patrick Li and James Li.</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.itnews.com.au/News/167490,nintendo-wins-lawsuit-over-r4-mod-chip-piracy.aspx" target="_blank">ItNews</a>