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Rumours hint at GTA V for Christmas release

Rumours hint at GTA V for Christmas release

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A magazine in the US has claimed that Rockstar is working on the next instalment in the GTA series to have it ready in time for Christmas. Although we're still waiting on the long-promised GTA IV Xbox-exclusive DLC, the magazine reckons that GTA V is... >>

Dog killed in Wii remote accident

Dog killed in Wii remote accident

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When Nintendo's Wii console was first released, the Internet was awash with pictures of Wii-related injuries and accidents. We've seen black eyes and broken TVs galore, but killing the family dog is a new one on us. A woman in Michigan was playing Wii... >>

Bruce Springsteen makes Guitar Hero debut

Bruce Springsteen makes Guitar Hero debut

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Bruce Springsteen will be making his video game debut at the end of the month, with two downloadable songs for Guitar Hero World Tour. The tracks will be available on 27 January, and will coincide with the release of his new album. The two-song Track... >>

PlayStation 2 hits 50 million sales in US

PlayStation 2 hits 50 million sales in US

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Sony has announced that the much-loved PS2 has now sold more than 50 million units in the States. We reported earlier this month that a study by Nielsen had revealed that the PlayStation 2 console was the most played console in America last year. Despite... >>

Analyst predicts US PS3 price cut in April

Analyst predicts US PS3 price cut in April

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Analysts have predicted that Sony will drop the price of the 80GB PS3 in the States from $399 to $299 come April. That's a big price drop, especially considering it was uncovered recently that Sony was just about breaking even on the machines following... >>

Family photographs key to children's confidence

Family photographs key to children's confidence

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Children whose parents display family photographs in the home grow up with greater confidence and sense of belonging than those who don’t, according to a top psychologist. Professor Geoff Beattie, head of school and dean of psychological sciences at... >>

DSi to launch in America in April?

DSi to launch in America in April?

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Whispers from sources close to Nintendo suggest that the company is planning to launch the DSi in America sometime in April this year. Currently the DSi is only available in Japan after Nintendo tried to regain interest in the region following dropping... >>

Mirror's Edge DLC dated

Mirror's Edge DLC dated

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EA has announced that the premium downloadable content for Mirror's Edge is set for release on 29 January for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. The DLC was announced before Christmas, and consists of seven new Time Trial maps offering up nine new races. We posted... >>

Wii Music being used as educational tool in US schools

Wii Music being used as educational tool in US schools

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Schools in America are using Nintendo's Wii Music in the classroom to help inspire students and promote an "active appreciation for music". Nintendo and its collaborators are working with teachers in 51 American cities to integrate Wii Music into the... >>

GAME announces online game rental service

GAME announces online game rental service

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GAME has announced it will be launching a new online service that will see the company branching out into game rentals. The service has been formed in partnership with SwapGame, and follows a format similar to that of online DVD rental service LoveFilm.... >>

Funcom to cut Conan servers by more than half

Funcom to cut Conan servers by more than half

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Funcom has released the list of server mergers for popular fantasy MMO Age of Conan, that will see the total number of servers for the game cut from 49 to just 18. North America and the Oceanic regions will be worst off with the closures, with 24 servers... >>

US politicians push for health warnings on video games

US politicians push for health warnings on video games

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American politicians are pushing for health warnings to be placed on video games, similar to those placed on cigarettes and alcohol. Democratic US congressman Joe Baca, co-sponsored by Republican Frank R.Wolf, has proposed the Video Game Health Labeling... >>

Guitar Hero III hits $1bn in sales

Guitar Hero III hits $1bn in sales

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Around a year ago Activision announced that the Guitar Hero franchise had reached over $1 billion in North American revenues in just over two years. Now the company has announced that just one game in the franchise, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, has... >>

Console installed base in UK hits 22 million

Console installed base in UK hits 22 million

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Sales data cited in GAME's Christmas trading statement has reported that the total console installed base in the UK has jumped to 22 million, a boost of 8.5 million since January 2008. Gfk-ChartTrack's data shows that the sales of the big three consoles... >>

Olympus announces E-3 "Rev Up Your System" promotion

Olympus announces E-3 "Rev Up Your System" promotion

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Olympus has announced a new promotion for the E-3 DSLR, and is offering all purchasers of the camera one of five free products. The "Rev Up Your System" promotion offers anyone purchasing an E-3 between 1 January and 31 March and registering it online... >>

Konami announces Wii Balance Board game

Konami announces Wii Balance Board game

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Konami has announced a new game due out later in the year that will utilise the Wii Balance Board. Called Marbles! Balance Challenge, the skill-based action title will see gamers trying to help an ant called Anthony save his colony by locating the mythical... >>

GTA: Chinatown Wars gets 18 certificate from BBFC

GTA: Chinatown Wars gets 18 certificate from BBFC

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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has become the first DS game to receive an 18 classification from the BBFC. Take-Two had previously stated that it was going to use Chinatown Wars to see how far it could push mature content on the DS and Wii, and it seems... >>

Microsoft to increase Xbox Live Friends limit

Microsoft to increase Xbox Live Friends limit

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Microsoft executive Aaron Greenberg has said that plans are in the pipeline to up the number of Friends you can have on Xbox Live. "I can't commit to when that will happen, but that is something we want to do", he said in a recent interview. "It's definitely... >>

EA announces PlayStation Home plans

EA announces PlayStation Home plans

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EA has announced its plans to create a branded space within PlayStation Home, and is currently developing the EA Sports Complex to be launched in the spring. "We’re proud to support the PlayStation Home Beta with a very robust offering from EA Sports",... >>

Fifa '09 named best selling All Format game 2008

Fifa '09 named best selling All Format game 2008

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End-of-year data from ELSPA and Gfk-ChartTrack has shown that Fifa '09 was the best-selling All Format game of the year, thanks to two million copies being snapped up since October. Mario Kart came in a close second, but did make the best-selling single-SKU... >>

Nintendo patents hint system

Nintendo patents hint system

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Nintendo has patented an in-game hint system, masterminded by Shigeru Miyamoto. The built-in walkthrough allows the computer to take control of characters and show gamers the correct way to complete harder parts of the game. Installed either by a disc... >>

Coby launches three new digital photo frames

Coby launches three new digital photo frames

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Coby Electronics has launched a new range of digital photo frames at CES 2009, that the company boasts combine "sleek contemporary design, with innovative must-have features". The new line-up is made up of the DP710 7-inch widescreen photo frame, the... >>

Tetris found to help reduce traumatic stress trauma

Tetris found to help reduce traumatic stress trauma

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Retro game Tetris has been found to help alleviate the effect of post traumatic stress disorder, by stopping the brain from experiencing harmful flashbacks of the event. The new medical report from the PLoS One Journal, tested 40 volunteers in its study,... >>

Home team admit virtual world was announced too early

Home team admit virtual world was announced too early

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The development team behind Sony's PlayStation Home have said that they think the virtual world was announced too early. Game director Peter Edward has said that developers targeted to make third-party content for Home had their initial excitement replaced... >>

Sony showcases 3D PS3 titles at CES

Sony showcases 3D PS3 titles at CES

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Sony has unveiled a number of 3D PS3 titles at CES 2009 in Las Vegas. However, in a rather frustrating twist, the company would not confirm the development of any 3D games now or in the future, insisting that the demos were just an indication of the ability... >>