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  • First Arabic MMO to enter open beta in early 2009
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    First Arabic MMO to enter open beta in early 2009

    By 29 December 2008

    The first Arabic online MMO game is set to enter its open beta test in early 2009, after its second closed beta finishes on 30 December. Arabic Rappelz, published by Game Power 7, is an Arabic version of Rappelz, a famous MMORPG that is already published...

  • Rock Band 2 Wii DLC delayed until 2009
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    Rock Band 2 Wii DLC delayed until 2009

    By 29 December 2008

    Wii-gamers in the States are getting pretty fed up with delays from Harmonix, first with delays of Rock Band 2, and now with delays on its DLC. The game was eventually released on Nintendo's platform on 18 December. Three months after the other versions...

  • Facebook starts new genre of social network gaming
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    Facebook starts new genre of social network gaming

    By 29 December 2008

    Internet games may have been around for a while now, but social networking websites are apparently causing more people to turn online games than ever. Apparently the rise in popularity of social networking sites like Facebook has attracted millions of...

  • Wii video channel coming in 2009?
    Gaming

    Wii video channel coming in 2009?

    By 29 December 2008

    The rumour mill is already buzzing after Christmas, with whispers that the Wii console will be getting a video service in 2009. Reported by the Nikkei newspaper in Japan, it seems like Nintendo plans to distance itself from direct competition with the...

  • World of Warcraft hits 11.5 million subscribers
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    World of Warcraft hits 11.5 million subscribers

    By 24 December 2008

    Blizzard Entertainment has announced that its MMORPG World of Warcraft, is now being played by more than 11.5 million subscribers worldwide. This new high was reached following the release of the game's second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King on 13 November....

  • iZ3D to preview new 3D gaming monitors at CES 2009
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    iZ3D to preview new 3D gaming monitors at CES 2009

    By 24 December 2008

    Designer of advanced 3D visualisation systems iZ3D LLC, has announced it will be featuring a hands on demonstration of three of its upcoming product prototypes for 2009 at CES in January. The new prototypes include the new iZ3D Immersion Series that gives...

  • First sports-based MMO enters open beta
    Gaming

    First sports-based MMO enters open beta

    By 23 December 2008

    The first sports based MMO RPG is set to enter its next phase of development, and open the game up to the general public to try out. Empire of Sports is an online world entirely dedicated to sports-based game play, including tennis, football, skiing,...

  • Puzzle Arcade for Xbox Live tomorrow
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    Puzzle Arcade for Xbox Live tomorrow

    By 23 December 2008

    Eidos Interactive is set to launch an interactive jigsaw puzzle game on to Xbox Live Arcade, aptly named Puzzle Arcade. The game features a whole range of virtual puzzles, but that make full use of the Xbox Live service and the Live Vision camera. Build...

  • MotoGP 08 demo now on Xbox Live
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    MotoGP 08 demo now on Xbox Live

    By 23 December 2008

    A downloadable demo of MotoGP 08 has appeared on Xbox Live Marketplace, a few months after its full release in October. You'll need 377MB to get the game, and if you're not at home but have left your console on, you can start the download via web Marketplace...

  • Guitar Hero World Tour DLC detailed until end of January
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    Guitar Hero World Tour DLC detailed until end of January

    By 22 December 2008

    Like the rest of our favourite sing and playalongs, Activision has announced the content we can expect for Guitar Hero World Tour over the festive period and into January 2009. Coming up on 23 December are "Use Me" by Hinder, "Because of You" by Nickelback...

  • Fifa '09 pips Call of Duty to UK Christmas No.1 2008
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    Fifa '09 pips Call of Duty to UK Christmas No.1 2008

    By 22 December 2008

    Fifa '09 has swooped in at the last minute jumping from third position to first, to claim the coveted title of Christmas number one. Call of Duty: World at War had held strong at the top of the All Formats chart for six weeks, and looked so set to stay...

  • Microsoft knew about Xbox disc damaging fault
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    Microsoft knew about Xbox disc damaging fault

    By 16 December 2008

    It seems that Microsoft employees knew about a disc-damaging manufacturing fault in Xbox 360 consoles, before the machines were put on the market. A document from the ongoing lawsuit in the States suggests that Microsoft knew that machines manufactured...

  • Runes of Magic enters open beta
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    Runes of Magic enters open beta

    By 16 December 2008

    Frogster Interactive has announced the multiplayer online RPG Runes of Magic has now gone into open beta. The game already has 190,000 gamers registered, and the start of the open beta will see Frogster activating all implemented content. To make sure...

  • Guitar Hero: Metallica details emerge
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    Guitar Hero: Metallica details emerge

    By 16 December 2008

    Details have emerged about the new Guitar Hero: Metallica game, the second game in the Guitar Hero series to be themed around a headline band. Similarly to the Aerosmith Guitar Hero game, the track listing that has so far been uncovered mixes Metallica's...

  • Nintendo announces Walk with Me! DS game
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    Nintendo announces Walk with Me! DS game

    By 16 December 2008

    You may remember the rumours of a DS pedometer peripheral after it was seen in a Japanese advert for the DSi. However, an announcement for new Nintendo game Walk with Me! confirms that DS Lite users will be able to get in on the walking action too. The...

  • GHWT guitar bundlers get five free tracks
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    GHWT guitar bundlers get five free tracks

    By 15 December 2008

    Customers opting to buy just the guitar bundle for Guitar Hero World Tour rather than the full band kit, are for some reason getting a little extra treat from Activision. Although World Tour expanded Guitar Hero to the full band set-up, it's still available...

  • Soulja Boy Xbox 360 game coming in 2009
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    Soulja Boy Xbox 360 game coming in 2009

    By 15 December 2008

    American rapper Soulja Boy has said that we can expect a video game from him in 2009. It's not clear if the rapper will help develop the idea for a game or if the game will be based on Soulja Boy himself. In fact, not much is clear about anything at the...

  • Guitar Hero outsells Rock Band in US
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    Guitar Hero outsells Rock Band in US

    By 15 December 2008

    Sales figures in the US have shown that Guitar Hero outsold its rival Rock Band by over one million copies in November. However, while that may make it seem Activision Blizzard's game is in the lead in overall sales, investment analyst Ben Schachter reports...

  • GTA IV named Game of Year at VGAs
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    GTA IV named Game of Year at VGAs

    By 15 December 2008

    Grand Theft Auto IV was crowned the Game of the Year at the Video Games' Awards in the US. But it wasn't just that. Rockstar's game also walked away with best action adventure, and best performance by a human male for Michael Hollick, he voice behind...

  • Gears of War 2 Combustible Map Pack launched
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    Gears of War 2 Combustible Map Pack launched

    By 15 December 2008

    Microsoft has announced the release of the Combustible Map Pack for Gears of War 2, which features three new maps for you to get your teeth into. Footage from the expansion pack was debuted on 14 December at the Spike TV Video Game awards, where the game...

  • Microsoft launches Free your Avatar
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    Microsoft launches Free your Avatar

    By 15 December 2008

    Microsoft has announced a new feature for Xbox Live that will allow you to export your avatar and share it with friends and family via email or social networking sites. "Free your Avatar" will see a number of screensavers, wallpapers and festive cards...

  • Brutal Legend to be published by EA in 2009
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    Brutal Legend to be published by EA in 2009

    By 12 December 2008

    EA Partners has announced it will be publishing Brutal Legend, the new project from developer Tim Schafer and Double Fine Productions. Previously being published by Sierra, Brutal Legend was a casualty of the Activision Blizzard merger. However, it is...

  • Xbox outsells PS3 two-to-one in US November sales
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    Xbox outsells PS3 two-to-one in US November sales

    By 12 December 2008

    While Nintendo may have dominated the US hardware sales in November, Microsoft is still celebrating after having the strongest November ever for its Xbox 360 console. NPD data shows the console beat the sales of big rival PS3 and PS2 combined, with 836,000...

  • Nintendo consoles make up two thirds of hardware sales in US
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    Nintendo consoles make up two thirds of hardware sales in US

    By 12 December 2008

    As if we didn't know already, Nintendo is having a rosey Q4 despite the credit crunch, and it would seem it's doing just as well in the States as it is in the UK. NPD stats for November suggest that the platform sold 3.6 million pieces of hardware in...

  • Call of Duty bookies' favourite for Christmas Number 1
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    Call of Duty bookies' favourite for Christmas Number 1

    By 12 December 2008

    The list of games battling it out for the number one spot in the All-Format charts this Christmas has been released, and leading bookmaker Ladbrokes as Call of Duty: World at War as its favourite. The Activision-Blizzard game, also chosen as favourite...