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  • Warhammer Online gets first big patch
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    Warhammer Online gets first big patch

    By 11 December 2008

    Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is in the middle of receiving its first big content update since its release back in September. Update 1.1a is now live for North American gamers, however European operator GOA has said that it is expecting the patch...

  • Scrabble for DS slammed for rude language
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    Scrabble for DS slammed for rude language

    By 11 December 2008

    Scrabble for DS has come under fire after a mother bought the game for her son and found it spelling out rude words. Tonya Carrington told the Daily Mail she was "taken aback" when she tried the game out for herself and found her computer-controlled opponent...

  • Microsoft boss says PS3 Home is outdated
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    Microsoft boss says PS3 Home is outdated

    By 11 December 2008

    Group product manager for Xbox 360 Aaron Greenberg, has done his best to take the shine off the open beta launch of PS3 Home today by slamming it as outdated. "What Home to me feels like is Second Life for hardcore gamers. It doesn't feel like it broadens...

  • Microsoft releases NXE stats
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    Microsoft releases NXE stats

    By 11 December 2008

    Microsoft has released some statistics that seem to prove that Xbox Live is more popular than ever since the New Xbox Experience was launched. Xbox Live's Major Nelson said that the number of new friends added per Xbox Live member has risen by a third...

  • Spielberg thinks film-makers are learning from games
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    Spielberg thinks film-makers are learning from games

    By 10 December 2008

    Steven Spielberg has said that he believes movies are starting to take inspiration from video games, rather than the other way around. Speaking to Yahoo, he thought back to his first time playing Pong and how far the industry has come since then. "I think...

  • DS Lite breaks UK sales record for hardware
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    DS Lite breaks UK sales record for hardware

    By 10 December 2008

    Despite the economy being in tatters, Nintendo's DS Lite has broken the all-time weekly sales record for hardware in the UK for the second time. Figures from ELSPA and GFK-ChartTrack show that the DS broke the record in week ending 6 December, or week...

  • Over 28 million Rock Band songs downloaded
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    Over 28 million Rock Band songs downloaded

    By 10 December 2008

    Rock Band fans across the world have clocked up more than 28 million song downloads since its release just over a year ago. Currently, the Rock Band store has 345 songs to chose from, from 239 different artists. If you add on all the songs from discs,...

  • amBX to make its "ambient tech" tool free in 2009
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    amBX to make its "ambient tech" tool free in 2009

    By 10 December 2008

    amBX is to make its "ambient tech" tool available to developers for free from January. The SDK offers software developers everything they need to add amBX effects to their games, including test tools and example apps. A support forum will also be launched...

  • Police seize thousands of fake games in factory raid
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    Police seize thousands of fake games in factory raid

    By 10 December 2008

    A UK factory suspected of producing counterfeit video games, DVDs and CDs with an estimated street value of £1 million, has been stopped following a police raid. Around 30,000 illegally copied discs were seized in the raid of a commercial premises in...

  • EA to cut '09 line-up due to worse than expected 2008 sales
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    EA to cut '09 line-up due to worse than expected 2008 sales

    By 9 December 2008

    Electronic Arts has said today that it is predicting its earnings for the year to be below original expectations, and that it will need to reduce the number of games in its 2009 game line-up to compensate. It also added that this would mean further "headcount...

  • Activision releases new details on Xmen Origins: Wolverine
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    Activision releases new details on Xmen Origins: Wolverine

    By 9 December 2008

    Activision has released new details on its game Xmen Origins: Wolverine, due to be released in spring 2009 alongside the film of the same name. If you hadn't figured it out from the title, the game is focused on the character of Wolverine, and sees players...

  • Skate 2 dated for January 2009
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    Skate 2 dated for January 2009

    By 26 November 2008

    EA has announced Skate 2 will be released in January 2009, the sequel to its original Skate game launched in September last year. While American gamers will see the game on January 21st, it will hit UK shelves on January 23rd. Skate 2 brings gamers to...

  • Nintendo clarifies Wii Speak second-hand gamers issue
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    Nintendo clarifies Wii Speak second-hand gamers issue

    By 25 November 2008

    Nintendo has attempted to clear up any worries over the Wii Speak peripheral and access to the Wii Speak channel. We brought you news last week that each Wii Speak peripheral would come with a special code that would be used to access to new Wii Speak...

  • You're in the Movies set for 28 November UK release
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    You're in the Movies set for 28 November UK release

    By 25 November 2008

    After the release of Microsoft's "You're in the Movies" in the US last week, Microsoft is gearing up for the release of the game in the UK on 28 November. Developed by Codemasters and Zoë Mode, the game uses the Xbox Live Vision Camera to transport players...

  • Xbox releases details of Xtival 2008
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    Xbox releases details of Xtival 2008

    By 25 November 2008

    It seems that the Guitar Hero event on Xbox Live we told you about last week is set to be part of a bigger event called Xtival, something Microsoft is describing as a "three day non-stop party available to all Xbox 360 owners". Starting from midday on...

  • No SSFII Turbo HD for PSN in Europe this week
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    No SSFII Turbo HD for PSN in Europe this week

    By 25 November 2008

    Any PS3 gamers waiting for Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix in Europe won't be seeing it this week, Capcom has confirmed. SSFII Turbo HD was released in the US today on the PlayStation Network, and will be available worldwide from tomorrow on Xbox...

  • PS3 Rock Band 2 gets update
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    PS3 Rock Band 2 gets update

    By 24 November 2008

    Any owners of the PlayStation 3 version of Rock Band 2 will be able to upgrade their copies to version 1.01 as of today. The update fixes a number of bug issues, the most interesting of which is the correction of the "interoperability issue" of the game...

  • HDMI sound glitches reported with NXE
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    HDMI sound glitches reported with NXE

    By 24 November 2008

    If you've been having problems with your HDMI sound connected to the New Xbox Experience, it seems you are not alone. Microsoft has confirmed it is aware of sound glitches occuring from HDMI connections. Until we hear of an official solution to this problem,...

  • Dead Space demo available for 360 tomorrow
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    Dead Space demo available for 360 tomorrow

    By 24 November 2008

    EA is set to release a Dead Space demo tomorrow on Xbox Live, while PlayStation 3 gamers will be able to get it from Thursday in the PlayStation Store. The demo of the space horror epic will let gamers get their hands on four of Isaac's mining tools,...

  • UFC fighter kicked out for not signing over THQ likeness rights
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    UFC fighter kicked out for not signing over THQ likeness rights

    By 24 November 2008

    American kickboxer Jon Fitch has reportedly been been booted out of the Ultimate Fighting Championship after he refused to sign a lifelong licensing deal with THQ. The 30-year-old fighter has been fighting in the UFC since 2002, but became pretty dispensible...

  • Far Cry 2 DLC priced
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    Far Cry 2 DLC priced

    By 24 November 2008

    If you've been waiting for Far Cry 2 downloadable content, Ubisoft has today announced how much you'll have to fork out to get your hands on it. The Fortune's Pack is the first DLC to be announced and will include three new weapons and vehicles, as well...

  • DJ Hero spin-off outted before original game announced
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    DJ Hero spin-off outted before original game announced

    By 24 November 2008

    DJ Hero may not have been officially announced by Activision apart from a small acknowledgement of its existance in October, but it seems Dutch trance DJ Tiesto has outted it anyway, speaking about it in his newsletter. It seems that Tiesto will lend...

  • Harmonix sued over broken Rock Band pedal
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    Harmonix sued over broken Rock Band pedal

    By 24 November 2008

    A man from Kansas has filed a lawsuit against Harmonix over a broken Rock Band bass drum pedal peripheral. Monte Morgan filed the suit on 18 November in a US District Court for the Northern District of California, stating that the broken foot pedals "deprive...

  • Resellers cash in on Guitar Hero World Tour shortages
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    Resellers cash in on Guitar Hero World Tour shortages

    By 24 November 2008

    Resellers are cashing in on the shortage of Guitar Hero World Tour, offering their products for sale at a much inflated cost compared to the RRP. In fact analysts at Cowen and Company put the game's "underperformance" down to limited supply and not to...

  • Free clothes for NXE Avatars
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    Free clothes for NXE Avatars

    By 24 November 2008

    If you're starting to get a bit bored already of your Xbox Avatar's clothes, worry not - Microsoft has said there will be new clothes added regularly to Live, and the best thing is, they'll be free. Microsoft Germany's Boris Schneider-Johne broke the...