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US antitrust oks potential EA and Take-Two merger

US antitrust oks potential EA and Take-Two merger

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Letters from the Federal Trade Commission suggest that US antitrust authorities would give the go ahead on a merging of Electronic Arts with rival game publisher Take-Two. Earlier this week, EA confirmed it would now allow its hostile $2 billion bid for... >>

EA developing tennis game

EA developing tennis game

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Right now, a team of eagle eyed developers are working away in Vancouver on a new tennis game. EA has revealed it has set a team to work on recreating "the excitement, tension and drama that true champions feel in legendary matches". And the game will... >>

The Sims 3 gets dated

The Sims 3 gets dated

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EA has announced that its latest version of The Sims, Sims 3, will be hitting computers in February next year in time to buy for the girlfriend/partner/wife that misses her dolls house. Announced at the Leipzig Games Convention in Germany, The Sims 3... >>

EA gives Command and Conquer Red Carpet appeal

EA gives Command and Conquer Red Carpet appeal

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EA clearly has high hopes of turning the latest Command & Conquer instalment into movie blockbuster proportions if the cast list for the voiceovers and cut scenes is anything to go by. Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 cast list reads like a red carpet premiere... >>

EA releases full tracklisting for Fifa 09

EA releases full tracklisting for Fifa 09

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EA has announced the music tracks we can expect to hear on Fifa 09, hitting shelves on 2nd October. The tracklisting boasts 42 songs from 21 nations across a number of genres to make sure the game showed off all sorts of music from across the globe. Handpicked... >>

Crysis Warhead gets September release date

Crysis Warhead gets September release date

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EA has announced that Crysis Warhead, the sequel to last year's CPU melting shoot-em-up Crysis, will be released in the UK on September 19th. The second installment to the Crysis universe will be a stand alone title, so you won't need to have the original... >>

EA announces Celebrity Sports Showdown game

EA announces Celebrity Sports Showdown game

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EA has announced its new Wii Sports-esque Celebrity Sports Showdown as part of its new sports Freestyle brand. Due to be released sometime in the winter, the game allows you to choose from a number of celebrities and sports star to compete across a dozen... >>

EA looking to license TV and film rights for Spore

EA looking to license TV and film rights for Spore

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EA is looking to license the TV and film rights for its highly-anticipated game, Spore, with hope of attracting a wider audience. Will Wright, the game's creator, spoke out about the plans in a recent interview, saying that EA wanted to use the further... >>

Star Trek Online trailer debuted

Star Trek Online trailer debuted

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This trailer for the new Star Trek Online was unveiled at the annual Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. Cryptic Studios gave fans a sneak peek at what to expect from the new MMO game based on the popular sci-fi TV series. Whatsmore, fans got an extra... >>

Godfather II details announced

Godfather II details announced

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Electronic Arts and Paramount Digital Entertainment have announced details of The Godfather II videogame. Inspired by the film and Mario Puzo’s Corleone family drama, The Godfather II is set in the world of organised crime in 1960’s Florida, Cuba... >>

Warhammer Online gets September release

Warhammer Online gets September release

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EA has announced that its MMO game, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning will be ready to launch on 18th September. All servers in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand will be go live at the same time so there's no room for complaints.... >>

Tiger Woods 09 free demo on PSN

Tiger Woods 09 free demo on PSN

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European PS3 owners will be able to download a free demo of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 from the 7th August. However, currently no details have been released by EA as to what the demo consists of, or whether the demo will be released on Xbox Live. It may... >>

Gemma Atkinson takes role in Red Alert 3

Gemma Atkinson takes role in Red Alert 3

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Ex-Hollyoaks star and lads mag lovely, Gemma Atkinson, has been signed up by EA to act in Red Alert 3. She will be playing the part of Lt Eva McKenna, an Allied communications officer with a "sexy twinkle in her eye and a British stiff upper lip", says... >>

Xbox 360 "exclusivity deal" for Rock Band 2 only for a month?

Xbox 360 "exclusivity deal" for Rock Band 2 only for a month?

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Retail schedules in US suggest that the Rock Band 2/Xbox 360 "exclusivity deal" may not be quite as big a deal as first though. In fact, it seems EA's upcoming music game may be blocked from the PS3 for just four weeks. Microsoft did seem shy to brag... >>

EA to release budget gaming PCs

EA to release budget gaming PCs

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EA is planning to release pre-configured PCs alongside its big name video game launches in an attempt to bring high-end PC gaming to consumers at a lower price. Many off-the-shelf gaming PCs can reach into four figure prices, but EAs range is predicted... >>

UK government set to snub industry advice on games ratings

UK government set to snub industry advice on games ratings

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It seems the UK government is set to ignore advice from industry insiders on how best to rate video games, in a report due out on Friday. The issue was first raised in a study by Tanya Byron, in which she said a solid rating system was needed in the UK... >>

Sim Animals – Nintendo Wii – First Look

Sim Animals – Nintendo Wii – First Look

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Since The Sims and all its sequel editions add up to the most successful PC game franchise ever, it’s no surprise that the publisher, Electronic Arts, has major plans to keep the series fresh. You may have sniffed at recent releases such as the Ikea... >>

Wright: "Play Spore your entire life and you'll never visit everywhere"

Wright: "Play Spore your entire life and you'll never visit everywhere"

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Sims creator Will Wright gave people attending Comic Con 2008 a sneak peek into the world of Spore, his new evolution sim due out later this year. And in case you were in any doubt that you were going to get good gaming hours for your money, Wright revealed... >>

Paramount to make girly film favourites into games

Paramount to make girly film favourites into games

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Paramount is powering its way into the games market with titles based on popular girls films Clueless, Mean Girls and Pretty in Pink. In association with Legacy Interactive, the titles will be cheap and downloadable, and available in the States at the... >>

EA extends deadline on Take-Two offer... again

EA extends deadline on Take-Two offer... again

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EA has extended its unsolicited offer to acquire GTA publishers Take-Two for the fifth time, giving the deal a new deadline of August 18th. The previous deadline of July 18th came and went after only 15% of shares were tendered in time - some 11,741,339.... >>

EA will "lead the charge" with online games

EA will "lead the charge" with online games

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EA Sports boss Peter Moore has said that he thinks we will all be playing games online within five years. Moore warned that if the games industry does not move with the times, then it could end up like the music industry. "You're talking to a company... >>

Dragon Age to make move to consoles

Dragon Age to make move to consoles

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It seems Dragon Age could be making its way onto consoles at some point, according to BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk. Speaking at EA's press conference, Zeschuk was showing dark fantasy RPG, Dragon Age: Origins, when he mentioned a move over to consoles... >>

Xbox 360 games to be installable on to hard drive

Xbox 360 games to be installable on to hard drive

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Microsoft has announced it will let you install Xbox 360 games onto you hard drive. The news was broken by Xbox Live boss Marc Whitten on Xbox's Major Nelson blog , stating it should improve load time and reduce DVD drive noise. To verify you actually... >>

EA announces cross-platform social games service

EA announces cross-platform social games service

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EA has revealed a new social games service called Nucleus that it plans to implement into 25 titles by the end of 2009. Nucleus will work in a similar to way Xbox Live or PSN, allowing you to share scores and challenge friends online, the only difference... >>

EA announces SimAnimals game

EA announces SimAnimals game

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EA announced at its E3 press conference that the Sims family will be growing once again with a new release in the franchise called SimAnimals. Made exclusively for Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS, you'll get to test out your wild side as you venture into... >>

Rock Band 2 details unveiled

Rock Band 2 details unveiled

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Rock Band 2 has only been confirmed for a just over a week, and EA and Harmonix are hardly able to contain themselves with details of the what the new game will have in store for us. Among other things, the developer has confirmed that World Tour will... >>

Sega working on console real-time strategy game

Sega working on console real-time strategy game

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Sega has announced it is developing a real-time strategy console title for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game, called Stormrise, will see you taking charge and leading your troops from the front line - slightly different from the tradition detatched... >>

EA planning to release two new Rock Band drum kits

EA planning to release two new Rock Band drum kits

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Rumours are circling that EA is planning to release two new drum kits for Rock Band 2. Apparently the first new drums will look very similar to the kit that is available now, but the drum pads will be "velocity sensitive" (so they will be able to detect... >>

Wario Land: The Shake Dimension gets European release date

Wario Land: The Shake Dimension gets European release date

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New Wario game, Wario Land: The Shake Dimension has been given a release date and we now know that we'll see the 2D platform game on European shores in September. Developed excusively for the Wii, its Wario's first appearance on Nintendo's console, and... >>

Activision launches Wii-only publishing brand

Activision launches Wii-only publishing brand

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Games publisher Activision is setting up a new publishing label specifically for games for Nintendo Wii. Called Wee 1st, Activision has said the idea is to grow its offering of Wii games, and begin to produce games specifically for the Nintendo format.... >>

FIFA 09 - PC - First Look

FIFA 09 - PC - First Look

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With just a couple of months to go, Pocket-lint was allowed an early sneak peak at the latest iteration in the FIFA series: FIFA 09 on the PC. But can it improve on a series that has been going for over a decade? We make a dash for the penalty box to... >>

EA FIFA 09 details released

EA FIFA 09 details released

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EA has shown off the latest features for this year's FIFA title; FIFA 09, to Pocket-lint ahead of the launch in September as it strives to recreate the beautiful game in even more detail that ever before. The company has revealed plans for the PC, Wii,... >>

Battlefield: Bad Company - Xbox 360
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Battlefield: Bad Company - Xbox 360

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Like Call of Duty 4, Bad Company is bang up to date. With the trend of WWII-based shooters seemingly on the back burner, Bad Company packs all the firepower you’d expect of a modern soldier. The weaponry here is a hefty chunk more powerful than in most... >>

Line-ups announced for Ibiza Rocks Xbox Weekenders

Line-ups announced for Ibiza Rocks Xbox Weekenders

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The line-ups for the Xbox Weekenders at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel have been announced, and are sure to please anyone heading over to the White Isle looking for something with more of a rock vibe. The first Xbox Weekender takes place from July 18th-20th, and... >>

EA apologises for Fifa anthem mistake

EA apologises for Fifa anthem mistake

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Electronic Arts has apologised for a mistake in Fifa 08, which caused a bit of an annoyance among Northern Irish gamers. In the game, the Northern Irish football team stand to The Soldier's Song, traditionally sung at United Ireland events. A newspaper... >>

Former EA head sets up iPhone games publisher

Former EA head sets up iPhone games publisher

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The former head of EA's Blueprint studio, Neil Young, has left the company to form an iPhone games publisher called ng:moco. Young had worked for EA for 11 years before parting company to create his own publishing studio that focuses on the iPhone and... >>

Blizzard calls for Microsoft push PC gaming

Blizzard calls for Microsoft push PC gaming

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Pauls Sams, Blizzard's chief operating officer, has called for Microsoft to put its backing behind the Windows operating system as a gaming platform. Sams said he thought the company needed to shift its emphasis from the Xbox 360 and focus more on the... >>

BBFC hits back at critics

BBFC hits back at critics

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The BBFC has hit back at recent criticism from top dogs at Microsoft and EA, after they voiced their concerns over the Byron report's proposal that the group starts rating a larger proportion of video games in the UK. Currently, the BBFC is only referred... >>

EA apologies for Bad Company connection problems

EA apologies for Bad Company connection problems

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Electronic Arts has spoken out about the persistent bad connection issues that have been causing Battlefield: Bad Company gamers over the weekend. They have released an apology and said it is working hard on a fix for the problems. "We are aware that... >>

EA slams Byron report suggestions as unworkable

EA slams Byron report suggestions as unworkable

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Electronic Arts has slammed plans to introduce a cinema-style age classification for video games. Dr Tanya Byron, a TV psychologist, proposed a strict and legally binding classification system for video games in her report in March on internet safety.... >>

Diablo III announced as in development

Diablo III announced as in development

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Blizzard has announced the release of Diablo III at its Worldwide Invitational in Paris. The third instalment in the popular action-RPG series is being developed for PC and Mac, with the company confirming it had no plans for console versions. Blizzard... >>

Samba De Amigo nearly here for Wii

Samba De Amigo nearly here for Wii

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Samba De Amigo was a hit when it first arrived on the Dreamcast a few years ago. Now the game that wants you to shake your maracas is heading for the Wii and is bound to be another surefire favourite for house parties everywhere. The game comes with maraca... >>

Subbuteo game coming exclusively to DS

Subbuteo game coming exclusively to DS

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505 Games has announced it is developing a game based on the classic finger-flicking table football game, Subbuteo. Coming exclusively to Nintendo DS, Italian game developer Artematica has recreated the tabletop football game for the Nintendo handheld,... >>

Blizzard to sell WOW Authenticator

Blizzard to sell WOW Authenticator

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Blizzard has announced plans to sell an Authenticator device that will help to keep World of Warcraft accounts secure. Described as "lightweight and waterproof" and attachable to a keyring, the Authenticator will generate a unique six-digit security code... >>

EA Sports unveils "All-Play" line of games

EA Sports unveils "All-Play" line of games

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Electronic Arts has unveiled its new EA Sports All-Play line-up, exclusive for Nintendo Wii. Four popular sports game franchises have been re-designed and re-packaged for the new range, all while keeping the "social gamer" in mind. "The Wii platform and... >>

Ubisoft announces DS-exclusive Prince of Persia

Ubisoft announces DS-exclusive Prince of Persia

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Ubisoft have announced the DS-exclusive, Prince of Persia: The Fallen King, will be available around Christmas this year. With its own independent storyline to complement the Prince of Persia coming out on consoles and PC, The Fallen King utilises the... >>