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  • OnLive streaming gaming service launching in June
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    OnLive streaming gaming service launching in June

    By 11 March 2010

    OnLive, the company that has created an on-demand gaming system, that it believes will change console gaming, has announced that it will launch its service in June. First announced at the Game Developers Conference in 2009, the company has used this...

  • Win a ticket to "GameOn" gaming event in London
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    Win a ticket to "GameOn" gaming event in London

    By 29 May 2009

    Pocket-lint has teamed up with Enemy Down to bring you the chance of winning a ticket to "GameOn!", promising to be "the gaming event of the summer". With five tickets to give away you could be winging your way to the Olympia National Hall in London....

  • Revolutionary "OnLive" games streaming unveiled
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    Revolutionary "OnLive" games streaming unveiled

    By 25 March 2009

    OnLive has "emerged from seven years of stealth development" to unveil the OnLive Game Service and OnLive MicroConsole. Announced at the ongoing Game Developers Conference, OnLive is described as "a revolutionary, on demand video game platform delivering...

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    Brain Training "does not improve mental sharpness"

    By 26 January 2009

    All those hours spent on your DS crunching numbers and memorising words on a brain training game, may well have amounted to nothing if a recent report is to be believed. Researchers at the University of Rennes in Brittany have concluded that there is...

  • Microsoft to cut 5000 jobs
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    Microsoft to cut 5000 jobs

    By 23 January 2009

    Microsoft has confirmed that 5000 jobs will be cut, with 1400 to go immediately. The remaining 3600 jobs will be axed over the next 18 months, and will include positions in R&D, marketing, sales, finance, legal, HR and IT. The job losses come as the company...

  • Analyst claims Sony and Microsoft are both right
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    Analyst claims Sony and Microsoft are both right

    By 22 January 2009

    You may have read our stories yesterday on the squabbling between Microsoft and Sony over which has the better console, which is going to sell more and whose dad is bigger. Or something like that. Well to settle it all for us, leading industry analyst...

  • Microsoft hits back, branding Sony "out of touch"
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    Microsoft hits back, branding Sony "out of touch"

    By 21 January 2009

    Microsoft has hit back at Sony's Kaz Hirai claiming the PS3 is the "official" industry leader, but branding the company "out of touch". Director of product management at Microsoft, Aaron Greenberg also described Sony as "an old hardware company that's...

  • PS3 is "official" console leader, says Kaz Hirai
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    PS3 is "official" console leader, says Kaz Hirai

    By 21 January 2009

    Despite sales figures and reports saying otherwise, Sony is remaining positive about its PS3 console, with Kazuo Hirai claiming in a recent interview that the next-gen console is the industry's "official" leader. And how did he come to that conclusion...

  • Nintendo struggling to break Russian market
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    Nintendo struggling to break Russian market

    By 19 January 2009

    Nintendo may be succeeding in just about every other country, but it seems Russia is one region it isn't going to win over. Despite launching the Wii and DS in the country, both have struggled to make an impact on the growing Russian market, it has been...

  • New Final Fantasy game won't hit Europe until 2010
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    New Final Fantasy game won't hit Europe until 2010

    By 16 January 2009

    Gamers outside of Japan will not be seeing Final Fantasy XIII until April 2010 at the earliest. The news was confirmed in a press release, and attributed to Square Enix president Yoichi Wada. Japanese gamers can still expect to see the game in 2009 as...

  • Xbox leads PS3 by 8 million worldwide
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    Xbox leads PS3 by 8 million worldwide

    By 16 January 2009

    Internal figures released by Microsoft have shown that 28 million Xbox 360 consoles have been sold worldwide, meaning it leads its next-gen rival PS3 by 8 million units. Its lead in the States is much larger than in Europe, with 7 million and 1 million...

  • Burnout Paradise: Ultimate Box dated
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    Burnout Paradise: Ultimate Box dated

    By 16 January 2009

    Criterion Games has announced it will be releasing Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box in February, and will see the debut of the game on PC. A special edition release, the Ultimate Box includes the award-winning Burnout Paradise game, the previously-released...

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    Wii Sure Shot rifle and hunting game launched in US

    By 16 January 2009

    In a game/peripheral combo that certainly isn't going to win any awards from PETA, North American Hunting Extravaganza and the Sure Shot rifle controller accessory have been released in the States. Similarly to many other Wii accessories, the Wii Remote...

  • YouTube brings its TV channel to consoles
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    YouTube brings its TV channel to consoles

    By 16 January 2009

    YouTube is really pushing itself to get onto your TVs, first wangling its way through Apple TV and TiVo, and now through your video game console. YouTube's TV website is now compatible with Sony PS3 and Nintendo's Wii - you simply have to type www.youtube.com/tv...

  • BBFC passes MadWorld with no censoring
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    BBFC passes MadWorld with no censoring

    By 16 January 2009

    A few days after the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) passed GTA's DS outing Chinatown Wars without any cuts to content, the board has also passed the controversial Wii title MadWorld. Branded "the most violent video game ever" by who else...

  • Nintendo console sales break European records
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    Nintendo console sales break European records

    By 15 January 2009

    Nintendo has broken console sales records in Europe, with both its Wii and DS machines. The company sold a total of 8.3 million units of the Wii console last year, making it the largest annual home console seller in European history. Showing that the...

  • First Fallout 3 DLC episode dated
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    First Fallout 3 DLC episode dated

    By 15 January 2009

    The first of three downloadable content packs for Fallout 3 has been confirmed for 27 January. Bethesda has confirmed that Operation: Anchorage will cost 800 Microsoft Points (£6.80), and will be available from both Xbox Live Marketplace and Games for...

  • Lloyd-Webber's company selling musical game rights
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    Lloyd-Webber's company selling musical game rights

    By 15 January 2009

    It seems some of the world's most famous musicals could soon make the move into video games. The company in charge of Andrew Lloyd Webber's top stage musicals such as Cats and Evita, have started preliminary discussions with a number of the world's "leading...

  • PlayStation 2 hits 50 million sales in US
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    PlayStation 2 hits 50 million sales in US

    By 15 January 2009

    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
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    Analyst predicts US PS3 price cut in April

    By 15 January 2009

    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...

  • US politicians push for health warnings on video games
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    US politicians push for health warnings on video games

    By 14 January 2009

    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...

  • Nintendo patents hint system
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    Nintendo patents hint system

    By 13 January 2009

    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...

  • Tetris found to help reduce traumatic stress trauma
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    Tetris found to help reduce traumatic stress trauma

    By 12 January 2009

    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,...

  • Sony showcases 3D PS3 titles at CES
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    Sony showcases 3D PS3 titles at CES

    By 9 January 2009

    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...

  • PETA names Fable 2 "most animal friendly game" of 2008
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    PETA names Fable 2 "most animal friendly game" of 2008

    By 7 January 2009

    PETA has taken a break from slamming video games for their poor treatment of animals, to single out Xbox 360's Fable 2 for being 2008's "most animal-friendly game". At PETA's sixth annual Proggy Awards the organisation described Fable 2 as a "vegetarian's...