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Teen kills mother, shoots father for banning Halo 3

Teen kills mother, shoots father for banning Halo 3

By Verity Burns

American teenager Daniel Petric is currently on trial for the murder of his mother, and the attempted murder of his father, after they told him he wasn't allowed to play Halo 3. The 17-year-old, who was 16 at the time, allegedly snuck out of his bedroom... Read more

Picasa rolls out upgrades worldwide

Picasa rolls out upgrades worldwide

By Verity Burns

Google has stretched the upgrades for Picasa and Picasa Web Albums first released only for English speakers in the States, to all the 38 languages it currently supports. On the PC side, the upgrade saw a brand-new version of Picasa with plenty of new... Read more

Konami to release all-new Metal Gear Solid for iPhone

Konami to release all-new Metal Gear Solid for iPhone

By Verity Burns

Konami has announced it is to bring three of its most popular games to Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch platforms, including an all-new version of Metal Gear Solid. The publisher will release Metal Gear Solid Touch, Silent Hill: The Escape and Frogger for... Read more

Bush shoe attack hits the casual gaming world

Bush shoe attack hits the casual gaming world

By Verity Burns

You've seen the YouTube video, now play the game. The shoe-throwing attack of Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi on President Bush at the weekend has been made into an online Flash game by developer T-Enterprise. The YouTube footage of the incident has... Read more

Five.One headset named official Xbox accessory

Five.One headset named official Xbox accessory

By Verity Burns

Microsoft has named the Five.One Surround Sound headset system as an Official Xbox 360 accessory. The Vibras Five.One has been designed specifically for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live, and uses Dolby Digital AC3 and special "sound-canal" technology to create... Read more

Nintendo to launch DSi Ware this month

Nintendo to launch DSi Ware this month

By Verity Burns

Nintendo is getting ready to launch the new DSi Ware game download service in Japan on Christmas Eve. Titles available on 24 December will include Moving Memo Book, a game which will allow you to use your DSi to take notes and make comic strips using... Read more

Call of Duty holds strong at top of UK charts

Call of Duty holds strong at top of UK charts

By Verity Burns

The top three positions in the All Format UK Charts are unchanged this week, with Call of Duty: World at War holding its spot at the top for the sixth week. Mario Kart Wii follows in second and Fifa 09 in third, but these are thought to be so little of... Read more

Microsoft knew about Xbox disc damaging fault

Microsoft knew about Xbox disc damaging fault

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Has Home been hacked?

Has Home been hacked?

By Verity Burns

UK newspaper The Telegraph has reported that Sony's PS3 virtual world Home has been hacked. There is apparently a "security loophole" that developers have uncovered to allow them to upload files to, download files from, or even delete files from the Home... Read more

Runes of Magic enters open beta

Runes of Magic enters open beta

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Guitar Hero: Metallica details emerge

Guitar Hero: Metallica details emerge

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Report: Sony to release PSP-4000 in 2009, PSP2 to come later

Report: Sony to release PSP-4000 in 2009, PSP2 to come later

By Verity Burns

Rumours of a PSP2 refuse to die, and now new publishing sources have said that Sony has plans to both refresh the PSP with a PSP-4000 model in late 2009, and follow it with a true PSP successor later on. The sources were unable to reveal much more about... Read more

Nintendo announces Walk with Me! DS game

Nintendo announces Walk with Me! DS game

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

LittleBigPlanet US November sales underwelming

LittleBigPlanet US November sales underwelming

By Verity Burns

Media Molecule's LittleBigPlanet continues to underwelm in the sales figures, as NPD data for US sales for November shows a decline in one of the busiest months of the year. The PS3 exclusive shifted 141,000 copies during the month of November, dropping... Read more

GHWT guitar bundlers get five free tracks

GHWT guitar bundlers get five free tracks

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Soulja Boy Xbox 360 game coming in 2009

Soulja Boy Xbox 360 game coming in 2009

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Guitar Hero outsells Rock Band in US

Guitar Hero outsells Rock Band in US

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

GTA IV named Game of Year at VGAs

GTA IV named Game of Year at VGAs

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Lomo releases Lubitel+ TLR

Lomo releases Lubitel+ TLR

By Verity Burns

Lomo has announced the Lubitel+ medium format Twin Lens Reflex camera, the latest in the rather ageing product line that hasn't seen a new camera added to it in twenty years. The plastic-bodied camera has been designed to be compatible with 35mm film... Read more

Gears of War 2 Combustible Map Pack launched

Gears of War 2 Combustible Map Pack launched

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Microsoft launches Free your Avatar

Microsoft launches Free your Avatar

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Brutal Legend to be published by EA in 2009

Brutal Legend to be published by EA in 2009

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

PlayStation console sales up 60% on 2007

PlayStation console sales up 60% on 2007

By Verity Burns

Just as Nintendo and Microsoft were celebrating on hearing the NPD data for their US November sales, Sony was doing the same, despite its PS3 console selling the least out of the three major players. Year-to-date sales of Sony's consoles combined are... Read more

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

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

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Nintendo consoles make up two thirds of hardware sales in US

Nintendo consoles make up two thirds of hardware sales in US

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Call of Duty bookies' favourite for Christmas Number 1

Call of Duty bookies' favourite for Christmas Number 1

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Survey suggests game retailers not feeling the credit crunch

Survey suggests game retailers not feeling the credit crunch

By Verity Burns

Despite all the newspapers filling up column inches telling us about the impact of the credit crunch on consumer spending this Christmas, it would seem that the majority of specialist game retailers are feeling quite the opposite. In fact according to... Read more

Zigview launches S2 Live

Zigview launches S2 Live

By Verity Burns

Zigview has launched the S2 Live, which takes the original Zigview S2, introduced at PMA 2007, to the next level. Both devices are camera accessories that function like a remote control unit, yet with an integrated viewfinder LCD monitor. The difference... Read more

Go!View adds hundred of hours of video content

Go!View adds hundred of hours of video content

By Verity Burns

PSP's on-demand video service Go!View has added hundreds of hours of video content to the service for PSP users to watch on-the-go and on-demand this Christmas. So you don't have to put up with the rubbish Christmas TV, Go!View is packed full of film,... Read more

Sony boss claims "no plans" for PSP2

Sony boss claims "no plans" for PSP2

By Verity Burns

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe boss, David Reeves has denied rumours floating around the Internet that Sony is planning a "PSP2". The rumours began after a company claimed in November to have signed a memory chip deal for the device. However, Reeves... Read more

Warhammer Online gets first big patch

Warhammer Online gets first big patch

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Resident Evil 5 advert confirms Jill Valentine dead

Resident Evil 5 advert confirms Jill Valentine dead

By Verity Burns

A two-page advert in Japanese video game magazine Famitsu, has hinted as to what Capcom's Resident Evil 5 will have to offer us in way of a plot. The advert promoting the game depicts the game's male protagonist Chris Redfield putting flowers on the grave... Read more

Free Santa LBP costume in PlayStation Network update

Free Santa LBP costume in PlayStation Network update

By Verity Burns

Sony has updated the PlayStation Store with a number of full games, add-ons and LittleBigPlanet costumes. Hoorah. As we reported earlier in the week, today's PSN update sees all four Street Fighter-themed LBP costumes available for £1.59 each or £4.79... Read more

Scrabble for DS slammed for rude language

Scrabble for DS slammed for rude language

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Namco releases More Brain Exercise for mobiles

Namco releases More Brain Exercise for mobiles

By Verity Burns

Namco Bandai has released the mobile game More Brain Exercise with Dr. Kawashima, that should keep your brain ticking over during the Christmas holiday. The game introduces fifteen new brain-testing games officially tested by Dr. Kawashima of DS Brain... Read more

Microsoft boss says PS3 Home is outdated

Microsoft boss says PS3 Home is outdated

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Microsoft releases NXE stats

Microsoft releases NXE stats

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Bogen Imaging launches Kata R-106 backpack

Bogen Imaging launches Kata R-106 backpack

By Verity Burns

Bogen Imaging has launched a new Kata backpack, in the shape of the R-106. Inspired by consumer feedback, the Kata R-106 has been designed for photographers and videographers who need to carry around large amounts of kit with fast-access to it all when... Read more

Games consoles top teen Christmas lists

Games consoles top teen Christmas lists

By Verity Burns

A poll of UK teens has found that the majority of them have placed a games console at the top of their Christmas list this year, with Xbox 360 coming up favourite. Virtual world Habbo polled 5450 youngsters between 11-18-years- old, and found that 39%... Read more

Spielberg thinks film-makers are learning from games

Spielberg thinks film-makers are learning from games

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

DS Lite breaks UK sales record for hardware

DS Lite breaks UK sales record for hardware

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Get LittleBigPlanet for £19.99 at Shopto.net

Get LittleBigPlanet for £19.99 at Shopto.net

By Verity Burns

Online retailer Shopto.net has cut its prices on a number of top-selling games, dropping some best sellers down to below £20. Yes, you'll be able to pick up PS3-favourite LittleBigPlanet, Motorstorm 2 and Resistance 2 for just £19.99. These prices are... Read more

Over 28 million Rock Band songs downloaded

Over 28 million Rock Band songs downloaded

By Verity Burns

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,... Read more

Olympus rebrands SW range to Tough

Olympus rebrands SW range to Tough

By Verity Burns

Olympus, the camera company that introduced freezeproof, waterproof and shockproof cameras to the mass consumer market in 2006, is rebranding its range so they do what they say on the tin. Previously known as the SW range, from January 2009 the cameras... Read more

Gina Broker picks up top prize at Nikon's Discovery Awards

Gina Broker picks up top prize at Nikon's Discovery Awards

By Verity Burns

A student from Wales has been announced as the Grand Prize winner at Nikon's photographic Discovery Awards. Gina Broker from the University of Wales, Newport, competed against 24 other students from around the UK and Ireland, and won the main prize of... Read more

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

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

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Logitech announces G13 gameboard

Logitech announces G13 gameboard

By Verity Burns

Logitech has announced its G13 advanced gameboard, a hybrid gaming keyboard that aims to make PC gaming easier."If you’re into serious gaming, there’s no better feeling than playing with the G13 gameboard by your side”, said Ruben Mookerjee, Logitech’s... Read more

PlayStation Home to launch 11 December

PlayStation Home to launch 11 December

By Verity Burns

Sony has finally announced that the highly-anticipated PlayStation Home open beta will be available from tomorrow, 11 December. After what Sony describes as a "successful" closed beta, all PS3 users will now be able to gain access and try out the virtual... Read more

Police seize thousands of fake games in factory raid

Police seize thousands of fake games in factory raid

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

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

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

By Verity Burns

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... Read more