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Sackboy gets his own knitting pattern

Sackboy gets his own knitting pattern

By Verity Burns

If you fancy making yourself your very own Sackboy like the picture above, Simply Knitting magazine has published a knitting pattern in its latest issue that will allow you to do just that. Designed by knitted toy genius Alan Dart, the finished product... Read more

Activision releases new details on Xmen Origins: Wolverine

Activision releases new details on Xmen Origins: Wolverine

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Time Magazine lists top 10 games of 2008

Time Magazine lists top 10 games of 2008

By Verity Burns

Time Magazine has named Grand Theft Auto IV as the best game of 2008. In it's list of the top ten games of the year, the magazine described GTA IV as "a grade-A shoot-'em-up that doubles as an interactive novel and triples as a sly critique of American... Read more

THQ signs two famous actors to voice Wii game

THQ signs two famous actors to voice Wii game

By Verity Burns

THQ has pulled out the big guns and signed up two famous actors for its new Wii game. Equally potty Dennis Hopper and Billy Bob Thornton are both set to provide voices for Deadly Creatures - an action adventure game with a twist that is due out in February.... Read more

Jessops partners with children's charity Barnado's

Jessops partners with children's charity Barnado's

By Verity Burns

Photographic retailer Jessops has announced it has chosen to support children's charity Barnado's in 2009, following a two month tender process opened up by Jessops to registered charities across the UK. Barnardo's helps abused, vulnerable and neglected... Read more

Sony to cut 8000 jobs by 2010

Sony to cut 8000 jobs by 2010

By Verity Burns

Sony has said it will cut around 8000 jobs by 2010 in a bid to bring down costs across the company. As the economic squeeze begins to spread from Europe and America into Japan, Sony believes it will need to cut 5% of its workforce to make ends meet. The... Read more

Think Tank Photo introduces new StreetWalker backpack range

Think Tank Photo introduces new StreetWalker backpack range

By Verity Burns

Think Tank Photo has launched a new range of photo backpacks, which it has called its StreetWalker series. There are three new backpacks up for grabs, each with a slim vertical profile that will make sure photographers can move easily in crowded places... Read more

Analysts predict Nintendo will suffer most in the credit crunch

Analysts predict Nintendo will suffer most in the credit crunch

By Verity Burns

Two industry analysts have predicted that casual-centric gaming firms could suffer under the pressure of the credit crunch, and have picked out Nintendo in particular as a company that could suffer more than most. They figure that while hardcore gamers... Read more

Killzone 2 dated for the US, European date unsure

Killzone 2 dated for the US, European date unsure

By Verity Burns

Sony has confirmed an American release date for Killzone 2, but has been a little less forthcoming with information about when European gamers can expect to see it on their shelves. America will see the game released on 27 February, but it seems Europe... Read more

Wii sales hit 800,000 over Thanksgiving weekend

Wii sales hit 800,000 over Thanksgiving weekend

By Verity Burns

Nintendo has reported strong sales over the Thanksgiving weekend in the States, with company boss Satoru Iwata stating around 800,000 Wii consoles were sold across the country. If this is true, that more than doubles the 350,000 sold over the same weekend... Read more

PS3 Home open beta coming in "next 10 days"?

PS3 Home open beta coming in "next 10 days"?

By Verity Burns

An article in The Sunday Times has sparked talk that we can expect the open Home beta by 17 December. In an article explaining Sony's long-awaited virtual world, the newspaper advised readers that Home was "slated for release in the next 10 days". That's... Read more

Music games inspiring UK children to learn real instruments

Music games inspiring UK children to learn real instruments

By Verity Burns

A survey has shown that millions of British youngster have been inspired to learn to play an instrument after playing music console games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band. The survey, carried out by the UK's largest music charity Youth Music, said that... Read more

Warner Bros. launches free AIDS prevention game in Kenya

Warner Bros. launches free AIDS prevention game in Kenya

By Verity Burns

Warner Bros. has teamed up with the US government to deliver a free multiplayer PC game to Kenya in an attempt to change the HIV risk perception, attitude and behaviour of its inhabitants. Developed by Virtual Heroes, the game is called "Pamoja Mtaani",... Read more

Verbatim launches HD Video SDHC flash cards

Verbatim launches HD Video SDHC flash cards

By Verity Burns

Verbatim has launched two new HD Video SDHC flash cards that allows for high transfer rates even of videos in HD quality. Aimed at the camcorder market, the cards have the highest speed class rating of 6, writing at 9MBps and reading at 20MBps. Two different... Read more

EMI signs artists up for iPhone game app

EMI signs artists up for iPhone game app

By Verity Burns

EMI Music has signed up a number of its artists to feature in a new version of a popular iPhone game. The developers behind Tap Tap Revenge, the most popular free download from the App Store in 2008, have come up with a new paid-for sequel in Tap Tap... Read more

Xbox Live Silver members to get free online multiplayer

Xbox Live Silver members to get free online multiplayer

By Verity Burns

Microsoft has launched a new Xbox Live initiative that will see Xbox Live Silver members able to access online multiplayer for free in a select number of games. Dubbed "Friendship is Free", eight games will have the free online multiplayer offer available... Read more

Sony updates PlayStation Network

Sony updates PlayStation Network

By Verity Burns

Sony has released an update for the PlayStation Network which includes a wide selection of games, demos, add-ons and music for you to choose from. GTI Club + Rally Cote D'Azur crops up as one of two PS3 games up for grabs, as well as a free demo of LEGO:... Read more

Sega launches casual games website

Sega launches casual games website

By Verity Burns

Sega has launched PlaySega.com, a new online portal for casual games which will target "all types of gaming and social networking fans". The site will offer a number of titles for free, including arcade classics, word, puzzle, quiz and sports games, as... Read more

Namco Bandai brings multiplayer to Pac-Man mobile

Namco Bandai brings multiplayer to Pac-Man mobile

By Verity Burns

Namco Bandai has updated its Pac-Man mobile game to include two new elements - a multiplayer mode and an online high-score table. Optimised for a new generation of handsets, mobile users will, for the first time ever, be able to wirelessly challenge up... Read more

Metal Gear Solid 5 heading for Xbox?

Metal Gear Solid 5 heading for Xbox?

By Verity Burns

Konami has set up a teaser website for the next Metal Gear Solid outing that certainly more than hints at an Xbox debut for the once PS3-exclusive game. The image shown on the website is that of an upside down exclamation mark, a plus symbol, a regular... Read more

Wii Speak accessory launches

Wii Speak accessory launches

By Verity Burns

Today sees the official launch of Nintendo's Wii Speak accessory and its linked-in communications portal, the Wii Speak Channel. The Wii Speak accessory is placed on top or in front of your TV and enables users to talk directly with each other through... Read more

Microsoft announces festive Lips DLC

Microsoft announces festive Lips DLC

By Verity Burns

Microsoft is getting into the Christmas cheer with a number of downloadable festive songs for Lips. Ten songs in total will be released, three of which will be available today and the rest from 12th December. Each song will apparently feature "a unique... Read more

Buyers warned about life-threatening fake consoles

Buyers warned about life-threatening fake consoles

By Verity Burns

HM Revenues & Customs has issued a warning to gamers to be vigilant when buying games consoles and adaptors from abroad this Christmas, as it says many could be life-threatening counterfeits. Hundreds of imported fake games consoles seized at UK freight... Read more

Art Style Rotohex in four-strong WiiWare update

Art Style Rotohex in four-strong WiiWare update

By Verity Burns

As promised last week after the release of the first game in the Art Style Series, this week's WiiWare update offers you the second title in the collection - Rotohex. Described as a "fast-paced puzzle game", you can play solo or with a friend, as you... Read more

Kodak releases world's first OLED photo frame

Kodak releases world's first OLED photo frame

By Verity Burns

Kodak has released the world's first 7.6-inch OLED photo frame, with the rather steep price tag of $1000. Thinner than a regular LCD screen thanks to it not needing a backlight, we got our hands on it in October at IFA and noted that it made mincemeat... Read more

Street Fighter IV PS3 official joysticks unveiled

Street Fighter IV PS3 official joysticks unveiled

By Verity Burns

This pair of joysticks for Street Fighter IV bring that arcade feel to the PlayStation 3. Mad Catz has developed both official Street Fighter IV "FightSticks", one in a regular edition, the second in a "Tournament Edition" which the company has said will... Read more

Rockstar working on GTA IV PC patch

Rockstar working on GTA IV PC patch

By Verity Burns

Rockstar has announced that it is working on a solution for Grand Theft Auto IV PC, after some gamers said they were having major reliability problems. "We are aware that a small number of fans are having problems running GTA IV on their PCs and we would... Read more

Warhammer Online unlocks two new character classes

Warhammer Online unlocks two new character classes

By Verity Burns

Two new character classes have been added in the latest patch for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. The Blazing Sun and Black Guard careers had previously only been available to those players who completed the Heavy Metal live event. However apparently,... Read more

Cooking Mama to try her hand at gardening

Cooking Mama to try her hand at gardening

By Verity Burns

Majesco has announced it is to release a Gardening Mama game as an extension to the popular Cooking Mama brand. 505 Games will be the European publisher of the game, which will see Mama venturing out of the kitchen and into the great outdoors to turn... Read more

Nintendo apologises for Animal Crossing racial slur

Nintendo apologises for Animal Crossing racial slur

By Verity Burns

Nintendo has apologised for offensive language that cropped up in a number of copies of Animal Crossing: Wild World for the DS. The games were sent to members of the press (of all people) to show off the character import feature of Animal Crossing: City... Read more

November Xbox sales "biggest in its history"

November Xbox sales "biggest in its history"

By Verity Burns

Microsoft has released figures that show the November sales for Xbox in Europe were the biggest in its six-year history in the region, with sales up 124% on last November. GfK-ChartTrack data shows that the console outsold PlayStation 3 across Europe,... Read more

Microsoft confirms Xbox 360 Jasper consoles available

Microsoft confirms Xbox 360 Jasper consoles available

By Verity Burns

Microsoft has confirmed the rumours that its latest internal redesign of its Xbox 360 console is now available on our shelves, with Arcade versions of the console getting a little something extra too. The new Jasper motherboards are said to finally banish... Read more

Ascaron teams with Nobilis for new RPG, King's Bounty: The Legend

Ascaron teams with Nobilis for new RPG, King's Bounty: The Legend

By Verity Burns

Ascaron Entertainment, the developer behind the Sacred game series, has announced a new RPG in partnership with Lyon-based publisher Nobilis. King's Bounty: The Legend is a knight saga that is described as a mixture between "role-playing adventure and... Read more

World at War DLC will be "untraditional"

World at War DLC will be "untraditional"

By Verity Burns

Call of Duty: World at War fans can look forward to downloadable content in 2009, according to the game's executive producer Daniel Suarez. However unlike the game itself, which stuck close to the successful formula of its predecessor "Modern Warfare",... Read more

Sony promises changes to LBP moderation

Sony promises changes to LBP moderation

By Verity Burns

Sony has promised that changes in the level-moderation of LittleBigPlanet are on their way, which should go some way to helping annoyed players who have seen their levels deleted without warning or explanation. "The level moderation process is something... Read more

Zavvi cancels all game, music and DVD orders

Zavvi cancels all game, music and DVD orders

By Verity Burns

Zavvi has cancelled all video game, film and music orders from its website after its supplier Entertainment UK fell into administration last week. Entertainment UK, or EUK, was the distribution arm of high street retailer Woolworths, and also supplied... Read more

Red Bull signs up for dedicated Home space

Red Bull signs up for dedicated Home space

By Verity Burns

Energy drink Red Bull is reportedly the first company to sign up for dedicated advertising space in Sony's virtual world Home. Red Bull will have its own island within Home, as well as a racing game based on the real-world Red Bull Air Race. "The game... Read more

Namco Bandai announces Family Ski sequel

Namco Bandai announces Family Ski sequel

By Verity Burns

Namco Bandai has announced it will be releasing a sequel to its popular Wii game Family Ski, but this time, snowboarding will be added into the mix as well. Appropriately called Family Ski & Snowboard, the sequel is planned for European release in February... Read more

T-Mobile offering free mobile games

T-Mobile offering free mobile games

By Verity Burns

T-Mobile has announced that it has become the first UK operator to offer games for your mobile for free. Funded by the wonders of advertising, customers will be able to download at least one new game per week by joining T-Mobile's Game Club. The first... Read more

Capcom unveils more Resident Evil 5 special editions

Capcom unveils more Resident Evil 5 special editions

By Verity Burns

Capcom's Japanese website has let PS3 and Xbox 360 gamers in on what extras they can expect from console-specific special editions when the game launches next year. The PS3 version will include a making-of video extra, which according to the translation... Read more

DxO Optics Pro v5.3.1 released

DxO Optics Pro v5.3.1 released

By Verity Burns

DxO Labs has announced the new version of DxO Optics Pro for Mac and Windows, which now supports the Canon EOS 50D and Nikon D90. Version 5.3.1 also includes 50 new DxO Correction Modules for a variety of cameras including the Canon EOS 20D, 30D, 40D,... Read more

SonyStyle PS3 discounts not Sony's work

SonyStyle PS3 discounts not Sony's work

By Verity Burns

The online SonyStyle PS3 price cuts we told you about yesterday have got nothing to do with Sony, the platform holder has confirmed. "SonyStyle and Sony Centres are franchises. We deal with them as we do any other retailer and they have their own freedom... Read more

DC Universe set for "early 2010" release

DC Universe set for "early 2010" release

By Verity Burns

Geoff Johns, the comic writer working on the script for Sony's superhero MMO DC Universe Online, has told us we can expect the game in early 2010, if not before. "It launches I think in early 2010, it could be late 2009". said Johns. DC Universe Online... Read more

All Halo music to be squeezed into bumper soundtrack

All Halo music to be squeezed into bumper soundtrack

By Verity Burns

Halo fans will today be able to get all of the music from the games on one huge compilation soundtrack. Sumthing Else Music Works and Microsoft have pulled together to put music from all three Halo games onto a whopping five discs. Also included is a... Read more

Microsoft: Xbox outsold PS3 3-to-1 on Black Friday weekend

Microsoft: Xbox outsold PS3 3-to-1 on Black Friday weekend

By Verity Burns

Microsoft is reporting record-breaking console sales on Black Friday weekend, the big shopping weekend following Thanksgiving in the States. According to the publisher, US retailers reported Xbox outselling PlayStation 3 by a three-to-one ratio, with... Read more

Nikon announces Solutions Expo 2008 dates

Nikon announces Solutions Expo 2008 dates

By Verity Burns

Nikon has announced the dates for its professional photography show, Solutions Expo. Now in its fourth year, Solutions Expo offers photographers a look at complete workflow solutions, from inspiration to software processing and printing. Set to be held... Read more

Street Fighter costumes for LBP's Sackboy?

Street Fighter costumes for LBP's Sackboy?

By Verity Burns

First Sackboy got Sephiroth and Solid Snake costumes, now it looks like Sony has lined up four Street Fighter IV costumes for the LittleBigPlanet character to wear, ahead of the game's release in February next year. The costumes are of Chun Li, Guile,... Read more

Gran Turismo 5 set for 2009 release?

Gran Turismo 5 set for 2009 release?

By Verity Burns

It seems like we can expect Gran Turismo 5 to be with us by next Christmas, if Sony Europe's James Armstrong is to be believed. He told a Spanish financial site that the popular racer will be with us before the end of next year, which falls in line with... Read more

Play.com offers GTA IV for £17.99 in Mega Monday sale

Play.com offers GTA IV for £17.99 in Mega Monday sale

By Verity Burns

To help with the ever-present credit crunch in the run up to Christmas, Play.com has launched its Mega Monday sale reducing a number of new releases to under £18. Games with the rather reasonable £17.99 price tag include Midnight Club: Los Angeles,... Read more

Nintendo brings literary favourites to the DS

Nintendo brings literary favourites to the DS

By Verity Burns

Nintendo has announced the 100 Classic Book collection for DS, which brings a whole host of literary favourites to Nintendo's handheld. The software is set for release on Boxing Day and has been developed in collaboration with book publisher Harper Collins.... Read more