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Too many DS products on the market, says Koch CEO

Too many DS products on the market, says Koch CEO

By Verity Burns

CEO of Koch Media, Dr Klemens Kundratitz, has expressed his concern at the number of casual and DS titles battling it out in the run up to Christmas, and his belief that this could lead to pricing for DS titles dropping as competition rises. "We're all... Read more

Phantasy Star and Mega Man installments for Virtual Console

Phantasy Star and Mega Man installments for Virtual Console

By Verity Burns

Two installments of best-loved action and adventures series' Mega Man and Phantasy Star form this week's Virtual Console update. If you've enjoyed the recently released Mega Man 9, why not go way back to Mega Man 3 and master that as well? In the year... Read more

GTA: Chinatown Wars delayed

GTA: Chinatown Wars delayed

By Verity Burns

Rockstar has announced it has pushed back the release of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars until some time between Feburary and April next year. Previously DS owners had been looking forward to the series hitting their handheld before the end of January.... Read more

No plans to replace Wii anytime soon, says Nintendo boss

No plans to replace Wii anytime soon, says Nintendo boss

By Verity Burns

It seems Nintendo are quite happy with its console offering at the moment, thank you very much. Speaking at a Reuters investment conference this week, Nintendo's big boss Reggie Fils-Aime brushed off talk that Nintendo would release a new console soon.... Read more

LittleBigPlanet PSP rumours refuse to die

LittleBigPlanet PSP rumours refuse to die

By Verity Burns

Now LittleBigPlanet has been released on the PS3 and is keeping both gamers and critics happy, rumours have re-emerged about a portable version of Sony's LittleBigPlanet being developed for the PSP. The game has been long-rumoured for an outing on Sony's... Read more

No second-hand gamers for Wii Speak Channel

No second-hand gamers for Wii Speak Channel

By Verity Burns

Only those gamers who first buy the Wii Speak peripheral will be able to use it with the associated Wii Speak Channel, Nintendo has confirmed. That means anyone buying the peripheral second hand will not have access to the channel, and won't ever be able... Read more

Obama makes his game debut

Obama makes his game debut

By Verity Burns

As if the world couldn't be more about Barack Obama right now, the gaming world has embraced his arrival as well. Casual gaming developers have taken their chance to pay a bit of a tribute to the new President elect of the USA. Super Obama World certainly... Read more

Apple files motion-sensing controller patent

Apple files motion-sensing controller patent

By Verity Burns

Apple has been pushing itself into the gaming arena more and more recently, particularly with games for the iPhone and iPod Touch. However, if the patent above is anything to go by, they could well be looking at taking it even further still. The new patent... Read more

Halo Wars dated for February release in US

Halo Wars dated for February release in US

By Verity Burns

Microsoft has announced that Halo Wars will hit shelves in February 2009, and you'll have either Standard or Limited Collector's Edition to choose from. As you'd expect from the collector's edition, you'll get a bunch of extra stuff, for an extra bit... Read more

Nintendo launches new "Art Style" series on WiiWare

Nintendo launches new "Art Style" series on WiiWare

By Verity Burns

Nintendo has announced that it will be adding a "stylish" new series of Wii games to WiiWare, starting from the end of next week. The idea behind Nintendo's Art Style series is simple yet highly playable games with striking audio-visuals. There are currently... Read more

Nikon helps launch new travel photography book

Nikon helps launch new travel photography book

By Verity Burns

Nikon and Intrepid travel have teamed up for the launch of the Ultimate Guide to Travel Photography published by Footprints publishing. Written by acclaimed author and photographer of "Unforgettable Places to see Before you Die" Steve Davey, it covers... Read more

EA to close Casual Label

EA to close Casual Label

By Verity Burns

EA's Casual Label is set to be closed, the publisher has announced, following the departure of the label's president Kathy Vrabeck. Casual Label will now be merged with The Sims Label, where EA believes there is "compatibility" between the two with regards... Read more

Rockstar unable to confirm GTA IV DLC for 2008

Rockstar unable to confirm GTA IV DLC for 2008

By Verity Burns

First Xbox Live boss John Schappert admits he "doesn't know" when we'll see the GTA IV DLC first promised in "autumn". Now we have word straight from Rockstar's co-founder and creative VP that the developer is unable to commit to a date before 2008 is... Read more

Sony chooses "loyal" gamers for closed Home beta

Sony chooses "loyal" gamers for closed Home beta

By Verity Burns

Sony has announced that the gamers for the European PlayStation Home beta have been chosen, but you'll have to wait until version 1.0 of the much-anticipated online world launches before you'll find out if you're one of the lucky ones. As to how likely... Read more

Microsoft announces new Avatar-using Live title

Microsoft announces new Avatar-using Live title

By Verity Burns

As you should know by now, next week Microsoft will be launching the New Xbox Experience, and has announced it will be releasing a new Xbox Live game to mark the occasion as well. A Kingdom for Keflings will allow Xbox gamers to use their own customised... Read more

Metal Gear Solid 4 sells over 4 million copies worldwide

Metal Gear Solid 4 sells over 4 million copies worldwide

By Verity Burns

Metal Gear Solid 4 has sold 4.33 million copies around the world. It's a figure that Konami should be happy with - the sales of the PS3 exclusive made up 38% of Konami games sold between April and September this year. By contrast, only 1% of Konami games... Read more

Rock Band 2 Wii delayed?

Rock Band 2 Wii delayed?

By Verity Burns

It seems like Wii owners hoping to get their hands on Rock Band 2 this side of Christmas are going to be left out in the cold. The official Rock Band site now lists a new, and delayed, release date for the Wii version of January 5th. Previously it had... Read more

Dropped games not "exploitable" enough, says Activision Blizzard

Dropped games not "exploitable" enough, says Activision Blizzard

By Verity Burns

Activision Blizzard has explained the reason it dropped a number of Sierra games when it merged with Vivendia. Bobby Kotick, Acitivision Blizzard boss, said that the dropped games did not exhibit "potential to be exploited every year across every platform".... Read more

New Sony project to bring short movies to PSN

New Sony project to bring short movies to PSN

By Verity Burns

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is working on a new project called Shoot, that will see a series of short films available for free download for PS3 and PSP. There will be six films in total, each made by a Hollywood award-winning filmmaker and an up-and-coming... Read more

Nintendo to launch economy game for DS

Nintendo to launch economy game for DS

By Verity Burns

Nintendo is developing a game about that plans to teach you all about the economy. Yes, you read correctly - the economy. Probably not one of Nintendo's biggest cashcow ideas, the publisher thinks it's about time the economy was made more fun, and has... Read more

Hellgate: London return is Asia only

Hellgate: London return is Asia only

By Verity Burns

Just as we feared, the news that Hellgate: London is to return does not include the US and Europe. Namco Bandai clarified that the expansion pack planned and announced by HanbitSoft would not reach the West, because Namco Bandai still owns to the rights... Read more

Half of NXE features cut during development, says Microsoft

Half of NXE features cut during development, says Microsoft

By Verity Burns

It seems that despite all the exciting things we have to look forward to with the New Xbox Experience, there may well have been a lot more if Microsoft had had its way. The company has admitted it had to cut half of its original plans for the update during... Read more

Sigma announces firmware update for DP1

Sigma announces firmware update for DP1

By Verity Burns

Sigma has announced a firmware update for its DP1 camera, which creates two minor improvements to the compact. Version 2.00 will mean it is now possible to allocate different functions to each of the Digital Zoom buttons. It also means that when the image... Read more

Olympus announces Zuiko Digital 14-54mm II lens

Olympus announces Zuiko Digital 14-54mm II lens

By Verity Burns

Olympus has officially announced the new Zuiko Digital 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5 II (28-108mm) lens, the successor to the Zuiko Digital 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5. The Four-Thirds based lens features High-Speed Imager AF, a circular aperture mechanism and a minimum focusing... Read more

Limited Edition EndWar to come with official PS3 headset

Limited Edition EndWar to come with official PS3 headset

By Verity Burns

Ubisoft has announced it will bundle the official Sony PS3 Bluetooth headset with the Limited Edition version of Tom Clancy's EndWar. The headset will allow you to make the most of the voice command support the game offers for things such as giving orders.... Read more

Sony updates PS3 firmware to 2.52

Sony updates PS3 firmware to 2.52

By Verity Burns

Sony has announced that it has updated the firmware for PlayStation 3 to 2.52. Considering its only a 0.2 difference to the last update, you can tell the new firmware only features minor tweaks, that a post on the PlayStation blog said improved "playback... Read more

"No plans" to release Red Alert 3 PS3 this year, says EA

"No plans" to release Red Alert 3 PS3 this year, says EA

By Verity Burns

Electronic Arts has ended any speculation that Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 will be released for PlayStation 3 before Christmas with a simple answer. No. Earlier in the week, the game's producer David Silverman was quoted as saying that there were "definitely... Read more

Heidi Klum dances in her pants for Guitar Hero: World Tour

Heidi Klum dances in her pants for Guitar Hero: World Tour

By Verity Burns

It's all guns blazing in the run up to the release of Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band 2, and both are pulling out the stops to get gamers to choose theirs over the competitor. Still, it seems Activision think they know exactly what gamers want to... Read more

Street Fighter IV dated for UK

Street Fighter IV dated for UK

By Verity Burns

Capcom has announced its full Q1 line-up, that will see the highly anticipated Street Fighter IV hit shelves in the UK in February 2009. The game is due for release on February 20th 2009, a week before the Wii edition of Dead Rising which is all set for... Read more

Olympus announces Four Thirds-based E-30

Olympus announces Four Thirds-based E-30

By Verity Burns

Olympus have announced earlier than expected that it will be releasing a mid-range Four Thirds DSLR early next year. The E-30 will sit between the entry-level E-520 and the professional E-3, with features that will appeal to both beginners and higher... Read more

Fallout 3 debuts at top spot of All Format chart

Fallout 3 debuts at top spot of All Format chart

By Verity Burns

Fallout 3 has debuted at the top spot of the UK all-format chart this week, and demonstrated record sales for the series. In fact the game, developed by Bethesda for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, sold more than the combined sales of the original Fallout, its... Read more

Panasonic releases new additions to network camera range

Panasonic releases new additions to network camera range

By Verity Burns

Panasonic has announced two new additions to its range of network cameras that allow you to view real time images over the internet. This means you can keep an eye on your home or office from any location, including from your mobile phone. The BL-C160... Read more

Hellgate: London set to return

Hellgate: London set to return

By Verity Burns

For any gamers distraught at the news that the Hellgate: London servers are set to close at the beginning of next year, the South Korean company that now owns the rights to the game has announced that it will be making a comeback. HanbitSoft has said... Read more

Nintendo to produce games for DSiWare

Nintendo to produce games for DSiWare

By Verity Burns

Nintendo is set to produce a number of WarioWare titles, specifically designed for the DSi handheld. Nintendo president Saturo Iwata announced the news, which will see titles headed for the upcoming DS download service, DSiWare. Although we'll see some... Read more

Olympus announces Four Thirds-based E30

Olympus announces Four Thirds-based E30

By Verity Burns

Olympus have announced earlier than expected that it will be releasing a mid-range Four Thirds DSLR early next year. The E30 will sit between the entry-level E520 and the professional E3, with features that will appeal to both beginners and higher level... Read more

EA makes mistake with Red Alert 3 CD keys

EA makes mistake with Red Alert 3 CD keys

By Verity Burns

EA has made a bit of a mistake with the CD keys for Red Alert 3, printing many with 19 numbers instead of the required 20. However, in an attempt to disguise the mess up, EA has come up with a rather fantastic solution that gives you another game to play,... Read more

New study links violent games to aggression in youngsters

New study links violent games to aggression in youngsters

By Verity Burns

A new study has been published that suggests children who play violent video games are likely to show increased aggression for some months afterwards. The study, carried out by Iowa State University and published in the journal Pediatrics, was undertaken... Read more

THQ closes five studios and cuts jobs at two more

THQ closes five studios and cuts jobs at two more

By Verity Burns

THQ has closed five of its game development studios and cut jobs at two others due to the pressures caused by the economic recession. The news comes days after EA announced it was cutting nearly 600 jobs in a bid to save $50 million in wages. A THQ spokesman... Read more

Atari dates pre-Christmas games

Atari dates pre-Christmas games

By Verity Burns

Atari has released dates for all its games we can expect before Christmas. Alone in the Dark: Inferno for the PS3 will eventually see release on 14th November, some six months after its launch on Xbox 360 back in May. The game has had the "Inferno" added... Read more

Metal Gear Online hits 1 million members

Metal Gear Online hits 1 million members

By Verity Burns

Konami has announced that Metal Gear Online, the multiplayer component of MGS4 launched in June, now has more then one million members signed up to play. As a thank you, Konami is going to be giving out free in-game points between 25th November and 9th... Read more

Sony to sell PS3 games through vending machines

Sony to sell PS3 games through vending machines

By Verity Burns

Sony has plans to sell games for its PS3 console in a new line of entertainment vending machines in the UK. As a joint venture with Universal, you'll be able to find these "PoP" machines everywhere from cinemas and gyms to universities and travel stations,... Read more

Call of Duty 4 cleans up at Golden Joysticks

Call of Duty 4 cleans up at Golden Joysticks

By Verity Burns

Infinity Ward's shooter, Call of Duty 4 cleaned up at the 26th annual Golden Joystick awards on Friday, walking away with four of the coveted trophies. The game won the Nuts All-Nighter, ESA PC Game of the Year, GamesRadar.com Online Game of the Year... Read more

UPDATE: Microsoft launches Xbox 360 Arcade Starter Pack

UPDATE: Microsoft launches Xbox 360 Arcade Starter Pack

By Verity Burns

Microsoft has launched a new Starter Pack designed for those with the base model Xbox 360 Arcade console in an attempt to help get them fully Live-integrated. Although Arcade users can currently get online, the lack of hard drive means that they struggle... Read more

Worldwide DSi launch by summer 2009?

Worldwide DSi launch by summer 2009?

By Verity Burns

While gamers in Japan will have been able to get their hands on the new Nintendo DSi on Saturday, it seems the new handheld is likely to launch in overseas markets by next summer. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, said: "Specific plans will be unveiled... Read more

No more Xbox price cuts for "many, many years"

No more Xbox price cuts for "many, many years"

By Verity Burns

For any of you hoping for yet more Xbox 360 cuts, it seems like you're going to have a long wait. UK Xbox boss Stephen McGill has said there are no plans to reduce the price of the 360 for "many many years". He said: "I'm not going to speculate where... Read more

Spielberg game has not been cancelled, says EA

Spielberg game has not been cancelled, says EA

By Verity Burns

Rumours that a new Steven Spielberg gaming project has been shelved are untrue, according to EA. The rumours started after a report stated that "almost everyone" working on the project had been affected by the EA job cuts and been made redundant. However,... Read more

EA announces big losses and over 500 job cuts

EA announces big losses and over 500 job cuts

By Verity Burns

Electronic Arts has posted worse than expected Q2 results, and has announced it will be cutting 6% of its workforce to compensate. Around 540 jobs will be cut in an attempt to save around $50 million, after the company reported a net loss of $310 million... Read more

Another NXE in a few years if there's demand, says Xbox Live manager

Another NXE in a few years if there's demand, says Xbox Live manager

By Verity Burns

We could see another New Xbox Experience in a few years if there's enough demand, according to Xbox Live product unit manager Jerry Johnson. "If our customers want it, and the market wants it, we can do it again. There's no date set on it though," said... Read more

EA boss promises Mercinaries 3

EA boss promises Mercinaries 3

By Verity Burns

We'll be seeing a lot more of the Mercinaries series if EA boss John Riccitiello has his way. Despite the lack of critical praise for Mercinaries 2, Riccitiello has told investors how he has plans to make many more games in the series, and that Mercinaries... Read more

Sony patent shows plans for break-apart controller

Sony patent shows plans for break-apart controller

By Verity Burns

This is a recent parent application from Sony Computer Entertainment America, that seems to show some sort of break-apart, motion-sensing DualShock 3. There were murmerings of such a controller back in the summer, but we were unsure as to whether this... Read more