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Nikon releases D700 firmware update

Nikon releases D700 firmware update

By Verity Burns

Nikon have released a new firmware update for its D700 DSLR camera. Version 1.01 fixes several issues users encountered with the D700 in various conditions. The first issue to be addressed was when Custom Setting a4 Focus tracking with lock-on was set... Read more

New Play Control! Wii titles dated

New Play Control! Wii titles dated

By Verity Burns

Nintendo has announced release dates for two GameCube remakes that have been reworked in widescreen and revamped specifically with Wii controls in mind. Pikmin and Mario Power Tennis fans will be delighted to see the return of their favourites on 6 February... Read more

UPDATED: Killzone 2 bundle confirmed for UK

UPDATED: Killzone 2 bundle confirmed for UK

By Verity Burns

Sony has confirmed that there will be a PS3 bundle release for Killzone 2 in the UK. Strangely we have been told that the cost for the PS3 bundle will be £299.99 but don't have a release date for either the bundle or the separate game. However, it was... Read more

M Festival 2009 gaming event confirmed and dated

M Festival 2009 gaming event confirmed and dated

By Verity Burns

Multiplay, the organisers of some of the UK's largest multiplayer gaming events, has announced the return of its flagship event - the M Festival. M Festival Spring is set to take place at Stoneleigh Park from 10 - 13 April 2009, and is no doubt hoping... Read more

WiiWare update gets gamers thinking with Lonpos

WiiWare update gets gamers thinking with Lonpos

By Verity Burns

The new release for WiiWare this week will challenge your powers of logic and concentration, and really give your grey matter a bit of a work out. Based on a real-life puzzle of the same name, Lonpos challenges gamers to arrange differently shaped pieces... Read more

Wii Fit tops All Format charts for fifth time

Wii Fit tops All Format charts for fifth time

By Verity Burns

Nintendo's Wii Fit is proving ever popular with gamers, as it claims its place at the top of the ELSPA Gfk-ChartTrack All Formats chart for the fifth time. However, it was closely challenged by Activision Blizzard's Call of Duty: World at War, which sold... Read more

Pass Your Driving Theory Test interactive guide coming to DS

Pass Your Driving Theory Test interactive guide coming to DS

By Verity Burns

Avanquest Software has announced it will be launching an interactive guide for learner drivers to help them prepare for their driving theory test. Set to be released in March 2009, Pass Your Driving Theory Test will be available for the Nintendo DS and... Read more

Moto Racer DS coming in April

Moto Racer DS coming in April

By Verity Burns

Nobilis and Ascaron Entertainment have unveiled Moto Racer DS, the latest instalment in the successful racing series, and its first entry onto Nintendo's handheld. Due for release in April this year, racing fans will find themselves taking part in four... Read more

Nintendo struggling to break Russian market

Nintendo struggling to break Russian market

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Eidos announces Mini Ninjas game

Eidos announces Mini Ninjas game

By Verity Burns

Eidos has announced Mini Ninjas, a new game being developed by Io Interactive from Kane & Lynch fame. Replacing adult themes with cartoon fun suitable for children, Mini Ninjas follows Hiro, a young ninja embarking on a journey to restore harmony to the... Read more

Photography competition asks entrants to get "A Taste of Life"

Photography competition asks entrants to get "A Taste of Life"

By Verity Burns

A new photography competition has been launched that offers amateur photographers the chance to win £5000 and have their work showcased alongside some of the world's greatest photographers in an exhibition. The competition, set up by photo agency Magnum... Read more

Nikon extends cashback offer on D60 camera kits

Nikon extends cashback offer on D60 camera kits

By Verity Burns

Nikon has extended its winter cashback promotion announced back in November. Although the offer was due to finish today, customers will now be able to claim up to £50 back on purchases of Nikon D60 DSLR camera kits until 31 March. The cash back offer... Read more

New Final Fantasy game won't hit Europe until 2010

New Final Fantasy game won't hit Europe until 2010

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Nintendo consoles smash US sales records in 2008

Nintendo consoles smash US sales records in 2008

By Verity Burns

Following the news that Nintendo's consoles managed to smash European sales records in 2008, new US sales data has shown it has done the same across the pond as well. In 2008, a total of 10.17 million Wii consoles were sold to the American public, breaking... Read more

Xbox leads PS3 by 8 million worldwide

Xbox leads PS3 by 8 million worldwide

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Epson offers Mirage Premium Edition Adobe plug-in for free

Epson offers Mirage Premium Edition Adobe plug-in for free

By Verity Burns

Epson has announced the most advanced plug-in for Adobe CS3 and CS4 in the form of Mirage Premium Edition. Compatible with both Mac OS X, Vista and XP, Mirage Premium Edition simplifies the printing process, allowing users to work faster, by providing... Read more

Burnout Paradise: Ultimate Box dated

Burnout Paradise: Ultimate Box dated

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Wii Sure Shot rifle and hunting game launched in US

Wii Sure Shot rifle and hunting game launched in US

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

YouTube brings its TV channel to consoles

YouTube brings its TV channel to consoles

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

BBFC passes MadWorld with no censoring

BBFC passes MadWorld with no censoring

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Nintendo console sales break European records

Nintendo console sales break European records

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

First Fallout 3 DLC episode dated

First Fallout 3 DLC episode dated

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Lloyd-Webber's company selling musical game rights

Lloyd-Webber's company selling musical game rights

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Midnight Club DLC accidentally released

Midnight Club DLC accidentally released

By Verity Burns

The Xbox Marketplace team made a bit of a mistake on Wednesday and released downloadable content for Midnight Club: Los Angeles before it was ready. However, Xbox has advised any gamer that was quick enough to get their hands on it for the brief time... Read more

New Avatar clothes update is bit well-to-do

New Avatar clothes update is bit well-to-do

By Verity Burns

Microsoft has so far been pretty good at keeping Xbox Avatars in nice new clothes, and the biggest bonus is that they've all been completely free. Another update today sees a number of difference items being added to Avatar closets for you to try on for... Read more

Rumours hint at GTA V for Christmas release

Rumours hint at GTA V for Christmas release

By Verity Burns

A magazine in the US has claimed that Rockstar is working on the next instalment in the GTA series to have it ready in time for Christmas. Although we're still waiting on the long-promised GTA IV Xbox-exclusive DLC, the magazine reckons that GTA V is... Read more

Dog killed in Wii remote accident

Dog killed in Wii remote accident

By Verity Burns

When Nintendo's Wii console was first released, the Internet was awash with pictures of Wii-related injuries and accidents. We've seen black eyes and broken TVs galore, but killing the family dog is a new one on us. A woman in Michigan was playing Wii... Read more

Bruce Springsteen makes Guitar Hero debut

Bruce Springsteen makes Guitar Hero debut

By Verity Burns

Bruce Springsteen will be making his video game debut at the end of the month, with two downloadable songs for Guitar Hero World Tour. The tracks will be available on 27 January, and will coincide with the release of his new album. The two-song Track... Read more

PlayStation 2 hits 50 million sales in US

PlayStation 2 hits 50 million sales in US

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Analyst predicts US PS3 price cut in April

Analyst predicts US PS3 price cut in April

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Family photographs key to children's confidence

Family photographs key to children's confidence

By Verity Burns

Children whose parents display family photographs in the home grow up with greater confidence and sense of belonging than those who don’t, according to a top psychologist. Professor Geoff Beattie, head of school and dean of psychological sciences at... Read more

DSi to launch in America in April?

DSi to launch in America in April?

By Verity Burns

Whispers from sources close to Nintendo suggest that the company is planning to launch the DSi in America sometime in April this year. Currently the DSi is only available in Japan after Nintendo tried to regain interest in the region following dropping... Read more

Mirror's Edge DLC dated

Mirror's Edge DLC dated

By Verity Burns

EA has announced that the premium downloadable content for Mirror's Edge is set for release on 29 January for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. The DLC was announced before Christmas, and consists of seven new Time Trial maps offering up nine new races. We posted... Read more

Wii Music being used as educational tool in US schools

Wii Music being used as educational tool in US schools

By Verity Burns

Schools in America are using Nintendo's Wii Music in the classroom to help inspire students and promote an "active appreciation for music". Nintendo and its collaborators are working with teachers in 51 American cities to integrate Wii Music into the... Read more

GAME announces online game rental service

GAME announces online game rental service

By Verity Burns

GAME has announced it will be launching a new online service that will see the company branching out into game rentals. The service has been formed in partnership with SwapGame, and follows a format similar to that of online DVD rental service LoveFilm.... Read more

Funcom to cut Conan servers by more than half

Funcom to cut Conan servers by more than half

By Verity Burns

Funcom has released the list of server mergers for popular fantasy MMO Age of Conan, that will see the total number of servers for the game cut from 49 to just 18. North America and the Oceanic regions will be worst off with the closures, with 24 servers... Read more

US politicians push for health warnings on video games

US politicians push for health warnings on video games

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Guitar Hero III hits $1bn in sales

Guitar Hero III hits $1bn in sales

By Verity Burns

Around a year ago Activision announced that the Guitar Hero franchise had reached over $1 billion in North American revenues in just over two years. Now the company has announced that just one game in the franchise, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, has... Read more

Console installed base in UK hits 22 million

Console installed base in UK hits 22 million

By Verity Burns

Sales data cited in GAME's Christmas trading statement has reported that the total console installed base in the UK has jumped to 22 million, a boost of 8.5 million since January 2008. Gfk-ChartTrack's data shows that the sales of the big three consoles... Read more

Olympus announces E-3 "Rev Up Your System" promotion

Olympus announces E-3 "Rev Up Your System" promotion

By Verity Burns

Olympus has announced a new promotion for the E-3 DSLR, and is offering all purchasers of the camera one of five free products. The "Rev Up Your System" promotion offers anyone purchasing an E-3 between 1 January and 31 March and registering it online... Read more

Konami announces Wii Balance Board game

Konami announces Wii Balance Board game

By Verity Burns

Konami has announced a new game due out later in the year that will utilise the Wii Balance Board. Called Marbles! Balance Challenge, the skill-based action title will see gamers trying to help an ant called Anthony save his colony by locating the mythical... Read more

GTA: Chinatown Wars gets 18 certificate from BBFC

GTA: Chinatown Wars gets 18 certificate from BBFC

By Verity Burns

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has become the first DS game to receive an 18 classification from the BBFC. Take-Two had previously stated that it was going to use Chinatown Wars to see how far it could push mature content on the DS and Wii, and it seems... Read more

Microsoft to increase Xbox Live Friends limit

Microsoft to increase Xbox Live Friends limit

By Verity Burns

Microsoft executive Aaron Greenberg has said that plans are in the pipeline to up the number of Friends you can have on Xbox Live. "I can't commit to when that will happen, but that is something we want to do", he said in a recent interview. "It's definitely... Read more

EA announces PlayStation Home plans

EA announces PlayStation Home plans

By Verity Burns

EA has announced its plans to create a branded space within PlayStation Home, and is currently developing the EA Sports Complex to be launched in the spring. "We’re proud to support the PlayStation Home Beta with a very robust offering from EA Sports",... Read more

Fifa '09 named best selling All Format game 2008

Fifa '09 named best selling All Format game 2008

By Verity Burns

End-of-year data from ELSPA and Gfk-ChartTrack has shown that Fifa '09 was the best-selling All Format game of the year, thanks to two million copies being snapped up since October. Mario Kart came in a close second, but did make the best-selling single-SKU... Read more

Nintendo patents hint system

Nintendo patents hint system

By Verity Burns

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... Read more

Coby launches three new digital photo frames

Coby launches three new digital photo frames

By Verity Burns

Coby Electronics has launched a new range of digital photo frames at CES 2009, that the company boasts combine "sleek contemporary design, with innovative must-have features". The new line-up is made up of the DP710 7-inch widescreen photo frame, the... Read more

Tetris found to help reduce traumatic stress trauma

Tetris found to help reduce traumatic stress trauma

By Verity Burns

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,... Read more

Home team admit virtual world was announced too early

Home team admit virtual world was announced too early

By Verity Burns

The development team behind Sony's PlayStation Home have said that they think the virtual world was announced too early. Game director Peter Edward has said that developers targeted to make third-party content for Home had their initial excitement replaced... Read more

Sony showcases 3D PS3 titles at CES

Sony showcases 3D PS3 titles at CES

By Verity Burns

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... Read more