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Charity draw offers free lifetime WoW subscription

Charity draw offers free lifetime WoW subscription

By Verity Burns

If your a World of Warcraft fan, you'll know how pricey it can get to play. You have to pay for the game, your monthly subscription fee and then all the expansion packs as well. So it's a nice bit of news that a fundraiser is giving away a lifetime subscription... Read more

Modder puts Xbox360 inside PS3 shell

Modder puts Xbox360 inside PS3 shell

By Verity Burns

The modder behind the Wii64 has unveiled his latest console-hybrid in the shape of the PS360. Known as N8bog, the modder has put an Xbox 360, into a disused PS3 shell. It's certainly not the cleanest finish, with a hole needing to be cut in the front... Read more

Sony cuts PS3 costs by 35%

Sony cuts PS3 costs by 35%

By Verity Burns

Sony has managed to cut the cost of making a PS3 by 35%, and in the process cut the loss it incurs with every machine sold from $290 to $48. Market research firm iSuppli has reported that based on October component prices, the PS3 console now costs $448.73,... Read more

GTA: Chinatown Wars "much bigger" than PSP GTAs

GTA: Chinatown Wars "much bigger" than PSP GTAs

By Verity Burns

Rockstar has said that the forthcoming Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars will be the biggest portable game the company has ever made. The president of Rockstar Leeds, Gordon Hall said: "Chinatown Wars is much bigger than anything we have ever done before... Read more

Killzone-themed Home costumes free with Amazon pre-order

Killzone-themed Home costumes free with Amazon pre-order

By Verity Burns

American gamers pre-ordering Killzone 2 with Amazon ahead of its 27 February release, will get some exclusive PS3 Home costumes as an extra freebie. Exclusive to Amazon, the costumes will allow you to customise your Home avatar to look like an ISA Soldier,... Read more

Call of Duty regains top spot in UK chart

Call of Duty regains top spot in UK chart

By Verity Burns

After being pipped to the post for Christmas number one, Call of Duty: World at War has regained its position at the top of the UK's All Format Chart. A late sales surge saw EA's Fifa 09 claiming the crown for Christmas last week, however after being... Read more

New range of DS educational titles set for release in 2009

New range of DS educational titles set for release in 2009

By Verity Burns

PlayV has announced a range of educational titles set to be released for Nintendo DS in February 2009. The series, called Mind Your Language, will teach users a variety of foreign languages including Spanish, French, German and Japanese, and is fully... Read more

Waterstone's introduces Wii range

Waterstone's introduces Wii range

By Verity Burns

Waterstone's has introduced a new line of Wii titles to one of its stores, following a successful trial of DS games. The book retailer began selling DS Touch Generation titles in a few of its stores last year, with over 100 branches now stocking a number... Read more

Nintendo helps Amazon towards best Christmas on record

Nintendo helps Amazon towards best Christmas on record

By Verity Burns

Nintendo has helped Amazon have its best Christmas on record this year, topping all of its video game "Best of 2008" lists and selling big numbers of both its games and consoles during the festive period. The Amazon "Best of 2008" lists were released... Read more

LittleBigPlanet is capable of first and third-person play

LittleBigPlanet is capable of first and third-person play

By Verity Burns

It seems that the rumours that Media Molecule was working on a first-person perspective for LittleBigPlanet were wrong. The game already has the capability to run in first-person. Speaking in an interview and responding to a question about the first-person... Read more

Couple arrested in Christmas Day fight over Wii

Couple arrested in Christmas Day fight over Wii

By Verity Burns

A Nintendo Wii console may have been top of many people's wish lists this Christmas, but one man in the States certainly wasn't happy when he unwrapped his on Christmas day. Police had to be called to a residence in Boston on Christmas Day, after Heath... Read more

Modder makes handheld N64 - Nintendo Sixtyfree Lite-R

Modder makes handheld N64 - Nintendo Sixtyfree Lite-R

By Verity Burns

This may not be the first time we've seen a clever modder put Nintendo's N64 console into a handheld version, but it is has to be up there as one of the best. Made and posted on the Ben Heck forums by modder SifuF, the Nintendo Sixtyfree Lite-R sports... Read more

First Arabic MMO to enter open beta in early 2009

First Arabic MMO to enter open beta in early 2009

By Verity Burns

The first Arabic online MMO game is set to enter its open beta test in early 2009, after its second closed beta finishes on 30 December. Arabic Rappelz, published by Game Power 7, is an Arabic version of Rappelz, a famous MMORPG that is already published... Read more

Rock Band 2 Wii DLC delayed until 2009

Rock Band 2 Wii DLC delayed until 2009

By Verity Burns

Wii-gamers in the States are getting pretty fed up with delays from Harmonix, first with delays of Rock Band 2, and now with delays on its DLC. The game was eventually released on Nintendo's platform on 18 December. Three months after the other versions... Read more

Facebook starts new genre of social network gaming

Facebook starts new genre of social network gaming

By Verity Burns

Internet games may have been around for a while now, but social networking websites are apparently causing more people to turn online games than ever. Apparently the rise in popularity of social networking sites like Facebook has attracted millions of... Read more

PS3 Home chat filtering out LGBT terms

PS3 Home chat filtering out LGBT terms

By Verity Burns

Users are reporting censoring issues with Sony's PS3 Home chat function, which seems to be filtering out some words that it shouldn't be. To begin with, even "hello" was being censored from the chat, due to the fact it began with "hell". After some tweaking... Read more

Wii video channel coming in 2009?

Wii video channel coming in 2009?

By Verity Burns

The rumour mill is already buzzing after Christmas, with whispers that the Wii console will be getting a video service in 2009. Reported by the Nikkei newspaper in Japan, it seems like Nintendo plans to distance itself from direct competition with the... Read more

Track Santa's journey tonight with Google and NORAD

Track Santa's journey tonight with Google and NORAD

By Verity Burns

If you're one of the non-believers out there, or fancy keeping an eye on Santa's progress tonight as he travels the world dishing out presents, you simply need to log on and check out one of the Santa-cams online. Google has once again teamed up with... Read more

World of Warcraft hits 11.5 million subscribers

World of Warcraft hits 11.5 million subscribers

By Verity Burns

Blizzard Entertainment has announced that its MMORPG World of Warcraft, is now being played by more than 11.5 million subscribers worldwide. This new high was reached following the release of the game's second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King on 13 November.... Read more

Better iPhone gaming with the iControlPad

Better iPhone gaming with the iControlPad

By Verity Burns

The idea of the iPhone and iPod touch as a viable gaming platform to rival the likes of the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP, has been banded around for a while now - no less than by Apple itself. However, the problem that many traditional gamers have found is... Read more

First sports-based MMO enters open beta

First sports-based MMO enters open beta

By Verity Burns

The first sports based MMO RPG is set to enter its next phase of development, and open the game up to the general public to try out. Empire of Sports is an online world entirely dedicated to sports-based game play, including tennis, football, skiing,... Read more

Puzzle Arcade for Xbox Live tomorrow

Puzzle Arcade for Xbox Live tomorrow

By Verity Burns

Eidos Interactive is set to launch an interactive jigsaw puzzle game on to Xbox Live Arcade, aptly named Puzzle Arcade. The game features a whole range of virtual puzzles, but that make full use of the Xbox Live service and the Live Vision camera. Build... Read more

Research to look into Home as credit crunch-busting business tool

Research to look into Home as credit crunch-busting business tool

By Verity Burns

A group of British academics is set to embark on a new research project to explore the use of the PS3's virtual world Home as a credit crunch-busting business tool. The project will look into how Home could be used as a business environment where senior... Read more

HP launches iPrint Photo application

HP launches iPrint Photo application

By Verity Burns

Hewlett Packard has announced a new application for iPhone and iPod Touch called HP iPrint Photo. Available for free from the Apple App Store, HP iPrint Photo will allow users to wirelessly print 4 x 6-inch photos from their device through most HP inkjet... Read more

Guitar Hero World Tour DLC detailed until end of January

Guitar Hero World Tour DLC detailed until end of January

By Verity Burns

Like the rest of our favourite sing and playalongs, Activision has announced the content we can expect for Guitar Hero World Tour over the festive period and into January 2009. Coming up on 23 December are "Use Me" by Hinder, "Because of You" by Nickelback... Read more

Fifa '09 pips Call of Duty to UK Christmas No.1 2008

Fifa '09 pips Call of Duty to UK Christmas No.1 2008

By Verity Burns

Fifa '09 has swooped in at the last minute jumping from third position to first, to claim the coveted title of Christmas number one. Call of Duty: World at War had held strong at the top of the All Formats chart for six weeks, and looked so set to stay... Read more

Rock Band gets a trio of festive tracks

Rock Band gets a trio of festive tracks

By Verity Burns

Rock Band is chipping in to help your festive mood with a special Rock Band 2 Christmas song pack, as well as a couple of Foo Fighter tracks as well. The Christmas song pack is made up of "Hanukkah Blessings" by Barenaked Ladies (also seen in the Lips... Read more

New Batman: Arkham Asylum screens released

New Batman: Arkham Asylum screens released

By Verity Burns

Eidos has released ten new screenshots from its new Batman game, Arkham Asylum, due to be released in 2009. Being developed for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, players will take on the role of Batman delivering The Joker to the Arkham Asylum. As you might imagine,... Read more

Sonic 2 in double WiiWare update

Sonic 2 in double WiiWare update

By Verity Burns

If you start feeling the post-Christmas blues come Boxing Day, get yourself onto Virtual Console and you will find two new games for you to spend your Wii Points on. Firstly, for 800 Wii Points you can get the classic Secret of Mana, originally developed... Read more

Canon breaks silence on "Black Dot" phenomenon

Canon breaks silence on "Black Dot" phenomenon

By Verity Burns

Canon has broken its silence on the now infamous "black dot" phenomenon found in some pictures taken with EOS 5D Mark II DSLR camera. Black dots have been found to appear to the right of very bright spots in some photos, and many have wondered whether... Read more

Free Radical Design closure confirmed

Free Radical Design closure confirmed

By Verity Burns

Independent UK studio Free Radical Design has gone into administration, it has been confirmed. The Haze developer, also thought to be developing the Star Wars Battlefront III game for LucasArts, had been plagued with rumours about its demise for a few... Read more

WipEout and Metal Gear Online demos coming

WipEout and Metal Gear Online demos coming

By Verity Burns

Demos for WipEout HD and Metal Gear Online are coming just in time for Christmas, with Sony and Konami respectively announcing they will be releasing the game teasers on 24 December. From WipEout HD you can expect one track, which you can play as many... Read more

Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix sells 250,000

Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix sells 250,000

By Verity Burns

Capcom's Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix has sold a massive 250,000 copies in just over three weeks. Those sales are just from Xbox gamers as well, the game is currently only available on XBLA, with no sight of it on PSN and no word as to when... Read more

EA job losses rise to 1000

EA job losses rise to 1000

By Verity Burns

Electronic Arts has announced that it is to cut its worldwide workforce by 10%, which equates to around 1000 jobs. The company revealed in October that there would be job cuts due to heavy losses, but only predicted there would be around 600, or 6% of... Read more

WiiWare update completes Art Style series trio

WiiWare update completes Art Style series trio

By Verity Burns

This week's WiiWare update sees the final installment of the Art Style game series, Orbient, as well as three other titles for you to have a go at over the Christmas week. In Orbient you begin as a tiny star and have to use gravitational forces to propel... Read more

Microsoft announces 14 new Lips tracks

Microsoft announces 14 new Lips tracks

By Verity Burns

Microsoft is set to release 14 new downloadable songs for Lips over the the next few weeks, with the first four available today. There's a mixture of classic tunes for those who like to belt out a good ballad, a fair share of nineties cheese, as well... Read more

Thousands of illegal game copying devices seized in shop raid

Thousands of illegal game copying devices seized in shop raid

By Verity Burns

A police raid at a shop and home premises in Cardiff has netted 1800 copyright-infringing game copying devices. The game copying devices bypass the technical protection measures of the Nintendo DS and DS Lite handhelds and enable gamers to play illegal... Read more

Leica announces special titanium edition of D-Lux 4

Leica announces special titanium edition of D-Lux 4

By Verity Burns

Leica has announced a special edition of the Leica D-Lux 4 that is to be made in titanium. The Leica D-Lux 4 Titanium now joins the special titanium limited editions of the Leica M7 and Leica MP and a titanium coloured Leica M6 TTL as the first Leica... Read more

PlayStation Home gets update

PlayStation Home gets update

By Verity Burns

Sony conducted system maintenance on Home on Thursday, to fix connection issues known as C-931 errors. At this time Home will be updated from version 1.03 to 1.04 and news on the official PlayStation forums say it should take around six hours - all being... Read more

Take-Two report larger losses despite higher revenues

Take-Two report larger losses despite higher revenues

By Verity Burns

Take-Two has released its 2007 fiscal year financial results, showing Q4 revenues up by over 10%, but losses that have more than doubled compared to last year's figures. The publisher has put the losses, which tot up to around $15 million, down to a number... Read more

Lily Allen promotes new album with casual game

Lily Allen promotes new album with casual game

By Verity Burns

Lily Allen is the latest star to be immortalised in an online casual game to help promote her new album. "Escape the Fear" has been created by brand entertainment specialist Matmi, and is based on content from Lily's new album and first single "The Fear".... Read more

Wireless SingStar mics planned for 2009?

Wireless SingStar mics planned for 2009?

By Verity Burns

When Sony released the PS3 version of SingStar, many people were disappointed to find wireless microphone's hadn't been developed with the game. After the release of Xbox's Lips that did feature wireless mics, it seemed like it would only be a matter... Read more

Second Life-inspired movie in the works

Second Life-inspired movie in the works

By Verity Burns

Universal Studios and Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski are set to make a film about a man who loses his life due to an addiction to an online virtual world. The idea for the film came from a Wall Street Journal article that the studio... Read more

Harmonix apologises for Rock Band 2 Wii delay

Harmonix apologises for Rock Band 2 Wii delay

By Verity Burns

Rock Band 2 for Wii will finally be released in the US today, three months after the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions were released. Harmonix has apologised to the Wii owners for the delay on the official forums. A member of the development team wrote: "We want... Read more

Epson wins seven iF design awards

Epson wins seven iF design awards

By Verity Burns

Epson has been awarded seven iF design awards from the International Forum Design. The International Forum Design rewards design in industry, and evaluates the winning products against a number of criteria including design quality, workmanship, innovativeness,... Read more

Xbox offers free formal wear for your avatar

Xbox offers free formal wear for your avatar

By Verity Burns

It's Christmas time and Microsoft wants your 360 avatars dressed in their Sunday best for the occasion. Therefore they've updated the Xbox front-end and are offering some free new clothes. Male avatars get to choose from a rather dashing powder-blue tuxedo,... Read more

EA Tiger Woods advert branded "misleading" by ASA

EA Tiger Woods advert branded "misleading" by ASA

By Verity Burns

The Advertising Standards Authority has slapped the wrists of Electronic Arts, after they used Xbox 360 gameplay footage from Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 in an advert for a Wii version of the game. Branding the advert as "misleading", the advert features... Read more

Home launching v1.04 to help connection issues

Home launching v1.04 to help connection issues

By Verity Burns

Sony is to conduct system maintenance on Home today, to fix connection issues known as C-931 errors. At this time Home will be updated from version 1.03 to 1.04 and news on the official PlayStation forums say it should take around six hours - all being... Read more

Phones 4U to launch games websites

Phones 4U to launch games websites

By Verity Burns

Phones 4U and its sister company, Dial-a-Phone have launched two websites that are to sell new and back catalogue games. The two e-tail sites will be called Entitled Games 4U and Click-a-Game, and will sell games for Wii DS, PC, PS2, 360, PS3 and PSP... Read more

Zavvi slashes Xbox Arcade price to below £100

Zavvi slashes Xbox Arcade price to below £100

By Verity Burns

Entertainment retailer Zavvi has upped the stakes in the Christmas price war, by slashing its price for the Xbox 360 Arcade to under £100. In a last minute festive sale, the company has reduced the price of the Arcade to £99.99 - the first time it has... Read more