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Friday, January 20, 2006

First 10 minutes of [eM] -eNCHANT arM

Xboxyde has the first ten minutes of this Japanese-only-for-now-at-least RPG. Everyone thought the game was going to span multiple discs due to early comments from the developers but when it was recently released, everyone was a bit surprised to see it fit nicely onto one disc.



Thursday, January 19, 2006

Cnet speaks with Reggie Fils-Aime

Cnet had a little chat with Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime recently and discussed things going down for Nintendo this year. He also pretty much confirmed the pricing of the upcoming Revolution...

Since you mentioned pricing, I assume the Revolution will be accessible to gamers for substantially less than $700?
Fils-Aime: That's correct. The next-generation console from Nintendo, code-named Revolution, will cost less than $300.


On the Xbox 360...

How do you think Revolution will sell?
Fils-Aime: We will sell more units than Xbox 360 did here in the United States in our launch window. I mean, in December, we sold more GameCubes in the United States than Microsoft sold 360s, and Revolution will do better than that.


On the DS...


How will the DS do head-to-head against the PSP, going forward?Fils-Aime: We expect a gangbuster year for DS in 2006. I think that's because we've successfully launched the Wi-Fi Connection for Nintendo DS. We've had more than 10 million connections to the servers on a worldwide basis and over half a million unique users in a short seven-week time frame.

Just for perspective, it took Xbox Live over six months to get to that level, so we're very proud of the way we've grown that business. We're also very confident with DS, given a number of impending launches we've announced, including "Metroid Prime: Hunters."

We've also announced "Tetris DS," which has a total of six different modes of play, including classic Tetris play as well as a number of mechanisms that are playable both in local-area networks and via Wi-Fi. There will also be a new "Super Mario Bros." title in 2006. So just in looking at the tools and packages we have, we're very confident in our success for Nintendo DS this year.



Fight Night 3 video


This ones for you Hans, check out this shiny new Fight Night 3 trailer.



Killzone 2 news...soon


A lead tester working on Killzone 2 posted to a PS2 message board that Killzone 2 news is coming soon. Also coming soon...Halo 3! Seriously, the only reason I posted this is because there's a lot of hype for Killzone 2 based on that E3 trailer and everyone is eager to see if the trailer was just hype itself or real-time Playstation 3 goodness.



Sony announces first-party PS3 titles

Sony has put up a list of first-party titles they're working on for their Playstation 3. They may or may not be launch titles though since no release dates are given. The non-excitement-inducing titles are...

Genji 2 (Action), Angel Rings (RPG), Monster Carnival (Action RPG), Everybody's Golf 5 (Sport), Gran Turismo Series (Racing) and The Eye of Judgement (genre TBA).


I say "non-excitement-inducing" for three reasons:

1. I've never heard of most of these games.

2. The ones I do know of aren't exciting. Honestly, who plays Gran Turismo two weeks after they've bought it?

and 3. None of these are Halo 3 or Killzone 2. Boo yah!



Real life Final Fantasy XII potions


For surely only available in Japan come these cheap (around $1.65) but still high quality Final Fanatsy XII potions. There are also limited edition (3,000,000 were made) packs that come with museum cards.



Sony to move 4-7 million PS3 this year?

If so they better get cracking and I better start stockpiling my loot. My kids don't really need college funds anyway. If they really want to go to college (which they will), they'll get scholarships. Back to the point, Pioneer exec Andy Parson told The Digital Bits that he's been hearing Sony is looking to sell 4-7 million Playstation 3's this year.

"The PS3 is launching right at the forefront of Blu-ray disc," Parsons said. "If Sony ships the kind of numbers we expect them to this year, that will provide a very rapid growth of players out there hungry for titles. We've been hearing between 4 and 7 million [PS3s] could ship."


No one has any idea of a launch date and we haven't really heard all that much about any PS3 games being anywhere near ready for a Spring launch date so no one knows for sure but cot damn, that's a lotta units.



Medal of Honor Airborne coming to the Playstation 3


EA is going to be bringing their Medal of Honor series to the Playstation 3 via Medal of Honor Airborne. The PS3 won't be the only console to get it though. The game will also be available for the Xbox 360 as well as the PC and Xbox. Description:

Step into the boots of Boyd Travers, Private First Class of the 82nd Airborne Division and engage in battles throughout Europe. From rocky beginnings in Sicily to war-winning triumphs in Germany, each mission begins behind enemy lines, with an intense and fully interactive airdrop. Your ability to determine your own starting point dramatically changes the way each mission plays out. View the entire operation from the air, and then control your parachute to choose your landing spot. On the ground, gather your senses and assess the terrain. A wide variety of authentic, customizable weapons are at your disposal, each with distinct characteristics. Choose your path in this free roaming FPS environment. Medal of Honor Airborne will also feature exceptionally photo-realistic characters, adding to the intensity of the cinematic, story-driven game.


Yeah, whatever. I'm just a sucker for these screenshots though. Everything PS3 related is just looking way too good.



Friday, January 13, 2006

Gears of War


Will Gears of War be the first real "next-gen" Xbox 360 title? It sure as hell looks like it. The Xbox 360 could use a knockout title and this may be it. These recently released Gears of War pictures on Xboxyde looks oh so good. Even the environment screens look awsome. Now if we could only see this all in motion.



God and gaming

1up has an interesting article up about how groups of christians intertwine their interest in god and their love of gaming. It's interesting to see how they prefer the historial war scenario type games but if anything, I bet you these are some intense folk to play with online. Good read.



Dead or Alive on a Playstation 3 near you?


Does Team Ninja plan on bringing Dead or Alive to the upcoming Playstation 3? It would seem so but due to my total lack of japanese reading ability (my Japanese skills stop at Toliet-wa doku des-ka, "where is the toilet?") I can't say either way if this article is just speculation or something stating what the Itagaki clan plans on doing.



Balmer vs Sony

Investor's Business Daily recently chatted up Microsoft's CEO Steve Balmer who had some choice words for Sony. He basically criticised Sony for having a crap (my words) online strategy and an expensive Blu-Ray drive. At the recent CES show in Vegas, there were Blu-Ray players going for over $1000...if i recall correctly. Basically, he doesn't know anything about the Playstation 3 (does anyone though?) so he's not too worried...

Nobody knows when PlayStation 3 is going to come. The rumours are it will come out in the spring, but only in Japan. And nobody knows what PlayStation 3 is going to cost. PlayStation 3 has a (Blu-ray Disc) drive built in, so who knows what the heck they're going to charge for the thing, because those are very expensive drives. Who the heck knows what the games are going to look like for PlayStation 3?...So, a lot of questions. And Sony has no strategy for an online service.


Just had to throw in that last line on their online service, kick'em while they're down steve, atta boy!



Sony's Devstation to be all about PS3 development this year


Sony's yearly developers conference, "devstation", will be all about developing titles for the Playstation 3 this year. Hopefully this will help shed some light on how to make full use of the cell architecture since word has been developing for the PS3 hasn't been all that easy so far. Not sure if you want to go though? Check out what they have lined up for you on their Agenda page to get a feel for what the conference is going to be like.



More Prey goodies


The official Prey site has gone live and with it comes a slew of Prey goodness. It's almost as if someone has been...preying...for some good Prey info. Get it! Prey-ing. I crack myself up. I really do. But anyway, head on over there and check out the cool media, the E3 trailer, the Xbox 360 trailer and a ton of creepy looking screens. It's a little Doom 3-ish to me but we'll see how it ends up.



Wednesday, January 11, 2006

So there is a Halo 3?

Kind of a non-direct confirmation of the existance of Halo 3 but Billy G does sort of acknowledge that Halo 3 exists in an interview he did with uber-gadgeteers Endgadget :
 
Are we going to see Halo 3 launch around the time of the launch of the PS3?

No, I have to make sure that any speculation I did about that is -- it's up to the team when they want to ship that, and they're going to take their time to make that a super great product. So even we don't know when that will come out. That's one of many games that are just phenomenal that are in the works, but it's up to the artists to do it when they feel good about it.



Monday, January 09, 2006

So there is a Halo 3...duh

Kind of a non-direct confirmation of the existance of Halo 3 but Billy G does sort of acknowledge that Halo 3 exists in an interview he did with uber-gadgeteers Endgadget :

Are we going to see Halo 3 launch around the time of the launch of the PS3?
No, I have to make sure that any speculation I did about that is -- it's up to the team when they want to ship that, and they're going to take their time to make that a super great product. So even we don't know when that will come out. That's one of many games that are just phenomenal that are in the works, but it's up to the artists to do it when they feel good about it.



Thursday, January 05, 2006

Movie studios announce Blu-Ray movies


Sony, Fox, Paramount and Lionsgate together will have around 50 titles available in the Blu-Ray format when Blu-Ray players begin coming out later this year. Paramount is also going to do some HD DVDs as well since they just want everyone to get along. Since Blu-Ray discs can store like billions of gigabytes on their discs, what else are these movie studios going to be putting on these discs? Well, extra crap basically, like java games and whatnot. I wonder if it will be possible for game adaptation of movies to come on the same disc as the movie itself. That would be convienient. Maybe too much so...



CES news: The Xbox 360 will be able to play HD DVDs soon

From CES (and Gizmodo) comes word of what went down at Billy G's keynote address yesterday. Apparently, Microsoft is building another Manufacturing factory to pump out more Xbox 360s which should be opening next month. That's all well and good but what most people will find interesting is the fact that the Xbox 360 will be getting an external HD DVD drive for playing movie HD DVDs. Chances of that external drive playing HD DVD games are pretty slim since that would just add to one of the many add-ons you would end up buying if you went with the basic Xbox 360 system.



Wednesday, January 04, 2006

You know you're a gamer when...


...this is your idea of fashion couture...

[by way of wonderland]



Xbox 360 is missing slaes estimates so far...

Slow news day so far so more sales numbers! Looks like Microsoft has only moved 1.3 million Xbox 360 units thus far for the quater which can be attributed to their lack of manufacturing ability. Do they have Billy G in some office somewhere, carefully handcrafting these suckers? What's the hold up? People want it and they should be able to strike while the iron is hot.



Nintendo moves more Nintendo DSs than you can shake a stick at...

Caught a Nintendo Press release that was released yesterday stating how popular the Nintendo DS has been. Mario Kart DS has already passed the 1 million mark while Nintendogs has sold more than 1.5 million, in the US alone that is.

Nintendo's 15 years of unsurpassed leadership in portable video gaming continued unabated through the 2005 holiday season. Sales figures show that Nintendo's dual-screened Nintendo DS™, fueled by hit software and new global Wi-Fi capability, has sold approximately 4 million units to date in North America alone. Combined with Game Boy® Advance, the world's most popular portable video game line, Nintendo now enjoys a combined U.S. market share of 78 percent.



Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition


Devil May Cry 3 is getting the "Director's Cut" treatment and will be re-released as Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition for the bargin bottom price of $19.95. In that low price you'll get the original game plus all the new extras and goodies. Like the ability to play as Dante's brother Vergil as well as...well...let me utilize the copy/paste here since I'm lazy...

As can be expected, the entirety of the original game remains, but with a healthy dose of additional modes. The most significant and most exciting new attraction is the ability to play as Dante's brother Vergil. Boasting an completely different control scheme than his more noble brother, Vergil utilizes something Capcom's calling a "Dark Slayer" style, which comprises a handful of close-quarter combat techniques (katana, dual swords, and hand-to-hand) as well as a special long-range sword technique. Vergil doesn't come cheap, though. In order to access this badboy you'll either have to have a clear saved data from the original DMC3, or beat the Special Edition on any difficulty mode, which are all pretty difficult.



Second Life events are now indexed by Eventful


Most likely due to the fact the guy behind Eventful is good friends with Philip Rosedale (head of Linden Lab, makers of Second Life), Eventful, which is basically a service that keeps track of events, is now going to add events that are going down in Second Life to it's index. So if your life isn't confusing enough already, now you're going to have to be able to seperate real life events from the "real life" Second Life events.



Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Spartan 458 in action


Found some movies of Nicole, the unlockable Spartan 458 in Dead or Alive 4 on the Xbox 360. It looks damn sweet too. I can help but think that this is a shiver of a glimmer of a glance at Halo 3. I. cannot. wait. But I digress. You see a lot in this video, the cool spartan moves (sticking a plasma grenade and using the active camo), the highly detailed models. You even get some 360 degree viewing which shows the Spartan off in all of her shiny green glory.



There really almost was an Xbox 1.5

Hiroshige Goto of japanese mag PC Watch, found out that Microsoft had actually planned on making and releasing an Xbox 1.5 before their next-gen machine. The Xbox 1.5 was basically supposed to be a souped up Xbox (better cpu and/or gpu) that played all of your Xbox games, as well as the shiny-er Xbox 1.5 titles. I'm thinking they scratched this idea because it wouldn't have much time to become too popular with the Revolution and PS3 due to come out this year. Interesting info none the less.



Nokia moves forward on n-Gage platform development

Nokia has begun showing off their new and improved N-Gage mobile gaming platform to certain first-party developers. The new platform is supposed to bring "good 3d graphics" and ease of purchase/download for mobile games to a number of Nokia smart phones this year. Looks like there will be more information at this year's e3.



Game musician embaks on new career

Dr. Timothy J. Follin, musician who socred a number of games including Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of time and the upcoming Lemmings for the Sony PSP, will be moving onto hopefully greener pastures in tv advertising. After reading his farewell letter on his site, it sounds like he just wanted something more financially stable and something he may enjoy doing.



Games help cancer patient get thru chemo

Ben Duskin used video games to help him get thru the chemotherapy he had to endure to fight off his leukemia. Because of the fact that video games were so useful to him, when the Make A Wish foundation came to him to find out what his wish was, he told them he wanted to make a game in where players can fight off cancer. So the Make a Wishers hooked Ben up with Lucas Arts software engineer Eric Johnston and they came up with Ben's Game. The game was released back in May 2004 and has becomem so popular that it's been translated into 9 different languages. I wonder if Ben plans on turning this into a career in game development.



Nintendo-branded gold playing cards


Have some holiday loot that's buring a hole in your pocket? Why not pick up some real gold having playing cards that are branded with the Nintendo Seal. 0.73g of pure gold is used in each card so the price may bounce a little if the cost of gold does but for now you can pick them up (in Nagoya Japan that is) for only a little more than $3,600.



Leeroy Jenkins


This nice example of how to piss off teammates in World of Warcraft made iFilm's top viral videos of 2005 list. I kept hearing about Leeroy Jenkins but never watched the video. Good way to spend three minutes.



The Nintendo Revolution will cost less than $300


Apparently Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has publicly stated that the Nintendo Revolution will debut at less than $299 ($289.99?) undercutting both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. That will make it a lot easier for people who are probably going to end up owing a Revolution in addition to an xbox 360 or Playstation 3.



More Spartan 458 from Dead or Alive 4 pics



Major Nelson put up a good number of pictures of the hidden Spartan 458 character from the recently released Dead or Alive 4 for the Xbox 360. Looks like that female spartan can more than hold her own...



Monday, January 02, 2006

Halo Kitty


For either the girl gamers out there or the really "gotta have all the merch" Halo fans.

[wonderland]



Best Buy pimps the Nintendo DS


Not only can you get a USB connector to hook you up to the Nintendo DS wireless service from Best Buy, you could even pay the Geek Squad $159 (ouch) to come out and hook it up for you.



Bullet Witch and 99 nights images


Happened upon some Famitsu Xbox 360 scans of the upcoming Xbox 360 titles, Bullet Witch and 99 nights. The Bullet Witch picture with the guy's face skin kind of hanging off his shoulder looks pretty intriguing.



World of Warcraft expansion to cost $39.99?


According to EBGames it will. Am I wrong in thinking that is a bit pricey for just an expansion? Maybe it'll be more than an expansion or maybe Blizzard knows how many World of Warcrafters are going to pick it up regardless of the cost and figures they can charge this much without seeming too ridiculous? Hmmmm.



Dead or Alive 4 in stores now...

Using the few extra days they gave themselves to finish up and polish off the game, Team Ninja shipped Dead or Alive 4 on December 28th. 3 days before the year was over, fulfilling their need to ship DoA before 2006. How does it stack up? TeamXbox digs it (that can't be too surprising) and the possibly more objective Gamespot thought it was pretty rad too. The general consensus is that if you're a fan of fighter's, pick this one up. Just be prepared to get some online lag every once in a while and don't be put off by the fact that the whole lobby theme seems needlessly tacked on. Enjoy!



Xbox Live high scores get lost...and found


Many people noticed that they're Xbox Live scores were no longer in existance earlier yesterday. Turns out, the Xbox Live team had run into a bug that pretty much wiped out most everyone's Xbox Lie high scores. The team tackled and fixed the issue and now, according to major nelson, everything should be back to normal.