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Sony defend PSP

Friday 21 Jul 2006 : 00:06 AM

SCEA's senior vice present of marketing Peter Dill has given an interview to United Press International in which he fields some harsh questions about the problems facing the PSP. He tries his best god bless him but not much of it sounds plausable, for example...

Q. How does the recent announcement that major Hollywood studios will be cutting back on UMD movies affect the PSP?

A. SCEA has been providing the Hollywood studios with data on the PSP consumer, both from a demographic and psychographic point of view, in an effort for them to better tailor their product offering to this new and emerging market. As such, we have seen studios cutting back on releasing their full content on UMD, as unlike the DVD market, the PSP consumer is targeted. We are committed to helping the studios better understand our product and our consumer, and will continue to educate them as we evolve and enhance the functionality of the PSP.

We haven't heard BS like that since Comical Ali told us he would "kill all the infidels".

You can read the full interview by clicking here

Tags: Sony

Formats: PSP

Texas Hold 'em added to Xbox Live Arcade releases

Friday 14 Jul 2006 : 17:28 PM

Another game has been added to Microsoft's Live Arcade Wednesdays release list.

Users will be able to download Texas Hold'em on Wednesday 23rd August and apparently it will be a free download.

It's not often that Microsoft gives something away for nothing so it has got us thinking. This is wild speculation of course but it wouldn't seem to sily to suggest that microsoft is slowly trying to get us used to the idea of gambling on Xbox live before entering the massive online gambling market for real ?

Tags: Online Gambling , Texas Hold 'em , Tik Games , Xbox Live , Xbox Live Arcade

Formats: Xbox 360

EA announce 6 new games for Nintendo Wii

Thursday 13 Jul 2006 : 20:45 PM

EA today announced that they are developing 6 titles for Nintendo's Wii. The following series will be getting the Wii treatment.

* Need for Speed
* Tiger Woods
* Madden '07
* The Godfather
* Harry Potter

Now we wouldn't normally get too excited at yet another version of Madden or tiger Woods with slightly prettier graphics and new rosters, but this is the Wii we're talking about so suddenly the prospect gets a little more interesting.

If you thought Wii sports looked fun then imagine playing Tiger Woods with the Wiimote. EA have already demonstrated the Wiimote with Madden and we can't wait to see what they do with SSX.

Every day there seems to be another reason to pre-order a Wii. Let's just hope it lives up to the hype.

Tags: Electronic Arts , Harry Potter , Madden , Need for Speed , Nintendo , SSX , The Godfather , Tiger Woods

Formats: Wii

Final Fantasy III DS gameplay footage

Thursday 13 Jul 2006 : 16:13 PM

This looks to be the first gameplay footage of the new Final Fantasy game for the DS and it's looking very nice indeed.

Nintendo have also announced that a Final Fantasy III themed special edition DS will be released in the US on August 24th although there's no news yet of a UK release.

Tags: Final Fantasy Games , Final Fantasy III , Videos

Formats: DS

Xbox Live Arcade preview video.

Thursday 13 Jul 2006 : 15:54 PM

Thanks to Gamevideos.com for this great preview video which includes Street Fighter 2 : Hyper Fighting , Galaga, Pac Man and brand new game Cloning Clyde. We've known about the retro releases for months but we think Cloning Clyde looks like a lot of fun.

Check out our earlier article for release dates and prices - click here

Tags: Cloning Clyde , Galaga , Pac Man , Street Fighter 2 : Hyper Fighting , Videos , Xbox Live Arcade

Formats: Xbox 360

Develop industry awards - Bizzare Creations win Grand Prix.

Thursday 13 Jul 2006 : 14:17 PM

Bizarre Creations, the developers behind the Project Gotham and Gemoetry Wars Series won the top prize at last night's Develop Magazine awards in Brighton.

They fought of stiff competition from Microsoft-owned Rare and 'buzz' developers Relentless Software to take the Grand Prix prize.

Relentless won two other awards though, 'best new title' for Buzz and an innovation award for the games contollers.

Other awards went to King Kong for 'best use of a movie license', Criterion for 'best art' and 'best sound' and Quantic Dream got best PC game for 'Fahrenheit'

Tags: Awards , Bizarre Creations , Buzz , Project Gotham Racing 3 , Relentless Software

Formats: Multi Format

Xbox Live Arcade prices

Thursday 13 Jul 2006 : 13:55 PM

Microsoft has announced the prices of it's upcoming Live Arcade games and they seem pretty fairly priced.

New games and big classics will be $10 and smaller games will be $5. Here's the full list of prices and release dates.

Frogger - July 12 - 400 points ($5/£3.40)
Cloning Clyde - July 19 - 800 points ($10/£6.80)
Galaga - July 26 - 400 points ($5/£3.40)
Street Fighter II' Hyper Fighting - August 2 - 800 points ($10/£6.80)
Pac-Man - August 9 - 400 points ($5/£3.40)

Tags: Cloning Clyde , Frogger , Galaga , Microsoft , Pac Man , Street Fighter 2 : Hyper Fighting , Xbox Live Arcade

Formats: Xbox 360

Next gen war - sale by sale.

Wednesday 12 Jul 2006 : 00:57 AM

We've all got our own ideas about how the next gen console war will pan out but if you want to know exactly how it's going, keep an eye on NexGenWars.com

Obviously Microsoft are absolutely spanking the competition so far because they are the only company to have released their console but sales of 4 million so far is still pretty impressive.

We're not sure how close they will come to their target of selling 10 million 360's by the time PS3 is released (especially as there isn't much happening on the release front before November) but at least now we'll know exactly what's going on.

Tags: Sales Figures

Formats: Multi Format

Wii to come with free game.

Wednesday 12 Jul 2006 : 00:47 AM

The Australian Toys 'r' Us site is apparently advertising the Nintendo Wii for Pre-order and it comes with a free game.

It hasn't been confirmed by Nintendo but many have speculated that the machine will ship with Wii Sports.

It's been many years since a machine came bundled with a free game, it doesn't seem to be fashionable these days but it would be a great move for Nintendo. Wii Sports looks like the perfect way to get people playing and demonstrate how cool the controller is. The more people they can get playing Wii Tennis, the more people will rush out and buy one.

Tags: Nintendo , Nintendo Wii Launch , Wii Sports

Formats: Wii

Evo - new console to appear this year ?

Wednesday 12 Jul 2006 : 00:39 AM

US firm Envizions Computer Entertainment today issued a press release claiming that it will release it's new console in October in the US and it will only be available to buy onine.

The idea that a virtually unknown can enter the console market with no backing from any game studios and presumably very little budget seems quite laughable (also see: the phantom) but actually this one may not be so silly.

From what we can see it's basically a media centre PC aimed at gamers meaning that thousands of games are already available and you'll be able to play them on your TV, with proper controllers! You'll also be able to download 1600 games from their online store.

It comes with video-on-demand software installed and with many people saying the blu-ray/HD DVD drives are only a stopgap to proper on demand services this may prove a very successful feature.

For a Media Centre PC it's also not that expensive at just under $700.

Still sound silly ?

Tags: Envizions Evo

Formats: Multi Format

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