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Release Date for PS3 Bioshock DLC Announced

Posted: 20.10.2008

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Ever since E3 PlayStation 3 users have been waiting for the release of BioShock, and its exclusive downloadable content. While BioShock for PS3 is now out and available, the PS3 exclusive "Challenge Rooms" have not yet been released.

Publisher 2K has announced that the Challenge Rooms will be available on the PSN worldwide starting November 20th.

Xbox Experience Available Early to Podcast Listeners

Posted: 20.10.2008

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The most recent podcast by Major Nelson teased the upcoming release of the new Xbox Experience. The new interface is scheduled to be released on November 19th, but Nelson told listeners of his podcast that "You want to get your hands on it and I don't blame you because you'll enjoy it. In fact, if you want to get your hands on it, let me just say this.... keep an eye on my blog next week. If you want to get your hands on it early, that's all I'm going to say."

New Bungie IP Not Tied to Microsoft Platforms

Posted: 20.10.2008

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Gamesindustry.biz has published a two part interview with the Bungie PR Director, Brian Jarrard. The wide ranging interview included coverage on Bungies' new projects and their relationship with Microsoft and about the lessons Bungie has learned through the Halo franchise.

During the interview Jarrod admitted that one of the new projects is an original IP that is not strongly tied to either Microsoft or to the Xbox 360. "For us the 360 has been great because there's just been this great synergy with Bungie because all of our games have this inherent social community aspect," Jarrod praised Microsoft but also added that they were not tied to MS saying, "In theory we do have every means to go out and find the right ecosystem, the right partners, to align with. We're very happy with Microsoft, the Xbox 360's been great to us and they're a world class publisher. So who knows what the future will bring us."

Second Wave of Mega Man 9 DLC releasing this week

Posted: 20.10.2008 by JamieSI

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Capcom announced today that the second Downloadable Content pack for Mega Man 9 will be available this week on the Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Network. Click the full story link for a list of what will be made available.

Rumour-mill: EA resurrect Bullfrog's classic 'Syndicate' franchise?

Posted: 20.10.2008 by Technet2k

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The classic RTS is apparently getting the treatment by developers according to an informed spy for CVG. The cyberpunk universe is leaving the nineties.

The original was released way back in '93 with a follow up in '96. Gamers were given the reins of a militant corporation as they led cyborg operatives about the city.

PC Gaming Alliance trashes LucasArts' "uneducated" PC excuse

Posted: 20.10.2008 by Technet2k

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The president of the PC Gaming Alliance no less as come out swinging, at least in verbal terms, at the "uneducated response" from the company on PC gaming.

What's caught his ire is the lack of the Force Unleashed unleashing the force on desktops. LucasArts said it was down to the range of PC specs, and not enough high end machines.

Media Molecule "shocked and dismayed" at LBP launch fiasco

Posted: 20.10.2008 by Technet2k

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A pesky few lyrics of the Quran have ruined the worldwide launch of Media Molecules LittleBigPlanet. Some fans petitioned MM and Sony to sort it out.

While a patch could easily nullify the track, Sony is concerned about gamers who don't have access to PSN and so ordered the re-mastering of the LBP discs.

NXE Live clearance in just 48 hours for XNA games submissions

Posted: 20.10.2008 by Technet2k

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Microsoft believe that once a game has been put together with the XNA tools it will take just about 48 hours to pass through "Peer Review" and on to Live.

This expectation is thanks to the arrival of the Next Xbox Experience which launches November 19th. Creators can charge for the games too but are subject to US tax.

SCEE issues new date for LittleBigPlanet in UK and Europe

Posted: 20.10.2008 by JamieSI

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Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has issued a statement that confirms a new release date for LittleBigPlanet in Europe. The platform game will now be released on November 3rd in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand, on a country by country basis.

Fable II Live co-op patch "done", available for download tomorrow

Posted: 20.10.2008 by Technet2k

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Lionhead have announced that their toils over the co-op patch have been given the green light by Microsoft and will be ready for launch tomorrow.

You'll finally get to poke around your mates Albion, and maybe their spouse, whilst in the comfort of your own gaming lair at home.

Blizzard "not trying to replace World of Warcraft" with new MMO

Posted: 20.10.2008 by Technet2k

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It's official, at least if you believe CEO types. Blizzard's Mike Morhaime has stated that their new MMO isn't going to be a sequel to Warcraft.

Looks like the Blizz team don't want to accidentally release a WoW-killer themselves; they're making a "different massively multiplayer experience".

Scene It? Box Office Smash! Demo available on Xbox Live

Posted: 20.10.2008 by JamieSI

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Major Nelson reports that a demo for Scene It? Box Office Smash! has been released onto the Xbox live Marketplace. It's currently available in all Xbox Live regions.

Another great movie trivia experience from the people who brought you Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action! Watch real movie clips and play tons of ingenious puzzles while battling for high scores. This version has ALL NEW movie clips and trivia and great new LIVE features like online multiplayer, more awesome trivia through downloadable content, and support of the New Xbox Experience avatars!

Enjoy.

WoW Movie Still In The Works

Posted: 20.10.2008

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Moviehole caught up with Mike Morhaime, CEO of Blizzard and questioned him about a long rumored World of Warcraft movie. Morhaime responded saying, "there are still plans for a World of Warcraft movie. The script is being written but if they say anything more than that, they will be shot."

In spite of the tight lips concerning the project the movie is expected to take place a full year before events in the released game and is expected to star a brand new hero.

Valve Founder Says Gamers are Smarter Than Publishers

Posted: 20.10.2008

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Gabe Newel, co-founder of Valve Software thinks gamers are smart people. In fact, he credits gamers as knowing more about making good games than the people who work for the game publishers. Newel is quoted in the latest Game Informer as saying, "It seems by and large that gamers are incredibly smart; the average gamer seems to know more about what makes a good game than the average person at a publisher."

SCEA Riding High Before Holliday Season

Posted: 20.10.2008

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A statement released by Sony Computer Entertainment of America expresses confidence as SCEA prepares for the upcoming holiday shopping season. SCEA President, Jack Tretton, said, "If the impressive pre-sale numbers and ratings for LittleBigPlanet, SOCOM: Confrontation, and Resistance 2 are any indication, we anticipate hardware and software sales to continue to lift in October as we officially kick off the broadest and deepest software line-up this holiday."

The statement also revealed that sony has sold 232,408 hardware units in September 2008 which is a 94% increase from the previous month. And further sales of PS3 software have experienced an 130% increase over the last year.

THQ submitted 50 Cent to BBFC, Blood on the Sand lands an 18

Posted: 17.10.2008 by Technet2k

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I'm pretty sure the mystique around whether THQ has or hasn't saved the game has evaporated now as it lands itself an 18 certificate in the UK.

It passed with "no cuts made" and it only carries a "strong violence" warning. This 50 Cent sequel is set in the middle-east as G-Unit tries to get back a gem-encrusted skull.

Midway has thrown in the towel with "underperforming" licenses

Posted: 17.10.2008 by Technet2k

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The company has decided to drop licensed properties that just weren't measuring up and has focused on "core properties," to hopefully boost the coffers.

Exactly what projects face the chopping block isn't known but DC Comics and TNA Wrestling are on Midway's 'good boy' list. Nothing like a good spring, or autumn cleaning.

Diablo III "still fairly early in development"; no release schedule

Posted: 17.10.2008 by Technet2k

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In an interview with Wired, Rob Pardo has explained that while some may feel the game is polished and 'ready', they've really only just begun.

"I don't know how far out it is," he stated. He couldn't even formulate a vague idea when fans can get to rip open their Diablo 3 boxes. Mechanics maybe in but story isn't.

First Mafia 2 details ratted out; real car damage, city around 10 km2

Posted: 17.10.2008 by Technet2k

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It seems someone's been squealing on the family as some of the first details spill out on to the Internet. Cash is going fuel that shopping spree, get grub and buy gas.

Set in the fictional 'Empire City' inspired by San Francisco and two main characters lead the story but you play as Vito. There's more but still no release date yet.

Blizzard likely to have a Diablo III beta "at some point" in future

Posted: 17.10.2008 by Technet2k

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One confirmed thing is that the demo showcased by the development team at BlizzCon won't be making it to the virtual seas, sorry guys.

The only place they were going to show it was at BlizzCon but that doesn't mean they won't whip something up for future events in demo form again.
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