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Valve: Digital distribution services don't "cannibalise" retail sales

Posted: 30.05.2008 by JamieSI

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Valve's Jason Holtman, the VP of business development, has said during a press huddle at their Seattle offices today that retail sales have in fact benefited.

He stated that "having a connected platform on the PC is helping sales both online and in retail", which he asserted from their recent 'free weekend'.

Dracula: Origin Demo released

Posted: 30.05.2008 by Kres

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Ascaron Entertainment has released the first playable demo for the English version of Dracula: Origin, a recently released point and click adventure for the PC. Discover an enthralling and gruesome tale, as you embark on a mysterious journey of intriguing adventure. Immerse yourself in the bewitching atmosphere that surrounds Dracula and his fellow characters, as you travel through the various gothic locations.

You can download the demo here. Whilst your waiting for it to download perhaps you'd like to check out our review, we gave it a score of 7.2/10.

Street Fighter IV pummels through Famitsu magazine, online play

Posted: 30.05.2008 by JamieSI

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Some juicy morsels have made their way through to us folk, the home versions of the upcoming brawler will feature exclusive characters the arcades won't get.

Online play is getting welcomed with open arms and clenched fists too, game's producer Yoshinori Ono says they'll be "watching the overall balance."

Gearbox's Brothers in Arms in "talks" for film deal, Hell's Highway

Posted: 30.05.2008 by JamieSI

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Looks like Hollywood is ready to pinch another videogame for their film library, but BIA's military expert Colonel John Antal says "it's all talk" for now.

The latest Brothers in Arms game is Hell's Highway where Matt Baker and 101st Airborne will be making a bloody mess in the Netherlands this August.

Sony's in-game XMB package for PS3 won't support all game titles

Posted: 30.05.2008 by JamieSI

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The XMB is rumoured to be included in the upcoming Firmware 2.40 patch, expected to release sometime this summer for the PlayStation 3 console.

However not all titles will support the custom user-music nor the trophies system, which is being left optional in any case for developers to decide upon themselves.

Splinter Cell: Conviction "has evolved" say dev team, it's on track

Posted: 30.05.2008 by JamieSI

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While not being ready for the Ubidays event the team is adamant to dispel rumours of having to go back to the drawing board and posted a response to the community.

They say the gameplay for the upcoming instalment "has evolved ...and you won't be disappointed." Fresh SC:C goodies should be arriving within months.

Rumour-Mill: No mention of PS3 version in latest Red Alert 3 tech demo, has the game been halted or delayed?

Posted: 30.05.2008 by Kres

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EA has allowed Gamespy and IGN to host a 15 minute Walkthrough trailer for Red Alert 3. It contains examples of how players will be able to build bases both on land and sea, the types of units that you'll be able to combine to create different methods of assaults, and it also plays through a mission which was developed as a tech demo.

European videogames market size has overtaken the United States

Posted: 29.05.2008 by JamieSI

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While the European Union enjoys a higher collective population than the United States of America, it has only now managed to rake in more cash thanks to exchange rates.

In 2007 the US pulled $10.7 billion in gaming, where the EU managed $11.4 billion and Asia kept first place with $11.5 billion.

Paradox Interactive announces Dark Horizon

Posted: 29.05.2008 by Kres

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Paradox Interactive today announced the development of Dark Horizon, a stark and atmospheric space combat Simulation game that aims to hurl its audience through an action-packed adventure, piloting your own ship through the perils that only space could have to offer.

Ion Storm's Deus Ex for free from GameTap next week via launcher

Posted: 29.05.2008 by JamieSI

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The shooter-RPG Deus Ex, believed to be one of the most influential games of all time, is being made freely available to download through GameTap's service.

Gamers can get their hands it on once they install GameTap's free-to-download launcher, for those without "Gold" membership a 15 second video advert plays before each play.

Ubisoft are releasing EndWar demo on XBLA and PSN later this year

Posted: 29.05.2008 by JamieSI

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They have also said feedback from the demo will not be taken lightly as they strive to hunt down any lingering exploits.

There will be two closed beta tests for the WWIII strategy game too, "one limited and one much much bigger."

Prince of Persia - Ubidays 2008: Debut Trailer

Posted: 29.05.2008 by Kres

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Ubisoft has released the first Debut trailer that was shown at this years Ubidays event in Paris.

UbiDays: Sequel to cult classic Beyond Good and Evil has unveiled

Posted: 29.05.2008 by JamieSI

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Fans will be happy that Jade is making a return to the gaming universe, a teasing trailer was shown at the UbiDays event.

Unfortunately nothing more was revealed, no release date, no platform announcements and no hint at a name.

Alone in The Dark with a GTAIV multiplayer approach is 'possible'

Posted: 29.05.2008 by JamieSI

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Nour Polloni, senior producer for the survival horror game, has said in an interview with VideoGamer.com that a GTAIV style of online play is a possibility if the game does well.

With future downloadable episodes unconfirmed but suggested, Polloni added they could "include some potential multiplayer elements in there."

Volition's Saints Row 2 gets pushed back to October, more polish

Posted: 29.05.2008 by JamieSI

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THQ has confirmed that the game will be delayed from August till October 17th; they want more time for quality checks and to beef up marketing.

With the huge success of GTAIV you can't blame them for triple checking to make sure everything’s where it should be, "the game is done, it's about polish."

Stronghold Crusader Extreme - Developer Diary for economy and resources

Posted: 29.05.2008 by Kres

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Firefly Studios has sent Strategy Informer a Developer Diary which contains information on the economy and resources that will be available in Stronghold Crusader Extreme.

Check inside for the full article.

New Tom Clancy’s EndWar Screenshots

Posted: 29.05.2008 by Kres

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The Tom Clancy’s EndWar screenshot gallery has been updated with 6 new screenshots.

New Tom Clancy's Hawx Screenshots

Posted: 29.05.2008 by Kres

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The Tom Clancy's Hawx screenshot gallery has been updated with 10 new screenshots.

New BioShock PS3 Screenshots

Posted: 29.05.2008 by Kres

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The BioShock screenshot gallery has been updated with 10 new screenshots.

BioShock officially confirmed for PlayStation 3

Posted: 28.05.2008 by Kres

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We knew it was coming, 2K Games has officially announced that BioShock is currently in development for the PlayStation 3, and will be released in October 2008.

Full press release inside.
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