Nintendo DS A Bigger Seller Than Game Boy

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Nintendo has sold more than 84 million Nintendo DS consoles worldwide, making the touchscreen, portable games console more popular than its iconic Game Boy handheld. More than 81 million Game Boys were sold globally in its heyday. The gadget, which featured a small black-and-white screen, is best remembered for launching games such as Tetris and Pokemon. The Nintendo DS has been credited with bringing a new audience to gaming, and has proved especially popular with women and younsters. Nintendo announced that more than 454 million games have been sold for the Nintendo DS, and that Nintendogs, a game in which players look after a virtual canine, had sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.

( www.telegraph.co.uk )


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No Further Content Approval For The PS2

:galit:It was once mandatory that game developers check with Sony on there games content in Europe. Now, when speaking at the Casual Connect conference in Kiev, SCEE’s George Bain confirmed that PS2 would now be “effectively an open platform” in Europe. This is thought to be an attempt to encourage regional developers in countries such as India and Russia to make “low-development cost titles and release them in their market”. ( www.gamercenteronline.net )

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EA Points Out The Problems At Nokia N-Gage Summit

:woooh:EA is none too happy with Nokia's N-Gage gaming platform. Peter Parmenter, Director Worldwide OEM, and Chris Gibbs, Executive Producer from EA, took to the stage today at Nokia's N-Gage Summit in a keynote speech designed to point out some of the system's flaws, and they didn't pull any punches.Whilst Permenter began positively - suggesting that gaming as a whole overtook music revenue in 2007 - he was quick to correct himself; adding that he believes "games are not the new music". Things seemed to go steadily downhill from then on for the Finnish phone maker, as the two EA bigwigs barraged the N-Gage platform. ( www.t3.com )

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Fox News: Guitar Hero Proof of Economic Improvement?



:woooh:It’s always nice to hear mainstream media reference the video game industry positively, but Fox News took it a step further when Alexis Glick affectionately cited Guitar Hero’s projected profits as proof of an economically healthy holiday buying season. Click through for the video.
( www.ripten.com )

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HD Netflix Streaming Comes To Xbox 360 First

:woooh:It's something you can't get on the Roku. Nor on LG's BD300. Nor on Samsung's P2500 / P2550 Blu-ray players. Nor through Netflix's own "Watch Instantly" portal. It's high-def Netflix streaming, and it's coming first to Microsoft's Xbox 360. Yes friends, when the all new dashboard hits on November 19th, with it will come HD Netflix streaming for Xbox Live Gold members. You should know that this is only a "soft launch" with about 300 titles available for now, and the litany of details you're surely craving simply aren't available at present time. At any rate, we'd say things just got a lot more interesting in the world of digital downloads, but there's really no need. The real question is: when will everyone else follow suit, and how quickly can we expect current Netflix streamers to get the HD upgrade? ( www.engadgethd.com )

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Is Mirasol The Future Of Handheld Gaming?

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Silicon Valley based company Qualcomm has developed a display for use in portable music players that is completely visible in full sunlight. In fact, the color display actually performs better in the direct sun, because it uses reflected rays to amplify colors. Termed the “Mirasol” screen, this technology is hailed as the first reflective Interferometric Modulation (IMOD ) color display, and might soon be found in a variety of portable applications, including gaming systems. Mirasol quite literally means “Look… Sun!” in Spanish. Interferometric screens, sometimes also referred to as E-Paper, use the passage of light wavelengths through different layers of the screen to produce an image. ( www.pspworld.com )


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Sega Japan Passing On PS2 Sonic Unleashed

:siga:In North America and Europe Sonic Unleashed is exploding on every viable console on the market with a PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, and PlayStation 2 version that Japan isn’t getting. Sega of Japan plans to release Sonic: World Adventure (renamed to better fit Sonic’s journey around the Earth and downplay the Werehog thing?) only on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii. The PlayStation 2 port will be completed before Sonic: World Adventure launches in Japan so this begs the question why is Sega passing on it? It’s not like Sega Japan is abandoning the PlayStation 2 entirely. Thunderforce VI comes out on Thursday in Japan and unless Sega has anything secretly planned it will be the final PlayStation 2 game published by Sega in the region.
( www.siliconera.com )

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Gamers Make Noise About Guitar Hero Problems

:ahaha:Activision's Guitar Hero World Tour has been beset by problems. Gamers complain that Guitar Hero World Tour has faulty drum sets and issues with foot pads and cymbals. Activision says Guitar Hero World Tour's issues are limited to early release units. Activision is offering troubleshooting tips for Guitar Hero World Tour's problems. ( www.toptechnews.com )

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Want To Keep Playing Hellgate: London?



:woooh:Sadly, with the collapse of Flagship Studios earlier this year, this also means that they have no money to continue running the servers for Hellgate: London. Another company has stepped up to the plate (albeit temporarily) to keep the servers running in the interim - but this is only short lived. Indeed, on the 31st of January next year, the official servers for the game will be taken offline. Sure, you'll still be able to play in single player mode, but we all know that the real meat of the game resides firmly in the interwebs. ( www.atomicmpc.com.au )

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2008 World Cyber Games Grand Final Approaching

:bringiton:GamingShogun : "World Cyber Games (WCG), the recognized leader for global video game competitions, has begun preparations for the highly anticipated Grand Final. Taking place November 5-9 in Cologne, Germany, more than 800 of the world's best gamers and thousands of spectators will descend upon the city to partake in the world's most prestigious video game event. The WCG has announced that its partners - including Samsung, Microsoft, Philips amBX and AMD - will offer attendees numerous activities that will entertain them in between the heated tournament competition..." ( www.gamingshogun.com )

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Vinyls Add Some Retro Arcade To Your Gaming Rooms



:bringiton:Memories of the good ol' Atari days came streaming in when we stumbled upon these great wall vinyls from creatively named "vinylwalldesigns'" Etsy shop. Especially a white wall - throw one of these on and you've created instant fun without opening a single can of paint.
( www.unplggd.com )

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MS Donates Xbox 360 Kiosks To Childrens Hospital

:hi:Pediatric patients at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) in Denver today received new Xbox 360(TM) kiosks to play with, thanks to a collaboration between Microsoft Corp. and the Companions in Courage Foundation. RMHC is the only Colorado children's hospital to receive the custom-built game units from the program.The Companions in Courage Foundation, started by hockey great Pat LaFontaine, established the Lion's Den Kiosk program with Microsoft Corp. Microsoft delivers the mobile game units to select children's hospitals to provide interactive, fun entertainment as a respite for children battling life-threatening illness.

"Microsoft is committed to keeping kids entertained in a variety of ways within a safe gaming environment, so partnering with Companions in Courage to offer children in hospitals a way to connect through something as universal as games, is a natural fit for the work we do," said Microsoft President, Entertainment and Devices Division, Robbie Bach. "The goal for this program is to give these kids a chance to have some fun and just be kids."
( www.maxconsole.net )

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Are Ads In Video Games Pushing The Limit?



:ahaha:For those of you gamers out there who have a good eye for detail, you'll notice something a little different about your Xbox Live gaming experience through October – Political Advertisements. Is the gaming world supposed to feel enlightened or outraged by these new ads? On one hand it's always a good thing to keep an open mind and not shelter yourself, especially when it comes to one of the most important decisions for our country's future. On the other hand, how far is the long and bothersome reach of advertising in general going to go? To the players, video games are a safe haven, a way of shutting off all the distractions around us and taking a break in some of our favorite worlds." ( gametopius.com )

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Schappert: Xbox LIVE is a Great Way to Market Smaller Budget Games

:ahaha:Ripten : In a new interview, Xbox LIVE boss, John Schappert, tells us that Xbox LIVE offers a way to get games out in front of consumers that would have a difficult time doing so via the traditional retail channels. ( www.ripten.com )

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The Trouble Of Multiplayer

:inis:You’ve probably encountered them, whether in shops, on trains, or perhaps burgling your kitchen. Other people are everywhere, like some sort of uncontrolled disease. Recognisable by their not being you, with their different faces and opinions, they’re exactly the sort of thing that‘s wrong with society. History books show there has never been a war that wasn’t caused or exacerbated by the involvement of other people, and while anecdotal, I’ve yet to get into an argument which didn’t involve at least one other person. And they’re ruining my videogames.
( www.rockpapershotgun.com )

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Chinese Money Laundering / Gold Farming Ringleaders busted in Korea - Smuggled $38 Million to China in 18 months

:galit:Korean police busted the leaders a money laundering group for a Chinese Gold Farming ring (the relationship between the two groups is unclear) which targeted Korean online games. The group smuggled $38 Million over 18 months (!) from Korea to China (I think this is what they were prosecuted for - they made false purchases to a Hong Kong paper company to expatriate / launder their funds). Apparently the organization had a pool of IP addresses that made the gold farming group appear to be located at a Korean internet cafe.
The money launderers took a modest 3 to 5 percent commission (which seems pretty low... I think this would imply that they are involved in the gold farming business as well as money laundering). Charges were also filed against 11 Korean citizens who provided bank accounts to help move the money. ( www.playnoevil.com )

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Good Old Games Hits Public Beta



:astig:Hugo Jobling : As regular readers may know, we're fans of retro games here. From Elite, through Fallout to Space Invaders, you name it we probably played and loved it. The launch of Good Old Games (into open beta) is, to put it simply then, pretty awesome because the site aims to offer a huge collection of old-school games, at almost crazy-low prices.
( www.trustedreviews.com )

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Ubisoft Delays Anno And Secret Game



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Ubisoft has pushed its latest Anno game and a top secret franchise back to 2009/10. "In view of the good first-half trends and the positive outlook for the third quarter, Ubisoft has decided that Anno as well as the as-yet unannounced franchise, which were previously scheduled to be released in 2008-09, will now bolster the line-up for 2009-10," reads a freshly-minted financial report from the publisher. ( www.eurogamer.net )


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Child Gamer Indoctrination Kit Available Via Etsy



:woooh:This Etsy store is selling the essential kit you need to turn a newborn into a hardcore gamer - a Space Invaders onesie/babygrow, joystick bib and concentration-improving hat.$5.99 plus shipping is a bargain, people. Remember - the children are our future. ( kotaku.com )

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But I'm a Girl Gamer




:ahaha:Girl gamers are notorious for their negative attitudes and their lack of sportsmanship. They love to cut down and crucify any other girl that might be giving them any competition. They call any girl around them “attention whores,” and they like to question her knowledge of games. ( gametopius.com )

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NAMCO BANDAI Launch Ace Combat 6 Flight Stick Bundle Again




:ahaha:Leading video games developer and publisher NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., announced today that the Ace Combat® 6 Flightstick Bundle is once again available, exclusively at Best Buy retail stores nationwide. Including the critically acclaimed Ace Combat® 6: Fires of Liberation for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, HORI’s exclusive ACE-EDGE™ flightstick and a custom Xbox 360 faceplate, the newly released bundle also includes an exclusive DVD of the award-winning flight combat documentary Speed & Angels.
( www.gamingshogun.com )

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Wii Homebrew Channel Soon to Support PS1 Games



:astig:Gamesareevil : Announced this week via Nintendo Wii Fanboy, is the development of an PlayStation emulator for the Wii named WiiSX. While the full implementation of the program is not yet finished, developers have successfully managed to get several test games up and running, lacking only sound. The application currently plays PlayStation games off ISO files stored on an SD card, but USB and DVD support are planned. The development team expects to have a preview build of the application finished by the end of the year and a full release sometime in 2009.
( gamesareevil.com )

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How We Interact With Our Games



:hi:Graham Bennett : There are a couple of factors of fundamental gameplay elements that can really make or break a game, like NPC pathing, the camera, or the controls. Of these key components, one of the first things a player will notice is the graphical interface. And, seeing as it’s the primary way the player receives information regarding their character’s status, the quality of an interface can elevate a game from mediocrity to greatness or it can easily break an otherwise positive experience. ( news.gotgame.com )

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The Most Evilest Fictional Videogames Ever

:ayokona:Gamesradar : It's almost inevitable that any long-running TV series will contain at least one "videogame episode." Sometimes the attempt at pop culture awareness is done well, but it’s generally an attempt by clueless writers to appear hip and socially relevant by tackling the supposed implications of violent games. The conversation, as I imagine it, goes something like this ... ( www.gamesradar.com )

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10 Reasons Why It's Hard Work Being A Gamer

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Philistines don't understand the sophisticated and complex culture of gaming. They think it's a breeze. That it's as easy as sitting on the sofa, fiddling with sticks and shooting space invaders with a gormless expression painted on our faces. But they're clueless fools. We know that being proper dedicated got-the-t-shirt gamers is one of the hardest jobs on the planet. Yes it is.The next time someone shouts "Lazy git" in your direction as you sit on your sofa, fiddling with sticks and shooting space invaders with a gormless expression painted on your face, feel free to quote them any of the following 10 reasons why being a gamer is actually bloody hard work.

( www.gamesradar.com )


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First Mafia 2 Details Roll In



:bringiton:A bunch of fresh details about developer Illusion Softworks' Mafia 2 have spilled onto the web. The title won't be a direct sequel to the first game, and you'll take on the role of Mafioso Vito who's just returned to fictional American destination Empire City after World War II service, it's been revealed. Apparently the city space will measure around 10 km2 (twice as big as the original) and it's inspired mostly by San Francisco. ( www.computerandvideogames.com )

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Outlandish Sony PSP2 Design Flaunts Flexible OLED screen



:hi:Is it us, or isn't it a bit ironic that the same week Sony's newest Playstation Portable (PSP-3000) becomes available, a fantastic design for a future model bursts on the scene? While the PSP-3000 has scant few innovations, this design concept by Tai Chiem is dripping with luscious, yet nonexistent, tech. ( dvice.com )

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EA Turns to Online Games To Boost Asian Presence

:astig:In the coveted China market, EA's market share is in the single digits, but the company hopes to change by that by launching online versions of FIFA and NBA Street with local partners. EA is launching FIFA with The9 Ltd., which operates World of Warcraft in China, and NBA Street with game operators Tencent Inc. and T2CN. ( www.toptechnews.com )

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Play More: Ways to Convince Your Other Half



:ahaha:Christopher Park : How many times have you been deep in a game, cut off from reality, when your significant other came wanting your full attention? How can you defer their attention to get those few more hours of game time? Here are some options. First – you have to have a girlfriend/boyfriend. Have one? Great! Along with all your other issues, a member of the opposite sex has found you desirable despite your sick addiction to video games. You’re ahead of the curve! ( news.gotgame.com )

Ubisoft present Far Cry 2, End War & Prince Of Persia to Australian press

:astig:In type Sydney irractic weather of late, sunny one minute, pouring rain the next, followed by gail-forced winds, then solid 30 degree heat and humidity. Who said the end of the world is not upon us, it certainly feels like it . . . With 5 members of our team and the 2 guys from OzBoxLive (Melbournite’s) set out to view what Ubisoft were presenting to the gaming media in Australia.
( xboxoz360gamer.com )

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WoW Yearly Expansion Possible But Unlikely

:astig:Speaking to IncGamers at BlizzCon, Blizzard Co-Founder Mike Morhaime said that although Blizzard would like to be able to release one expansion for WoW a year, and that's still the aim, it's unlikely to happen. As we all know, Blizzard will not release a game until it is ready, no matter what. They had no problem with missing a Christmas release for the Burning Crusade, and the same goes for their previous claim of releasing one expansion per year. So we shouldn't expect the next expansion until 2010 then?

"The next one? I think it is still unlikely that we're going to get it down to a calendar year. We're going to continue to try and decrease that, but really the content of the expansion is more important." However, we can probably expect to find out what the next expansion will be at next year's BlizzCon. ( www.worldofwar.net )

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PS3 2.50 Firmware Adds Flash 9 Support

:woooh:PlayStation 3's upcoming 2.50 firmware includes support for Flash 9 via the console's web browser alongside various changes announced yesterday. ( www.eurogamer.net )

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PlayStation Gone to Heaven



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One of the UK’s leading electronic recycling companies has announced it is to carry out the first stage of recycling one of the world’s most pioneering and popular videogames consoles, the SONY PlayStation. The Electronic Waste Company, based in Redruth, Cornwall, has signed contracts with SONY Computer Entertainment Europe to shred and dispose of the plastic cases of the consoles for SONY operations in the whole of Europe. The deal covers the processing of an estimated 250 tonnes, or 300,000 cases in the first year alone. Routes for the recycled plastic have already been already identified including pens and chairs. The PlayStation cases disposed of by the Electronic Waste Company come from consoles which have been returned for upgrades or refurbishment. ( www.electronictheatre.co.uk/ )

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Fifa '09 Tops UK Software Charts



:astig:EA can certainly be proud of its latest Fifa game with the '09 edition selling around 1.2 million copies in its first week across Europe along with taking the highest sales out of the series and now with the latest UK charts published, can smile smugly at its top spot.
( dailygamesnews.com )

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