Gaming News April 2007

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Gilbert Arenas Named NBA Live 08’s Cover Athlete

EA :: Monday, April 30, 2007
Electronic Arts Brings NBA LIVE to the PLAYSTATION®3 and Nintendo WiiTM for the First Time

The Brak Show – Sims Style game for Mobile Devices
GlobalFun :: Monday, April 30, 2007
The deal sees GlobalFun developing a mobile game based on the [adult swim] programme “The Brak Show”. The mobile game is a sim/social type of game in the vein of The Sims and contains well known elements and characters from the popular show. GlobalFun will also, for certain selected markets, distribute the title to its carrier and B2C.

Classic Atari Games – Centipede and Millipede – Available on Xbox LIVE® Arcade
Atari :: Monday, April 30, 2007
With Centipede and Millipede on Xbox LIVE Arcade, Atari delivers the same gaming sights, sounds and action as the originals. In addition to the classic form of each title, gamers can also play evolved, enhanced versions that include new graphics, sounds and special effects.

Triple threat! “Catan,” “Centipede” and “Millipede” invade Xbox LIVE Arcade this Wednesday
Microsoft :: Monday, April 30, 2007
Three great games will become available this Wednesday 2nd May from 09:00 GMT on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for Xbox 360™: “Catan” and the two-for-one Atari combo of “Centipede” and “Millipede.”

How to find a Nintendo Wii
Bona Fide Reviews :: Monday, April 30, 2007
If you’re like me, and you just might be, you may have noticed the poll results on the front page these past couple days. With BonaFide Reviews dipping its feet in the gamer pool, so to speak, its important to keep track of where the demand is in the gaming market, and if you haven’t been living under a rock for the past six months, its pretty easy to see that the Wii continues to be the most sought after next generation console.

Harvest Moon (Harvest Moon) – PSP
Driver Heaven :: Monday, April 30, 2007
Before starting the review this reviewer would like to apologize in advance for what may be an undeservedly negative stance towards the Harvest Moon series. It’s just that years ago when I first heard the game’s title I imagined a gore-fest of a game, where every month (on the full moon) creatures harvested human lives all over the place. Imagine my disappointment when I figured out that the Harvest Moon series actually tackles with the other kind of harvesting, namely vegetable harvesting. With that out of the way, let the review begin!

Razer Tarantula Keyboard Review 
Tech Gear :: Monday, April 30, 2007
So far, we have seen only mice from Razer reviewed here on Tech Gear. Razer has literally advanced the gaming mouse market with their great gaming mice which are getting better each new release. Razer already has speakers systems and headsets available so it only makes sense to have keyboards, too. Today, we will be looking at Razer’s first attempt at keyboards, the Razer Tarantula.

Will VC Update: Castlevania and Others
Think Gaming :: Monday, April 30, 2007
It’s Monday so we have another Wii VC update. This time we are getting Castlevania (NES – 500 points), The Legend of the Mystical Ninja (SNES – 800 points), and Shockman (TurboGrafx – 600 points). I’m sure everyone’s favorite on the list is Castlevania. All 3 VC titles will be available at […]

Sega Genesis Wii Controller Hack
Think Gaming :: Monday, April 30, 2007
I know playing Wii VC titles with the wiimote does not bring you back to those days of Jammin with Toejam and Earl so why not play those VC titles with an original Sega Genesis controller? This is where the Sega Genesis Wii controller hack comes in. As long as you can read […]

Wireless Sega Genesis Controller for Wii
cre.ations.net :: Monday, April 30, 2007
I was blessed to have a Sega genesis as a child. I was inspired by his hack, and went out and learned to program and use PIC microcontrollers so that I could play the Sega games I enjoyed so much as a child on the Wii’s virtual console with the controller they were designed for. This project is the fruit of my labors, allowing you to use your old Sega genesis controller with the wireless receiver designed by Mark Feldman.

Castlevania, Mystical Ninja and Shockman on Wii’s Virtual Console
Nintendo :: Monday, April 30, 2007
This time we are getting Castlevania (NES – 500 points), The Legend of the Mystical Ninja (SNES – 800 points), and Shockman (TurboGrafx – 600 points). I’m sure everyone’s favorite on the list is Castlevania. All 3 VC titles will be available at 9AM pacific time on the Wii Shop Channel.

Xbox 360 GPU to go to 65nm in fall, says paper
Xbox-Scene :: Monday, April 30, 2007
From digitimes.com (http://www.digitimes.com/bits_chips/a20070430PB208.html ): [QUOTE] Sources at equipment makers were cited by a Chinese-language Commercial Times report as saying that the Xbox 360 will be equipped with a 65nm-made Xenos graphics processing unit (GPU) in the fall. The paper cited the sources as saying that an engineering version of the 65nm-made Xenos has been sent out and production will start in May. TSMC also announced the introduction of 65nm-made embedded DRAM in March. In the 90nm version of the Xenos, embedded DRAM is manufactured by NEC. [/QUOTE] Full Story: digitimes.com (http://www.digitimes.com/bits_chips/a20070430PB208.html )

The Elite is Out and Seems Readily Available
Xbox-Scene :: Monday, April 30, 2007
From arstechnica.com (http://arstechnica.com/journals/thumbs.ars/2007/04/29/the-elite-is-out-yup-its-black ): [QUOTE] I showed up at a local big box retailer, picked up the system, noticed no one else in line, and went on my merry way. Reports coming in from readers indicate that this is how it is throughout most of the United States, although a few of you did have to check more than one store to find a unit. We called around Boston and NYC, and retailers all had plenty of units in those cities, too. Indy, Chicago, and San Diego also seem well stocked. Demand, in other words, is light, but that’s not too surprising given that this is a hardware spec bump and not really a new console per se. [/QUOTE] Full Story: arstechnica.com (http://arstechnica.com/journals/thumbs.ars/2007/04/29/the-elite-is-out-yup-its-black )


The China Angle: ‘The Burning Question’
Gamasutra Columns :: Monday, April 30, 2007
In Gamasutra’s latest China Angle column, Pacific Epoch’s Shang Koo reports a fire at WoW operator The9 causing outages ahead of its Burning Crusade upgrade, and casual portal operator Sohu charging RealNetworks with stolen code.

Release This: Spider-Man 3 Snares U.S., Europe
Gamasutra Columns :: Monday, April 30, 2007
Gamasutra’s “Release This!” takes a look at every game title we know to be shipping to stores across the world this week, which this week sees the highly anticipated Spider-Man 3 to all major platforms in the United States and Europe.

Success of Wii does not “bode poorly”, says Pachter
GamesIndustry.biz :: Monday, April 30, 2007
Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has dismissed comments by a fellow analyst which suggested that Nintendo’s success will have a negative effect on third party publishers.

Sony to conduct internal inquiry following dead goat incident
GamesIndustry.biz :: Monday, April 30, 2007
GamesIndustry.bizhas learned that Sony is to conduct an internal inquiry after hitting the headlines for displaying a decapitated goat at a press event for God of War 2.

Marketing practices are flawed and wasteful, says Dyack
GamesIndustry.biz :: Monday, April 30, 2007
Silicon Knights boss Denis Dyack has told GamesIndustry.bizthat the industry must change its marketing practices and adopt a method similar to that seen in Hollywood, if it hopes to stop throwing away money and development time.

Future to remove images of dead goat from Official mag
GamesIndustry.biz :: Monday, April 30, 2007
Future has confirmed to GamesIndustry.bizthat images branded as “depraved” by the Mail on Sunday will be removed from 80,000 copies of the Official PlayStation Magazine.

NCSoft programmers suspected of stealing code
GamesIndustry.biz :: Monday, April 30, 2007
Former programmers at Korea’s largest game developer NCSoft are at the centre of an investigation into the theft of software code.

Blizzard reveals new MMO project
GamesIndustry.biz :: Monday, April 30, 2007
World of Warcraft developer Blizzard is currently recruiting for a new MMO title.

Iwata promises 45 games for Wii this summer
GamesIndustry.biz :: Monday, April 30, 2007
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has announced that the company is developing 45 new software titles for Wii and a further 79 for Nintendo DS.

Burnout 5 is Paradise
IGN Playstation 3 :: Monday, April 30, 2007
Burnout Paradise (PS3)Criterion’s latest gets an official name and the first trailer to go with it. Oh, and a handful of new screens, too.

Burnout Paradise Screens
IGN Playstation 3 :: Monday, April 30, 2007
Burnout Paradise (PS3)Criterion’s latest certainly looks like a beautiful place to visit.

Burnout Paradise Trailer
IGN Playstation 3 :: Monday, April 30, 2007
Burnout Paradise (PS3)Criterion’s car thrasher returns.

Join the IGN AU Community and Win!
IGN Playstation 3 :: Monday, April 30, 2007
Plus, the winners of our last comps announced.

The Aussie Outreach Inbox – April 30, 2007
IGN Playstation 3 :: Monday, April 30, 2007
You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!

Three New Classic Games Announced for Wii Shop Channel
Nintendo News :: Monday, April 30, 2007
Vampires and ninjas and Shockmen, oh my!

Xbox Live Arcade Double Header Again this Wednesday!
Team Xbox :: Monday, April 30, 2007
Three great games will become available this Xbox Live Arcade Wednesday Catan and the twoforone Atari combo of Centipede and Millipede.

EA Unveils Burnout Paradise, First Screens and Trailer
Team Xbox :: Monday, April 30, 2007
Feel the adrenaline course through your veins as you take to the road for the first time in Paradise City, where the action is all around you.

Hour of Victory Web Site Goes Live
Team Xbox :: Monday, April 30, 2007
Midway Games announced today the launch of a multilingual website dedicated to Hour of Victory, the new, exclusive title for the Xbox 360, heralding the impending release of this World War II firstperson shooter.

NBA LIVE 08 Announced, Cover Athlete Revealed
Team Xbox :: Monday, April 30, 2007
NBA LIVE 08 is in development at EA Canada in Vancouver, BC, and will ship to stores worldwide this fall.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles (PC DVD-ROM)
Barry’s Rigs n Reviews :: Sunday, April 29, 2007
“Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness, seeks a mortal champion to save his realm from annihilation at the hands of the mysterious Jyggalag and the Greymarch. Face new challenges and dangers, and fight with exciting new weapons, spells and armor, in a world split between Mania and Dementia in the official expansion to Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion—the 2006 Game of the Year—and survive to claim the greatest prize of all in The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles!”

Cyber Snipa SWAT Laser Gaming Mouse
Red & Blackness Mods :: Sunday, April 29, 2007
In the world of computer gaming, the gaming mouse is becoming more and more specialized and customizable to give you an edge against your components. Cyber Snipa, makers of a wide range of gaming accessories, has released a new mouse, the SWAT Laser Gaming Mouse, which has some unique features that claim to enhance your gaming prowess. Will their claims prove to be true? We are going to take a look at this mouse and see how it handles in gaming and everyday usage.