Gaming News August 2008

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Games Convention 2008: Girls
techPowerUp :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Games Convention 2008 in Leipzig, Germany is the biggest tradeshow for the Gaming Industry. So it is just normal to see loads of pretty German girls around, showcasing the latest comsole and gaming products. We took 240 photos of the sweetest girls on site. Full-res images are available in case you want to see your favourite babe every day, as desktop wallpaper.

GC08: Revised 360 Controller is ‘Limited Edition’, not World Wide – For Now
Xbox Scene :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
From eurogamer.net : <BR><I> Microsoft has confirmed our earlier report that it plans to release a new Xbox 360 controller with an improved d-pad on 24th October. “The new limited-edition green wireless controller offers enhancements to d-Pad functionality, which will add to the experience of playing games where the d-Pad is the primary control mechanism,” Microsoft told Eurogamer. However, the new pad is “a limited edition promotional item that is only available in Europe, Asia and Latin America while supplies last”, which is likely to upset fans who feel the d-pad needs full-time replacement rather than a one-off patch for PES. </I><BR><BR> Full Story: eurogamer.net

XCM Controller Shell with Rapid Fire Function
Xbox Scene :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Not many details yet, but XCM announced they will be releasing a new Xbox360 controller shell with Rapid Fire Function: <BR><I> We will release the rapid fire gear soon, which will be the 360 controller shell and building with rapid fire function. </I><BR><BR> Official Site:

Japanese Xbox 360 sales fall back to Earth
Xbox Scene :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
From joystiq.com : <BR><I> Well that was fast. It seems like just last week we were reporting the bizarre news that the Xbox 360 had suddenly leapfrogged the PS3 in weekly Japanese sales, selling nearly 25,000 units on the strength of Tales of Vesperia’s release. Things are back to normal this week, though, with Microsoft’s system once again sitting comfortably in last place with 7,258 units sold. Don’t get us wrong, this is still a relatively strong number considering the system’s historically low sales and reportedly widespread supply problems in Japan. </I><BR><BR> Full Story: joystiq.com

Xbox Originals and Backwards Compatibility come to an end?
Xbox Scene :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
From mundorare.com : <BR><I> In recent time, MR asked Global Marketing Director, Albert Pennello, regarding the future of Backwards Compatibility for the 360. While Rare fans got what they wanted, his answers were very interesting. He insisted that if there has been a title that we haven’t seen backwards compatible yet, it’s because that there have been technical difficulties putting them on the service. “People are moving on,” he said, “would you rather have those guys working on that or doing something new?” in reference to the new Xbox Live Avatar-filled Dashboard. What does this have to do with Xbox Originals, you may ask? Through different insider sources, MundoRare can confirm that Xbox Originals, the service that re-releases some Xbox 1 titles on Xbox Live, won’t be around for the same reason that Backwards Compatibility will most likely never see another update again. “I think they are pretty much done with that,” another source told us. </I><BR><BR> Full Story: mundorare.com

Radio Shack Flyer: 60GB 299, Elite 399, Arcade 199usd on Sept 7th
Xbox Scene :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
This price drop was already rumored a while ago and now these leaked Radio Shack ads seems to add confirmation. From joystiq.com : <BR><I> It appears that two of the Xbox 360 SKUs will receive a $50 price drop by the week of Sept. 7, making the 60GB model $299 and the Elite $399 — the Arcade will drop $80 to $199. A few of our retail contacts, some of whom have given us good intel in the past and who all work for separate corporations, have sent us identical information regarding a price drop. </I><BR><BR> Full Story: joystiq.com

Rumor: New 199 USD 360 SKU with motion controller?
Xbox Scene :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
From xbox360fanboy.com : <BR><I> Take it for what it’s worth, but we’ve received a tip from a source close to Microsoft’s marketing department who has shed some light on the Xbox 360 price cuts that are rumored to be going down in a few weeks time. More specifically, the $199 Xbox 360 Arcade bundle. According to the source, Microsoft will be positioning the Arcade bundle to be in direct competition with the Wii, meaning that the marketing push behind it will focus on family friendly entertainment. With family oriented games on the packaging, the Arcade console will come packaged with the traditional Arcade goodies (512MB memory card, etc.), the new Fall update pre-loaded as well as a motion controller and a few motion controlled mini games developed by Rare. That’s right, a motion controller! Supposedly, the motion controller will work with all 360 consoles and will even be sold separately, bundled with an even more expansive list of mini motion controlled games. This new $199 Xbox 360 Arcade bundle is said to release Holiday 2008. </I><BR><BR> Full Story: xbox360fanboy.com

Release This: Too Human, Sims 2: Apartment Life Head U.S. Lineup
Gamasutra Columns :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Gamasutra’s latest “Release This!” explores a week that brings the debut of Too Human and The Sims 2: Apartment Life in the United States, as Japan prepares for J-League Winning Eleven 2008 Club Championship and Inazuma Eleven.

Kmart adscan gives us more 360 price cut proof
Xbox Scene :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
From xbox360fanboy.com : <BR><I> Adding to our mountain of September Xbox 360 price cut proof that we’ve constructed over the past few weeks, today we bring you yet another piece of adscan evidence. Pictured is a supposed Kmart retail adscan from the week of September 7th that lists the rumored Xbox 360 console price cuts: $199 for an Arcade, $299 for a Pro and $399 for an Elite. </I><BR><BR> Full Story: xbox360fanboy.com

Kojima wishes people would stop asking about MGS4 on 360
Xbox Scene :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
From eurogamer.net : <BR><I> Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has told Eurogamer that he looks forward to a day when people stop asking him whether MGS4 is coming out on Xbox 360. “I’ve been doing a lot of interviews and stage shows, and half the questions are like ‘Will MGS4 be coming out on 360 or other formats?’, and in the near future I hope they’ll ask me about Metal Gear, about us, about our future projects, and will stop caring about the hardware,” Kojima told Eurogamer in an interview published today. Pressed on MGS4’s exclusivity and the possibility of an Xbox 360 port, Kojima reiterated that the PS3 had been chosen because he believed that the series’ success had been entwined with PlayStation’s, and admitted that “because MGS4 was optimised for the PS3 it is probably not possible”. </I><BR><BR> Full Story: eurogamer.net


Xbox and Rock the Vote to Give Voters a New Platform for Change
Xbox Scene :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
From the press release: <BR><I> A leading gaming and entertainment platform just became a leading platform for change. Microsoft Corp. and Rock the Vote today announced a groundbreaking partnership that will allow Xbox 360 owners to register to vote, participate in presidential polls and voice their opinions to the presidential candidates. It will all happen through Xbox LIVE starting Monday, Aug. 25, the first day of the Democratic National Convention. “Xbox is a natural partner to help us reach out to youth voters,” said Heather Smith, executive director, Rock the Vote. “To realize our goal of registering 2 million young Americans by this fall, we need to go where young Americans are, and there’s no doubt in our minds that many are on Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE.” This is the first time that Rock the Vote has joined forces with an entertainment partner such as Xbox to reach voters under 30. Xbox LIVE is the largest online social network connected to the television, with membership totaling 12 million — if Xbox LIVE were a state, it would rank as the country’s seventh largest, giving it approximately 20 electoral votes. “The Xbox LIVE community is active, vocal and passionate,” said Marc Whitten, general manager of Xbox LIVE. “We’re thrilled to partner with Rock the Vote to make it easier than ever for youth voters — and our members — to register and be heard.” Through the Rock the Vote partnership, Xbox LIVE members will be able to register to vote, voice their opinions to the candidates through an exclusive forum and participate in potentially election-predicting polls. They will also be able to download Rock the Vote public service announcements. Xbox also will have a presence at both the Democratic and Republican conventions, promoting the Rock the Vote partnership and educating delegates about creating a safer entertainment environment on Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE using the built-in parental controls known as Family Settings. These industry-leading settings allow parents to limit their children’s access to video games and movies and manage their activity and communications on Xbox LIVE. For more information on Family Settings and other safety-enhancing gaming tools and resources, delegates can stop by the Xbox on-site kiosk or visit </I><BR><BR>

Speaking on PAX: Is Casual Killing Core Games?
Xbox Scene :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
From Andre Vrignaud’s Blog : <BR><I> Just wanted to let you all know that Rob and I will be participating on a panel at PAX next weekend. The topic is whether Casual Game influences are “killing” Core Games, and we’ve been able to get some great panelists together for the event. They include Mark Deloura (who previously managed Sony’s developer relations for Playstation and PSP), Jane Pinkard (of GameGirlAdvance fame), and of course everyone’s favorite actor-geek Wil Wheaton (aka Wesley from ST:TNG and the guy who did the PAX keynote last year.) N’Gai Croal of Newsweek/Level Up fame was also planning to join us, but unfortunately can’t make it due to a conflict. The panel will occur on Saturday, August 30th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM in the Raven Theater. Is Casual Killing Core Games? Are you annoyed because casual gamers and casual gaming mechanics are killing your favorite games? Are you too busy playing Puzzle Quest to care? Do you think casual gaming is finally culling the herd of outdated gaming sacred cows? Come and watch industry insiders, top press, and celebrities debate whether casual should be feared or embraced. </I><BR><BR>

Xbox 360 fall update arriving in November?
Xbox Scene :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
From gamespot.com : <BR><I> What we heard: Not to belie the obvious, Microsoft has thus far only said that the dashboard overhaul will be rolled out this fall. However, confirmation of a more narrowed release window appeared to arrive earlier today. After attending a Microsoft London event last week demoing the new update, a representative of the publisher reportedly told UK gaming blog RPG-TV that the dashboard revamp would be pushed live in November. “I’m not sure if this has been confirmed already or not but I was told the new dashboard would arrive in November,” said the gaming blog. The official story: Unfortunately, it appears as if RPG-TV’s information was either erroneous or off the record. After contacting the publisher to confirm the validity of the information, a Microsoft representative told GameSpot, “We have not yet announced the timing of the fall update.” Bogus or not bogus?: Bogus that the fall Xbox Live dashboard update is a lock for November. However, given that the hardware maker’s last two fall updates arrived at the end of October and the beginning of December, a November launch is certainly possible. </I><BR><BR> Full Story: gamespot.com

UK Retailers: Xbox 360 60GB Sales Appear ‘Sluggish’
Xbox Scene :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
From brutalgamer.com : <BR><I> Sources from major game retailers GAME and Gamestation are reporting that sales for the latest SKU in the Xbox 360’s lineup have been slower than anticipated. A source from GAME said “the 60GB sales have been sluggish”. He added: “Microsoft expected a demand for the 60GB model but it just hasn’t come yet.” A source from Gamestation also reported lower than expected sales but insisted they “are still selling ok but just not at the rate Microsoft had wanted.” </I><BR><BR> Full Story: brutalgamer.com

Saling The World: Madden NFL 09 Leads U.S. Sales on 360 and PS3
Gamasutra Columns :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Gamasutra’s latest “Saling The World” charts see Madden NFL 09 outselling all Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 competition in its first week of release in North America, as Tales of Vesperia meets with an enthusiastic reception in Japan.

The New Xbox Experience at PAX
Xbox Scene :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
From Major Nelson’s Blog : <BR><I> If you’re going to attend the Penny Arcade Expo this weekend in Seattle, be sure to make time to stop by the Microsoft booth (Booth #412.) where I’ll be doing demos of the new Xbox experience. I’ll be bringing my dev kit with the latest build, and focusing on some of the previously announced features, like the guide, parties and more. Currently, I am scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at 10:30am and 3:30pm. The Gamerscoreblog has a post that shows the full schedule of activities in the booth, so there will be no shortage of things to see and do at the booth, in addition to the crazy PAX session schedule. </I><BR><BR>

August GiveAway At Gamepyre.com
Gamepyre :: Thursday, August 21, 2008
Hello Game Fans and hardware addicts, this months we have a really nice giveaway going on that is being sponsored by Thermaltake. Yes those who love their cases will be thrilled by this giveaway as we are giving away two of their most popular cases the Armor and the M9, which should be some attractive items to those who love Thermaltake products. Special thanks to Thermaltake for sponsoring this event here on Gamepyre. To win all you need to do is enter at the link below, don’t be shy, you cannot win if you don’t take he chance to enter. Good luck to everyone, see you in the forums……..