Gaming News July 2007

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Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Demo Impressions
Think Computers :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
“Over the weekend I decided to download the Dynasty Warriors: Gundam demo. At around 500mb it only took about 20 minutes to download. After getting used to the controls and playing for an hour or so I give you my initial impressions of the game. Is it just like every other Dynasty Warriors game or is it better? Read on to find out!”

Beyond The Sword (Civ4) review
YouGamers :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
“Beyond the Sword introduces a new concept to Civilization – Corporations. On the surface, they appear somewhat similar to religions – you use a Great Person to set up a corporation once all the prerequisites (technology, access to some of the required resources) are met, and the corporation HQ is built in your city. This city (and your civilization) will then gain money based on the number of other cities your corporation spreads to. However, each corporate office also adds a considerable cost to the city maintenance while offering a bonus in food, culture, production or science. The bonus depends on the number of resources available, so there is a reason to capture or trade for multiple sources of one resource, assuming you have a corporation that consumes the resource type.”

Mumbo Jumbo acquires Hot Lava
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Casual games company Mumbo Jumbo has acquired Russian studio Hot Lava, developer of the 7 Wonders series.

PS3 is good value, says Eidos US boss
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Eidos CEO Bill Gardner has said he doesn’t believe that PS3 is priced too high – but conceded that even a USD 100 price drop may not be enough to sell the machine to the mass market.

Videogame-inspired art at Games Convention
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007

US Xbox mag to sell coverdisc content via Live
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
The US Official Xbox Magazine plans to offer coverdisc content, including exclusive demos, to Xbox Live Marketplace users for a fee.

CESA details largest ever Tokyo Game Show for 2007
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
This year’s Tokyo Game Show will be the largest in the event’s history, as it becomes part of the Japan International Contents Festival to promote Japanese-developed content to a wider audience.

Konami’s revenues on the up
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
The Konami Corporation today posted its first quarter financial results, with increases in revenues and profits thanks in part to its successful Digital Entertainment arm.

Sony sued over Cell processor
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Sony Computer Entertainment America is being taken to court by California-based Parallel Processing Corporation over the Cell chip in the PlayStation 3.

Nintendo hiring for top PR positions
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Nintendo of America is to recruit nearly 40 members of staff for its PR department, including a new VP, director and senior director of corporate communications.

UK charts: Pokemon Diamond debuts at No. 1
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Nintendo’s two sku Pokemon title for the DS has taken the first and third positions in the Chart Track all-formats top ten this week, becoming the fastest-selling DS game and the second fastest-selling Pokemon release.

HMV sells Japanese arm for £70m
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Entertainment retailer HMV has agreed to sell its HMV Japan business – consisting of 62 stores and the hmv.co.jp website – for GBP 70 million, to DSM Investments.

Microsoft won’t confirm price cut rumours
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Microsoft won’t comment upon online images reportedly showing upcoming newspaper advertisements from retailers Wal-Mart and Toys R Us

Analyst anticipates earnings
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
In advance of the release of fiscal reports this week, Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter has weighed in on expected results for Activision, EA, Midway, and THQ

People are noticing videogames again, says Miyamoto
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
In an interview with Dean Takahashi, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto reflects upon the Wii’s influence

Rare unveils Viva Piñata for DS
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Microsoft development studio Rare is working on a DS version of its acclaimed Xbox 360 game Viva Piñata.

Australian game revenues surpass $1 billion
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
According to the latest market research data, Australian games industry revenues have passed the AUS 1 billion mark

PS one game withdrawn from PlayStation Network
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Sony has confirmed to Eurogamer.net that problems with one of the downloadable PSone games released on PlayStation Network last Thursday have led to its withdrawal.

Star Soldier, Dynamite Headdy, Drop Off Now Available on Wii Shop Channel
Nintendo News :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Three New Classic Games Announced

Harvest Moon: Boy & Girl
Sony Games :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Be the person you want to be in this epic farming adventure! In Harvest Moon: Boy and Girl, you must choose between Destiny (playing as a boy) or Fate (playing as a girl). While the farming chores are similar, your life, goals, friends and future family depend on how you help and interact with others in this wonderful world!

World Championship Cards
Sony Games :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
World Championship Cards features over 30 different varieties of classic card games including Bridge, Gin Rummy, Solitaire, Cribbage, Hearts, Spades, Crazy 8’s and more. It also features online multiplayer.

World Championship Cards
Sony Games :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
From the publishers of the best selling poker video game brand “World Championship Poker” – World Championship Cards will offer fun variety of card games to challenge all your friends! Over 30 different card games to choose from, including Bridge, Gin Rummy, Spades, Hearts and more!


Brave Story: New Traveler
Sony Games :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
An original title created specifically for the PSP® system and developed by Game Republic (Genji series), Brave Story: New Traveler features beautifully rendered 3D graphics, an epic tale with a host of colorful supporting characters, and a traditional turn-based battle system easy for beginners to pickup and play but with enough depth and innovative features for seasoned gamers. A role-playing game with an epic tale, introducing unique characters with distinct personalities and leading the player through the imaginative world of Vision as he learns to become a hero. Traditional turn-based battle system enhanced by innovative features based on the story’s themes of friendship, courage, and growth. Beautifully rendered 3D graphics with vibrant colors and a distinct visual style, highlighted by polished character and enemy movement, graphical representations of sound effects, and a unique animation for each special ability – all exceptionally well drawn and intricately textured. Collect special birds which you can use in mini-games or trade in for rare and precious weapons, armor, and items.

DFC Intelligence Report Time for the Xbox 360 to Shine
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
DFC Intelligence concludes that if Halo 3 and other titles fail to drive Xbox 360 sales, the system will soon flirt with numerous unsavory scenarios, the worst of which is the danger of becoming a distant third in the video game market share battle.

Xbox 360 Core Discontinuation Rumors Denied
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
There’s a rumor floating around claiming the Xbox 360 Core will be discontinued after the upcoming $50 price drop. Microsoft has denied the rumor.

Madden NFL 08 Screenshots
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
EA has released new screenshots of Madden NFL 08.

2K Sports Introduces New Gameplay Features for NHL 2K8
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
2K Sports announced today new standard setting features for NHL 2K8, the latest edition of the top rated NHL video game series.

Fatal Inertia Screenshots
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
KOEI has released new screenshots of Fatal Inertia, a game that mixes street racing, demolition derbies and rallying with a futuristic setting where machines no longer need wheels and the laws of physics govern all.

Mass Effect Extended E3 2007 Director’s Cut Trailer
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
We bring you an extended version of the E3 2007 trailer of Mass Effect, an epic sciencefiction action and roleplaying game (RPG) experience created by BioWare.

Fable 2 Video Dev Diary #2
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Take a funfilled behind the scenes tour of the “Fable 2” combat system and meet the team that has been creating games for over a decade.

Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground Video Editor Movie
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Check out a detailed video that overviews the game’s Video Editor feature.

Mass Effect New Saren Concept Art and Screenshots
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
BioWare has released three concept art graphics that reveal the making of Saren from a visual point of view along with three new Saren screenshots so you can see how the final, ingame version turned out.

Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays Marathon Durandal and Spyglass Board Games Arrive This Week
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Its hot outside and staying inside, glued to the air conditioning, can become boring.unless you try Marathon Durandal and Spyglass Board Games!

Xbox 360 Most Searched Console in the U.S.
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
A report of Internet searches has revealed that the Xbox 360 is the most searched console of the three new systems.

Xbox 360 WalMart and Toys R Us Ads Confirm Price Drop
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
A Toy “R” Us ad and a WalMart brochure have confirmed a $50 price drop for the Xbox 360. Find out when the new price will be effective.

Voltage Announced
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Voltage is a futuristic racing game with realtime strategy elements that takes the rush and thrill of speed racing to a new level.

PGR4 City List Announced, Racification System Detailed
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Bizarre has unveiled PGR4’s city list, as well as some details on our racification systems.

2K Returns and Scores a Touchdown
Xbox 360 Games :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
2K Sports returns to the football field, and we’ve got all the details on All-Pro Football 2K8.

Saren Arterius in Mass Effect
Xbox 360 Games :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Saren Arterius, the longest-serving Turian member of the Spectres, is profiled and his role in the game Mass Effect is examined.

Second Fable 2 Video Diary Released
Xbox 360 Games :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Episode Two of the Lionhead video diaries for Fable 2 is now available on the official Lionhead Studios Website and Xbox LIVE Marketplace, continuing the ongoing series of video diaries with the Fable 2 team, including Peter Molyneux.

New dashboard themes and gamer pics from Comic-Con
Xbox Live Marketplace :: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Spruce up your Xbox 360 dashboard with these classic themes, including Batman, Wonder Woman, Justice League, and many more, or download Flintstones gamer pics.