Gaming News May 2007

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Blogged Out: ‘Exploring Truths’
Gamasutra Columns :: Friday, May 18, 2007
In his latest ‘Blogged Out’ column, veteran UK writer Jim Rossignol takes a look at the world of developer blogging with views on the recent acquisition of Vanguard developer Sigil, a remake of Syndicate, and exploring game exploration.

Saling The World: Osu! Tatakae! Odin Sphere
Gamasutra Columns :: Friday, May 18, 2007
This week’s “Saling The World” charts report a large slip in sales for former chart leaders Spider-Man 3 and Command & Conquer 3 in the U.S. and Europe, while Odin Sphere and the sequel to Inis’ Elite Beat Agents clean up in Japan.

The Euro Vision: ‘Behind Worms’ XBLA Success’
Gamasutra Columns :: Friday, May 18, 2007
The latest edition of Gamasutra’s The Euro Vision column sees Jon Jordan heading to York for the Northern Exposure games conference, where Team 17’s Martyn Brown revealed the estimated sales figures for Worms’ recent release on Xbox Live Arcade.

Sony must cut PS3 price, says Ubisoft boss
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has called on Sony to reduce the price of PlayStation 3, warning that the company’s market share will be reduced in this console cycle.

Hardware sales drop in Japan
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Japanese hardware data for the week ended June 13 reveals that sales are down across the board, as the region recovers from the traditionally busy Golden Week holidays.

Sony highlights new software for 07/08
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Sony has pulled out its big titles for the rest of 2007 and into 2008, unveiling over 30 titles for multiple PlayStation formats at a special event in the US.

Sony may have been “overly ambitious”, warns Pachter
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has warned that Sony will have to make difficult decisions regarding the PS3’s price point if sales of the console are to improve.

Nordic Game: Rock Band will be affordable, says Harmonix exec
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Harmonix art director Ryan Lesser has told GamesIndustry.bizthat the company is doing everything it can to ensure forthcoming title Rock Band is affordable for consumers.

In brief: this week’s new game announcements
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Plus what’s hitting retail this week

Tretton queries Microsoft’s commitment to Folding@Home initiative
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, May 18, 2007
SCEA boss Jack Tretton has questioned whether Xbox 360 has enough power to take part in a Folding@Home-style initiative – saying he’d be “very disappointed” if the company is just seeking out good PR.

Rare helped differentiate 360 from Xbox, says Moore
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Microsoft’s Peter Moore has paid tribute to Rare’s recent product history, defending the developer against claims that its output has struggled to keep touch with the critical and commercial successes of its work prior to its acquisition by the Xbox platf

Tiga backs Entertainment Law handbook
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Tiga is backing the publication of the Entertainment Law Handbook, which includes a section on videogames and a model contract for developers and publishers.

Microsoft bans modded 360s from Xbox Live
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Microsoft has started to ban modified Xbox 360 units from Xbox Live, describing the move as “an important part of our efforts to try and maintain a fair gaming environment for the large majority of gamers that play by the rules”.

Europe is key to winning next-gen war, says Florin
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Electronic Arts’ international publishing boss, Gerhard Florin, has declared that Europe is key to determining who will win the battle of the next-generation consoles.

NPD: Nintendo dominates hardware and software sales for April
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, May 18, 2007
The latest NPD sales figures show continuing dominance for Nintendo as the GBA outsells Sony’s PS3 – but its predecessor, PlayStation 2, is still doing better than Xbox 360.

Blog: First Producer Blog Entry
IGN Playstation 3 :: Friday, May 18, 2007
NBA Live 08 (PS3)The development team starts anew on NBA Live 08.

Blog: Where Has Franchise Been?
IGN Playstation 3 :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Madden NFL 08 (PS3)The franchise mode returns in full force for Madden NFL 08

TimeShift Screens
IGN Playstation 3 :: Friday, May 18, 2007
TimeShift (PS3)Time is merely a concept.

PS3 Price Cut Needed, Says Ubisoft CEO
IGN Playstation 3 :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Despite this, hints at PS3 exclusive title.

Register for Warhawk Beta
IGN Playstation 3 :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Warhawk (PS3)Master Chief isn’t the only one with a high-profile beta this month.

Premium MotorStorm Download Incoming
IGN Playstation 3 :: Friday, May 18, 2007
MotorStorm (PS3)Download pack containing new track and vehicles expected in June.

PS3 Video on Demand “This Calendar Year”
IGN Playstation 3 :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Sony UK Boss confirms PAL downloadable content plans.

PS3 Drops to Four Digits in Japan
IGN Playstation 3 :: Friday, May 18, 2007
System outsold by PS2.

Rumor: Pandemic to Develop New Batman Game
IGN Playstation 3 :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Insiders allege that the studio is hard at work on the videogame sequel to Batman Begins.


NPD: PS3 Sells Below Estimates
IGN Playstation 3 :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Sony fails to garner more interet in its next-gen system.

ESA Names New President
IGN Playstation 3 :: Friday, May 18, 2007
A former advisor to the Bush administration will be overseeing the industry’s interests.

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Trailer
IGN Playstation 3 :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (PS3)See it here first, in HD.

Sony Caught Using PGR3 Again?
IGN Playstation 3 :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Once is weird enough, but twice…?

Eidos Confirms Next Deus Ex
IGN Playstation 3 :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Deus Ex project [unofficial title] (other)The new Eidos Montreal studio is reviving the action RPG.

The Darkness Demon Arm Video in High Definition
Team Xbox :: Friday, May 18, 2007
This new video from The Darkness depicts the power of the Demon Arm. Gamers can use this spiked tentacle to impale enemies, smash out the lights, pick up and throw cars, and much more.

Transformers Activision Signs Voice Talent from Film
Team Xbox :: Friday, May 18, 2007
In addition to Peter Cullen and Frank Welker, the original voices of Optimus Prime and Megatron, Activision has hired Shia LaBeouf and Megan “Why Is She So Hot” Fox.

Scarface The World Is Yours Sells Over 2 Million Units
Team Xbox :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Scarface The World Is Yours, the videogame based on the 1983 classic film from Universal Pictures and published by Sierra Entertainment, has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide at retail stores.

Halo Wars Update
Team Xbox :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Ensemble Studios spills the beans on their Halo Wars multiplayer tests and the debut of the Sparrowhawk.

Microsoft Starts Banning Modded Xbox 360 Consoles
Team Xbox :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Everyone jumped onto Xbox Live to play the Halo 3 beta, including modders. Those who have modified their Xbox 360s’ firmware found out today that they have been banned from Xbox Live.

The King is Dead! Long Live the King!
Team Xbox :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Find out why Halo 2 is no longer the king of Xbox Live.

Sony Using PGR 3 to Promote the PlayStation 3 Again
Team Xbox :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Once again, we caught Sony promoting the PlayStation 3 using Project Gotham Racing 3. Dude, they really love Bizarre’s racing game!

Xbox Ambassadors Update
Xbox Live :: Friday, May 18, 2007
Xbox Live members are ambassadors of Xbox Live community! These are community members who have been around the block and are willing to show the new guys around, and we’ve got ’em in 23 countries around the world in over 30 different languages!

Hero Theme 4
Xbox Live Marketplace :: Friday, May 18, 2007
New themes for Marvel Ultimate Alliance.

Xbox 360 Keypad Impressions and QandA
Xbox-Scene :: Friday, May 18, 2007
From teamxbox.com (http://hardware.teamxbox.com/articles/xbox/1994/Xbox-360-Keypad-Impressions-and-QA/p1/ ): [QUOTE] To get a bit more insight into the mysterious Xbox 360 QWERTY Keypad Device, we called on the expertise of Xbox Live’s Group Program Manager Jerry Johnson. * TeamXbox: Did you have any particular games in mind when creating this? * Jerry Johnson: While we are sure that game developers will implement this keyboard into their titles down the line, this peripheral was created to make text chat and IM over the Xbox 360 easier and more convenient. We are excited to see how game developers use this accessory in the future, but games were not the primary reason for its creation. * TeamXbox: Why did you decide to create a keyboard that was added to the controller, as opposed to a full-sized standalone keyboard? * Jerry Johnson: A USB keyboard can already be used with the Xbox 360 today. Rather than create another standalone keyboard, the Xbox team decided to bring something entirely new to the gaming market. The new keypad for the Xbox 360 is the first ever that connects directly to the controller. Because it fits seamlessly into the 360 controller, gamers can use it while playing games without having to interrupt game play. We have created a very easy and convenient way to type messages to friends without having to ever pause the game or put down the controller. We’re really looking forward to using Windows Live Messenger with the Xbox 360 QWERTY Keypad Device, as it will easily change how people interact when engaged in an Xbox 360 endeavor (no more pecking at the virtual keyboard – whew!). The quality and seamless integration of the Xbox 360 QWERTY Keypad Device also gets us amped for the future possibilities of this device, as any text-based MMORPG or title needing more buttons for assignments will clearly benefit form such a quality piece. Even if you don’t plan on playing games of a MMO nature or chatting with your friends via Live, you’ll at least consider the Xbox 360 QWERTY Keypad Device as a favorable ergonomic upgrade for your current 1st party 360 controller. [/QUOTE] Full Story: teamxbox.com (http://hardware.teamxbox.com/articles/xbox/1994/Xbox-360-Keypad-Impressions-and-QA/p1/ ) (4 pages)

InFeCtuS Xbox360 Flat Cables
Xbox-Scene :: Friday, May 18, 2007
InFeCtuS will soon release ‘Flat Cables’ for Xbox360 DVD drives … this will allow you to easily install the InFeCtuS modchip on your Xbox360 ODD drive (this versatile modchip allows you to flash/patch the onboard DVD flash, serve as dual FW chip or act like a Globe360 or NME 1.2 chip): [QUOTE] INFECTUS QUICKSOLDER FLAT CABLES FOR X360 DRIVERS In few days the new QUICKSOLDER FLAT CABLES allowing an easy and fast installation of infectus on the DVD DRIVE MAINBOARDS will be ready. MORE FLAT CABLES for PS3, WII and other consoles will be available soon, as well! (http://pictures.xbox-scene.com/xbox360/infectus/x360infectus_quicksolder.jpg )[/QUOTE] Official Site: www.infectus.biz (http://www.infectus.biz )