Gaming News May 2007

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Microsoft Starts Banning 360s on LIVE – MS Confirms
Xbox-Scene :: Friday, May 18, 2007
With the amount of posts ( ) we see on our forums … it’s clear, Microsoft decided to start banning Xbox360 with modified firmwares today (both Hitachi-LG and Toshiba-Samsung drives). While it’s the same release date as Halo3 beta, it seems that people who didn’t download Halo3 also get banned. They probably detect backup discs (and not the modified firmware) when you play ’em online (not confirmed yet). Even people using the new firmwares with disc-jitter added get banned, so it looks like Microsoft found another way to detect it. However we also see reports of people with modified firmwares that are not banned (yet). Microsoft is known to ban with delay though, so it’ll probably take a while before we got a good view on who got banned for what reasons. Just like on Xbox1 it looks like Microsoft bans the console unique ID (serial), not the LIVE user. Microsoft will not allow anyone to login on LIVE on a banned console. Many people on the official ( ) forums also claim they got banned but didn’t have a flashed firmware … we’ll have to see how that story develops in the coming hours and days. ( ) Picture by Eraser77. This is what you get when you go to test connection and after xbox live fails click on network adapter Update: This was just posted on Microsoft’s Games Global Marketing team blog ( ): [QUOTE] One of the great things about LIVE and the unified community is that we work hard to create a level playing field for all gamers and have a no tolerance policy towards inappropriate behavior like hacking or cheating. As part of our commitment to our members, we do not allow people that we have detected to have modified their console to connect to LIVE. This is 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. This topic is more important than ever given the recent release of the Halo 3 beta. As a result, some consumers that try to login to LIVE who we detect have illegally modified their console will get an error code (Status Code: Z: 8015 – 190D) when trying to connect to the service. These users will not have their account automatically banned from LIVE, but they will no longer be able to access the service from the console they modified. We have stated in the past that customers can only enjoy access to the Xbox LIVE community through the use of a genuine, unmodified, Xbox console and we will continue to enforce this rule to ensure the integrity of our service, the protection of our partners and the benefits of our users. [/QUOTE]

Halo 3 Beta Impressions 
Think Gaming :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
“Today was the launch of the Halo 3 beta for everyone who was lucky enough to get into it. After about a full day of gaming we wanted to give you our thoughts on the game and give you a video of some of the gameplay if you were unable to get into the beta. You should have received an e-mail from Bungie giving you your download code. I downloaded the beta first thing this morning. It really did not take long at all. After you download is complete you can go ahead and go into your game demos and you will see the beta. Read on to see our thoughts on the beta and see our gameplay video!”

Toy Golf 2 for PS2 And PC
Telcogames :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Partnership will bring mobile IP Toy Golf 2 to a wider audience

Tomb Raider Animated Series – With Pics!
GameTap :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
GameTap is using it’s Turner Broadcasting affiliation to milk that cash cow… We got pics of the new animated series.

Playing Catch Up: Gabriel Knight’s Jane Jensen
Gamasutra Columns :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
In this week’s Playing Catch-Up, we follow the career of Jane Jensen as she moves from creator and designer of Sierra’s Gabriel Knight series of adventure games and novels, to co-founder of casual games publisher Oberon, where she hoped to bring gaming to “older people and more women.”

Nordic Game: PSP needs more new titles, says LocoRoco creator :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
LocoRoco creator Tsutomo Kouno has told GamesIndustry.bizthat too many of the games available for PSP are sequels – and that he plans to redress the balance.

EA recouping Godfather costs with sequel :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Industry analyst Todd Greenwald has revealed that Electronic Arts is recouping the development costs associated with it’s Godfather titles by using the engine in five different franchises, with the publisher also working on a sequel

Skype to launch games channel :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
The Skype network is to launch a new games channel with the help of EasyBits Software.

Microsoft fixes Halo 3 beta problem :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Microsoft has released a new update for the Halo 3 beta after players experienced difficulties with downloading, announcing an extension of the beta deadline.

Microsoft: We have “absolutely no plans” for Blu-ray :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Following the re-emergence of rumours suggesting Microsoft may support Blu-ray in the future, the company has confirmed it has “absolutely no plans” to support any other optical formats.

ESA names new president :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
The Entertainment Software Association has announced that Mike Gallagher has taken the role of president.

GSC confirms more S.T.A.L.K.E.R. titles :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
GSC Game World has confirmed it is working on more titles in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series.

PS3 price point is “a challenge”, says Tretton :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Sony Computer Entertainment America boss Jack Tretton has admitted that the PS3’s high price poses “a challenge” – but observed that the content available for the console will help to justify the cost.

Sony expects further game losses :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Sony vice president Takao Yuhara has predicted the company’s games division will see losses of around JPY 50 billion (EUR 305 million) for the year ended March 2008.

Sega adopts Unreal Engine 3 for next-gen projects :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Sega has signed Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3 for use in a selection of titles currently in development.

Midway signs online tech for next-gen titles :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Midway will be using Quazal’s online technology for several upcoming next-gen games.

Turning a Powerhouse Into a Home
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Home (PS3)Intervew: Sony invites us round to its virtual apartment to talk about what’s in store for Home.

LittleBigPlanet UK Hands-on
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
LittleBigPlanet (PS3)Join Sack Boy and pals as we get our hands dirty with LittleBigPlanet.

Ratatouille First Look
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Ratatouille (PS3)We cook up impressions of the upcoming Pixar movie game.

Hands-on with LittleBigPlanet
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
LittleBigPlanet (PS3)No creation yet, but the fundamentals are there.

Conan Progress Report
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Conan (PS3)We hack and slash alongside the infamous barbarian for new impressions.

The Darkness Progress Report
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
The Darkness (PS3)We head into the shadows for new impressions.

Surf’s Up Hands-on
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Surf’s Up (PS3)Penguins and water sports? Now I’ve seen everything.

TimeShift First Look
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
TimeShift (PS3)We mess around with the flow of time for these first impressions.

Folklore Gameplay Videos
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Folks Soul: The Lost Folklore (PS3)Magic and action, HD style.

“PAIN” Gameplay Videos
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Pain (PS3)It’s all the in name, you’ll hurt for this game.

Heavenly Sword Gameplay Videos
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Heavenly Sword (PS3)All the sword-fighting goodness you could want in HD!

SOCOM: Confrontation Trailer
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
SOCOM: Confrontation (PS3)Find out what the game looks like in action.

Conan PS3 Images
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Conan (PS3)Barbarians rule.

Dark Sector Trio
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Dark Sector (PS3)Three new shots from the PS3 version.

Debut SOCOM PS3 Shots
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
SOCOM: Confrontation (PS3)See the confrontation for yourself.

Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Grabs
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam (PS3)A handful of new images from the mechanical slasher.

Even More SingStar Grabs
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
SingStar (PS3)Britney Spears is in this batch.

Eye of Judgment Imagery
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
The Eye of Judgment (PS3)Sony’s card game is coming to America. See it!

Eye of Judgment Update
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
The Eye of Judgment (PS3)We set eyes on Sony’s video card game and learn a few more tricks.

Sony Using Again PGR 3 to Promote the PlayStation 3
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Once again, we caught Sony promoting the PlayStation 3 using Project Gotham Racing 3. Dude, they really love Bizarre’s racing game!

World Cyber Games US Open
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
The United States top gamers will meet June 23 at the Samsung Experience in New York City for the World Cyber Games US Open video game tournament.

Square Enix Officially Announces The Last Remnant
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Square Enix officially announced today The Last Remnant, its nextgeneration roleplaying game powered by Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3.

ESA Announces New President
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Michael D. Gallagher will serve as the next president of the Entertainment Software Association.

Crackdown Functioning as Halo 3 Beta Key
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
We have recieved word that the Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta is supposedly now available for download via Crackdown.

Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta Crackdown Issue Update
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Find out what the solution is and when it is coming. ***UPDATE*** The fix is in…sorta.

Michael Bay Developing $25M FirstPerson Shooter
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
The director of Armageddon, Bad Boys, The Rock, The Island and Transformers, is currently working on the development of a firstperson shooter at Digital Domain, the specialeffects house that created the Gears of War “Mad World” commercial.

Mad Catz Expands NFL License to Include New Regions
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
The new agreement expands the original 2004 license agreement between Mad Catz and the NFL to allow Mad Catz to distribute licensed products in Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom, in addition to the U.S.

Prima Guide
Xbox 360 Games :: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Two Prima Guide samples for Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars are available for download from