Gaming News May 2007

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Nintendo Wii Review
ThinkGaming :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Better late than never, I suppose…

“The release of the Nintendo Wii in November 2006 has brought a different look to next generation consoles. Since is release it has sold over 7 million units. The Wii uses wireless (Bluetooth) remotes, called Wiimotes. Yes, other consoles offer wireless remotes, but they don’t offer what the Wii does, interaction. The remote and receiver combination is more of a virtual simulation where how you move physically is affected in the game. This is very different than any other console. Yet some gamers may find this to completely destroy their purpose of video gaming. This usually is to just sit around rather than move. This gives the opportunity for people to lose weight and enjoy themselves while doing it. Who knew that video games could come to this?”

Critical Reception: Microsoft’s/Bungie’s Halo 2
Gamasutra Columns :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
This week’s edition of Critical Reception examines online reaction to the newly released PC port of Halo 2, which has been labeled as “achingly, repulsively mediocre” and “a relic” by disappointed reviewers.

The China Angle: EA Backed The9 Plans Casual Coup
Gamasutra Columns :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
In Gamasutra’s latest China Angle column, Pacific Epoch’s Shang Koo analyzes the implications of EA’s investment in operater The9, as the latter launches its latest MMO beta, and a Chinese court rules on whether virtual items have real monetary value.

DS Wi-Fi surpasses 5 million users
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Five million DS users worldwide have connected to Nintendo’s Wi-Fi service playing more than 200 million game sessions since launch in November 2005.

Microsoft unveils new touch sensitive computer
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Microsoft’s entertainment and devices division – the same department responsible for Xbox 360 – has unveiled a new computer designed to be used without a mouse and keyboard.

Wii helps sales double for Nintendo Australia
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
The launch of the Wii has helped Nintendo of Australia record sales of AUD 138.8 million (EUR 84.5m), almost double that of the previous year.

Eurogamer announces joint venture with MediaClash
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Eurogamer Network has teamed up with MediaClash to launch a new customer publishing venture offering full service solutions for games retailers, publishers, developers, distributors and more.

BBC to make first Second Life broadcast
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
The BBC is to broadcast its first ever full programme in a virtual world this Friday, with the current affairs show The Money Programme looking at the businesses of Second Life and massively multiplayer online gaming.

Expected PS3 price cut won’t improve sales, says Bank of America
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
An expected price cut of Sony’s PlayStation 3 will not help improve sales described as ‘stagnant’ by Bank of America analyst Michael L. Savner.

Ubisoft profits up more than 70 per cent
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Ubisoft has released its financial results for the the year ending 31 March 2007, revealing net income of EUR 40.5 million – a 70 per cent increase over last year’s total of EUR 11.9 million.

UK Charts: Spider-Man spends fourth week at No.1
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Activision’s movie tie-in celebrates a fourth week at number one, holding off new entries Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Mario Strikers Charged Football.

New Name for Lair in Japan
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Lair (PS3)Wise from your Wair!

UK Charts: Mario Fails to Score
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Spider-Man 3 sticks to the top spot for a fouth week running.

DiRT AU Preview
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
DiRT (PS3)A racer of many faces. Race modes explored.

AU Community Competitions Return
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Your chance to score games, fame and glory.

Outreach Inbox: May 30
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
GTA4 Lite, games for tired dads and a Waldorf Salad. Fun for all!

Joust Review
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Joust (PS3)The Struthio camelus invades… again.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Video Documentary
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (PS3)Get a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming game.

Faydwer’s Echoes Silent on PS3
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Sony Online debunks port rumors.

Blog: A Different Kind of Cover
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
John Woo Presents Stranglehold (PS3)Inspector Tequila puts a twist on the recent trend of cover systems.

Nintendo’s Mario Party 8 Brings the Carnival to Town
Nintendo News :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Mario Party 8 is Now Available on Wii!

Three New Classic Games Announced for Wii Shop Channel
Nintendo News :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
ActRaiser and J.J. & JEFF Now Available!

Drew Carey to Play U.S. Soccer Stars in FIFA 07
Team Xbox :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
An EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer 07 for Xbox 360 challenge will pit Drew Carey against six players from the U.S. National Teams to raise some serious cash

Majesco Announces Kengo Legend of the 9
Team Xbox :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Developed by Genki, Kengo Legend of the 9 sets players in feudal Japan on a mission to become the best samurai warrior in the land.


New Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta Media
Team Xbox :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Thanks to a “glitch” we noticed a bunch of new items and custom hosting options. Check out a bunch of screens and the first video of the Wraith in action!

Peter Jackson Halo 3 May Help Revive Halo Movie
Team Xbox :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
The director of The Lord of The Rings trilogy and King Kong expects that the release of Halo 3 will renew interest from Hollywood studios in the Halo movie, which is currently on hiatus.

Ubisoft Reports Fiscal Year 20062007 Results
Team Xbox :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Ubisoft reported today its results for the 20062007 fiscal year ended March 31, 2007. Sales were up 24 percent.

Warren Spectors Next Game Revealed Ninja Gold
Team Xbox :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Set in modern day, the game focuses on a group of ninjas facing organized crime syndicates. John Woo will direct the film based on the game.

This Week in Xbox: May 23-30, 2007
Xbox 360 Games :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Games Editor Denny Atkin brings you all the latest in what’s going on this week on Xbox.com.

Guitar Hero II Contest
RedOctane :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Top players offered chance to perform in front of 3,000 fans next month at Donington Park.

New Wii Shop Channel Releases
Nintendo :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
ActRaiser, Kid Chameleon and J.J. & JEFF available in the States this week.

Pro Evolution Soccer 6 Online Problems Acknowleged
Konami :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Xbox Live connection problems to be addressed.

Chuzzle On Mobile Phones
PopCap :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Award-Winning Match-3 Game Optimized and Available for Mobile Play

The First Screen Shots And Gameplay Details Of Fantasy MMORPG Red Stone
K2 Networks :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
First screenshots available, along with info about prizes on offer to players.

Dungeon Runners is Free-to-Download-and-Play
NC Soft :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
NCsoft’s first free-to-play game, a downloadable multiplayer sword combat RPG.

Accelerate Your Week With “Mad Tracks” This Wednesday on Xbox LIVE Arcade 
Microsoft :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Party racing game available worldwide tomorrow. Unless you’re Korean. Sorry.

SteelSeries Gaming Products
Driver Heaven :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
There are many companies who manufacture input devices and computer headsets but few who specialize in gaming products. It is easy to comprehend that a casual gamer could be satisfied with using a typical keyboard or set of headphones, but hardcore gamers demand the best performance and are willing to pay for it. A newly founded company, SteelSeries, has the needs of gamers set as their top priority and they offer a wide range of input devices, headsets and accessories specifically designed for hardcore gamers. We received a few of their products for evaluation and we will give them a test drive today.

Spector and Woo team for movie and game project
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Warren Spector and movie director John Woo are collaborating on new property Ninja Gold.

Legitimate ‘gold farming’ could be vital to MMO business – Turbine
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Turbine executive producer Jeffrey Steefel believes MMO business models will change in the next five years to accommodate using real-life money to buy in-game currency and items.

Sony and Microsoft have failed to understand our market – Nintendo
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Sony’s Sixaxis controller and Viva Piñata for Xbox 360 are both failed attempts to capture the traditional Nintendo customer, according to NoA boss George Harrison.

Euro Charts: God of War and Spider-Man dominate top ten
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Sony’s God of War II and Activision’s Spider-Man 3 are some of the strongest titles in Europe for May, taking key positions in the Spanish, Italian and German charts.

Ubisoft confident of new Splinter Cell direction
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Splinter Cell producer Mathieu Ferland believes that Ubisoft’s decision to reinvent the famed stealth series – ditching much of its light-and-shadow gameplay – will ultimately be vindicated by player reaction, despite the obvious risk.

Wii shortages could continue for second Christmas – analyst
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Shortages of the Wii are set to continue throughout 2007 according to analysts, with Nintendo potentially missing key sales during the Christmas season for a second year running.

Sims movie on the way
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Two more videogame franchises are set to get the big screen treatment following the acquisition of the movie rights to The Sims and King of Fighters.

Foundation 9 studio goes independent
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Development collective Foundation 9 has announced that its Canadian studio based in Prince Edward Island has gone independent.

Paul Jenkins Sheds Light on The Darkness
IGN Playstation 3 :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
The Darkness (PS3)Original comic writer talks videogame development, game violence and donkeys in hotel rooms.