Gaming News May 2007

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ADAM and Colecovision Commercials
Think Gaming :: Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Wow now this is even before my time. Here is a clip of vintage advertising commercials for the Colecovision and ADAM. What computer company will give you $500 toward college if you buy a computer or a free Cabbage Patch doll if you buy their game system? Enjoy!

Xbox 360 Games :: Tuesday, May 08, 2007
As a visceral brawler, Hellboy lets you unleash superhuman abilities as you smash your way through hordes of enemies with contextual use of the environment for added destructive power and strategy.

MercuryNews Peter Moore Interview
Xbox-Scene :: Tuesday, May 08, 2007 ( ) posted an interview with Microsoft’s Peter Moore. They talk about the amount of shooter and driving games on the 360, a CG animated “HALO” series, tilt controllers, Folding@Home for 360, console failure rate, future projects and why they don’t buy a Japanese developer. A short excerpt: [QUOTE] * Q (from reader): I’d like a straight answer on issues with hardware quality (have suffered through 2 defective 360’s in a 7 month span and am about to call it quits with this system). MS claims an ‘accceptable’ 3% failure rate but I imagine the actual number to be much higher — perhaps 2x or 3x more? * A: I can’t comment on failure rates, because it’s just not something – it’s a moving target. What this consumer should worry about is the way that we’ve treated him. Y’know, things break, and if we’ve treated him well and fixed his problem, that’s something that we’re focused on right now. I’m not going to comment on individual failure rates because I’m shipping in 36 countries and it’s a complex business. * Q (from same reader): Also, will future models be designed to run quieter? The fan noise generated from my 360 is so loud as to distract. * A: Noise is something I don’t bury my head in the sand about, and it’s primarily the DVD drive. People get confused with the fan noise, but it’s actually, in some instances, the 12x spinning of the disc that annoys some people. The great majority of people actually don’t notice it, but it’s something we continue to look at. We take that feedback very seriously from consumers, and we’ll continue to look at it. Can’t tell you, can’t make you any promises, that it’s something that’s going to be fixed overnight. I don’t notice it, but maybe I’m different. But I am not oblivious to the fact that some people do. [/QUOTE] Full Interview: ( )

TheSpecialist’s HDDHackr v0.91 – Adds Support for WD BEVS-RST Drives
Xbox-Scene :: Tuesday, May 08, 2007
TheSpecialist sent us a new update of HDDHackr(info ( )) with added support for Western Digital BEVS-RST HDD series. So you can now create your own 20gb/120gb Xbox360 HDD with any WD-BEVS SATA 2.5″ PC/laptop HDD: [QUOTE] (v0.91) Added support for the WD BEVS-RST HDD series. This means that the hddhackr will now work with all WD-BEVS models currently available. Special thanks to the thethinker_uk for supplying an RST drive and homer2102 for supplying an x360 with vulnerable kernel :) [/QUOTE] Official Site: n/a, by TheSpecialist (TS) Full Readme/Instructions/FAQ: here ( ) Download: here ( ) (does NOT include hddss.bin as it’s copywrited)

Major Nelson: Spring 2007 Update ‘not in next 24h’
Xbox-Scene :: Tuesday, May 08, 2007
More talk about when the expect the Xbox360 Spring 2007 Update from ( ) (FYI: MS owned blog): [QUOTE] I just heard from the Dashboard team that we’ll have to wait at least another day for the Dashboard update to be released. The update is not being released in the next 24-hours. That is all I know at this time, but I’ll get more information tomorrow afternoon (PT) and I will update this post as needed. Thanks for your patience and understanding. Edit: As has been pointed out by some community members, the official press release ( ) does say the ‘week of May 7th’ for a release time. So we’re well within that so far. It sounds like some folks missed that part, so that’s why I wanted to post this update. [/QUOTE]

New Wii Virtual Console Releases
Nintendo :: Friday, May 04, 2007
Virtua Fighter 2, Wonder Boy in Monster World, Alex Kidd In The Enchanted Castle and Shockman out this week.

Saling The World: Spider-Man 3 Rules Europe, Eyes U.S. Charts
Gamasutra Columns :: Friday, May 04, 2007
Gamasutra’s “Saling The World” covers the top five sellers for every available platform in the United States, Japan, and Europe, as this week’s charts include a look at which ports of the just-released Spider-Man 3 are currently the most popular in Europe, and which could go on to lead U.S. charts in future weeks.

Mixed fortunes for Midway and Activision :: Friday, May 04, 2007
In the latest round of financial results, Midway has revealed that its revenues fell in the first three months of 2007, while Activision announced record revenues for the same period, and its whole fiscal year.

Chinese game market explodes :: Friday, May 04, 2007
A report published by market intelligence firm Niko Partners, specialists in the Chinese game industry, states that the country’s video game market saw spectacular growth in 2006.

New PS3 model rumoured :: Friday, May 04, 2007
An Australian technology website has suggested that a revised PlayStation 3 could be less than 18 months away, citing “a Sony insider” as its source.

Microsoft Game Studios opens European arm :: Friday, May 04, 2007
Microsoft has announced that it is establishing a European base of operations for Microsoft Game Studios. The new publishing arm, based in Reading, will promote MGS games in Europe and manage its relationships with European developers.

Bach: Xbox will make a profit in 2008 :: Friday, May 04, 2007
The president of Microsoft’s entertainment and devices division has said he expects the company’s console business to finally start making money next year.

Microsoft to block fake Xbox Live accounts :: Friday, May 04, 2007
Microsoft is finally moving to clamp down on people who set up foreign Xbox Live accounts in order to download content they can’t access locally.

THQ gets new marketing director :: Friday, May 04, 2007
THQ has announced the appointment of John Webb, a former Infospace Europe and Eidos executive, as UK marketing director.

Clive Barker to Speak at Hollywood and Games Summit
IGN Playstation 3 :: Friday, May 04, 2007
The subject? The Interactive Parallel Universe.

Fracture Roundtable Impressions
IGN Playstation 3 :: Friday, May 04, 2007
Fracture (PS3)A trio of editors discuss the latest from LucasArts.

NBA Live 08 Progress Report
IGN Playstation 3 :: Friday, May 04, 2007
NBA Live 08 (PS3)This year it’s about five-on-five basketball. Um, what?

IGN is AFK Podcast: April Under Review
IGN Playstation 3 :: Friday, May 04, 2007
The whole IGN gang raps about last month’s games.

Odyssey: 35 Years Later
IGN Playstation 3 :: Friday, May 04, 2007
Gaming history: This month marks the 35th anniversary of the very first video game console.

LucasArts Declares Dedication to Innovation
IGN Playstation 3 :: Friday, May 04, 2007
The company wants to be known for more than just Star Wars.

Blog: Style, Grace and 9mms
IGN Playstation 3 :: Friday, May 04, 2007
John Woo Presents Stranglehold (PS3)Midway explains how it’s incorporating John Woo’s panache into Inspector Tequila’s next adventure.

SCEA Expands Its Business Development
IGN Playstation 3 :: Friday, May 04, 2007
Licensed merchandise on the way.

PlayStation Store Thursday Bonus Update
IGN Playstation 3 :: Friday, May 04, 2007
Ten more classic titles now playable on your PS3.

GameStop Celebrates the Launch of SpiderMan 3 Game
Team Xbox :: Friday, May 04, 2007
GameStop announced today that it will host midnight openings at over 300 of its U.S. GameStop and EB Games locations on May 4, 2007, to celebrate the release of Activisions SpiderMan 3 video game.

Bungie Founder Likes the New E3
Team Xbox :: Friday, May 04, 2007
Alex Seropian, the founder and former President of Bungie, says the E3 was “a big strokefest” and that the new format is a relief for developers.

Midway Reports 2007 Q1 Results
Team Xbox :: Friday, May 04, 2007
Midway Games announced today results of operations for the three month period ended March 31, 2007.

Forza Motorsport 2 Fuel Your Fantasy Sweepstakes
Team Xbox :: Friday, May 04, 2007
GameStop announced today the Forza Motorsport 2 Fuel Your Fantasy Sweepstakes. One lucky grand prize winner will drive away with a custom Nissan 350Z, like the ingame car in the upcoming Microsoft driving simulator, Forza Motorsport 2.

THQ and Big Huge Games Announce Development Deal
Team Xbox :: Friday, May 04, 2007
THQ will publish the roleplayging game that Ken Rolston, the Lead Designer of Elder Scrolls III Morrowind and Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion, is creating at Big Huge Games.

Registration Opens for CGS Qualifier at The Bridge
Team Xbox :: Friday, May 04, 2007
Watch live professional gaming action thats two stories high and 60 feet wide, with ingame footage and playbyplay commentary all immersed in digital surroundsound and shot in highdefinition.

Top Ten 8-bit Games
Think Gaming :: Friday, May 04, 2007
Game Trailers counts down their top ten 8-bit games, and that it brings back some good memories. Blowing all kinds of stuff up in Contra, trying to survive in Punch-Out , and being unstoppable at Blades of Steel. I’m not going to ruin it all for you, enjoy the video!

At Trilogy’s End: A Spider-Man Evolution
Xbox 360 Games :: Friday, May 04, 2007
Ryan Treit goes hands-on with Spider-Man 3 and discusses what’s new, what’s different and what’s improved.

Ninja Stealth Action Returns
Xbox 360 Games :: Friday, May 04, 2007
We examine FromSoftware’s stealth ninja masterpiece for Xbox 360, Tenchu Z.

UEFA: A Champion Among Soccer Games
Xbox 360 Games :: Friday, May 04, 2007
We explore EA Canada’s UEFA Champions League soccer game for Xbox 360, and preview its revolutionary, card-based Ultimate Team mode.

Trophies for Top Alien Hominid HD Players
Xbox 360 Games :: Friday, May 04, 2007
Independent game and toy developer The Behemoth announced today the first shipment of exclusive handmade trophies honoring the top players of Alien Hominid HD on Xbox LIVE Arcade.

Xbox 360 Marketplace Territory Controls Strengthened
Xbox-Scene :: Friday, May 04, 2007
From ( ) (FYI: MS owned blog): [QUOTE] Some Xbox LIVE members may experience some changes when downloading Marketplace content, as we strengthen the territory controls on the service with the Spring Update coming next week. As you may have noticed over the past few months, Xbox LIVE Marketplace has seen tremendous growth with tons of additional gaming and entertainment content, as well as a number of new partners. We are committed to providing great content to all of our users, however not all content is available for use in all countries. For example, as indicated in our Terms of Use, the movies and TV shows available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace are currently available only for use in the United States. Some of our contracts and agreements with content partners, particularly in the area of entertainment, restrict in which countries we may make certain content available. There are a number of reasons for these restrictions, including legal rights and regulations. In addition, various countries such as Germany have regulations when it comes to what content is acceptable for distribution to their residents. As a digital distributor of content, we are responsible and accountable to comply with those government regulations and the licensing agreements we have with our partners. As a general policy we try to get global rights to content, but in some cases, it’s not possible because of legal restrictions. In other instances, we have to get legal rights on a country-by-country basis, which unfortunately results with us having content on the service that has to be filtered based on geographical location. So what does this mean to you? Well, if you have an account that matches the country where you are located, then you will probably notice little to no difference. However, if you have set up an account that does not match the country where you are located, you will find that these new security measures will only allow you to purchase and download content that is licensed in the country where you are located. For example, if you are not located in the US, but have created a US Xbox LIVE account, you will not be able to download TV shows and movies that are currently available for use only in the US. Again, for most people this will not be an issue, but we have heard that there are a few folks out there who have tried to access restricted content this way. We understand that this may be frustrating for some users, and hope they understand our responsibility, and the necessary security requirements that need to be in place in order to comply with applicable laws and honor our agreements with content providers. [/QUOTE]