Gaming News May 2007

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Shivering Isles Patch is Up, Fixes Form ID Bug
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
This 1.2 update for The Elder Scrolls IV Shivering Isles fixes the issues caused by Form ID bug.

BioShock “What’s in the Water?” High Definition Movie
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
We bring you a new video that highlights one of the most fascinating aspects, technically and visually, of BioShock.

WoW Report: Starting a New Character
Think Gaming :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
I know we missed a WoW Report last week! We are back this week with a brand new one! Since Burning Crusade came out 2 new races emerged the Draenei (Alliance) and the Blood Elves (Horde). With these new races I definitely wanted to create a new character. Since I play […]

Teen Arrested for Counter-Strike Map
Think Gaming :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Now honestly this is stupid. A Chinese school student is arrested, his house searched, and then sent to an alternative education center. All because he created a Counter-Strike map based off his high school. I’m so glad I am not growing up these days. Back when I was in high school […]

Treit & True: Tales from the Shadowrun Beta
Xbox 360 Games :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Ryan Treit surfaces long enough from his marathon sessions of the Shadowrun beta to offer his impressions.

Tips and Tricks – A Novice’s Guide to Soccer Games
Xbox 360 Games :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Our basic guide introduces the casual gamer to soccer games, including tips and tricks needed for success.

Viva Piñata Wins Parents’ Choice Award
Xbox 360 Games :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Rare’s Viva Piñata for Xbox 360 has received a Gold Award from the Parents’ Choice Awards program. The Gold Awards are bestowed upon books, toys, games, videos, software, magazines, audio recordings, and television programs that are judged as the highest quality, most appealing products in their genre.

Xbox 360 Makes HD Simple
Xbox Hardware :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
High Definition TV is simple with Xbox 360. Denny Atkin explains HD and Xbox 360.

The Euro Vision: Number-Crunching GAME’s Gamestation Deal
Gamasutra Columns :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Following GAME’s purchase of Gamestation, Euro Vision columnist Jon Jordan reckons that while the figures on the £74 million ($147 million) deal add up in the short term, the bigger the games retailer gets, the harder it will be to drive up margins.

Gamers want shorter, better games – Dyack
GamesIndustry.biz :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
“I don’t care how good the game is,” Silicon Knights president Denis Dyack tells gi.biz, “I don’t want to play something that’s one hundred hours long.”

RealNetworks Q1 gaming revenue up 28%
GamesIndustry.biz :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
RealNetworks’ Q1 revenues from gaming products rose 28 percent year-on-year, the company said yesterday as it posted a record USD 129.5 million in sales for the first quarter.

EA invests USD 1 million in Canadian graduate scheme
GamesIndustry.biz :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Electronic Arts will make a USD 1 million grant to the Masters of Digital Media (MDM) programme at the Great Northern Way Campus in Vancouver, British Columbia – close to the headquarters of EA’s own Canadian operation.

Old E3 ‘served no purpose’, says ex-Bungie boss
GamesIndustry.biz :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Alex Seropian, co-founder and former CEO of Halo developer Bungie, has said he’s relieved that E3 has been downsized into a smaller event – adding that it benefited publishers much more than developers.

LucasArts unveils new shooter IP for next-gen
GamesIndustry.biz :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Day 1 Studios’ Fracture gets big reveal on PS3 and Xbox 360, as the Star Wars publisher redoubles efforts to broaden portfolio.

Record Revenues for Activision?
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
The company tentatively announces its whopping 2007 results.

360 Hindering GTAIV?
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3)Rockstar says Microsoft’s console is limiting the game’s progress.

Fracture Video Interview
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Fracture (PS3)Lucas Arts blows the lid off their new action title.

Australian Game Charts
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
For the week ending April 29.

LucasArts to Fracture PS3
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Fracture (PS3)Don’t just destroy the environment, transform it in Day 1 Studios’ promising new action title.

Fracture Screens
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Fracture (PS3)The first look at LucasArts’ latest.

THQ’s Big Huge Announcement
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Big Huge Games RPG [untitled] (PS3)RPG legend Ken Rolston comes back to the genre he loves.

Official Transformers Trailer
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Transformers: The Game (PS3)See the game in action for the first time.

Interview: 3volution’s Jeremy Blair
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (PS3)The music producer talks about GRAW 2 and taking game audio to the next level.

Madden 08 Screens
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Madden NFL 08 (PS3)Rookies and Moss light up 08.

Cars Will Call Later
IGN Playstation 3 :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Calling All Cars! (PS3)Jaffe’s downloadable mayhem postponed a bit longer.

PaRappa the Rapper Fact Sheet (PSP)
Sony :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Fact Sheet on the Upcoming PSP Beat Game

Commodore Gaming responds with G and GS models
Commodore :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
The two newly launched Commodore G and GS models are priced as follows:

Critical Reception: Vivendi’s/Day 1 Studios’ F.E.A.R.
Gamasutra Columns :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
This week’s edition of Critical Reception examines online reaction to the recently released PlayStation 3 version of F.E.A.R., a controversial port that critics are alternately calling “a decent shooting experience,” and “a port that hasn’t been optimized.”

GameStop “missed an opportunity”, says Pachter
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has stated he believes US retailer GameStop should have stepped in before GAME to buy high street chain Gamestation.

Wii sales hit 80k in Australia
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
The Xbox 360 may still have the largest installed base of all the next-gen consoles in Australia, but the Wii is catching up – with 80,000 consoles sold since December.

Gamestation acquisition necessary for market growth – Morgan
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
As specialist game retail in the UK shrinks from two major chains to just one, GAME boss Lisa Morgan has asked suppliers to be supportive of the move in order to help widen the market.

Final Fantasy creator takes aim at Sony and Microsoft
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy series, has criticised the PlayStation 3 for being difficult to develop for – and accused Microsoft of failing to promote Xbox 360 effectively in Japan.

1 million players register for free Acclaim title
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
One million players have downloaded and registered to play Bots!!, Acclaim’s free online fighting game.

Wii offers new challenge for third parties, says analyst
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
IDC analyst Billy Pidgeon has warned that while the success of the Wii and DS will have a positive effect on the games industry as a whole, publishers now face a new set of challenges with regard to producing games.

D3P targets Live Arcade with 3 new releases
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
D3 Publisher has announced plans to bring three Xbox Live Arcade titles to market by the end of the year.

Atari slashes workforce by 20 per cent
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Troubled publisher Atari has announced plans to slash its 320-strong workforce by 20 per cent, including a reduction of admin staff of approximately 26 per cent.

GAME acquires Gamestation for £74 million
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
European retailer GAME has acquired its nearest High Street competitor Gamestation for GBP 74 million.

GAME buys Gamestation for ?74 million
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
No name changes in the pipeline though for additional 217 stores.

Atari to cut Staff by 20%
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Job reductions a “significant first step in reorganising Atari”.

All-Pro Football 2K8 Video Interview
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
All-Pro Football 2K8 (PS3)The Inside scoop on 2K’s new Madden killer.

Turok Looking Fine
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Turok (PS3)Dinosauring to new heights via screenshots.

Jerry Rice Interview
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Talking All-Pro Football 2K8 with the coolest legend in the game.

All-Pro Football 2K8’s Resurrection
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
All-Pro Football 2K8 (PS3)2K Sports’s resurrected football franchise to sport deep customization options.

E3 2007 Layout Revealed
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
They weren’t kidding: it really is a much smaller show.

Ryu Reveals Gaiden Box
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Ninja Gaiden Sigma (PS3)Sigma’s final cover goes public.

Official Gauntlet II Trailer
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Gauntlet II (PS3)One of the most extreme close ups we’ve ever seen.

Call of Duty 4 Imagery
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3)Three framegrabs from the first trailer.

PS Network Runs the Gauntlet
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Gauntlet II (PS3)Sony Online prepares Midway sequel for Thursday.

Europeans Go Home
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Home (PS3)A small group is digging into Sony’s newest beta

Hollywood Goes Gaming: Grace Park of Battlestar Galactica and Command & Conquer 3
Xbox 360 Games :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
John Gaudiosi interviews Grace Park, star of Battlestar Galactica and Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars


Gears of War is a Classically Great Game
Xbox 360 Games :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
We examine what makes Gears of War so special and why it’s important to the world of next-gen gaming.

This Week in Xbox: April 25-May2 2007
Xbox 360 Games :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Games Editor Denny Atkin brings you all the latest in what’s going on this week on Xbox.com.

Axe Themes in Marketploace
Xbox Live Marketplace :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Preview Axe themes available on Xbox live Marketplace.

Axe Gamer Pics in Marketplace
Xbox Live Marketplace :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Preview Gamer Pics for Axe, in Xbox Live Marketplace today!

Dragon Electronics: Step Down AC Adapter for PS3 and Xbox 360
Xbox-Scene :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Not really a unique product, but Dragon Electronics released a sharply priced ($19) Step Down AC Adapter for PS3 and Xbox 360 that can be useful for all European gamers importing consoles from N-America or Japan. It looks like a small PS3 and with its 500W output you’ll have more than enough output to power your 100-110V Xbox360 on a 220-240V network: [QUOTE] Use any Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 console from USA/Asia, that use 110V current, in countries that use 220V like Europe with this convenient power adapter. Plus it looks stylish and is very safe for your console. Specifications : * Built-in fuse for more safety * Compatible with Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 systems * Stable and high output power (500W) * Built-in cooling fan to keep temperature low * Step down function input: 220-240V // Output: 100-120V (http://pictures.xbox-scene.com/xbox360/dragon-xbox360/Step_Down_AC_Adapter.jpg ) [/QUOTE] Buy Now ($18.95): divineo.cn (http://www.divineo.cn/php/affstart.php?affcode=xboxscene&prod=360-sdacad ) Official Site: www.dragon-electronics.com (http://www.dragon-electronics.com )

Final Fantasy creator takes aim at Sony and Microsoft
Xbox-Scene :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
From gamesindustry.biz (http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=24697 ): [QUOTE] Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy series, has criticised the PlayStation 3 for being difficult to develop for – and accused Microsoft of failing to promote Xbox 360 effectively in Japan. “Microsoft has to change its marketing strategy in Japan. There are a lot of excellent games on the 360, far better games than what’s on the Wii or PS3. But not a lot of people in Japan have a clear idea what games like Gears of War are all about,” he said. And it’s not just the marketing for Xbox 360 which Sakaguchi feels is lacking: “Just look at the Windows Vista commercial – it’s terrible,” he stated. [/QUOTE] Full Story: gamesindustry.biz (http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=24697 )

UBS analyst Predicts sales by 2010: 51.9m Wii, 47.2m PS3, 38.9m 360
Xbox-Scene :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
From gamedaily.com (http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/feature/?id=16002 ): [QUOTE] UBS analyst Benjamin Schachter believes the PS3 will be just fine, just not as dominant as the PS2. By 2010, he forecasts that the PS3 will have sold over 21 million units in the U.S., just slightly behind the Xbox 360 with over 22 million, but ahead of the Wii (nearly 19 million). In Europe, the numbers by 2010 are also expected to be fairly balanced: 14 million for PS3, 15.5 million for 360, and 12.5 million for Wii. Interestingly, in Japan he believes the discrepancies will be far greater. By 2010 in Japan the 360 will have sold 900,000, but it’s the Wii that dominates with 20.5 million compared to the 360’s 11.7 million. On a worldwide basis, Schachter believes the Wii will slightly out pace the PS3, 51.9 million vs. 47.2 million. The 360, he predicts, will come in third globally with 38.9 million. [/QUOTE] Full Story: gamedaily.com (http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/feature/?id=16002 )

Gears of War, Hidden Fronts Multiplayer Map Pack
Xbox-Scene :: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
From the press release: [QUOTE] On Thursday, May 3, at 9 a.m. GMT, Xbox LIVE gamers should ready their weapons and prepare for battle as “Gears of War”, rated M for Mature, releases four new action-packed multiplayer maps in the thrilling “Hidden Fronts” Multiplayer Map Pack. For 800 Microsoft points, COG soldiers and the Locust Horde will clash once again for control of these four dynamic new areas, including Bullet Marsh, Garden, Process and Subway. * Bullet Marsh: In this Kryll-infested swamp, an old generator still powers the area lights. A few stray bullets could easily knock out the generator, leaving combatants to fend for themselves against the Kryll. * Garden: This overgrown and crumbling conservatory still has a working fertilization and pesticide system. This system can pose a serious hazard to anyone who ventures into the greenhouse without first venting the air. * Process: Teams must fight for control of this subterranean Imulsion processing plant, still active despite the cessation of the Pendulum wars. * Subway: Timgad’s Central Subway station used to serve as a central hub for commuters. Now the tunnels are crawling with Locust. The “Hidden Fronts” Multiplayer Map Pack will explode onto Xbox LIVE Marketplace on May 3 for 800 Microsoft Points as gamers steady their aim, pull the pin from their grenades and get ready to battle once more! All four of the new maps will be made available at no cost over Xbox LIVE on Sept. 3, 2007. [/QUOTE] Full Story: press release (http://gamerscoreblog.com/team/archive/2007/05/01/544539.aspx )

Call of Duty coming to Mobile Phones
Glu Mobile :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Leading Mobile Publisher Adds Title from Critically-Acclaimed Franchise

4-Player PaRappa The Rapper?
Sony :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
PaRappa The Rapper for the PSP system mobilizes PaRappa’s hip-hop adventures and builds on the success of this iconic franchise.

Gametap Games Available on Day of Retail Release
Gametap :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Games to be available to subscribers on the day of retail release, starting with Tomb Raider: Anniversary.

Out of the Park Baseball 2007 PC Review
Tweak Town :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
TTGamer have posted a review of Out of the Park Baseball 2007 for the PC. If you fancy yourself a savvy baseball GM/Manager, then this game will surely put you to the test.

Silent Hunter-Wolves of the Pacific Review
Gamepyre :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
If submarines is your passion, you’d be a fool to overlook this great title, but at the same time, if naval warfare is not at the top of your list, you will hate yourself for making this purchase because this game can get boring extremely, extremely fast. The redundancy of the game is also noted in the sense that after a while everything looks the same (you looking through a periscope trying to sink another boat).

Media Consumption: Splash Damage’s Neil Postlethwaite (Enemy Territory: Quake Wars)
Gamasutra Columns :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
For this week’s Media Consumption, a column that looks at the media and art diets of our favourite industry personalities, we spoke to Neil Postlethwaite, Managing Director at Splash Damage and Producer of the studio’s upcoming PC title Enemy Territory: Quake Wars.

Nintendo confirms 2007 release for key titles in Japan
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Nintendo has confirmed that more than a dozen Wii software titles will be released in Japan this year, including key titles Super Mario Galaxy and Metroid 3.

‘World of Warcraft has done us a great service,’ says Garriott
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Ultima Online creator Richard Garriott has praised hit MMO World of Warcraft for expanding the audience for online gaming – and thereby boosting sales of other games in the genre.

Gameloft sales up 54 per cent
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
French mobile game publisher and developer Gameloft has published quarter one financial results, revealing that sales for the period stood at EUR 22.7 million.

New MMO studio established by genre veterans
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
A new development studio which will specialise in producing MMO games has been set up by a team of 10 designers with extensive experience of working in the genre.

Sony unveils new PSP camera
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Sony Computer Entertainment has announced that a new camera accessory for the PlayStation Portable will launch across Europe on May 16, priced at GBP 34.99 / EUR 49.99.

UK charts: God of War II takes top spot
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Sony has scored its second No. 1 in the all-formats software chart with PlayStation 2 exclusive God of War II.

Kutaragi hints at plans for PS4
GamesIndustry.biz :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Ken Kutaragi, the ‘Father of PlayStation’, has revealed that he already has a vision for PS4, 5 and even 6 – despite having announced his imminent retirement.

Devil May Cry 4 Progress Report
IGN Playstation 3 :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Devil May Cry 4 (PS3)We slice through demons with Nero. New impressions and details.

Devil May Cry 4 Screens
IGN Playstation 3 :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Devil May Cry 4 (PS3)Slash through demons with this massive set of DMC4 screens.

Call of Duty 4 Trailer Analysis
IGN Playstation 3 :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3)We put the Modern Warfare trailer under an electron microscope. You’ll be amazed at what we discovered.

Game of the Month: April 2007
IGN Playstation 3 :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
First Encounter Assault Recon rules period number four.

Dark Sector HD Developer Commentary
IGN Playstation 3 :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Dark Sector (PS3)Catch it if you can.

Kutaragi to Work with Sony on PS4, 5, 6
IGN Playstation 3 :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Although he is moving on, the father of PlayStation will still be aiding the system’s development.

Harry Potter Screenshots
IGN Playstation 3 :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (PS3)Three new Order of the Phoenix shots.

New Devil May Cry 4 Screenshots
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Even Baldur is going to cry after seeing this sixty new screenshots of Devil May Cry 4.

Gears of War Hidden Fronts Map Pack Announced
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Recon reports are in. Stop. Front line surveillance indicates Locust movement. Stop. Four new sectors now under enemy control. Stop. Do we engage? Stop. Awaiting orders. Stop. End transmission

D3Publisher to Bring Games to Xbox Live Arcade
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Among others, D3Publisher will bring to Xbox Live Arcade the muchanticipated racing game Mad Tracks, from developer Load Inc.

GameStop Announces Exclusive BioShock Edition
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
The exclusive edition will include a Big Daddy figurine, a behindthescenes DVD, a BioShock soundtrack CD and an embossed graphic cover art designed by the winner of a coverart contest.

Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta Screenshots
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
You may find these screenshots familiar, but if you pay close attention, you’ll find out they are new.

Halo 3 Web Site Updated
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Bungie has updated the official Halo 3 web site with new content. Among other things, the site confirms the return of the M6D pistol.

SpiderMan 3 Launch Trailer in High Definition
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
See the banner above? It’s only four days until the SpiderMan 3 video game hits store shelves and that’s why we bring you the launch trailer.