Gaming News May 2007

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Rampage: World Tour Review
IGN Playstation 3 :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Rampage: World Tour (PS3)To eat is to appropriate by destruction.

Codemasters Announces PreOrder Program for DiRT
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Codemasters announced today a preorder program for DiRT.

Epic UT3 is Gears on Crack, Cover is for Wimps!
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Check out the first details on the Xbox 360 version of Unreal Tournament 3.

The Club Music
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
SEGA revealed today some of the musical secrets behind the worlds most deadliest organisation, The Club.

Mad Tracks Arrives This Wednesday on Xbox Live Arcade
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Mad Tracks will be available for download on Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 beginning Wednesday, May 30, at 900 a.m. GMT.

Shadowrun Available for Xbox 360 and Windows Vista
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Microsoft Game Studios is launching Shadowrun onto retailers across North America. HD launch trailer inside!

BioShock Footage Seven Minutes of NonStop Action
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
A seven minute clip of BioShock is having the entire Xbox community drooling over the “spiritual successor” to System Shock 2.

Halo 3 Campaign Levels and Achievements Exposed
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Guess what modders found in the code of the Halo 3 multiplayer beta? *** SPOILERS ***

Pro Evolution Soccer 6 Connectivity Issues
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Konami is aware that a small number of users playing Pro Evolution Soccer 6 are facing connectivity issues. Microsoft is currently working actively with Konami on this issue.

Fable 2 Dene Carter Interview
Team Xbox :: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
The Creative Director of Fable 2 discusses different aspects of Fable 2 the style its going for, whats going on with towns, simulation and how theyll be dealing with different players skills.

Free DVD with all preorders and week one purchases
G2 Games :: Monday, May 28, 2007
Buy Enemy Engaged this week and get a free DVD.

An Inconvenient Truth about your PC gaming
Tweak Town :: Monday, May 28, 2007
“You thought you knew what controversy was, well we are talking it to the next level as we bring you The Inconvenient Truth… about your PC gaming! Al Gore would be proud.

With our new toy, the Prova Power Analyzer WM-01, or as popular TweakTown staff like refer to it – that power thingy, it was time to get down and dirty to see what your games are doing to the environment. Are multiplayer gamers that play games based on the Source engine looking after the environment more than those playing Prey? And which game type is better, FPS or RTS? There was only one way to find out, to do our normal array of benchmarks and see what results that new super dopper power thingy gave us.”

Blogged Out: ‘Healthy Mercs’
Gamasutra Columns :: Monday, May 28, 2007
In his latest ‘Blogged Out’ column, veteran UK writer Jim Rossignol takes a look at the world of developer blogging with views on convergence, freelancing, and invisible grenades.

Release This: Mario Party 8, Forza 2 Prepare to Hit U.S.
Gamasutra Columns :: Monday, May 28, 2007
Gamasutra’s “Release This!” takes a look at every game title we know to be shipping to stores this week, which will see heavy-hitters like Mario Party 8, Forza Motorsport 2, Tomb Raider: Anniversary, and Shadowrun finding their way to stores worldwide.

Mercenaries 2: Meet Your Mercs
IGN Playstation 3 :: Monday, May 28, 2007
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (PS3)A first look at the three gun-toting trouble-makers you’ll use to cause destruction on an epic scale.

UnleashX V0.39.0528 Build 584
Xbox-Scene :: Monday, May 28, 2007
A new dashboard replacmenet for your original xbox .. *Fixed: Problem displaying Zipped skins properly. *Fixed: Black color in images are rendered as transparent. *Fixed: Dash lockup when scrolling up in Game Manager. *Fixed: MP3 files are now playable directly from USB FAT32 devices. *Changed z-buffer bit depth to 16-bit from 32-bit to decrease memory footprint. *Added: “Compress Texture” in video settings. Default is Off/No/False. Settings this to true enables the Dash to use Texture compression for big images, decreasing the memory requirement to display those in exchange for a lesser quality image. You can set this to “Yes” if you are using a skin with lots of videos/images *Added: “Browse Folder” in Music manager. You can now select folders containing MP3 and WMA files and the dash will queue them *Added: WMA playback support for ISO9660 disc/USB FAT32 devices. Note: Files are copied to a temp folder. File streaming in XACT appears to be broken so I can’t play from the media source directly. Note: Live Update server will only work with V0.39.0515A Build 583 Download: n/a (built with XDK (/xdk.php ))

360 Flash Dump Tool V0.1
Xbox-Scene :: Monday, May 28, 2007
This tool will allow you to decrypt and extract various parts of a XBox360 flash dump. The flash is devided into 2 major parts 1) The Cx sections (CB,CD,CE & 0,1 or 2 CF & CG sections). CB, CPU bootup CD, unpacker for CE CE, contains the HV and Kernel in a .cab archive CF&CG are upgrade patches The tool will extract and decrypt sections CB, CD, CE. Additionally it will extract the .cab file in section CE. This can be opened with winrar and the content (xboxkrnl.img) extracted. The first 256K of xboxkrnl.img is the Hypervisor, the remainder is the 2.0.1888 Kernel. 2) The Flash File System. The tool expects a dump to contain the data (512 bytes) followed by the ECC (16 bytes). The ECC bytes are used to locate FS entries & identify the version. The tool consists of the exe and CxKey.txt. CxKey.txt is delivered with 32 ‘0’s and they should be replaced with the key obtained from the 1BL. After all the fuss about AACS keys recently it seems risky to put the key in the exe Wink The Cx sections extracted from a dump will only decrypt correctly if the correct hex digits are inserted in the CxKey.txt file To do to it Add support for CF & CG sections Patch and re-encrypt pairing data in CB and CF News-Source: xboxhacker.net (http://www.xboxhacker.net/index.php?topic=7691.0 )

Riddick’s Video Chronicles
IGN Playstation 3 :: Sunday, May 27, 2007
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (PS3)First direct-feed of Dark Athena’s work in progress.

PS3 Game Upscaling: Fact or Fiction?
IGN Playstation 3 :: Sunday, May 27, 2007
Do PSX and PS2 games look much better? You be the judge.

Riddick on the Record
IGN Playstation 3 :: Sunday, May 27, 2007
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (PS3)Starbreeze Studios waxes fantastic on its sci-fi remake, Dark Athena.

Blog: Tuning Up
IGN Playstation 3 :: Sunday, May 27, 2007
Madden NFL 08 (PS3)The team at Tiburon is hard at work, tweaking some game modes for Madden NFL 08.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma Progress Report
IGN Playstation 3 :: Sunday, May 27, 2007
Ninja Gaiden Sigma (PS3)We spent the day with Ryu and only lost an arm.


Square Enix Starts New Game Service
IGN Playstation 3 :: Sunday, May 27, 2007
Featuring lots and lots of Chocobo.

Half-Life 2: Opening Up the Orange Box
IGN Playstation 3 :: Sunday, May 27, 2007
Half-Life 2: Orange Box (PS3)Video Preview, hands-on, and in-depth features on the best deal of the year.

Zabransky Talks Tricks
IGN Playstation 3 :: Sunday, May 27, 2007
NCAA cover athlete is blown away by Statue of Liberty. Video of play included.

Guitar Hero III – Blog Topic of the Week: Guitar Hero III
IGN Playstation 3 :: Sunday, May 27, 2007
Guitar Hero III (PS3)Is the third time going to be a charm?

Next Gears of War Title Update Brings New Achievements
Team Xbox :: Sunday, May 27, 2007
The next title update for Gears of War will incorporate new achievements to the game related to Annex and the Hidden Fronts downloadable content.

Xbox Live Arcade New Content for Worms Next Week
Team Xbox :: Sunday, May 27, 2007
Team17 has announced that the first release of downloadable content for Worms on Xbox LIVE Arcade is coming next week. Find out exactly when.

Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel Price Drop
Team Xbox :: Sunday, May 27, 2007
Microsoft has lowered the price of the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel just in time for the launch of Forza Motorsport 2.

EA SPORTS NHL Simulation Predicts Senators Win
Team Xbox :: Sunday, May 27, 2007
The Ottawa Senators will be the Stanley Cup Champions, according to a simulation of the Stanley Cup Finals using the EA SPORTS NHL videogame to predict a winner.

Tenchu Z for Xbox 360 Goes Gold
Team Xbox :: Sunday, May 27, 2007
Microsoft announced today that the Xbox 360 exclusive Tenchu Z has gone gold and will sneak onto store shelves across the nation on June 12.

Nudity Caused Delay of Halo 2 for Windows Vista
Team Xbox :: Sunday, May 27, 2007
Microsoft found out at the last minute that a map editor tool contained a photograph of an individual showing his bare backside…

Canon and Toshiba Announce SED Delay
Team Xbox :: Sunday, May 27, 2007
The prolonged patent lawsuit with NanoProprietary Inc. has affected the scheduled 2007 launch for SED and now there’s doubt over the commercial viability of this new flat display technology.

Jack Sparrow Invades Marketplace
Xbox Live Marketplace :: Sunday, May 27, 2007
Play as the eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann to prevent Jack’s dark past from catching up with him. For a taste of the swashbuckling action, download the first level demo and help Jack escape the prison fotress.

Video Interview with Nick Baker: Xbox 360 Architecture
Xbox-Scene :: Sunday, May 27, 2007
Channel9’s “Going Deep (http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/Going_Deep )” show interviewed Nick Baker about the Xbox 360 Architecture: [QUOTE] What is the XBox 360, exactly? How do you go about designing and building a game console that meets the high standards of today’s gamers and handles the computational pressures of today’s highly realistic games (think real time physics computation, incredibly rich graphics, etc)? Did you know the XBox 360 team saw into the multi-core future before most anybody else? Well, who better to talk to about all of this (and more) than Nick Baker. Nick is a hardware engineer and Director who leads the team that thought up the XBox 360 hardware architecture. It’s an impressive piece of machinery. In fact, Nick recently won the Outstanding Technical Leadership award for the effort. Here, Nick takes us through the design history and some of the implementation details of the XBox 360. What were some of the design trade-offs? How different is the XBox 360 that you can buy today from what you, Nick and his team were initially thinking? It’s a very interesting story. We get pretty geeky here, so be prepared to learn a thing or two about game console hardware architecture, the future of XBox 360 as it relates to multi-core, game programming language evolution in the multi-core, and more. [/QUOTE] Download/Stream video interview: channel9.msdn.com (http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/Going_Deep ) (FYI: MS owned blog)

Microsoft drops ERP of Xbox 360 Steering Wheel for Forza2
Xbox-Scene :: Sunday, May 27, 2007
From the press release: [QUOTE] Microsoft Game Studios today announced that “Forza Motorsport? 2” will speed onto U.S. retail shelves Tuesday, May 29, and that the estimated retail price (ERP) of the Xbox 360? Wireless Racing Wheel has been lowered to $129.99 in the U.S. Tuned and developed with the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel, “Forza Motorsport 2” supports true force feedback, setting a new precedent for realism in the racing simulation genre that will have gamers feeling every bump in the road and every jolt of acceleration as they take the corners on 12 of the most renowned tracks on the globe. With the game running at an astounding 60 frames per second, authentic simulation physics, and rumble functionality with the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller, “Forza Motorsport 2” offers incredible realism and depth for a complete racing experience in gaming. [/QUOTE] Read the whole press release: here (http://gamerscoreblog.com/team/archive/2007/05/25/550678.aspx )

Brain Age 2 Facts & Screenshots
Nintendo :: Saturday, May 26, 2007
More Brain Training from Dr Kawashima: How Old Is Your Brain? (DS)

Pirates Constructible Strategy Game Online (with Screenshots)
Sony Online Entertainment :: Saturday, May 26, 2007
Next Expansion to Feature Asian-Themed Ships, New Faction and Exclusive 10-Masted Chinese Pirate Junk

This Week Virtual Console Lets You Save The Planet, Journey Through Space And Overthrow An Evil Tyrant
Nintendo :: Saturday, May 26, 2007
Super Mario Bros. 2, Mach Rider and Blazing Lazers arrive in Europe.

Mario Strikers: Charged Football
Nintendo :: Saturday, May 26, 2007
Who Will Be The Champion? Find out as Mario Strikers: Charged Football launches this Friday, 25th May, exclusively on Wii

Lancashire Criminals Locked-Up For Amassing Thousands From Illegally Copied Games 
3 Pir8s Nicked for Nicking :: Saturday, May 26, 2007
Three jailed after North West counterfeiting conspiracy exposed

Lancashire Criminals Locked-Up For Amassing Thousands From Illegally Copied Games 
3 Pir8s Nicked for Nicking :: Saturday, May 26, 2007
Three jailed after North West counterfeiting conspiracy exposed

A World of My Own Beta (with Screenshots)
Game Domain :: Saturday, May 26, 2007
30,000 free beta places available in virtual island paradise, with 50 integrated games to try.

Call for Heroes: Pompolic Wars
Strategy First :: Saturday, May 26, 2007
Second demo available, titled “The Amazon Girl” if that helps.