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08/27/05 | | Aaron Stanton
category: happening
Bethesda confirmed that the widely anticipated Xbox 360 title Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion will run with or without a hard drive. But what does that mean? Is the $100 hard drive so unimportant that it can be pushed to the side at a whim? We asked Bethesda if they could clarify exactly what difference a hard drive makes in how Oblivion plays. The answer, depending on how you read it, can be either encouraging, or suggest that the role of the hard drive has been pushed to a level of minor importance. Read Bethesda's response, and decide for yourself.



08/27/05 | | Shawn Rider
category: happening
GameStop unveiled it's uber-Xbox 360 bundle, the Ultimate, which it offers for $1200. But apparently that just isn't enough Xbox 360 for truly hardcore gamers. Enter the Omega Bundle, everything you could possibly buy for your Xbox 360 at a modest *cough* $2000.


08/25/05 | | Aaron Stanton
category: happening
In what we are assuming is a move related to the recent death of a South Korean man who played Starcraft for 50 hours straight in an Internet cafe, China has stated that it will require all MMORPGs sold within its borders to adhere to strict guidelines. The rules include that games must limit how much time a user can play in a given stretch before the user's character suffers serious in-game penalties. Games affected include World of Warcraft and Lineage II, among others that are less well-known to American audiences. The companies that operate World of Warcraft and Lineage II in China have both agreed to integrate the system once it is ready in late 2005 or early 2006.


08/25/05 | | Shawn Rider
category: happening
As the Xbox 360 launch is really just around the corner, expect loads of little updates and revelations. We reported yesterday about the EB Games Xbox 360 bundles and the OrigenXbox360.com website, and today there are, well, further developments. GameStop has unveiled their lineup of Xbox 360 Bundles, and there are stirrings on OrigenXbox360.com.


08/24/05 | | Shawn Rider
game: Halo
category: announced
Rounding out a Microsoft triple-threat newsday, Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox have announced that they will produce the Halo movie, set for a release in the Summer of 2007. In addition, MS has announced the Halo Triple Pack, which will combine Halo, Halo 2, and the Halo 2 Map Pack in one package.


08/24/05 | | Shawn Rider
category: cool site
In a move that looks very similar to the I Love Bees campaign, Microsoft has registered another mysterious site, Origen360.com. This looks a heck of a lot like the early OurColony site, and Microsoft has a long history of using alt-reality gaming to sell us stuff.


08/24/05 | | Shawn Rider
category: happening
EB Games is the first major retailer to post their Xbox 360 preorder page and reveal that they will be selling the console in two bundles (corresponding to the two flavors Microsoft is releasing) which increase the price of each system by $300. This move does not bode well for gamers this holiday season, who are used to being forced into bad bundles in order to purchase scarce new hardware.


08/23/05 | | Shawn Rider
category: announced
Namco has announced that their Nintendo DS Pac Man game, Pac'n Roll, is available in retail outlets across America for Nintendo DS. The game makes use of the touch screen to provide Pac-control unlike we've seen before from the little yellow guy. Check it out.


08/23/05 | | Shawn Rider
category: press release
Turner Broadcasting is launching a new broadband entertainment network called GameTap this Fall. GameTap will offer gamers broadband access to a large catalog of PC games, ranging from current hits to classic titles. Today, Turner has announced that its service will be available at a subscription rate of $14.95/month as well as a free two-week trial subscription for anyone interested in the service.


08/21/05 | | Shawn Rider
category: screens
Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 is a World War II-based tactical military shooter, and is known for its realism and attention to strategic detail. Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood is the sequel to Road to Hill 30, following closely on the heels of its predecessor. Get the latest screenshots here.


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