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09/26/06 | | Chris Martin
category: happening
Can't get enough of this sharp new game from Ubi Soft? Assassin's Creed is a hot item on many to-buy list, but since we have neither chirp nor howl from Ubi Soft regarding a release date, we're going to have to deal with this video instead.



09/25/06 | | Aaron Stanton
category: industry
The PS3's spendy price tag already has many gamers up in arms and puts the system completely outside the range of most casual spenders. With the PS3 clocking in at hundreds of dollars above the entry price of their competition, what could they possibly do to make their system even more inaccessible? How about games selling for between $76 and $84 each? A Japanese report suggests that they'll be doing just that. Reliable? Who knows, but Sony's recent history suggests that they're prepared to believe that gamers will accept any price they decide to offer, so who knows?


09/22/06 | | Chris Martin
category: screens
Screenshots of Playstation 3 games continue to suggest that publishers are trying to take full advantage the PS3's power. Yesterday, publisher Koei released a bunch of new screenshots for Fatal Inertia, their futuristic hover racer that looks vaguely reminiscent of both F-Zero and the pod racing from Star Wars. Its gameplay emphasizes the use of physics as a tool to win races, but Fatal Inertia's graphics engine is evidently looking pretty good too. You can see that from the new screens.


09/18/06 | | Aaron Stanton
category: happening
The advent of services like Xbox Live and the Wii Virtual Console have changed the dynamics of the industry. Suddenly there's a marketplace for less mainstream genres that have a hard time competing against the likes of Halo and Zelda. One such genre: Adventure Games. According to 1up.com, Nintendo has heard fans asking for adventure game content and contacted TellTale games about the possibility of bringing Sam and Max to the Wii. A sure thing? Far from it, but it's nice to know that you can make a difference if you shout loud enough. Good job, guys and gals.


09/16/06 | | George Holomshek
category: announced
Atlus sends word that their cult-fave-to-be, Trauma Center: Second Opinion, will launch alongside Nintendo's new baby, the Wii. One of the most highly sought-after games for the Nintendo DS, Trauma Center has gained a legion of fans who are looking forward to the home console version. Get the details on this "Wii-make" that should easily become one of the most talked-about titles to make the Wii launch.


09/14/06 | | Aaron Stanton
Nintendo has finally given us concrete pricing and release date details for the Nintendo Wii. The Wii will be available on November 19th, 2006 in a single bundle for $249.99. The bundle will include one white Wii console, one nunchuk and Wiimote, one sensor bar, cords, and a copy of Nintendo Wii Sports. The inclusion of the extra game is an unexpected surprise. Wii Sports was one of the most entertaining and natural feeling games shown at E3 2006. Tons of other information was released as well. Read the article for more details.


09/11/06 | | Aaron Stanton
In a sad, but not unexpected move, Microsoft has finally killed the Halogen Halo RTS project. Halogen, a fan created real-time strategy game based on the Halo intellectual property, has been under development for nearly three years. Now, due to a request from Microsoft the cease development, the project has stopped, and its creators promise that the project website will be pulled within the week. From the tone of the farewell letter posted on Halogen's site, you can tell that this is a long-expected development, but a sad one nonetheless.


09/10/06 | | Aaron Stanton
category: happening
Joystiq recently found themselves in the cross-hairs of the gaming community after they published a misleading headline on their site. The backlash from the gaming community, which accused them of over-hyping content for the sake of increased traffic, has been strong. Joystiq issued a public apology (good) and then fired the responsible poster (bad). In this editorial, Aaron Stanton takes a look at whether their actions were the right thing to do.


09/04/06 | | Aaron Stanton
category: happening
It's common for companies to sell services that a customer could easily do themselves with a little training; it's often more convenient to pay someone to do the job than to take the time to learn. But now, Circuit City is offering to install software on your Xbox 360 that is basically shipped preinstalled from the manufacturer. For a fee of $28.99, Circuit City will install software that lets you play original Xbox titles on your Xbox 360. Their advertising doesn't mention that many Xbox games can be played without their "software" installation, or that what they're really offering to do is to install a free update from Microsoft. The problem isn't the service, it's the misleading style of the service, and we sincerely hope the practice changes very soon.


09/01/06 | | Aaron Stanton
category: announced
20th Century Fox has announced that they'll be releasing a number of Blu-ray movies just before the PS3 launch in November, including at least one dual-layer Blu-ray that clocks in at 50 gigabytes. According to their press release, Fox will be selling Behind Enemy Lines, Fantastic Four, Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut), Kiss of the Dragon, The Omen, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Speed, and The Transporter for $40 each. This means that buying each title on Blu-ray will cost you nearly three times what it does to buy the same title on DVD. Is it worth it to you?


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