Archive for July, 2008

Sony Taking Applications For Home Beta

July 31, 2008

If you want to be a part of the Home closed beta, you might want to act fast. Unfortunately, this is for Japanese users only. If you are 18 or older, live in Japan, own a PS3, and want to be a part of the beta test, send your application between today, July 31, and August 11. Home was supposed to be out already, TWICE! I believe the hype is going to kill it, because it will be lower than everyone’s expectations.

via PC World

Pokemon Platinum Debut TV Spot

July 31, 2008

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl came out over a year ago, so here comes the third special game that is bound to come out. Red and Blue had Yellow, Gold and Silver had Crystal, and Diamond and Pearl will have Platinum. Game Freak is starting to run out of titles, but I don’t care how stupid they are, Pokemon is addicitive. The TV spot below shows off intriguing new content, such as an apparent anti-gravity level. I can’t wait to emmerse myself into the Pokemon environment once again.

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New Call of Duty 4 Playlists In Testing

July 31, 2008

Infinity Ward is planning on release new playlists for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare online matches. The new modes will hopefully arrive soon, but due to some bugs found in one of the game types, they are still in the testing phase. The four new playlists are:

Bare-bones Team Deathmatch: Picture normal Team Deathmatch, but stripped down to its birthday suit. Perks and kill streak rewards are disabled so all that remains are your skills and weapons.

Hardcore Headquarters: I’ll let you use your imagination for this one. It’s that same old Headquarters with the features of Hardcore mode. For those of you who don’t know, Hardcore enables friendly fire, increases damage, removes your HUD, stops health regeneration, and disables killcam.

Hardcore Free-For-All: ^^Ditto

Multi-bomb Search and Destroy: EVERYONE on the attacking team now has a bomb that they can willingly plant. No more races for the bomb, and now the defence has to watch both targets religiously.

via Infinity Ward Blog

New 360 Model Spotted At Wal-Mart And Target

July 30, 2008
From Target

From Target

If you just got the red rings, it might be time to pick up a new console instead of sending it to Microsoft. The new 60 GB model, that is supposed to come out in August, has been seen at both Target and Wal-Mart, for $299.99. One commentor on Xbox 360 Fanboy claimed he bought the same SKU from a GameStop in Virginia, but no pictures were provided. Now is a good time to buy a 360.

From Wal-Mart

From Wal-Mart

Pictures via Xbox 360 Fanboy

Nintendo Produces Big Profit In Q1

July 30, 2008

From April to June this year, Nintendo has reeled in a profit of $996 million, about $256 million more this same time last year. Wii sales were up 1.7 million from last year at 5.17 million, but DS sales in Japan have decreased. Down 40,000 from last year, the DS has sold 6.94 units worldwide.

In regards to software, both systems have increased in sales. Total software sales for Wii and DS were 40.41 million units and 36.59 million units respectively. This boost is attributed mainly to the games Wii Fit, Mario Kart Wii, and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness/Explorers of Time.

Nintendo’s estimated net income for the fiscal year, ending in March 2009 is $3 billion. This company has made a pretty good turn around from the GameCube.

Midnight Club: Los Angeles, Brought To You By Pizza Hut

July 30, 2008

I’ve said before, I don’t like racing games, but that doesn’t mean I won’t cover them. Rockstar San Diego is putting your character in an environment we have never seen before: an environment that looks filled with in-game ads. As long as this game has the updated, pasta-serving Pizza Hut I’ll be fine. If not, I don’t like pizza anyway. Anyways, the game comes out October 7, if you like it, great, if you don’t, that’s fine too, there are plenty of fish in the sea.

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Sony’s Fat Princess Causes Controversy

July 30, 2008

The world that we live in is too sensitive, especially when it comes to video games. There’s the Mass Effect Se-Xbox scandal, the uproar about Chris Redfield killing zombies in Africa, and now this. Feminists are going nuts about the upcoming PSN title Fat Princess, because you have to feed a CARTOON princess cake so your enemies can’t move her. Joystiq posted a great, and somewhat funny, article about the situation.

Femenist Gamer’s “Mighty Ponygirl” gives a suggestion for a different approach. She says “Instead of running out into the forest to find cake to fatten up the princess with, why not go out and find gold (which is a lot heavier than cake) to stuff into a treasure chest. The more gold in the chest, the heavier it would be, and the harder it would be to carry,” she said, before adding, “Oh, but that’s not as “cute” as cake and fat chicks. Right.” Yes, because every gamer wants to play Heavy Treasure Chest, that sounds much better than Fat Princess. What were we thinking?

From the site Shakesville, Melissa McEwan writes “Congrats on your awesome new game, Sony. I’m positively thrilled to see such unyielding dedication to creating a new generation of fat-hating, heteronormative assholes.” That’s just incorrect, Sony didn’t create the fat-hating assholes, they’ve been there all along. How dare you make such absurd comments. Why don’t we just make fun of your driving skills!

I’m hoping you’ve all heard the expression “it’s all well that ends well,” because this one definitely ends well. While Sony never gave an official response to these comments, James Green, the art director of Fat Princess did. Green basically embarasses the two women by saying “Does it make it better or worse that the concept artist (who designed the look, characters, everything) is a girl?” I’ll allow both Ponygirl and McEwan to remove their foot from their mouth now, because I believe an apology is in order. That might actually be punishment enough. Don’t you just love the world?

PlayStation Firmware 2.42 Released

July 30, 2008

With almost no mention, Sony sent out a PS3 system update. PS3 Fanboy thought it would portain to a feature called “Life With PlayStation,” but a post on the PlayStation Blog cleared everything up. “This update improves the playback quality of some PLAYSTATION 3 and PlayStation format software.” Well that was uneventful. This mysterious release for something that I don’t even understand.

EA Reduces Their Losses, But Are Still Behind

July 30, 2008

Electronic Arts reported a loss of a net loss of $95 million for the end of their fiscal first quarter, which is an improvement consideing the loss of $132 million a year ago. The numbers recorded were short of analyst predictions, despite more than doubling their net revenue (from $395 million to $804 million*) over a year.

Most video game companies generate the majority of their revenue during the holiday season. A few games that John Riccitiello believes will boost sales are “Spore,” “Mirror’s Edge” and “Warhammer Online“. Electronic Arts estimates their full-year net revenue will be between $5 and $5.3 billion, whereas analysts believe sales to fall in the middle at $5.15 billion.

*This number includes deferred revenue, by which total sales were boosted. Ignoring deferred revenue, total sales would amount to $609 million, short of analyst projected sales of $640 million.

via KFWB News

Mass Effect DLC Coming To PC

July 29, 2008

The DLC mission Bringing Down the Sky has been avaliable for all console Mass Effect owners since March, at 400 Microsoft Points, or $5. If you held out and purchased the PC version, you’re in for a treat. Not only do you have improved graphics and a better interface, but you can play Bringing Down the Sky for free. All you have to do is start up your game and follow the directions on the launch screen. Have fun kicking some Batarian tail, FOR FREE!