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Moore Sees More Wii Dominance; 360 and PS3 to Fight for What's Left
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Moore Sees More Wii Dominance; 360 and PS3 to Fight for What's Left

Ah, it never ceases to be amusing, watching Peter Moore's change in tone towards the console race, now that he's no longer the head of Microsoft. It's perfectly understandable, of course; it just doesn't lose its humorous aspect. That said, regarding Kaz Hirai's goal/prediction for the PlayStation 3's numbers over its lifespan, Moore sees a different picture. "It looks to me as if the Wii is going to have at least half the installed base of the overall industry and the Xbox 360 and PS3 are going to fight over the balance, based on the run-rates we're seeing," he told the Financial Times. This comes following Nintendo laying claim to market dominance, following the recently-released NPD numbers which show them sitting pretty at nearly 11 million consoles sold in the US. Even with the exclusive Metal Gear Solid 4 to bolster the PS3's numbers, the Wii still handily beat it by 260,000 units in June, and outsold the 360 by a margin of three-to-one. Read More

Sonic and the Black Knight - Nintendo Power Details Revealed
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Sonic and the Black Knight - Nintendo Power Details Revealed

Over the weekend, the cover of the new issue of Nintendo Power started making the rounds, and with it, news of the new title from SEGA, "Sonic and the Black Knight." Now, there's finally some information from inside the magazine to help bring some of the game's mysteries to light. As noted previously, the game comes as a successor to Sonic and the Secret Rings as part of the "Storybook Series" of Sonic games, and is developed by the same team as well; this would be a good thing, one might surmise, given that the flaws of that game were more by design than by bugs or inability to manipulate a camera. The story follows Sonic as he is summoned to the realm of King Arthur by a sorceress named Merlina. But all is not well in Camelot; as the King has become corrupted, and now rules as the tyrannical (and titular) Black Knight. Sonic, aided by a talking sword named Calibur which serves as his mentor, begins his quest to overthrow the Black Knight as a mere knave; in order to have any hope of defeating Arthur, Sonic himself must become a full-fledged knight. Read More

Media: Interview With Madden 09 Developer
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Media: Interview With Madden 09 Developer

It just dawned on me that this year marks the 20th of Madden's lengthy run. Newsflash, heh. This video interview popped up on GameTrailers last night. Madden fans will be excited about everything shown within, people searching for innovation in the sports game genre...not so much. Should I plug NHL 09 here? EA Sports has become a mixed bag of rehashing and real innovation that seems to vary with every title. Perhaps one can't blame the publisher as a whole, just their individual development houses. Read More

Behold Left 4 Dead's Boxart
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Behold Left 4 Dead's Boxart

The boys at Valve have released their finalized boxart for Left 4 Dead, their upcoming multiplayer co-op FPS: My verdict: Beats the snot out of The Orange Box's...box! Read More

LittleBigPlanet to Help the Jobless
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LittleBigPlanet to Help the Jobless

So you've got no cash flow but you own every video game console under the sun. You're probably going to buy LittleBigPlanet because, well, because you want it. You don't have the money for it, but you're willing to live off of crappy ramen and tap water for two months in order to pay for it. I don't know why. Well, you're going to get the game, and there's a chance that the game may just make you some money. Yeah. Those that create content in the world of LittleBigPlanet that is good enough to garner some serious attention will earn the right to sell their work. Any good artist has earns the ability to sell their work at local coffee shops. What's the difference here? Video games are, in fact, art, are they not? Here's what David Reeves, president of SCEE had to say:What we're trying to do with LittleBigPlanet is almost iTunes meets eBay in the sense that once an individual or a developer has qualified by producing certain levels or certain add-ons, they will then be able in the future to exchange these and make money out of them...Eventually, it's feasible that you might well see the first LittleBigPlanet millionaire! Mu...muh...muh...m...millionaire!? Read More

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