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E3 2008: Sony Conference Crashed

Apparently we've all been going about this gaming press thing way wrong. We've been waiting for news like the rest of the respectable world. This latest, strangest news points to a better (?) strategy for getting news. I'm probably exaggerating, lousy cheaters. SCEA leader Jack Tretton has come out and claimed that a dress rehearsal of the Sony conference was crashed by a blogger. The blogger was writing from a spot atop the third floor balcony. Sony figured it out when one of their staff noticed that everything they were running through in their rehearsal was showing up on a site. Sony has not revealed any information regarding who the person was or what blog he wrote for. We here at Kombo note this incident as a disgrace. From Tretton:Everything we were saying was getting posted within 15 minutes on the Internet...They found some guy on the third floor balcony laying down taking notes and calling it in to a service... "If he was smart, he'd have waited until they were finished." -David Oxford, Kombo Staff Read More


E3 2008: Iwata Comments on Sony, Microsoft's Copying of Wii, Says It's 'A Danger'

On Tuesday, Nintendo Co. Ltd. President Satoru Iwata told the press at its E3 briefing that consumers quickly grow tired of new ideas, particularly when those ideas are in turn replicated by competitors. Some of the most notable examples are, of course, Sony's introduction of the SIXAXIS controller, and Microsoft's recent reveal of their Avatars. "This happens when others try to reproduce the initial change," Iwata said, adding "There is danger in standing still." As a result, Nintendo believes that this competitive one-upmanship is what has forced Nintendo to stay on its toes, and to continually innovate in the marketplace. Read More


E3 2008: Sonic Unleashed

What the Game's About After a failed attempt in 2006, Sega once again is taking a crack at restarting Sonic the Hedgehog's 3D outings on level footing with Sonic Unleashed. Up until this point, we've seen a good helping of Sonic's daytime sections featuring the familiar Sonic gameplay, but up until this point, nobody has gotten to take a look at the nighttime sections -- the part that has raised the most concern about the game's direction. The Xbox 360 demo contained a healthy look at both halves of the story. As you know, Sonic Unleashed attempts to blend the traditional 2D elements (more inspired from Sonic Rivals than anything) with the high-speed 3D sections more familiar with the 3D installments of the past few years. Is Sega actually attempting to give a damn this time, or is this just another Sonic game with good concepts that will ultimately fail because it was sloppily thrown together? Let's find out… Read More


E3 2008: Sony Doesn't Want to Copy Competitors

Yesterday, Microsoft showed the world their new avatar and 360 dashboard system. Shockingly, these two new updates appeared quite similar to Nintendo's Mii characters and Sony's Home program. Microsoft, of course, doesn't believe they copied these ideas; instead they believe they are offering a fresher approach than the competition. Sure, we haven't experienced Sony's Home, but we have been dealing with the Mii characters for quite a while now. Of course, do gamers really care if Microsoft took this idea and expanded on it? Thankfully, originality isn't fully dead. Sony's Jack Tretton went on record saying that Home is currently progressing nicely and is on track for release later this year. He also believes that copying competitors is not what they should do when it comes to the PS3. "I don't know enough about Microsoft's avatars. I think we're going in a bit of a different direction with Home. We made a line in the sand and made a strategic decision on Home and that's where we're going," said Jack Tretton. "My understanding is that it's a more simplified vision. That may be enough for some and not enough for others. We are who we are. You have to be who you are. You can't backpedal down a road if it doesn't appear it's going to plan. You have to be aware of what's not resounding with people." "We've got a plan for PS3. I think the worst thing we could do is look at the competition and try and do what they're doing," he stated. Read More


E3 2008: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Coming 4th Quarter, Features Online

One of the few games a "core" gamer would have shown any interest in at Nintendo's presentation, Rockstar Games has revealed some details regarding its new DS title, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. Even though the title will share the familiar Liberty City locale featured in past GTA titles, this will be a "wholly original game" that is due for release this Winter. "This is a game that will deliver a rich, fast-paced and intense 'Grand Theft Auto' experience that will be truly unique to Nintendo's handheld platform," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. "Rockstar Leeds, along with the team at Rockstar North, has built upon a decade of progressive design on Grand Theft Auto, and has created something fundamentally fresh and immersive." The official website, found here, displays the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection logo, which means we should expect to hear about some sort of online interaction in the not-too-distant future. Read More

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