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Media: New Afrika Trailer is Gorgeous, and Boring
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Media: New Afrika Trailer is Gorgeous, and Boring

Look, I'm not trying to downplay how great the environments of this game look. They look simply amazing. But man, it was like watching a webcam in Africa, erm, if that were possible. But look, after the break I'll give you the over one month old Japanese promo for the title which will certainly have you at least 10 fold more excited. Read More

Iwata's Asked: MotionPlus and Friend Codes
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Iwata's Asked: MotionPlus and Friend Codes

The folks at GameDaily were fortunate enough to get a brief interview with Nintendo Co. Ltd. President Satoru Iwata, and were able to ask a few questions regarding concepts both new and old. When asked about how long MotionPlus has been in the works, Iwata revealed that the design had only been conceived after the original Wii remote had been completed, and introduced now due to a confirmed stability and a more affordable cost for the gyroscope technology contained within. In addition, Iwata notes that the MotionPlus may drain the battery a little more, but not at a significant level. When asked how Nintendo's approach to online gaming may change, Iwata stated that he does not think that the Friends Code system is perfect, and then notes that "it's an online world where you can get access to anybody without any restrictions," going on to talk about safety and security. He concludes, saying that "...we will be studying this on an ongoing basis in order to improve Nintendo's own circumstances where people can freely and safely enjoy the communications through the net." Check out the full interview for these and more questions in the link below. Read More

NHL 09 Gets Its Own Hockey League
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NHL 09 Gets Its Own Hockey League

Look, I'm a huge NHL fan. I've lived it ever since my dad made me sit down and watch the Rangers play when I was like 5. I grew up a Penguins fan and have been playing the Gretzky/NHL games ever since. Every fall I gear up for one of the longest seasons in sports and I start to ignore my girlfriend and responsibilities in order to watch hockey. I also play a lot of NHL 08 nowadays. '07 and '08 were both some of the greatest efforts ever put forth by a developer out of any sports title I can remember. And EA is poised to do it again in 09. EASHL. The EA Sports Hockey League is coming to NHL 09 this fall, and it sounds incredible. Each player will make their own custom NHL pro. They will then either make a club of 50 others or be recruited to one. Online play will come packed with stat trackers. Players will be graded based on hockey performance, not simple goals. Club creators will be able to recruit from leader boards. All of this has me giddy with anticipation. Hockey season can't start soon enough. The info comes from a GameSpot interview. Check the full transcript in the source below. Read More

2K Marin Talks BioShock Trophies
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2K Marin Talks BioShock Trophies

Executive Producer Alyssa Finley of 2K Marin posted on the PlayStation.Blog today about the recently-confirmed Trophies for the PlayStation 3 version of BioShock, and notes that "The Trophies for the PS3 are ranked as if you, the game player, were an Olympian." Just like in the original BioShock, for the PS3 version our initial emphasis was on encouraging thoroughness and exploration of the BioShock universe. Each system in BioShock has a reward for the player that digs deep enough. Our hope is that players that may otherwise neglect a system will want to explore it just for the Trophy. Systems like Researching, Modifying Weapons, Hacking, and Crafting are all loaded with awards. A meticulous player will find themselves up to their armpits in prizes. While every system has a tactical in-game advantage, we hope these Trophies will encourage players to try out every aspect of BioShock. Hacking, for example, is a system that some players may never focus on. However, for the player who gets out their wrench and starts tinkering, the tactical significance of having a turret and two security bots on your team is impressive. We hope that luring you in with the promise of glittering medals will make you consider revisiting such systems. We believe that once you get a nibble of the effectiveness of certain tactics, you'll come back for a full meal. We believe that you will find gathering all of these Trophies a grueling but satisfying trek. Should you manage to gather every single bronze, silver, and gold Trophy, the ultimate achievement is waiting: the coveted BioShock Platinum Trophy. Its glistening mass is reserved for those few who can stare down a Big Daddy without shivering. Our hands are at the ready to give congratulatory pats on the back to anyone strong willed enough to claim these shiny keepsakes. Until then, expect more updates from the designers here at 2K Marin as BioShock for the PS3 surfaces. For a breakdown of how the Trophies are obtained, check out the link below. Read More

Media: MMN Reset - Mega Man 2 (NES)
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Media: MMN Reset - Mega Man 2 (NES)

The countdown to Mega Man 9 continues with part two of The Mega Man Network's Reset series, this time looking back on Mega Man 2. New video features include recording equipment that doesn't stop after a minute! Check it out! Read More

Konami Apologizes for Catastrophic Metal Gear Online Expansion Launch
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Konami Apologizes for Catastrophic Metal Gear Online Expansion Launch

A little over a week ago, Konami released a Gene Expansion Pack for Metal Gear Online. Unfortunately, it would seem these genes may have had a slight case of FoxDie. Konami has openly apologized for the problems which have since crippled it, citing an unexpected surge in traffic as demand exploded for the add-on, which is the first of its kind for the online Metal Gear title. In addition to the Metal Gear Online shop, the "My Konami" site also experienced difficulties, leading to the problem eventually taking out the Survival mode, leading to errors in processing payments for the package. "We have been taking numerous corrective measures since the problems initially started," said the statement on the game's official site, "but unfortunately there are no permanent solutions we can announce at the moment." Konami also published a comprehensive timeline of the problems, before concluding "We are currently doing all in our powers to bring a permanent solution to the ongoing problems in the quickest possible time." Read More

LittleBigPlanet Release Date Accidentally Leaked?
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LittleBigPlanet Release Date Accidentally Leaked?

Among other things not announced at the Sony E3 press conference, Kaz and co. failed to tell us when we'll be able to hop into LBP's zany world and pilot our own Sackboy/girl. But, as I'm sure you've figured out by now, Target took care of that issue for us -- not with a bang, but with a...gift card? The card, which some have described as "abso-frikkin'-lutely adorable, awwwwwwww!" suggests that LBP will land on October 21, which seems fairly plausible. We'll keep you posted, but odds are, Sony will just release a new LBP movie with a level that spells "We'll neither confirm or deny rumors and specula." And then another level that spells "tion." Read More

E3 2008: Webcomics Bite Back
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E3 2008: Webcomics Bite Back

Everyone's got an opinion, especially where E3 is concerned. Of course, this includes webcomics. Here are just a few I found amusing: E3 08, by Scott Ramsoomair of VG Cats. I think a number of people would agree with this.Nintendo and E3 and whatever; you may not agree with it, but the visual of Miyamoto talking behind Reggie's back in such a way is an entertaining thought.It's Just Like Being There: The Penny Arcade guys might've been just a tad harsh on Sony here. Oh, and warning: Language.E3 2008: More dogging Nintendo, courtesy of F@NBOY$.Just Give Them Your Money: This one is probably not nearly as entertaining as the reactions to it would be, as Buckley's far from the most popular guy I know of. And finally, this one's not about E3, but is a pretty funny diss on the Wii regarding Mega Man 9 (love you, Wii, really): Soup's Up, by Dueling Analogs. Read More

Analyst Skeptical of Xbox 360 Price Cut
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Analyst Skeptical of Xbox 360 Price Cut

Microsoft may be dropping the 20GB Xbox 360's price, but is that enough to topple the PS3, win back first place from the Wii, and convince gamers to purchase You're in the Movies? I think I just answered my own question. Signal Hill analyst Tom Greenwald agrees, and wants a "real" 360 price cut. "We remain very skeptical of Microsoft's pricing strategy and competitive positioning versus the PlayStation 3," he bluntly stated. "At USD 349, with a 60GB hard drive, we just don't think it is a compelling product compared with the PS3 at USD 399 with an 80GB hard drive (along with more processing horsepower, Blu-ray, Wifi, HDMI, and going forward, more exclusive content)." Greenwald wasn't completely down on Microsoft's second box-y child, however. "We do think that the Netflix announcement is a significant addition for Xbox users, though it's far more of a positive for Netflix than it is for Microsoft in our opinion," he added. Thus, Greenwald believes Sony has the upper hand. He points to the PS3's lineup of top-tier titles, such as Resistance 2, LittleBigPlanet, Killzone 2, and God of War 3, as well as its competitive pricing structure. "Beyond Gears of War 2, Microsoft doesn't seem to have the same library of exclusive, must-have titles," he said. So what's your take? Are you softly stroking your brand new 20GB Xbox, or are you excitedly waiting for Sony's fall game avalanche? And if you don't own either console, what will it take for you to buy one? Read More

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