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Stay Informed on Gaming Legislation

January 22nd, 2007 . by jb

Hilary Clint0wnedIf you are a game who truly cares about the health of our beloved industry, then I would strongly advise you to bookmark GamePolitics right this second.  Go ahead, I'll wait.

Got it marked?  Great!  Let's continue!

Older gamers should know, that game developers are constantly pushing the envelope in terms of game content.  We've come a long way from Duke-Nukem 3-D's spritey strippers.  With more explicit sex visuals and more realistic simulated violence, it's getting harder and harder for out industry to slip by unnoticed.

As responsible gamers, we should all keep on top of the issues and see how our representative's are "representing" us.  Do you really want gaming to be as heavily guarded as the music industry?  To have to provide 8 forms of ID when you go to purchase a game?

Really, this picture has done more damage to my psyche then GTA could ever dream to do. 

[Source: Destructoid

Console Game Prices To Come Down?

January 22nd, 2007 . by jb

Console Royal Rumble!Well, at least that's what a big-wig for EA Australia is predicting.  The basic idea is that the "early adopter" phase is over, and now companies have to do something to drive sales.  The article claims that it is likely that the price point will drop, and the discounts will be less, to achieve a steady flow of sales.

Mr. EA says that Australians could see price-cuts of up to $30 AU!  So what does that mean for us?  Maybe a drop from $60 to $50 for PS3 and 360 games, and maybe a drop from $50 to $45 dollars for the Wii.

We all win when big consoles fight! 

[Source GamesIndustry

Two-axis Xbox 360 Controller Mod

January 22nd, 2007 . by Josh

Well, if the Nintendo Wii and the Playstation 3 can have their own little motion sensing controllers, then why can't the Xbox 360?

Which brings us to Adam Thole's two axis tilt controller mod for the Xbox 360. Not much more than tilt control, but he has a video (see below) that shows it actually being used for several games. What was a two and a half week mod job, turned out to be a fairly cool project.

For more information on the tilt sensing Xbox 360 controller, check out Adam's website.


[Source: Engadget]

25% Discount For Games!

January 19th, 2007 . by Josh

News from Xbox360fanboy is that Tower Records will be offering a 25% online discount on all video games. Thats right, that includes new games, older games, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii, DS. You name it, you can get it at a 25% online discount.

So if you're looking to get some newer Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 titles cheaper, this seems like a good time to take advantage of that.

[Source: Xbox360fanboy

Sega’s Moving On, Will You?

January 18th, 2007 . by Josh

Sorry Sega fanboys, but your beloved Dreamcast will soon be out of luck with new underground titles.

Unfortunaly Sega is preparing to discontinue the production of the Dreamcast/NAOMI media format GD-ROM.

It's ultimately not such a big deal, but the console still has it's loyal users and underground game developers. All in all, we must move on folks.

[Source: Engadget

Guitar Hero III Changes Hands

January 17th, 2007 . by jb

Guitar Hero MadnessThe beloved Guitar Hero franchise has been moved over to a new development team.  Harmonix will no longer be in charge of the game, handing the reigns over to Neversoft.  This move is likely due to the recent acquisition of Harmonix by MTV, and RedOctane by Activision.

Neversoft is primarily known for it's Tony Hawk games that it releases, so this step seems a bit off.  While Tony Hawk may have had good music in it, it certainly doesn't showcase any "rhythm game" action.

A new spin on this game should be embraced, as Guitar Hero II was basically a "roster update" for a guitar game.

Don't mess up our baby Neversoft…we know where you live… 

[Source: Next-Gen

“The Battle for the Living Room”

January 17th, 2007 . by jb

The guys over at QJ.net have put together a synopsis of the current situation of movie downloading services available.  The noted combatants in this fight are Microsoft, Sony and Apple.

  • Microsoft has their Live Marketplace movie downloads.
  • Sony has their PSP movie downloading deal in the works.
  • Apple has their Apple TV (previously iTV) with their already available movie downloads

Jump on over and check out the piece, as it does a good job of breaking down the individual companies and their potential.

[Source QJ

GamesIndustry.biz Confirms Obvious

January 17th, 2007 . by jb

OH NOES!Insert beatingDeadHorse.jpeg

In what is still considered news apparently, GamesIndustry.biz is reporting that 50% of game retailers have PS3 consoles in stock, with the Wii having none available.  The article then goes on to quote a Sony representative as saying:

"It isn't because demand has weakened, it is because we have kept the supply pipeline moving"

So, the PS3 isn't selling like hotcakes.  The Nintendo Wii is selling like hotcakes (and selling more).  Yet, PS3 consoles being in stock is not an indication of waning interest?!  You can argue price points all you want, but if there are units in stores at this early stage of the launch, then no, it isn't going well.

I don't hate the PS3 (want one myself), I just hate shoddy news stories and Sony's shoddy PR.   Gamers want games, not excuses.

[Source: GamesIndustry]

SquareEnix Gets Serious at GDC

January 16th, 2007 . by jb

Square EnixGaming juggernaut, SquareEnix, is set to give a keynote at the upcoming San Francisco GDC event.

Square's Chief Strategist, Ichiro Otobe, had this to say about his impending address:

"I am honored and excited to deliver the opening keynote at the Serious Games Summit GDC," said Otobe. "The serious games market represents a new outlet for our skills as a game developer, and it means that we will be serving totally different customers. As such, there are many different kinds of hurdles that must be cleared in order for it to offer meaningful opportunities. I plan to speak about Square Enix's approach to these challenges, and hopefully provide both business and design inspiration for everyone interested in the uses of games beyond entertainment."

What defines a "serious" game is anyone's guess, but I can't think of any games made by Square that would be considered a "casual" game.  All of this talk about "serving totally different customers" seems a bit odd.

Either way, it's always awesome to see what SquareEnix has under it's hood, and hopefully we'll get some updates  about their current works and platform targets.

Do I smell another DQIX size announcement coming? 

[Source: Kotaku

Possible Hint at New Starcraft Game?

January 16th, 2007 . by jb

Starcraft II in 2008?!"I'm a StarCraft player myself, and I hope it's not a decade, and we launched StarCraft in 1998, before I'm standing here again, celebrating the next game in the series."

That's an awful sentence, but when you break it down it says:  "Another StarCraft Game By 2008". This quote was taken from Blizzard's VP of Business Development

With absolute media silence about their current workings, Blizzard must be brewing something up in those little game studios of theirs.  There has been hints at Diablo III, now this hint at some new StarCraft game.  Blizzard sure is awful at giving out release dates, but their games always deliver.

Here's looking forward to 2008. 

[Source: Joystiq]

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