In the News #32 – 2/22/2008

Daily News for February 22nd, 2008.

  • GDC 08: The inaugural Xbox Live Arcade Awards has revealed the results of the best games that over 26,000 members voted on. Read more on IGN.
  • Video games and comic books really do have something in common….they will both be appearing at WonderCon ’08. Major video game companies like Electronic Arts, Capcom, Ubisoft, and several other, are all making an appearance at WonderCon. Read More on the official WonderCon ’08 site.
  • GDC 08: During a session called “Planning the Wii Menu” today, Nintendo’s Takashi Aoyama announced a new Pay to Play program for the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. NWFC will remain a free service, but these new experiences will require users to pay a fee to enjoy. These services will fall under the new NWFC: Pay to Play program. No real details have been announced as of yet.
  • It just won’t stop. Super Smash Bros. Brawl sold 141,544 units between February 11th and February 17th in Japan, selling more 1.2 million units total since its January 31st release.
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In the News #31 – 2/21/2008

Daily News for February 21st, 2008.

  • Microsoft announced today that they’re cutting the price on four of the Xbox 360 SKUs in Canada. The Xbox 360 Elite is dropping from $499 to $449; the Xbox 360 Premium system is dropping from $399 to $349; the Xbox 360 Arcade Bundle has been reduced by 20 dollars to $279, and the Halo 3 Special Edition Xbox 360 is reducing its price from $449 to $399.
  • GDC 08: Bionic Commando Rearmed is set to arrive on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Marketplace and PC in May.
  • GDC 08: Portal 2 has been confirmed. It was revealed on tonights episode of X-Play. Read More and see video.
  • GDC 08: The end credit song from Portal, “Still Alive,” is going to be released as Rock Band downloadable content in the near future.

Really? Is that it? Yes. Weird Huh!?!

GDC 08: Portal 2 Confirmed on X-Play

On tonight’s episode of X-Play, lead designer for Portal, Kimberly Swift, confirmed that there will be a Portal 2. We knew there would be more Portal on the way when Doug Lombardi, Valve’s Director of Marketing, had previously stated that “more Portal is definitely on the way.”

Now we know that there will actually be a sequel. Check out the video for the confirmation.

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GDC 08 – Game Developers Choice Awards

The 8th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards took place Wednesday, between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. And the winners are:

Special Honors

  • Lifetime Achievement – Sid Meier
  • Pioneer Award – Ralph Baer
  • Ambassador Award – Jason Della Rocca

Best of 2007 Awards

  • Best Game Design – Portal
  • Innovation Award – Portal
  • Best Debut – Crackdown
  • Best Audio – Bioshock
  • Best Downloadable Game – Flow
  • Best Technology – Crysis
  • Best Visual Arts – Bioshock
  • Best Handheld Game – Phantom Hourglass
  • Best Writing – Bioshock
  • Game of the Year – Portal

Congratulations Portal!

In the News #30 – 2/20/2008

Daily News for February 20th, 2008.

  • GDC 08: Release dates for Wii Fit and WiiWare were announced during GDC 08. Read More.
  • Capcom announced today that 2 million copies of Devil May Cry 4 have been shopped worldwide. This includes shipments for Japan,  North America, and Europe.
  • David Braben’s Frontier Developments announced today that its first title for WiiWare, LostWinds.
  • GDC 08: Gears of War 2 has been officially announced. Along with this, a teaser trailer has also been released. Also, a Limited Edition version will also be available when the game releases in November 2008. View the trailer and read more here.
  • GDC 08: The release date for Ninja Gaiden II has also been announced for a June 3rd, 2008 release.
  • GDC 08: During the Microsoft KeyNote, Lionhead Studio had a surprise for Fable 2. Instead of demoing the game, it was revealed that prior to the release of Fable 2, there will be a mini-game available for download that lets you build up your character before you even begin the game. Not much else is known as of right now.
  • GDC 08: A Ninja Gaiden II demo is apparently coming to Xbox Live soon. Go to the Marketplace tab on Xbox Live and look at what is in the Spotlight. Go up to the GDC banner and then go down to find a tab for New Game Announcements. Under Ninja Gaiden II you can a tab for an upcoming demo currently listed as “Coming Soon.”
  • 2K Games has announced that Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution will be in stores beginning June 3, 2008. It will be available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Nintendo DS.
  • GDC 08: Grand Theft Auto IV: Episode One has been announced for an August ’08 release. Don’t know what it is? Read More Here.

GDC 08 – GTA IV: Episode One

The general release date for the first piece of episodic content for Grand Theft Auto IV was announced earlier today at GDC.

“Microsoft confirmed [today] that the first downloadable “episode” for GTA IV will be coming this August. It will be exclusive to Xbox 360.

Grand Theft Auto IV: Episode One
, as it’s being called, is presumably the first in the previously announced two downloadable episodes for Rockstar’s sequel.”

GTA-Division.com

GDC 08 – Gears of War 2 Finally Announced!

Today, during the GDC Microsoft Keynote, Gears of War 2 was officially announced. A teaser trailer was played during the keynote which can be seen below:

The keynote ended with an announcement that the release date for GoW2 is November 2008 as an Xbox 360 exclusive.

Along with all this, Microsoft and Epic Games will be releasing a Limited Edition version of the game as well as the regular standard edition. No details on what exactly the Limited Edition will contain as of yet.