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!?!

In the News #18 – 2/4/2008

Daily News for February 4th, 2008.

  • Electronic Arts has just released predicted hardware sales for the coming year, with the Xbox 360 predicted to sell between 6 to 8 million units in North America and Europe, while the PS3 is expected to sell 9.5 to 11.5 million units. Europe is where the majority sales will take place. Playstation 3 has a predicted 5 to 6 million units sales as opposed to the Xbox 360 with 1.5 to 2.5 million.  For handhelds, the DS has an estimated advantage over Sony’s PSP of around 8 million units. The Wii wins the estimate battle with 12 to 14 million.
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. announced today that the total number of registered users for Folding@home has reached over one million users since PlayStation 3 started taking part in Stanford University’s Folding@home project back in March of 2007. On average, this is roughly 3,000 PS3 users registering for Folding@home per day or 2 new registered users every minute worldwide.
  • New downloadable multiplayer maps are on the way for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. This will be the first downloadable content for CoD4. There is no release date other than Spring ’08, and it will be coming to both the Playstation Online Store and Xbox Live.
  • NVIDIA announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire AGEIA Technologies. The press release says more than 140 games that use AGEIA’s PhysX software are either shipping or in development for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and PC.
  • Gametap VP of Content and Creative Director Ricardo Sanchez announced today that Myst Online: Uru Live is going to be discontinued. According to Sanchez, the servers will continue to run for the next 60 days, after which time the world will be shut down.

*Edit 7:19 a.m. 2/5/2008: I fixed a few typos and misinformation.

In the News – #9

This past week’s video game news that we missed out on while we were away. Video Game News for the week of January 10th – January 16th, 2008.

  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl has been delayed by a month. Up until recently, is was scheduled for a release in February; but it has now been delayed until March 9th. The Japanese version of the game will be released on January 31st, a one week delay from the January 24th.
  • The makers of The Orange Box –Valve – have acquired (bought out) Turtle Rock Studios, the developers behind the upcoming Left 4 Dead co-op FPS.
  • A new map pack has been released for Strangelhold, which features 10 new multiplayer maps, 21 new characters, and 10 new achievements worth 250 gamerpoints total. It can be downloaded on Xbox Live or Playstation Network.
  • The 20 and 60GB Playstation 3’s have finally been discontinued in Japan. The only version of the Playstation 3 console that is available now in Japan is the 40GB one, which doesn’t have PS2 backwards capabilities. 80GB Playstation 3’s are not sold in Japan.
  • Ubisoft has acquired (yet again, bought out) Japanese video game development studio Digital Kids. Digital Kids is responsible for the DS game series Petz.
  • Details for the Assassin’s Creed DS game have been released. Go read Wired’s article on the details.
  • Which are you more tired of: Video Game adaptions of movies, or movie adaptions of video games? We have to admit though, this one might be a pretty good one if they ever go through with it. A BioShock movie may just be in the making. No details or official confirmations as of yet.
  • Take 2 has officially dropped the College Hoops franchise. Here’s what they told Kotaku:

    2K Sports has decided not to continue negotiations with the CLC for the license for its top-rated College Hoops franchise, which would have been released next in November 2008. We are committed to providing fans with high-quality, critically-acclaimed sports games, but given our disciplined approach to the business, we do not believe the current discussions would result in an acceptable outcome.

  • The sequel to Resistance: Fall of Man has been revealed. Early reports say that Resistance 2 will support two campaigns, multiplayer battles of up to 60 people, and eight-person online co-op play. Unconfirmed reports say the game will support three character classes–including a heavy weapons, special operations, and the all-important medic. It will also incorporate vehicles, including the alien-built Stalker, which will have cloaking abilities. We will have more info on Resistance 2 later.
  • Spore is apparently coming to PCs and Macs (yes, Macs too) in 2008 (this year.)
  • And here’s the list of the nominees for the 2008 Writers Guild Awards’s Honored Video Game Writers:
    • Crash of the Titans – Writer Christopher Mitchell (Sierra Entertainment)
    • Dead Head Fred – Writers Dave Ellis and Adam Cogan (D3 Publisher)
    • The Simpsons Game – Lead Writer Matt Selman, Writers Tim Long and Matt Warburton, Dialogue Jeff Poliquin (EA)
    • The Witcher – Lead Story Designer Artur Ganszyniec, Dialogue Sebastian Stepien, Additional Dialogue Marcin Blacha, writers Sande Chen and Anne Toole (Atari)
    • World in Conflict – Story Design Christofer Emgard, Story Consultant Larry Bond, Script Consultant Ed Zuckerman (Sierra Entertainment)

This week’s releases – #1

Monday, November 12th, 2007
Are you Smarter than a 5th grader? – DS
Blacksite: Area 51 – PC, Xbox 360
Boogie – Playstation 2
Spongebob: Atlantis Squarepantis – Wii

Super Mario Galaxy – Wii
Ultimate Mortal Kombat – DS
Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command – PSP

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007
Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem – PSP
Assassin’s Creed
– Playstation 3, Xbox 360
Assassin’s Creed (Limited Edition) – Playstation 3, Xbox 360
Baby Pals – DS
Beowulf: The Game – PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360
Cabela’s Big Game Hunter 2008 – Wii
Contra 4 – DS
Cooking Mama 2: Cooking With Friends – DS
Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder – PC
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 – Playstation 2 
EA Sports 07 Collection – PC
Everquest II: Rise of Kunark – PC
EverQuest: Secrets of Faydwer – PC
Fire Pro Wrestling Returns – Playstation 2
Geometry Wars: Galaxies – Wii
Imagine: Fashion Designer – PC
Jenga – DS
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men – PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360
King of Fighters XI – Playstation 2
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary – Wii
Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 – PSP,Wii
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops + – PSP
Monster Jam 07 – Playstation 2, Xbox 360, DS
Need for Speed ProStreet – PC, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS
Next Life – PC
Orcs & Elves – DS
Petz Catz 2 – PC, Playstation 2, Wii, DS
Petz Dogz 2 – PC, Playstation 2, Wii, DS
Petz: Hamsterz Life 2 – DS
Petz Horsez 2 – PC, Playstation 2, Wii, DS
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords – Playstation 2
Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 – Wii, DS
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles – Wii
SimCity Societies – PC
Soldier of Fortune: Pay Back – PC, Xbox 360
Sonic Rivals 2 – PSP
Smarty Pants – Wii
Strawberry Shortcake: The Four Seasons Cake – DS
WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2008 – Playstation 2, Playstation 3, PSP, Xbox 360, Wii, DS
WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2008 (Special Edition) – Playstation 3

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007
The Lost Crown: A Ghost-hunting Adventure – PC
Shadowgrounds Survivor – PC
Shrek-N-Roll – Xbox 360

Thursday, November 15th, 2007
America’s Army: True Soldiers – Xbox 360
Impossible Mission – DS
Left Behind: Eternal Forces Expansion Pack – PC
Super FruitFall – DS
WordJong – DS

Friday, November 16th, 2007
Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None – Wii
Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity – Wii
Crysis – PC 
Crysis: Special Edition – PC
Ghost In The Sheet – PC

Monday, November 19th, 2007 
Avatar: The Last Airbender — The Burning Earth – Xbox 360
College Hoops 2K8 – Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Xbox 360
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Dark Motives – DS
Link’s Crossbow Training – Wii
Mario Party DS – DS
Medal of Honor: Airborne – Playstation 3
TimeShift – Playstation 3
Unreal Tournament III
– PC
Unreal Tournament III (Collector’s Edition) – PC

Next-Week’s Big Releases 
Elder Scrolls IV: The Shivering Isles  Playstation 3
Mass Effect – Xbox 360
Rock Band – Playstation 3
Rock Band: Special Edition – Playstation 3, Xbox 360
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Playstation 3, Xbox 360

* All dates are based off of
* All dates are subject to change and may vary by store.
* Games highlighted in Blue are the highly anticipated games.