New Sites to be Online at 6p.m.

The new network will make its first appearance online tomorrow, April 15th, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. Central Time (7 Eastern, 5 Mountain, 4 Pacific.) The entire network will not be released, only a few sites will be launched at this time:

  • Division-Gaming.com
  • GTA-Division.com
  • GrandTheftAutoInfo.com (new GTA site hosted by GTA-Division)

We also have more sites that are coming within the next week or so:

  • TheSims-Division
  • HalfLife-Division
  • Halo-Division
  • CallofDuty-Division
  • and another GTA fan site
  • plus many more

Remember, the new sites go LIVE at 6:00 p.m. Central Time tomorrow. The new main network site will also be accessible with a new domain name: www.division-gaming.net (notice the .net part).

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Site Updates Update

Just as a warning, there will be NO site updates until Sunday, April 13th, 2008. The all new Division-Gaming Network websites will be online April 15th, 2008.

Please hang tight.

As always, if you would like to host a video game site with the Division-Gaming Network, send us an email: hosting@division-gaming.net (Notice: The email address has changed since the last time we posted about site hosting.)

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 #16 – 1/31/2008

Daily news for January 31st, 2008.

  • The Japan release of Super Smash Bros. Brawl was not as smooth as it was planned. Some copies of the game were slightly defected. When the user would put the game in the Wii, the user would be asked to do a firmware update. On the defective disks, the update would freeze. The Solution: Turn off the Wii and start over; it’s as simple as that.
  • The 2008 North American Combine & Draft will be held March 7-9 at South by Southwest ScreenBurn Arcade in Austin, Texas. Read more.
  • EA announced that Battlefield: Bad Company and Mercenaries 2: World in Flames have been delayed until EA’s 2009 fiscal year. This period begins April and ends March 2010.
  • Rock Band has finally been confirmed to be coming out for the Wii. Read more.

Playstation Network/Store Update

  • Folklore Add-On Packs 
    • Folklore Add-on 5 “Nightmares”($3.99)
    • Folklore Add-on 6 “Visions of the Tower” ($3.99)
    • Folklore Add-on Bundle 3 ($5.99)
  • Rock Band
    • “Siva” – Smashing Pumpkins ($1.99)
    • “Working Man” – Rush ($1.99)
    • “Ten Speed (of God’s Blood…)” – Coheed and Cambria ($1.99)
  • Demos
    • Conflict: Denied Ops Demo
  • Game Videos
    • Battlefield: BC Haggard’s Blog (free)
    • Go! Sports Skydiving Trailer (free)
  • Movie and Blu-ray Disc Trailers
    • Prince Caspian Trailer (free)
    • Prom Night Trailer (free)
    • Across the Universe Trailer
    • Daddy Day Camp Trailer
  • PS3 Themes
    • PixelJunk Monsters Theme 2 (free)
  • PS3 Wallpaper
    • (2) PixelJunk Monsters Wallpaper (free)
  • PlayStation Store updates for the PC
    • Downloadable Games
      • Neopets: Petpet Adventures – The Wand of Wishing ($14.99)
    • PSP Wallpaper (free)
      • Neopets: Petpet Adventures – The Wand of Wishing Wallpaper

In the News #11 – 1/24/2008

In the News has a new format. Well sort of. The structure of each In the News is going to be the same. The change is is that it is now going to be a daily happening on Division-Gaming.com. By daily, we mean every week day (not weekends) of the week. So here we go, news for January 24th, 2008.

  • Grand Theft Auto IV finally has a firm release date:  April 29th, 2008.  Read more about it over at GTA-Division.com.
  • THQ’s recent financial report revealed today that upcoming videogame Frontlines: Fuel of War will not be coming to the PlayStation 3 after all.
  • Xbox Live has three new, classic rock downloadable tracks for Guitar Hero 3.
  • According to a post on PS3fanboy.com, the 80 gig PlayStation 3 is being discontinued. A ‘leaked letter’ states that electronic store Best Buy has been informed that the 80GB PS3 is being discontinued. Only the 40GB version will be available.
  • Rez HD has a release date: January 30th, 2008 for $10 on Xbox Live.
  • Inon Zur’s soundtrack for Crysis is coming out January 29th.
  • PS3 Haze delayed. The company expects the title to arrive during the 2008 fiscal year, which runs from April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009.
  • Rock Band stand-alone instruments. The Rock Band drum set will ship on Feb. 12, for $79.99. The wireless Stratocaster guitar will ship April 1 and will cost $59.99. The PlayStation version of the game will be playable on both the PS2 and the PS3.
  • The Playstation Network has been updates with more downloads. Read more about it on our other post.
  • MANHUNT 2 BANNED AGAIN!!! It has once again been banned in Britain. Last month, the first ban was lifted after an appeal was made by Rockstar Games. The board ruled 4-3 that the game was ‘unlikely’ to cause harm to adults or children and gave it an aduls-only rating. Today, a High Court judge in London ruled that VAC’s decision was flawed by ‘a clear error of law’ when it came to the test for assessing the question of harm, and ordered the board to reconsider their ruling.

CES Video Game Update

  • Earlier today, we reported about how Microsoft is considering adding Blu-Ray support. This is a report that came from CES, so we will go ahead and post it here.
  • Are you a person that owns the Playstation 3 versions of Rock Band and Guitar Hero 3? Do you keep forgetting which guitar goes to which game? If you answered yes to one, or for that matter none, then this guitar is right for you. In March, Nyko will be releasing the “Front Man,” a wireless controller for PS3 that is compatible with both GH3 and Rock Band. You can play up to 80 hours on batteries wirelessly, and can easily switch between GH3 and Rock Band with the flick of a switch.
  • In an update coming later this year, PS3 owners will be able to automatically make a lower quality version of any High Def Blu-Ray movie in their library and save it to PSP or Memory stick. Watching a movie on your memory stick, rather than a UMD, actually saves battery life.
  • It has been confirmed that the PSP is getting a camera and GPS, but it is now confirmed that it’s also getting a keyboard. The camera and GPS should be available by the end of this year. The keyboard is scheduled for sometime in 2009.
  • The may perhaps by the ‘big news’ that was supposed to be released during Microsoft’s Keynote; but ABC Television Group and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. will be offering U.S. Xbox LIVE members entertainment content via the Xbox LIVE Marketplace Video Store, some of which will be in High-Definition.
  • British Telecom will begin selling Xbox 360s that will run Mediaroom in the UK only.
  • The Tech Emmys took place recently at CES. Nintendo wins for the 2nd year in a row, this time for “Excellence in Engineering Creativity.” The rest of the winners are below:

2008 Tech Emmy Winners:
Development of Massively Multiplayer Online Graphical Role Playing Games:

– Sony Online Entertainment, EverQuest, Laura Naviaux
– Blizzard, World of Warcraft, Mike Morhaime
– AOL/Time Warner, Neverwinter Nights, Don Daglow

User Generated Content/Game Modification:
-EA, Pinball Construction, Bill Budge
-Id Software, Quake, John Carmack
-Linden Labs, Second Life, Philip Rosedale

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone! Let’s hope 2008 will be a great year for video games just like 2007 was. Looking ahead, we can already assume it will be a year much like 2007. There are many highly anticipated releases that are sure to make some noise.

We have:

  • Grand Theft Auto IV,
  • Midnight Club: Los Angeles,
  • Mercenaries 2: World in Flames,
  • Turok,
  • Devil May Cry 4,
  • Rainbow Six Vegas 2,
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed,
  • Splinter Cell Conviction,
  • Indiana Jones,
  • James Bond 007,
  • Saint’s Row 2,
  • and probably some more upcoming titles will soon be added to this list as we get further into the new year.