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(hx) 01:23 AM CET - Jan,04 2007
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- Bullet Witch Interview (Xbox 360) -
ShackNews has posted an interview with Jeremiah Cohn, Product Manager at
Atari, as he talks about Cavia's upcoming Bullet Witch for Xbox 360.
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl Q&A -
Gamesplanet has posted a Q&A with Anton Bolshakov of GSC Game World
talking about their long-in-development first-person shooter.
- Heroes of Annihilated Empires v1.1 US Patch -
This patch updates the US version of
Heroes of Annihilated
Empires to v1.1. It fixes critical errors, adds 2 new skirmish maps, and
game balance tweaks
- Murder on the Orient Express English retail patch #1 - The
Adventure Company has released
the first patch for Murder on the Orient Express, bringing the English
edition of this 3D point-n-click adventure game by AWE Games to version #1.
- More Ways To Enter Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta Test - Microsoft has
announced two more ways to enter their upcoming multiplayer beta test for
their Bungie developed Xbox 360 shooter
Halo 3. 1) Qualifying
over Xbox Live and then being one of the first 13,333 "Halo 2" gamers to
register for the "Rule of Three" program at http://www.halo3.com in early
February. 2) Purchasing the upcoming game "Crackdown™," which hits
store shelves in the U.S. on Feb. 20.
- Human Head CEO Departs Company -
FiringSquad has learned that Timothy Gerritsen, the long time CEO of
Madison, Wis. game developer Human Head Studios, has left the company. In a
brief phone confersation today, Gerritsen confirmed that he left Human Head
just before Thanksgiving and side his departure was "amicable".
- Founders RARE leave Microsoft - Chris and Tim Stamper,
both founders of the development studio RARE, have left the company.
Microsoft told 1UP that sales of Viva Piñata had "absolutely" nothing to do
with their departure.
- EA Plans Price Drop On Many Games - According to GameInvasion,
Starting January 5, 2007,
EA will be dropping the price in a major way on some of their most popular
titles. Games like Battlefield 2: MC, Def Jam Fight For NY, and Fight
Night Round 3, will only cost around $30 USD for next-gen systems.
- 4DRulers Fundraising Plans - The folks at 4DRulers have been
raising money from fans to develop their next first person shooter game in
several ways, including flat out donations along with game dev mentorship
programs and access to special forums.
Now the team is holding a
silent auction for the license to their own AMP II graphics engine. The
auction ends on Jan. 15.
- Utah Boy Gets Apology, New Games After Porn Pops Up on 'Madden NFL' -
The maker of Madden NFL '07 apologized after a 14-year-old boy found
pornography while trying to play with the Christmas gift. "We regret any
embarrassment and inconvenience to the family," said Tammy Schachter, a
spokeswoman for Electronic Arts Inc. in Redwood City, Calif. Kolton Mahoney
of Layton received the game from an uncle who had purchased it at a Circuit
City store in Modesto, Calif. The game was in a factory-sealed case. An
explicit image appeared when played as well as titles of several adult films
produced by a studio in Northridge, Calif.
- Halo mobile game developer suing Microsoft - French game
In-Fusio is suing Microsoft over what they claim is a "wrongful termination"
of a mobile gaming (ala Halo) deal.
- 75 Million PS3s Sold by 2010 -
A new research paper by Research & Markets predicts that the user base
of Sony's behemoth will reach 75 million (!) by 2010 which, they predict,
will see Sony taking the next generation crown. Hah! Assuming Sony has
already sold 1.2 million PS3s(?), that only leaves 73.8 million to go before
2010 rolls around :-) FYI, BestBuy has had PS3's on sale today for
most of the day. It's been hours and they still have stock left in their
'extremely limited' supply. Amazon.com's Wii shipment sold out in one
- Seagate - the answer to digital distribution? -
According to Seagate, they are working on a technology that will
drastically increase the amount of data we store on hard drives. Using a
technology called heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), the company
expects to be able to shove 50 TB of information into a single square inch
of drive space, or around 300 TB of information on a standard 3.5" drive.
With that kind of space, the entire Library of Congress can be stored ...
without any compression. The technology is expected to become commercially
viable in a scant three years, by 2010. With that kind of space, we may
never have to worry about filling it up; 300 TB can hold around 6,144 50 GB
Blu-ray disks (or the entire Library of PS through PS3 games that could ever
be created with room to spare).