Archive for July 28th, 2010

Nintendo invited the UK’s media to come and play lots of exciting things yesterday. We were invited, and to kick off our coverage of what we got to have a look at is the Nintendo 3DS.  When Nintendo first announced the device, people were left scratching their heads. A 3D based gaming system that didn’t require glasses was too much for some to take, with most people wondering if they   Read More ...

A judge has ruled against companies making the R4, Playables Limited and Wai Dat Chan. The judge has made it illegal to import, advertise and sell the R4 carts in Britain. Strangely though, they didn’t mention whether owning one is illegal or not. The R4 cartridges allow people to play pirated games on their Nintendo DS, but also allowed future gaming programmers and designers to create homebrew projects. Regardless, the   Read More ...

Sony Online Entertainment has announced EverQuest II Extended, a free to play service coming later this year. Sony will be beta testing Extended on 17th August. The pre-existing subscription offering will carry on alongside Extended. The catch with Extended is that it will restrict access to EverQuest II’s content through both free and optional paid membership levels. All content is free apart from the last expansion pack (Sentinel’s Fate), but   Read More ...

Categories: Industry News, News, PC, Sony

EA has released a demo for Madden NFL 11 on the Xbox Live Marketplace. It’s available for all Xbox Live regions and clocks in at 1.47GB. We’re not exactly sure what the demo contains, but expect to see new game features like a new playcall system, quicker games, dual stick control and the ability to create custom game plans.

Focus Home Interactive has announced Faery: Legends of Avalon for the PC, PSN and XBLA. It’s currently in development over at Spiders. It’s an RPG where you play as either an elf or fairy that will change in appearance and ability after completing quests and killing monsters. RPG staples such as a World Tree and Ghost Ship make an appearance, as well as the ability to recruit companions. A release   Read More ...

Microsoft has confirmed that Lord of the Rings: Conquest, Smackdown vs. Raw 2008 and 2009 have joined the Xbox 360 Games on Demand service. All three games are available in all Xbox Live regions apart from Japan.

Disney has purchased social game developer Playdom for $563.2 million. That figure could rise to $763.2 million based on future performance. Playdom is responsible for Facebook games Sorority Life and Social City. Disney thinks they have around 42 million players a month. That’s considerably behind FarmVille (200 million players), but still a great deal of people that Disney wants to get their hands on.

Categories: Disney, Industry News, News

Atari and Cryptic have released Season Two of space MMO Star Trek Online. They’ve also cut the price of the game to $19.99. The Season Two update raises the level cap to 51 and adds new ranks for both the Klingons and the Federation. Apparently there are also some new Tier 5 ships, new gear rewards and high level versions of every Special Task Force mission and Fleet Action. Klingons   Read More ...

Categories: Atari, MMO, News, PC

US videogaming retail chain GameStop has purchased Kongregate, a flash gaming website. Kongregate attracts about 10 million users apparently, and GameStop plans to use them to strengthen its digital platform. We’re not sure what else the company has planned as of yet.

Nintendo has confirmed this week’s European downloads: WiiWare Dive: The Medes Islands Secret (1000 Miyamotos) Family Pirate Party (500 Miyamotos) DSiWare Crystal Monsters (500 Miyamotos) Mega Words (500 Miyamotos) Puffins: Let’s Race! (500 Miyamotos)

Valve has unbanned over 12,000 Steam accounts from accessing Modern Warfare 2 for the PC after gamers were mistakenly banned from playing thanks to their over-zealous anti-cheating software. The software was randomly banning normal gamers seemingly at random. Valve head-honcho Gabe Newell has sent an email to all the affected users. He apologised and explained the situation to everyone and gave them all copies of Left 4 Dead 2 for   Read More ...

Categories: News, PC, Steam, Valve

Sony has announced that the next version of the PlayStation 3 firmware (version 3.41) will include game and video recommendations. The recommendations will be viewable in the PlayStation Store in a “You May Like” menu. You will be able to bring them closer to the screen with some zooming action by moving your cursor over to them. The new firmware update will be available by the end of July, so   Read More ...

EA Sports have confirmed that the Wii version of FIFA 11 will have a Street mode. Basically, that means it will be five-a-side football with smaller indoor and outdoor pitches surrounded by walls. Players will be able to jump and play passes off the wall, similar to one of the cheats on the Megadrive versions of the game. There’s also an arcade game type that will allow you to pull   Read More ...

Categories: EA Sports, News, Nintendo Wii

Capcom has dashed any hopes original Resident Evil 5 owners had of playing the game with the PlayStation Move. The newer Gold Edition will be the only version to support the new peripheral, thanks to a free patch (releasing 19th September in North America). The patch will also already be a part of Gold Edition game discs after the PlayStation Move’s release. Here’s Capcom’s explanation:

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