Archive for August, 2008

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Console hard drives get bigger

August 12, 2008

So following the announcement by Sony that they are putting an 80GB hard drive in the PS3, the shortage of XBOX360 premiums is explained by the announcement from Microsoft that they will increase their hard drive size to 60GB.

This is all to do with storing digital content on your console, and I’m not sure how many people do that??

I store all my music and home movies digitally – but they are on my Mac. I can spool them over the house’s network to either the 360 or PS3 (using software on my Mac from Nullriver) but I would never store them there. No backups, cant edit them, take them with me, sync to my iPhone etc.

A computer is still required (for me) to do all the things I want to do with my digital media – and none of the next gen consoles have taken its place yet. Especially as I use a Mac, which is so media centric. What the consoles can now do, thanks to the software from Nullriver, is take the place of an Apple TV – a set-top device for spooling my media from my computer. One less cable to worry about.

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Hellgate Dev team phoenix

August 11, 2008

Interesting news ….

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Would sir like a Lancer with his Gears Of War 2?

August 9, 2008

Large slice of pointless

Amazon.com Preorder, $139.99

Surely one of the coolest (or dorkiest) and pointless of special editions in recent times? Besides, I bet it doesn’t work…

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THQ titles for next 6 months

August 9, 2008

During a product breifing this week from THQ, we got a look at some of the games they have coming up over the next few months.

Saints Row 2 looks like it is going to be awesome. It’s got all the ingredients that makes GTAIV so good but it isn’t taking itself so seriously. There is a lot of humour in it and that could set it apart from GTA.

We also saw Smackdown vs Raw 09. Now I’ve never played them but it basically looked like more of the same. They have customized the Wii and DS versions to take advantage of their specific control methods but we didn’t get hands on the code so it’s hard to say.

The PS3 code that we saw looked very polished and in the past we have sold the most of this game to PS2 owners. With the price of the PS3 coming down and the bluray having won, this is proving to be the year of the PS3 and may well be the year SvsR09 really kicks in. I think THQ know this too because they are going to do a Ltd edition tin on the PS3 only. Called the “Ringpack”, it comes with an extra bluray disc with exclusive WWE footage. Out on the 7th Nov, we will try and get as many of these Ltd Ed tins as we can – definately one for the collectors!!

Another announcement was Darksiders Wrath of War – an action adventure game in the Zelda/God of War genre. Designed by Marvel Comics legend Joe Madureira, you play the four Horsemen of the Apocalyspe who have been imcorrectly set loose after the end of the world was triggered early. The style of the game looked brilliant – for me, definately one to watch. Zelda games are my all time faves do anything in this style, I will give a go to.

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Publisher product briefings

August 6, 2008

One of the advantages of running your own game business is that we have a good relationship with most of the publishers. In the last couple of years, especially since E3 changed, publishers have been giving retailers their plans for upcoming games in a good and timely fashion, and most importantly they have done this near to us.

What does that mean?

Well, we got our first glimpse of Mirrors Edge from EA in March, we saw Ghostbusters in June and last month Activision showed us code for COD5, Force Unleashed, Guitar Hero 4 and the new James Bond game (which BTW looks awesome!!!!)

Tomorrow, we are off to a THQ briefing where amongst other things I am hoping for a glimpse of Saints Row 2 – and next week Nintendo are showing us their products for Xmas 08.

It sounds crap but I still get excited about new releases and look forward to seeing all the new stuff on offer each year. I hope that I never get bites of it!!!

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Photo blogging

August 6, 2008

A picture can yell a thousand words…

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Blogging from my iPhone

August 6, 2008

Well look at me – I’m blogging from my iPhone, using the new WordPress app for the iPhone. All I need to do now is think of something interesting to say…..