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January 3, 2011

Video of Nintendo 3DS surfaces on the net

by Darren Allan
Can't wait for the Nintendo 3DS, the three dimensionally endowed yet glasses free handheld which is due out in March? Well, you'll have to. Although if you want to whet your pre-launch appetite very slightly, a video has cropped up on the net made by a Chinese chap showing off a presumably nicked 3DS removed from the production ...

December 20, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops is Christmas number one

by Darren Allan
In the music chart, the X-Factor predictably recaptured the Christmas number one spot this year (after Rage Against the Machine last year). And the UK video game chart proved equally predictable. According to Chart Track, we're not dreaming of a white Christmas but a black one, with Call of Duty: Black Ops staying firmly at the top. In the ...

December 19, 2010

Nintendo 3DS carts will have 8GB capacity?

by Darren Allan
The latest from the console rumour mill is news on the cartridges for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS, the company's glasses-free 3D handheld. Kotaku reports that the 3DS carts will be manufactured by Macronix, and the current speculation is that they'll have a whopping 8GB maximum capacity. However, it seems that won't all be used to begin with, and Nintendo will limit things ...

December 18, 2010

Microsoft planning Kinect accuracy upgrade?

by Darren Allan
Some news on the Kinect front, for Xbox owners, and this one comes courtesy of gaming site EuroGamer. While the motion control system's hardware is obviously set in stone, apparently the sensor isn't currently working to its full capability and could potentially be upgraded via its firmware. At the moment it samples at up to 30 frames per second at ...

Scalextric app now available for iPhone and iPad

by Darren Allan
Ahh, Scalextric, how we loved you as a child, particularly the Le Mans edition with the cars that had working headlights. Until TCR came along, that is, and stole us away with its lane-switching model car racing... Anyway, if you fancy a virtual version of Scalextric this holiday season, you'll be pleased as Christmas punch that an official ...

December 14, 2010

Mass Effect 2 demo coming to PSN

by Darren Allan
Yesterday, we reported on Mass Effect 3, and how Bioware is bringing the three-quel to the PS3 as well as the Xbox and PC from launch this time around. And Patrick Buechner, Marketing VP for Bioware, reminded us that Mass Effect 2 is coming out on the PS3 next month. But you don't have to wait that long for a ...

December 13, 2010

Warcraft Cataclysm fails to unseat Black Ops

by Darren Allan
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm was launched last week, but the latest expansion for the juggernaut MMORPG failed to dethrone Black Ops from the top spot of the UK game chart. Indeed, Cataclysm only made number three, with strong sales from FIFA 11 (15% up on last week) meaning that EA's footy game held on to the number two spot. ...

Mass Effect 3 coming to PS3

by Darren Allan
Mass Effect 3 won't just be on the Xbox, but will also be coming out on the PS3 from launch, Bioware has confirmed. Patrick Buechner, Marketing VP for Bioware, tweeted: “Mass Effect 3 is coming to Xbox 360, PC and..... PS3!” And he also reminded folks: “Don't forget ME2 hits PS3 next month.” He further confirmed that Mass Effect 3 would ...

December 12, 2010

Amazon offers video games trade-in service

by Darren Allan
Amazon UK has launched a new video games trade-in scheme. The online retailer will pay the postage on used games sent back to it, with a set trade-in value providing the item is in “good condition”. The customer will then get a gift card deposited in their Amazon account to the trade-in ...

December 9, 2010

Teenager arrested for Call of Duty DDoS attack

by Darren Allan
A 17-year-old from Manchester has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police's e-Crime unit. He is suspected of being behind a denial of service attack with an unusual target – an online game, the hugely popular shooter Call of Duty. According to a report on Metro.co.uk, the youth used a program called Phenom Booter to disrupt the game's multiplayer to the ...

December 8, 2010

Xbox overtaking Wii in console battle

by Darren Allan
Microsoft's Xbox is witnessing a surge of sales as we approach Christmas 2010, with Wii numbers falling off. As predicted by many, the fact that the Xbox now has its own motion control system, Kinect, to entice more casual gamers to the platform, means that Wii sales are being eaten into. And the PS3 has its equivalent, Move, too. According ...

December 6, 2010

Black Ops back on top of UK game chart

by Darren Allan
Call of Duty: Black Ops is back at the top of the UK game chart, after Gran Turismo 5 displaced it last week. Black Ops sales still slipped slightly, down 6%, but GT5 slipped more, by 61% in fact, seeing it fall to number four. FIFA 11 was up at number two, and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood stayed steady at ...

Microsoft says Kinect shortages are genuine, not a strategy

by Darren Allan
The General Manager of Xbox in the UK and Ireland, Neil Thompson, has been defending his company against accusations that the supply of Kinect has been falsely constricted to stoke demand. Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, he commented that anyone who knows the hardware business would realise that “these things are never managed.” He said: “The choices you always have are: Do ...

December 5, 2010

Ministry of Silly Games comes to Facebook

by Darren Allan
Facebook users watch out – it's time for something completely different to the likes of Farmville. Yes, Monty Python is coming to the world of social gaming, with a new Python project being brought to Facebook by Zattikka in conjunction with the comedy show team. The Ministry of Silly Games will comprise of a bunch of daft mini-games, with many of your ...

December 4, 2010

Queen to visit Rock Band 3 with DLC

by Darren Allan
Classic rock band Queen are to grace Rock Band 3 with a twin pack of downloadable songs for the game. Available next Tuesday on Xbox, PS3 and Wii, the first pack will be entitled the Queen Extravaganza Pack 01, and it'll feature Rock Band 3 versions of two songs from Lego Rock Band, We Are the Champions and We ...

December 3, 2010

Nintendo Wii could help fight Parkinson’s Disease

by Darren Allan
The Nintendo Wii, and particularly the balance board peripheral for the console, could help manage the condition of those suffering from Parkinson's Disease. The BBC reports that in a recent poll of those with Parkinson's who owned a Wii, 80% said they used it for exercising, and two-thirds of those felt that it helped to manage their symptoms. The Beeb ...

50% of Xbox Live members are Gold subscribers

by Darren Allan
How many Gold members of Xbox Live do you think there are? Quite a few, it turns out, in fact a hell of a lot across the globe. This fact emerged when Dennis Durkin, Head of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, made a speech at the Credit Suisse Annual Technology Conference. According to IGN UK he said: “Of our 25 million ...

December 2, 2010

Co-Creator of Black joins City Interactive

by Darren Allan
Stuart Black, the Co-Creator of EA's shooter Black, who then moved on to work at Codemasters on its spiritual successor, Bodycount, has shifted company again. The sixteen year veteran of the games industry is now being employed as Creative Director (the same job title he held with Codemasters) at City Interactive's new development studio ...

Microsoft unveils Xbox Live Rewards scheme

by Darren Allan
Microsoft has started a new Xbox Live Rewards scheme, whereby gamers get free MS points for taking certain actions – mostly revolving around buying stuff. For example, if you renew your rolling monthly Gold subscription, you now get 10 MS points (don't spend them all at once, now). More impressively, a year's sub renewal gets you 200 MS points, ...

December 1, 2010

Dr Kawashima coming to Xbox Kinect in February 2011

by Darren Allan
Namco Bandai has announced that Dr Kawashima's Body and Brain Exercises will be coming for Kinect on the Xbox 360 next February. February 11th to be precise, and the game will be an Xbox exclusive, well, a purple-boxed Kinect exclusive actually, as it will require the motion controller. Body and Brain Exercises will feature over twenty different activities designed to ...

Halo: Combat Evolved to be remade?

by Darren Allan
The latest games industry buzz is that Microsoft is planning to re-make the original Halo game. Halo: Combat Evolved was released back in November 2001 as the killer launch title for the original Xbox console in the US (early 2002 in the UK, when we bought our Xbox at a vastly inflated price because it was swiftly dropped after ...

Gran Turismo 5 will get damage patched

by Darren Allan
Gran Turismo 5 has just come out for the PS3, but the long awaited driving game has come under some criticism for its damage modelling. Cars barely get scratched in collisions, which disappointed many critics and players alike – although it seem that in fact, GT5 does contain some properly realistic damage modelling where bumpers fall off, and bonnets ...

November 30, 2010

Sony and Microsoft release motion controller numbers

by Darren Allan
Microsoft has come forward with the initial sales figures for its Kinect motion controller, followed in short order by Sony releasing the latest on its Move sales. Microsoft estimated Kinect sales at 2.5 million units, which is halfway to its stated target of 5 million by the end of the year. Given that Kinect has only been out for ...

November 29, 2010

Nintendo flogs consoles aplenty during Black Friday week

by Darren Allan
Last week was Black Friday, the start of the serious Christmas shopping discounts in the States (which Amazon brought over here this year, to a controversial reception as many offers sold out within seconds). Driven by new bundles such as the Red Edition Wii, along with the tempting discounts, sales managed to ...

Angry Birds hits 7 million downloads on Android

by Darren Allan
Angry Birds is still flying, even more so now it's on Android as well as iOS. In fact, developer Rovio announced on Twitter: “We just hit 7M downloads on Android.” Not too shabby indeed, and with 7 million on Android, the furious flappers have also been downloaded coming on close to 30 million times on ...

Gran Turismo 5 screeches into number one spot

by Darren Allan
Gran Turismo 5 has dethroned Call of Duty: Black Ops from the top of the UK video game chart, as compiled by Chart Track. Despite notching up record sales for the franchise in its first week, Black Ops only managed two weeks at the top. At this time last year, Modern Warfare 2 tied up the top spot for ...

November 26, 2010

Xbox Live Gold free this weekend

by Darren Allan
Starting today and for the whole weekend, Microsoft is making the Xbox Live Gold service available to all gamers on its console. It'll give silver members a chance to see what they're missing out on when it comes to the Gold service. And that's the ability to play games online, access the Sky Player (if you're a subscriber to Sky, ...

November 24, 2010

PS3 owners start Black Ops refund petition

by Darren Allan
Call of Duty: Black Ops has been number one in the UK game chart for two weeks running since launch, and it racked up $650 million in its first five days on sale, $100 million more than Modern Warfare 2 managed. But the undeniably hot pace of initial sales has given way to a slowing down (Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood ...

Activision won’t ever charge for Call of Duty multiplayer

by Darren Allan
With rumours swirling around about steps Activision might take to better monetise its mammoth Call of Duty franchise, the CEO of Activision Publishing, Eric Hirshberg, has moved to reassure gamers about the multiplayer side of the game. Speaking to Industry Gamers, he stated categorically that the company would never charge for the multiplayer experience, as it was part of ...

November 23, 2010

Over 50 3D titles are in development for the PS3

by Darren Allan
Sony reckons that 3D is going to be big on its console – which isn't too surprising, given the firm makes its own 3DTVs, which it's hoping to sell by the bucket-load. Apparently there are now in excess of 50 games in development for the PS3 which will support 3D technology. And 20 of those are in-house efforts. SCEE studio ...

November 22, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops holds number one spot

by Darren Allan
Call of Duty: Black Ops has unsurprisingly remained at number one in the UK video game chart, as compiled by Chart Track. However, despite recording better numbers than Modern Warfare 2 for its launch week, Black Ops has dropped by 85% in terms of sales. That wasn't enough to allow it to be overtaken by Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, which ...

November 21, 2010

Black Friday week on Amazon to include 60% off Xbox

by Darren Allan
Amazon UK has made more details available about which tech products are going to see big discounts starting tomorrow. For next week is Black Friday week, Thanksgiving week in the US which sees big pre-Xmas discounts hitting home, and Amazon has decided to bring the deals over to the UK this year. We ...

November 18, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops racks up $650m in five days

by Darren Allan
We knew Black Ops, the latest in Activision's Call of Duty series, was going to be a big release, but it's surpassed perhaps even the company's own expectations. In terms of its worldwide figures, the game has generated revenue to the tune of $650 million, which is $100 million more than its predecessor Modern Warfare 2 managed. Those figures ...

Cut the Rope hits 3 million download mark

by Darren Allan
Cut the Rope, the latest big mobile game from Chillingo, the company that published the original Angry Birds, has now reached the 3 million downloads milestone. It sold a million copies in its first 10 days, and then another million in the following 10 days, although it has taken twice as long, almost three weeks, for the game ...

November 17, 2010

APB will be back as free to play MMOG

by Darren Allan
APB was the unfortunate massively multiplayer cops and robbers game which was closed down in September, after Dundee based developer Real Time Worlds was forced into administration. However, All Points Bulletin isn't dead, it would seem, as an outfit called GamersFirst has bought up the rights. Develop spoke to Bjorn Book-Larsson, the COO of the firm, and he indicated that GamersFirst is ...

November 16, 2010

Microsoft sells 1 million Kinect peripherals in 10 days

by Darren Allan
The initial sales figures are in for Microsoft's freshly released Kinect peripheral, which urges Xbox gamers across the world to throw aside their controllers and game using their bodies instead. The limb flailing device has shifted 1 million units in fairly short order, just 10 days after its launch in the US (and of course, it was on sale ...

November 15, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops tops UK chart and breaks records

by Darren Allan
Call of Duty: Black Ops is the predictable number one when it comes to this week's UK all-format game chart, as compiled by Chart Track. In fact, the shooter got off to a record breaking launch week, smashing the previous sales benchmark set by Modern Warfare 2. In five days, it shifted two million units in the UK, which was ...

November 11, 2010

Game retailers threaten Steam ban

by Darren Allan
Steam is Valve's digital game delivery platform for the PC, and it's been a very successful one. In fact, it has grabbed some 80% of the digital download market on the PC, but this dominance is something that high street retailers aren't happy about, according to MCV. The issue is that Steam has such a monopoly, when it comes time for these ...

Call of Duty: Black Ops makes $360m in first 24 hours

by Darren Allan
Activision has released the first numbers for the sales of Black Ops, the latest in the company's best selling Call of Duty saga. And apparently, according to CFO Thomas Tippl, it has outdone Modern Warfare 2 (which sold so much over the previous year, it has become the best selling video game in the UK ever). Gamasutra reports that Black ...

Channel 4 gets educational with games

by Darren Allan
Channel 4 has unveiled its latest slew of educational games designed to help better the youth of the UK and get them thinking about various issues. There are ten web based games being made in total, all commissioned to indie UK developers and covering a large range of themes. Some of them pretty heavy. Develop reports that The End (being ...

LoveFilm out on PS3 console

by Darren Allan
LoveFilm has launched its streaming service on the PS3 in the UK. It's available to customers who subscribe to at least a £5.99 per month package (although that doesn't include games packages). And those on a free trial can partake of some free streaming action too. You can sign up on the video section of the XMB, and you can ...

November 10, 2010

Star Wars Kinect due next Christmas

by Darren Allan
The launch games for Kinect are all very casual gamer oriented, including the likes of dance, sport and fitness games. And while the future of gaming on Microsoft's motion control system is far from clear, there are certainly a few games in the pipeline which will appeal to more traditional gamers. Steel Battalion: Heavy Armour for example, the mech ...

Black Ops: 1 million players on Xbox Live straight away

by Darren Allan
It seems that Call of Duty: Black Ops had almost a million gamers blasting each other on Xbox Live just after the game was launched. Softpedia points to Treyarch's Community Manager, Josh Olin, who posted on Twitter just an hour after the midnight launch (1am Pacific Time): “Am I getting solid intel? Is there really almost 1,000,000 players on ...

Kinect launched in the UK

by Darren Allan
The day has finally dawned and after it went on sale in the US last week, the Kinect motion control system for the Xbox 360 is now on shelves in the UK. Last night saw the big Microsoft launch, which included performances from Leona Lewis and boy band The Wanted at the ice rink outside the Natural History Museum ...

Call of Duty: Black Ops player reactions

by Darren Allan
Yesterday, Call of Duty: Black Ops was launched, and we took a look at the reviews from the critics. The game averaged 90% over 37 reviews on the Xbox, according to Metacritic, and 89% over 21 reviews on the PS3. It sneaked a better score on the PC, with 92%, although that figure is based on only 7 reviews. So ...

November 9, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops review round-up

by Darren Allan
So, the next Call of Duty game is out, with fanatical gamers queueing since midday yesterday to buy it at the midnight opening last night. Black Ops places the player in the role of a covert operative behind enemy lines, and is a guaranteed number one seller. But never mind the sales figures, how has the gaming press received ...

Nvidia GTX 580 price is £399

by Darren Allan
The next big graphics card from Nvidia, the Geforce GTX 580, will weigh in with a price point of £399. Or that's what one online retailer, YoYo Tech, has priced it up as a “web only” offer (as spotted by Softpedia). You can reserve your board now, although a release date isn't specified yet. The site also quotes the GTX 580 tech ...

Queues for Call of Duty: Black Ops

by Darren Allan
Black Ops, the latest game in Activision's massive selling Call of Duty shooter series, went on sale at midnight last night. Loads of stores around the UK opened literally first thing, to start off the sales bonanza that will see Activision with another number one hit. The previous game in the series, Modern Warfare 2, was number one in ...

November 8, 2010

Fallout: New Vegas ships 5 million

by Darren Allan
Bethesda has announced what it is calling “record sales” for the launch of its post-apocalyptic sequel, Fallout: New Vegas. The game has shipped some five million units, with an apparently “heavy volume” of digital sales. In total, it has made over $300 million in retail sales, and the company also noted that the strategy guide for the game was ...

Nvidia shows off new vapour cooling tech

by Darren Allan
Nvidia has been showing off new graphics card technology which will feature on its up and coming boards. The demonstration, which is up here on YouTube, is hosted by Director of Technical Marketing for Geforce, Tom Petersen. It shows off the new card running some tech demos and Call of Duty: Black Ops. The new technology uses a vapour chamber to ...