Archive for December 19th, 2008


800 Microsoft Points cards hit retail

Posted by Jason Dobson
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19Dec 08

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Another option is now available at retail for shoppers in the U.S. looking to purchase cards loaded with Microsoft Points. In addition to the 1600 Point variety available for $19.99, Microsoft has released a 800 Point card for the easier to swallow price of $9.99.

It’s convenient, plus gift cards remain a bastion of hope for the last minute holiday shopper. And for those who fancy video games on your lists, why not fill their stockings with digital money instead. It works just like regular money, but it’s, er … fun.

800 Microsoft Points cards hit retail originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 19 Dec 2008 22:54:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Capcom has released the official rundown of what’s in the US collector’s editions of Street Fighter IV - and what (or rather who) is not on the game’s cover anymore. “We had a total re-think on our SFIV packaging,” Capcom’s PR director, Chris Kramer, wrote on the Capcom-Unity blog. “As a result of [fan feedback], we have opted to drop the initial Chun-Li packfront in favor of Street Fighter IV art director Ikeno-san’s amazing Ryu vs. Ken illustration.”

What’s in the box is not all that different from what GameStop listed 10 days ago. Priced at $79.99, both the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions come with the game, soundtrack CD, hint book, and either a C. Viper or Ryu figurine (360 and PS3, respectively). The final bit of bundled swag - a new 65-minute anime movie, The Ties That Bind - “sets up the story of SFIV by explaining events post-SFII.” The Studio 4°C-produced film is on Blu-ray Disc for PS3 and a special game disc (not a standard DVD) for 360, which has allowed Capcom to encode it at 720p resolution.

Capcom says that the CEs also include “some secret additional downloadable content,” which GameStop had previously listed as new costumes, but has since revised. Check out the high-res PS3 and 360 pack shots and CE photos in the gallery below.

Street Fighter IV gets new US box art, updated collector’s edition specs originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 19 Dec 2008 22:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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It sure took long enough to happen, but one of HD DVD’s biggest benefits has finally made it over to the Blu-ray side. Yep, we’re talking about a Blu-ray / DVD hybrid disc, with a single-layer of Blu on one side and a standard DVD on the very same side (as in, not a “flipper” disc). Not surprisingly, the action’s going down first in Japan, with Code Blue emergency helicopter doctor Blu-ray BOX (yes, seriously) as the first hybrid title. There’s no word on when (or if) this technology will make it to US soil, but the sooner the better — nothing like a little inbuilt backwards compatibility to ease the mind.

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First Blu-ray Disc / DVD hybrid announced in Japan originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 19 Dec 2008 22:06:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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WRUP: Chrismahanukwanzaka Edition

Posted by Ross Miller
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19Dec 08

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Also known as, “I logged onto Xbox Live and all I got was this damn snow globe” Edition.

  • Alexander Sliwinski: Going to play Far Cry 2 or Fallout 3, but really haven’t decided. Figure I’ll also spend some time in Northrend. Too many other games to play.
  • Christopher Grant: Did you make it to the Engadget meetup in NYC tonight? I didn’t, thanks to the very forces of nature conspiring against me. Instead, I’ll spend the evening in PlayStation Home mingling with strangers and talking about video games … just as if I was there! Either that or continue on Far Cry 2 and Fable 2. In other words, just the F2s for me.
  • Griffin McElroy: I think I’ve got a beat on a Dreamcast in my hometown. Going to snag it, then play through the copy of Shenmue that’s been sitting in my bottom dresser drawer for the past four years. Also trying to finish disc 3 of Final Fantasy IX. Man, JRPGs are long. Whodathunkit?
  • Kevin Kelly: is (whoa-oh) living on a prayer.
  • James Ransom-Wiley: Will be sitting quietly on West 27th Street.
  • Jason Dobson: Like Randy, I plan on giving Midnight Club: Los Angeles a spin this weekend, if only because my son has become hoplessly enamored with the commercials. That said, on Saturday I celebrate my 34th birthday, which means I’ll probably spend much of my time — in between eating cake and drinking more than my fill — wrapped in a comforter and weeping. That’s kind of a game, right?
  • Justin McElroy: I’m going to desperately try to save my co-workers and family on my iPhone in Dr. Awesome.
  • Ludwig Kietzmann: I’ll be pickpocketing everyone in Fallout 3, if I’m not too busy engaging in some tactical, turn-based shootery in Valkyria Chronicles. I’m also feeling the urge to buy up all the remaining property in Fable II’s Albion. I never knew I had this property magnate inside of me.
  • Randy Nelson: My gaming plans for the weekend as focused on wrapping up (and by that I mean finishing, not, y’know, gift wrapping) the remaining games I’m considering for my 2008 top five. Prince of Persia must be beaten. I’ll probably give Midnight Club: Los Angeles a rent as well, since I loved the second and third games in the series. I’m 85 hours into Fallout 3, so I feel confident I can consider that one. GTA IV, Fable 2, Dead Space, etc. have all been beaten. What else should I play? Anyone?
  • Ross Miller: Holy crap I’m done with school … but more importantly, I beat Prince of Persia (confession: loved it). Now onto beating Fable 2 so that I can ponder whether or not to (a) start over as a bad person, (b) turn into a bad person by devastating an entire city or two or (c) delay this decision until after Knothole Island DLC so that either way I can dress up as a flamboyant Dread Pirate Roberts. Also: Dead Space. Even also-er: Must play Mirror’s Edge if Blockbuster finally has it in stock.

WRUP: Chrismahanukwanzaka Edition originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 19 Dec 2008 21:51:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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After getting a looksy at and a chance to play upcoming Halo 3 Mythic Map Assembly, Bungie has been rather mum regarding the other two maps that’ll be included in next Spring’s mythical map pack. But that changed today with Bungie’s first screenshot unveiling of the second Mythic map, Orbital. Check out an embiggened version of the Orbital screen here and drool over its potential awesomeness. Lovely, no?

Remember, the Halo 3 Mythic Map Pack includes the three maps Assembly, Orbital, and Sandbox and releases to the XBLM in March. Sometime around the release of Halo Wars.

Xbox 360 FanboyFirst look at Halo 3’s Mythic map Orbital originally appeared on Xbox 360 Fanboy on Fri, 19 Dec 2008 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Developer Zuxxez has been working on Two Worlds: The Temptation, the next game in their fantasy RPG series that started as a simple expansion but has since changed to a full stand alone sequel. Today Zuxxez released some new screenshots from the game that we have reproduced here.

Most of the new screenshots are enviromental in nature but there are some that show off some of the game’s creatures like the above shot which has cross between a dragon and a raptor that looks extremely hungry. Two Worlds: The Temptation is expected to be released in late 2009. Southpeak Games will be the US publisher for the game as they were for the original Two Worlds.

New screenshots released for Two Worlds: The Temptation originally appeared on Big Download Blog on Fri, 19 Dec 2008 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LGJ: Revising Piracy Strategy

Posted by Mark Methenitis
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19Dec 08

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Each week Mark Methenitis contributes Law of the Game on Joystiq (”LGJ”), a column on legal issues as they relate to video games:

I’ve talked about piracy in a number of LGJ pieces over the course of 2008. In most of those, I’ve criticized many approaches to stemming the tide of piracy, not only in games but in other related media as well. I’m not sure if I have any readers at the RIAA, but it appears the music industry has decided to opt for a strategy more in line with what I’ve described, according to the Wall Street Journal (via GamePolitics). It’s definately a move in the right direction for a number of reasons, but would the same apporach work for the game industry? And would it be the right approach?

Let’s start by examining the reported new RIAA strategy, which really makes two key changes. First, it alters the strategy to request ISPs issue warnings to file sharers, and then those who continue stand to have their service cut off. The second change is that this strategy goes into action when the RIAA, to quote the article, ‘finds a provider’s customers making music available online for others to take.’ In short, rather than focusing on the demand, they’re focusing on the supply. The RIAA does reserve the right to sue repeat offenders, but by and large, they’re using the threat of loss of internet as their main punishment rather than lawsuits.

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LGJ: Revising Piracy Strategy originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 19 Dec 2008 20:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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As we’ve seen, plenty of researchers and companies are betting on graphene as being the big thing that will revolutionize transistors and, hence, all manner of electronics, and it looks like IBM is now claiming one of the biggest breakthroughs to date, not to mention the desirable title of “world’s fastest graphene transistor.” More specifically, IBM researchers have apparently been the first to demonstrate the operation of graphene field-effect transistors at gigahertz frequencies and, apparently even more importantly, they’ve also established the scaling behavior of the graphene transistors, which they say could eventually lead to the development of terahertz graphene transistors — or, in other word’s, keep Moore’s Law around for quite a bit longer than many expected.

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IBM claims title of world’s fastest graphene transistor originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 19 Dec 2008 20:51:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Download: FIFA Manager 09 Patch #2

Posted by Steven Wong
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19Dec 08

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This second patch for FIFA Manager 09 includes a number of bug fixes and game enhancements. It also has all the improvements from the previous patch. Continue reading for full patch notes.

Download FIFA Manager 09 Patch #2 (182 MB)
Download the FIFA Manager 09 Demo (875 MB)

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Download: FIFA Manager 09 Patch #2 originally appeared on Big Download Blog on Fri, 19 Dec 2008 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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In the midst of the big EA Steam announcement today, Valve has also revealed what game will get their standard Steam weekend sales deal this week. The lucky game to get the treatement is S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl, the first game in the first person shooter series from developer GSC GameWorld.

The title, first released in 2007 by publisher THQ, is now on sale via Steam this weekend only for just $4.99 compared to its normal price of $19.99. If you download and enjoy playing the original, you can download and play the sequel. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky was released last September and is also available via Steam.

Original S.T.A.L.K.E.R. on sale via Steam originally appeared on Big Download Blog on Fri, 19 Dec 2008 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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