Thursday, March 20, 2008

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Final Resistance 2 logos revealed, new look at multi-player classes

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Over at the PlayStation.Blog, the community relations manager for Insomniac Games posted the final logo designs for Resistance 2 (as seen above). The San Francisco Bay Bridge can be clearly seen on the logo's "A" letter; this is the second appearance for the iconic landmark after initially turning up when the game was first unveiled.

It's nice to see the bridge being showcased like this, but when will other American landmarks be revealed? We've known for sometime now that our hero Nathan will be going cross-trekking across the USA, but what other locales will he be going to? Well as long as the next revealed landmark isn't the overused Statue of Liberty, we'll be happy. We've seen that one too many times in most aliens-are-gonna-kill-us type stories.

Other than the logos, some concept art was also posted. These art pieces are on two of R2's co-op multiplayer classes: sniper and medic. To check those pics out, head on over to the PlayStation.Blog.
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Xbox Drops 500 Limited Edition GTA IV 360s

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Microsoft added to the buzz leading up to the anticipated release of Grand Theft Auto IV by dropping a limited run of 500 GTA-branded Xbox 360 Elite systems and a briefcase full of peripherals today. We got our hands on number 170 out of 500. More pics after the jump.

The guys at Xbox took an Elite system and, using automotive-quality paint, touched up the sides of the 360 with the GTA IV box art and a serial number. Not a bad way to welcome the first title in the franchise that didn’t drop as a Sony exclusive. Rockstar is also producing exclusive episodes for 360 users available for download this fall. Hopefully it involves Bill Gates and Warren Buffet rolling up on GTA IV’s featured hitter Niko Bellic. The game finally drops on April 29. Unfortunately, the limited run of GTA IV 360s ain’t available in stores.

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ALL TECHNO BLOG - Technology Blog » Blog Archive » Nokia Unveiled N82 in Black


The Director of Nokia NSeries Devices Juha Kokkonen said. “The Nokia N82 is Made for Storytelling”. As As one of Nokia’s leading-edge connected camera, the Nokia N82 in black captures people’s journeys and discoveries. With built-in A-GPS it even helps people to find new places by pairing ‘contextual’ information with a wide array of connectivity features such as Wi-Fi and HSDPA. We make it easy for consumers to quickly share those moments as they happen.”
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Ubisoft buys up Tom Clancy rights, announces Clancy MMO

Publisher Ubisoft sealed a mega-deal today for the rights to the Tom Clancy brand name to "use in video games and ancillary products including related books, movies and merchandising products." No price tag was affixed publicly to the deal, but Newsweek spoke with Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter who guesses it was somewhere around $100 million.

GameDaily reports that in a follow up conference call to the announcement, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot stated the company is looking to make a Tom Clancy MMO. Guillemot also guessed the MMO would cost around $50 million to make. Yes, but will it have the prerequisite elves and dwarves in there to become a phenomenon?

Read -- Ubisoft Locks Up All Tom Clancy Rights, Plans for MMO
Read -- Newsweek talks to Pachter
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IMPORT GAME Releases March 24 to March 28

WII Karous Wii $49.99

Ninja Reflex
PS2 Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch - Lost Colors $64.99

Elminage: Yami no Fujo to Kamigami no Yubiwa $64.99

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus $54.99

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus Append Edition $20.00

Sega Ages 2500 Vol. 32: Phantasy Star Complete Collection $29.99

Neo Angelique Full Voice $39.99

Neo Angelique Full Voice Premium BOX $59.99

Neo Angelique Full Voice Super Premium Box $79.99
PSP Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch - Lost Colors $45.89

Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch - Lost Colors Special Edition $69.99

Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G $45.89

Star Ocean Second Evolution Accessory Set $25.99

Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G Hunter Pack $349.99
DS Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn! Bongole Shiki Taisen Battle Sugoroku $44.99

Kidou Senshi Gundam OO $44.99

Lux Pain $44.99

Ninja Reflex $39.99
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Lenovo X300 ad takes the MacBook Air head-on

Pencil thin laptop? Check. Floating with drop shadow? Check. Catch phrase in Helvetica Light? You bet. "Thinnovation" may have become "The art of thin," but there's no mistaking the implication of this new Lenovo web ad for the ThinkPad X300. "No-compromise" and "Everything else is just hot air?" Them's fightin' words.
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US Releases March 24 to March 28

WII Obscure: Aftermath $28.99
PS3 Dark Sector

Viking: Battle for Asgard $58.99
XBOX 360 Dark Sector $58.99

Universe at War: Earth Assault $58.99

Viking: Battle for Asgard $58.99
PS2 Naruto Ultimate Ninja 3 $38.99

Obscure: Aftermath $18.99
NDS Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword $33.99
PSP Warriors Orochi $28.99

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII $49.99
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Persona 4 Trailer

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New PS3 firmware to add Blu-ray Profile 2.0 support

Sony has announced that an upcoming PlayStation 3 firmware update will enhance the system's Blu-ray playback capabilities. Tucked into firmware update 2.20 will be support for Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0, otherwise labeled as BD-Live. The feature enables certain Blu-ray movies to connect to the internet and enable download additional interactive content -- movie DLC, if you will. Sony notes that the update will make the PlayStation 3 the first BD-Live Blu-ray player on the market. Oh, sorry, the PLAYSTATION 3.

Other enhancements included in firmware 2.20:
  • Music and photo playlists can be exported from the PS3 to the PSP.
  • DivX and WMV files larger than 2GB can be played.
  • DVDs and Blu-rays will resume playback from the moment you last stopped them.
  • The PSP can be used as a remote control to play music on the PS3.
  • The web browser will feature faster page loading times and the ability to save linked files and stream linked videos.
  • "Mosquito Noise Reduction" will be added to the AV control panel for Blu-rays and DVDs.
The update will make its way onto the PlayStation Network "in the next few days."
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EB pulls plug on radical Haze promotion [Update]

You may remember last week reading about a Canadian EB promotion that would allow you to buy Haze, play it for a week and then return it to the store for full credit. It's a great promotion, but we're not sure it makes a lot of dollars and sense for Ubisoft. That's probably a good clue as to why we're sadly reporting that the deal is no more.

MTV was told by Ubisoft that "there had been a miscommunication between the publisher's Canadian arm and the EB Games retail chain in Canada." You know, the offer seems pretty self-explanatory to us, we're not sure how a miscommunication could have happened.

EB Games: Wait, so you want us to give people full price back if they return the game within a week?
Ubisoft: Absolutely.
EB Games hangs up.
Oh, and by full price we mean $30. Hello? Are you still there?
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Rock Band patch also fixing incidental issues

The Rock Band music store won't be the only thing added by the forthcoming patch, with several fixes to the game included as well. Harmonix states that the patch fixes "some of the common issues" it's heard about on
  • Fan cap revision -- Increase on number of fans possible before cap. Easy players can travel across Atlantic, Medium players have a wider range of venues and Hard players on the Xbox 360 can unlock "One Million Fans" achievement.
  • Increased diversity in Band World Tour song selection.
  • Improved phoneme recognition -- Improved detection and scoring for phoneme recognition. Examples are songs like Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld and Blitzkrieg Bop.
  • Microphone latency on PS3 improved.
  • Xbox 360 band logos now visible through Xbox LIVE -- Parental controls prevented band logos from being visible over Xbox LIVE.
  • Faster loading of DLC -- Songs are cached for a one time wait.
The company admits that this does not fix every issue out there and states Harmonix is "listening to all of your requests, and actively want to get these features onto the Rock Band platform in the future."
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Rock Band surpasses 6 million song downloads

Rock Band keeps rocking the downloadable content market as Harmonix announced today the game has sold over 6 million songs in just over three months. The title has set the bar for DLC with fresh weekly content and the last update we had about sales numbers stated that Rock Band had sold 2.5 million pieces of DLC around mid-January. We've placed a master list of all the songs available on Rock Band after the break.

Although we'll probably never get a straight answer, it would be nice to find out how much of an impact the new Rock Band music store is expected to make on sales. Having all that DLC available from directly inside the game, rather than making potential customers wander through the virtual aisles of the Xbox Marketplace or PlayStation Store, should make some noticeable difference.

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