January 2008 Archives

Atlus plans to release Arcana Heart for the PlayStation 2 in North America in April.
Vivendi, parent of Vivendi Games and Blizzard Entertainment, announced its financial results for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2007.
Electronic Arts reported its financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2007.
Today, Sony released its financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2007.
cdv Software Entertainment has shipped the PC game AGEOD's American Civil War: 1861-1865 - The Blue and the Gray to stores in North America.
Strategy First has signed baseball player Bill Lee III to serve as an advisor for Baseball Mogul 2008.
GarageGames has released the latest version of its Torque Game Builder middleware.
Electronic Arts plans to release UEFA Euro 2008 this spring.
Legacy Interactive has released Farm Vet as a download for the PC.
Russian publisher 1C confirmed that it plans to release Men of War for the PC this summer.
Gameloft has launched its politically-themed mobile game Battle for the White House through carriers in North America.
Majesco confirmed that it plans to release Major Minor's Majestic March for the holidays this year.
Publisher: D3Publisher of America
Developer: Infinite Interactive and Vicious Cycle

Platforms: Xbox 360, Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, DS, PSP
Reviewed on Wii

A young adventurer from the kingdom of Bartonia is destined to lead the battle against the evil that increasingly plagues the world of Etheria. Starting as a mere novice, players build citadels, conquer nations, battle mythical beasts and dominate all opposition – all by playing symbol-matching puzzle games!

Infogrames Entertainment, French game publisher and parent of Atari, has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer and new board members.
Electronic Arts confirmed that it is developing FaceBreaker for release later this year.
Electronic Arts has entered into an agreement with GigaMedia, a Taiwanese online game operator, that will allow GigaMedia to operate Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning in parts of Asia.
Starting today, players of the massively multiplayer online game Lineage II can change the name and gender of their characters.
Eidos confirmed that it plans to release Monster Lab for the Wii and DS later this year.
Encore, a publisher that is part of Navarre Corporation, has signed on to publish PC and Mac games for PlayFirst.
Sony has released the v3.90 firmware update for the PSP.
Com2uS has released its mobile game Action Hero 3D through Verizon's mobile network in North America.
Kuju Entertainment has opened its first development studio outside the UK – this time in San Francisco.
Turbine has launched the latest online content update for its massively multiplayer online game Dungeons & Dragons Online.
Hudson Entertainment confirmed that Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts is gold, in duplication and should ship to stores for the PSP and DS on February 12.
Majesco is clearly happy with its choice to focus on more casual games rather than premier console titles, as the company is gloating about the success of the Cooking Mama franchise that it publishes in the U.S.
Two new games are now available for the Xbox 360 as downloads through Xbox Live Arcade.
Russian publisher 1C has launched the map editor for its PC game Fantasy Wars.
NCsoft has launched the latest major updated for its game Tabula Rasa bringing the massively multiplayer online game up to version 1.4.
Chair Entertainment, the game production company responsible for Undertow has partnered with Orson Scott Card to create games based on the novel Ender's Game.

Futuremark Opens Games Studio

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Futuremark, the Finnish company that has provided benchmarking software for 3D graphics cards, has launched its own game development studio.
Valve announced that it is launching a middleware package known as Steamworks, shortly.
Ignition Entertainment's game Rainbow Island Evolution is now in stores for the DS.

K2 Launches Web Portal

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K2 Network, a publisher of online games, has relaunched its online portal, now at GamersFirst.com.
Namco Networks has released the Mobile game Atlantis Sky Patrol for mobile phones.
Sony's game Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice is now in stores for the PSP.
Codemasters has signed on to publish NetDevil's Jumpgate: Evolution.
Hudson Entertainment's game Bomberman Land is now in North American stores for the Wii and PSP. Also, Bomberman Land Touch! 2 is available for the DS.
Casual developer and publisher PopCap games has hired Martin Gannholm as its Vice President of Engineering.
Lighthouse Interactive plans to release a Collector's Edition of Sword of the Stars in March.
Sony confirmed the official ship date for its upcoming game Gran Turismo 5: Prologue.
A premium "Bonus Mission Pack" has been released for ArenaNet and NCsoft's game Guild Wars.
Guppy Games has launched Girls Inc. TeamUp for Mobile Phones in North America.

Super Mario Galaxy Review

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Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo

Platform: Wii
Reviewed on Wii

Once each hundred years, a comet flies over the Mushroom Kingdom, leaving a trail of shooting stars and prompting a joyous festival. Mario was heading to the castle to enjoy the festival and the comet with Princess Peach when, once again, disaster struck. Not only was Peach abducted, her entire castle was stolen and carried off to a distant part of the universe.

Only by recovering missing stars can Mario restore power to the observatory hidden on that passing comet and travel to rescue Peach from Bowser's clutches. Again.

cdv Software Entertainment's game Pacific Storm: Allies is now in stores in North America for the PC.
Paradox Interactive's game Penumbra: Black Plague is gold, in duplication and should reach stores in North America and Europe on February 15.
Middleware company Virtools has released the "Wii Solutions" middleware package designed to help developers prototype and produce games more efficiently.
Yet another Monday has arrived, so it's time for Nintendo to release downloadable games for the Wii Virtual Console, although today there is only a single new, downloadable game.
THQ Wireless has signed an agreement with Playboy Enterprises to develop mobile games with the Playboy brand.
Hudson Entertainment has released Bomberman Land: Battles for Brew- and Java-capable mobile phones.
Lately you may not have heard much about film and television entertainment showing up on UMDs (playable on the PSP). In fact, many companies have backed off their initial support of the UMD format. But today, MTV has released several UMDs for the PSP.
Steel Penny Games was founded in early 2007, and today confirmed that the studio has been approved as a WiiWare developer, focusing on casual, downloadable games.
Sony has launched PixelJunk Monsters as a downloadable game for the PlayStation 3 and re-released Jet Moto 2 for the PlayStation 3 and PSP.
Midway has released a downloadable map pack for the PlayStation 3 version of Stranglehold.
Microsoft Corporation announced its financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended December 31.
MTV Games and EA confirmed the dates on which they plan to sell individual Rock Band instrument peripherals in North America.
The Entertainment Software Association (the ESA) wants everyone to be aware that the NPD Group calculated computer and video game software sales as reaching $9.5 billion in 2007.
Konami's game Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: The Beginning of Destiny is now in stores in North America for the PlayStation 2.
IGA Worldwide, an in-game advertising firm, received an additional $5 million in funding to continue its in-game advertising strategy.
Rockstar Games finally spilled it. Grand Theft Auto IV will be released on April 29, 2008.
Paradox Interactive has signed on to publish Mount & Blade from TaleWorlds Entertainment during the second quarter of this year.

SunAge is Gold for the PC

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Lighthouse Interactive's game SunAge is gold and should ship to stores in North America on January 28.
THQ announced a studio closure and some future financial pitfalls. The company has also hired two executives and updated its financial guidance for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2008.

ijji.com Rebrands Portal

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NHN USA has rebranded its ijji.com portal for online games.
Nexon has launched a major content for its free-to-play, fun-for-pay massively multiplayer online game MapleStory.
Bulgarian developer Masthead Studios wants everyone to know that it is working on a massively multiplayer online game that should be completed in 2009.
Ubisoft reported its sales for its fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2007.
K2 Network has launched a content update for its massively multiplayer online game Sword of the New World: Granado Espada.
Paradox Interactive has signed on to publish City Life Edition 2008 in North America this May.
Mobile publisher Glu Mobile made a tender offer to acquire mobile developer and publisher Superscape Group.
PlayFirst has launched Ice Cream Craze as an online casual game in the spirit of Diner Dash.
Voyage Century Online is planning an (in-game) group wedding ceremony to take place on February 14 (Valentine's Day).
Funcom has, once again, changed the subscription model for its massively multiplayer online game Anarchy Online.
Codemasters has launched the demo for its upcoming game Turning Point: Fall of Liberty on Xbox Live.
Microsoft previously announced that it would make Undertow free for a day to apologize for Xbox Live connectivity issues. As it turns out, the game will be free to download for more than a day.
AMD has launched two entry level graphics processors that emphasize affordability.

Darkeden Gets "Ouster" Update

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Joymax has launched the "Ouster" content update for its massively multiplayer online game Darkeden
Namco Bandai Games has shipped its game One Piece: Unlimited Adventure for the Wii to stores in North America.
Ubisoft has shipped No More Heroes for the Wii to stores in North America.
Sega has shipped Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games for the DS to stores in North America.

Eve Online Joins Steam

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Game download services have popped up all over the net, offering digital deliver of games as an alternative to purchasing a box from a store. But here's a quandary for you: What's the benefit of purchasing an online game through a download service?
Danish developer Deadline Games is currently working on Faith and a .45 for the latest generation of consoles.
Blizzard confirmed that the number of subscribers for its massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft has now exceeded 10 million.
Clearly, cdv Software Entertainment has signed a multi-title co-publishing agreement with Fireglow Games, and is announcing the games one at a time.
Koei's game Ambition: Rise to Power is gold, in duplication and should be released for the PlayStation 2 on February 5.
Sony Online Entertainment and Flying Lab Software have launched their massively multiplayer online game Pirates of the Burning Sea:
Aspyr Media confirmed that it plans to release a version of The Sims Castaway Stories for the Mac.
Majesco's game Mega Brain Boost has shipped for the DS.
Namco Networks has launched Pole Position: Remix for the iPod.
Konami confirmed that it plans to release a version of Silent Hill Origins, previously released for the PSP, on the PlayStation 2.
United Keys has entered into a production agreement that will allow the company to begin producing a PC gaming keyboard that implements its "Display-Key Technology."
Electronic Arts' game Burnout Paradise is now in stores in North America for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Nintendo has shipped Endless Ocean for the Wii to stores in North America.
cdv Software Entertainment has signed on to co-publish Fireglow Games' upcoming game Stranger.
Only a few days after Eidos and Funcom publicly confirmed a March release date for the massively multiplayer online game Age of Conan, Funcom announced a two-month delay for the game's release.
Nintendo has shipped Advance Wars: Days of Ruin, the latest strategy game in the Advance Wars franchise of handheld turn-based strategy games.
Monday has arrived, and like previous Mondays this year, Nintendo is releasing two more downloadable games for the Wii virtual arcade.
Electronic Arts confirmed today that it will release a "free" game as part of the Battlefield franchise that will make its money from advertising and the purchase of in-game items.
On Friday, EA and MTV wanted to let everyone know that Rock Band has enjoyed more than 2.5 million song downloads. Not to be outdone, Activision has been emphasizing for the last few days that the Guitar Hero franchise has easily bested those sales numbers.
Lighthouse Interactive has shipped its game Ship Simulator 2008 for the PC to stores in North America.
SNK Playmore confirmed that it plans to release SNK Arcade Classics: Volume 1 before the end of June.
On Monday, Hellgate: London will expand the content available to subscribers.

Undertow to be Free for a Day

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cdv Software Entertainment announced its preliminary financial results for 2007.

Age of Conan Site Relaunched

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Funcom and Eidos have relaunched the online site for Age of Conan the upcoming massively multiplayer online game.
Both recent rhythm game releases, Rock Band and Guitar Hero III set out to test the market for premium content, by selling extra songs not included in the original release. Both have been successful, selling scads of content, even at prices that had some gamers gagging. MTV's Harmonix is ready to quantify that success for Rock Band.
Atlus USA confirmed that it plans to release its game Baroque for the Wii as well as the PlayStation 2.

The9 CFO Resigns

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Chinese online game operator, The9, has had its Chief Financial Officer resign.
Matrix Games has rereleased an updated version of the Democracy as a PC download.
We've already heard Microsoft gloat about holiday sales and Sony tout its 1.2 million PlayStation 3 consoles sold over the holidays, but Nintendo has been quiet since Thanksgiving. Today, Nintendo was gloating about its sales for all of 2007, based on numbers from the third-party analytics group, NPD group.
Sony has launched three more games for the PlayStation 3 through the PlayStation Network.
NECA, a company that makes collectible toys, confirmed that it plans to make action figures based on Gears of War, including the characters Marcus Fenix, Augustus Cole and the Locust Drone. The toys should be available in the first half of this year.
According to the U.S. Army, a player of America's Army credits the in-game medic training he received for his ability to medically assist crashed motorists.
Ubisoft's game CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Hard Evidence is now in stores in North America for the Wii.
Gameloft's recent title Grey's Anatomy: The Mobile Game is now available from most U.S. carriers.
Atlus USA confirmed that it plans to release Rondo of Swords for the DS in North America on April 15.
According to Russia Today, two Lineage II clans in Russia escalated an in-game conflict to real-world murder.
Publisher Playlogic has promoted Pierre Thiercelin to the post of Chief Sales and Marketing Officer.
Garage Games officially confirmed that it plans to release Fallen Empire: Legions as soon as possible on its new InstantAction.com portal.
Sierra, part of Vivendi Games, confirmed that it will release a new Leisure Suit Larry game late this year.
Electronic Arts confirmed that the next expansion pack for The Sims 2, called The Sims 2: FreeTime will be released in late February.
Majesco plans to release Toy Shop for the DS this April.
K2 Networks announced plans for two upcoming events in its massively multiplayer online game Global Mu Online.
Two former K2 Network executives have founded a new online game publisher called True Games Interactive.
Increasingly, companies and trade organizations are finally understanding the importance of video games. Today, NAMM (the association that represents the musical instruments and products industry) has roped the Guitar Hero franchise into its efforts to hook the public.
Eidos confirmed that it plans to release an action game based on the Highlander films and TV series later this year.
Publisher SouthPeak Interactive has entered into a financial transaction that looks like a reverse acquisition that will transform SouthPeak into a publicly traded company.
Koei's game Samurai Warriors: Katana is now in stores in North America for the Wii.
Electronic Arts has shipped Kuju Entertainment's Rail Simulator for the PC to stores in North America.
S2 Games has released its game Savage 2: A Tortured Soul as a download for the PC.

Myst Coming to the DS

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Empire Interactive plans to release a DS version of the classic adventure game Myst in March.
Zen Studios has released a new table for its Xbox Live Arcade game Pinball FX.
A top-end luxury hotel in Chicago has included a high-end gaming lounge in its redesign, suggesting that gaming as a pastime is important even to wealthy travelers (or at least their children).
Atari is currently developing Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Spore Also Coming to the Mac

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Electronic Arts confirmed that Spore, already announced for the PC, will also be released for the Mac.
Chinese online game operator and developer Perfect World has appointed Alan Chen to lead the company's new Shanghai office.
Sierra Online has launched Boogie Bunnies as a game downloadable for Xbox Live Arcade.
Matrix Games, a publisher of niche strategy games, has decided that it needs to clarify its system for releasing games. Matrix Games has, therefore, created three "editions" to make clear the type of manual that ships with a game.
Foundation 9 Entertainment, the developer that includes 10 studios scattered around the globe, has promoted David Mann to the position of President.
Mobile publisher Gameloft has released Block Breaker Deluxe for the most recent generations of iPod.
cdv Software Entertainment's upcoming game AGEOD's American Civil War: 1861-1865 - The Blue and the Gray is gold, in duplication and should ship to stores on January 28.

Nitrobike Ships for the Wii

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Ubisoft has shipped Nitrobike for the Wii to stores in North America.
Red Mile Entertainment has shipped the DS version of its game Jackass: The Game.

Ultizen Games Acquires Mo-Star

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Chinese game outsourcing company Ultizen Games has acquired Mo-Star, a Chinese mobile game developer.
Ubisoft confirmed that it plans to release Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles for the DS in February.

GripShift Review

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Publisher: Sidhe Interactive
Developer: Sidhe Interactive

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PSP
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Prepare to drive and race through floating landscapes where just reaching the finish line is a wild challenge with high-flying tracks, nitro-powered boosts and puzzles to stretch the mind and challenge the reflexes.

Aspyr Media confirmed that it plans to publish Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for the Mac.
Majesco has shipped Furu Furu Park for the Wii to stores in North America.
Disney Interactive Studios has hired Jean-Marcel Nicolai as Senior Vice President of Global Production.
THQ plans to acquire developer Big Huge Games.

Undertow Review

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Publisher: Chair Entertainment Group
Developer: Chair Entertainment Group

Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

The world is covered in water. An alien vessel crewed by water-dwelling extraterrestrial refugees has crashed into our planet and begun shaping it to be a more comfortable habitat. Water levels have risen, continents have been submerged, and the few survivors (unaware of the alien threat) are battling over the remnants of civilization in submarines.

The Iron Marines are the fighting force representing what was left of the surface-dwelling Western powers. They are battling Captain Nemo and his forces, kept dry and alive through Victorian submersibles and pneumatic cybernetics. Both are unaware of the Atlanteans, thawing from their icy prison that has kept them hidden for thousands of years. And none of the human forces are prepared for the alien threat that wishes to colonize our watery world.

Gravity Co., the Korean developer and distributor of online games plans to develop a massively multiplayer online game based on the Ice Age films.
Burnout 3: Takedown was released today as part of the Xbox Originals collection.
Midway Games' Chief Financial Officer, Thomas Powell, has resigned. The company has also expanded the roles of two of its marketing executives.
Majesco reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended October 31, 2007.
cdv Software Entertainment has expanded into France by Acquiring Madrics Media France.
Ludia Interactive is quickly amassing a portfolio of television shows that it will transform into online games.
Monday has arrived, so Nintendo has launched another two games through the Wii Shop Channel.
Midway Games has named Dwight Howard as the cover athlete for its game NBA Ballers: Chosen One.
Nintendo has hired two sales and marketing executives.
Telltale Games has released the latest downloadable Sam & Max adventure, Sam & Max: Episode 202 - Moai Better Blues

War Rock Gets Content Update

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K2 Networks has released a content update for its online first-person shooter War Rock.
The original PlayStation game Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back is now available as a download for the PSP and PlayStation 3.
Taito has released Bust-A-Move: Mobile Mania on AT&T's network of mobile phones.
Oasys Mobile has partnered with the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) to create a licensed Mobile game based on the sport of Bull Riding.
On September 27, 2007, SCi Entertainment (parent of Eidos) let us know that it was in discussions with several parties concerning an acquisition of SCi. Today, SCi revealed that these talks have not progressed sufficiently.
cdv Software Entertainment's game Pacific Storm Allies is gold for the PC, in duplication and should reach stores on January 21.
Got Game Entertainment has signed on to publish Arctic Stud Poker Run, an arcade-style combat racing game for the PC.
Funcom and Eidos confirmed that when the massively multiplayer online game Age of Conan is released on March 25, the companies will sell a Collector's Edition of the game for $90.
Sega has entered into a partnership with the International Olympic Committee to develop Beijing 2008 - the Official Video Game of the Olympic Games
Valve Software is acquiring developer Turtle Rock Studios, the developer behind Left 4 Dead.
Retailer GameStop is excited to declare that its holiday sales (over the nine week period ended January 5,2008) came out to $2.334 billion, compared to $1.732 billion in the same period last year.
When Naruto: Ninja Destiny reaches stores in February it will include a head-to-head combat mode and a variety of improvements over the Japanese version of the game.
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games

Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 800 MHz Processor, 256 MB RAM, 32 MB video card, Windows XP or more recent operating system

Sam and Max, the Freelance Police, are back from the North Pole, but the neighborhood around the Freelance Police HQ isn't quite the same. Giant geometric shapes are running amok, trying to teleport upstanding citizens to a distant, tropical island.

When Sam and Max decide to follow a friend through the triangle, they discover that Easter Island is not only home for the Moai (giant stone heads with a case of the "blahs"), but also where celebrities go when they vanish. Upon arrival, Sam and Max set out to distract a vengeful volcano god and even be reunited with a long-gone old friend (and vice-president).

The State of California has filed an appeal of the decision that struck down the state's proposed "Violent Video Game Law."
Today, LucasArts and Namco Bandai Games confirmed that both Jedi Master Yoda and Darth Vader will appear in the upcoming Soulcalibur IV.
Hothead Games (the folks at work on the Penny Arcade game On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness) has signed on to publish Ron Gilbert's adventure/role-playing game, DeathSpank.
Southpeak Games confirmed that it plans to release Dream Pinball 3D in the first half of 2008 for the PC, Wii and DS.
Majesco confirmed that it plans to release Cake Mania 2 for the DS in the second quarter of this year.
Hudson Entertainment has launched Omega Five and Backbone Entertainment has released Tron as downloadable games for Xbox Live Arcade.
Sony has chosen Ryan Howard as the cover athlete for its upcoming game MLB '08 The Show.
Capcom's game Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law is now in stores for the Wii, PlayStation 2 and PSP.
Sega has shipped Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity for the Wii and PlayStation 2 to stores in North America.
Taito has launched three mobile games over the T-Mobile network that support most available phones.

NFL Tour Now in Stores

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Electronic Arts' game NFL Tour is now in stores for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom for the Xbox 360 from Microsoft and BlueSide has arrived in stores in North America.
Publisher: Sony
Developer: Insomniac Games

Platform: PlayStation 3
Reviewed on PlayStation 3

Past villains have tried to eliminate Ratchet and Clank, putting an end to the heroics of this lombax-and-robot, galaxy saving team. Every time, Ratchet and Clank were simply in the way. Now, a cragmite named Tachyon has proclaimed himself emperor and galactic tyrant, and his only goal (besides galactic domination) is to extinguish the life of Ratchet, the last known lombax.

Why does Tachyon have it in for our furry, mechanically-inclined friend Ratchet? The cragmites are a dim and ill-tempered race who one ran amok throughout the Polaris galaxy, conquering planet after planet until the lombaxes destroyed them with a superweapon. Unfortunately for the Polaris galaxy, the lombax people missed a cragmite, and now Emperor Tachyon is determined to eliminate every last lombax to protect his legacy and his life. Can Ratchet escape Tachyon's wrath and still save a kidnapped Captain Quark?

Merscom has signed on to co-develop and publish Gabitasoft's online console game for Wii Virtual Console and Xbox Live Arcade.
Take-Two Interactive is acquiring Illusion Softworks, a developer with around 200 employees and offices in the Czech Republic.
Konami has shipped Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Channel Edition to stores in North America.

Wii Controls Win an Emmy

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Nintendo is excited that components of the Wii have been awarded an Emmy for excellence in engineering creativity.
Middleware provider nPower Software (part of IntegrityWare) has released its Power Translators middleware package.
Tri Synergy has released a demo for its game Ghost in the Sheet.
Philips has been busily promoting its amBX platform and now has a new partner supporting amBX.
TN Games unveiled an improved version of its force-feedback gaming vest and a related helmet that should reach stores this summer.

Our House Coming to the Wii

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Majesco confirmed that it plans to release Our House for the Wii by the end of this year.
Peripheral manufacturer Razer has shipped its Razer Mako 2.1 audio system to stores in North America.
Sony confirmed that it will introduce Skype features to the PSP light (the PSP-2000).
Microsoft confirmed that it has added a number of games to its "Games for Windows" line-up that include support for achievements in PC games similar to titles that support Xbox Live.
Namco Networks has launched the mobile game BurgerTime Delight on most carriers in North America.
Today may be Monday, but Nintendo has departed from its typical formula by only releasing two games through the Wii Shop Channel.
Electronic Arts has completed the acquisition of VG Holding Corp, the parent of BioWare and Pandemic Studios.

Prototype Goes 7.1

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Sierra, part of Vivendi Games, is excited to let everyone know that its game Prototype will support Neural-THX Surround Sound.
Mobile publisher Handmark is purchasing UK mobile developer Astraware.
At the International Consumer Electronics Show, Linksys (part of Cisco) confirmed that it plans to release a new gaming adaptor later this month.
Sony Computer Entertainment America was excited to promote its own sales in response to Microsoft's announcement that it has sold 17.7 million Xbox 360 consoles.
Microsoft excitedly announced at the Consumer Electronics Show the addition of new video content to Xbox Live.

Warner Bros. Picks Blu-ray

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In the conflict between Blu-ray and HD-DVD formats, Warner Bros. Entertainment has chosen sides.
Midway has released a new downloadable map pack for the Xbox 360 versions of its action game Stranglehold.
cdv Software Entertainment has launched a new official site for Pacific Storm: Allies.
Swiss peripheral manufacturer SplitFish AG is pleased that its stock is now listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
Hudson Entertainment's Bomberman Land for the Wii and PSP and Bomberman Land Touch! 2 for the DS are all gold and should reach stores on January 29.
Mad Catz has entered into a licensing agreement with MTV Networks (parent of Harmonix) that will allow Mad Catz to peripherals for Rock Band
Namco Bandai Games' upcoming game One Piece: Unlimited Adventure is now gold for the Wii, in duplication and should reach stores on January 22.
Following the recent Xbox Live connectivity problems, Microsoft both wants to gloat about the success of its console and offer a token of apology.
Gravity Interactive confirmed that it plans to bring its massively multiplayer online game Requiem: Bloodymare to the United States early this year.
Ubisoft confirmed that it plans to release versions of Far Cry 2 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Wideload Games has launched GRRNews.com to promote its upcoming game Hail to the Chimp.
Sony Online Entertainment has named Matt Slagle as its Public Relations Manager.

Portal Review

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Portal Publisher: Valve Software
Developer: Valve Software

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 (on some platforms only available as part of The Orange Box)
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 1.7 GHz Processor, 512 MB RAM, DirectX 8 compatible video card, Windows Vista or more recent operating system

Aperture Science Laboratories is a serious contender for top contracts from the Department of Defense. Of course, to secure that kind of contract, it helps to have brilliant new technologies, and that takes testing. That's where you come in – by testing Aperture's brand new technologies, you might even be rewarded... with cake!

Hudson Entertainment confirmed that it plans to release Deca Sports for the Wii this summer.
Oberon Media has launched the second sequel to its Dream Day Wedding game, Dream Day First Home as a casual download.
This summer, Disney/Pixar plans to release WALL/E, an animated film that explores a future in which Earth has been long abandoned to robots. THQ confirmed that it plans to release a video game based on the film this summer, too.
Derek Smart's Universal Combat has been released as a free download now that Dreamcatcher's publishing rights have expired.
SNK Playmore has released its game Metal Slug 3 as a downloadable game for the Xbox 360.
IGG (Internet Gaming Gate), an online portal that provides a variety of massively multiplayer online games such as Zu Online and Tales of Pirates, has completed a round of financing.

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