There's been a slight delay on Sony's part in updating the PlayStation Store, but new games are finally available for download for the PlayStation 3 and PSP:
First Planet Company, the publisher behind Project Entropia, recently changed the name of its persistent online world. Thanks to updated technology, this persistent online world in which players use real-world money for transactions is now known as Planet Calypso - The Colonist MMO.
It's Wednesday, and that means more games have been released as downloads through Xbox Live Arcade:
Legacy Interactive's game Emergency Room: Real Life Rescues for the DS is now in stores in North America. The game has players taking on the role of an Emergency Medical Technician at a busy hospital in Harbor City. As an EMT, players take on 30 medical cases, working to stabilize patients in critical condition.
Sony Online Entertainment has launched the 11th expansion for its online collectible game Pox Nora. Called Broodcall, the expansion adds 72 runes, including 40 champions, eight of which are dragons.
Vogster, together with THQ, has placed its persistent world shooter CrimeCraft in stores in North America. The game, in which players take part in underworld urban warfare of the future, can be purchased in stores or as a download through online portals.
Eidos (now part of Square Enix) and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have shipped Batman: Arkham Asylum to stores for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The PC version of the game should reach stores on September 15. The game features Batman, trapped in Gotham's psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane.
Deep Silver, part of Koch Media, has shipped Cursed Mountain for the Wii to retail stores in North America. This survival/horror game is set in the late 1980s when a mountaineer sets out to find his brother.
Sony Computer Entertainment of America has hired Timothy Bender as its Senior Vice President of Sales. Bender joins SCEA from Livescribe, where he managed global sales. Bender will report directly to SCEA President Jack Tretton.
Sony has released several new downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP through the PlayStation Store this week:
Telltale Games has released the second episode in the Tales of Monkey Island series as a download for the PC. This episode, "The Siege of Spinner Cay," can already be downloaded to the PC and should reach the Wii shortly. In this episode, Guybrush defends Mer-People while dodging a pirate hunter.
Matrix Games, together with Slitherine Strategies, has released Conquest! Medieval Realms for the PC as a download. This turn-based strategy game has gamers battling up to seven other players, upgrading their kingdoms to raise massive armies.
Publisher cdv Software Entertainment announced selected financial results for the first half of its fiscal year 2009:
Sony Online Entertainment is introducing the ability for players of its Free Realms trading card game to create cards based on their own character that are playable in both the physical and virtual versions of the game. For $12, players can order a 10 card "Duelist on Demand" pack that will include codes to unlock virtual versions of the cards for play online.
Shadow Complex has been released as this week's download for Xbox Live Arcade. Xbox 360 owners can download the game for 1,200 points ($15). Developed by Chair Entertainment with Epic Games, Shadow Complex has players platforming and shooting their way through a secret underground base.
O-Games, a label of Oxygen Interactive, has released its game My Make-Up for the DS. The software allows DS owners to "try out new styles, make-up techniques, and pamper your skin with facial treatments."
Disney Interactive Studios' game Spectrobes: Origins has shipped for the Wii to stores in North America. This is the third game in Disney's franchise of monster battling games. Players once again take control of interplanetary patrol officers finding, training and fighting "Spectrobes."
Sony announced a new model of PlayStation 3 today to continue to compete with the other available consoles, along with two upcoming downloadable content services aimed at the PSP and PSP Go:
Casual publisher Merscom has released The Mystery of the Mary Celeste as a PC download through casual game portals. The game has players journeying on the Mary Celeste II while uncovering the mystery of the disappearance of the original Mary Celeste in 1872.
CCP, the company behind the massively multiplayer online game Eve Online confirmed that it plans to release a console game with first-person shooter and real-time strategy elements that will interact directly with Eve Online. Called Dust 514, the game will feature ground combat set on the surface of planets within Eve Online, and is being developed at CCP's Shanghai Studio.
O-Games, a label of Oxygen Interactive, has released My Friends for the DS. My Friends takes advantage of the DS wireless connection to let players create a 3D character and explore an online social space while playing mini-games.
Sony Online Entertainment has expanded its persistent online world Free Realms to five new regions. The game is now available in French, German, UK English, Castilian Spanish and Latin American Spanish in addition to the previously available North American English.
Sony has released more downloadable games through the PlayStation Store for the PlayStation 3 and PSP:
Rental and Retail chain Blockbuster reported its financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended July 5, 2009. While FI readers may not be concerned with the chain's overall results, you may be interested to know that game-related revenues still constitute around 10% of Blockbuster's revenues. In the latest quarter, game rentals provided 6.7% of domestic revenues ($47.4 million) and game sales provided 3.0% of domestic revenues ($21.3 million).
Mind Control Software has hired Randy Buehler as its Vice President of Business Strategy. Buehler most recently worked as Vice President of Digital Gaming for Wizards of the Coast working (primarily) on Magic the Gathering. Along with other WotC veterans, Buehler will be supporting Mind Control Software's efforts to make online collectible strategy games.
Zoo Games has shipped the retail version of Groovin' Blocks for the Wii to stores in North America. The game was previously released as a WiiWare downloadable title, but can now be purchased in stores for $20. The retail version includes more levels so that players can indulge in more block-matching and eliminating puzzle-style play.
Nintendo has released Flipnote Studio as a free download for the DSi handheld. Flipnote Studio gives DSi owners simple tools to create and share animations.
This week's downloadable game for the Xbox 360, is the Xbox Live Arcade game Trials HD. The game can be downloaded for 1,200 points ($15) and is a motorcycle racing game with 50 tracks and detailed physics.
This morning, Microsoft launched the "mandatory Xbox Live service update" for the Xbox 360. This update includes improvements to the user interface, the ability to more easily start Xbox Live parties, improvements to the Netflix interface, downloadable releases of retail Xbox 360 games and new premium items with which to customize avatars.
Sony Online Entertainment's massively multiplayer online game Star Wars Galaxies received its 12th major update, dubbed "Engineering Trader." This update adds lots of craftable droids and modules for droids alongside a variety of tweaks and updates.
Graffiti Entertainment, part of Signature Devices, has shipped its game C.O.R.E. for the DS to stores in North America. The game, developed by NoWay Studios, is set in the year 2028 when a meteor crashes into the Mojave Desert, transforming all life in the area. Players take on the role of elite military personnel investigating the site.
Nyko recently shipped to stores its "Action Pak" and "Core Pak" accessory packs for the Wii. Both "paks" include a Nyko Wand controller. The Action Pak includes a Pistol Grip attachment while the Core Pak includes a rumble-enabled Kama controller (that takes the place of the Wii Nunchuk). Both Paks can be purchased for $45.
Russian publisher 1C, together with Aspyr Media, has released Death to Spies: Moment of Truth for the PC as a download. The game should reach stores as a physical box on August 18. This sequel to Death to Spies is a stealthy action game in which players take on the roll of a Soviet counterintelligence agent.
Sony has released new downloadable games through the PlayStation Store:
nVidia reported the financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended July 26, 2009:
This weeks Xbox Live Arcade downloadable game is Turtles in Time: Re-Shelled. For 800 points ($10) Xbox 360 owners can acquire this remake of the classic coin-operated arcade brawler featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Retailer GameStop has hired Chris Petrovic to serve as the company's General Manager of Digital Media. Petrovic will lead GameStop's efforts to sell games and media online, marking a significant departure from the company's bricks and mortar strategy. Clearly, GameStop doesn't want to be edged out by other online sales platforms. Prior to joining GameStop, Petrovic was the Vice President of Digital Media at Playboy Enterprises.
Sony has released SingStar Queen for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2. This latest SingStar game allows players to sing along, karaoke-style, to 20 Queen songs including "We Are The Champions," "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Will Rock You."
GamesCampus, part of OnNet USA, has appointed Terry Kim as Vice President of Publishing. Kim will assume responsibility for managing GamesCampus' massively multiplayer online game titles such as Asda Story and Manga Fighter.
A study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience demonstrates that playing action-oriented videogames can improve contrast sensitivity (the ability to detect subtle differences in shading), suggesting that video games can be a tool for improving eyesight for professionals such as pilots or helping those with impaired vision.