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quarta-feira, novembro 09, 2005

Games First!


Scattered reports from the US suggest that Microsoft's first party Xbox 360 games are starting to ship, despite the fact the console itself won't launch until November 22nd.

Both GameStop and EB Games are listing Kameo: Elements of Power as available to ship within 24 hours, and various gamers report receiving it.

Meanwhile, Perfect Dark Zero and Project Gotham Racing 3 are expected to go on sale more than a week in advance of the console's US launch.

So far there's been no sign of the same happening on this side of the Atlantic, however, where Xbox 360 is set to launch on December 2nd, although most shops are full of placeholder boxes and other point-of-sale promotions. Retailers are expecting actual stock closer to release.

Games going on sale this far in advance of their home platforms is unusual, but it's not the first time games have made it out before consoles - some PSP games, for example, were widely available in the few days prior to the console's launch in the US and similarly in the UK.

Source of the Info: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/

TV remote by Nintendo

You'd think that Nintendo might be a bit tired of everyone saying that the Revolution's "freestyle" controller looks like a telly remote. But no, they've decided to embrace it by offering members of Japan's Nintendo Club a very special treat.

Platinum members - i.e., those who have earned at least 400 points by buying around 10 GBA games or seven GameCube titles over the course of a year - will receive a universal television remote shaped just like, you guessed it, the Revolution's "freestyle" controller.

You can take a look at it on the Club Nintendo website, which also features a pic of the rather spanky calendar that will be sent out too. Poor old gold members will get the calendar only.

So, any chance European Nintendo fans will also get a free Rev remote? Not really, we suspect, since the Japanese seem to have all the luck when it comes to these sorts of goodies. Nintendo Europe was unavailable for comment at the time of writing, but we'll keep you posted.


Source of the Info: EuroGamer

"EuroGamer.net" Interview: Jim Merrick

"Jim Merrick is a busy man. As Nintendo Europe's senior vice president of marketing, he's been rushed off his feet lately trying to ensure that we're all jolly excited about the forthcoming release of Mario Kart DS and the launch of Nintendo's Wi-Fi Connection service.

And he's done a very good job, at least as far as we're concerned. We're at the Nintendo Europe Summit in Frankfurt, where we've already had the chance to play Mario Kart against opponents in various locations all around the world, and we're very excited indeed. Even more excited than when we realised they were giving us actual frankfurters for tea.

Merrick's excited too, of course, but not about the frankfurters. No, it's all about the main focus of today's events, Wi-Fi Connection, as he explains when we get the chance to sit down and have a chat.

Getting connected

"We've been on the sidelines of online gaming for a long time - we just didn't see the right combination of value for the consumer and technology and gameplay," says Merrick.

"Now I think the time is right. We talked about the promise of Wi-Fi when we first introduced DS and now we can show you, with Mario Kart and with Tony Hawk, what Nintendo's vision of online gaming is."

'Jim Merrick gets connected' Screenshot 1

You'll be seeing this all over the place soon.

But knowing Nintendo, and knowing that the Revolution is on the way, we suspect this is just the beginning. So, for starters can we expect a massively multiplayer title one day?

That's not Nintendo's style, says Merrick, but adds: "It's certainly possible... It really depends on Mr Miyamoto and Mr Konno, and whether they see that vision."

He reaffirms that the Revolution will make use of Wi-Fi Connection, although it "has a lot of different requirements and capabilities."

These include the "virtual console", Merrick explains, which will allow you to download NES, SNES and N64 games and store them on your Revolution's 512MB of flash memory - which Merrick confirms is expandable. And, of course, you'll be able to play GameCube games straight off the disc - "You don't need an adaptor, the Revolution will digest either full size Revolution games or the smaller GameCube discs," Merrick says.

"It's actually one of the unique elements of the system - there's never been a slot-based disc drive that can handle two different formats. It's one of the neat pieces of technology nobody seems to pick up on."

But back to the virtual console. Merrick tells us that a number of third parties have already committed to providing their back catalogue for download, but he won't tell us their names.

"I think you can guess, though," he says. "The usual suspects."

Merrick continues: "Will it be every game we ever published on any system? Probably not."

We point out that this is probably a good thing since some of them were rubbish, frankly, and Merrick greets this with a chuckle. We point out that we only meant one or two of them, and they were third party ones, and that everything Nintendo has ever done has been completely brilliant actually, and that we're very grateful that he hasn't thrown us out.

Name your price
'Jim Merrick gets connected' Screenshot 2

Ahh, happy days! We just can't wait to see this again.

Moving swiftly on, we ask Merrick what the price point for retro games is likely to be. "I have no idea," he says. "What would you pay for your favourite game of the 16-bit era, say?"

We suggest that naughty retro pirates would say "Nothing," since the scamps can download many old games for free, in between supporting drugs and terrorism and porn of course...

"If you want to play on your PC, then sure, but they don't play as well there as they play on a console. And then in the middle of the night there's a knock on your door and the Nintendo police come and take you away," Merrick says. He's chuckling again, thankfully.

"Obviously, that segment of the market will always exist - there's always going to be some sort of piracy. But I think that for many mass market consumers, if it's easy and relatively low cost - 'Oh gosh, I remember that, I love the original Mario Bros, I grew up on that game, a couple of pounds and boy I can download that'" - that would be great."

A couple of pounds, eh? Nothing's been confirmed, says Merrick. He does reveal that Nintendo's online plans for Revolution don't stop at old days games, however.

"It is possible that you could download movies or demos of games that would expire in 30 days, or a game that you could share with another person... Using the digital rights management system, there are a lot of possibilities how we can control these things that we download, whatever they are - movies, music, demos, or full games."

Hmm. That sounds a bit familiar - don't tell us Nintendo's going for the whole "multimedia hub" thing too...

"No. When I talk about music and movies, I mean you might download a trailer for a game, or in-game music. But our business is interactive entertainment - we're not looking to be the home multimedia broadband portal, they can fight over that." We think we know who "they" are, even though he's not saying.

Speaking of which, when it comes to the question of Blu-Ray versus HD-DVD, Merrick's very clear as to which side Nintendo's on: "Neither. We're not getting involved with that argument at all." It's probably for the best.

Back to the Revolution, then. When asked whether we'll be able to get our hands on the console at E3 in May, Merrick repeats what he told us last time- "I would be very disappointed if I went to E3 and didn't play Revolution games, wouldn't you?" Yes, sir, and now you've said that twice we're going to be even more disappointed if it all goes wrong.

Merrick says he's not sure if we'll only get to play games using the freestyle controller, or if those which use the "nunchuk" or "classic" add-ons will also be on show. "It's really the developers' choice," he tells us.

Ah ha, but which developers? And when, oh when are they going to tell us about their games?

"We haven't announced specifically what will be shown when, but there are a lot of third parties working on games for Revolution. But they are third parties, so when they decide to show or when they decide to announce is their call."

It seems likely that Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima will be one of those third parties - the fact that he was bigging up the Revolution at the Tokyo Game Show would imply that he's doing a game for the console, surely...

"That would imply that, yes," says Merrick carefully.

"He had very favourable comments to say about the freestyle controller. I think in his comments he stopped short of saying what game he was working on, so again, as a third party it's his privilege to say what he's doing."

But he is doing a Revolution game? "To my knowledge, yes." Goody.

Launch time
'Jim Merrick gets connected' Screenshot 3

Just imagine, this could be sitting in your very own house one day.

Next we asked Merrick about Satoru Iwata's recent comments regarding a possible simultaneous launch for the Revolution. Here's the good news: "With DS, we were 14 weeks, which was the tightest Nintendo has ever been with a console launch and that was an achievement. But with Revolution, we expect to do better than that. That certainly is our goal.

"You know, simultaneous - what's 'simultaneous'? The same day, the same time?" Merrick goes on.

"That probably doesn't even make commercial sense. But within a few weeks of one another, sure."

And here's the even better news: Europe might not get left behind for once.

"We're very serious about trying to be a more global company and not follow the stereotypical formula of Japan first, then the US, then Europe some time later," Merrick says. So does that mean the Revolution could be the first console to launch in Europe first?

"Anything's possible. There are no rules that it must be Japan or US first." Hurrah!

Merrick says that Revolution is still "just a codename" for the console, and that there's "a lot of trademark checking and copyright issues" still to be sorted out. He says that various names are still being bandied about - and that no, Revolution 360 isn't one of them.

Our time is almost up, according to the kindly PR gentleman with the stripy scarf, so let's end with a tricky one. What does Merrick think of Epic Games' Mark Rein and his suggestion that games based around the freestyle controller will be "gimmicky", "cheap" and downright "crappy"?

Merrick appears to be unconcerned. "Mark has a very narrow section of the business. Epic builds middleware, they're very technically savvy guys, but he doesn't have a Revolution controller, he doesn't have a dev kit, he's talking about something he knows nothing about.

"So if he'd like to get a dev kit and really dig into it, then I'd be interested to hear what he has to say."

There you have it, Epic Games' Mark Rein - come and have a go if you think you're hard enough. And now there's just time for one more trip round Cheep Cheep Beach before it's off home to reflect on what we've learned, ponder the future of Nintendo and wonder why it's surprising that frankfurters taste exactly the same in Frankfurt as they do everywhere else in the world. Ah, life's great mysteries."

Fonte: EuroGamer

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Very interesting interview. I hope you gonna like it..

"ActionTrip.com" Review: Call Of Dutty 2

My favourite game ever.. Call Of Dutty was amazing in MP, I won a lot of things with this fantastic and superb online game.

Check out the review by ActionTrip (89/100):
http://www.actiontrip.com/reviews/callofduty2.phtml

MAN 3 announced

Wargaming.net announces Massive Assault Network 2 (MAN 2), a sequel to its highly acclaimed hardcore online strategy game. The game is now being finalized and the beta test sign up is scheduled for November 15th.

The game's brand new Online Play Mode offers yet unseen turn-based online gaming experience: opponents will both stay in the game, watching each other actions in real-time. The gameplay will be streamlined as never before: online battles can be finished within 20-30 minutes, unlike days and weeks with the previous version.

"It's not a game for everyone." - says Victor Kislyi, Wargaming.net's CEO. "You will have to outdo, outwit and outmaneuver your opponents. But what can be more rewarding than brain-fighting your way into the elite club of the world's smartest strategy players?"

Currently existing three separate Massive Assault communities (each playing with different outdated versions) will be merged into one and only MAN 2 community (with no transfer charges), where everybody will play the same newest version of the game.

MAN 2 will include the refined battle maps (planets) from all its predecessors, as well as a bunch of brand new planets, totaling 24. In addition to tournaments, voluntarily organized by enthusiastic players, Wargaming.net will run the official Clan Wars, featuring epic galactic conflict.

MAN 2 will be available via download. The trial version will offer unlimited number of games on classic Beotorum planet for free. Good news is that in addition to monthly $6.95 subscription, a new attractive option will be available: $39.95 lifetime membership.


Fonte: http://www.avault.com/

I'm Sorry

Sorry for the stop of updates, i had an internet ISP problem :/
Daily updates ressurected :)

sábado, outubro 22, 2005

"EuroGamer.com" Review: Pro Evolution Soccer 5 (Ps2)

The best football game of the world. It's beautifull, amazing and real

Read the review by EuroGamer (9/10):
http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=61359

"EuroGamer.com" Review: Football Manager 2006

My Favourite football manager game finally comes out.

Check the review by EuroGamer (9/10):
http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=61370

"playlistmag.com" Review: 30GB iPod with video


One of my future products.

Good Review By PlayList:
http://playlistmag.com/reviews/2005/10/30gbipod/index.php

Microsoft Patch Problems Continue

"Some Windows 2000 users could be unprotected even with recent patch."

"Windows users continue to experience problems with Microsoft's latest round of security patches. This time a problem with a critical patch relating to Microsoft's DirectShow streaming media software is leaving some Windows 2000 users unprotected, even after they've installed a patch.

Windows 2000 users who have installed Microsoft DirectX version 8 or 9 may not have actually fixed their software by installing Microsoft Security Update MS05-050, Microsoft said in a statement posted Thursday to the company's Web site.

The patch, called an "update" by Microsoft, was released October 11 as part of the company's monthly security software fixes. It addresses a problem in DirectShow that could allow an attacker to seize control of an unpatched system. The attacker would first need to trick a user into visiting a Web page via maliciously coded Web content--a banner advertisement, for example--in order for this to happen, Microsoft said.

No Notification
The problem with the patch is that users of Microsoft DirectX 8 or 9 who may have accidentally installed the patch written for DirectX 7 will still be subject to the underlying vulnerability, and they will not be notified of this fact, the statement said.


Only a "limited" number of customers have been affected by this problem; customers who received Update MS05-050 automatically or who correctly followed the steps in Microsoft's security bulletin will not be affected, Microsoft said in a statement provided by its public relations agency.

This is the second problem Microsoft has had with the October 11 patches. Last week some users ran into a variety of technical problems when they attempted to install a separate Security Update, MS05-051.

Directions for determining whether or not a Windows 2000 system has been correctly updated can be found here.

Microsoft executives were not available to comment on this story."

Fonte: http://www.pcworld.com/

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Cada vez mais triste e inadmissivel aquilo que acontece. A Microsoft mais uma vez mostra aquilo que vale, não conseguindo resolver um problema que ja tinha sido verificado uma semana antes.

Sony announces PSP Giga Pack

"Don’t get all excited here, this isn’t the PSP with the integrated hard drive we’ve all been lusting after. No, Sony’s Giga Pack is far less interesting—the PSP is now being bundled with a 1GB Memory Stick Pro Duo, a small stand, and the other usual suspects like USB cable, remote and earphones, slip-in case, etc. This does indeed make things easier (and cheaper) for those annoyed at having to spend a couple bucks in the regular PSP Value Pack bundle for the 32MB card when they’re just going to drop an extra $80 or $90 on the one gig card. Their listed price is ¥29,800 (about $250), which we’re hoping isn’t as much of a price cut as we’re going to see on the system for this coming holiday season—especially since it’s not really a price cut when they just bundle the same device with some more gear and then ask the same price. You’ll be able to get yours in Japan, Asia, Europe, and North America starting November."

By: http://www.engadget.com/

Kojima working on Rev game?

"Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima is currently hard at work on a new game for Nintendo's next-gen console.

That's according to US magazine Game Informer - the latest issue of which features an article on how the Revolution was received at the Tokyo Game Show last month.
The article argues that there's a worrying lack of third party support for the hardware so far, but continues: "Despite these concerns, developers we talked to at TGS were very positive about the new controller.


"Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima is already working on a project for Revolution, being done by the Metal Gear Acid team."

And that's not all - Game Informer reckons the game will be an all-new title, and nothing to do with the Metal Gear series.

Kojima, you may recall, was seen praising the new "freestyle" controller in a video shown at TGSas part of Satoru Iwata's keynote presentation.

"This was totally unexpected," Kojima said, adding: "Even though it was a surprise to me at first, I quickly understood how it should be used."

So clearly he's a fan of Nintendo's new innovation, but a big enough fan to get personally involved with a new game for the Rev? Well, he should have a bit of spare time on his hands once Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is complete - providing he really is planning to retire from the series, of course."

Fonte: http://www.eurogamer.net/