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COD: Modern Warfare 2 Delayed on PC, Activision Defends Price

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259w ago - Today Electronic Theatre (linked above) has confirmed that the PC version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has been delayed, and will launch on November 24 which is two weeks after its console counterparts.

There is no official reason for the delay yet, although it is speculated that it is due to insufficient manufacturing output to have enough PC copies ready by November 10 to meet demand or that Infinity Ward wants to implement more stringent copy-protection to combat piracy.

In related news, Activision UK managing director Andrew Brown has defended the publisher's decision to price Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 at £55 RRP.

When Activision originally revealed the price, retailers warned of the effect that the increase would have on consumers, which is £5 more than other Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 titles on the market.

But Brown is confident that consumers will feel that they are getting a good deal with the content provided by Modern Warfare 2.

To quote from [Register or Login to view links]: "At the end of the day, there is a spectrum of what people can afford and what people are prepared to spend. These things are key," said Brown.

"This is an industry where things cost a lot to develop...
 

GameStop Exec Defends Used Game Sales & Somewhat Succeeds

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296w ago - In a recent interview with [Register or Login to view links], GameStop Chief Marketing Officer Mike Hogan tried to defend his company's stance on the used game market by comparing it to the used car market.

He argued that without trade money from used cars, the owners wouldn't be able to afford a new car. Although some people will try to flaw his argument by noting that games aren't that expensive in relation to people's disposable income.

To quote: Starting his argument, he compared the games industry to the car industry saying: "If you couldn't sell your old car - would the industry sell more cars?" He argues that without the trade-in money From The used car, owners wouldn't be able to afford a new car.

He then claimed that 90% of trade-ins take place over 90 days after the release of a game. He said, "We track this fairly closely. We believe we're extending the life-cycles of users."

He continued, "I realize there are other perspectives, but ours is: trades and used fuel growth in the category."
 

LittleBigPlanet Musician Defends Controversial Song to MTV

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309w ago - The musician behind the song that caused the highly anticipated PlayStation 3 game "Little Big Planet" to get recalled just days before its release has defended his song in a statement issued to MTV Multiplayer.

Perhaps even more significantly, singer Toumani Diabate has explained what the song is about and why its inclusion of verses from the Qur'an is his "way to attract and inspire people toward Islam."

Multiplayer received the statement late yesterday, following conversations with two Muslim experts who helped illuminate the reasons why Diabate's song might trouble some Muslims and just how similar – or different – this situation is from the publication of the Danish cartoons that inspired deadly riots across the world.

They note the complication that there is no explicit rule in Islam prohibiting a song like Diabate's.

Diabate's song first was initially flagged on the official PS3 message boards by a Muslim gamer who found the inclusion of two verses from the Qur'an in the song to be troubling and offensive. The gamer asked Sony to remove the song from the game, which Sony has agreed to do, delaying the game several days in the process. That request puzzled some gamers who did not understand why the inclusion of the verses would be a problem. Was...
 
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