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AMD Announces Games For Change (G4C) Toolkit is Available

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299w ago - AMD has announced a new kit dubbed 'Let the Games Begin' that aims to encourage people to create games related to issues such as the environment and health.

The kit is available for free from [Register or Login to view links].

Those who don't wish to download the sizeable 1.5GB kit can check out an online version of it from [Register or Login to view links].

To quote: So you want to make a game for change? Congratulations and welcome!

You're entering relatively uncharted waters, so we've created this Toolkit to help you map out the journey from here to there. The Toolkit is not a technical manual for making a game but provides an overview of the game-making process and guides you through key areas- what questions you need to ask, what decisions you need to make.

Creating a game is a collaborative process, and you'll likely want to partner with an experienced game designer early on. This Toolkit provides you the information to start the conversation, both within your organization and with your outside partners.

Good luck on your journey, and let us know (Contactg4c@gamesforchange.org) how we can help.

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GamesRadar: The Top Nine PC Games of 2009 Unveiled

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299w ago - GamesRadar has compiled a list of what they consider to be the top nine PC games of 2009.

Below is their list:

1) Diablo III
2) Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
3) Star Trek Online
4) Dragon Age: Origins
5) Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II
6) FEAR 2: Project Origin
7) The Sims 3
8) Deus Ex 3
9) Empire: Total War

Feel free to agree/disagree in the comments below!
 

Why Sony's PlayStation 3 Console Can't Play PS2 Games Yet

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300w ago - As a follow-up to an [Register or Login to view links] from a few weeks ago, Sony may have you believing that the company cut out PS2 backwards compatibility in order to save costs.

However, the real reason is actually more strategic than anything else. According to recent [Register or Login to view links], all PS3s will most likely be able to play PS2 games in the near future.

The PS2 is Sony Computer Entertainment's crowing achievement after the PSOne. Both consoles combined have sold close to 260 million units world wide. It does make it seem a bit silly when you see console fanboys bickering over the anthill sized 20 some million units for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

The PS2 and PSOne has a combined library of over 8,000 games (PAL, NTSC) to date, yet the latest version of the PS3 cannot play any of the PS2 games. I was fortunate enough to get my 60GB PS3 during launch, which is considered by many to be the ultimate version. I consider it to be the MVP (Most Valued Player) of gaming consoles due to the fact I could fence it for a good bit of cash on Ebay.

The 80GB which came out after the 60GB, had a new piece of software...
 

Video: PS3 40GB Service Mode Console Running PS2 Games

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300w ago - Today D3M0N2009 shared a video from earlier this month courtesy of sonyk0 via YouTube.

The video from DemonHades demonstrates that PS3 40GB Service Mode consoles can actually play PS2 games, but the feature isn't unlocked for the retail counterparts to date.

As most suspect, Sony has been working on a PS2 software emulator for quite some time (since Firmware 2.5x), so the question is really when and how they will introduce it publically.. perhaps via PSN Store PS2 title updates, or just include it in a Firmware update, etc.

Those interested can check out the video below, enjoy!




 

Report: Packaged Video Games Outsell DVD and Blu-ray in 2008

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300w ago - Last year, retail video games outsold DVD and Blu-ray discs worldwide for the first time, according to a 2008 [Register or Login to view links] and 2009 forecast by Media Control GfK International.

Video game sales were up to 53 percent of the media market in 2008, thanks in no small part to Nintendo's Wii, which drove software sales up by 20 percent from 2007. GfK predicts that video games will take 59 percent of the market by the end of 2009.

In Italy and Spain, video games already reign in the home entertainment war, constituting for 67 percent of the market.

Meanwhile, DVD sales dropped by 4 percent, bringing overall DVD and Blu-ray sales down 6 percent from the previous year. The U.S. market played a major roll, with sales for these movie formats dropping by 8 percent.

All told, video game sales reached $32 billion and movie sales came out to $29 billion for DVD and Blu-ray. It should be noted that rentals are not included in the report.

GfK's findings weren't without precedent. Earlier this year, Verdict research predicted video game sales would be up 42 percent in the UK, and would surpass music, DVD, and Blu Ray disc sales.

Although they were almost correct, Steve Redmond of the Entertainment Retailer's...
 
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