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Nintendo's next console will be the best one yet!

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324w ago - A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away, gamers had an interactive game for their TVs called pong. The game was hailed by computer enthusiasts all over the United States. Soon after pong came what older gamers would remember as Atari which allowed gamers to play many different kinds of games on one console.

But as great as these games were, video games were seen as nerdy and a "fad" that would die out within a year or so. In 1985 a Japanese company called Nintendo decided that it wanted to bring video games to the "casual gamer" and delivered to the world the NES.

Around 25 years ago video gaming was still in its infancy, and to many video gaming was a waste of time and money. Video games were not played by the masses and they happened to be a niche toy. In the mid 80's a Japanese developer and creater of Donkey Kong wanted to bring video gaming into the home and make it a family experience. Nintendo wanted to create games for the "then" so called casual gamer.

Nintendo met resistance from retailers on selling the machine saying that there is no market for the NES and claiming that no one would buy it. Nintendo persisted and made a deal with retailers to buy back the systems that didn't sell in order to reduce the risk for retailers. Retailers took the deal, and Nintendo released the...
 

Happy Birthday PS3! The Ten Best Games - Part One!

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329w ago - It's Bank Holiday weekend, but no rest for the wicked. Especially when PlayStation 3 is celebrating its first birthday. Yep, Sony's sleek stunner of a console is one on Sunday, and we thought we'd put together a top ten list of the very best games you can buy.

We've aimed for a good mix of retail titles and some cult PSN hits, and the vast majority of games on this rundown are PS3 exclusive - but there's a very good reason for that. For one, we wanted to celebrate the titles that make PS3 unique, and the best way to do that is to pick games which aren't available elsewhere. Secondly, a lot of the multiformat releases are (whisper it) better on 360. But as developers slowly start finding their way around the PS3's architecture, we're bound to see such titles really making the most of the added power under the PS3's shiny hood. Indeed one of the titles you'll see in the second part of this list - which will arrive later this weekend - is a multiformat game that perhaps has a slight edge on PS3 over its rival versions (and which is just so damn good, we couldn't possibly ignore it).

So here goes, then...the first part of our Ten Best PS3 Games. Enjoy!

10. Unreal Tournament III One of just two first-person shooters in our list (and we bet the other one's not what you think either), UTIII deserves...
 

Best Buy Hands Out $50 Gift Cards to Early HD-DVD Adopters

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329w ago - Did you buy an HD-DVD player from Best Buy before February 23? If so, you're eligible for a free $50 store gift card. You won't even have to get up and return your now-defunct player, as Best Buy said it is sending the cards without question to all customers that they can identify as having bought an HD-DVD player through its Reward Zone program, service plans, and online orders.

If you did not purchase your player online and are not a member of the company's Reward Zone program, then simply call (888) BEST BUY to provide proof of purchase either through a credit card or in-store receipt.

Press Release: Best Buy Stands Behind Customers By Awarding More Than $10 Million in Gift Cards to HD-DVD Purchasers

Leading Consumer Electronics Retailer will Send $50 Gift Cards to Customers Who Purchased an HD-DVD Player from Best Buy in the U.S.

MINNEAPOLIS – Mar. 19, 2008 With Blu-ray declaring victory over HD-DVD in the high definition movie format war, Best Buy, the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer, is giving $50 gift cards to customers who purchased an HD-DVD player or HD-DVD attachment from its U.S. stores before February 23, 2008. Customers will get a gift card for each player or HD-DVD attachment that they purchased. Through this program, Best Buy will distribute...
 

Best Buy discontinues 80GB PS3, only stocking 40GB version

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337w ago - A leaked internal letter has revealed that Best Buy is to remove the 80GB PS3 system from its on January 28th and the PS3 60GB SKU should already all be gone.

Only the 40GB PS3 will be sold in Best Buy stores at the end of the month.

To quote: "It will come off the planogram on Jan. 28. The 60GB version should already be gone from stores. Only the 40GB version of PS3 will be sold in Best Buy stores at this time."

The 40GB model currently costs $399, and is the cheapest PS3 available. However, it does have a few limitations: it lacks memory card readers, features only two USB ports, and most importantly, loses backwards compatability, as noted in the memo. "This means that there currently isn't a version that is PS2 compatible," it notes.

There have been very shady rumors suggesting Sony is planning on introducing a cheaper $299 version of its console (although that has been repeatedly denied by Sony). Earlier in the week, we also discovered an FCC filing for a white model PS3. Whatever's going on, it appears that Sony's making moves for a big change. Stay tuned.
 

Best PS3 Games of 07

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340w ago - 2007 was a rough year for the PS3. It was slow getting out the gate and a lot of awesome titles were pushed back to late 07 and 08. Even after being hammered by the competition in the beginning of the year, the black box just refused to stay down and ended up finishing 2007 a lot stronger than most of us anticipated.

If you're a PS3 owner, here's the Must Have games of the year. (No, Lair isn't on the list. Neither is Kane and Lynch since Eidos doesn't want to pony up the money.)

Motorstorm

For the first 6 months of the PS3's life we experienced a dearth of quality titles as the system was plagued with terrible ports and with more movie based games than any carbon life form should have to endure. There were only games worth owning was Resistance and Motorstorm. Motorstorm was the first racing game, outside of Mario Kart, that I actually purchased at full price and, at the time, it was somewhat expensive for what you got. You could count the number of tracks available on two hands and there was no split-screen multi player whatsoever (Inexcusable). However the online was fun, assuming you had friends with PS3s. But these past few months, we've seen a lot of Motorstorm content that sure to please fans. Lets just hope that when the second game rolls out in 09 and there's more content...
 
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