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Final Fantasy XIV Web site Goes Live, New Screens Available

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263w ago - After the recent magazine leaks, today Square Enix announced that the official [Register or Login to view links] is live.

The battle and job systems will be different than the one previously used in Final Fantasy XI, which utilized experience points, and that the character races and monsters will resemble those found in Final Fantasy XI to allow players to create avatars similar to ones created in Final Fantasy XI.

Group play has been de-emphasized, and now solo and group play have been balanced... while weapon use will alter "character development".

The Web site contains new screenshots, a trailer and details on the game world's storyline, locations and races. There's also a brief overview of the game's mechanics, including the various skillsets a player can specialize in.

For those curious, Final Fantasy XIV will be heading to Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows in 2010.
 

New Tales of Vesperia for PS3 Goes to the Beach with Swimsuits

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267w ago - Yesterday two new playable characters were revealed for the PlayStation 3 port of Tales of Vesperia dubbed Tales of Graces.

Today additional new features appear to be coming to the PlayStation 3 version of Tales of Vesperia, as the latest issue of V-Jump scan (below) reveals new costumes for the main cast.

To quote: Apparently, the game is going to the beach because the main characters are getting in their swimsuits.

The new scans reveal characters like Yuri in an open shirt with shorts and Judith in a two piece. Delightful.
 

Rant: When a Video Game Console Case Mod Goes Wrong

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273w ago - I have nothing against case mods, I've seen some nice mods over the years. But sometimes... things start to go south.

To the left is a normal looking PlayStation 2 system. Nothing out of the ordinary, PS2 stand, little pink memory card... but the eye sore on the right? Don't ask, I still can't figure out what is going on.

I figure the original PS2 brand on the console wasn't suffice enough for this person. No they had to go out, buy car branding letters so in case you were on the other side of the street passing by he/she or maybe he she's home you can still that's a PS2 in the living room.

Also if you're eyes haven't combusted in its sockets for watching this throw up, very intimidating dragon on the upper right side. If this wasn't enough of a car accident, this person finds a way to hit new lows... for whatever reason that I'm sure God himself is unable to answer if put on the spot.

A giant fan, why? I have no clue. I never knew PS2 systems had an over heading issue, but evidently no one told this rock.

Nothing saying PlayStation 2 like car decals, and giant fans, if it even is functional. Which is sad if it is, as this person should have been electrocuted during the install process.

Sadly the video game gods must have been upset at the world this...
 

PS3 Price Drop Goes Live for Both PlayStation 3 SKUs

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275w ago - The international online mega-retailer Amazon.com has officially axed the price of the PS3, however, it's only a $10 price cut.

Still, $10 is better than nothing right? The 160GB has also been marked down $20, to $479.

To quote: The price cut is also seems to have taken place worldwide as well, with both Amazon Japan and Amazon UK dropping the price of their respective PS3 packages too.

And with all the commotion caused by by the PS3 Slim speculation, now seems like a very peculiar time to lower the price...

Check out the $389 80GB PS3(with free shipping, nonetheless) [Register or Login to view links] and the 160GB (still with free shipping) [Register or Login to view links]. Enjoy!
 

3D Realms Closes Down, Duke Nukem Goes Bust

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276w ago - Founded in 1987, the firm popularized the concept of shareware gaming and published the seminal Duke Nukem and Wolfenstein 3D first-person shooters.

The company was working on a follow-up title, Duke Nukem Forever, which after being in development for 12 years has become the object of industry derision.

Publisher, Take-Two says it will no longer fund development of the game but retains rights to the title.

"We can confirm that our relationship with 3D Realms for Duke Nukem Forever was a publishing arrangement, which did not include ongoing funds for development of the title," said Take-Two's Alan Lewis in a statement.

There has been no official comment from 3D Realms, other than a forum posting from the company's webmaster, Joe Siegler, who said: "It's not a marketing thing. It's true. I have nothing further to say at this time."

Other companies with links to 3D Realms or the Duke Nukem series were quick to distance themselves.

In a posting on Twitter, Apogee Software said it was "officially not affected by the situation at 3DRealms".

"Development of the Duke Nukem Trilogy is continuing as planned and further announcements about upcoming games will be made in the near future," the statement added.

Guardian newspaper games...
 
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