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Bishi Bashi Special is Konami's first PSOne classic via PSN

339w ago - Konami has released it's first title available via Sony's PlayStation Network download store in the form of a PSOne classic, namely Bishi Bashi Special. The game can be downloaded now and costs just £3.49. A video and the official Press Release are below:

Press Release:

The return of Bishi Bashi Special! Classic Konami PSOne title marks publisher's first download release via PlayStation Network in Europe Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH has released its first title available via Sony's PlayStation Network download store in the form of PSOne classic, Bishi Bashi Special.

Originally released in 2000, Bishi Bashi Special is the definitive party game, and comprises over 80 fun mini-games - each madder than the last. Converted from two of Konami's Japanese arcade machines - Super Bishi Bashi and Hyper Bishi Bashi - the compilation is designed to test the player's reactions, timing and stamina.

As the name suggests, some involve simply bashing the controller buttons as quickly as possible, while others require pixel-perfect movement and extreme hand-eye coordination. All, however, are tremendous fun and doubly so when played against a friend.

The events go by such names as Juggler Panic, Burger Girl, Ladder of...

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

339w 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...

X-Play's Big Ones: Killzone 2, Too Human & SOCOM video!

340w ago - X-Play takes a look at the biggest upcoming titles, including Killzone 2, Too Human and SOCOM: Confrontation.

Video is below courtesy of G4TV:



Guitar Hero IV Peripheral Additions include Microphone

340w ago - Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has said that Guitar Hero IV will be receiving extra peripherals, including a microphone.

Kotick commented on the future of the franchise in an interview with Conde Nast Portfolio magazine (according to IGN). He also mentioned that the next instalment will let players strum along with bands local to their area.

"It's not just about guitars," Kotick said. "We'll include a lot of other instruments, vocals. It will help us expand internationally. It's the first game we've had in which we can use local content and local bands."

But whether or not you'll be able to sing along with your local pub band (ho-ho) is insignificant next to the price. Will Activision undercut the £180 price point of Rock Band with Guitar Hero IV? This could get interesting.

Mac sales push up Apple profits

340w ago - Profits at US technology giant Apple have jumped 36% as consumers snap up its MacBook computers and iPods. The firm made a net profit of $1.05bn (£0.53bn) in the quarter ended 29 March, compared with $770m in the same period a year earlier.

Apple shipped 2,289,000 Mac computers during the quarter, a rise of 51% from the year before. International sales made up 44% of Apple's revenue, which totalled $7.51bn in the quarter.

"We're delighted to report 43% revenue growth and the strongest March quarter revenue and earnings in Apple's history," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "With over $17bn in revenue for the first half of our fiscal year, we have strong momentum to launch some terrific new products in the coming quarters."

The company sold 10,644,000 iPods during the quarter, a 1% rise, which dispelled some fears that the market for the media players was saturated. Apple said it shipped 1.7 million iPhones.

Some analysts had raised questions about the iPhone's success after O2 and Carphone Warehouse reduced the UK retail price of the standard handset by £100 to £169 in an effort to attract new customers.

The figures surpassed analysts expectations but the company was less optimistic on the outlook for the rest of 2008.

Apple said it expected...
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