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Japanese Hardware Sales Slump Hits PlayStation 3 Hard

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305w ago - Man, things are tough all over. This week's Media Create sales charts show that Japanese gamers basically took the week off from buying hardware. It's possible they were simply concerned about the volatility of the global market, as the softer side of sales failed to blow our socks off, too.

More surprising is the stagnation of PlayStation 3 hardware, which is actually selling some games (Aquanaut's Holiday, Eternal Sonata) but places well behind the Xbox 360. Crazy, crazy days.

• Nintendo DS - 31,914
• PSP - 23,901
• Wii - 22,877
• Xbox 360 - 7,763
• PlayStation 2 - 6,982
• PlayStation 3 - 5,734
 

Ship Dates Announced for Rock Band 2, Hits PS3 on October 19th

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305w ago - Rock Band 2 was released on the XBox 360 on September 14, 2008 with an exclusive launch window in North America. Today it was announced that Rock Band 2 for the PS3 will be available on October 19, 2008.

In addition, Rock Band 2 for the PS2 and Wii will ship in December 2008. The Rock Band 2 Special Edition Bundle for the XBox 360 will also be available on retail shelves October 19, 2008.

Press Release: MTV Games, Harmonix and Electronic Arts Announce Ship Dates for Rock Band 2 Coming to PLAYSTATION3 System, PlayStation2 System and WiiTM

Harmonix, the world's premier music video game development company, and MTV Games, a part of Viacom's MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced that Rock Band 2 for the PLAYSTATION3 computer entertainment system will be available on October 19, 2008. In addition, Rock Band 2 for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system and the Wii™ home videogame console from Nintendo will ship in December 2008.

In addition, the Rock Band 2 Special Edition Bundle for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft will also be available on retail shelves October 19, 2008.

Rock Band 2 Shipping and Pricing Information:

October...
 

Rumor: Samsung Blu-Ray Player to Hit $149 on Black Friday

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305w ago - Reports indicate that the Samsung BP-1500 Blu-ray player, which usually sells for $400, will go on sale on Black Friday for just $149.

To quote: You might want to hold off on buying a Blu-ray player for a few weeks, because thankfully, finally, seriously, and almost too-latedly, Blu-ray players will soon drop into truly affordable territory.

A source close to Ultimate Electronics has told us to expect the Samsung BD-P1500 – usually about $400 – for $149 on this particularly welcome and poignant Black Friday.

Ultimate Electronics is a primarily Midwestern chain, but look to be offering this deal in cooperation with Samsung – in other words, it's probably not the only place you'll see stupidly cheap Blu-ray players come November 28th.
 

Alone in the Dark for PlayStation 3 hits this November as Inferno

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306w ago - Atari has announced that Alone in the Dark has been reworked for the PlayStation 3 and will debut this November under the name Alone in the Dark: Inferno.

Gameplay elements including camera, inventory system, and hero control have all been retooled for maximum immersion and fun. In addition, Alone in the Dark: Inferno will include an all-new action sequence revealing a previously unseen enemy of epic proportions. A demo is planned for early November.

Press Release: Atari Sets PLAYSTATION3 Ablaze This November With Alone in the Dark: Inferno

Atari Responds to Media and Consumer Feedback with Red Hot Gameplay Enhancements and Scorching New Action Sequence for PLAYSTATION3 Computer Entertainment System

NEW YORK, Oct. 10: One of this year's most innovative video games will get a blazing rework for its PLAYSTATION3 computer entertainment system debut this November as Atari ignites Alone in the Dark: Inferno. Development studio Eden Games has responded to the feedback of media and gamers and has turned up the heat to deliver an even more entertaining, immersive and action-packed blockbuster experience for PLAYSTATION 3 system.

The hosts of sizzling gameplay enhancements, red-hot content and the hellish storyline have inspired the name Alone in the Dark: Inferno for...
 

TGS 2008: White Knight Chronicles Media Event

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306w ago - Per Jeff Rubenstein (Social Media Manager) via PS Blog:

Just a few minutes ago, one of the most anticipated games of Tokyo Game Show was formally unveiled to the media: White Knight Chronicles (called Shirokishi here in Japan). I sat in on the session and, um, chronicled it for you here:

Kentaro Motomura, Producer of White Knight Chronicles, first runs down some key points - Level-5 created this RPG especially for the PLAYSTATION 3, with a key differentiating element of a transforming hero. They're trying to do something new with this mechanic. You can play solo, or in a group of up to 4 online (more on that later).

Motomura-san gives a quick rundown of the story and then plays a trailer detailing these scenes: During the princess of Balandor's coming of age ceremony, a group known as the "Wizard" raids the kingdom looking for the power of "Knight."

A young man named Leonard escapes into a cellar and finds a mysterious set of armor, which transforms him into the White Knight, and he defeates the Wizard's enormous monster. However, the princess was kidnapped during the battle. Leonard sets off with his newfound power to find the kidnapped princess.

The trailer also reveals a number of other characters, huge beastly monsters, even larger...
 
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