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Turning Point: Fall of Liberty Preview

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343w ago - Craig Allen is passionate about history. So much so that the CEO of Spark Unlimited arranged to present his latest project at the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms in Westminster. Not only that, but Allen was also encouraging the press to check out the Churchill Timeline - it's actually worth a read as well. I'm glad I took his advice.

Being behind Call of Duty: Finest Hour and leading a team that has been involved with the Medal of Honour franchise, I asked Allen what it was about historical events that excite him so much. "All good things come from life experiences, I believe. And I think it's important to keep learning and teaching about the life experiences of others who have made a difference, it's incredible to see what people have gone through in their lifetimes." In developing Turning Point, he reveals in his presentation that games based on history have the power to teach gamers about important events. "Once you've explored history however, you start to take that further and begin to ask 'What if?'"

It's this 'What if' concept that Turning Point adopts to give it a unique angle on the now familiar World War II FPS. The game is set in an alternate reality to our own, based on one pivotal moment in history - Winston Churchill, having been involved in a traffic accident...
 

Sony PlayStation sweeps multiple awards

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343w ago - MUMBAI: Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) bagged an array of awards under various categories by IGN Entertainment, an online provider of videogame, entertainment and lifestyle content, as well as community and interactive services. Bagging 25 awards Sony PlayStation serves to confirm their status as an undisputed leader in the realm of console gaming.

PSP, PS2 and PS3 won accolades under a range of genres including: Action Game, Racing, Graphics Tech, Sports, Original Score, Use of Sound, Best Story, Local Multiplayer, Biggest Surprise and Best Developer

Logan's Shadow on PSP, God of War II on PS2 and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune on PS3 swept away Game of the Year award.

Sony Computer Entertainment country manager Atindriya Bose said, "At SCE we singularly focus on providing enthusiasts the best of console gaming entertainment, with research and innovation being at the core of Playstation's mantra. We are extremely pleased that PSP's Logan's Shadow, PS2's God of War II and PS3's Uncharted: Drake's Fortune has been voted Game of the Year from IGN Entertainment, the web's leading videogame information destination. We are also thrilled that various PSP, PS2 and PS3 games have won under every category."
 

Latest Game Updates: What Are They?

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343w ago - Typically, we'd like to believe an "update" is a good thing. But when the reasons for the update and what that update actually does remain a mystery, we start to get a little concerned. Perhaps you didn't notice, but more than a few PS3 titles got recent and very unexpected updates...and some users are wondering what actually changed, and if it could potentially hurt the system.

Some updates are more public than others (most are aware of update 1.01 for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, designed to fix slowdown issues). But a few, like updates for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Heavenly Sword, pop up out of nowhere and request that you download the mysterious patch. The previous two updates were 18MB in size and we haven't yet concluded what has been fixed and/or changed in either game, but they must've been issued for a reason, correct? Normally, updates can't possibly hurt the machine, but one game that needs another of these un-detailed 18MB updates is Time Crisis 4. Now, according to several new reports, including one user at Siliconera, this has resulted in the PlayStation 3 not being able to recognize any discs.

Whether or not you have the latest firmware update seems irrelevant; these games need a 18MB update, and we don't know why. Furthermore, we're a little worried about these scattered reports...
 

Eight Things Sony Needs To Do For The PS3 In 2008 To Catch Up

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343w ago - Now that the year 2007 is nearly over and with 2008 just around the corner we really need to think about something. If you are interested in the console war at all you may know the Sony PlayStation 3 is the most expensive console out there (yes the X360 Elite is $50 more than the 40GB PS3, but the 80GB PS3 is also $50 more than the elite) and because of this the PS3 is in last place in overall sales (there are also more reasons why, but this is one of the main reasons why).

Now this does not mean that the PS3 is not selling anything at all, this only means that all of the PS3's that have been sold from around the world have not been matched with the Nintendo Wii's and the Microsoft Xbox 360's. Right now the PS3 has sold 7.77M, the Wii has sold 17.07M, and the Xbox 360 has sold 14.07M (according to VGChartz). Now, if things keep going this way, they might lose this war.

Another thing that is the cause of being last is that the PS3 has had many exclusives, but they lost most of them. For some of them Microsoft has paid the companies to go multi-platform, like Rockstar's GTA4, but some had gone multi-platform because of development costs. Now, Sony may not have been able to secure those that went multi because of development costs, but they could have secured the exclusives that Microsoft had paid...
 

Playstation 3 In 2008: The Hot 5 Games

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343w ago - The year is at a close, which means the Blend Games staff will gather this weekend to drink cheap whiskey and discuss gaming in 2007. At some point a list of our favorite games for the year will come out of the ordeal, but before we get to that it's time to look forward.

After all, it was nice playing Warhawk but it's no time to get complacent with our gaming. There's a brand new stack of titles just itching to be played. Hopefully none of them have any debilitating diseases that will require daily cream application.

2007 gave everyone a great year; everyone except Sony. Jack Tretton of SCEA has said in recent interviews that 2008 will be the year of the Playstation. With a bundle of new titles and many exclusives making their ways to the big George Forman Grill by Sony in 2008, they might be right. I'm not a gambling man, but I'm hoping that this year will bring people to hold their heads up high and say, "Yes! I own a PS3." Here are a few games that are a good start.

5. Final Fantasy XIII

So many people couldn't wrap their minds around the fact that this would be the first Final Fantasy game for the PS3 and not the non-existent remake of part seven. Still, Square Enix keeps making their lion's share of profit from the Final Fantasy stories. The first Final...
 
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