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If video-game companies want 2008 success, they should look to 2007 failures

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348w ago - Usually I round up the worst video games of the year. But why should I bash "Transformers" and other lackluster titles at this point? Most bad games don't sell well, or they're already forgotten.

What's more important now, the slowest period of the year for new releases, is to look ahead at 2008 and to chronicle disappointing moments of 2007, in hopes that game makers will stop doing stupid stuff.

•Maddening fumbles: "Madden NFL 08" looks beautiful. It plays sweet, mostly. But "08" came with more fumbles and interceptions than ever. Defenses are beefed up. Offenses have buttery fingers. This makes things more realistically challenging, because you can't toss ill-advised passes without repercussions. Fine. Sure. Whatever. I haven't played "Madden" much. Don't plan to.

•Game testing fell short: Before a game is released, testers play through them, of course. But not only did testers drop the ball on "Madden" fumbling, they didn't find troubles with a few other big titles. (Or, possibly, game designers didn't listen enough to testers' complaints.) The most disappointing experience of 2007 came in "Spider-Man 3," a downfall that should have been caught during the testing process.

It's great fun until halfway through, when it becomes unfathomably...
 

PlayStation Tips #4 - DLNA media server

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348w ago - Some of you may have heard the term "DLNA" on this blog or elsewhere, and the term has been discussed recently with the 2.10 firmware update that added DivX video support.

For those who aren't familiar or want a refresher, DLNA stands for Digital Living Network Alliance - it's basically a group of companies developing technology to make it easier to share videos, music, and photos between devices. PS3 is DLNA-compliant, so the system can "talk" to your PC and access media files on your PC's hard drive. There are multiple ways to setup DLNA on your PC, and Eric Lempel covered one of them here. Another great option is TVersity.

What's cool about PS3's DLNA feature is that it's not limited to your living room. Combine the feature with Remote Play, and you can play back media files using your PSP wherever there's a Wi-Fi hotspot.

If you're traveling for the holidays and you're stuck at the airport, DLNA and Remote Play won't make your delay any shorter, but it can certainly make the time go by faster.
 

European PSN updates for December 27, 2007

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348w ago - There's no American PSN update for today, unfortunately, so we'll have to rely on Sony Europe to deliver some nice Christmas goodies for us; which they have.

Not a lot, by any means, but we certainly used to dream of the days when we'd get three demos a week. Here's the full release list:

  • Super Stardust HD demo "and upgrade" (free)
  • The Club demo (free)
  • Snakeball demo (free) - now on the UK store

  • Like we said, there's not a lot but it's better than nothing, right? We're very glad to finally see a demo for Super Stardust HD - now people can try the game out before they buy it. If you already have the game installed, then it will simply upgrade your version to the new rumble enabled, custom-soundtrack touting version.

    The Snakeball demo was missing from the UK store (as well as other EU stores) last week but has now made an appearance. The full game is available via the in-game store, so you could technically count it as a full game release. Not a bad week when you consider that everyone's off for Christmas!
     

    Rumor: Devil May Cry 4 to get exclusive features on PS3

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    348w ago - According to Internet reports, Famitsu has revealed that Devil May Cry 4 for the PS3 will include exclusive features including 5.1 LPCM audio, PSN support and the option to install data to the hard drive. The game reportedly takes up 5GB of storage.

    To quote: In this month's issue of Famitsu, a popular Japanese magazine, they reveal that Capcom will be including exclusive features in the PS3 version of Devil May Cry 4.

    Some of these new features include; 5.1 LPCM audio, PSN support, and the option to install data to the hard drive. Apparently though, game data takes up 5GB of storage, but on the bright side of things, it removes all load times in the game.

    As of now, there is no word on what Capcom has planned for the PlayStation Network. Whether it's episodic content, new characters, new weapons, or even new bosses, we'll take it!
     

    Devil May Cry 4 Opening Cutscene

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    348w ago - Check out this devil may cry 4 Opening Scene!

    It's stunning...

    Video can be seen below:



     
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