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MTV's "Rock Band" takes on "Guitar Hero"

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353w ago - MTV Games has taken its first major step into the console game arena with the launch of "Rock Band," with company executives touting the title as the integration of music and gaming on a whole new level.

"Our belief is that 'Rock Band' is not just a game," said Jeff Yapp, executive vice president of program enterprises at MTV Networks Music Group. "It's a new platform for which to engage with music, and that's what we're most excited about."

"Band" is not alone in the music-gaming category, although its inclusion of multiple instruments such as guitar, drum and microphone peripherals makes it the most ambitious title to date. Activision's "Guitar Hero III" recently racked up $100 million in sales in its first seven days of North American release, leading to concerns over how its early success would affect MTV's game, which is being published and distributed by Electronic Arts.

But retailers, analysts and MTV note that the early signs for "Band" are positive.

"From the comments of GameStop management, it seemed they expected to sell out of their initial batch of 'Rock Band' over the Thanksgiving (Black Friday) weekend," Banc of America Securities analyst Jonathan Jacoby said in a report released Wednesday.

Jacoby added that he expects MTV's parent company, Viacom, to...
 

PS3 Theme Builder v1.6.1 released!

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353w ago - Sbcroix has updated to PS3 Theme Builder v1.6.1 today, with the following changes:

Download: PS3 Theme Builder v1.6.1

v1.6.1 Changelog:

  • Fixed the error that was causing the could not find the p3textractor dialog to show no matter what.
  • Additional Bug Fixes
  • Refactored a whole bunch of code
  • Added ability to copy P3T files to a USB drive
  • Added ability to create themes from p3t files
  • Added ability to remove Icons
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    FIFA World Cup Kicks Off On PS3

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    353w ago - While international footy in the world of solid 3D fleshy things is proving pretty depressing (unless you come from a country that can actually play the game), the FIFA Interactive World Cup is getting nicely under way.

    Since the PlayStation 3 exclusive event kicked off last month, an impressive 10,000 players from 25 countries have begun kicking it out over the PlayStation Network. This month, things have moved on to the first live qualifying events in Denmark, the Netherlands and Hungary.

    "The FIFA Interactive World Cup is a fantastic opportunity for all football fans to show off their skills and passion for the sport with FIFA 08", said Barcelona has-been, Ronaldinho. "It is a great tournament in which you have to train and work hard to succeed - just like in real football, so I invite all fans to register and enjoy this party of interactive football."

    Yeah. Cheers, Ronaldinho. Thanks. SPOnG's off to splash tears on to our PS3 now as we lament the home nations' piss poor performance in the Euro 2008 qualifiers last week.

    Konami might want to do the same, given its recent problems with online play in PES 2008.
     

    Japan gets excited about PS3 games

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    353w ago - The PS3 has received another boost in its homeland, after four PS3 games featured in the top ten most wanted games in Famitsu.

    Although it was DS game Dragon Quest IX that took top spot, it was trailed home by Final Fantasy XIII, Resident Evil 5 and Metal Gear Solid 4 in second, third and fourth respectively.

    These were joined by the PS3 version of Devil May Cry 4 in ninth spot, with The Last Remnant (14), White Knight Story (15) and Final Fantasy Versus XIII (18) also making appearances in the top 20.

    By contrast, the Wii and 360 could only manage one game each in the top ten. Smash Bros Brawl was fifth, while Mistwalker's Lost Odyssey came in seventh. Monster Hunter 3 (Wii) finished 11th.

    Even the usually dominant handhelds have been shown up somewhat: the usually rampant DS managed four entries in the top ten, while the PSP had but one game in the top 20.

    Whether this will translate into a huge increase in sales is open to debate, however. The chart itself is compiled using votes cast by Famitsu's readers rather than taking a representative cross section of the games market itself.

    On the whole though, it seems things are on the up for the PS3 in Japan, which we're sure will keep its fans happy. Or at least, give people on forums more stuff to...
     

    10 things the PS3 does right

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    353w ago - Release those negative vibes; there is plenty for Sony to celebrate.

    Do you remember when the PS3 was released? It's hard to believe that after all the pre-release hype, recheduled launch dates and unethical E3 blunders that this upcoming holiday season represents the PS3's first Australian Christmas. It is only eight months old... and even if you want to think globally the machine is only now sucking in the deep ones to blow out that big first birthday candle. We're not offering excuses for Sony's lacklustre media coverage, they dug their own hole, but we're not about to join the chorus of cries proclaiming that the PS3 is one big wrong.

    In fact, we believe that there are plenty of things that the PS3 does right. Make no mistake; the top spot on the next-generation podium remains the company's goal and a realistic target. There is no doubting that it has been an arduous birth, but even beasts of great power take their first steps on shaky legs. We wonder what those who've been poking the beast with a stick and call it names are going to think when it grows it fangs and sharpens its claws? The only way now is up!

    So what does the PS3 do right?

    1. Customisable Hard-Drive:
    On face value, the humble hard-drive may not seem like anything more than a side note...
     
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