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Activision Boss Wants Video Game Consoles Replaced by PCs

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225w ago - Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has spoken out against dedicated videogame consoles, claiming that his company could be making significantly more money on open platforms like the PC.

To quote: Speaking to the [Register or Login to view links], Kotick claims that 60 percent of Xbox Live users are there "principally because of Call of Duty," and that Activision doesn't see a fair share of the money from it.

Kotick described closed console networks as "walled gardens," and said that his company would "very aggressively" support PC manufacturers such as Dell and HP in any efforts to produce gamer-friendly PCs that plug directly into televisions, creating the opportunity for Activision to open an online network of its own.

Kotick made similar statements to The Wall Street Journal last month, claiming at the time that only 30 percent of the company's profits come from console games.
 

Video: Kevin Butler - Step Your Game Up with PSP and PSPgo

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226w ago - Today Sony's Senior Vice President of Marketing & PlayStation Network Peter Dille has shared a few videos from the new 'Step Your Game Up' PSP and PSPgo campaign which feature Kevin Butler and Marcus Rivers.

To quote: Back in September, I had the pleasure of introducing a new face to the PlayStation Nation through our "It Only Does Everything" ad campaign for PlayStation 3.

You've blown us away with an outpouring of positive feedback to the campaign and for [Register or Login to view links]. In fact, the response was so great that we invited [Register or Login to view links] where he brought down the house.

We also showed the first glimpse of a new campaign featuring Kevin's new apprentice, [Register or Login to view links], who wants to help spread the word about fact that the PSP and PSPgo are the only true solutions for those gamers who want to play the best, richest and deepest games on the go.

Today I'm excited to share with you more of this new "[Register or Login to view links]" campaign, currently airing on over 19 networks as well as during several high-profile events.



 

Video: John Koller Admits PS3 Cross Game Chat is Still a WIP

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228w ago - With a new PS3 Firmware update arriving soon, JoyStiq (linked above) sat down with Sony's John Koller in an E3 2010 interview where he admits PS3 Cross Game Chat is still a work-in-progress despite recent rumors that it may be coming as part of PlayStation Plus.

During the video interview, John Koller discusses PlayStation Network Plus, PS3 Cross Game Chat and Steamworks along with what fans can expect from Sony's new partnership with Valve.

For those curious, the discussion about PlayStation 3 Cross Game Voice Chat begins at timestamp 7:55. Check out the video below!




 

Nintendo Wii E3 2010 Report, New Zelda Video Game and More!

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228w ago - Below is a report from the Nintendo Wii E3 2010 press conference, which unfortunately debunked the rumor of a Wii HiFi HD console announcement.

The first game "Zelda: Skyward Sword" was shown with huge technical difficulties (video below). The wireless controllers were not being received by the Wii and the presentation was cut a bit shorter than planned.

Then a new Mario game was announced called "Mario Sports Mix" which features Mario, and all of the characters we associate with him, playing games like basketball, Hockey, Dodgeball, and volleyball.

Then Nintendo introduced Wii party. Wii party allows families to play each other using their own personal Miis created by them.

After that a game by Ubisoft called "Just Dance 2" made its announced comeback to the Wii. Then a game which no one had heard about since E3 2009 was announced with gameplay and that is "Golden Sun Dark Dawn".

A huge announcement came when Nintendo showed an actual group of gamers being asked about a game which had not been mentioned yet.

That game, after the group said it invented multiplayer was revealed and it is "James Bond Goldeneye". It will be released this holiday season...
 

Michael Jackson: The Game Coming, Includes PS Move Support

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228w ago - Today Ubisoft has announced Michael Jackson: The Game is coming to PS3, XBox 360, PSP, Wii and Nintendo DS this holiday season and will include support for PlayStation Move.

Below is the official press release and screens, as follows:

Publisher Partners with The Estate of Michael Jackson for Ultimate Performance Experience

Los Angeles - June 14, 2010 - Today, Ubisoft® announced the development of an interactive performance-based video game, inspired by the legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

The game is family entertainment at its best and will provide an interactive experience that enables players to step into the shoes of Michael Jackson himself and re-live his most iconic performances through their own singing and dancing.

The upcoming game will include the most famous tracks from Michael Jackson's extensive catalogue such as Beat It and Billie Jean, as well as an array of his awe-inspiring dance moves for players to learn and emulate within the game. Additionally, fans will be able to sing along and test their vocal skills while immersed in the performance.

Michael Jackson, one of the most widely beloved entertainers and the most popular global icons of all time, leaves an indelible imprint on popular music and culture. During his extraordinary...
 
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