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19 year-old Gamer becomes Mayor of Oklahoma town

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342w ago - Voters in Oklahoma made history by electing a 19-year-old college kid as their mayor.

The AP reports that John Tyler Hammons, the University of Oklahoma freshman, trounced 70 year-old Hershel McBride to become the mayor of Muskogee, Oklahoma, making it the first city in the nation to be governed by a self-admitted gamer.

But while he could own any of his peers at Halo 3, the fresh-faced leader is turning his sights on cleaning up the town's politics by establishing an independent ethics commission and locking down campaign finance reporting.

"I'm sure the (city) council will work with me on these issues," he said. "I campaigned on this, and this is something I intend to push."

Tired of the same old political shenanigans, the townsfolk are backing their new man.

"He doesn't have the baggage. He doesn't owe anybody anything," said cafe owner Gary Armstrong. "It's sort of a fresh start for Muskogee."

Best known as the subject of country legend Merle Haggard's 1969 hit "Okie from Muskogee," the unassuming city of 38,000 is considered the archetype of virtuous, small town America, a "place where even squares can have a ball."

And now, so can gamers.
 

Dragon Quest IX coming this year; Agito XIII may be cancelled!

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343w ago - Square Enix held a shareholders meeting two days ago which discussed the financial status of the company during fiscal year 2008.

Game Watch have posted an article that gives us more in-depth details on what was said:

- Wada says Dragon Quest IX is coming this fiscal year, but the game still doesn't have a release date. He also said the DS is a great choice for the game, and thinks it may sell up to 10 million copies.

- Wada says that due to 3 billion yen in losses, the company has cancelled a "revolutionary mobile development". The project is rumored to be Final Fantasy Agito XIII or Parasite Eve 3.
 

The 2008 Game of the Year Contenders

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343w ago - In keeping with tradition of the United States' second most gambled-upon sporting event, horse racing's Triple Crown, it's time for gamers to put their money where their mouths are and predict their choice for Game of the Year 2008.

While we've already seen a wealth of great titles, gaming's biggest season has not yet even descended upon us; with it will come a flood of excellent titles ranging from RPG's including Fable 2 to FPS's like Resistance 2 and everything in-between. Here are the choices that have ReelGamers' engines revved for 2008.

Super Smash Brothers Brawl (Wii)
We all witnessed the power of the Nintendo brand when the bulk of its stars gather for one magnificent title. To this day, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, though not typically called a fighter by the hardcore masses, has outperformed every other brawler in terms of enjoyment.

Though formulaic in its approach, SSBB is packed with an astounding amount of Nintendo content. From its unsurpassed score to its collectable trophy & sticker system, shoutouts to 8-bit era classics, and unrivaled local multiplay, Super Smash Brothers Brawl is a serious contender for the year's best. Odds: 5:2

Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3, 360)
What more can be said about Rockstar's first effort of the "new-gen"...
 

PS2 outsells PS3 by 4 million units in fiscal year 2008

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345w ago - The PS2 outsold the PS3 in fiscal year 2008 by 4 million units. The figures are as follows: PSP - 13.9 million units, PS2 - 13.73 million units, PS3 - 9.24 million units.

According to Sony's Q4 earnings announcement for the 2007 fiscal year, the company expects to sell ten million PlayStation 3 units throughout fiscal 2008, which began on April 1 and ends March 31, 2009.

Comparatively, Sony pushed 9.24 million units in the previous fiscal year. Despite outpacing PS3 sales for the second year in a row, the company expects PS2 sales to drop off next year, forecasting yearly sales of 9 million, down from 13.73 million units in fiscal 2007.

Moving away from the console market, Sony is anticipating that worldwide PSP sales will hit 15 million throughout the course of fiscal 2008, up from 13.89 million the previous year.

To quote: The breakdown of the company's hardware sales for the year ending March 31st, 2008 reads:

PSP - 13.9 million - UP 46 per cent
PS2 - 13.73 million - DOWN seven per cent
PS3 - 9.24 million - UP 156 per cent

Global software sales (in units) for each format in the 12 months were:

PSP - 55 million - UP one per cent
PS2 - 154 million - DOWN 20 per cent
PS3 - 57.9 million...
 

Sony Admits PS3 First Year Line-up was Underwhelming

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346w ago - The sixth of May was Kaz Hirai's own personal Sorry Day. At the PlayStation Day press event held at the Millennium Dome in London, England, the President of Sony Computer Entertainment expressed his deep regret for the delay of Home:

"Please accept my apologies for this delay."

While Home has the potential to revolutionize the way gamers interact online, the final version won't be available until much later in the year, and the open beta test won't go live until Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere; Spring for Australia.

Mr. Hirai stated that overall quality control was the main reason for the setback:

"It needs a little bit more time."

But the revelations didn't stop there. In his first public appearance since the Tokyo Game Show last year, Kaz also freely admitted that the software lineup in the first year of the PS3's life was "somewhat underwhelming."

Killzone 2, a FPS promoted as a flagship title for the console since the PS3 was announced, was delayed yet again, this time to February 2009.

It is remarkable that a Sony executive has made such frank admissions to the public, yet they were within the context of a broadly optimistic view of the PS3's prospects. Mr. Hirai believes that the PS3 will have "at...
 
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