Sony's PlayStation 2 Console Turns Ten Years Old Today

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215w ago - Sony's PlayStation 2 console turns ten years old today (yesterday in some parts of the world) and was first shown at a Japanese event in 1999.

Launch titles were limited, with Ridge Racer 5 and Street Fighter EX3 standing out. The machine went on to launch later that year in both the US and EU, hitting on October 26 and November 24 respectively.

To quote: "Ten years ago today on March 5th, 2000, Sony released the first version of the PlayStation 2 in Japan, which means the game-console is essentially turning 10 years old today.

The PS2 was later released in North America on October 26, 2000. With more than 140 million units sold as of September 2009, the PlayStation 2 has become the best-selling video game-console of all time and sales are surprsingly still going strong.

Believe it or not, several new games are scheduled to be released for the platform this year.

It€s definitely a great milestone for such a revolutionary and innovative game-console that really changed the way we played video games. Happy 10th birthday to the PlayStation 2!"
 

Bungie: So Our Game's Called Halo - Halo Ten Year Anniversary

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248w ago - Ten years ago on July 21st, 1999: Macworld, New York. Apple€s iCEO Steve Jobs yields the stage for a brief but soon to be memorable moment to Bungie co-founder Jason Jones.

Jones, looking a bit nervous, steps into the fore, shakes Jobs€ hand and begins quite simply:

€So our game€s called Halo...€

To quote: Internally, the title was known as Blam! €" a moniker bestowed when Jones couldn€t bring himself to use the original working title, Monkeynuts, in front of his own mother. Whatever the name, this is the first time the public has laid eyes on the project.

To write the sum of a decade is a monumental task. Bungie€s history is encoded into the games we€ve made and defined by the men and women who€ve worked inside the studio€s walls €" people who have in many cases become a family. And of course we€ve also been shaped, inspired, and downright awestruck over the community that€s followed alongside.

To say thank you for a decade is even more of a monumental task. We say it anyway. Thank you for more than ten years of community involvement, contribution, and support.

Thanks for the passion, for the letters, for the ravenous support (and defense) of us online, for pouring through our stories, for getting to the farthest...
 

The Ten Hottest XBox 360 Games to Be Released in 2009

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272w ago - UniGamesity.com (linked above) has analyzed what they feel are 10 hottest Xbox 360 games to be released in 2009. They have created a list as follows:

10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
9. I Am Alive
8. Prototype
7. Bayonetta
6. Halo Wars
5. Street Fighter IV
4. Halo 3: ODST
3. Resident Evil 5
2. BioShock 2: Sea of Dreams
1. Alan Wake

Pictured below is 'I Am Alive' and more screenshots are available linked above. Feel free to comment on their list below!
 

Ten Cheap And Easy Upgrades to Revive Your Old PC

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272w ago - Is your old PC starting to feel a little sluggish? Upgrading a desktop computer really isn't as difficult as it sounds. The components are modular, the slots uniform and systems are expressly designed for expansion.

In most circumstances, you won't even need a screwdriver as most modern cases are held on with dinky little catches. Here are 10 upgrades that even your granny could do.

1. ReadyBoost
Want to speed up Windows Vista? ReadyBoost uses up to 4GB of flash memory as a disk cache for your hard drive, making file access and program launching faster. You can use a USB stick, Compact Flash card, SD card or any kind of removable memory to do the job.

2. Intel Turbo Memory
Similar to ReadyBoost, Intel Turbo Memory enhances the caching capabilities of your hard drive by swapping frequently accessed data into flash memory. The upgrade is fitted into a PCI Express Mini Card port - so is ideal for notebooks. You can pick up a 1GB card for around £30.

3. Second hard drive
Most desktop machines have a secondary HDD fitting dangling inside the cabinet, ready to plug in another hard drive. It really is just a case of slotting in the drive, connecting a power lead and data connector. Check first whether the system takes IDE or SATA drives - then use...
 

IGN: Ten Trends That Are Destroying Videogames

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274w ago - IGN (linked above) believes that there are ten clear trends that are 'destroying' videogames as follows:

1) A Great Cast with a Dud Script

2) Unreal Engine 3 Overdose

3) Sequelitis

4) Too Human Syndrome

5) Production Values vs. Wii Production "Values"

6) Sonic and Mario Visit the Rainbow Dentist (Overuse of Gaming Icons)

7) Motion "Control"

8) Promises, Promises, Promises (DLC, Patches, etc)

9) Strong Female Lead Character = Edgy, Clever and Desirable

10) Casual Gaming (Trendy Clone Games)

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