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Why GTA IV Deserved the Hype and Halo 3 Didn't

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325w ago - Fan-boys should start throwing and shouting things now so that they can get that out of the way. Because what you're about to read will probably make you more angry than a Jack Thompson tirade on video game content banning. So brace yourselves, fan-boys, because it's about to get ugly for a certain green-suited, Robocop wannabe and his see-through, advanced AI sidekick.

If any of you are familiar with the Haze Hype articles of last year you'll probably remember a good deal of praise going toward development studio Free Radical for their original and risky project, Haze. The very reason Haze was compared to Halo 3 was not because Bungie had a media fiasco surrounding their green savior for the planet Earth, but for the lack of ingenuity that was going into the project, in light of the hype. This is pretty much the same argument, only describing why the hype was well deserved for Rockstar's project and not for Bungie's.

Already, GTA IV is breaking records with its sales, despite the economy being plagued with the overbearing cloak of a recession, and the controversial anti-hype that surrounded GTA IV before its release. But there was one thing that excelled GTA IV to the record busting platform it sits atop: hype. Without promotional ads nearly everywhere, and in all shapes and forms (not to mention...
 

First Online PSP Chat System arrives!

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325w ago - The first ever chat room made especially for the PlayStation Portable system has arrived. It is a very simple site that is easy to navigate in using your PSP.

The chat room does not require Java or any plugins. It is entirely free, and also works from computer to PSP and even from computer to computer.

This chat room works with nearly any Web browser. Tell a friend to get in a room and you can chat together using your PSP!

Chat Categories: General Chat or PSP Chat
 

Senator Barack Obama speaks on GTA IV at Campaign

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325w ago - Senator Barack Obama at his campaign in Indianapolis earlier spoke about GTA IV.

During a campaign stop in Indianapolis, Democratic presidential frontrunner Sen. Barack Obama referenced the new 'Grand Theft Auto' video game as an example of media entertainment's growing influence on American children.

Video is courtesy of GameTrailers and available below:



 

Rocketmen: It Came from Uranus on XBLA, PSN next week!

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325w ago - With a title like this, you know the jokes are going to start rolling in. Still, it hasn't stopped Capcom from announcing that the next chapter in the Rocketmen downloadable action series, Rocketmen: It Came from Uranus, will be available through Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network next week.

The game will be available on the XBLA this May 14 and will be priced at 400 points. The PlayStation Network downloadable version will go live a day after on May 15 and will for the set price of US$ 4.95. Players blast off through three new maps, as well as several new toys to zap all the new enemies with.

Here are the complete details of what Rocketmen: It Came from Uranus will contain:

3 New Weapons:

* Blobber: Shoots blobs of goo at enemies, does damage over time in the part of the ground that it covers.
* Beamer: Shoots lighting at enemies, does high intensity damage.
* Bomber: Shoots grenades instead of bullets; grenades explode on impact doing damage.

2 New Secondary Weapons:

* Falcon: Robotic falcon that attacks enemies automatically will disappear over time.
* Screw bomb: Rocket that turns into a proximity mine on impact

3 New Levels:

* Level 11 - Finding Jane: The player must escape the Saturnian prison mine...
 

Resistance 2 Demo Coming on Sony PlayStation Day!

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325w ago - An Insomniac Games employee, jstevenson, has written in the NeoGAF boards and confirmed that a Resistance 2 demo will be present during the Sony PlayStation day on May 6, a few days from now.

It is likely that impressions will leak out of the press-only event, and we'll make sure to post them when they appear.

To quote: We pull ourselves away from Grand Theft Auto IV long enough to record this 25th episode of the Full Moon Show. We bring you the latest info on Resistance 2 and our demo in Europe next week.

We also reveal more about our 8-player online co-op in our I Want Your Job interview with Jake Biegel. Former 1UP Network Editorial Director Dan "Shoe" Hsu joins us in the mystery guest segment, and we'll bring you the latest contest from Marcus. Plus Rolf's Rant and more!
 
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