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Microsoft, This is How You Blow Your PS3 Lead in Japan

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322w ago - So Microsoft is doing pretty good in Japan. Not great, but good. Good enough to beat the PS3 last month. This is the Xbox 360 display at Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara. Back in August, the Xbox 360 sold out in this very store.

If you've been to Akihabara, you know that this is a very large retailer. Lots of shoppers! So for Microsoft to sell out right here is a good sign, and it's great for the Xbox 360's reputation in Japan.

This demo set-up is not. Well, no, the set-up is fine, it's the upkeep. But just as Microsoft starts to gain ground in Japan, an old friend rears its ugly head...

Out of all the demo kiosk consoles Microsoft needs working in Japan... Doubt this will catastrophically affect Xbox 360 sales in Japan. Microsoft will most likely sell lots of consoles this holiday season. (So will will Nintendo and Sony. Everyone wins!)
 

PomPom Games Announce Their First PSN Title: Astro Tripper

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323w ago - PomPom Games has revealed a PSN shoot-em-up called Astro Tripper. Once again, this is a retro-styled arcade game in the style of other horizontal side-scrolling shooters.

According to the official site, the game will promise "UFOS. Fat Motherships. Tanks. Choppers. Slimy Slug creatures. Alien Insects. Aztec structures brimming with electricity. And of course, Big Bosses!"

This PSN release is scheduled to release "soon", and will feature 1080p graphics, online leaderboards, and Trophy support.

From their site: Astro Tripper is a furious shoot-em-up experience inspired by the painful, knuckle busting experiences of years gone by. An evolution of PomPom's 2001 award winning game, Space Tripper.

Travel the surface of large horizontally-scrolling platforms, and pit your highly maneuverable craft against hoards of enemies eager to blow you to bits, eat you or worse.

Gameplay is simple. You are free to travel anywhere on the platform at anytime, but don't fall off! Powerful Blue Lasers and Red Spread Lasers come equipped, so use both weapons tactically to get through tricky situations. Power up your weapons with power crystals dropped by destroyed enemies. Oh, did we mention the blasting absolutely anything that moves?
 

Aaron Greenberg: We'll Outsell PS3 Worldwide This Holiday

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323w ago - September marked the Xbox 360's best month of 2008, in terms of sales in the U.S – its performance in Japan hasn't been too bad either.

Following a price cut that made the 360 the least expensive current generation console on the market, the company moved 347,200 units to American consumers. While it wasn't enough to supplant the Wii as the best selling console in the country, it was enough to beat the competition from Sony.

Kotaku spoke to Aaron Greenberg, group product manager for Xbox 360, just after NPD sales numbers hit to get his take. Unsurprisingly, he seemed rather pleased with the company's recent hardware successes.

"We expect to continue our price advantage over the PlayStation 3 for a long time," Greenberg told us, pointing to the $199 price tag of the company's entry level Arcade console, assuming that Sony would issue no pre-holiday price drops. "And we feel confident that we'll outsell the PS3 this holiday season in North America and in Europe. We'll do it on a global scale."

As for what those consumers are picking up, Greenberg said "We've seen lifts across all consoles, but the Arcade is doing exceptionally well."

Microsoft touted a 42% increase, month to month, on NPD hardware sales data. Greenberg made sure to point out that the August...
 

PAIN Movie Studio Environment to Launch this November via PSN

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323w ago - Today Travis Williams (Sr. Producer, SCEA) revealed that November will an exciting month for PAIN fans as the the next environment, dubbed Movie Studio, is on the way. Basically it's their take on the wackiness of movie making, as the video below points out.

To quote: So to directly contradict my earlier statement ... PAIN development is (at least somewhat) a democracy. We have listened to what you wanted and tried our best to make sure all the things that you wanted are in this area.

That includes (but isn't limited to):





• More than one launcher location (There are three that you can dynamically switch to)
• Single Player Fun with Explosives
• New Cratetastic Mode
• Unlockable FREE Character
• HORSE Mode
• Bowling Mode (With all new distractions)

Movie Studio is the first area that we created after hearing all your input (democracy again). Amusement Park was started before PAIN was released (and took quite a while to make). Movie Studio was made in a third of that time, and I think it shows how much better we as a team have gotten at this since the original PAIN area.

We also have a new single player mode in the Lot called CRATETASTIC. I think you will love the mode...
 

PSP-3000 Screen has Scanlines, Games have Interlacing Issues

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323w ago - On the official PS boards (linked above), jasoncps has reported that he noticed something wrong right away with his new silver PSP 3000.

Pictured below (left) are what he states the picture should look like, as well as what it looks like on the PSP 3000 (right).

To quote: I traded in my perfect 2000 series with a silky smooth screen and great color for this? Yes the 2000's screen ghosted a little but it looked much better than this "new" screen with scanlines and with interlacing problems!!!

See the difference?? THE PROBLEM IS THE INTERLACING AND THE SCREEN ARE OFF SYNC. The effect really only comes into view with fast moving objects on screen. That's why some say they don't see it, because they DONT KNOW WHAT TO LOOK AT.

R&C Size Matters can show what I am talking about by simple moving Ratchet left and right on the screen. When you do that, look at the tool in his hand when he runs. See the lines going through it? Those are not supposed to be there. Play any game with fast moving objects and you will see the above illustrated effect.

THIS NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT TO SONY'S ATTENTION AS IT IS IN EVERY GAME AND EVERY VIDEO WITH FAST MOVING OBJECTS, ESPECIALLY DARK COLORED OBJECTS ON LIGHT COLORED BACKGROUNDS.

Stop confusing the issue people! The problem...
 
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