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Panasonic May Beat Sony to 3D Games by 2010

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296w ago - Panasonic is in development on its own 3D Blu-ray entertainment system which will be available for the public to purchase by 2010.

This concept was shown by Sony some time ago, but stated that their player will not be sold to the public, mainly because you'll need the proper hardware to make it run. And it's not like your everyday Joe's living room will come equipped with full 3D-ready technology.

Panasonic is planning to develop a Plasma 3D Full HD home theater system, a 3D-ready digital cinema projector with a 380-inch screen theater for 3D HD picture quality evaluation, and a 3-D ready MPEG-4 AVC High Profile encoder.

They have been working with Hollywood studios closely to produce some movies into 3D format already. It probably wouldn't be too far along until the 3D system will be made ready for gaming.

Eisuke Tsuyuzaki, Managing Director of Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory stated:

"Panasonic recognizes that for 3D FHD to succeed, just like Blu-ray, collaboration on research, development and production with studios and content providers is absolutely essential".

He added: "The creation of the new PHL Authoring Center will enable Hollywood to start trial production and ultimately create commercially available 3D FHD titles to realize...
 

Review: PSM3 Gives Street Fighter IV a 95: Beat-em-ups Future!

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301w ago - GamesRadar's sister mag PSM3 UK has printed their review of Street Fighter IV, and based on their review it fits the bill as defining the past and future of beat-em-ups!

PSM3 scored it a 95, and concluded that Capcom has given Street Fighter back to the people where it belongs.

To quote: With SFIV, Capcom have defined what it is to be a fighting game in the twenty-first century just like they did in the twentieth.

That meant dumping the missteps taken by Street Fighter III, and drawing from the very best moments of the series - the accessibility of Street Fighter II, the pace and style of Alpha, and the fluidity and depth of Third Strike.

SFIV had to be a Street Fighter that can be played by anyone who's ever picked up Street Fighter II, and a Street Fighter that gives everyone all the help they'll need if they're starting completely from scratch.

It's effortlessly both of those things. While every other fighting game has become an elitist club for the best of the best, Capcom have given Street Fighter back to the people, where it belongs. It's in all our blood, after all.
 

Aksys Games Announce Bit.Trip Beat for Nintendo Wii

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301w ago - Grab onto your pixels, as Aksys Games has announced a retro-esque WiiWare title, called Bit.Trip Beat.

Press Release: AKSYS GAMES ANNOUNCES BIT.TRIP BEAT

Once again, getting the high score is all that matters in life

Torrance, CA (January 13, 2009) - Aksys Games, a publisher of interactive entertainment software, is pleased to unveil BIT.TRIP BEAT exclusively for WiiWare™! Developed by Gaijin Games, BIT.TRIP BEAT marks the first adventure of Commander Video.

Using the Wii Remote™, players will test their twitch skills as they battle through a retro-esque universe, familiar to the old generation and yet reinvented for the new.

BIT.TRIP BEAT STORY

Everything comes from something. We were before we became. From life comes rhythm, and from rhythm comes life. We are beings of information. Everything is a conduit for learning. We communicate in bits and bytes. And we will return to something once we become nothing; after our BIT.TRIP is complete.

"BIT.TRIP BEAT is a crazy mix of 80s aesthetics and modern game design," states Michael Manzanares, Producer of Aksys Games. "It's challenging, yet fair, and completely addicting."

"The Gaijin Games team wanted to make a game that used the tools of today to inspire the fun of...
 

PS3 Challenge - MotorStorm: Pacific Rift - Can You Beat Us?

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308w ago - MotorStorm: Pacific Rift's Game Director Nigel Kershaw issued a challenge today for fans as follows:

So MotorStorm: Pacific Rift has been out a couple of weeks, and we're all back from our vacations, rested, refreshed and ready to give you a run for your money on the online leaderboards in Time Attack.

If you're not familiar with Time Attack in the MotorStorm: Pacific Rift, it's a game mode where you attempt to get the best lap time possible using one of the vehicle classes on one of the 16 racetracks in the game.

It's different than regular MotorStorm racing, as it's just you on the track with no opponents to worry about, and it's all about getting around the track in one piece. If you crash or manually reset the track during the course of a lap, then that time will not be uploaded to the online leaderboards.

There is a different board for each of the eight vehicle classes on each of the tracks, as well as an overall board for each track showing the very fastest times regardless of vehicle used.

Since launch we have had an embargo on members of staff posting to the Time Attack leaderboards, in order to give you guys a chance to get comfortable with the game.

Now that embargo has been lifted, and we'll be on there looking to give...
 

Can the XBox 360 really Beat the PS3 and Wii in the Console War?

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318w ago - The Wii, PS3, and XBox 360 are currently engaged in one of the fiercest and bloodiest console wars ever, with a winner yet to be declared. With all three home consoles still in the running, how can you expect to pick a victor?

This generation of consoles is like no past generation in one important way: it's almost impossible to pick a winner. Sure, the Wii is selling like hotcakes and currently has the lead, but both the Xbox 360 and PS3 are still selling in fair numbers month on month around the world. So how on earth do you choose which console will prove victorious at this (relatively) early stage of proceedings?

Don Reisinger writes The Digital Home, a column on CNet which looks at the state of technology in and around the house. He thinks he can predict the future, and did so in an article titled 'The Xbox 360 should win this console war'. I note he used "should" rather than "will", which is a classic case of hedging your best in case you're wrong.

In the article, Reisinger states the case for the Xbox 360 proving to be the ultimate victor in the current gen console war. This is despite the Wii currently caning the opposition in every single (sales) department, and the Xbox 360 consistently battling...
 
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