Video Game Titles That May Not Make 2009

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273w ago - 2009 already looks to be a great year for gaming, the unfortunate truth when it comes to a stellar year is titles will be delayed to avoid the usual "hassles" attributed to a "clogged" year.

Here are a few titles we believe gamers will have to wait for:

The next Zelda game
After the slightly lacking Twilight Princess, the team behind Zelda have been working on the latest adventures of Link since 2006. After delaying 'Twilight Princess' for a Wii release, the team have had over two years working on new ideas with Shigeru Miyamoto's comments suggesting that the next instalment will breathing new life into the series like Ocarina Of Time did over a decade ago.

The last we heard was from a December issue of Official Nintendo Magazine in which stated the developers were still in the planning stages and that we'd be lucky to hear anything at E3 09 but promised some new information before the year runs out. It looks like it is going to be an awfully long wait...

Heavy Rain
One of the bigger titles hitting PS3, Heavy Rain has been confirmed as of last year for a 2009 release which is all well and good when the game is still pretty far from going gold. Not that I doubt developer 'Quantic Dream's ability to create a great game, I just wouldn't be...
 

Rumor: Sony May Release a White PlayStation 3, Model CECHH01

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276w ago - The folks over at CrunchGear diligently dug into FCC filings to find out that Sony is exploring the possibility of adding a ceramic white PlayStation 3 (Model CECHH01) to their lineup.

There's even plenty of photos to show that this is a serious possibility, and Sony Computer Entertainment America tells BLAST it's a possibility, but not to bet on one way or the other just yet.

"There are many FCC filings like this each year," said SCEA's Alex Armour in a recent interview. "We haven't made any announcements about upcoming PS3 plans, but are comfortable with our current two SKU strategy. We are continually evaluating the market trends and consumer input to determine the appropriate PS3 models for our territory."

What does that mean? If they think they'd sell a bunch, they'll release a white PS3.

What Sony did do was clear the governmental hurdles necessary to bring the product forward. And this all depends on whether or not the PlayStation 3 has the year everyone thinks it's going...
 

Sony Confirms PlayStation Home Launch Soon, Maybe Next Week?

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280w ago - Jack Buser, the director of PlayStation Home has confirmed that the launch of PlayStation Home is imminent, although he would not get into the specific details of the exact date of release.

In related news, mainstream news site TimesOnline stated yesterday, "To try Home, which is slated for release in the next 10 days, players must download a piece of free software from Sony's PlayStation store onto their own PS3."

If accurate, this would put a PlayStation Home public release on track for the rumored December 17 date previously reported.

To quote: Amid rumors of a December launch for PlayStation Home, SCEA has confirmed to Joystiq that the social platform's public, open beta phase will arrive before the end of calendar year 2008, as we've been hearing for some time.

"We've been saying it will launch by the end of calendar year 2008," PlayStation Home director, Jack Buser, responded when asked about a December release. "And that's getting very, very close," he concluded, laughing.

"Launch is imminent," Buser confirmed - although neither he nor an SCEA rep were willing to divulge an exact day of...
 

New Microsoft XBox 360 Model May be the Red Ring Killer

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281w ago - Reports of the "Jasper" model of the Xbox 360 have been reported to have been in stores since as early as late September, and now a newer report gives us some better details on what to look for, particularly the output voltage on the power brick.

The Jasper chipset is, essentially, supposed to be better in every way, this including the amount of power it requires. So it seems, any 360 made after October 23, 2008 should have the chipset.

My only question is: why the heck wouldn't this be advertised and on the box? I guess if they did that a lot of unsuspecting customers would have suddenly been suspecting, meaning less sales since launch. Still!

VentureBeat reporter and "renowned Microsoft digger" Dean Takahashi has done a write-up on the new model giving us all the details on what to expect, and basically concludes the new model should kill the infamous Red Ring of Death problem.

"We'll see if the systems prove reliable. But logically, they should be a lot better," he writes. Note that Dean was behind the massive six-part series on the thing, so as far...
 

PC Magazine Ceases Printing a Paper Version, EGM May Follow

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282w ago - Ziff Davis Media announced Wednesday that it was ending print publication of its 27-year-old flagship, PC Magazine, and would take the title online only.

PC Magazine's circulation was 1.2 million in the late 1990s. It is the latest of several magazine publishers to drop a print edition, as advertising plummets and the cost of printing a paper version rises.

"The viability for us to continue to publish in print just isn't there anymore," Jason Young, chief executive of Ziff Davis, said in an interview.

To quote: Seven production, circulation and advertising employees will be cut as a result of the move, out of a total of about 140 who work on PC Magazine and PCMag.com. Mr. Young said the company was considering taking its other print magazine, the video-game publication Electronic Gaming Monthly, into an online-only format, but would not make a decision before the end of the year.
 







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