Spoiler: GTA IV Intro plus a little Game Play video!

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313w ago - Update: The previous videos were removed fairly quickly, but those who wish to see it can check it out via MetaCafe now linked below.

For those of you who like spoilers, someone has posted the 7 minute intro of GTA IV and a little bit of game play on YouTube and GameTrailers. Check it out below (if you just want to see the game play skip to 6:18).

Enjoy!




 

PS3 CoD4 Double XP and 'Play With Infinity Ward' Planned

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314w ago - The new Call of Duty 4 Variety Map Pack is still undergoing certification by Sony.

Things are probably busy on Sony's side with the upcoming re-launch of the PLAYSTATION Store and all the new content coming in the weeks ahead. No firm release date has been confirmed just yet.

In the meantime, Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling assures PLAYSTATION 3 CoD4 gamers that there will be a Double XP weekend and a "Play With Infinity Ward" event when the Map Pack is released.

Xbox 360 CoD4 gamers will have the Call of Duty 4 LIVE Fire Weekend 2008 this upcoming weekend, and previously had the Double XP event when the Map Pack was released for the Xbox 360.
 

PlayStation Home BETA working, with play now?!

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315w ago - Update: CJPC has now publically posted the FULL PS3 Home Links for those who wish to further experiment.

Shortly following the earlier Site News from xtianoPL detailing PlayStation@Home working, but you can't play! we have a follow-up courtesy of rda990... According to THIS post (and also the pics/video below) he can play in PS3 Home now without being invited into the BETA program, however, there are no other users active he states as follows: I am the only one there. I can't see anyone there, it's like me being the last man on earth. I haven't seen anyone yet, so far I have been in the (I think its) something Squar- the theather, and right now I'm in the bowling alley.





More to come, check out the pics/video above and post all feedback HERE!
 

Some Japanese Know of Second Life, Most Don't Play?

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315w ago - Does Second Life show any signs of life in Japan? In late March, goo Research online polled 1,091 folks online about their knowledge of Second Life. Keep in mind: This is an internet poll, and it shouldn't be taken for anything other than that!

Finding include that only 1.3 percent of folks polled are currently playing it. That's not very many! 5.6 percent used to play. Hit the jump for the full number crunching.

Question: Do you know about the 3D online world Second Life? (Sample size=1,091)
Know about it in detail 4.7%
Know about the key features 27.1%
Heard about it in the media, but don't know the key features 32.2%
Don't know anything about it 36.0%

In the 10 months since the first survey in June 2007, awareness of Second Life has grown by 10 percentage points.

Question: Have you actually played Second Life? (Sample size-698)
Currently playing 1.3%
Used to play 5.6%
Visited the web site, but not played 18.9%
Not played it at all 74.2%

Question: Have you ever seen corporate advertising, promotional campaigns, etc within Second Life? (Sample size=48)
Frequently see/saw them 12.5%
Sometimes see/saw them 52.1%
Not seen them much 14.6%
Never seen them at all 20.8%
 

The Big Issue: Kids will always play GTA

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316w ago - I can't speak for everyone, but I saw plenty of 18-rated movies when I was a kid. Robocop seems to be the one that everyone of my generation had to see, but you can probably put films like Predator, Terminator and Aliens in that bracket too.

I don't want to get into a discussion about whether those films scarred me (I had a few nightmares about Predator, but other than that I'm pretty well adjusted), but instead look at just how we, as kids, were able to watch those films. The BBFC did its job, giving them a legally enforceable 18 rating, our parents weren't in the dark about movies (they'd been around for years), yet everyone wanted to be Murphy in the playground.

Of course, this is all just a roundabout way of saying that kids will get hold of and play 18-rated games. The Byron Review, which has been pretty universally praised for being both fair and making a lot of sense, should result in all games receiving BBFC ratings (something only a small percentage receive right now) and suggests that parents need to be educated about video games. But just as a whole generation of kids from the 80s managed to watch high-profile violent movies of the time, modern kids will play violent video games. I'm not sure what the government can do about it.

From personal experience, retailers selling violent...
 







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