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A New Metal Gear Solid Game 'Exists'

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303w ago - Update: Konami also registered "Existence" alone, without a link back to Metal Gear Solid in the USPTO on August 11. "Guns of the Patriots", Metal Gear Solid 4's subtitle, was also registered separately.

Siliconera reports: Solid Snake's story is finished, but that doesn't mean Konami is going to seal the Metal Gear Solid franchise in an early grave.

The first sign of a new Metal Gear Solid game comes from the Japanese Trademark database where Konami registered Metal Gear Existence with the boring image on the right. It's made to be used with video games so it's likely, very likely, the name of a future Metal Gear Solid game. Going by the title alone it sounds like we're going to visit the existence - or origins of the Metal Gear Solid franchise.

So, will this be another game starring Big Boss? Let the wild pre-Tokyo Game Show speculation begin!
 

GameStop: Game Trade-ins Accelerate Sales for New Games

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303w ago - The used games market has always been something of a problem for games publishers and developers as there is a certain belief that the respective market undervalues their work.

However, Bob McKenzie of GameStop has trashed such thoughts. He admits that used games are a very profitable part of GameStop's business, but there is a benefit for the publisher in what they call the "circle of life."

The reason being is that the trade-ins GameStop get help to drive and accelerate sales for new games as well. To quote:

Multiplayer: Sales of used games are a big part of GameStop's business. What do you say to people who say that selling used games undermines the value of the work done by publishers and developers?

McKenzie: The used games, as reported in our financials, are a very profitable part of our business. The major benefit, not only for us but for the publishers as well, is what we call a "circle of life." The trade-ins we get from used games help to drive and accelerate sales for new games as well.

I've got an eight-year-old boy who's very much into gaming on all formats. [The used game trade-in option is] really neat. It's not just teaching him some economic lessons hopefully at a young age but it's really about having a broader assortment of...
 

Burnout Paradise now a PlayStation 3 Platinum Game

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303w ago - The PlayStation 3's Platinum Games line-up just keeps getting better. After the likes of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, MotorStorm and Resistance: Fall of Man, you can now race around Paradise City for less with Burnout Paradise joining the ranks.

When PS3 Platinum Games were first announced last month, Burnout Paradise strangely made it on to advertising posters, banners etc, but it never really showed up in stores. But it's here now and should be in stores across India by the end of September at a discounted price of Rs 1,499.

Interestingly, Burnout Paradise is still not a Platinum title in the UK, which is strange because in such cases, India usually mirrors SCEE practices. Not that we're complaining; we now have two decent racing games on the PS3's Platinum line-up (and no, the other one is not NFS ProStreet).
 

Metroid Prime Devs Eye XBox 360 and PS3 for Future Games

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303w ago - Three key devs behind Nintendo's Metroid Prime series have formed a new studio called Armature, under the publishing flag of Electronic Arts.

What does that mean for us gamers, exactly? It means the prime (hah) talents behind Metroid are now free to develop games for non-Nintendo platforms.

The devs heading Armature Studios - Mark Pacini, Todd Keller and Jack Matthews, (who were the former Game Director, Art Director, and Principal Tech Engineer of the Metroid franchise, respectively) - have expressed interest in the PS3 and 360. Says Pacini:

From my stand point, I've never worked on any other console. I've always made games for Nintendo. I'm reinvigorated. I'm really excited about what other opportunities are out there. How can we use Xbox Live? How can we use the power of the PS3?

I think it really opens it up. I'm not saying it was by any means restrictive working for Nintendo. We had this palette to work on, the Wii and the DS, but now we have everything.

Personally I'm looking forward to see what they have in store for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. Not that I don't think the Wii is a capable platform, but it lacks the processing power its competition has. I'd like to see what the devs can do with that extra power.

Does this...
 

New Game Releases for the Week of September 14, 2008

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304w ago - The summer drought is officially over as a busy new release week is upon us with quality releases on every platform.

The highlights this week include Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (PC), Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, DS), Rock Band 2 (Xbox 360), and Dragon Quest IV (Nintendo DS).

Check out the full list of new video game releases (USA) for the week of September 14, 2008 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Sony PS2, PSP, Nintendo DS, and PC! As always, release dates are subject to change.

XBOX 360

Rock Band 2
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Battle Fantasia
Armored Core: For Answer
Pure

PlayStation 3

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Armored Core: For Answer
Pure

Nintendo WII

Rebel Raiders
TNA Impact!
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Kidz Sports: Crazy Golf
Igor
Zoo Hospital
TNA Impact!

PlayStation 2

Speed Racer
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Naruto Ultimate Collection
Pac-man Power Pack
Namco Classic Fighter Collection

PSP

Yggdra Union
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
B-Boy
 
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