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Leipzig Games Convention Dead, Games Convention Online Lives

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287w ago - The Leipzig Games Convention, Europe's premier video games showcase, will be closing its doors in 2009 thanks to competition from [Register or Login to view links], a new event which premieres this Summer.

To quote: Gamescom boasts the full support of the industry, which it has snatched from Leipzig's grasp. This includes acting as host for GDC Europe, which had previously been hosted at Leipzig alongside the Games Convention.

The Leipzigger Messe isn't done with games, though, as it will play host to a new event this year. Games Convention Online will take part in Leipzig between July 31 and August 2, and will focus on "the most dynamic market in the gaming industry: browser, client and mobile games." An exciting prospect, by all accounts, but we suspect it may not see as great a turnout as Gamescom might.

As if the news couldn't get any sadder, Leipzig's CEO Wolfgang Marzin says the industry can come back any time (please!). "If the industry is again in search of a platform for console and PC games and hardware with the know-how of the GC - Games Convention, we will immediately be available."
 

PS3 Home Events Space, Air Race Leaderboards Live in Europe!

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287w ago - Sony's PlayStation Home has been updated in Europe for PS3, however, Sony hasn't actually told anyone... instead sneaking it out without anyone noticing. To quote:

The Red Bull Air Race space now features a few different aircraft that you can choose between before flying the course. There's also a leaderboard which shows the top flyers globally as well as your friends' best times.

The Events space is also now open and the PSP-3000 treasure hunt has begun. The Events space plays host to a new multiplayer minigame called Tri-Sphere and hidden around the Gallery section are six hidden numbers.

If you find these numbers and input them into the website (accessible via a wall terminal inside Home) you stand the chance of winning a real PSP-3000. There's no word on when/if these these things will come to Home in the US but we'll let you know as soon as Sony tells us we stumble across it.

Home continues to evolve, albeit at a slower pace than we expected. These additions are certainly pleasing, but don't quite raise the service to the next level. Yet.
 

LittleBigPlanet Patch 1.08 is Now Live for Sony's PlayStation 3

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287w ago - Update: The LittleBigPlanet Patch 1.08 patch, initially though to be 'Edam' by Media Molecule, was [Register or Login to view links] by LittleBigPlanet developer Sam_Protagonist to only contain update content as follows:

"The 1.08 update contains content only. The Edam update is still going through the testing process and we'll have more information about its release date once it's completed testing."

To quote: This patch has been confirmed as a content-only patch, installing the latest costume textures (required for players to see other people online who are using the latest DLC costumes).

We can confirm that this patch is 13Mb and we notice that it has re-arranged selected content in the LittleBigStore. This screenshot shows how the Kratos' costume now appears for players who've already downloaded it (the God of War pack icon showing the three costumes no longer appears to players who've not already downloaded it). This makes sense as the Kratos costume and God of War pack are out on Thursday.

We've heard reports of some players still having problems with LBP, so we're still not 100% sure that the patch is Edam - we'll report back when we hear confirmation.
 

Microsoft Warns Against Leaked XBox Live Midnight Club DLC

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289w ago - Microsoft has urged gamers to delete the leaked Midnight Club: LA DLC that appeared on the XBox Live Marketplace last night.

Apparently, if you leave it on your system then you run the risk of incurring unspecified problems.

To quote: If you downloaded the Midnight Club: LA add-on content that appeared on the Xbox Live Marketplace last night, Microsoft urges you to delete it as soon as possible, lest you risk unspecified "problems."

"The Marketplace team has mentioned to me that a batch of Midnight Club: LA content went up accidentally on Xbox LIVE Marketplace this morning. It has since been removed, but you may have had the chance to download it while it was up there," writes Xbox EMEA community manager Graeme Boyd on his Official blog.

"If you did and if it's sitting on your hard drive you should delete it -- reason being that it was being tested when it was mistakenly put live and therefore it may not work properly, the Achievements won't register and could cause you problems with your Midnight Club: LA game saves."

There's currently no word on when the DLC will reappear on the Xbox Live Marketplace.
 

Football Manager Live is Now Available for PC and MAC

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290w ago - Football Manager Live, the eagerly awaited persistent-world game from award winning development studio Sports Interactive, lets you test your football management skills against the rest of the world online for the very first time.

Press Release: FOOTBALL MANAGERTM LIVE HITS THE STREETS

Test your football management skills with the rest of the world online for the very first time

LONDON (January 8th, 2009) - Sports Interactive and SEGA Europe Ltd. can today announce that Football Managerâ„¢ Live for PC and Apple Macintosh is available now via digital download at www.footballmanagerlive.com, and will be available from 23rd January in stores.

"Football Manager Live is a very different game to Football Manager - imagine, if you can, a cross between Football Manager, fantasy football, an auction website and some social networking, and you'll be just about there," said Miles Jacobson, Studio Director at Sports Interactive.

"Football Manager Live is the best way to prove your football management prowess to the world, and with a new development model dubbed as "constant development", there will be new features being added to the game every few months, with a lot of these features being based directly on consumer feedback and what the people playing Football...
 
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