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Sony: PS2 Turns Nine Years Old, System's Life Cycle to Continue

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247w ago - The PS2 turns nine years old this week, which Sony originally launched in the US sporting a $299 price tag.

The slimline PlayStation 2 console, introduced in 2004, still remains available on store shelves for a retail price of $99.

According to Sony Computer Entertainment America, the console has a worldwide installed base of nearly 140 million, with a library approaching 10,000 games having sold more than 500 million copies combined.

Although Nintendo's GameCube and Microsoft's original Xbox ceased production years ago, Sony today declared that the PS2 "shows no signs of slowing down" at the tail end of its 10-year life span.

According to the NPD Group, the PS2 sold 146,000 last month, down from 173,500 in September 2008 and 215,000 in September of 2007.

To quote from Sony's Senior Public Relations Specialist Abby Reyes:

"There's no set date for when the life cycle of PlayStation 2 will end. As long as people keep playing, and publishers keep putting out great new titles, the console's life cycle will continue.

The longevity of the PlayStation 2 can be directly attributed to its versatility. Because it's not only a game console, but a home entertainment hub, it has found its place in one out of every three U.S. households....
 

Brutal Legend's Tears of the Hextadon DLC Hits PSN for Free

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247w ago - Electronic Arts Product Marketing Manager Brent Dady has announced today that Brütal Legend's Tears of the Hextadon DLC is launching for free on PSN.

To quote: Now that Rocktober of the year of our metal Lords 2009 is coming to a close, we at Double Fine Productions and Electronic Arts are taking the time to reflect back upon a pretty eventful year.

Here are just a select few of the very many Brütal Legend highlights that have lodged into my memory banks:

1. Jack Black, Tim Schafer, and Rob Halford unveiling Brütal's gameplay for the first time to the coalition of the willing PS3 gamers at the Spike VGAs.

2. E3 - staying up until 9am the day of the show loading builds (I may have never recovered from this all year), live Twitter chats, a banner 1/3 the size of a football field, debuting our talent trailer, the coalition of the unwilling finds its leader. Pandemonium!

3. Comic-con - the infamous Brütal Legend concert featuring 3 Inches of Blood and GWAR.

4. Wherein Tim Schafer tries to solve a Rubik's Cube in the time that it takes Emily Ridgway, Double Fine's audio director, to recite the bands and titles of the 108 songs off of the (I would say EPIC) Brütal soundtrack.

5. Launch! Marketing and...
 

Happy Birthday Solid Snake, 22 Years of Solo Infiltration

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262w ago - On July 12th, in 1987 everybody's favorite stealth man Solid Snake debuted with the Japanese release of Metal Gear for the MSX2 computer platform.

He and the game that started it all can now celebrate their [Register or Login to view links].

To quote: Since then, Hideo Kojima's game has turned into a mega-franchise, with releases on computer platforms, NES, all three generations of the Playstation, PSP and even the Xbox 360.

Not to mention several spin-off games for mobile platforms; even the GameCube played host to MGS in the form of The Twin Snakes.

Solid Snake even made an appearance on the Wii with his inclusion into Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

With all four core MGS games scoring well into the 90's on [Register or Login to view links], it's clear that the innovative gameplay coupled with the intriguing and often intense storyline have propelled the series to the critical acclaim it has reached.

If you consider the approximate 26.5 million units moved for the overall franchise, you could make the case that it's pretty popular too.
 

Rumor: Gears of War 3 Re-confirmed for XBox 360 ?

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265w ago - No one seems to remember way back in 2006 when Gears of War first came out, from day one it was set to be a trilogy, though over the last few months Epic have said things like "There are no plans for a GoW trilogy" and they were handling things on "a game by game basis."

Yet now it seems a third title MIGHT be coming...

Recently [Register or Login to view links] to Official Xbox Magazine UK Cliff Bleszinski shut down rumors that he may be working on a new survival horror game, saying to quote:

"No, I'm not making a horror game next. Gears is very much near and dear to me. There's only been two Gears games, man, there's still plenty of opportunities for things you can do in a cover-based shooter, and there's still a lot of stories to tell in the Gears universe. I'm not burned out on that at all."

New? Well that cannot be the single player element to the Dark Corners pack (Road to Ruin), that was a "deleted scene" from Gears 2.

It wouldn't take a conspiracy theorist to think that another game could well be in the works. What are your theories? Share them in the comments below!
 

Prison Inmates' PlayStations Now Banned Due to Escape Fears

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266w ago - Just over a month ago it was rumored that crime lords were running empires from jail via PlayStation consoles.

Today it appears some prison officials are taking no chances, and are banning inmates' PlayStation 3 consoles amid escape fears.

To quote: A prison has banned inmates from using PlayStation 3 games consoles because they fear they could be used in an escape attempt.

Inmates at Rye Hill prison, near Rugby, Warwickshire, were found to be using the consoles' built-in wireless connections to chat to friends outside prison.

Wardens have confiscated the consoles over fears they pose a "significant threat" to prison security. A spokesman for the Prison Service said:

"PlayStation 3 consoles are barred on the grounds that they have the capability to send and receive radio signals as an integral part of the equipment."
 
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