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TGS '07: The masses overrun the Messe

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364w ago - The third day of the Tokyo Game Show is the first day that the doors of the Makuhari Messe open to the public. During the prior 48 hours, admittance to the suburban convention centre was reserved solely for members of the media and industry insiders with clout enough to gain entrée.

GameSpot's temporary Tokyo HQ on the 46th floor of the plush Tokyo Bay Makuhari Hotel had a bird's eye view of attendees massing in front of the convention centre hours before it opened. The line's size began to swell around 7 a.m., eventually stretching all the way around the Messe's extensive circumference--five or six people wide--by the time the doors were unlocked at 10 a.m.

The heavy turnout wasn't exactly a big surprise. The event's organisers at the Computer Entertainment Suppliers Association (CESA) had already stated that this year's TGS had record numbers of companies and booths. Indeed, mid-afternoon, the crowd's density made movement within the convention centre difficult, and many game stations were turning away potential players. By CESA's forecast, over 180,000 people will attend this event--a number which seemed conservative to anyone emerging from the jam-packed scrum on the show floor.
 

Madden 08 auto-update details

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365w ago - A required update was released for Madden 08 on the Xbox 360. The PS3 will receive this same patch soon. The details on what this update corrected follows below:

>>Franchise: Editing a player causes his contract value to change

>>Franchise: Former user coaches do not fill their new team's roster causing the game to stop simulating.

>>Franchise: The game crashes when simulating if the user releases all the HOF players from the Player Management Menu and then starts a franchise

>>Train for This Game: Certain Player Weapons Stat Points are not being recorded after Training.

>>Online: In Game: If the Client pulls connection at the end of game, prior to the Match Up screen, they will crash the Host.

>>Online: When the client ejects disk after the game clock has been reduced to 0:00 but before the opponent gets the match-up screen the Host will crash.

>>This update is not representative of a potentially more complete patch that will address gameplay and other franchise issues
 

Sony: The PlayStation 3 is still a game machine

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365w ago - Despite previous attempts in promoting the PlayStation 3 as a super-computer, Blu-ray player, and multimedia device, Sony Computer Entertainment president Kaz Hirai recalibrated the PS3 as a game console in statements made during his Tokyo Game Show keynote.

"As the fundamental point of our system, I think [PS3] is still a game machine," Hirai said (via GameLife). "We want people to first enjoy it for the possibility of interactive games. If we pursue too many directions, people will keep asking us, 'What is PlayStation?'"

The PlayStation exec took a somewhat humble tone during the keynote while admitting that the PS3 hasn't had the best of starts. As a result, the company hopes to listen further to ongoing gamer concerns.

To start, Sony promised better development support in addition to continued support of the popular PS2. To increase the quantity and quality of available games, the company plans to share assets and know-how with third-party publishers.

Additionally, Sony will solicit feedback from publishers by setting up an advisory board to meet on a regular basis Hirai said.
 

Konami: Metal Gear Solid 4 to release in Winter 07

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365w ago - According to Konami's official website, Metal Gear Solid 4 will be released in Winter this year.

This of course goes against what Kojima Productions stated earlier this year when they announced that the game was delayed till early 2008. Perhaps they will announce something in their keynote during the Tokyo Game Show.

Currently Konami is showing Metal Gear Solid 4 both in playable form and in trailers at TGS. You can check out the latest trailer here.

Stay tuned to PSU for further information on the release date.
 

The View From GameStop's Window: Retail Giant Talks Gaming In 2007

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365w ago - As previously reported on Gamasutra, the GameStop Expo is one of the most relevant events on the gaming calendar -- but one few know much about. Every year, managers from GameStop's some 5,000 retail stores gather to be presented the holiday lineups of publishers both major and minor in a trade show environment.

At this year's Expo, held at Las Vegas's Mandalay Bay casino/hotel, Gamasutra sat down with some of GameStop's senior management, including senior merchandising VP Bob McKenzie and marketing VP Tom DeNapoli.
 
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