320w ago - Is the PS3 really suffering as badly as it seems? Admittedly, it's getting to a slow start, but many forget that the Xbox 360 faced similar challenges during its launch. In fact, when the launches are aligned, the Xbox 360 and PS3 appear to be selling at an equivalent rate. Of course, with the immense amount of negativity surrounding the PS3 from the gaming media, will sales be hurt during this crucial holiday season? The price drop and release of games, such as Ratchet & Clank, will help Sony hopefully keep pace with its major rival.
320w ago - Prepare to dial in because you'll be traveling via Stargate in a year!
There's no need to adjust your computer monitor, you've read the headline correctly. Stargate Worlds, the upcoming sci-fi MMORPG being developed by Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment and based off of the long-running television series Stargate SG-1, will be hitting your computers in the fourth quarter of 2008. The news was slipped to us by Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment's senior marketing manager, Kevin Balentine, as he discussed how the development of the game was progressing. Here's what Kevin had to say:
"We've got a playable version of the game inside of our building. I'm not prepared to release our beta schedule yet, but I can say that we're going to be releasing the game in the fourth quarter of next year. You can do the math and figure out when our beta program will be."
There you have it folks, the official release date for Stargate Worlds brought to you via the ears and fingers of the stalwart Ten Ton Hammer crew. Soon you'll be taking wormholes to the far reaches of space, trying to outmaneuver the Goa'ulds or facing down a rogue Asgardian. Let the countdown begin!
Tune in next week to find out the other titillating details that Kevin and the Ten Ton Hammer team discussed!
320w ago - A new report published Friday by the Mercury News suggests that Sony may already be scrambling to keep third-party developers aboard the PlayStation 3, which has struggled to keep pace with the Wii and Xbox 360.
"One piece of news that came out this week was that Sony pleaded with third-party developers not to abandon its struggling [PS3] platform," wrote Dean Takahashi of the San Jose Mercury News.
"That change in attitude is a marked difference compared to the arrogance of past years," the game journalist added. "The argument is that the PS3 will show its strength as developers learn how to make games for it."
Takahashi cited "insider information" when contacted by GamePro for source clarification.
In August, Sony admitted in a report by GamePro that the PS3 can be more difficult to develop for given its propriety and complex Cell processor. Subsequently, several PS3 ports get released several weeks, if not months after an Xbox 360 counterpart. Often times the PS3 version receives significantly lower review scores than Xbox 360 versions.
Assuming Takahashi is right, it's easy to see how developers could be frustrated with the PS3 thus far. It hasn't sold well, which makes it difficult to sell games on. And development requires more money (for now at least) given...
320w ago - Playing cowboys and native American indigenous peoples (Injuns - to the unreconstructed) with plastic pretend guns was about the best fun you could have as a six-year old growing up in the wilds of South Yorkshire, SPOnG fondly remembers (perhaps with slightly rose-tinted specs).
Alas, with the modern fear and moral panic over everything and anything to do with guns, it seems that children will not be allowed to play with Nintendo's new Wii Zapper, which is to be slapped with a PEGI 18-rating when it comes out next month.
Perhaps the ban makes a little more sense when you realise that one of the main Wii games to make full use of the gun is the genuinely shit-scary, on-rails survival shooter Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles which Capcom has announced will be hitting shelves on November 30.
Umbrella Chronicles played using the Wii Zapper lets you play as Chris, Jill, Rebecca, Billy and Carlos in single player or two-player co-op modes. It was one of our surprise favourites from E3 back in the summer so we look forward to playing the full game next month. After the kids have gone to bed.
Perhaps it's totally bloody bonkers and shows a huge double-standard. Why? Let's have a look at the entry requirements for joining the British Army and being sent to fight with real guns....
320w ago - Back in July Sony announced that the new Slim PSP would come complete with a video out port, allowing users to plug the PSP into a TV and see everything on a big screen.
However, the cable required to do this, a PSP component cable, has been hard to get hold of. We had to get ours from Ebay. But now we've got it and put it to the test, we have to say, we're suitably impressed.
For £12.99, the price of the official cable, you can transfer games from the small PSP screen to a big screen TV. There's no lag to speak of nor any drop in quality once the image reaches your telly box. And although the games don't output full screen, as you can see in the video below, it's still certainly big enough to see what you're doing from a distance.
Slide in a UMD movie on the other hand (you do have one right?), and the display fills the screen while looking equally as good as it does on the PSP.
Overall, if you have a new PSP Slim, but still crave to get your big screen gaming fix, then this is well worth the money. Still not convinced? Check out the video below to see the cable in action.
We made some phone calls to major stores, such as GAME and HMV, and checked on numerous website but could only find the PSP component cable in stock at Gamestation. So if you want one,...