321w 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...
321w 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....
321w 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,...
321w ago - Today should have been another landmark world-changing day for Rockstar. If everything had gone according to plan, we'd have been on extended hiatus while Grand Theft Auto IV's incredibly detailed world sucked us in like a vacuum. But it wasn't to be.
In case you didn't know (where have you been?!) Grand Theft Auto IV was originally due to launch today, 19 October 2007. Rockstar are traditionally spot on with release dates, even those issued 12 months in advance. Not this time, though. GTA IV suffered an unexplained delay, pushing it into next year - and the reasons still aren't clear even now...
So to stave off the looming sense of disappointment over what could have been, we're going to take a trawl through all the crucial twists and turns of Rockstar's next big thing. Sure, it can't satisfy our need for GTAIV entirely, but it'll make things a bit easier. For a while...
March 29, 2007 - Things Will Be Different
We'd waited and waited, but finally Rockstar was ready to reveal Grand Theft Auto's next-gen incarnation with a teasing, evocative and speculation-feeding trailer titled "Things Will Be Different". It was immediately clear that Rockstar wasn't mincing its words.
May 24, 2007 - The First Look
Rockstar invite the world's press to see the future of GTA in action, and...
321w ago - Kotaku's mention of the return of The Official PlayStation Magazine with a new name, PlayStation: The Official Magazine, a couple of weeks ago, what I didn't see is that it's going to replace PSM, the independent PlayStation magazine. Issue 130 of PSM arrived at my door today telling me so, even letting me know that at least the first new PTOM will ship with a Blu-ray disc of demos.
Ah of course, a physical disc of demos bundled with a paper-based magazine, that's exactly what the PlayStation 3 needs. If only the console had a high-speed digital distribution system for getting demos into the hands of end-users without having to buy a physical magazine and disc. If only it had a web browser built in that could show web content like a monthly web magazine and can even download audio and video files to, I don't know, a hard drive built in standard? And what about a handheld that had a web browser and cheap flash storage that could accept downloads of audio and video files, wouldn't that be a great handheld to write a magazine for? Why, a web magazine could make its stories even more timely, couldn't it?