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Mass Effect: Xbox 360 Game Doesn't Live Up to its Hype

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346w ago - Beautifully rendered with an above-average plot, Bioware's new sci-fi epic for the Xbox 360 still turns out to be a disappointingly overhyped encore to Microsoft's main holiday act in gaming, Halo 3.

An Old-School Adventure Masquerading as a Role-Playing Game

If Halo 3 was Microsoft's star performance, BioWare's Mass Effect is this holiday season's encore. Mass Effect is probably the most anticipated role-playing game of the year by anyone who dug the company's Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and/or Jade Empire. In any case, I expect the Xbox 360 to take the silver in hardware sales (though by a relatively narrow margin over Sony) and the gold by a handsome margin in holiday software sales.
 

MegaTV for Sony PS3 launches

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346w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment Korea and KT announce the launch of the HD IPTV service MegaTV for the Sony PS3.

The MegaTV video on demand service for the Sony Playstation 3 will launch tomorrow in Korea. Content of the PS3 IPTV service includes drama series, animated features, movies and sports.

The MegaTV support came for Korean PS3 users via the firmware 2.0 update already and is supposed to activate on tomorrow on November 20th. Via the MegaTV site (Korean).

If and when Sony is going to offer IPTV service on the Sony PS3 in other regions is not known at this point.
 

Musler: PS3 will catch up to, if not surpass, 360

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347w ago - PS2 could remain viable through 2009

Sega's director of artists and repertoire agrees with analysts who think that the PS3 is going to catch up to, if not surpass, the Xbox 360.

It isn't just the recent PS3 price cuts which will certainly help bridge the gap, but the availability of big titles, Noah Musler told GamesIndustry.biz.
"Microsoft has done a good job of closing the gap between the platforms. I don't think they are in the situation they were in with the PS2 and Xbox 1, but it is still too soon to say," Musler remarked.

He notes that analysts think the PS2 could remain viable through 2009.
Having a variety of PS3 prices for consumers is certainly not going to hurt the PS3. "I think it has still got a little bit of time to grow," he said.
"Fortunately, there are a lot of videogame consumers out there, and the market continues to grow.

"People want to play games, and the games keep getting better. The development community is really driving that by making great product."
 

PS3 outsells Wii thanks to must-have game (in Japan)

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347w ago - In news that Sony executives have been praying nightly for, the PS3 outsold the Wii in Japan from Nov 5th-11th. Even better for the beleaguered console, it wasn't the result of price cuts or satanic rituals, but an honest to goodness game people wanted to play.

Shin Sangoku Musou 5 isn't a bunch of words you'll have seen before (unless a cat jumps on your keyboard), but you may know it as Dynasty Warriors and its popularity is credited by Kotaku with helping the PS3 shift units.

Sony can't take all the responsibility for this success - and they know it. Even CEO Howard Stringer admits that a big part of the victory is the minor detail that Nintendo still can't build consoles as fast as people buy them - as reported by the Associated Press - so it would be premature to claim the PS3 is making a comeback.

Still, it's encouraging news for all those fans of the Blu-ray box, and gives hope that their favoured console can gain a secure foothold in the an important market.

While the Dynasty Warriors series isn't popular enough in the west to spur a similar sales improvement, it seems the recent price cut is doing just fine with console sales doubling in the following weeks (reported by Reuters). Of course, it's very easy to throw around words like double and triple...
 

Will Christmas sound the death knell for Atari?

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347w ago - There is increasing concern that the Atari brand is finally on the verge of disappearing, as it concluded a quarter where its losses are bigger than its revenues, which have crashed to just $10.4m.

Three years ago, Atari amassed sales of $343m, which fell to $206m last year and $122m for the year just gone. Its belated quarterly figures to 30 June have now just been filed, at a revenue level closer to a $40m run rate for the coming year, and underinvestment in new games means there is little left of the once great native US gaming operation which is now controlled by French gamer Infogrames.

Last month, new Infogrames CEO Patrick Leleu slashed the board of Atari and dragged in new high powered replacements, which looked like they had the job of finding a buyer for the existing game titles. Over the past two years the company has sold off most of its game development facilities.

As noted, revenue for the quarter was $10.4m, compared to $19.5m last year, which contributed to a net loss of $11.9m, compared to net loss of $7.3m last time.

By filing its Form 10-Q it may avoid being delisted by Nasdaq for non-filing, but as the company begins to run out of money there may be other reasons for Nasdaq to be concerned, which is why the company last month changed its debt position from a...
 
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