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Play TV Priced and Dated By Play.com

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366w ago - Play.com have got their web pigeons flying at double quick speed, most likely because they are fed on the fruit off grape vines. First Haze is given a January release date, and now Play TV is priced and dated for Europe.

The Official Playstation Magazine placed Play TV at a guesstimate price of £70 and a loose release date of between January and April 2008. Play.com have solidified the price to 154.99 Euro's and provided its shoppers with a release date of 28th March next year.

Whether this is a typical retailers approximation designed to generate pre-orders, or an unofficial confirmation from Sony to Play.com is anyone's guess. But it sounds about right.
 

Malware construction kit authors arrested, to be tried

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366w ago - Back in July, we covered the appearance of a sophisticated malware generator named Pinch Pro. Although not a Trojan itself, Pinch Pro provided a framework for malware authors to create and design their own worms and trojans, each of which could be specifically tailored to report certain data, zombiefy the PC, or kill certain commands/files. Imagine something like Build-A-Bear, but designed for malware rather than fuzzy bear creation, and you've got the right idea.

Pinch became popular in Russia, which meant is also became something of a headache for IT services generally and government services in particular. In effect, the malware-builder proved a bit too popular for its own good, and ultimately attracted the attention of Russian authorities. According to Kaspersky Lab, the Russian FSB (Federal Security Service) has identified the two authors of the program, Ermishkin and Farkhutdinov, and will soon take expose them to the cheery Russian legal system.

While the arrest and prosecution of the program's authors is important, it won't do much to solve the underlying problem Pinch has created. The program's source code has been released into the wild–the authors only charged for customized software and support. As such, we can expect to see more variants of the malware creator program appear in the future....
 

Rare: Banjo franchise possible on Xbox Live Arcade

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366w ago - Now here's definitely an interesting rumor for you to sip your morning coffee on. With so many gamers crying out for the Banjo franchise on the Nintendo Wii Virtual Console, some gamers are now starting to cry out for the Banjo franchise on the Xbox Live Arcade. In the last edition of the Rare Scribes (where gamers send in questions to Rare and they provide answers), one question asks Rare of the possibility of Banjo on the Xbox Live Arcade:

I'm absolutely SICK of people asking for Banjo-Kazooie on Virtual Console. Why the hell hasn't anyone thought of Banjo on Xbox Live Arcade!? But I ask you, is it even possible to release Banjo-Kazooie on the Arcade? I don't see why not, I mean you own the franchise, not Nintendo. You would just have to remove any and all references to Nintendo, which would probably be a pain in the - how you Brits say - "arse." But wouldn't that be cool? Maybe release Banjo-Tooie along with it and call the whole thing Banjo-Kazooie-Tooie.

How did Rare respond to the question?

Halloween? Bit optimistic, aren't you? Here's the Banjo team on Banjo-Kazooie-Tooie: "Or even Banjo-KazTooie? Let's just get the new 360 game finished before we consider anything else. If it proves successful then we may well cash in by flogging all the dead horses again, but...
 

Resistance 2 Trademarked by SCEA

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366w ago - You know that game you've been working on, with the WWII aliens? Well, if you were planning on calling it Resistance 2, then you'd better think again. Last week Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. filed to trademark the name Resistance 2.

Last month we reported that Resistance 2 was ready for it's pre-Alpha testing stage. Combined with the trademark information, what does this mean exactly? Just that there is a likely chance for a sequel to Resistance. It does not verify the game exists, but does provide good evidence that Insomniac Games is working on a sequel.

To read the filing visit the US Patent and Trademark Office's Web site or check out trademork.com.
 

Guitar Hero 3 is broken

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366w ago - Sad but true folks. A design flaw with the new Les Paul controller means that it may be almost impossible to grab all of the achievements from the Xbox 360 version. And the PS3 version? It suffers the same problems apparently.

I've been a huge fan of the Guitar Hero series since it arrived on the 360 back in April this year. Incredibly frustrating to begin with, I soon learned that the only way to progress was the learn how to use the controller correctly. The Gibson X-Plorer guitar is possibly one of the most sturdy gaming peripherals I've ever owned, having been used daily since it's arrival (and really put through it's paces on some occasions!) it's never given me the slightest bit of bother. Having never attempted a multi-player game, I was eager to get Guitar Hero 3 on release to have two guitars available - it now seems that dream has been shattered too.

The new Les Paul controller certainly took a bit of getting used to, but with a little time it grew on me. I prefered the smaller form factor and the lighter feeling fret buttons to the more plastic feel of the previous guitar. Two player Guitar Hero was good to go - well, for a while anyway.

One evening, I noticed I was faring particularly badly. If you are anything like me, a bad night on Guitar Hero can be just a tad frustrating....
 
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