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Sony is Cutting Down on the Number of Parts Suppliers

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275w ago - After 14 years of profits, Sony recently posted its first annual net loss for the fiscal year ended March.

As part of its plans to turn things around, the company has announced that it will cut the number of its parts suppliers by half in order to slash costs.

The Associated Press (linked above) reports that Sony plans to reduce number of its parts makers from about 2,500 now to about 1,200 next year.

Additionally, the company will be centralizing its purchasing to better negotiate for cheaper prices. In the past, each Sony division worked out contracts with suppliers individually.

Centralized purchasing will likely affect Sony's games division, which traditionally has been given more leeway to buy parts.

Hardware cost reductions have already cut the games division's operating costs by more than half, and if the plan goes well, it should give Sony even more incentive to institute a price cut for its game consoles in order to remain competitive.
 

Nintendo Cripples DS R4 Piracy Threat, eBay & Amazon Ban Carts

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275w ago - In addition to the recent new protection being implemented on Nintendo DS games, now both eBay and Amazon have officially banned the sales of DS R4 flash carts.

As expected, Nintendo is pleased about this and has issued a brief comment as follows:

Nintendo is pleased with the co-operation it has received from both eBay and Amazon to prevent the sales of game copying devices," Nintendo of America's global head of anti-piracy Jodie Daughtery told MCV this week.

"Nintendo has been aggressive in curtailing the sales of these devices on a global scale, from manufacturers in Asia to Internet webshops and retail operations across Europe and the UK.

"Since January 2008, Nintendo has coordinated over 560 actions and confiscated approximately 411,000 game copiers. In the UK, Nintendo collaborates with ELSPA and takes independent actions. Over 225,000 devices have been seized by authorities in 170 actions since 2008."

An eBay spokesperson added: "eBay prohibits sellers from listing any hardware or software that allows people to make unauthorised copies of copyrighted games, including the R4 DS cards, and we are taking steps to remove the few listings found...
 

Electronic Arts Confirms a Pre-E3 2009 Media Event

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275w ago - Today Eletronic Arts confirmed an event before E3, to showcase their new titles and more.

To quote, roughly translated: Electronic Arts disclosed that it will carry through a conference before the beginning of the E3 2009.

The presentation will be commanded by John Riccitiello, executive-head of Electronic Arts, and producers also will participate of the event to present the new games of the company.

For the days of the event, the EA promised for the journalists and visitors demonstrations you played of the following headings:

•"Brütal Legend"
• "Dead Space Extraction"
• "EA SPORTS Active"
• "EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis"
• "Fight Night Round 4"
• "G.I. JOE The Rise of Cobra"
• "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince"
• "Madden NFL 10"
• "MySims Agents"
• "Need will be Speed: Shift"
• "Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10"

Behind closed doors, in turn, the EA will show the following games:

• "Army of Two: The 40th Day"
• "Battlefield Bad Company 2"
• "Dragon Age Origins"
• "Dante's Hell"
• "FIFA 10"
• "Littlest Pet Shop Online"
• "Mass Effect 2"
•...
 

Hands-On: EA Sports Fight Night Round 4

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277w ago - At a recent EA event I had a chance to play Fight Night Round 4 against the game's producer, Brian Hayes.

I may have never become too involved in the original, but enjoyed enough time with it that I was able to quickly see the changes in Round 4 first-hand. And there were a lot of changes.

To quote: It's safe to say that Fight Night Round 4 is likely one of the best looking sports game ever made. A bold statement, yes, but that doesn't mean it isn't true. Boxers are modeled wonderfully, and the game's enhanced engine really takes advantage of all of the power this generation has to offer.

As I sat talking to the developer the boxers stood beside each other, bobbing and weaving. As they moved, sweat dripped off their chins from time to time. It wasn't a steady drip as if from a leaky faucet, but an occasional surge of water, like the kind that would flow from the pores of a man about to exchange punches with another while standing shirtless below bright lights. For a moment I was taken aback, amazed at the attention to detail in the seemingly unimportant sweat of the boxers. The attention to detail didn't stop there.

After a bit of time I took the controller and started playing, figuring my way around the controls. With a few small tweaks, it controls nearly exactly like...
 

Uncharted 2 for PS3 to Include Multiplayer, Beta Starts June 3rd

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279w ago - Today Naughty God Co-President Evan Wells announced the following news via PlayStation Blog:

So the rumors are true and we can finally talk about it! As you've heard and read, UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves will have both competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes.

We managed to keep the secret completely safe for over a year and a half, but right in the home stretch before the embargo lifted today, word got out all over the internet. Of course the leaked info was only the tip of the iceberg and there is a ton of coverage being released today on dozens and dozens of Web sites.

Check out a multiplayer trailer we just finished before the weekend.





So, pick your favorite videogame news site and go check out the coverage from our event last week. If print magazines are your thing, we've gotten word that we'll also be in more than a few magazines around the world in the next few weeks.

If you've been looking closely at our interviews, our team here at [Register or Login to view links] has been growing rapidly and we now have quite a few more Dogs on staff than when work finished on UNCHARTED: Drake's Fortune. It shouldn't be a surprise that we had to grow our studio to tackle the task of...
 
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