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Electronic Arts Confirms a Pre-E3 2009 Media Event

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284w 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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285w 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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287w 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...
 

Bushing Reports on Returning Modified Wii Consoles for Repair

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287w ago - It seems that Nintendo is now charging almost to full price for a Nintendo Wii if you've installed unsigned code on the machine that resulted in a 'bricked' console.

To quote: I've been asked whether installing the Homebrew Channel (or Twilight Hack or whatever) will void the warranty on a Wii. I've generally said something like "Technically, yes, but I doubt they will enforce that."

This seemed reasonable, given some of the anecdotes I've heard – stories of people ruining their drives with a soldering iron and still getting free repair work done under warranty, etc. I've also said that if a Wii is bricked (and won't boot), then they have no way of actually checking to see what is installed on the Wii – and I still believe that to be true, at least most of the time.

I'll be the first to admit that was wrong, given some recent evidence. My German's pretty bad, but I see ".... Softwarehack ... EUR 210″. That seems awfully excessive, given that the price of a new Wii is EUR 250, no?

I would write this off as an isolated incident – maybe someone installed some truly awful warezloading hack. However, I was sent the following email through an anonymous remailer last month, and it would seem to support the invoice above:

From: (deleted)
 

EA Sports Complex Now Live in Sony's PlayStation Home

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287w ago - Here we go, from PlayStation Home Online Community Specialist Locust_Star via PlayStation Blog today:

The day has finally come! Phase one of the EA SPORTS Complex has been unleashed and it is high time that all of you sports fanatics log in to PlayStation Home, explore this hugely interactive space, try your hand at the available mini-games, and check out all the teasers and trailers that await your prying eyes.

Out of the proverbial box, [Register or Login to view links] has two casual multiplayer mini-games for you to challenge your friends to: A whole floor of poker tables and the new EA SPORTS Racing game.





The former allows for up to 8 players per table to indulge in high stakes tournament-style Texas Hold 'Em and the latter lets you put the pedal to the metal and compete for the best time against 3 other users in a formula-style race.

The Complex - much like the PlayStation Home platform - will evolve over time. Currently scheduled updates include the EA SPORTS Golf mini-game (where users can test their stick skills at an indoor driving range) leaderboards, poker bracelets and a rewards system. As new titles are announced, content within the space and additional game-specific achievement rewards will be added.
 
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