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Mark Rein: PS3 UT3 graphics better than Gears of War

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350w ago - Epic head honcho says "something special" about playing PC shooter on PS3.

PS3 UT3 has better graphics than Gears of War according to Mark Rein, Epic's vice president.

Speaking in an interview with Pro-G at the launch of the PC version of the game, Rein said that he was "really proud" of the PS3 game, which he hoped would be out in the US this year. However, due to certification issues he remained sceptical about a similar release date for the European version, instead suggesting early 2008.

He said: "People are going to be pleasantly surprised. It's a really high end experience that pushes the graphics bar up even higher than Gears of War. There's more polygons, there's more stuff going on, there's more explosions and there's more things happening, so we're just really pleased with the way the game runs on the PS3."

Epic's blockbuster third-person shooter Gears of War has proved a massive hit since its release on the Xbox 360 last year. At the time it wowed audiences with its jaw-dropping graphics and gritty portrayal of war.

When asked about the difficulties some game developers have experienced with Sony's next-gen console, the typically enthusiastic Epic boss said: "Doesn't affect us baby!"

He added: "You know, bringing a game to any new piece of hardware...
 

New unknown features of PS3 Firmware 2.00

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350w ago - New unknown features of FW 2.0:

  • Streaming of Trailers possible during download from the Playstation Store.
  • New Flash-Player update for the Internetbrowser.
  • Browser and Store faster (Loadingtime)
  • Demos, PS1 Games und Download Games can be sorted in folders
  • A new Video-Chat
  • [confirmed] Support for CANON Printers
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    Blank Discs Inside Call Of Duty 4 At Best Buy? Better Open Them In The Store

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    350w ago - Zak writes to tell us that his copy of Call of Duty 4 was blank. Thankfully, he opened it while he was still inside the Best Buy, so exchanging it wasn't a problem. (Though some random Geek Squad guy did accuse him of being a scammer.)
    I generally read a few of the network sites, Giz, LH and of course for a chuckle I also read Consumerist. Now I lack photo proof of this as I immediately did an illegal u-turn and took my product back to the store, but I'll let you know anyways.

    Yesterday I had exchanged an Xbox 360 game, 'Hour of Victory' as it was the wrong game, I wanted 'Call of Duty 4'. The girl at customer service was happy to oblige me and I was told to walk back and pick up whatever game I wanted to exchange. CoD4 wasn't on he shelf so I asked an associate walking around and she checked stock, where the title showed up in transit. She went into the back as they had just gotten a shipment earlier, and low and behold here she comes with my blessed CoD4!

    I take it up front, finish my exchange and head home. Halfway there my buddy opens up this FACTORY SEALED copy and starts laughing followed by a couple choice four lettered words. I look and staring back at us out of the box is a completely virgin (even fingerprintless) disc. U-TURN! We get back to Best Buy and I walk up to the associate who had...
     

    Kids will hate the Family Timer for the Xbox 360

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    350w ago - Kids of world will be very upset about this new product from Microsoft. But parents will sigh with relief. Basically, the Family Timer will allow parents to put limits on game time in a given week or day. Check it out:

    Microsoft, PTA and Super Bowl Champion Jerry Rice Announce New Tools to Help Parents Manage Kids' Interactive Media Use

    Xbox 360 debuts video game industry's first and only Family Timer.

    Microsoft Corp., the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and Super Bowl champion Jerry Rice joined forces today to unveil new parental tools as part of the second year of the "Safety is no game. Is your family set?" campaign. They include a PACT, a family contract intended to foster family discussion about screen time guidelines, as well as a new parental control feature, the Xbox 360 Family Timer. The Family Timer will enable parents for the first time to set the appropriate amount of gaming and entertainment time on the Xbox 360 for their kids, on a daily or weekly basis.

    "As a leader in interactive entertainment, it's Microsoft's responsibility to provide parents with tools they can use to manage their children's video gaming and online experiences, and we have made that a priority from the very start," said Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment & Devices...
     

    Ignorance: The World's Fight Against Games

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    350w ago - The ESRB: they decide what we should and should not play. Their initial verdict on Manhunt 2 was that it warranted an Adults Only rating. The UK decided to not allow the game at all. Rather than simply shelve the project, Rockstar toned down the game's content and resubmitted it to the ESRB, at which point the game managed to slide back down to a Mature rating.

    In some people's eyes, forcing Rockstar to alter the game may seem like something done for the greater good. Less virtual violence will prevent any real life incidents, right? But in reality, it's part of an ongoing effort to limit video game developers' freedom.

    There is a reason for the ESRB ratings. A 10-year old kid can't go into a store and purchase Grand Theft Auto. Sure, there have been slip-ups here and there by employees, but the rule is set in stone. Despite this, numerous individuals fight to take away violence and sex in video games. It's a parent's job to know what their kid is playing, so shouldn't we be focusing on that? Instead, we get people like Jack Thompson suing Take Two to prohibit the sales of Manhunt 2 and Grand Theft Auto IV, even to gamers that are of age and should be able to choose any type of game to enjoy.

    Let's pretend for a second that there are only a bunch of Wii Sports clones out there, all family...
     
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