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Microsoft Appears to Lean Toward Hostile Yahoo Bid!

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335w ago - Microsoft Corp. late Thursday was leaning toward going hostile in its pursuit of Yahoo Inc., according to people familiar with the matter, with an announcement likely Friday.

But the people cautioned that the situation was fluid as discussions continued and said the software company could change tack before announcing its decision. Microsoft declined to comment on its plans.

In an interview earlier Thursday, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer declined to indicate Microsoft's decision and wouldn't say when the company would make a decision public. "With the right circumstances it'll happen. Without the right circumstances it won't happen," he said.

Price will be a key factor if Microsoft does take a hostile approach to Yahoo, which it made an unsolicited offer for in January. Microsoft's original cash-and-stock offer, which Yahoo has said undervalues it, was valued at $29.48 a share as of 4 p.m. Nasdaq Stock Market composite trading Thursday. Microsoft this week indicated a willingness to raise its bid to as much as $33 per Yahoo share, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Major Yahoo shareholders have signaled they want a price in the range of $35 to $37 a share, the people say.

If it went hostile, Microsoft would have to put forward a price it believed...
 

Interview: Niko's Hanson on Chinese Game Biz Growth

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335w ago - Market research firm Niko Partners has released results from its 6th Annual Review & Forecast Report on China's Video Game Industry, a comprehensive study of trends in the online, PC offline, and console gaming segments in the world's most populous country.

Revenue for online games was up 71 percent from 2006 to 2007, to $1.7 billion - with 21% of that figure coming from casual and "advanced casual" titles.

The firm expects a further 47 percent growth next year, with compound annual growth of 29% through 2012 to $6 billion. Niko managing partner Lisa Cosmas Hanson elaborated on the sharp increase in an exclusive interview with Gamasutra.

An Increasingly Game-Aware Culture

"Disposable income is rising, and people are able to spend a more money on games then they have in the past. The number of games has increased because as it becomes a more popular pasttime, the younger kids join this force, and the older gamers continue to play," said Hanson.

"In addition, prices have fallen, so people have bought more home PCs, so they can play more than when they just had to go to cafes. People still go to cafes for competition, however, and in cities where income is not as high."

Niko puts the number of hardcore Chinese gamers at 14 million, with that group...
 

US PlayStation Store Update for May 1, 2008

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335w ago - Once again, per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PLAYSTATION Store):

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the PLAYSTATION Store weekly update.

Downloadable Games:
echochrome ($9.99)
Featuring an elegant black and white art design, echochrome is a puzzle game unlike any other. With gameplay based on optical illusions, players must utilize 5 simple laws of perspective to join walkways, hide dangers, and create new paths to reach the goal. Once you've mastered the 5 laws, use them to create your own mind-bending levels to play and share with friends using the custom level editor. Available for PlayStation 3 and PSP systems.
ESRB Rated E
File size: 86.4 MB

Add-on Game Content:
Rock Band
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks. For song credits, visit www.RockBand.com.

"Zero" - Smashing Pumpkins ($1.99) "Time-Sick Son of a Grizzly Bear" - The Mother Hips ($1.99) "Red Tandy" - The Mother Hips ($1.99) File sizes: 15.5 MB - 36 MB

Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore sownloadable songs ($1.49 each)
Plug in the microphone and live out your dream as a singing sensation! Expand your Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore library by purchasing tracks from...
 

New MGS4 video hints at original MGS inclusion

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335w ago - Konami has released a new video for Metal Gear Solid 4 showing some flash backs to MGS 1 and Smash Bros Brawl.

The video finishes with the strap line "Is it possible to replay MGS!?" This seems to imply that in MGS 4, we will somehow be able to play some of the missions in the original MGS.

Maybe in the form of a flashback? Who knows....



 

Wii Exposed: The Secret that Nintendo Tries to Ignore

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335w ago - Nintendo's latest entrant into the console war has no doubt been the company's most successful entry since the original Nintendo Entertainment System in the 80s. The Wii has managed to continually sell out in stores since its release in November of 2006. In just a meager year and half, its already managed to outsell its predecessor, the Gamecube.

It shattered the PS2's record of selling 10 million consoles in the US by a near 4 months. It currently holds the most market share out of the next gen systems. Nintendo, without a doubt, must be extremely proud of Miyamoto's latest brain child.

That being said, there is something seriously wrong with the Nintendo Wii. No, its not that it doesn't have the graphical capabilities of the 360/PS3. Nor is it the lackluster online service Nintendo provides either. It isn't the paltry amount of hard drive space, sometimes unresponsive accelerometers of the nunchuck, or even the chuckle-inspiring name of the console. Its the software library.

BY COMPARISON
Since its release in 2005, there have been some 374 games released for the XBox 360. Of the 374, 86 titles have received a 'good' rating(an average ranking of 80% or higher, as per GameRankings). 92 have received 'poor' ratings(an average of lower than 60%).

That means...
 
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