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Gizmondo to Rise from the Dead in Winter 2008, Founder says

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346w ago - Not only is Gizmondo coming back, Carl Freer says you can expect to see a new version of the handheld console by the end of the year–this time without the whole defrauding investors and crashing Ferraris schtick, supposedly.

In an interview in the Gizmondo forums, Freer claimed that, "There is still incredible value in the Gizmondo. And with the enhancements we're adding... we feel it's only the beginning of where we can go with the product."

Gizmondo version 2.0 will include a new graphics chip, Windows CE 6.0 (which comes with "a lot of 'new' goodies," Freer says), and a bunch of original content to be downloaded off the gizmondo.com website. It'll be ready by Winter 2008, and the developer community can expect more announcements soon.

Left unanswered by the interview was why Freer thinks anybody is going to trust him with anything a second time around. Maybe he hasn't heard the adage: "Fool me once, your CEO gets sent to jail for three years and your company gets liquidated. Fool me twice... well, you ain't ever gonna fool me twice."
 

European Charts: GTA IV rules the continent!

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346w ago - With GTA IV smashing entertainment records to hit six million sales in its first week, it's little surprise that the title has taken the top spot in all formats charts in Spain, Germany and Sweden.

According to Next-gen.Biz, the PS3 version took the No. 1 spot in Spain and Germany for the nine day period ended May 7th, whilst the Xbox 360 version ruled the roost in Sweden.

The full charts read:

Spain

01. Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3)
02. Wii Fit (Wii)
03. Grand Theft Auto IV (360)
04. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
05. Brain Training (DS)
06. More Brain Training (DS)
07. Wii Play (Wii)
08. Grand Theft Auto IV Special Edition (PS3)
09. Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (PSP)
10. Grand Theft Auto IV Special Edition (360)

Germany

01. Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3)
02. Grand Theft Auto IV (360)
03. Wii Fit (Wii)
04. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
05. Assassin's Creed Director's Cut (PC)
06. Grand Theft Auto IV Special Edition (360)
07. The Sims 2 Kitchen and Bathroom... Design Stuff (PC)
08. Grand Theft Auto IV Special Edition (PS3)
09. Wii Play (Wii)
10. Brain Training (DS)

Sweden

01. Grand Theft Auto IV (360)
02....
 

New Max Payne Movie Pics available!

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346w ago - Photographs from the location shoot of the new Max Payne movie have emerged online, revealing Chris O'Donnell in character for the first time.

While Mark Wahlberg is the titular character, Chris O'Donnell plays an executive tied into the big conspiracy that led to the death of Payne's family. He's seen here walking along the snowy streets of New York, either asleep, annoyed or simply caught by the camera at the wrong moment.

Thanks to Film School Rejects for the shots, and there's another shot of Wahlberg as Payne (you can see the first one here).

Max Payne: The Movie is still due sometime this year.

A few more pics can be seen at the link up top of this story!
 

Ubisoft caught in a little Assassin's Creed scandal

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346w ago - Amidst talk that the PC's days as a major gaming platform could be counted blockbuster titles such as Assassin's Creed are welcome signs that show just the opposite.

Sadly, it is very likely that this game will be remembered for a controversy that dances around a strange decision to remove support for DirectX 10.1 and handed transferred an initial performance advantage for ATI's Radeon cards over to Nvidia. Did Nvidia have its hands in this one? We looked a bit closer to find out.

In the beginning, everything looked perfect. The DX10.1 API included in Assassin's Creed enabled Anti-Aliasing in a single pass, which allowed ATI Radeon HD 3000 hardware (which supports DX10.1) to flaunt a competitive advantage over Nvidia (which support only DX10.0).

But Assassin's Creed had problems. We noticed various reports citing stability issues such as widescreen scaling, camera loops and crashes - mostly on Nvidia hardware.

Ubisoft became aware of these complaints, which ultimately led to the announcement of a patch. According to Ubisoft Montreal, this patch will remove support for DX10.1 and exactly this result caused Internet forums to catch fire.

So, what is it that convinced Ubisoft to drop the DirectX 10.1 code path? Here is the official explanation:

"We're...
 

Rumor: Confirmation that Haze is just a timed PS3 exclusive?

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346w ago - On completion of the Haze demo gamers have been greeted with the following message:

"Exclusive on the PlayStation 3 system: 4-Player CO-OP campaign."

This seems to confirm the belief that it is just a timed exclusive, and that the 4-Player CO-OP campaign is something that will be exclusive to the PS3.

Does this confirm the rumors that the PC and Xbox 360 versions are still coming? Maybe Ubisoft has let the cat out of the bag and the cancelled versions for the PC and Xbox 360 were just postponed so the PS3 could see some love from Ubisoft?

Time will tell, but it is strange wording to say the least.
 
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