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EA release their NHL 09 demo on PSN, hits XBox Live next month

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321w ago - PlayStation 3 owners get a bit of a treat today. Along with the release of NHL 2k9's demo, EA Sports has just announced that it's NHL 09 demo is live on the PlayStation Network with the 360 version to follow shortly next month.

Enjoy, as the hockey pre-season/season is close to getting under way!

PRESS RELEASE: NHL 09 DEMO AVAILABLE NOW ON PLAYSTATION NETWORK - COMING TO XBOX LIVE EARLY SEPTEMBER

Lace Up Your Skates and Be A Pro!

August 21, 2008 - Need your hockey fix? Experience the critically acclaimed EA SPORTS™ NHL franchise in a whole new way with the NHL 09™ demo that is now available on the PLAYSTATION Network™- Xbox LIVE™ demo to follow in early September. Re-live the excitement of last season's Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings by stepping into the skates of a top NHL star in the new Be A Pro mode. With a dynamic new camera that puts the focus on your player, Be A Pro is a whole new way to play the greatest game on ice.

The new Be A Pro career mode will put you in the skates of an up and coming superstar. Start in the AHL and work your way up to the NHL, with the ultimate goal of becoming an NHL legend. The new Performance Tracker will rate your play in over 60 categories so you will know exactly what...
 

Resistance 2 Private BETA is Now Live!

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323w ago - The Resistance 2 private BETA is now live. In a surprise move, Insomniac Games sent out invites via electronic mail to a very limited number of PlayStation 3 owners today.

Enter their site (linked above) by putting in your date of birth and enter your PSN ID into the "BETA Info" section. You may get lucky and find out that you're approved early to start the Private BETA now. If you're in, you can go ahead and download the BETA client from the PlayStation Store now.

Otherwise keep checking back. You can get a guaranteed spot into the Public BETA next month by subscribing to a year's subscription to QORE, or by pre-ordering the game. Pre-order bonus codes will be given out at a later date.

And a fun fact: If you've got a friend playing the R2 Private BETA, they'll show up on your friends list as playing "Girl With a Stick," an old Insomniac Games project that was canned before they moved on to Ratchet & Clank.
 

Will LittleBigPlanet humilate the Xbox Live system?

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323w ago - Chris Stead of Gameplayer has tried to evaluate whether LittleBigPlanet has the ability to literally piss all over Xbox Live and it seems as if he thinks it certainly has the potential to do so.

Stead believes the game will challenge MS's views on user generated content and is the first wave of an onslaught of user-driven experience. He concludes "Indeed, if LittleBigPlanet fulfils its potential, appealing to mainstream and gamer alike, then it could very well force Microsoft's hand by humiliating the revered Xbox Live system."

To quote: As it stands, LittleBigPlanet is set to embarrass Xbox Live and really challenge Microsoft's views on user-generated content. The game has a tremendous amount of hype and having played it for hours now, that hype is certainly warranted.

It'll be a trendsetter for sure, and a host of LittleBigPlanet clones will surely appear down the track, all of which will seemingly need to head to the PS3. And LittleBigPlanet is just the first wave in an onslaught of user-driven experiences, including such big hitters as Guitar Hero: World Tour and Spore.

Indeed, if LittleBigPlanet fulfils its potential, appealing to mainstream and gamer alike, then it could very well force Microsoft's hand by humiliating the revered Xbox Live system.
 

Xbox 360 to deliver the finishing blow to the PS2?

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324w ago - Recent evidence has shed light that the Xbox360 arcade is to have a price cut down to £100/$199.99. It is comonly claimed that the £100 price tag is when a console realy takes off, indicating that the Xbox 360 will once again see the dominance it saw prior to the launch of the Wii.

The Wii is currently dominating at the price of £180, despite the Xbox360 arcade being around £160 there hasn't been a significant market shift. However now that the arcade is being reduced to £100 we will see a huge difference; we can expect the other model to follow suit. The 20GB being bought down to £160 and the 60GB coming in at £180.

These price cuts will mean that gamers who previouly set out after Wiis may instead pick up a £100 arcade and games instead of simply the Wii. However we will also see parents contribute, if they are aware their son/daughter is into video games then the arcade is the perfect present for christmas or birthdays.

However it will also be be only £10 dearer than the PS2, which may finally kill off the final of the last gen consoles. The PS2 still acounts for a large amount of Sonys income and is still selling fast due to its low price tag, with a nex-gen console to rival it then the PS2 may not live for much longer.

Is 2009 the age of the Xbox 360 where we will...
 

Microsoft Details Xbox Live Community Games, Debuts this Fall

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326w ago - Make games. Make money. That's the motto of Microsoft's Xbox Live Community Games initiative, which will officially launch to consumers this fall, alongside the forthcoming dashboard update.

As the company's first foray into democratizing game development on a console, indy developers will be able create their own game using the XNA framework, then submit it to Microsoft for peer review.

If approved, you'll be able to set a price on your game, ranging from three suggested retail price points at 200 to 800 Microsoft Points. Developers will receive a 70% return on any game sold, with the remaining 30% going to Microsoft. Microsoft expects community-created efforts to "double the size" of the Xbox 360 library.

Press Release: Microsoft Transforms Community Game Developers Into Entrepreneurs

Xbox 360 creates marketplace for user-generated content with Xbox LIVE Community Games.

Milan - July 22nd, 2008 - During the keynote address today at the Gamefest 2008 Microsoft Game Technology Conference, Microsoft Corp. revealed that it will allow anyone to turn the hobby of game-making into a full-fledged career. Through what is now officially called "Xbox LIVE Community Games," Microsoft makes its marketplace of millions available to members of the XNA Creators Club...
 
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