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Price cut spurs Xbox 360 sales at Japan retailer

359w ago - Microsoft Corp.'s new Xbox 360 bundle ranked in the top 10 at Amazon Japan on Thurs. after the company price cut the hardware in the region.
The bundle, which retails for 34,800 yen, includes an HDMI-equipped Xbox 360 Premium SKU, wireless controller, and a copy of Forza Motorsport 2 and Viva Pinata. It ranked at No. 8 on Thurs. at the Amazon Japan game division.

Microsoft last month announced a 13 percent price cut for Xbox 360, which has seen slow sales slow sales in Japan next to popular handhelds and Nintendo Co.'s Wii.

In addition, Sony Corp.'s Playstation 3 has held better sales than the 360 in weekly retail tallies.

In the first half of 2007, Microsoft sold 122,565 Xbox 360 units in Japan, compared to 503,554 PS3 units and 1.78 million Wii units, according to magazine publisher Enterbrain.

In contrast, Microsoft in Oct. recorded a Q1 profit in the Entertainment and Devices division due to higher-than-expected Xbox 360 sales and strong sales for the action title Halo 3.

The Xbox 360 has shipped 13.4 million units worldwide to date.

Rockstar Confirms Manhunt 2 PSP Hack

359w ago - Since late yesterday GamePolitics has been following a rumor that hackers had discovered a means to reveal the original, unedited content of Manhunt 2.

Now we've had confirmation from a Take Two representative that it's not a rumor. It's true.

In other words, the apparent hack made visible some - but apparently far from all - of the content found in the version of the game rated "Adults Only" by the ESRB.

Here is the statement just sent to GamePolitics:

Multiple edits were made to revise Manhunt 2 for its M-rated version.

Hackers apparently have altered one of those edits to produce an illegally modified version of the game that can only be played on an unauthorized, modified PlayStation Portable handheld system.

All of the game material, and especially these specific edits, was submitted to and reviewed by the ESRB in accordance with requirements regarding disclosure that were enacted two years ago and any contrary suggestion is inaccurate and irresponsible.

Take-Two Chairman Strauss Zelnick said, "I stand behind the game and the ESRB ratings process. It is unfortunately the case that no one in the entertainment software industry is immune from hacking. We hope that consumers will not engage in hacking or download illegally modified...

The Most Delayed Games Ever

359w ago - How long does it take to make a game? How long's a piece of string? There's obviously no simple answer because every new hardware generation brings greater expectations and puts more demands on developers. However, most would agree that a decade to make a game is a bit excessive.

So here's a celebration - or should we call it a mockery? - of games that went a little over their original release dates, not to mention budgets. Were they worth the wait? Let us know in the comments field at the bottom of the page.

Prey (3D Realms, 1995 - 2006)

To be fair to 3D Realms it was grand ambition rather than bad management that was to be Prey's undoing. The game was first announced back in 1995 with Tom Hall (of id software and Ion Storm fame) heading the project. However, after a year Hall left the company and the project was passed over to Paul Schuytema. While Schuytema kept the alien abduction theme he introduced a wildly ambitious (at least for its time) portal dynamic that allowed players to teleport around levels. These 'space rip' features were demoed to great accalim at E3 in both 1997 and 1998 but technical problems with the engine saw the game stutter to an embarrassing halt.

After much tweaking and re-writing the game was eventually resurrected in 2001 when more potent technology...

EU PlayStation Store Update 1st November

359w ago - 1st November 2007

[application] Tori Emaki
[application] Mezmerise (Distort)
[game] Feel Ski
[demo] Juiced 2
[demo] PES 2008
[video] MotorStorm Revenge Weekend
[video] Unchartered - Character and the Music
[video] Unchartered - Introducing naughty dog
[video] Unchartered - The Inspiration
[video] Eye Of Judgment - How to play
[video] Eye Of Judgment - Introduction
[video] Lair - Call of the Beast
[video] PLAYSTATION Eye trailer
[video] Alien Verses Predator - Requiem
[video] Hitman

Full list of games from older dates and source can be found here.

Pedophile Playground Discovered in 'Second Life' Virtual World

359w ago - Every lifestyle group has its own place in the virtual world "Second Life" – including, apparently, pedophiles.

Britain's Sky News TV channel on Tuesday uncovered a virtual playground hidden away behind a strip mall in "Second Life" – a playground where little girls who looked about 10 years old offered the Sky reporter's avatar, or virtual representative, a variety of sex acts.

• See the Sky News report here:

Sky reported the playground, called "Wonderland" in possible reference to an Internet child-porn ring broken up in 1998, to British authorities.

But Linden Lab, the San Francisco-based creator and operator of "Second Life," doesn't plan to take any action for now against the non-age-specific sex playground.

It seems that everyone in Wonderland says they're over 18, despite the much younger-looking avatars of some members.

• Click to read Linden Lab's statement to Second Life Insider, a "Second Life" user blog here.

Role-playing and sex are two common activities on "Second Life," where users frequently select avatars of different genders, races, ages or even species, and then do what adults...
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