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MGS Portable Ops+ gets dated; no MGS4 PSN demo

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357w ago - Do you remember when your fake ID couldn't fool the bouncer, leaving you outside sober, cold, and distanced from the girl you were looking to at least play ball with? That's kind of how we're feeling right now, after learning on the latest Kojima Productions podcast that there are no plans to bring a demo of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots to the PlayStation Store prior to launch.

Host Ryan Payton stated: "I can tell you, as of right now, we don't have any plans of uploading this demo on the PlayStation Store." And definitely, he added, no plans of "uploading [on PSN] next week." His statements were echoed by Konami's new flak master, Michael Shelling, adding "[E for All] is going to be your one chance to actually play it prior to it launching next year."

Yeah, while this news is certainly a crushing blow to the Metal Gear Solid fan base (many of which help run Joystiq), there was at least a little positive news: Shelling revealed that Konami has gone gold with Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops+, and is planning to release the game on November 13. That's a little antiseptic to the wound, no?
 

Mass Effect Voice Talent Announced

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357w ago - Microsoft Game Studios and BioWare announced Thursday the lineup of voice over actors for the highly anticipated release of Mass Effect for the Xbox 360. Seth Green, co-creator/executive producer/star of the Emmy-nominated "Robot Chicken," who also stars on "Family Guy," will voice the role of Joker in the upcoming epic space saga. Green has acted in film and television for over 25 years and will next be seen on the big screen in Disney's "Old Dogs" with Robin Williams and John Travolta.

He's best known for starring roles in all three "Austin Powers" films, "The Italian Job," "Without a Paddle," "Party Monster," "Rat Race" and several previous television series including "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

Additional actors include Marina Sirtis ("Star Trek: The Next Generation") as The Matriarch, Keith David ("Pitch Black," "Crash") as Captain David Anderson and Lance Henriksen ("Aliens," "The Garden") as Admiral Steven Hackett.
 

Microsoft: Xbox 360 with Built In HD-DVD Drive On The Way?

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357w ago - In some exciting news for HD-DVD fans, Scott Browning, one of the most experienced CE retail marketing executives in Australia, has revealed that Microsoft is preparing to launch a new Xbox 360 console featuring a built in HD-DVD drive.

The Marketing Director made the announcement whilst commenting on the shock decision (Which left many Sony execs stunned) of JB HiFi dropping their exclusive support for Blu-ray and start selling the Toshiba backed HD DVD. Browning believes that with movie powerhouses such as Paramount, Dreamworks and Universal all firmly behind the HD DVD format, support for the medium will increase and that it's now only a matter of time when Microsoft (who are also in the HD-DVD camp), will release the built in HD-DVD 360 console.

"The fact that movie houses like Paramount are behind the HD-DVD format along with the like of DreamWorks is key. I believe that more content providers will get behind the format and that the likes of Microsoft who are big supporters of the HD DVD format will bring out an Xbox with a built in HD DVD player. This is a given."

Lately, Sony have boasted of their superior Blu-Ray sales ratios when compared to HD-DVD, with many PS3 owners purchasing the discs, with a built in HD-DVD Xbox 360 console, will Microsoft be able to claw back some lost ground...
 

Asus launches tiny PC

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357w ago - Asus has formally rolled out its Eee PC line of sub-notebook computers, a week after UK supplier RM - formerly Research Machines - spilled the beans on two of the models. The complete line-up comprises four computers.

All four models are based around the same 7in display; 900MHz Intel Celeron processor and chipset; 10/100Mbps Ethernet port and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi for internet access; HD audio; three USB ports; SD card slot; stereo speakers and microphone input; and a version of the Linux open source operating system, Xandros.

The basic model, the 2G Surf has a 2GB of Flash storage and 256MB of DDR 2 memory. The 4G Surf ups the storage to 4GB and the memory to 512MB. The next machine up, the plain 4G model, matches that spec but introduces a 0.3-megapixel webcam into the display's bezel. It also ups the first two machines' 2.8-hour, 4400mAh battery to a 3.5-hour, 5200mAh unit.

The top-of-the-range 8G builds on the 4G and is fitted out with 1GB of DDR 2 and 8GB of Flash in addition to the extras the 4G offers.

While the Eee PCs are designed to run Linux, they will operate with Windows XP too, and Asus has already posted a stack of drivers necessary for folk who do want to use the Microsoft OS. The on-board Linux distro comes with email, web browsing and internet radio apps, along with...
 

WiiWare Final Fantasy Detailed

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357w ago - Latest in the Crystal Chronicles series returns as DLC.

Last week, Nintendo revealed the WiiWare service, and among the surprise announcements was Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Little King and the Promise Country. Today, we have details on the game from the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu.
Taking place after the events of the original Crystal Chronicles on GameCube, players will take the role of the Little King, a Clavat-race by the name of Leo. With special powers called "The Architect" endowed upon by the crystals, you will need to rebuild and establish a new country in the barren lands.

To use "The Architect" powers, one requires elemental skills found in dungeons. However, it won't be Leo exploring these areas, but instead, you will assign explorers (essentially warriors and mages) to seek and gather these precious elements.

Constructing different buildings affects the characteristics of the villages and towns. For example, weapon shops provide more equipment for warriors and creating magic schools allows mages as recruits. Class change will also be featured. All characters begin as warrior classes, but later open up to others, such as the black mage.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Little King and the Promise Country will be available for 1500 Wii Points ($15)...
 
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