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Heavy Rain PS3 Official Web site Live and More Details!

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249w ago - Today European Product Manager Alex Pavey has let us know the official Heavy Rain PS3 Web site is now live and revealed some more details, as follows:

Hi everyone! More exciting Heavy Rain news - I'm pleased to confirm that the official Heavy Rain website is [Register or Login to view links].

You can head over there right now to check out screenshots, character info and videos. But that's not all - you can also find out about 'Four Days' - the Heavy Rain Online Experience...

'Four Days' is a live online mystery which plays out in real time across three weeks, beginning on January 26th. You'll be able to get involved in the hunt for a killer - interacting with characters, identifying clues, making decisions.

Between Tuesday and Friday of each week there will be daily tasks for you to complete, or puzzles to solve. Along the way, you may well discover some cool exclusive content - but just as importantly, you won't find any spoilers that will ruin your experience of playing Heavy Rain itself!

Look out for further updates on 'Four Days' over the next few weeks, and register now at the official site to make sure that you don't miss the start of the hunt. If you do, you'll also get a voucher code for an exclusive...
 

Nintendo Wii WODE Jukebox Web site is Live - Interesting Facts!

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264w ago - We've previously covered the WODE which is set to revolutionize the Nintendo Wii modification scene.

USB Loaders have their downfalls as they don't boast 100% compatibility and are limited to the WBFS a file system designed for the loaders.

The WODE is a totally hardware based solution that comes with the compatibility and reliability of a modchip - something you can't get with software loaders. Anyway, the WODE Team have just launched a [Register or Login to view links] for their upcoming modification.

It doesn't reveal much, but the opening animation is interesting. It seems the stand for the Wii houses a port and the intro shows it using a USB hard drive or an Ethernet card. That totally got my attention.

To quote: WODE will include a Flatmod type mainboard that attaches (solderless) to the Wii drive cable similar to other available chips.

It also comes with it's own vertical stand that harnesses a slave board with built-in LCD, USB, and SD slot. The SD card is used to house the powerful Linux-based WODE software.

WODE is compatible with WII DMS, D2B, D2A, D2C, D2C2, D3, D3-2 boards. The OS is LINUX and allow to manage WIFi connection and many...
 

Microsoft Job Posting Suggests Move to Web, Console and Mobile

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271w ago - According to Arstechnica (linked above), a new [Register or Login to view links] suggests that Microsoft is looking to create a gaming platform that goes beyond just the Xbox 360 to the Web, console and mobile devices.

The job posting from August 10, 2009 states Microsoft is looking for a LIVE Community Director in the Entertainment & Devices Division.

This suggests that Microsoft is looking to bring the Xbox Live, Windows Mobile, and other similar properties closer together. More specifically, there's talk of a "casual and social gaming platform" that would be available via more than just one device.

To quote: The LIVE Engagement Team is looking for a LIVE Community Director to manage its LIVE community strategy and execution across a range of properties, from Xbox LIVE to Windows Mobile.

This senior position will play a vital role in the community space as the LIVE Engagement team builds and program's Microsoft's next-generation, LIVE-enabled casual and social gaming platform across the Web, the console, mobile and beyond.
 

Final Fantasy XIV Web site Goes Live, New Screens Available

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272w ago - After the recent magazine leaks, today Square Enix announced that the official [Register or Login to view links] is live.

The battle and job systems will be different than the one previously used in Final Fantasy XI, which utilized experience points, and that the character races and monsters will resemble those found in Final Fantasy XI to allow players to create avatars similar to ones created in Final Fantasy XI.

Group play has been de-emphasized, and now solo and group play have been balanced... while weapon use will alter "character development".

The Web site contains new screenshots, a trailer and details on the game world's storyline, locations and races. There's also a brief overview of the game's mechanics, including the various skillsets a player can specialize in.

For those curious, Final Fantasy XIV will be heading to Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows in 2010.
 

Rumor: French Web site Reports a PS3 Price Cut and New Model

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273w ago - Popular French Web site JeuxVideo (linked above) is reporting that they have received confirmation of a PS3 price cut to 299 Euros in early September.

Additionally, they have reaffirmed the rumor from two days ago in stating that a new, cheaper PS3 model (likely the long-awaited PS3 Slim) will be announced at Sony's Gamescom press conference held in Cologne on August 18, 2009.

To quote, roughly translated: For many months that the most fanciful rumors circulating on the net about a price drop of the PlayStation 3.

But this time it seems to be confirmed as contacted by us, some wholesalers say that the price of the console Sony will soon drop. And even better, since we can announce that a new version of the console that goes out!

The official announcement of the new cheaper version of the PS3 would be made at the press conference that the Japanese giant held in Cologne at the gamescom Tuesday 18 August at 18h French time, we will cover the show and of course We also...
 
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