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Rumor: GTA to appear on XBLA soon?

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338w ago - A mysterious timer clock has appeared on the official site for Grand Theft Auto 2. Yes, that's right; the ten-year-old game.

The clock on the official site seems to be counting neither up or down (the minutes don't change) but the date 'May 22' is clearly displayed underneath.

Could the long-rumored Xbox Live Arcade and PSN versions of Grand Theft Auto 1 & 2 be just around the corner then? We can't think of anything else it could be relating to - the game's quite old, after all.

Rockstar's UK office was unfortunately unavailable to comment when we picked up the phone (they're probably playing Cops 'n Crooks), but we'll let you know when the time ticks away.

Clock can be seen here for those interested!
 

Portal was offered to XBLA, but rejected

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338w ago - GamesIndustry.biz has learnt that Valve asked Microsoft if it was possible to place its award-winning Orange Box title, Portal, on Xbox Live Arcade for download, but that it was rejected.

"We'd love to do that. Right now it's something we'd love to do. I'd love to sell Portal on Xbox live," said Doug Lombardi, marketing director at Valve. "[But] the platform holders aren't doing that right now. There's a size limit and all kinds of other things.

"We've asked them, we said we were open to it. So it's a decision for the platform holder and how they want to make the games available and how much bandwidth they want to [allow]."

But Lombardi did hint that something might be possible in the future: "I think it's a trade-off, we'll see it one day.

"It always happens once it's been proven and I think it's been proven now on Steam, so I'm sure it'll migrate back to the consoles just like everything else does."

Portal was one of five titles available as part of last year's acclaimed Orange Box release, and won three awards - including Game of the Year - at this year's GDC event in San Francisco.

Microsoft increased the size limit for Xbox Live Arcade titles last March to 150MB, up from its previous limit of 50MB.
 

PS3's Warhawk Connects to iPhone from XBL App Developer

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340w ago - We hope Microsoft returns to Live Anywhere at some point, but in the meantime, gamers are picking up the slack.

1337pwn, who developed the Xbox Live application for iPhone (also compatible on browsers, Blackberries, etc.) recently developed a Warhawk scoreboard application, too.

There's not much functionality to the "Warhawk" application yet, and it's only designed for use on the iPhone and iPod Touch. You can view it through a browser just fine, though. The application is a little limited, however, because Sony doesn't have a community outreach program yet.

"Third party game publishers don't have access to PSN friends list information on the platform right now," said 1337pwn founder Det Ansinn.

"It's tough to predict when that might change. Given some of their initiatives like Home and the new PlayStation store, I would not be surprised to see them working in that direction."
 

Capcom confirm Devil May Cry 4 demo due to hit PSN/XBL this Thursday

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352w ago - Capcom has confirmed that the demo of Devil May Cry 4 will hit X-Box Live and the PlayStation Network this Thursday. It should be on Xbox Live at 2am PST and between 2 and 3pm PST on the PlayStation Network should you care for the finer time details.

To quote: That's right kids, you heard it here first: The Devil May Cry 4 demo you've heard about will be up on XBox Live and PlayStation Network this Thursday, January 24, 2008. We're told to expect it up on XBox Live at 2am PST, and between 2 and 3pm PST on PlayStation Network.

Upside: this demo is actually fun.

Downside: While there will be plenty of devil-bringification and even a pretty sweet boss battle against this guy (boss battles are definitely a major highlight of the full game), it is just a demo, and only scratches the surface of the DMC4 fun. Even if I weren't shilling shamelessly for Capcom, I'd still have to say this is probably the best Devil May Cry ever.

Check it out Thursday, and read on for more details about the demo, and of course pick up the full game, available February 5th.

The demo introduces gamers to the gothic-inspired supernatural world of Devil May Cry 4, new protagonist Nero and the awesome power of his Devil Bringer. The demo consists of a sampling of sections from the full...
 

Microsoft Cracking Down on Naughty Gamer Mottos

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367w ago - According to CheapyD, it appears Microsoft has decided to crack down on naughty gamertag mottos. To quote:

I was recently suspended for my "Konichiwa, bitches!" motto, which I've had since before the Xbox 360 launch. They should have banned me for spelling "konnichiwa" wrong. The suspension seems to last a little over 24 hours.

Zewone also got banned recently for his motto, "called the šhit þoop". I guess Microsoft has created some kind of script that will automatically check gamer mottos for all kinds of creative variations.

I think the ban is really unnecessary. Since Microsoft changed the mottos anyway, a simple warning email saying your next offence will result in a ban would have sufficed.
 
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