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EA Reports $310 Million Net Loss, Cuts Workforce by Six Hundred

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299w ago - Word hit today through the grapevine that "massive" layoffs had hit at Electronic Arts. Initially we heard as much as 20 percent of the staff has been let go, but a quick check with Electronic Arts confirms that it was actually 6 percent, or about 600 positions.

"EA is continuing to make progress against our business plan, but we have the constant imperative to keep our costs in line as we grow our revenues and improve our margins," Electronic Arts spokesperson Mariam Sughayer told me. "Decisions that impact people's jobs are always extremely tough but all of the people affected will be treated fairly and respectfully."

"We have begun a cost reduction initiative which will include eliminating approximately six percent of our existing workforce - or approximately 600 positions. We will also reduce hiring and close some open positions that we had previously planned to fill this fiscal year."

"All parts of EA have reviewed their team sizes to adjust employee numbers. The goal is to ensure we're resourced in a way that allows us to continue to grow our revenues while at the same time keeping our costs under control and improving profitability. These changes will be announced to affected staff starting October 30."

"These are challenging economic times around the world, and it's...
 

SwitchBlade Pro Software lets you use SIXAXIS Controls on PC

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304w ago - Blue Orb, creators of the intuitive SwitchBlade application that allows gamers to play PC games with a console controller, today unveiled their newest product, SwitchBlade PRO.

SwitchBlade PRO, among other things, will let PC gamers use PlayStation 3 SIXAXIS controllers and also features the Texter technology for messaging and chatting in games using only the controller.

Press Release: SwitchBlade Goes Pro Next Week!

Blue Orb Introduces the New SwitchBlade PRO with New Features Including SIXAXIS Controller Support and Texting Solution

ORLANDO, Fla. - September 24, 2008
Blue Orb, Inc., creators of the intuitive SwitchBlade™ application that allows gamers to play PC games with a console controller, today unveiled their newest product, SwitchBlade™ PRO. SwitchBlade PRO has all the PC game play muscle of the original SwitchBlade, plus powerful new features including support for PlayStation 3 SIXAXIS controllers, pre-configured game "Blades" for more than 20 popular games, and the new BladeBuilderTM tool that allows gamers to build and share their own customized game support Blades. Additionally, SwitchBlade PRO introduces the new Texter™ system that let's gamers send text messages right from their game controllers.

In addition to the debut of SIXAXIS...
 

Matsuyama: SIXAXIS is useless and we're not supporting trophies

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308w ago - Producer Hitoshi Matsuyama confirmed that Ultimate Ninja Storm won't support trophies, and has stated that SIXAXIS control is USELESS. That's settled then - game over.

To quote: Sixaxis tilt control is "useless," according to the producer of forthcoming PS3 Naruto exclusive, Ultimate Ninja Storm.

Speaking to GAMER at last week's Games Convention, producer Hitoshi Matsuyama confirmed that Ultimate Ninja Storm won't support Trophies, before nonchalantly dismissing Sony's motion sensing control system.

"We're not supporting Trophies," Matsuyama said through his translator.

"And before you ask, we're not supporting Sixaxis. It's useless," he added.
 

Video: Play Crisis with SIXAXIS on PS3

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311w ago - Streaming software by StreamMyGame, that enables the latest PC games to be played on the PlayStation 3, now enables you to play PC games with your SIXAXIS controller.

The new StreamMyGame PlayStation 3 player includes a USB and Bluetooth pairing tool that enables the SIXAXIS to be used via cable or wirelessly.

"Both our new StreamMyGame PS3 player and the Bluetooth tool install automatically, just download and double click" said Richard Faria, StreamMyGames CEO. "In addition to streaming games from your local PC, the new player enables games to be streamed from remote PCs or PC servers housed in ISP exchanges".





Also included is a new configuration tool enabling gamers to map each SIXAXIS button and thumb controller to a different keyboard key and mouse axis so gamers can create map settings that suit their preferred gameplay.

"The new player works with Yellow Dog Linux Version 6 which is now really easy to install and recommended by Sony," said Richard. "We have included full details on our website of where to download YDL6, how to record it to DVD and how to install it".

Watch Crysis on the PS3 with SIXAXIS. Includes installation and configuration.

"The ability to use the SIXAXIS to play PC games on the...
 

Six Films That Should Be Games

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320w ago - A few weeks ago, we scolded the video game industry for its abusive treatment of cinematic masterpieces. How, we wondered, could game makers turn such fantastic films into such digital disasters?

Then it dawned on us: maybe they were choosing the wrong movies! Just because a flick is brilliantly written or superbly acted doesn't mean it has any business being turned into a video game. Other films, however, are screaming for the game conversion, and we're here to lend our voice to the chorus. Game developers, get cracking on:

Children of Men

One moment you're walking down the sidewalk minding your own business, the next, a bomb has exploded, your ears are ringing and a fascist police battalion is trying to turn you into a skid mark. Such sudden bursts of incidental action turned Alfonso Cuaron's riveting sci-fi film into something of a survival horror masterpiece, and we're simply flabbergasted that it's yet to be turned into a game (though Valve's Half-Life 2 comes pretty close).

The setting alone -- a dystopian future in which women are incapable of reproducing -- is worth a digital treatment, but dig deeper and you'll find the makings of a bona fide hit: unlikely hero, smart pacing, tight action, big explosions, and, best of all, no kids in sight to ruin all the fun.
 
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