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Half-Life 2 Neotokyo Standalone Mod is Now Available

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271w ago - The NT team has announced the release of their FPS Neotokyo, now available for download.

The game is a Half-Life 2 standalone mod that offers "a visceral & realistic combat experience in a rich futuristic setting."

The title is said to be heavily influenced by Ghost in the Shell and Akira.

The client and server downloads are available via the game's [Register or Login to view links], you'll need Steam along with The Orange Box, Half-Life 2 or any other game that includes the Source SDK.

To quote, from the description: NEOTOKYO is a first person shooter that provides a visceral & realistic combat experience in a rich futuristic setting.

It is greatly influenced by our admiration for Masamune Shirow (GHOST IN THE SHELL) and Katsuhiro Otomo (AKIRA), and has been in production since October 2004.

To play NEOTOKYO you will need to have a STEAM account, and own the game HALFLIFE 2 or any game that gives you the Source SDK.
 

Sony Cuts Cost of PSP Development Tools in Half, to Only $1500

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277w ago - As of March 2009, cumulative worldwide sell-in units of the PSP system exceeded 51.6 million units, a remarkable milestone for the first handheld platform from the PlayStation family.

To further grow the installed base of the PSP system and to enhance its software line-up, SCE will also provide ProDG for PSP, a highly acclaimed powerful programming tool which helps to improve productivity of software development, as part of PSP Software Development Kit*1 without an additional charge.

Press Release: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT FURTHER BOOSTS ITS SUPPORT FOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT FOR PSP® (PLAYSTATION®PORTABLE)

Providing a Lower-cost Game Development Environment, and Supporting broader range of developers and publishers to create varieties of small software titles

Los Angeles, June 2, 2009 - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced that it is reducing the price of the Development Tool models DTP-T2000A and DTP-T2000, the hardware necessary for developing PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) software titles, to JPY150,000 in Japan, US $ 1,500 in North America and €1,200 in Europe/PAL territories effective immediately.

By offering PSP Development Tools at a very attractive price, SCE will provide a more affordable game development environment for a broader...
 

EGM Magazine to Relaunch During the Second Half of 2009

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277w ago - Just under five months since it was announced that EGM Magazine was closing, the original founder Steve Harris has apparently purchased the rights to the magazine and will have it return during the second half of this year.

To quote: "The re-launch of Electronic Gaming Monthly represents a welcome opportunity to continue delivering quality content to gaming enthusiasts," said Harris in a [Register or Login to view links].

"I feel honored to once again be associated with this respected magazine. The talented writers and designers who built upon EGM's original vision have left behind a publication that is uniquely positioned to be successful."

With EGM's superstar staff flung to the [Register or Login to view links] of the Internet, however, we can't help but wonder what form this relaunch will take. Regardless, though, some EGM is better than none, right?
 

Half-a-million Homemade LBP Levels Offer Creative Gaming Taste

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286w ago - Each of LittleBigPlanet's 725,000 user-generated levels is unique, according to Sony Community Team Leader MusterBuster.

Many are inspired by films, TV shows and games titles, including levels "LittleBigPlanet Takeshi's Castle", "LBP Jurassic Park" and "LBP-MotorStorm", while others use in-game tools to show-off impressive engineering such as the "LittleBigCalculator", circus-themed "Uncle Fritz's Funhouse Frenzy" or LittleBigPlanet community favorite "Huge Pinball Machine".

Press Release: Half-a-million homemade levels offer a taste of creative gaming

LittleBigPlanet flourishes with a community of nearly two million users

London, 01st April 2009: The critically-acclaimed LittleBigPlanet™ for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) has marked the coming of age of gaming as it moves into a new realm defined by creativity and community. This best-selling title from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) allows players to build their own levels and share them via PlayStation®Network.

Nearly two million players worldwide have joined the LittleBigPlanet community since its launch in November 2008, where they, rather than developers, drive the experience by creating game content to share with others.

The LittleBigPlanet community...
 

Valve Tried to Trick Half Life 2 Hacker Into Fake Job Interview

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306w ago - After the secret source code for its then-unreleased shooter Half Life 2 showed up on file sharing services in 2003, game-maker Valve Software cooked up an elaborate ruse with the FBI targeting the German hacker suspected in the leak, even setting up a fake job interview in an effort to lure him to the United States for arrest.

The gambit ultimately failed, and Axel "Ago" Gembe remained safely in Germany. He was indicted last month in Los Angeles on new charges of creating the Agobot malware, and sharing it with a crew of U.S. hackers who used it to stage denial-of-service attacks in 2003.

In September 2003, the source code for the much-anticipated Half Life 2 game turned up online, and Valve's managing director, Gabe Newell, revealed that the company's network had been breached. In a post to the company's Web forum, Newell asked for gamer's assistance in finding the hackers responsible.

"If you have information about ... the infiltration of our network, please send the details," Newell wrote. "There are some pretty obvious places to start with the posts and records in IRC, so if you can point us in the right direction, that would be great."

Two anonymous sources who'd seen the hack discussed in IRC channels came forward and began feeding the FBI chat transcripts pertaining...
 
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