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Kojima: Japanese Game Leadership Becoming a Thing of the Past

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324w ago - While Metal Gear Solid 4 looks set to take the video gaming world by storm, Hideo Kojima is lamenting the fact that Japan is no longer "molding the world's gaming industry."

Yesterday, Konami held a press conference confirming that development on Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots had concluded and that the game has gone gold. Series creator Hideo Kojima took the stage and talked about the game's development and how pleased he is with how it has turned out. He also made some comments about overall trends in the industry towards casual games and, in general, how the industry is no longer steered by Japan.

"Casual games have become mainstream in the industry," declared Kojima. "It's not just a Japanese phenomenon but also something that's happening worldwide. There are new markets and possibilities opening up thanks to the trend, which is great. But on the other hand, we shouldn't forget about the hardcore gamers whose lives are about videogames.

The gamers who consider video games a subculture, and enjoy taking their time to sit down and play games that gives them energy and courage. I wanted to remind those gamers about the fun of video games. I know that we're going against the trend, but we've been working hard for the past four years so that the fire [of non-casual games] won't...
 

AMD leads Formula 1 Supercomputer Championship

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328w ago - Appro said it has started with the installation of a new AMD Barcelona B3-based supercomputer at the Renault F1 HQ in Enstone. Appro won the contract in early March, just before the new racing season started: The system not only highlights the increasing investments in computer design and simulation in Formula 1, but also stresses the rivalry between AMD and Intel in this small but very prestigious market segment.

Formula 1 is a serious and very cash-heavy business. Sports car manufacturers such as Ferrari as well as mainstream companies such as BMW, Renault or Toyota leverage their successes in this racing series to transfer technology and enthusiasm into their commercial lineup.

The top teams invest several hundred millions of dollars per season to be able to stay on top. Lots of that money goes into the design and development of racecars that are being fine-tuned for each racetrack. Supercomputers are increasingly important for teams as racecars are fine tuned for each racetrack and more simulations are likely to result in a better setup of a car.

The ING Renault F1 Team recently decided to buy a 36 TFlops system consisting of 1024 sockets (Socket 1207+) for AMD quad-core Opteron processors, resulting in 4096 K10 cores being deployed. Overall, Renault acquired eight Racks, each with 128...
 

PS3 Leads In HDTV Connectivity

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345w ago - According to research data from from the Nielsen Group, most PlayStation 3 owners are connected to HDTVs, with Xbox 360 and Wii owners trailing closely behind. The results indicate that 71 percent of all PS3 owners are connected to an HD display (LCD, plasma, front/rear projector), while 66 percent of Xbox 360 and 65 percent of Wii owners are hooked up to a high-def set.

Component cables still remain the most widely used for connecting consoles to displays, however, it is expected that the availability of HDMI inputs on the PS3 and new-model Xbox 360s will drive up adoption of the HDMI interface.
 

Tretton: PS3 Will Be Lead Development Platform

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345w ago - According to SCEA boss Jack Tretton, developers are now starting to create their games on the PS3 first and then later port over code to the 360 to ensure a smoother development cycle.

To quote: We are now starting to see developers creating games on PS3 and then porting them to other platforms such as EA's Burnout.

Developers are telling us that they are starting to create their games on PS3 first and take advantage of the hardware capabilities and then port down to other platforms so we are seeing tremendous progress from the third party community in terms of what they are able to do with our development kits.

Hopefully the days of delayed PS3 ports are indeed coming to an end
 
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