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'Fortune' worth its weight in gold

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353w ago - As I made my way through the beautifully lush jungles of "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" I couldn't shake an overwhelming sense of déjà vu. I was enjoying every minute of it, yet it all felt so familiar.

While dangling precariously from a cliff, timing my next jump, I thought of games like "Tomb Raider" and "Prince of Persia." As I ran and ducked behind cover so I could pop up take out my targets, I had visions of "Gears of War." And when the game's protagonist Nathan Drake complained about what a mess he'd gotten himself into, I thought back to Indiana Jones moaning about how much he hates snakes.

Spend even one hour with "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" and you're bound to have more flashbacks than an acid junkie.

Yet despite this, the game feels fresh and exciting. And though no one particular element of "Uncharted" stands out as being hugely creative or ground-breaking, everything fits together well to create one of the best titles for the PlayStation 3.

Players control treasure hunter Nathan Drake, the descendant of 16th century English privateer, navigator and slave trader Sir Francis Drake. Nathan manages to stumble upon Francis' diary, which purports to show the location of El Dorado, the city of gold. Along with his partner Victor Sullivan...
 

Porn Industry Warms Up to Blu-ray

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354w ago - A while ago, Digital Playground and others in the porn industry have strongly avoided Blu-ray as it is more costly to produce for and because the Blu-ray association themselves have expressed reservations on publishing such content.

However, in realizing how much money and power is involved and the fact that the format war is far from over, the porn industry has decided to put its stuff on both formats. A spokesperson for Digital Playground also revealed that a lot of Playstation owners were asking when their content would hit Blu-ray too as a reason for making the Blu-ray move.

To quote: So why go with Blu-ray? Joone explains, "A lot of people were emailing that bought a PlayStation and they were basically saying, 'When are you guys going to release Blu-ray?' They really have no preference in format yet because it's so now. When it comes down to image quality, there is no difference between the two."

The first Blu-ray title from Digital Playground is Pirates, which has garnered awards from all of the major industry outlets. Adult Video News says that Pirates, in its standard and HD DVD formats, holds the record for highest sales and rentals of XXX video.

So splendid is "the most expensive adult effort yet produced," according to Digital Playground, that the Motion...
 

Tretton: PS3 Will Be Lead Development Platform

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354w 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
 

VideoGamer Rumor Mill

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357w ago - Welcome to the Rumor mill, VideoGamer.com's run-down of the big rumors currently doing the rounds in the video game industry. Every week we'll hunt down the juiciest stories and give our opinion on how legit they are. So, whether you want the ridiculous or the plausible, read on.

The Sims 3 early in 2009
The Rumor: EA has pencilled in a February 2009 release date for a true The Sims sequel, the first since The Sims 2 launched in September 2004.

Verdict: EA has certainly been milking The Sims 2, with a string of expansion packs and 'Stuff" packs steadily released to keep players hooked. It already seems about time for a series overhaul so come early 2009 players we'll certainly be wanting more. What's more, February 2009 will mark the ninth anniversary of the The Sims.

Plausibility rating: 3/5

Gauntlet coming to Wii and Nintendo DS
The Rumor: Backbone Entertainment is working on a new game in the Gauntlet franchise for Nintendo DS - Wi-Fi Connection multiplayer for up to four-players included. A version is also coming to Wii.

Verdict: Gauntlet hasn't seen a new release since the rather poor Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows (published and developed by Midway) and it's fair to say interest in the franchise isn't all that high. That said the game's multiplayer element...
 

$1000 Nike Air Force 1 PlayStation sneakers

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358w ago - A rare pair of Nike Air Force 1 PlayStation sneakers are currently up for auction on eBay with the highest bid currently at $1000.

The shoes were apparently only given to celebrities and Sony execs and were never made available to the public.

Worth the hefty pricetag for a pair of sneakers or not?
 
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