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Warner Going Blu-ray!

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355w ago - It's been speculated upon and speculated upon, but today it happened: Warner Bros. declared undying allegiance to one format alone: Blu-ray. "The window of opportunity for high-definition DVD could be missed if format confusion continues to linger," said Warner chairman Barry Meyer, suggesting that this move will end the format war.

WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE ITS HIGH-DEFINITION DVD TITLES EXCLUSIVELY IN THE BLU-RAY DISC FORMAT

BEGINNING LATER THIS YEAR

Decision Made in Response to Strong Consumer Preference for Format

(January 4, 2008 - Burbank, CA) - In response to consumer demand, Warner Bros. Entertainment will release its high-definition DVD titles exclusively in the Blu-ray disc format beginning later this year, it was announced today by Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. and Kevin Tsujihara, President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group.

"Warner Bros.' move to exclusively release in the Blu-ray disc format is a strategic decision focused on the long term and the most direct way to give consumers what they want," said Meyer. "The window of opportunity for high-definition DVD could be missed if format confusion continues to linger. We believe that exclusively distributing in Blu-ray will further the potential for mass market success and ultimately...
 

The Games of 2008

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355w ago - While there are still a lot of games that haven't been announced yet, with the new year, it's worth taking a look at some of the games that are going to be ringing in the cash when the ball drops for 2009. 2008 was a stellar, record-setting year in the videogame industry, and 2008 should top those records (assuming Wii demand continues). There are certainly plenty of killer apps coming out on the software side.

Grand Theft Auto IV--Rockstar Games delayed the first next gen iteration of its best-selling franchise to this year, which means record sales are guaranteed (even more PS3s and Xbox 360s will be in homes by then). This Mature-rated franchise, like Halo, needs only to ship to attract its legions of fans. Seeing what next gen adds to the virtual New York City setting will definitely be worth the extra wait, especially with no load screens and exclusive downloadable missions on 360.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl--With online gameplay and a huge cast of characters including Mario, Link, Solid Snake, Sonic the Hedgehog and Donkey Kong, this is a must-have family fighter for anyone who owns a Wii. Motion-sensor controls ensure a good workout while playfully pummeling opponents.

Gran Turismo 5: Prologue--I played this at SEMA in Vegas not long ago and the HD gameplay looks photo-realistic. With each...
 

New Releases for January 08

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355w ago - Blast works Build Fuse & Destroy-Wii
Bran Challenge-DS
Brothers In Arms: Road to hill 30-Wii
Bully Scholarship edition-360
Burnout Paradise-PS3,360
Cabela's Monster Bass-360,Wii
Classic British Motor Racing-Wii
CSI: Hard Evidence-Wii
CSI: Miami Night-DS
Culdcept Sage-360
Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Channel-PS2
Dark Sector-PS3,360
Devil May Cry 4-PS3,360
Endless Ocean-Wii
Homie Rollers-DS
Rygar Battle for Argus-Wii
MX VS ATV: Untamed-DS
Samurai Warrior: Katana-Wii
Turning Point-PS3,360
 

Jump Festa 2008 Report

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357w ago - Square Enix shows new Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts, plus lots more.

Bitter December cold. Check. Chance of rain. Check. Over an hour on a train packed with families on their one outing of the season. Check. Thousands of way-too-excited Japanese kids running around with their faces glued to their DS systems and their Blue Dragon cards, bumping into everyone over four feet tall along the way. Check...mate?

We really should hate attending the Jump Festa videogame and comic show. But the promise of Square Enix titles making their playable debut is way too much to pass up, so every year we take the hour-long train ride out to the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba and try our best to keep our manners and refrain from stepping on one of these little tornadoes and/or knocking out their parents for not keeping them on a leash. Ahem.

At this year's event, open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, Square Enix was once again the main attraction for the videogame crowd. With the promise of playable debuts for the Final Fantasy fighting game for PSP, Final Fantasy: Dissidia, the new DS Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, and the new mobile Final Fantasy IV spinoff, Final Fantasy IV: The After, we were expecting to spend the whole day waiting in line at the one booth -- but thankfully...
 

'Fortune' worth its weight in gold

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357w 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...
 
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