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Report: Packaged Video Games Outsell DVD and Blu-ray in 2008

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309w ago - Last year, retail video games outsold DVD and Blu-ray discs worldwide for the first time, according to a 2008 [Register or Login to view links] and 2009 forecast by Media Control GfK International.

Video game sales were up to 53 percent of the media market in 2008, thanks in no small part to Nintendo's Wii, which drove software sales up by 20 percent from 2007. GfK predicts that video games will take 59 percent of the market by the end of 2009.

In Italy and Spain, video games already reign in the home entertainment war, constituting for 67 percent of the market.

Meanwhile, DVD sales dropped by 4 percent, bringing overall DVD and Blu-ray sales down 6 percent from the previous year. The U.S. market played a major roll, with sales for these movie formats dropping by 8 percent.

All told, video game sales reached $32 billion and movie sales came out to $29 billion for DVD and Blu-ray. It should be noted that rentals are not included in the report.

GfK's findings weren't without precedent. Earlier this year, Verdict research predicted video game sales would be up 42 percent in the UK, and would surpass music, DVD, and Blu Ray disc sales.

Although they were almost correct, Steve Redmond of the Entertainment Retailer's...
 

Error E74: Microsoft XBox 360's New Outbreak

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309w ago - The problems of the infamous three red rings of death seems to have been decreased over the years, but it seems a new plague destined for failure is showing its face, error message E 74.

If you're a gamer then its no secret the Xbox 360 has its problems. From disc scratching to the notoriously known three red lights known as the RROD, it's all been said.

Since its release on November 22, 2005, many articles have appeared in the media portraying the Xbox 360's relatively high failure rates. Recently, there has been legal action taken attempting to hold Microsoft responsible for the failure rate among the Xbox 360 and provide reasonable compensation for those affected.

When the 360 console experiences a "general hardware" failure as called by the glorious MS representatives, three flashing red lights appear around the power button, in lieu of the four green lights indicating normal operation. In the early months after the console's launch, Microsoft stated that the Xbox 360's failure rate was within the consumer electronics industry's typical 3% to 5%.

Nevertheless, Microsoft has not released their official statistics on the failure rate of the various versions of the console; the company's press relations policy is to focus on the prompt resolution of any technical problems....
 

Guide: YouTube on Your PlayStation 3 Console in Full-screen!

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310w ago - Earlier today YouTube TV was [Register or Login to view links] for PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii game consoles.

Here is a follow-up from Sony's Sr. Director of Promotions Ginger Kraus: Simply open up the Web browser on the PS3, and enter the following URL: www.youtube.com/tv (note: this link will not work from a PC or Mac, only from a PS3) and hit enter.

Now you're good to go! You'll notice a new YouTube interface that allows you to watch videos in full-screen. With enlarged text and simplified navigation, it makes watching YouTube on your TV as easy and intuitive as possible. Here's a helpful video that guides you through the process:





We're working closely with the YouTube team to make a more PlayStation-centric version of the YouTube TV Website page accessible from the lefthand menu bar (the YouTube button currently takes you to our branded channel on YouTube).

So stay tuned for that and in the meantime grab a cold one and sit back to enjoy your favorite videos on the big screen!

Happy watching,
Ginger Kraus
 

YouTube TV for PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii Game Consoles!

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310w ago - Have you ever wanted to just sit on your couch and watch YouTube on your TV? Well, now that's possible via YouTube for Television, initially available through the Sony PS3 and Nintendo Wii game consoles at [Register or Login to view links].

Currently in beta, the TV Website offers a dynamic, lean-back, 10-foot television viewing experience through a streamlined interface that enables you to discover, watch and share YouTube videos on any TV screen with just a few quick clicks of your remote control.

With enlarged text and simplified navigation, it makes watching YouTube on your TV as easy and intuitive as possible. Optional auto-play capability enables users to view related videos sequentially, emulating a traditional television experience.

The TV Website is available internationally across 22 geographies and in over 12 languages.

As [Register or Login to view links], YouTube has partnered directly with major TV and set-top box manufacturers to bring YouTube into the living room. Still, very few such devices today contain a Web browser or provide access to YouTube.

Our hope is that this site may help to accelerate an industry evolution towards open television access to Web video. Over time, we plan...
 

Fallout 3 Patch Causing Saved Game Problems for PlayStation 3

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310w ago - Although the Fallout 3 1.10 patch fixes a larger number of bugs and glitches, reports have been coming into us from gamers (as well as the [Register or Login to view links]) that it's also introduced some new problems, most commonly on the PS3 console.

After applying the patch, some players' saved games have been reported to be missing items - including but not limited to keys for important locations, on random occasions. Furthermore, some gamers have noticed that the game has an increased chance of freezing after loading an area.

There also appears to be some problems with using old save files on the PS3 from before the patch on very rare occasions, In some rare instances, the old save files will not allow the player to save nor auto-save, because the start screen has the "Save" option darkened after the patch is applied, making it impossible to save with the old save files.

Thankfully, this only seem to occur with saved files before the patch, and infrequently. So far, there is no known fix other than deleting the patch from the "Game Data Utility" and starting the game without installing the patch.

We'll inform you if/when when a proper fix becomes available!
 
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