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Pinnock: Wipeout HD Motion Control a Challenge but it Feels Right

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306w ago - Daimion Pinnock, the WipeOut HD producer, has revealed it was quite a challenge to get SIXAXIS motion control in Wipeout HD.

Pinnock revealed that it is possible to just throw motion control into games although they spent the time tweaking it to ensure it felt right. He added that continuous feedback was particularly important to ensure motion control was beneficial to the actual gameplay itself and not just there for the sake of it. To quote:

WP: Let's talk about the motion controls. WipeOut, from its very earliest inception, has always supported analog control, but WipeOut HD is the first in the series to actually support motion controls with the SixAxis. How hard was that to get it right?

DP: Well, it was a challenge. It certainly was a challenge to get it in there. The main thing when you're going to have the SixAxis controller in there. I mean obviously, you can go in and put it in there, but we spent time tweaking it, making sure it felt right. We got a lot of internal feedback from QA, from everyone that put their hands on WipeOut.

We actually listened to them, got their feedback in there, and we really wanted to make sure that the public didn't feel that we put it in there just for the sake of having SixAxis motion control in there, but that it felt like something...
 

SOCOM: Confrontation BETA Invites being sent out to QORE Fans

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306w ago - It appears SOCOM: Confrontation BETA invites are being sent out to those who have either purchased Qore: Episode 1 or are annual subscribers. Expect to receive an email with a redemption code soon if you haven't received one already.

To quote: Hey everyone, thought I'd stop by to let you all know that if you bought Qore: Episode 1 or an Annual subscription, you should be receiving an email with your redemption code shortly!

To access the SOCOM BETA:

* Go to the PLAYSTATION Network Icon on the PLAYSTATION 3 XMB (XrossMediaBar).
* Select "Account Management."
* Select "Transaction Management."
* Choose "Redeem PLAYSTATION® Network Card or Promotion Code."
* Enter the SOCOM: Confrontation BETA code which you received in the e-mail.
* Click "Continue."
* The download will be available on the next screen.

See you guys on the inside!
 

Game Tester Fired for Going on Record About XBox 360 Defects

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306w ago - VentureBeat's Dean Takahashi recently published an exhaustive history of the manufacturing issues that have surrounded the Xbox 360, resulting in still unknown numbers of defective consoles and a $1 billion price tag for Microsoft's games division.

Hypersensitive readers who pined for the day when we could all just "move on" from the story weren't the only invested parties who took issue with the exposé. One of Microsoft's own contract employees was fired for his participation in the story.

Robert Delaware, a Microsoft game tester employed by temp agency Excell Data, was let go on Wednesday and is expected to face civil charges from his former employer, according to an update from VentureBeat.

Delaware was the only source at Microsoft to be directly named in the original article. He was quoted by VentureBeat on two separate "red ring of death" scenarios, one that could be triggered by a reproduceable crash , citing NBA 2K6, and another related to dashboard update bugs with Capcom's Dead Rising.

The former game tester says he doesn't regret going on record about his experience with the Xbox 360. "If they want to come after me, bring it on," Delaware said,...
 

Criterion Games dates Burnout Bikes... and it's NEXT WEEK!

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306w ago - We're finally able to announce that our latest free downloadable Burnout pack bikes will be out 18th of September!!!

It's tough to give specific dates on downloadable content, because we don't know for certain until the last minute. But hey, we're really excited about bringing bikes to Burnout, so we're going to take a chance and tell you that we're aiming for September 18 - that's this coming Thursday!

If you missed our earlier posts, here's what's coming:

- Pick from 2 motorcycles featuring male or female characters and start on a whole new progression to earn your Bike License.
- 38 new against-the-clock race events - Burning Ride and Midnight Ride.
- A brand new in-game 24 hr day / night cycle that impacts traffic density and available events. (It's fully customisable - you can make it day/night/change the clock speed - it's up to you.)
- Dynamic weather brings an all-new look to Paradise City
- And if that's not enough, we've got 70 more Freeburn Challenges too

Freeburn is Burnout's uninterrupted drop-in / drop-out online play. It's a cool collaborative experience, so it's all about hanging out with your friends, messing around in vehicles while racing, pulling tricks and crashing in a massive open world city.

If 350...
 

Confirmed - Motorstorm: Pacific Rift demo out today!

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307w ago - Sony's semi-official blog ThreeSpeech has confirmed that a few very lucky people have indeed been chosen at random to play the demo of Motorstorm: Pacific Rift.

The demo contains 1 playable track, single player, TWO player splitscreen and is available in offline play mode only.

To quote: Don't forget to check your e-mail today, because you could be one of the lucky lucky people who got chosen at random to download the Motorstorm: Pacific Rift demo. Here's what you'll have access to:

Demo content:

* 1 playable track ('Raingod Spires')
* Single player & 2-player split-screen
* Offline play only

Have you got the demo yet? Have you played it yet? What's it like? The demo will be available to everyone next month, so if you didn't get lucky this time, there's always that to look forward too...
 
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