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Konami refuses to comment on PES 2008 patch rumor

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357w ago - Internet rumour suggests patch will be out on November 19.

Konami has issued a "no comment" to rumours it has set a November 19 deadline for a PES 2008 patch.

Internet rumours surfaced today suggesting that the Japanese publisher was expecting to make a patch that would resolve the online lag issues available in just a week.

Comments purporting to come from a Konami spokesperson, reported by pesforum.co.uk, said: "We hope to have the patch released within two weeks at the latest, and have set a deadline of Monday 19th November to get this to the public, as we are aware there are a lot of gamers out there that are avoiding a massive part of the game because of the online issues."

The quotes continue: "I would say to all PES fans to be patient with us while we rectify the problems, please be assured that we are working very hard to fix these problems. We hope that everyone will soon be enjoying the online aspect of the game which people will love playing with their friends and fellow gamers."

However, when Pro-G contacted Konami for clarification the publisher told us that no official announcement on a PES 2008 patch had been made.

Many gamers have expressed their frustration at the crippling lag experienced when playing console versions of the game. Last...
 

Rein admits Europe may not see UT3 for PS3 this year

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358w ago - "Europe's a problem because the certification process takes longer," says Epic boss

Epic Games' Mark Rein says that he hopes Unreal Tournament 3 will be released on PlayStation 3 this year but he doesn't think it will make it to Europe until 2008.

"Right now we're very close to a release candidate, and we should have it finished by the end of this week," he told our sitster site Eurogamer.net. "Then we send it off and it's just a matter of what happens from there."
"We think there's a very solid shot we'll get out this year - I don't know about Europe. Europe's a problem because the certification process in Europe takes longer.

"They're testing all these different languages in all these different countries, so I doubt it'll be released this year in Europe. But I don't know. We'll have to cross our fingers and wait and see," he said.
 

Worldwide PS3 releases for the week of November 11

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358w ago - Slim pickings for PAL territories and Asia this week, but at least those games that are released are excellent additions to the PS3 software library. It will be intriguing to see how the Japanese sales of Heavenly Sword will be, especially since the 40GB PS3 came out today. Here's the full release list:

US Games
Assassin's Creed
Kane and Lynch: Dead Men
Need For Speed: ProStreet
WWE Smackdown vs RAW
Beowulf: The Game

EU Games
Assassin's Creed

Asian Games
Heavenly Sword

Like we said - not much going on in Europe, but that's possibly a good thing. With Assassin's Creed being the must-have title that it is, other games might not get a look in and you have to wonder how this will affect sales of Kane and Lynch in the US. Regardless of sales talk, however, this is a great week for everyone.

Don't forget that the PS3 is a region free device, so feel free to import any of the games above from abroad. Release dates are constantly subject to change, so make sure you check with your local retailer before wasting a trip down to the shops.
 

Graphics of new ‘Ratchet & Clank’ game rival look of movies

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358w ago - When one thinks of the leaders in computer animation, a few familiar film studios come to mind, namely DreamWorks and Pixar.

Traditional movie companies like Fox and Warner Bros. have also made successful forays into animated fare.

Video games, however, have rarely been known for the artistry of their animation, for two reasons.

First, while they almost inevitably fall short, most video games of any genre try to look realistic – realistic cars, realistic football players, even plausibly "realistic" dragons and aliens.

But what defines great animated characters like Mickey Mouse and Shrek is not any notion of realism, but rather an exaggerated yet unthreatening expressiveness. That is one reason so few of the classic animated characters are human: anthropomorphized animals give the artist much more creative leeway.

Just as important, in those cases when designers have gone for an animated look, technology has simply not allowed games to come anywhere near the fluidity, detail and depth possible in a noninteractive film. Not to mention that game companies often undermine even brilliant graphics with lackluster voice acting.

All that changed this month with the release of Insomniac Games' "Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction" for Sony's...
 

Dust Voids PS3 Warranty

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358w ago - Just got off the phone With PS3 customer support who kindly informed me that my PS3 is "too dusty" to be replaced under warranty. But won't provide pictures unless they are subpoenaed.

I have kept my 60gb PS3 in Its entertainment center since its purchase. It is known within the PS3 community that the thing is a HUGE dust magnet. I took good care of it, I have about 10 Blu-ray discs (did NOT come free with my PS3), 5 games, 5 controllers, 2 42" Bravia LCD's 1 50" Bravia 3lcd Rear projection TV, A Vaio desktop, Vaio laptop, I've even got a psp and location free TV. One day I turn it on and put in a disc and it doesn't show up, then it wont eject, finally I get it to eject and I try a blu-ray, nothing, CDs, nothing.

I call Customer support who originally tell me that they can do anything because I don't have the original sales receipt, (it was a GIFT!!!), I stayed on the phone for hours explaining to them that I don't have thee receipt as it was a gift from my parents. Finally I got a rep who said that it was strange that earlier reps hadn't let me go through with the exchange as if it was a gift it was policy not to require a receipt. He sent me a box, I boxed up my console and sent it in.

5 days later I have no updates on the PS3, I call in to check on it, The first rep I speak to says that...
 
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