203w ago - Beginning on January 13, 2010 Square Enix will host San Francisco bus tours giving gamers a chance to play Final Fantasy XIII on PS3 before it is released on March 9, 2010.
The bus will make numerous stops in the San Francisco and Bay areas through January 16, 2010 and those interested can stay up to date on where exactly the bus will be on PlayFFXIII's official Twitter.
Press Release: SQUARE ENIX ANNOUNCES FINAL FANTASY XIII BUS TOUR
Fans in the San Francisco Area to be the First to Get a Hands-On Experience of the North American Version
LOS ANGELES (January 11, 2010) - Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix┬® interactive entertainment products in North America announced today that a bus tour offering fans the first chance to get their hands on the North American version of FINAL FANTASY┬® XIII will be kicking off on January 13, 2010.
The bus is scheduled to make numerous stops in the San Francisco and Bay areas through January 16, loaded with a never-before-seen demo area of the North American version of FINAL FANTASY XIII. Locations will be revealed and updated through the Twitter site @PlayFFXIII, so start following today!
One of the most highly anticipated games of this generation, FINAL FANTASY...
One hundred community members (some from as far away as New York!) and a host of gaming and consumer electronics media joined us to celebrate MAG going gold, but the hospitality didn't end at the hors d'oeuvres line; the first attendees through the door will receive a free retail copy of MAG later this month.
If you weren't one of the lucky attendees but would still like to see some of the action from last week's event, head on over to our Flickr page where you can see the highlights.
Right after we announced the gift, MAG Designer Ben Jones talked with me about what Zipper learned in the beta process to make the final launch super smooth on January 26th.
205w ago - United Front Games Lead Producer Julian Beak has shared a 'behind the scenes' video tour today of their PS3 studio where ModNation Racers was developed.
To quote: Today I'm going to talk about our studio at United Front Games in Vancouver, Canada where we make the game. Rob Oliveira, who you've met before, will walk you through so you can picture it for yourself.
We have a lot of design, technology and art direction to discuss every day. Sometimes this is done in meeting rooms which are very sensibly named after Mexican wrestlers. More often these discussions take place right at our desks.
There are no offices at United Front Games – not even for the President. This puts everyone on an equal footing when it comes to access. We believe making innovative games requires a touch of chaos and lots of communication.
Our character, kart and world artists make up the largest group on our team so we don't let them sit together or they would take over. Designers, artists and programmers are mixed up in small teams devoted to major features. All the people who design and build a particular feature sit close. This lets them play and improve these features very quickly.
210w ago - Just under two weeks ago Sony incorporated Facebook integration into the PS3 XMB through the PS3 Firmware 3.10 update.
Today, NewMediaAge (linked above) is reporting that Sony PlayStation and Facebook are launching a year-long global interactive tournament in December following its recent partnership with social network Facebook.
Details are sparse at the moment, however, we do know that the tournament will be referred to simply as 'The Game' and will highlight the social networking elements of the PS3 system.
To quote: "Sony PlayStation is launching a year-long global interactive tournament, dubbed The Game, following its recent partnership with social network Facebook.
The Game, slated for an early December release and hosted via the online PlayStation Network, is the first tie-up between the two companies after they struck a partnership deal earlier this month."
212w ago - Today MCVUK.com (linked above) is reporting that XBox 360 Project Natal launch details have leaked from a Microsoft Tour of UK publishers and studios.
According to the leaked information, the controller-free XBox 360 camera will be released worldwide in November, 2010 with five million units to ship for launch day.
To quote: Microsoft is planning to manufacture 5m units for day one release, with a mix of console and camera plus solus SKUs expected.
The device should cost under £50 when sold solo. One publishing source says Microsoft is "trying to get as close as possible to 'impulse buy'". Another even says the camera could even retail for just £30.
14 games are being readied for launch. This summer Xbox studios boss Phil Spencer told MCV the 360 still 'hasn't peaked'.
"When Natal arrives it will feel like a new generation has come," he said. "I see it like the launch of 360 in November '05. Consumers don't want another $400 box right now."