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Microsoft Responds to Inconsistent 'Games on Demand' Pricing

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286w ago - Microsoft's Games on Demand pricing isn't consistent across the globe. What costs $20 in one place costs $40 (or sometimes more) in another.

Kotaku asked Microsoft, why the discrepancy?

Their response is below, to quote:

"Microsoft HQ said the pricing decisions outside the US were the responsibility of that particular territory. So, for example, if Mass Effect is priced at 6000 Microsoft Points in Australia (as opposed to only 1600 MSP in the US), then that's Xbox Australia's decision."

When Xbox Australia was asked, they added the following:

"No one retailer has the lowest pricing for every product, and our program is about giving people 24 x 7 convenience and selection when shopping for Xbox 360 games.

We're incredibly excited about what Games on Demand means for digital distribution, and will continue to evaluate and evolve the service to meet market and consumer demands."

Anyone think paying double the asking price for a game is worth the convenience?!
 

CoD4 Playlist Patch Live - Fixes Exploits in Public Games

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287w ago - Well that didn't take long.. this afternoon fourzerotwo (aka Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling) [Register or Login to view links] the following:

Playlist update inbound for COD4. This will fix the exploits in public matches until the patch finishes certification at Microsoft & Sony!

Apparently this CoD4 Playlist Patch will fix the infamous CoD4 PS3 Hacks as well as the XBox 360 exploits in public games.

To quote: "According to Infinity Ward community manager Robert Bowling, a Call of Duty 4 patch has been sent to Microsoft and Sony for certification, which should foil any nefarious individuals who want to continue to cheat at the game.

In the meantime, a playlist update will stop them in public matches, so you should have a hacking-free multiplayer experience now."
 

Xi Team Working on New PS Home Spaces, Apartments & Games

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287w ago - Today TheSixthAxis.com (linked above) has discovered a post by ARG Producer David Varela on [Register or Login to view links] which states they are working on new spaces, apartments and games for Sony's PlayStation Home.

For those unaware, nDreams is the team behind the 'Xi' Alternate Reality Game that ended in PS Home not long ago.

To quote: "Making and running our first ARG, Xi, was a huge undertaking and took well over a year to complete. For most of that time, we stayed under the radar. It wasn't until Xi went live that people really noticed nDreams and now, well, many are keeping an eye on us, not least because they want to know how we aim to top Xi.

Xi is a tough act to follow, but I hope the game I'm now producing will be even better. It won't be based in PlayStation Home - sorry, Home fans - but I fully expect it to be one of the biggest ARGs in the world next year.

Meanwhile, nDreams is working on plenty of fun projects for Home - new spaces and apartments and games that I know you're going to enjoy. They'll be going live very soon and we'll continue to produce new content for Home for the foreseeable future."
 

MySpace Plans Gaming Push, Allows Devs to Launch Games

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288w ago - News Corp's latest strategy to turn MySpace into a cool place to be at again is to turn it into a videogame platform.

MySpace will attempt to expand as well as allow developers to launch their products on the site.

To quote: News Corp's latest [Register or Login to view links] to make MySpace into a go-to destination for Web surfers is to turn it into a gaming platform, according to News Corp digital head Jonathan Miller.

Miller told the Fortune Brainstorm: TECH conference in Pasadena, California that he wanted to expand the site's videogame platform and offer developers the ability to launch their products on the site and mine user data to develop better games.

"None of the traditional media conglomerates are also significant video game players, so to speak, and I think that that's the missing piece of the equation, particularly when you see how much time is spent playing games online," Miller said.
 

Hustle Kings - The King of Pool Games for PlayStation 3

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288w ago - Today the Technology Director for VooFoo Studios Mark Williams has introduced Hustle Kings for PSN and PS3.

To quote: We really wanted to make sure Hustle Kings was something special right from the start, and the response from the unveiling at E3 has exceeded all of our initial expectations.

Everyone who has seen and played Hustle Kings so far has been incredibly impressed, and one of the things that many people have commented on is how brilliantly the AI plays.

We have such a comprehensive selection of online and multiplayer game modes in Hustle Kings, I was keen to ensure that our single player career campaign was just as challenging and enjoyable.

I initially sat down and played a lot of other pool and snooker games, and it really struck me as to how tiresome and predictable the AI generally was. I found myself wanting to skip past the shots played by my computer controlled opponent as they just weren't fun to watch. Hustle Kings needed something different, I thought, we needed to make our AI both challenging and entertaining.


Pool, and snooker probably even more so, are not games simply about potting balls. When lining up to pot a ball, you ideally want to leave the cue ball in a position that makes your next shot easier. Conversely, if you're...
 
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