Milestones seem to be a dime a dozen these days. In recent weeks, Microsoft said that its Xbox 360 was the first high definition console to reach 10 million units in the US, Sony flagged Gran Turismo's 50 millionth unit, and MTV Games jammed out 3 million units and 10 million song downloads, to name a few. Today, Konami jumped into the major-milestone fray, saying that its seminal Dance Dance Revolution franchise was gearing up for its 10th anniversary this holiday season.
To give Dance Dance Revolution some company on the linoleum, Konami is launching three new games in the long-running franchise this fall. DanceDanceRevolution X will foxtrot onto Sony's PlayStation 2, and with it comes a host of new songs and updated graphics. New modes appearing in the game include LAN Battle, in which up to eight players can have a dance-off simultaneously using the PS2's local-area network capabilities. DDRX will also let players customize their own fitness program, as well as input their image into the game using the PS2's EyeToy camera.
Konami will be returning for the third time in two years to Microsoft's Xbox 360 with DanceDanceRevolution Universe 3. This time out, the publisher has
This morning, many gamers woke up to a soft blue blinking glow emanating from their Wiis. The signal heralded the latest update to the console from Nintendo: the eponymous Nintendo Channel. Via a brief note on the console's messaging service, the cash-flush game maker announced that the service, which has been available in Japan since last November, is now available in North America and is expected to launch in Europe at the end of the month.
For those who own only a Wii, the Nintendo Channel adds several new features. It will offer downloadable videos for the console, including game trailers and commercials, along with instructional videos on how to use Wii services and games. Other content will also be available, such as a video interview with often-honored game designer Shigeru Miyamoto.
Wii owners will also be able to look up information and box art for both released and upcoming games on the Nintendo Channel. In addition, those who have downloaded the Wii's Web browser can order the games directly through the console. It also lets users rate Wii games that they've played by filling out various surveys about their playing habits and preferences. The demographic and prefere
EA had high hopes for The Sims Online when the game was first launched in December 2002. Billed as an experiment into mass-market massively multiplayer online gaming, The Sims Online proved to command nowhere near the attention of its inspiration--The Sims--with EA saying not long after the online game's launch that initial sales were "disappointing."
The game persisted, however, and appeared to be in for a revival earlier this year, when EA renamed the game EA-Land in February and said it would be making a number of changes to the title in the coming months. Those ambitions have now proven to be for naught, as EA has said this week that it will officially be shuttering the title as of August 1.
"It is with mixed emotions that today we are announcing the EA-Land experiment will soon draw to a close," said EA in a statement on the game's official blog. "Since 2002, EA-Land / TSO has attracted a very special group of players (of which you are one) and we certainly appreciate your participation in the EA-Land community. The lifetime of the game has drawn to an end, and now we will be focusing on new ideas and other innovative concepts in the games arena.
An Australian woman is facing child abduction charges in the US after trying to bring her 17-year-old World of Warcraft boyfriend back to Oz.
Tamara Broome, a 31-year-old university student, was arrested on June 26 after she flew from Adelaide to the boy's home in Greenville, North Carolina to pick up her internet beau.
Broome allegedly had an online relationship with the boy for more than a year, which began in the online game World of Warcraft. The two had also exchanged copious amounts of email and even discussed marriage.
The Azerothian love-affair has sent Broome to Pitt County Detention Centre where she will get a July 11 court date. Police have seized her laptop computer and charged Broome with attempting to abduct a child. If convicted she will face more than two years in a US jail. Broome is currently being held on a $2.35m bond.
(WoW equipment could not be seized by authorities, as it is soulbound.)
When the original Silent Hill game crept up on gamers in 1999, few could have guessed it would spawn a series still serving up shocks almost 10 years later. Konami's amazingly brief E3 '07 press conference confirmed that it would bedo just that, when the company announced Silent Hill 5 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Konami has now confirmed that the game will be called Silent Hill: Homecoming, and will hit European shores at the end of September this year. News about other territories was not released.
The game introduces a new protagonist, Alex Shepherd, and follows him as he moves from his hometown back to the titular town to face the "darkest horrors" and find his brother. Konami has promised a new combat system to go with the change of platform, but the only details currently available are that it will feature "a wide array of attacks and counters" and "a variety of weapons."
Homecoming will be the venerable survival horror franchise's first outing on next-gen platforms. It will also be the first entry in the series to extend the story since 2004's Silent Hill 4: The Room. Last year's PlayStation Portable title Silent Hill: Origins, which a
Another reason for the crackdown was that anyone could pretty much purchase the game easily despite it being banned. UAE national Khalid Bin Deemas' statement about God of War: Chains of Olympus:
I knew that it was banned, but many of my friends were able to buy pirated copies from Dh5 to Dh10. I was shocked to see how much it contradicted Islamic values.
With the crackdown ongoing, the permanent fatwa committee has instructed all concerned government departments to forbid the sale of games with similar content as God of War: Chains of Olympus, as well as confiscate any remaining stock of the aforementioned games - and they will continue to do so in future. Updates about this matter as they