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Wednesday, June 20, 2007
07:59 PM - June 20, 2007. Posted by ExtremeGamer.
IGN has the scoop.
"Crave Entertainment, a leading publisher of console videogames, and Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) announced today that they will team up to bring all the bone-crunching excitement and edge-of-your-seat suspense of professional bull riding to videogame consoles. The "Toughest Sport on Dirt" has become the fastest growing sport in America. The PBR holds hundreds of thrilling events throughout the United States and in Mexico, Canada, Brazil and Australia, many of which are broadcast on Versus, Fox Sports and NBC."

06:52 PM - June 20, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted six NHL 2K8 screenshots.
"2K Sports, the sports publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today the return of its top-rated* NHL franchise with the highly anticipated NHL® 2K8 this fall. This title will leverage all of the next generation capabilities, featuring innovative gameplay, revolutionary player models and stunning visuals to create an entirely new hockey experience, centered on authenticity and the NHL Signature Style.

Utilizing 2K Sports’ NHL Signature Style, NHL 2K8 will highlight unique player characteristics never before seen in a hockey game. To complement their true-to-life attributes, marquee players will be fitted with branded equipment including skates, sticks, pads and helmets - becoming visually recognizable on the ice."

02:06 PM - June 20, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Signature Style brings realism to the NHL 2K8 hockey experience this fall

New York, NY – June 20, 2007 – 2K Sports, the sports publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today the return of its top-rated* NHL franchise with the highly anticipated NHL® 2K8 this fall. This title will leverage all of the next generation capabilities, featuring innovative gameplay, revolutionary player models and stunning visuals to create an entirely new hockey experience, centered on authenticity and the NHL Signature Style.

Utilizing 2K Sports’ NHL Signature Style, NHL 2K8 will highlight unique player characteristics never before seen in a hockey game. To complement their true-to-life attributes, marquee players will be fitted with branded equipment including skates, sticks, pads and helmets - becoming visually recognizable on the ice.

“Building on the success of NHL® 2K7, we have developed a title that is a truly accurate portrayal of the game and how it is meant to be seen and played,” said Greg Thomas, President of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. “NHL 2K8 represents the complete next generation gaming experience and showcases the talent and experience of the development team. NHL 2K8 is an incredibly realistic hockey simulation and we are proud to create such an exciting video game.”

NHL® 2K8 will be available this fall for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the PLAYSTATION®3 and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems.

For more information, log onto http://www.2ksports.com.

02:05 PM - June 20, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Tothegame has posted a trailer from Pro Cycling Manager/Tour de France 2007.
"Pro Cycling Manager/Tour de France 2007 for PC strives to create the ultimate in sports simulation, while still being approachable to newcomers to the series."

01:42 PM - June 20, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Gameinfowire has posted some Madden NFL 08 screenshots.
"Coming into its 18th year and with more than 60 million copies sold and having generated over $2 billion in retail sales, Madden NFL Football continues to stand out as one of the most popular videogame franchises of all time. Developed in Orlando, FL by EA Tiburon, Madden NFL 08 will be available in August on the Xbox 360 and Xbox videogame and entertainment systems, PLAYSTATION 3 and PlayStation 2 computer entertainment systems, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Wii, PC, PSP (PlayStation Portable) handheld entertainment system."

01:41 PM - June 20, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Gameinfowire has posted some FIFA Soccer 08 screenshots.
"The FIFA Soccer 08 next-gen gameplay engine, built to maximize the power of Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3, delivers animations and ball control that is so responsive you feel like you are actually on the pitch. Soccer players in FIFA Soccer 08 now benefit from A.I. so smart, it features a 35-point decision engine which enables players to process multiple decisions and reactions in real-time. The A.I.'s dynamic 'Threat Map' system captures the excitement and realism of soccer. Players are now aware of their surroundings, reacting authentically to threats and opportunities to make intelligent soccer decisions."

01:10 PM - June 20, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
EA Sports have posted some more Madden NFL 08 screenshots.
"Enjoy these six screens of Thomas Jones and Tatum Bell in their new team uniforms. Come back at 12:00 p.m. Eastern on Friday, June 22nd to see several more screens of Madden NFL 08 running backs as they appear on their new teams."

07:37 AM - June 20, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
IGN has the scoop.
"The PS3's biggest game yet over in Japan is just about a month away from release, and, sure enough, Sony isn't being quiet about it. Following a heavily promoted downloadable demo of Minna no Golf 5 (known as Hot Shots Golf 5 oustide of Japan), Sony has announced a special PS3 package to coincide with the game's release.

Officially known as the PlayStation 3 Beginners' Pack, this bundle combines a PS3 system with a copy of Minna no Golf 5, all in a slick new box. It will be available on 7/26 at a cost of 61,980 yen for a 60 Gig version and 51,980 yen for a 20 Gig version."

07:37 AM - June 20, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
WorthPlaying has posted the following:
  • NASCAR 08 Screenshots (PS2, PS3, 360)
    "Take the wheel and drive your way to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series championship in the most realistic NASCAR racing game yet. As the new rookie driver on the circuit, develop your racing skills to gain licenses and contracts from hungry owners and unlock legendary top performing cars from NASCAR's biggest stars. Gain new experiences during every race then modify your car's handling with over 40 tuning options to truly master every track. Share your setups with NASCAR's gaming community, then challenge the field in live races with up to 16 players online. Experience tomorrow's racing today in NASCAR 08."
  • Basketball Manager 2008 Announced (PC)
    "XIDER Games announced Basketball Manager 2008, its latest sports management game. Find the best sponsors, bring in the best players and prove that you are the best manager to lead your team to be champions of the courts. Clear the court and let the games begin…"

07:36 AM - June 20, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Other Stuff...

Got my "New" Mac keyboard and mouse yesterday, finally. I say "New" because the Ebay item I bid on said "New". Well, the keyboard is new, but the mouse is definitely not new. I'll just give it a nice windex rubdown before I actually use it, but it irks me that the seller wouldn't mention that. Oh well, that's what I get for buying off of Ebay, I suppose. It's not like I have a top of the line Mac anyways, I guess you get what you pay for. I'd leave negative feedback, but I don't want him to brush back and ruin my perfect feedback rating. Bah, I'm babbling.

The one thing I can't stand is a customer service rep, mix that in with a rep that can't speak good english and it's a recipe for disaster. All I can say is, can I please have the last 30 minutes of my life back? How extremely frustrating is it, when you agonize your way through the push button menus, get the rep on the phone, only to answer the same questions during the push button phase, then have the rep ask you things that don't even pertain to the issue at hand. Seriously, I want to backhand someone right about now. Gee, I'm babbling, again...

What's up with you?
  • QOTD: Which football game(s) are you purchasing this year?


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Tuesday, June 19, 2007
10:43 PM - June 19, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
NCAA Football 08 - New Features Tutorial



NASCAR 08 - In-depth Interview


10:39 PM - June 19, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
IGN has posted the following:
  • Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights Hands On Preview for PC, PS3, 360
    "Quite literally, you can spend weeks with just the customization. There are 90 cars total, but every little thing about the cars can be tuned, changed out, or tinkered with. The whole emphasis with this mode is to show the player that they are actually making changes to the car: far too often do racers have "customized" parts that just raise a stat or change the color. Juiced 2 breaks it down into visual changes and actual performance changes. The visual changes are quite widespread: you can change everything from the hood, headlights, side skirts, side mirrors, doors (who doesn't like doors that flip up?), spoilers and countless other things. Oh, and rims. Twenty inch rims are not key-- they are necessary. After you're done tinkering with this, you can push a button and have all of the added parts break outward and hover over the car: showing you exactly what you've done. It's a neat effect and really highlights the work you put into a car."
  • Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights Screenshots for PC, PS3, 360
  • NES Open Tournament Golf Screenshots (Virtual Console) (Wii)
  • NES Open Tournament Golf Video Clip (Virtual Console) (Wii)

10:04 PM - June 19, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
GameSpot has posted three more gameplay clips from Madden NFL 08. They've also posted another interview here .

09:54 PM - June 19, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
EA Sports have posted the following blog updates:
  • The Hidden Layer of Madden NFL 08
    "Hey, what’s going on gamers? I’m Danny Doeberling, a producer on the gameplay team currently handling all things post play. I’m here today to talk about some of the fun stuff that I’m working on that I think you’ll enjoy stumbling on when the game finally gets to your living room.

    Every year, we always concentrate on how we can improve gameplay, including but not limited to the main features that we will be attacking this year. Trust me, we all get attached to different features during the planning stages and unfortunately they don’t all make it in the game (Read Ian’s first blog because he can attest to it). Once those things have been fleshed out we always try set aside a little time to do some of the cool hidden moments though. These are the things that the casual fan would say “wow how did I do that?” while the hardcore Madden player would say “wasn’t that was the celebration that he did in the third quarter of the playoffs to take the lead against the Jets?"
  • NHL 08 Producer Blog: Gameplay Improvements
    "From now until we ship, the NHL 08 producers will be keeping you updated on the progress of NHL 08. I would like to start by thanking everyone who played NHL 07. After reading your forum feedback, reviews, and sales numbers from around the world, there is no doubt that NHL 07 was a huge success. That said, we know what you want improved for NHL 08, and we are aiming to deliver exactly that...plus much more. The Skill Stick was only the beginning. When we look on YouTube and see thousands of moves and goals that you created, we knew that we wanted that to permeate into each and every area of the game. We don't want to give you canned moves or only one way to score goals. As you will start to see over the next few months, stickhandling, shooting, and skating are not the only areas we are doing this."
  • NHL 08 Fan Voice: 2007 NHL Entry Draft
    "The NHL season is almost over. The Ducks are the champions, Crosby is the Hart Trophy winner, and hopes for next season are starting to come about. But wait. One more event must take place to officially signal the end of the 2006-2007 NHL season. The NHL Entry Draft is on Thursday June 22nd in Columbus, Ohio. The Bluejackets will host the event from their own Nationwide Arena. Not a lot of hype going into this year's draft. There are some gems however.
    For this information, I looked to our NHL community members for some insight into who to look out for. I had my own thoughts, but our community guys are really vocal about who should go where."

09:50 PM - June 19, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Madden NFL 08 - New Features Interview



FIFA 08 - German Mo-Cap Session



Madden NFL 08 - Player Introductions



Madden NFL 08 - Kickoff Gameplay



Madden NFL 08 - Quarterback Sack Gameplay



Madden NFL 08 - Endzone Rush Gameplay



NCAA Football 08 - Defensive Line Gameplay



NCAA Football 08 - Field Goal Kicking Gameplay



NCAA Football 08 - Solid Offense Gameplay



Tony Hawks Proving Ground - In-Depth Features Interview