Sunday, January 28, 2007
10:56 AM - January 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Super Bowl XLI Madden NFL 07 Simulation

ESPN Videogames have simulated Super Bowl XLI with Madden NFL 07.
"The high-flying Colts secured their first NFL title since moving to Indianapolis by throwing early and often against a Bears defense that looked almost nothing like their previously-dominant selves, beating Chicago 38-27 in Super Bowl XLI.

Peyton Manning finally shook the label of "big-game choker" for once and for all, leading scoring drives of 81, 78, 76 and 71 yards while throwing for three touchdowns. His lone mistake was an interception late in the second quarter that led to a Chicago field goal, but otherwise the Colts' signal-caller was near-flawless, completing 28 of 36 passes and deftly managing the Indianapolis offense against a team that exhibited a stifling defense earlier in the season."

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Busy day! Gotta get started!

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12:10 AM - January 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted our interview with Trey Smith, Producer of MVP 07 NCAA Baseball. They also sent us four exclusive screenshots, to go along with it.
Operation Sports: Can you give us some more details about the Rock and Fire pitching?

Trey Smith: I’d be happy to. As I’m sure you’ve heard, we have now mapped the pitching mechanic to the right analog stick, similar to what we did with Load and Fire batting last year. This is how it works. First, select your pitch type. Each pitch type corresponds to a different button on the controller pad. You then use the Left analog stick to pick your desired pitch location. While holding the Left analog stick in your desired pitch location, pull Down on the Right analog stick to being your wind up. You can either follow the pitchers animation or the pitch meter in the bottom right hand corner, but the way to get the maximum effectiveness on a pitch is to press Up on the Right analog stick just as the pitcher reaches his “balance point” to deliver the pitch. If you are watching the meter, it’s right when the ball icon enters the center of the “Green zone.” You will notice that when you are trying to work the corners of the plate, the left/right ball icon in the pitch meter moves to the side of the plate you’re trying to throw at. This is when you’ll need to “follow through” and move the Right analog stick Up and in the direction you wish to throw. Ideally, you want to match the ball icons in the pitch meter to throw a “perfectly” accurate pitch. The further away the ball icons end up after releasing the ball, the less accurate your pitch is. Where the ball ends up depends on which pitch you throw and how bad you mis-throw it. Pitching the ball down the pipe is relatively simple, and you will continue to be punished if you do so, but now it’s going to be a bit more difficult to paint the corners. And just for the record, you can still hop in and play with the “Classic pitching” but we hope that once you give Rock and Fire a chance, you won’t want to go back.

12:01 AM - January 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
EA Sports has sent us some Champions League screenshots.

Saturday, January 27, 2007
08:28 PM - January 27, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
2K Sports has sent us the following College Hoops 2K7 wallpapers.

06:58 PM - January 27, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Ben Brinkman, Producer of Major League Baseball 2K7, has started up a blog at 1up. Make sure you check it out. We should have his interview answers back next week, keep your eyes peeled.
"This time of year on a video game is bittersweet. It always is. I also have an itchy face from my "finaling beard" and am ready to shave it off as soon as all versions of the game are approved.

The hard part is over. We busted our butts for months to make the best game we could so the people who go out and buy our game are happy with the final version. Now we are sitting, waiting to hear back on approvals from Sony and Microsoft. That leaves a lot of time for reflection on what we could have done differently or better. Every project I've ever been on has been this way and I think this is good. It means you are looking ahead and always trying to improve and deliver a game that is every year head and shoulders above the previous version. It also gives you a good start for the next project. All that said, my overriding thoughts on MLB 2K7 are. We kicked a lot of *** in a short amount of time! The MLB team at Kush should be very proud of itself!"

11:49 AM - January 27, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Forza Motorsport 2 on Sale May 2007 (360)

The official Forza Motorsport website has the scoop.
"This morning, we teamed up with the PR team at Xbox 360 to send out an email blast to our friends in the press and auto community alerting them to the fact that we've officially fired-up our marketing engines and put the promotional pedal to the proverbial metal. The first important detail in the email is something you probably noticed already -- Forza Motorsport 2 will be on North American store shelves May 2007. Wait, so just May 2007? No exact release date? Not if we could help it. Our schedule right now has us hitting Xbox certification around the middle of April and going gold soon aftewards. We want them to put the game on shelves as soon and fast as they can humanly muster. So optimistic estimates have us at retail in the first half of May -- obviously the sooner the better and that's our goal."

GameTrailers Update (Mutli)

GameTrailers have posted the following:

February Games Release Preview (Multi)

SportsGamer has posted their February games release preview.

TrackMania United Movie Clip (PC)

FileShack has posted another TrackMania United movie clip.
"Two and a half minutes of interface footage from TrackMania United."

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Have I mentioned how much I can't stand the Wizards? Well, they beat the Pistons last night at The Palace. No worries, they travel to D.C. for payback in a few days. At least, I hope so.

Going to be a busy day full of errands, so hope everyone enjoys the weekend. I hope to finally open the Wii later this evening, but we'll see.

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Friday, January 26, 2007
08:17 AM - January 26, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
NBA Live 08 Wishlist Submitted

Our friends over at the NBA Live Series Center have posted their submitted NBA Live 08 Wishlist.
"The NBA Live 08 Wishlist has been compiled and submitted to the NBA Live production team today (January 24th, 2007). Thanks again to everyone who submitted wishes, hopefully we'll see a good number of them appear in the next instalment of the game.

While we are no longer accepting submissions for the list itself, feel free to continue posting ideas and suggestions since the producers do browse this section of the NLSC Forum for our feedback.

This year I've abandoned the idea of copying and pasting specific items as the Top Wishes, instead outlining the key areas we'd like to see improved with a couple of examples thrown in. I'll be expanding on this when I do the Wishlist supplement.

Please note that due to the fact a lot of people made similar suggestions, your exact suggestion may not appear as originally written in the Wishlist. Please read the list carefully as chances are it's in there in some form. Also note that since the NBA does not allow EA Sports to include fights and unsportsmanlike technicals in the game, those suggestions are not included in the Wishlist.

Finally, please note that items (including the top ten) are not posted in order of importance."

SSX Blur Gameplay Movie Clip (Wii)

Kotaku has posted a gameplay movie clip from SSX Blur.
"This game looks like it could be a ton of fun and I'm not just saying that because I started learning to snowboard last weekend... Yes, I am. The fact that there's no way I could do anything even close to what's seen in this clip, including heading straight down the mountain sans "big air" without breaking my ***, makes me want to play it all the more."

Sony's GT:HD Image Error

Boomtown has the scoop.
"A case of mistaken identity on the PSP Connect website.
I'll be straight up and say this isn't exactly news, it's more of a "and finally" laugh at the end of a news broadcast, like a windsurfing hamster and the like.

Go take a look at the Sony website PSP Connect "Downloads powered by Sony". At the moment the site is displaying a rather interesting banner showing a McLaren F1 - the image is being used to advertise the site's latest Gran Turismo 4 HD trailer."

GameTrailers Update (PS3, 360)

GameTrailers has posted the following games:

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Had a good time running the point last night, we played a team that I would consider a little less talented than we were, but if we were scoring, I think they would have lost. Our defense is extremely, how would I say, SUCKY! We go zone, people are wide open every where, it's like some of these guys have no clue, but they can drive the lane and throw up a 360 layup w/ no problem. Figures. Anyways, I still had a blast, can't wait for the season to start next week. No confrontations last night either.

My daughter's keyboard bench and chair came in last night, so I'll be putting that together tonight, so she can have at it on her new keyboard. I'm actually looking forward to playing on it myself, lol.

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12:03 AM - January 26, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some more MVP 07 NCAA Baseball screenshots, including another movie clip.
"Welcome back baseball fans, to the second year of the only college baseball game to market. EA SPORTS™, brand of the best gameplay engine around, and continuing to innovate the way Baseball is played in a video game, is proud to announce MVP 07 NCAA Baseball for the Sony PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.

To continue on with innovation in the realm of sports video games, MVP 07 NCAA Baseball from the EA Sports brand, will change the way you deliver a pitch. Rock and Fire pitching will utilize the right analog stick, giving the user an unprecedented, realistic feel. Whether it is a quick throw to avoid base runners from stealing, or a full wind up to smoke the ball past the batter, button mashing is now a thing of the past.

This year promises to bring the most authentic college experience to NCAA baseball. With the inclusion of new stadiums, conferences and teams, as well as authentic team fight songs, users will be able to enjoy the college baseball experience as if they were watching the game live. If that isn't enough, the game will even feature the famous RBI girls, Arkansas' baseball cheerleaders."

12:02 AM - January 26, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some more SSX Blur screenshots.
"SSX Blur is everything you expect from the franchise, delivered in a totally unexpected way. Revolutionary controls take full advantage of the Wii's potential by putting you in total command of your skier or rider, on-the-ground & in-the-air, by translating every motion you make into the skills that create mountain legends.

SSX Blur will be available for the Nintendo Wii in March 2007. The game has a 3+ PEGI rating. It is not yet rated by the ESRB."

Thursday, January 25, 2007
08:57 AM - January 25, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted our Total Extreme Wrestling 2007 review. Find out what Aaron Holbert had to say about it.
"Total Extreme Wrestling 2007 is one of the few text-based wrestling simulators available on the market, so you wouldn’t blame Grey Dog Software if they rested on their laurels. Some companies (I’m looking at you, EA) are slow to add new features and improvements to a game with no competition. Its impressive to see the number of changes to the new version of this series, but some of things that were changed I wished stayed the same.

The basic premise of Total Extreme Wrestling 2007 and most text-based simulators is that you are the owner and/or head booker of a wrestling company. As head booker, you control the staff, roster, announcers, schedule, production, merchandising and can sign wrestlers to development contracts. The user can choose to start his career in a made-up universe or can download one of the many user-created mods that lets you book a real-life company. The mods really open up the game, because many wrestling fans will enjoy being able to book WCW during the NWO era or the WWF during the Hogan years."

08:54 AM - January 25, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted our Football Mogul 07 review. Find out what Clay Shaver had to say about it.
"With the console battles that continue to rage in the gaming industry, the often overlooked competitor is the PC gaming market. While PC gaming was the gaming platform just a short decade or so ago, it is often brushed over these days in the Microsoft/Sony/Nintendo battle royale that is waged daily. While PC gaming is still an enormous market (I’m talking to you, World of Warcraft), sports gaming on the PC will likely never be as big as it once was and will likely continue to lose ground to console gaming. However, there is still one sports gaming genre that has and will live on for PC gamers, and that is the text-based sports simulation.

Text-based? Like no pictures? No graphics? No licensed shoes? Crazy, right? I would have been quick to agree with you a few years ago. Maybe it’s that I am getting older and not as quick on the control pad as a I use to be, but over the last two years, I’ve found myself becoming more and more entrenched in this genre. With titles available for just about any sport, if you’re an X’s and O’s or dollars and cents guy, there is a title for you."

08:49 AM - January 25, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 Movie Clips (PC, PS2, 360)

GameTrailers have posted some Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 movie clips.
"Keep your head in the game and your feet on the green, don't give your opponent an inch, or he'll take a mile."

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What's Up?

Slow news day today, can't find much at all. We'll be posting two reviews of text based games in a few minutes, make sure you check them out.

The last scrimmage is later tonight, I'm looking forward to it. I know we'll be at least one man short tonight, so it will mean a lot of run for me.

We have decided on the new backend CMS for the new look Operation Sports. I'm excited to see what camulos has in store for us.

Enough about me, what's up with you?

12:01 AM - January 25, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
IGN Update (PS3, Sports)

IGN has posted the following:

Wednesday, January 24, 2007
08:47 AM - January 24, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
NBA Street: Homecourt and Def Jam Icon Screenshots and Movie Clips (PS3, 360)

Playsyde and Xboxyde have both posted some NBA Street: Homecourt and Def Jam Icon screenshots and movie clips.
"Pipomantis and I had the opportunity to try and shoot NBA Street Homecourt as well as Def Jam Icon in Sony's PS3 Living Room. The builds of the game were quite early, and contained several bugs that you'll just have to forget when watching our videos. In other words, don't complain about every glitch you see, because we already know. Anyway, I won't go any further in details as we'll properly introduce the games to you in the next isse of Gamersyde Diaries, coming sooner than you think. Enjoy !"

Colin McRae: DIRT Set For June Release (Multi)

Eurogamer has the scoop.
"Codemasters is planning to launch Colin McRae: DIRT simultaneously on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC in June, the publisher told Eurogamer this morning. "At the moment the guys in the studio are working towards June, more likely to be the end of June I'd imagine," said a Codemasters spokesperson. "As far as we're concerned internally, everything's on track." It will be the first next-gen rally outing for the publisher, who is eager to impress us with heaps of sparkly high-definition mud."

GameTrailers Movie Clips (PSP, PS2)

GameTrailers have posted movie clips from the following games:

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What's Up?

Well, we had our scrimmage last night and it was pretty decent, I suppose. We were runnin' and gunnin' like the Suns for the first 5 minutes, then we all ran out of gas, it was quite funny actually, lol. They went on a run of their own, but we got our wind back. Since it was a scrimmage, there were no referees, so we tried to call things fair. This one time, I went up to lay the ball up and was pushed to the floor, obvious foul, from some guy that was about a foot taller than me. It rolled around the rim and came out. He then said to me, to quit hotdogging. I said hotdoggin? I was trying to lay it up and you pushed me. He comes back and said, "Yeah, and I'll keep pushing you". At that moment, it probably took all of my strength and will power not to push him to the floor, but I kept my cool. I usually don't talk a lot when ballin', as I just let my game speak for itself, but the guy actually had me goin' for a bit there. I ended up draining 2 threeballs in his mouth as the game winded down, so it's all good. I still can't believe he said I was hotdogging, it was laughable really, but when he said he'd keep pushing me, I was almost ready to throw down, which isn't me. Kind of an odd feeling really. The competition in this league is a lot better than the last league I was in, back in the summer and we lost in the championship game. We've lost a couple of guys and added a few, it's hard to say if we are better or worse, can't wait for Thursday, last scrimmage before the season kicks off next week.

Anyways, I'm glad the Wizards lost, no wait, dismantled last night by the Suns. I'm sick of the local media lovefest for the Wiz. Arenas is the man, but I'm so happy they lost last night. The West is so strong, it's just insane. The Pistons would be a 7th seed in the West and they are the #1 seed in the East, it's laughable really.

Enough about me, what's up with you?

Tuesday, January 23, 2007
11:51 PM - January 23, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
IGN Update (Sports, PS3)

IGN has posted the following: