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Thursday, October 5, 2006
08:11 AM - October 5, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Stabbing Apparently Over Football Video Game

The Decatur Daily has the scoop.
"Football fans can take a game seriously, especially when two rivals take the field.

But one fan is facing an attempted murder charge after allegedly stabbing his wife's cousin, apparently because Tennessee was winning, Sheriff Mike Blakely said.

And the game wasn't real."


Question of the Day

Who wins the World Series?

I certainly hope it is not the Yankees, I'm pulling for Detroit or Oakland. Actually, anyone but the Yanks and Cards.


Other Stuff...
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12:07 AM - October 5, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
IGN Update (PS2, 360)

IGN has posted the following:


Forza Motorsport 2 Preview (360)

1up has posted their preview of Forza Motorsport 2.
"But Dan Greenawalt, Forza 2 director and full-time automotive evangelist--although that's not technically part of his job title--is finally ready to talk about what's going on with the sequel and how the game might not be just for hardcore racing sim fans anymore."

Wednesday, October 4, 2006
08:50 PM - October 4, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted the following Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 07 goodies.

08:27 PM - October 4, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some more FIFA Soccer 07 screenshots.
"The players in FIFA Soccer 07 now include 'soccer brains' never before seen in a video game – and we've given them a brand new ball to play with. For the first time ever the ball is alive with its own independent physics, resulting in truly unpredictable gameplay."

06:30 PM - October 4, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some more movie clips from Need For Speed Carbon.
"Each crew member has unique skills that you trigger during races to give you the winning edge over opponents. Call on a Blocker to create a distraction and slow down other racers or a Scout to lead you to shortcuts on the track."

After Winning First-Ever Rally at 12th Summer X Games, Codemasters Signs The U.S. Race Pro For Next-Gen Off-Road Racer

Los Angeles (October 4, 2006) - Codemasters today announced it has signed a non-exclusive agreement with U.S. pro racer Travis Pastrana, the star of this year’s summer X Games and winner of the first ever X Games Rally event, to feature in DIRT: Colin McRae Off-Road, scheduled for release in 2007.

DIRT: Colin McRae Off-Road is the next generation of the genre leading, 8-million+ selling racing series. Set to be the most diverse and exhilarating off-road racing experience, the game is now in development for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC.

Travis will contribute his voice for DIRT: Colin McRae Off-Road as the pre-competition presenter and introduce players to forthcoming race events, specific stages and car characteristics. If players blaze a trail to glory, he’ll be ready to congratulate them on their performance and let them know if they’re ready to advance to tougher championships.

On August 5th, Travis won the gold medal in the rally event in the 12th summer X Games, held in Los Angeles. Ironically, in doing so, he knocked co-competitor Colin McRae into second place after McRae spectacularly rolled his car through the last jump.

“It was awesome to compete against McRae in this year’s summer X Games and even better to win the first rally event in the series,” said Travis Pastrana. “I’ve admired Colin McRae for a long time and the McRae games have an incredible reputation as the best in their field. It’s very cool to now be directly involved in the production of DIRT: Colin McRae Off-Road and to be able to share my enthusiasm for rallying and off-road racing with gamers.”

Born October 8, 1983 in Annapolis, Maryland, Travis is a Moto X champion and has competed professionally in rally events since 2003’s Race of Champions. He has driven the Subaru WRX STi for the Subaru-sponsored Vermont SportsCar team and currently leads the driver standings in the Rally America National Championship. In addition to winning the 12th summer X Games rally, he received the Moto X Best Trick Gold for pulling the first-ever double back flip in the competition, and won the Moto X Freestyle event.

DIRT: Colin McRae Off-Road is coming in 2007 for PLAYSTATION®3, Xbox360 and PC. Sign up for total mud splattering, gravel churning, handbrake turning, off-road racing online at www.codemasters.com/dirt.

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About DIRT: Colin McRae Off-Road
DIRT: Colin McRae Off-Road is set to be the most diverse and exhilarating off-road racing experience ever with sensational gravel, mud and dirt events the world over. Events will include the series’ intense point-to-point races and then take players further off-road than ever before with perilous Hill Climb, collision-packed Rally Cross, rough terrain Rally Raid and more events.

DIRT: Colin McRae Off-Road will deliver the wheel-screaming exhilaration of off-road racing with the next generation of the series’ sublime car handling and physics system and a devastating new damage engine that ensures players experience every bump in the track, every loose rock, every inch of shifting dirt through the reactive environments.

With an incredible range of off-road vehicles, thrill-packed tracks, modes that make the most of online multiplayer, and more varied events than any other single-championship rally game has offered before, Colin McRae is being reborn as a bigger, better, wilder, faster racing experience.

NOTE:
* In the U.S., the game is titled “DIRT: Colin McRae Off-Road.” Game titled “Colin McRae: DIRT” in PAL territories.

ABOUT CODEMASTERS
Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher of best-selling interactive entertainment products for a global audience on current and future gaming platforms and channels. Established in 1986, the company’s dominant brands include Colin McRae Rally, TOCA Race Driver, LMA Manager, Brian Lara Cricket and Operation Flashpoint. The company is headquartered in Southam, Warwickshire UK and maintains operations in the US, Germany, France, Spain, and Benelux. More information about the company and its products is available online at http://www.codemasters.com.

02:44 PM - October 4, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
NCAA Football 07 and Madden NFL 07 Video Strategy Guides Available (360)

Major Nelson has the scoop.
  • Madden NFL 07 Video Strategy Guides
    "Madden NFL 07 Video Strategy Guide - Run Defense (720p) – 160 Points
    Madden NFL 07 Video Strategy Guide – Pass Defense (720p) – 160 Points
    Madden NFL 07 Video Strategy Guide - Passing (720p) – 160 Points
    Madden NFL 07 Video Strategy Guide - Running (720p) – 160 Points
    This content is only available in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and United States.

    Madden NFL 07 LA Rams Classic Stadium – 300 Points
    Madden NFL 07 Seattle Seahawks Classic Stadium – 300 Points
    This content is NOT available in Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, and Taiwan."
  • NCAA Football 07 Video Strategy Guides
    "NCAA 07 Video Strategy Guide - Offense: Passing (720p) – 160 Points
    NCAA 07 Video Strategy Guide - Offense: Rushing (720p) – 160 Points
    NCAA 07 Video Strategy Guide - Defense: Passing (720p) – 160 Points
    NCAA 07 Video Strategy Guide - Defense: Rushing (720p) – 160 Points

    This content is only available in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and US."


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09:06 AM - October 4, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Shawn Drotar visited the Neversoft studio to give Tony Hawk's Project 8 a spin. Find out what he thought about the game.
"After visiting the Neversoft studio, and taking their latest creation for a spin, it's possible that we might see the sports game of the year hit store shelves next month - Tony Hawk's Project 8 looks to be that good.

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Neversoft's studio is a wide-open former warehouse, and judging by the decor (and the large half-pipe adjoining the break room), it's obvious that skateboarding, both digital and real-world, is the Hawk team's passion."

07:48 AM - October 4, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Pro Evolution Soccer 6 First Impressions (Multi)


Eurogamer has posted their preview of Pro Evolution Soccer 6.
"Taking advantage of loose balls and counter-attacks demands more poise and intelligence in passing than ever. To match that, your fellow professionals now work more convincingly off the ball, darting into space. The days of watching a player stand waiting to receive the ball are almost completely gone. To help keep the game moving, you can now use quick free-kicks too; hit L1 and R1 together when fouled, and you can often pass on upfield rather than having to line up with the entire opposing team ahead of you, as used to be the case."


Need for Speed Carbon Demo (360)


According to Major Nelson, the Need for Speed Carbon demo is on the Marketplace.
"The Battle for the City is Won in the Canyons. What starts in the city is settled in the canyons as Need for Speed Carbon immerses you in the world’s most dangerous and adrenaline-filled form of street racing. You and your Crew must race in an all-out war for the city, risking everything to take over your rivals’ neighborhoods one block at a time. As the police turn up the heat, the battle ultimately shifts to Carbon Canyon, where territories and reputations can be lost on every perilous curve. With Online racing and the most advanced graphics and car customization tools ever, Need for Speed Carbon is the ultimate next generation racing game."


Pro Evolution Soccer 6 at London Games Festival


GamingGroove has the scoop.
"The London Games Festival will be the first public showing of Konami?s latest and much anticipated addition to the Pro Evolution series. HMV?s ?Theatre of Dreams? and flag ship Oxford Street store (150 Oxford St), will be the stage on the 6th October as hundreds of gamers put the game through it?s own pre-season, prior to it?s 27th October release."


Wii Steering Wheel Movie Clip (Wii)


Play-Nintendo has posted a movie clip that shows of the Wii Steering Wheel.
"We've all seen pictures, but now we have a video where you can actually see the steering wheel that's being packed with both GT Pro Series and Monster 4x4 World Circuit in people's hands. It's smaller than I expected, but see for yourself."


Xboxyde Update (360)

Xboxyde has posted the following:

Question of the Day

Which three games are in your rotation?

NBA 2K7, Madden NFL 07 and NFL 2K5.





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12:05 AM - October 4, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
IGN Update (Multi)

IGN has posted the following:


Worthplaying Update (Multi)

Worthplaying has posted the following:

Tuesday, October 3, 2006
08:48 PM - October 3, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Texas Hold ‘Em Game Deals Sophisticated AI and Persistent Gameplay Experience

New York, NY – October 3rd, 2006 – Myelin Media LLC, a publisher of interactive entertainment software, today announced that STACKED(TM) with Daniel Negreanu has officially launched on the PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system. The premiere Texas Hold ‘Em video game developed by 3G Studios, STACKED utilizes a highly acclaimed artificial intelligence (AI) system that devises new strategies for victory as it learns more about each player’s individual style of play. As a player progresses through the game, the AI will become more advanced as it builds a profile of weaknesses and attempts to exploit them. Rated T for Teen by the ESRB, STACKED for the PSP system is available for purchase at leading retailers including Best Buy, EB Games and GameStop, and carries a suggested retail price of $19.99.

STACKED PSP Features:
• Exclusively licensed Artificial Intelligence system that adapts to your playing style in real-time, developed from over ten years of university research in game theory, machine learning and opponent modeling.
• Daniel Negreanu's Poker School provides the player with expert instruction on all aspects of Hold 'em, through full-motion video, voiceovers, and scripted in-game sequences.
• Accurately modeled 3D environments and characters based on real casinos and licensed professionals.
• Professional broadcast design recreates the spectacle and drama of televised poker.

“STACKED continues to push the boundaries of video game technology with an advanced artificial intelligence system that actually adapts to your style of play,” said Ken Woo, producer at Myelin Media. “Whether you’re a novice or professional, STACKED offers a sophisticated poker experience that is second to none on the PSP system. The added advantage is the titles’ affordable price point, which makes it immediately accessible for gamers of all ages.”

Advancing through the game’s career mode, players will encounter seven of poker’s most decorated pro players: Josh Arieh, Jennifer Harman, Erick Lindgren, Juan Carlos Mortensen, Evelyn Ng, David Williams and Daniel Negreanu himself, each with a custom AI bot that matches their real-world play style. Players can choose to compete against the Poki AI system in the game’s challenging single player mode, or access nearly an hour of video tips and strategies from Daniel Negreanu, which cover all aspects of the game from basic rules to advanced strategies for tournament success.

For more information about STACKED with Daniel Negreanu, please visit stacked.mtv.com.

About Myelin Media
Myelin Media, LLC. is a privately funded entertainment software publisher headquartered in New York City. Established in March 2004, Myelin aims to bring unique game content to consumers by empowering developer creativity. Visit www.myelinmedia.com for more information.

Dan the Automator Produces 12 Original and Exclusive Tracks Featuring
A Tribe Called Quest, Fabolous, Mos Def, Ghostface, E40 and More!

New York, NY – October 3, 2006 – 2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: TTWO), announced today that Dan the Automator presents 2K7, the soundtrack for NBA 2K7, is now available in stores across North America on Decon Records and distributed by Caroline Music Worldwide. With producer Dan the Automator at the helm, the exclusive and all original collection of 12 tracks will feature Fabolous, Most Def, Ghostface, E-40 and a special remix of “Lyrics to Go”, the classic hit by A Tribe Called Quest.

In addition to contributing to the soundtrack, select featured artists will appear in NBA 2K7 as playable characters, including Dan the Automator, Phife from A Tribe Called Quest, and others.

“We’re ecstatic to have the opportunity to work with Dan the Automator to create original music and production for the NBA 2K7 soundtrack,” said Tim Rosa, director of brand and lifestyle marketing for 2K Sports. “Dan is noted for his production skills, but he is also a huge sports fan with solid gaming skills. He was the perfect choice for this project.”

“It’s cool to work on NBA 2K7 with 2K Sports. They have consistently made the best hoops video game and produced by far the most diverse and representative video game soundtracks,” said Dan the Automator. “Basketball is a global sport and I wanted to represent that universal appeal by bringing together an eclectic mix of artists for NBA 2K7.”

Dan the Automator presents 2K7 includes the following tracks: Dan the Automator – Intro, A Tribe Called Quest – Lyrics to Go (Dan the Automator Remix), Fabolous – Ball Til You Fall, Mos Def & Anwar Superstar – Here Comes The Champ, and many others.

NBA 2K7 is available on the Xbox 360™ and Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. NBA 2K7 for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system will also be coming this holiday season.

For more information and a complete listing of Dan the Automator presents 2K7 soundtrack log onto http://www.2KSports.com.

About Take-Two Interactive Software

Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is an integrated global developer, marketer, distributor and publisher of interactive entertainment software games and accessories for the PC, PlayStation® game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Xbox® and Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DS™ and Game Boy® Advance. The Company publishes and develops products through its wholly owned labels Rockstar Games, 2K and 2K Sports, and Global Star Software; and distributes products in North America through its Jack of All Games subsidiary. Take-Two also manufactures and markets video game accessories in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific region through its Joytech subsidiary. The Company maintains sales and marketing offices in Cincinnati, New York, Toronto, Geneva, London, Paris, Munich, Madrid, Milan, Sydney, Breda (Netherlands), Auckland, Shanghai and Tokyo. Take-Two's common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO. For more corporate and product information please visit our website at www.take2games.com.

All trademarks and copyrights contained herein are the property of their respective holders.

“PlayStation”, "PLAYSTATION", and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox Live are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

The NBA and individual NBA member team identifications used on or in this product are trademarks, copyrighted designs and other forms of intellectual property of NBA Properties, Inc. and the respective NBA member teams and may not be used, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of NBA Properties, Inc. © 2006 NBA Properties, Inc.

08:39 PM - October 3, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
KICK OFF IS UPON US AS FIFA SOCCER 07 SHIPS TO RETAILERS TODAY

This is the Season to Fulfill Your Soccer
Dreams and Take Your Club to the Title

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – October 3, 2006 – Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced that EA SPORTS™ FIFA Soccer 07 videogame shipped to retailers throughout North America today for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DS™, Game Boy® Advance, PC and mobile.

FIFA Soccer 07 offers fans the chance to live out their soccer dreams and take their clubs to the title with complete control of their favorite clubs and players, enabling gamers to experience the highs and lows of the upcoming season.

From the first whistle, FIFA Soccer 07 throws you into the emotional rollercoaster of the soccer season as you live out the intensity of every home and away match. Specially-designed audio replicates the crowd reactions found in stadiums around the world. The dynamic game engine brings to life the emotional response of the crowd during the highs and lows of a match. Crowds respond to what occurs on the pitch by cheering or jeering, and broadcast commentary reflects the momentum swings that play out in games.

This year, you have the power to shape your club’s destiny in the EA SPORTS Interactive Leagues, a new online mode that enables you to pit your club against supporters of your real-world opponents. The online interactive leagues feature the F.A. Premier League, Bundesliga, French Ligue 1 Orange and the Mexican 1st Division. Experience the future of online gaming as you play your games according to the real-world schedule. When they play, you play. Track your team’s progress as the aggregate results determine your club’s position in the league table. Now you actually take to the pitch for the glory of your club. This is the season where you make the difference!

FIFA Soccer 07 was developed by EA Canada in Vancouver, B.C., and is rated “E” (Everyone) by the ESRB. It will ship on the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system on October 17, 2006. FIFA Soccer 07 for the Xbox 360™ video and entertainment system with the dynamic new EA SPORTS engine and all new gameplay will ship later this month.

Learn more about the game at http://fifa07.ea.com.

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About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTSTM, EATM, EA SPORTS BIGTM and POGOTM. In fiscal 2006, EA posted revenue of $2.95 billion and had 27 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com.

08:36 PM - October 3, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
NEW YORK, NY – October 3, 2006 – 2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: TTWO), announced today that the top-rated title for four-straight years*, NHL® 2K7 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, is now available in stores across North America for $19.99.

Players are immersed into all of the action and excitement of professional hockey with NHL 2K7 as it delivers several new innovative and compelling features. NHL 2K7 redefines how virtual hockey is played with revolutionary, new camera angles, while dramatic visuals and smooth animations add to the overall look and feel of the game. The acclaimed ProControl™ makes a triumphant return as it gives players even more defensive tools to utilize on the ice with the all-new Pressure Control™. With seamless, unmatched online play and the most comprehensive online feature set anywhere including complete online stat tracking, buddy list management, and online leagues, 2K Sports continues to lead the online gaming revolution.

“The NHL season has now officially started for PlayStation 2 consumers,” stated Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. “NHL 2K7 truly provides gamers with the most authentic, enthralling hockey video game experience to date with the introduction of unique camera angles, fluid skating animations, striking visuals, enhanced ProControl, and unparalleled online gameplay.”

Featuring 2006 Hart Memorial Trophy recipient and San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton on the cover, NHL 2K7 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system is now available for $19.99. NHL 2K7 is also available for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for $59.99 and the Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for $19.99. NHL 2K7 for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system will be coming this holiday season.

For more information click on www.2ksports.com

*According to GameRankings.com average scores of 2003-2006 hockey video games.

About Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is an integrated global developer, marketer, distributor and publisher of interactive entertainment software games and accessories for the PC, PlayStation® game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Xbox® and Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DS™ and Game Boy® Advance. The Company publishes and develops products through its wholly owned labels Rockstar Games, 2K and 2K Sports, and Global Star Software; and distributes products in North America through its Jack of All Games subsidiary. Take-Two also manufactures and markets video game accessories in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific region through its Joytech subsidiary. The Company maintains sales and marketing offices in Cincinnati, New York, Toronto, Geneva, London, Paris, Munich, Madrid, Milan, Sydney, Breda (Netherlands), Auckland, Shanghai and Tokyo. Take-Two's common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO. For more corporate and product information please visit our website at www.take2games.com.

All trademarks and copyrights contained herein are the property of their respective holders.

“PlayStation”, "PLAYSTATION", and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox Live are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

NHL is a registered trademark and the NHL Shield is a trademark of the National Hockey League. NHL and NHL team marks are the property of the NHL and its teams. © NHL 2006. All Rights Reserved. NHL 2K7 is an Officially Licensed Product of the NHL. © NHLPA. NHL 2K7 is an Officially Licensed Product of the NHLPA. NHLPA, National Hockey League Players' Association and the NHLPA logo are trademarks of the NHLPA and are used under license by Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

08:24 PM - October 3, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted another Blitz: The League trailer, as well as a few screenshots.
"Blitz®: The league™, the game which revolutionized pro football videogames, is back and better than ever starring the new bad boy on the block, Bill Romanowski, as linebacker Bruno Batagglia. Step onto the field with more customization options than ever before, with new players, cities, and logos which will help you to create what could be the greatest franchise in League history."