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Saturday, December 9, 2006
09:37 AM - December 9, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
TrackMania United Website Online (PC)

The official TrackMania United website is online.
"Like its predecessors, TrackMania United offers a variety of amazing content creation tools that increase the game's replay value. The well-known track editor allows anyone to make their own tracks from a selection of more than 1,000 construction blocks, and then share these tracks in single- or multiplayer modes. In addition to the track editor, a video editing studio lets players create race and stunt videos that can be shared in a variety of video file formats, which allows for open distribution. Last but not least, the paint workshop lets players customise each vehicle's appearance with decals, paints and other visual enhancements."


Question of the Day

What game(s) are you playing over the weekend?

Vegas and Madden.


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Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
bball_1523 (23), TheTurnover (23), Shaun (18)

Friday, December 8, 2006
11:54 PM - December 8, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
IGN Update (360, Sports)

IGN has posted the following:

11:11 PM - December 8, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some Burnout Dominator screenshots.
"Get ready for complete and total domination. Electronic Arts (NASAQ: ERTS) today announced that Burnout™ Dominator is in development exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system.

Burnout Dominator is an all-new installment of the legendary and multi-award winning Burnout™ series, loaded with intense racing action and dozens of retina-searing World Tour events. Burnout Dominator challenges gamers to face off against a series of hot-blooded rivals in brutal tests of aggressive driving techniques where performing burnouts gives you the advantage and multiplies your score potential. For the ultimate nerve-wracking experience, Burnout Dominator takes you to the very edge of control, punishing the smallest mistakes and rewarding drivers for taking outrageous risks."

11:09 PM - December 8, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some more NCAA March Madness 07 screenshots.
"Defend your home court and bring the crowd into the game like never before with NCAA® March Madness® 07. Rock the house, stifle your opponents with smothering defense, and create turnovers that lead to easy transition baskets on your way to victory.

Home court and the home crowd have never meant more as NCAA March Madness 07 debuts on the Xbox 360™. Feel the intensity, see the crowd come alive, and watch your players either rise to the occasion or wilt under the pressure of charged-up, authentic college courts. This year NCAA March Madness 07 delivers all-new interactive environments where players can interact with the crowds, school mascots, cheerleaders, and even the band. Listen to school fight songs or the student–section call out opposing players to rattle their nerves and impact their Composure Ratings."

11:08 PM - December 8, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just some more NBA Street Homecourt screenshots.
"With a brand new game engine only possible with the power of next generation console systems, the NBA STREET franchise is once again raising the bar with cutting edge visuals and innovative gameplay by putting the ball in your hands. With a new animation engine and control system, NBA STREET Homecourt allows users to create gravity-defying tricks-on-the-fly.

NBA STREET Homecourt merges legendary playgrounds with the hometown courts of your favorite NBA stars, featuring 360 degrees of view. Anthony’s court is featured in the game with true-to-life authenticity. Make a name for yourself and earn an invite to step onto Melo’s homecourt to take him on head-to-head. Plus, the NBA's best players are all rendered in meticulous detail, making true athlete likeness a reality and putting you up close and personal with every move and moment. Garner respect as you progress along your hometown journey and become a legend."

11:06 PM - December 8, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
STAY ON COURSE WITH JONATHAN VILMA AND THE BURGER KING ON XBOX LIVE

New York Jets Jonathan Vilma and The Burger King Set To Compete in the Latest Xbox Live Game with Fame Session

New York Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma and royal subject the Burger King will swap practice cleats and a WHOPPER® Sandwich for a low-rider to race against fans on Xbox Live® as part of the latest Xbox Live Game with Fame session. Xbox Live Gold members interested in the chance to take on the duo in Pocketbike Racer for Xbox 360™ Tuesday, December 12, 2006 between 4:30 - 5:30 PM ET, should visit bkgamer.com and register by December 8, 2006.

The King is most recognized for his starring role in the BURGER KING® TV ads, but seems to be everywhere these days -- walking red carpets, making big hits on the NFL field, dating celebrity models and now starring in his own video games.

New York Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma is the third player in team history to earn the coveted AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award. In just his third season in the NFL, Vilma has started in 42 of 44 games played, collecting 372 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, five interceptions for 59 yards, 11 pass deflections, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. While attending the University of Miami, Vilma was a three-time member of the Academic All-Big East team and a first-team All-American selection. He was also a two-time Butkus Award nominee, which recognizes the nation's top linebacker.

The Xbox Live Game with Fame program gives Xbox Live subscribers the unique opportunity to meet, chat and play against some of today's hottest stars. Past Game with Fame celebrity players include Kansas City Chiefs’ Larry Johnson, Jack Black, Jenny McCarthy, Chamillionaire, New York Yankees’ Jason Giambi, Ryan Cabrera and Ludacris. For further information on other Xbox Live events, be sure to visit the Game with Fame Web site at http://www.xbox.com/gamewithfame.

Get on course and go off course in this low-riding, pocketbike, dirt-land adventure. In Pocketbike Racer, players can race the King and his miniature motorbike crew through five fun, yet challenging speedways. Each track varies in level of difficulty, and players navigate long straights, tight bends and sharp turns at high speeds while attempting to earn enhancements and tools that they can use as an advantage over opponents. HAVE IT YOUR WAY® customization options allow players to select a bike and a driver and then hit the track of their choice – a BURGER KING restaurant parking lot, a construction site, a backyard, the King’s garden or the Fantasy Ranch set.

The new BK® Xbox Game Series – a collection of three authentic Xbox video games – is available at participating restaurants for $3.99 per game with the purchase of any Value Meal, for a limited time only, while supplies last. Prices and participation may vary. Compatible on both Xbox and Xbox 360™ platforms, “Pocketbike Racer,” “Big Bumpin’” and “Sneak King” blend the popularity of BURGER KING brand icons, such as Subservient Chicken and the King himself into visually rich, three-dimensional environments. The games were developed by Blitz Games.

MIDWAY TO UNVEIL EXCLUSIVE TEASER TRAILER FOR TNA iMPACT! VIDEOGAME AT 2006 SPIKE TV VGAs

Chicago – December 8, 2006 – Midway Games Inc., a leading interactive entertainment software publisher and developer, today announced that it will unveil the first teaser trailer for the upcoming TNA iMPACT! videogame at the 2006 Spike TV VGAs on Wednesday, December 13 airing at 10PM ET. The exclusive first look trailer will be introduced by TNA star Kurt Angle and will also be shown on Thursday, December 14 during an episode of TNA iMPACT! on Spike TV airing at 9PM ET. The teaser trailer will be available online at TNAwrestling.com that same evening, giving gamers a first look at the highly anticipated product. The TNA iMPACT! videogame is scheduled to ship in 2008 for next generation game systems.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling is the future of pro wrestling. TNA iMPACT!™ airs exclusively on SpikeTV on TNA iMPACT airs Thursday nights at 9PM ET with a Saturday night replay at 11PM ET. In addition to the weekly show, TNA Wrestling also produces a monthly pay-per-view special where its top stars such as Kurt Angle, Sting, Samoa Joe, Christian Cage, and AJ Styles compete in, above and beyond the signature six–sided ring.

About TNA iMPACT!
TNA iMPACT! is set to be the most complete wrestling videogame to date. Featuring top talent such as Samoa Joe, Kurt Angle, Abyss, AJ Styles, Rhino, Raven, Christian Cage and more, TNA iMPACT! will deliver all of the excitement and action of the top-rated weekly television show.

About TNA Wrestling
TNA Entertainment, LLC is a privately held company headquartered in Nashville,TN. TNA iMPACT! airs Thursday nights at 9PM ET on Spike TV. TNA programming is currently available in 118 countries and is also available on monthly pay–per–view on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Dish Network and TVN as well as Viewer's Choice, Bell ExpressVu and Shaw PPV in Canada. The names of all Total Nonstop Action Wrestling televised programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans and all TNA Wrestling logos and trademarks are exclusive property of TNA Entertainment, LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information, visit www.tnawrestling.com.

About Midway
Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY), headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices throughout the world, is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for major videogame systems and personal computers. More information about Midway and its products can be found at www.midway.com.

Catch Football Fever as You Build a Dynasty and Manage Your Team’s Talent through Drafts, Trades, and Play Calling

PARKVILLE, MD – December 8, 2006 – Enlight, one of the world’s leading developers and publishers of entertainment software for the PC platform, today announced the next installment in the award-winning sports Mogul series, "Football Mogul 2007." As the premier sports statistical-simulation game on the market, football fans will experience all the intense excitement and strategic challenge that they have come to expect from the series. "Football Mogul 2007" will ship to North American retail stores in December, just in time for the holidays, at an SRP of $19.99.

“With the 2006 NFL season winding down, most football fans are preparing for the long off-season, but the beauty of 'Football Mogul 2007' is that the magic doesn’t have to end when the season does,” said Paul Lombardi, CEO of Enlight Interactive Inc. “Having the ability to hand-pick players based on in-depth statistics and watch as your franchise grows into a dynasty should gratify even the most hardcore football enthusiast.”

“Continuing their reputation as a leader in the PC market, Enlight gives us renewed confidence that Football Mogul will maintain the success of the Sports Mogul franchise,” said Clay Dreslough, president of Sports Mogul Inc. “With so many new features, improvements and game play options, building the ultimate football dynasty will be more exciting then ever.”

With new features and improvements to "Football Mogul 2007," players now have the opportunity to take advantage of a new roster editor which allows for personnel customization of your offensive and defensive packages, to maximize the production of your talent. Players will also be able to take advantage of the new play calling engine which gives you complete control over the plays being called. "Football Mogul 2007" offers an extreme amount of realism and flexibility with thousands of combinations to choose from.

Your success in "Football Mogul 2007" depends heavily on your play calling ability as opposed to simply reacting after the ball is snapped. The game gives players the ability to formulate a strategy around your team’s strengths and exploit opponent mismatches these strengths expose.

The addition of updated year-by-year stats and customized ratings for every team's complete 2006 roster, gives players full control over everything including personnel, rosters, finances, trade negotiations, and even this year’s draft picks. Building your franchise into a dynasty means taking on the role of president, general manager and head coach simultaneously, making every decision a crucial one.

For more information, please visit: http://www.sportsmogul.com/footballcd/index.htm

About Sports Mogul Inc.
Sports Mogul Inc. is an electronic entertainment company that designs and develops computer-based General Manager sports simulations. The company's product line includes Baseball Mogul, Baseball Mogul 99, Baseball Mogul 2000, Baseball Mogul 2002, Baseball Mogul 2003, and Football Mogul. The Mogul series of games has received numerous accolades, including 1998 Sports Game of the Year from Computer Gaming World magazine.

About Enlight
Enlight is one of the world’s leading developers and publishers of entertainment software for the PC platform. The company was founded in 1993 and is widely recognized for its award-winning series of simulation and strategy games, including the Capitalism series, the Seven Kingdoms series, and the Empire series of business simulation games.

The publishing arm of the Enlight group has released such successful products as the X2 and X3 space sim series, the Trackmania series, and the Baseball Mogul series. The company has offices in US, UK, Hong Kong, and China. With its solid development and publishing operations, and a strong network of distribution partners all over the world, Enlight continues to expand its portfolio of game products. For more information, visit the company's Web site at http://www.enlight.com.

08:04 AM - December 8, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Holiday Sports Picks for 2006

5WG has posted their Holiday Sports Picks for 2006.
"The holiday season is upon us, and odds are that you have a gamer or two on your shopping list.

Sports games are perfect for the entire family to play together, as they encourage team play and strategic thinking, and all the games listed below are rated "E" for everyone by the ESRB, so you don't have to worry about anything objectionable for the younger set.

Whether your favorite sports gamer has an Xbox 360™ or an original Xbox®, 2006 was a banner year for sports gaming, and I've listed some of the finest of this year's crop here. One of these (or more!) will be sure to please your favorite armchair quarterback."


Question of the Day

What are you up to this weekend?

My daughter is having a Christmas party tonight, she's really looking forward to going. Can't wait for the big Boys vs. Saints game!


Other Stuff...
Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
RahKhem, Yellow5 (38), hogsnumberone (30), Rau71 (23), rocker78 (18)

ESPN AND EA SPORTS PRESENT SECOND SEASON OF MADDEN NATION

Reggie Bush, Carson Palmer, Michael Strahan and Vince Young Featured as Madden NFL Football Gamers Vie for $100,000 Prize

ESPN, Electronic Arts and its EA SPORTS™ brand will again present Madden Nation – a reality series taking fans inside the world of Madden NFL 07. Airing weekly on Wednesdays, beginning December 13 (12:00 and 12:30 a.m. ET/ December 12 at 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. PT on ESPN2), the eight-episode series will pit the nation’s top 13 Madden NFL 07 gamers—along with real-life NFL player sponsors—against each other in elimination-style tournaments on a 12-city bus tour. NFL players Reggie Bush, Carson Palmer, Michael Strahan and Vince Young will be among the players featured during the tour, including scenes in the actual homes of some NFL players. The finale, which takes place in New York City’s Times Square, will air Wednesday, January 3, on ESPN2. The Madden Nation winner claims a $100,000 prize.

“After seeing the enthusiasm of fans from last year’s competition, we look forward to bringing them another action-packed series with this year’s Madden Nation, featuring more NFL players and some unforeseen plot twists,” said Ron Semiao, senior vice president, ESPN Original Entertainment.

With scenarios designed to test players’ skills, the tournament will now feature the gamers competing in teams of two to maintain their place in the tournament. However, each round one player from the losing team must face a "free agent" vying for their spot on the bus and in the competition. Tour stops include NFL cities Orlando, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Nashville, Cincinnati, Canton, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia and New York, as well as stops at EA SPORTS™ Madden Challenge events, NFL stadiums and a Monday Night Football game - all en route to the finale in Times Square.

Last year’s EA SPORTS Madden Challenge champion, Jarvis Thomas of Upper Marlboro, Md., appears in this year’s Madden Nation along with contestants made up of three former college athletes, a gamer from Australia, a DJ and father of three, a former World Series of Poker player, several college students and others. Additional footage and show information can be found at www.espnvideogames.com.

"Madden Nation is a great window into the passion and spirit of competition that lives in the Madden community” said Brandon Barber, Director of Entertainment Marketing at EA. “This year's Madden Nation is proof that video games can make great television and of the great partnership between EA and ESPN in pursuing that goal."

Each gamer is matched with an NFL player and meets him along the tour.

Athletes Gamer’s Representing Them Gamer’s Home
1. Willis McGahee Billy “da Secret” Wolf Tampa, Fla
2. Edgerrin James Troy “T-Roy” Brown Houston, TX
3. Michael Strahan Richard “DJ Rhude” Thomas Brooklyn, NY
4. Reggie Bush Tommie “The Therapist” Hill Brooklyn Park, MN
5. Vince Young Rico Williams Wilmington, DE
6. Mario Williams Robert “RJ” Warren District Heights, MD
7. Randy Moss Fred “Fred Dizzle” Amonseum Woodbridge, VA (originally West Africa)
8. Antonio Gates Michael “Blotto” Southman South Australia

FREE AGENTS

9. Carson Palmer Donald “DJ” Mazzola Bellevue, WA
10. Clinton Portis Mukala “Coach Muk” Sikyala Riverdale, MD
11. Joey Porter Stephen “Stevo Baby” White Ft. Washington, MD
12. Deangelo Hall Jarvis “Young Jarvis” Thomas Upper Marlboro, MD
13. Alex Smith- TE TJ Tsandis Orlando, FL
14. Vince Young Mike “Mad Dog” McAnaney Rochester, NY

ESPN Original Entertainment
Launched in 2001, ESPN Original Entertainment is ESPN’s award-winning original programming banner. The EOE brand spans ESPN's sports-themed original movies, scripted and unscripted dramatic series, daily talk and debate series, documentaries, game shows and groundbreaking televised events such as the X Games and The ESPYS, and is delivered across multiple media platforms. With theatrical releases such as Through the Fire about basketball phenom Sebastian Telfair and Once in a Lifetime about the 1970’s New York Cosmos, EOE continues to plant itself firmly on the cutting edge of sports and entertainment television and event creation. Also, EOE's daily lifestyle and entertainment-themed series Cold Pizza and Quite Frankly are cornerstones of ESPN2’s programming lineup. With many new scripted and unscripted projects in development, EOE serves both the passionate sports fan and the more casual viewer, and strives to expand ESPN's already industry-leading offerings in live events and sports news & information programming.

Download the trailer here
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12:24 AM - December 8, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
GameSpy Update (PS2, PS3)

GameSpy has posted the following:


IGN Update (Multi)

IGN has posted the following:

Thursday, December 7, 2006
08:11 PM - December 7, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Tecmo Super Bowl NFL Week 14 Simulation

The Ex-'Burgher has posted week 14 of his Tecmo Super Bowl simulation.
"Again, I'm playing these games in "Coach" mode, so slow down on the "How did you not hit that wide open receiver ROFLMAO, you suck at life Joe Rogan" emails. I'm calling the plays, but the computer is (for the most part, poorly) executing them, what with the not winning blocking fights and why do you keep running into your blockers, dumbface."


Need for Speed Carbon Content Available on the Marketplace (360)

Major Nelson has the scoop.
"Can’t decide between the Muscle, Tuner, or Exotic bundle? Get the best of all worlds with this Custom Bundle featuring all three car types. Unlock all of these cars now including the 2006 Shelby GT500, exclusive to Xbox Live Marketplace.This Custom Car Bundle includes: 2005 Pontiac GTO, 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse, 2007 Lamborghini Murciélago LP640, 1969 Plymouth® Road Runner, 2006 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, 2006 Shelby GT500, 1995 Toyota MR2Except for the 2006 Shelby GT500, cars in this bundle can be achieved without purchase by progressing through Reward Card. Custom Cars are pre-tuned and can not be modified further with Performance upgrades."


Other Stuff...

08:31 AM - December 7, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Pro Evolution Soccer 6 Trailer (360)

According to Major Nelson, there is a new Pro Evolution Soccer 6 trailer available on the Marketplace.


Virtua Tennis 3 Screenshots (360, PS3)

Xboxyde and Playsyde have both posted some Virtua Tennis 3 screenshots.
"Sega released this whole bunch of images of Virtua Tennis 3, showing a few mini games. No indication of the platform used for these screens."


Beta Test - Test Drive Unlimited (PC)

FilePlanet is giving you an opportunity to beta test Test Drive Unlimited.


Stoked Rider - Developer Diary (PC)

The official Stoked Rider website has posted a developer diary.
"Today we will take a look on how the control-scheme of this game works and why we decided for a mouse-steering as main control."


Question of the Day

What's up?

I'm thinking about bringing back the "What's Up?" in the new year. Anyone want to see a return? If there's not enough interest, I'll keep doing what I'm doing. Carry on.


Other Stuff...
Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
MacSeahawk (31), VikingFan4Ever (30), studman (22), Maximus21 (20), ramskid1676 (17)

12:19 AM - December 7, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
GameSpot Update

GameSpot has posted the following:

Wednesday, December 6, 2006
09:55 PM - December 6, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
The soul of SSX remixed, re-energized and fully realized

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – December 6, 2006 – Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that SSX™ Blur developed exclusively for Nintendo Wii™ is the newest version of the critically acclaimed snowboarding franchise. The huge air, blurring speed and insane tricks that SSX is known for return and the fun-factor is amplified by the unique capability of the Nintendo Wii controller. The game is in development by EA Montreal under the EA SPORTS BIG™ brand, and will ship to retailers across North America and Europe in March 2007.

“We wanted to take the soul of the franchise—the air, the speed, the tricks, the fun—and Wii-ify it,” said Alex Hyder, producer on the product. “You’re going to see that reflected in the On-the-Ground & In-the-Air controls, the characters, the user interface, and every other aspect of this game.”

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.

Check out a video clip from the game, right here.