Wednesday, October 25, 2006
09:46 PM - October 25, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
In-Game Advertising Revenue Replaces Planned Monthly Subscription Fees

Diamond Bar, CA- Oct 25, 2006 Netamin Communication Corp, publishers of Ultimate Baseball Online (UBO) 2006, the world’s only massively multiplayer online sports game (MMOSG) for baseball, today announced that due to high interest from advertisers the company has decided to keep UBO free to play, with no subscription fees required. A premium subscription option will still be available for all players, offering leagues and tournaments with cash prizes, player stat keeping, increased experience points for game play and other enhancements.

Over the past four months, UBO 2006 total game play hours have increased by 50%, making the game a hot commodity for leading consumer companies. With the help of a leading in-game advertising agency, the overall UBO experience will become even more realistic as ads begin to appear on billboards in UBO stadiums and in other UBO venues.

“The success of a unique gaming concept like Ultimate Baseball Online is driven by its community of players,” commented Judy Key Johnson, chief operating officer of Netamin. “It’s a win-win situation for our company and for the UBO gaming community if advertising revenue can continue to keep our game free to play for all. Market research has shown that in-game advertising in sport games is not only accepted by players as a preferred alternative to subscription fees, ads provide a more realistic sports game experience as they mirror the real sports world.”

Ultimate Baseball Online 2006 Premium Subscription

Ultimate Baseball Online will offer a tiered system similar to the many fantasy leagues services. A basic free version of UBO offers unlimited character leveling through pick up games and some free tournaments.
For a $7.95 entry fee, players can participate in a 10- game UBO “Season”, featuring cash prizes, regular season and post season awards, exclusive news coverage on the UBO website, and double experience points during league games. There will be five seasons during each calendar year, with a competition at the end of each season, and an annual Best of UBO playoff.

Players who have already subscribed to UBO may choose either a refund, or to apply their subscription fee towards the first official UBO league, which starts in early November 2006, and crowns the winning team as the Best of UBO 2006.

About Ultimate Baseball Online 2006

In UBO, baseball enthusiasts and gamers compete in 3D virtual stadiums. With stunning graphics and surround-sound audio reactions from the crowd, participants control customized characters for each position and compete together against other UBO gamers. Players use an avatar to bat, pitch, field, run, steal and perform any baseball action. Participants can practice, play pick-up games, join or found their own teams, compete against rival teams, play in specialized tournaments, and win league championships in post-season play. Gamers create their own characters and build their skill level (player stats) through successful play on the field against other real human players. Unlike current video games that aim to simulate professional sports, UBO delivers a first-person perspective of a character, created and developed by the player, interacting online in real-time with teammates and opponents.

Over the past three years, beta versions of Ultimate Baseball Online have been played by people throughout the world. UBO has seen strong participation in the United States, Canada, Taiwan, Korea, England, Italy, South Africa, Brazil, Australia and many other countries.

For more information about Ultimate Baseball Online 2006 visit www.ultimatebaseballonline.com

Website: http://www.ultimatebaseballonline.com

About Netamin

Netamin Communication Corporation, a pioneer in Massively Multiplayer Online Sports Games (MMOSG), is headquartered in Diamond Bar, California with additional operations in Korea. The company has launched its first MMOSG title, Ultimate Baseball Online, with subsequent titles planned in the team sports genre. Founded in 1998, Netamin is a privately held corporation aiming to provide an online virtual playing field for all major sports. For more information, please visit www.Netamin.com.

Website: http://www.netamin.com

09:44 PM - October 25, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Veteran Development Team Moves to the Windy City to Focus on Next Generation Videogames - Attracts New Talent from the Midwest

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – October 25, 2006 – Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) the world’s leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment today inaugurated its new studio in downtown Chicago at 215 West Ohio Street. The development team is best known for the hit EA SPORTS™ Fight Night franchise and is currently working on three state-of-the-art games for the PlayStation®3 system and the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system including the hip-hop lifestyle game, DEF JAM: ICON™, as well as a licensed title and a new intellectual property in the fighting videogame genre.

EA Chicago is one of the fastest growing studios at EA with 150 employees currently on staff. EA is planning to increase the number of developers by 100 next year.

The city of Chicago offers EA a unique cross-section of talent drawn from across the Midwest. The history, culture and lifestyle draw creative, design and computer science talent from around the country. By placing the studio in the heart of the city, EA is able to draw from this rich talent pool while offering its employees a sophisticated office space with easy access to public transportation and a host of restaurants and entertainment venues in the near vicinity.

“We are pushing next generation development and technology to the limits and looking for the best talent to help us to create innovative games,” said Kudo Tsunoda, Vice President and General Manager, EA Chicago. “We are in a great location downtown in a unique building that gives us access and visibility to the best resources and creative minds of this thriving city.”

“One thing that sets Chicago apart from many other cities is our diverse workforce, which can meet the needs of just about any business,” said Mayor Richard M. Daley. “EA Chicago will create new jobs and add to Chicago’s reputation as a global center of innovation.”

“We have talented teams working on our games but we’re always looking for new perspective and ideas to consistently push us to be fresh, innovative, and creative,” added Tsunoda.

Interested applicants can email their resume to: http://jobs.ea.com/

EA’s Worldwide Studio Headquarters is in Vancouver, British Columbia. EA’s other North American development studios are located in Montreal, Canada; Redwood City, CA, Los Angeles, CA and Orlando, Florida.

09:40 PM - October 25, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some more Need For Speed Carbon movie clips.
"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.

As the police turn up the heat and force the races to the outskirts of the city, the battle ultimately shifts to Carbon Canyon, where territories and reputations can be lost on every perilous curve.

Use your creativity to design your crew's cars with the revolutionary new Autoscuplt™ car customization tool that gives you the power to turn every vehicle into the car you've always wanted."

08:16 AM - October 25, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
An Exclusive Look At Need for Speed Carbon on the Wii

News Week has posted an Exclusive Look At Need for Speed Carbon on the Wii.
"Those alternatives use both the Wii remote and the nunchuk attachment. In the first one, you rotate the nunchuk left and right to steer, and tilt the Wii remote forwards or backwards from a 45-degree position to accelerate or brake, respectively. For both the second and third alternatives, you hold the Wii remote at a 90 degree angle and tilt it forward to accelerate, while using the Z-button on the nunchuk to brake. The difference is that in the second alternative, you rotate the nunchuk to steer; in the third, you steer with the nunchuk's analog stick."

New Test Drive Content Next Month (360)

360Monster has the scoop.
"Atari have announced a new content download for Test Drive Unlimited called Unlimited Freedom. The pack will include six new cars to race around Oahu including the 25th Anniversary Lambourghini Countach, Ferrari 250 GTO and Noble M400."

Madden Gets Early Price Cut

PSX Extreme has the scoop.
"Once again a top-selling title, EA's Madden NFL '07 has been sitting at or near the top of the sales charts ever since its release in late August. And what's a good way to keep it up there? Well, according to a few online retailers, some of the game's most popular editions are getting a little price reduction."

Gameinfowire Screenshots (PS3)

Gameinfowire has posted screenshots from the following games:
  • Madden NFL 07
    "Coming into its 17th year and with more than 51 million copies sold, Madden NFL Football continues to stand out as the most popular football videogame franchise of all time with a combination of innovative new features and the most authentic football gameplay."
  • Need for Speed Carbon
    "What starts in the city is settled in the canyons as Need for Speed Carbon immerses you into 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. Need for Speed Carbon delivers the next generation of customization giving you the power to design and tweak your crew's cars in every way using the ground-breaking new Autosculpt technology. Represent your car class, your crew, and your turf in Need for Speed Carbon, the next revolution in racing games."

Question of the Day

Do you like sliders in video games?

Hell yes, I do.

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Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
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06:38 AM - October 25, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some more FIFA Soccer 07 screenshots.
"FIFA Soccer 07 on the Xbox 360 system moves away from the traditional animation-based game engine and now enables raw physics and data to drive the action, creating true-to-life movement and stunning visuals never before seen in a soccer game. Player characteristics are based on brand-new traits and twice the number of attributes, so you won't see two players moving in exactly the same way. Instead they look and behave like the athletes we see gracing the pitch week-in, week-out.

This vast wealth of data gives you the power to make real tactical decisions when managing your players. Track your player performance and scrutinise every event via a wealth of stats to aid your half-time decision making. Up to now you've substituted players because they've run out of gas – in FIFA Soccer 07 you’ll be able to measure their performance on the pitch before deciding whether to haul them off or give them time to prove their worth."

06:22 AM - October 25, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.

New Title Is the First and Only DS Game to Enable Voice Chat During Gameplay Over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection

Santa Monica, Calif. — October 24, 2006 — Family and friends can travel the globe and sprint towards the finish line with the first ever downhill skateboard racing game, Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam for Nintendo DS™, now available at retail stores nationwide. Developed by Vicarious Visions and published by Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), the game builds upon the design of Tony Hawk’s American SK8Land and pushes the limits of Nintendo DS hardware by introducing voice chat over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection allowing players to communicate with other DS players worldwide.

“Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam introduces innovative technology never seen before on the DS,” said Will Kassoy, senior vice president of global brand management, Activision, Inc. “In addition to supporting up to four players in multiplayer and offering expanded options to create custom graphics, for the first time players can cheer on their friends or taunt their challengers in co-op or head-to-head competition modes.”

Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam for DS allows players to experience the breakneck speed of downhill skateboard racing as they tear up the steepest terrains in the world while performing tricks and outmaneuvering opponents in locations such as the crowded streets of San Francisco and rocky terrain of Kilimanjaro. Gamers will feel the adrenaline rush as they travel the globe and shred downhill with Tony Hawk while making the gravel and dust fly. Featuring cutting edge Nintendo DS technology, such as breakthrough graphics, voice chat, and local wireless and online gameplay using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection for up to four players, Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam for Nintendo DS delivers an incredible online handheld experience.

Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam was developed by Vicarious Visions and is currently available at retail stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $34.99 and has been rated “E” (Everyone) by the ESRB. A Game BoyŇ Advance version developed by Visual Impact Productions is also available for a suggested retail price of $29.99 and has been rated “E” (Everyone) by the ESRB. For more information and to become part of the Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam community, visit http://ds.downhill-jam.com/.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006
08:33 AM - October 24, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Pro Evolution Soccer 6 Tournament Next Week (PS2)

Eurogamer has the scoop.
"Konami and street-wear retailer Fenchurch are putting on a Pro Evolution Soccer 6 PS2 tournament at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in North London, the publisher said today. With the game due out this Friday, you'll have a month to get yourself in shape before the 128-player tournament kicks off, with first and second round group stages followed by knock-outs and a final. The tournament's taking place on 25th and 26th November and 9th and 10th December, with 1600 quid available as a cash prize, and an extra 100 in cash and vouchers from Fenchurch for the runners-up."

GameTrailers Update (PS3, 360)

GameTrailers have posted the following:

Question of the Day

Bah, what's on your mind today?

The Boys loss is on my mind. A game of what could have been, has turned into what are the Boys going to do next week? I hate when the Boys lose, it makes my work week miserable. Oh well, it could be worse, I could be Drew Bledsoe.

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12:57 AM - October 24, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
FileShack Downloads (Xbox)

FileShack has posted the following downloads:

IGN Update (360)

IGN has posted the following:

Monday, October 23, 2006
06:52 PM - October 23, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some more Need For Speed Carbon screenshots.
"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.

As the police turn up the heat and force the races to the outskirts of the city, the battle ultimately shifts to Carbon Canyon, where territories and reputations can be lost on every perilous curve.

Use your creativity to design your crew's cars with the revolutionary new Autoscuplt™ car customization tool that gives you the power to turn every vehicle into the car you've always wanted."

06:42 PM - October 23, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Ridge Racer 7 PS3 Gamers Day Gameplay Montage

GameTrailers have posted a gameplay montage on Ridge Racer 7 from PS3 Gamers Day.

Gameinfowire Update (PS3)

Gameinfowire has posted the following:
  • NBA 07 Playstation 3 Details and New Screenshots
    "Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment America's San Diego Studio, NBA 07 hits the hardwood exclusively for the PLAYSTATION 3 system showcasing detailed and lifelike graphics supported in true High Definition at 1080p. Taking advantage of the PS3 system's advanced processing power, NBA 07 delivers a true next-generation experience with advanced artificial intelligence (AI), realistic character movements, online functionality, and interaction with the new motion sensor controller. With its array of stunning visuals and new gameplay features, NBA 07 delivers the most realistic and engaging NBA experience available."
  • Ridge Racer 7 Screenshots

FIFA Soccer 07 Screenshots (DS)

N-Europe has posted some screenshots of FIFA Soccer 07.
"Putting the beautiful game in the palm of your hand, EA Sports' latest in the Fifa series - Fifa 07 certainly looks the part. The title features an enhanced managerial mode, improved gameplay, new shooting mechanics, better goalkeeper AI and 510 accurately depicted teams."

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2006 becomes Greatest Hit (PSP)

PSP World has the scoop.
"THQ and JAKKS Pacific said today their professional wrestling PSP title WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2006 had been added to the Greatest Hits collection by Sony and would begin retailing for $19.99. This title, according to the game’s press release, "includes updated fighting and stamina systems, impressive graphics, integrated motion capture technology and authentic SuperStar voiceovers, bringing game play to life with unprecedented levels of realism and strategy during matches."

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09:54 AM - October 23, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
FIFA Soccer 07 Screenshots (360)

Xboxyde has posted some screenshots of FIFA Soccer 07.
"Electronic Arts released these 6 new images of Fifa 2007, Xbox 360 version. It's really nice looking, too bad we only will get to really enjoy the graphics during the replays."

Motion-Sensitive Racing in New Explain-o-Pics (Wii)

Games Rader has the scoop.
"Carbon's other control schemes use the Nunchuk. First, you can roll the Nunchuk left or right to steer while holding the Wii-mote at a 45-degree angle, raising or lowering it to accelerate or brake. Or in another setup you could hold the Wii-mote pointing straight up, dipping it to accelerate and using the Z button on the Nunchuk to brake. Finally, you can also opt to use this Wii-mote option while steering with the Nunchuk joystick."

Formula 1 06 Screenshots (PS3)

Pro-G has posted some screenshots of Formula 1 06.

New Logitech Wheel For PS3 Launch in Japan

Digital Displacement has the scoop.
"It's called the GT Force RX wheel and, beyond that it'll cost 9,980 yen, we don't officialy know much about it. We've managed to find the attached three screens of a wheel on Logitech's site labeled as the RX. However, as you can see, they look exactly like the earlier released EX wheel for the PS2. Given the increased price is this simply an EX that can communicate with the console wirelessly? As you can see in the pics, there's no cord coming out of the back (beyond the ports for the pedals and the power). However, EX screenshots didn't show a cord either, so it's hard to say whether this is a feature or just speculation."

Sony Announces MLB '07 (PS3)

Gaming Horizon has the skinny.
"The popular baseball franchise that has made it's way on the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable was offically unveiled and will release in Spring 2007. Currently no details are announced on the title, but it is assumed there will be online play and 1080 picture."

Game Informer Online Update (Multi)

Game Informer Online has posted the following:
  • Def Jam: Icon Movie Clip
    "Check out the new take on the hip-hop fighting series with this first ever video footage of the game in action."
  • Burnout 5 Interview
    "While Burnout Revenge for the Xbox 360 gave gamers a taste of what Criterion could do on next generation consoles, Revenge was still an incredibly enhanced port of the current-gen Revenge with a ton of extras. For Burnout 5 Criterion is going back to the drawing board and is building everything from the ground up for what is expected to be an incredible thrill ride of crashing and tearing cars apart."

Question of the Day

How did your team(s) do this weekend?

Well, the Boys play tonight in a battle for first place in the NFC East, I cannot wait! I was happy to see that 62 yard FG from Bryant yesterday on the Eagles. Are you kidding me? 62 yards away? I haven't even hit one of those in Madden! I figured it was over, no way in hell he makes that kick, but I watched anyways and my jaw dropped when it went through. I then proceeded to dance around the house like a little school girl. Skins got whipped, so the Boys can make me very happy with a win tonight. 2-1 in fantasy football.

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Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
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Sunday, October 22, 2006
12:51 PM - October 22, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
Test Drive Unlimited Content Coming Soon (360)

Totally360.com reports that new downloadable content is coming soon for Test Drive Unlimited.
"The new content will include six brand new cars for the game. It will have the Lamborghini Countach, Ferrari 250 GTO, Noble one M400 and more. Atari has not announced the price for this content however seeing as how the game itself is pretty cheap, one can assume that the downloadable content will follow suit."

09:56 AM - October 22, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
NBA 2K7: Class is in Session

Shawn Drotar, over at the new 5W-G website, has posted an article entitled, NBA 2K7: Class is in Session.
"In NBA basketball, the "smack talk" has been raised to a high art. This year, NBA 2K7 backed theirs up—literally. The back of the game's box reads "The Next Generation Champion," and 2K Sports has walked the talk.

I'm not afraid to say it: NBA 2K7 is the best console basketball simulation - ever."

Tecmo Super Bowl NFL Week 7 Simulation

The Ex-'Burgher has posted week 7 of his Tecmo Super Bowl NFL Week 7 simulation.
"Anyway, I'm trying something different this week. I've written most of the previews in the normal way (check previous editions for explanations, stupid newcomers), but I've farmed out five games to our loyal readers, giving them a shot at writing previews of their own. These are actual responses from actual readers, and these previews appear below my own writing (including the Steelers game, which appears in the middle this week."

Madden NFL 07 Week 7 Simulation

ESPN Videogames has posted week 7 of their Madden NFL 07 Week 7 simulation.
"Despite each team having some explosive weapons at its disposal, offense was tough to come by in this bitter rivalry, but the Giants put together enough juice on the offensive end to come away with the win. Eli Manning completed only 11 passes for 125 yards but his teammate Tiki Barber shouldered the offensive load, leading a fourth-quarter drive that lasted 13 plays and covered 79 yards before Barber took it in to give the Giants a 24-17 lead. Dallas responded with a field goal but could not get on the board after that."

The First 10 Minutes: Tony Hawk Project 8 Demo (360)

Xboxyde has posted the first 10 minutes from the Tony Hawk Project 8 demo.
"The demo of Tony Hawk Project 8 is finally available on the Marketplace since a few hours. As an (ex)fan of that series, I always try the new episode hoping to find what made Tony Hawk 2 and 3 such awesome games (imho of course), and so far I always found the series was getting worse and worse. And with this demo, surprise! The new trick system and the new graphics engine give me the impression that finally Neversoft got back what made their games shine. I think I've enjoyed this very limited demo more already than the last 3 episodes on the series combined. Can't wait for the final game, hopefully they will have fixed the small issues remaining, especially the framerate not always very smooth, and the buggy ragdolls."

Question of the Day

Do you own a handheld system?

Yup, I have a DS and PSP. Although the DS gets more playing time from my daughter, lol.

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Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
DavidBanner73 (33), JayDouble (29), JustinM (28), HowardM1980 (26), chris11sg (24)

Saturday, October 21, 2006
11:35 AM - October 21, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some more College Hoops 2K7 screenshots, including the official fact sheet.
"The #1 rated college basketball game four years running on both the Xbox and Playstation 2, returns as well for its sophomore season on the Xbox 360. With over 325 NCAA Division I schools and the deepest legacy mode around, College Hoops 2K7 defines the college basketball experience.

For the first time ever, play the game in first-person perspective through the eyes of the coach. Walk the sidelines, make substitutions, and call plays. But be careful, mkake the right decisions to put your team in the best position to win or else team morale can plummet and victory will slip away."