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Friday, March 2, 2007
08:32 PM - March 2, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted another movie clip from Def Jam: Icon.
"EA Chicago’s unique fighting gameplay controls introduce a new way for gamers to fight as they assume the role of top celebrity characters such as Ludacris, T.I. and Big Boi. Innovative controls give better feedback to players so they feel like they’re actually throwing the combat moves. Gamers can now fight with the style and flash of the superstar personalities.

“The Def Jam Interactive – EA relationship has expanded into a new frontier with EA Chicago’s breakthrough technology. We have worked very closely with the team to ensure that authentic hip-hop culture and lifestyle permeates through every part of the product. DEF JAM: ICON will guarantee the ultimate combination of a real hip-hop experience and revolutionary fighting gameplay,” said Lauren Wirtzer, VP Marketing, Def Jam Enterprises.

DEF JAM: ICON is scheduled to ship in March 2007 for the PLAYSTATION®3 system and Xbox 360. DEF JAM: ICON has not yet been rated by the ESRB."

07:09 PM - March 2, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some new screenshots from Skate, including two movie clips. One of them with actual gameplay.
"With innovative controls that take advantage of the dual analog sticks, SKATE offers a unique and authentic next-gen skateboard videogame experience unparalleled in the skate videogame genre. Featuring physics driven animations, gamers will have a unique experience every time they pick up the controller since no two tricks will ever be the same. The amount of information the game is able to take from the unique flickit analog controls and interpret it through the physics engine could never be done on a current generation console system. From a fully procedural trick engine to the way cloth moves on the skaters, all movement is physically simulated and dynamic offering gamers a skating game that is the closest thing to skateboarding without actually putting their feet on a board."

03:34 PM - March 2, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
EA SPORTS DECLARES JARED ZABRANSKY AS COVER ATHLETE FOR NCAA FOOTBALL 08

Former Boise State Quarterback Defines Essence of Top Selling College Football Game

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., - March 2, 2007 – Electronic Arts Inc., (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that former Boise State University quarterback and Tostitos Fiesta Bowl MVP Jared Zabransky will appear on the cover of NCAA® Football 08, scheduled for release this summer under the EA SPORTS™ brand. Developed by EA Tiburon, NCAA Football 08 will be available on the PlayStation®2 and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment systems, and Xbox® and Xbox 360™ video game systems from Microsoft.

“This has been a magical season for me and seeing my face on the cover of NCAA Football 08 is yet another unforgettable moment in what has already been a great year,” said Zabransky. “This video game truly embodies the spirit of college football and I’m very proud to be a part of it.”

Zabransky led Boise State to an undefeated season this year and most recently to a 43-42 overtime victory against Oklahoma at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in what some call one of the most exhilarating games in college football history. At the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, he completed 19-of-29 passes for 262 yards and will most likely be remembered for perfectly executing the Statue of Liberty play to win the game. In three seasons as the starting quarterback, Zabransky compiled a 33-5 record and was named a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien and Maxwell Awards this past season.

In NCAA Football 08, players will look to be a leader and become a legend on the field. With all-new Leadership Control, players now lead by example and control the action on the field and can increase their sphere of influence by improving their players’ personal ratings on each big play. For the first time on Xbox 360 and PS3, the game will feature a new and deeper recruiting system and an all-new Campus Legend mode. NCAA Football 08 is everything that’s great about college football. The game’s official website is www.ncaafootball08.com.

07:01 AM - March 2, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Racing Games Make Reckless Drivers?

Boomtown has posted an article entitled, Racing Games Make Reckless Drivers?
"A new survey finds that over a third of young drivers think are likely to speed after playing a driving game.

According to the British School of Motoring, 27 percent of UK drivers between 16 and 24 admit to taking more risks while driving following a gaming session.

However over a third of the drivers polled also said they think games can improve their reflexes and driving ability.

That is somewhat born out by the statistics that reveal that over half of gamers pass their test first time compared to a 45 percent pass rate for non-gamers."


MotoGP '07 Screenshots (360)

Xboxyde has posted some more screenshots of MotoGP '07.
"THQ unveils the first images of MotoGP 2007, and it looks alot like its predecessor, to say the least. The game is planned to ship somewhere this year."


Juiced 2 Screenshots (PS3)

Playsyde has posted some more screenshots of Juiced 2.
"Sequel of Juiced is coming to next-gen consoles, and here are the screenies ! I'm actually surprised it looks this good."


Skate Movie Clip (360, PS3)

Xboxyde and Playsyde have both posted a movie clip from Skate.
"Electronic Arts finally released an official gameplay video of SKATE, and in does look quite nice as expected. Finally a skating game that's more simulation than arcade!"




Pro Evo Coin-Ops To Settle Pub Disputes

Kotaku has the scoop.
"Konami Digital Entertainment B.V has announced test versions of its new Pro Evolution Soccer arcade machine have been released into two locations.

Based on the multi-million-selling console game, the coin-op version of Pro Evolution Soccer has been specially created yet retains the series' famed physics and gameplay."


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Shocker, we lost another basketball game last night. It was only by 30. We had one guy that said he quit after the game. Oh well, more playing time for me, haha. For those keeping track, we haven't won a game this season. Well, we won a game due to a forfeit, but I don't count that one.

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Thursday, March 1, 2007
10:40 PM - March 1, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted another movie clip from Def Jam: Icon.
"EA Chicago’s unique fighting gameplay controls introduce a new way for gamers to fight as they assume the role of top celebrity characters such as Ludacris, T.I. and Big Boi. Innovative controls give better feedback to players so they feel like they’re actually throwing the combat moves. Gamers can now fight with the style and flash of the superstar personalities.

“The Def Jam Interactive – EA relationship has expanded into a new frontier with EA Chicago’s breakthrough technology. We have worked very closely with the team to ensure that authentic hip-hop culture and lifestyle permeates through every part of the product. DEF JAM: ICON will guarantee the ultimate combination of a real hip-hop experience and revolutionary fighting gameplay,” said Lauren Wirtzer, VP Marketing, Def Jam Enterprises.

DEF JAM: ICON is scheduled to ship in March 2007 for the PLAYSTATION®3 system and Xbox 360. DEF JAM: ICON has not yet been rated by the ESRB."

03:56 PM - March 1, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some MLB 07: The Show screenshots.
"In 2006, MLB 06 The Show™ led the MLB-licensed category on PlayStation® platforms with over 66% market share. Moreover, despite publishing exclusively for PlayStation platforms, sales for the franchise managed to lead the category for all baseball games across all gaming platforms. This year, MLB 07 The Show™ looks to make the transition to next-gen and establish its position most valuable player in the category with an outstanding set of features innovative gameplay functionality.

Already widely considered the most authentic baseball simulation available, the franchise now introduces the all-new Road to The Show mode, enabling gamers to play both offense and defense from the created player’s perspective. Providing an even more realistic experience from the mound, the all-new New Pitch Command System (PCS) delivers unsurpassed strategy to pitch selection, as a pitcher’s “pitch comfort” will be predetermined based on a best to worst pitch scenario. It is up the gamer to decide if he/she should try to “work on a pitch” or just go with what is working. Additionally, with the Adaptive Pitching Intelligence (API) feature, catchers will call the game based on the individual strengths and weaknesses of each pitcher as well as analyze tendencies of batters. Gamers will now have the ability to either trust the pitches called by the catcher or shake them off."

03:48 PM - March 1, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Music from all EA games – past and present – now available on the iTunes store via ea.com

Exclusive Remix of ‘Riders on the Storm’ Now Available for the First Time Ever

Los Angeles, Calif., March 1, 2007 – The best in videogame music is now global, mobile and portable. Electronic Arts Inc., (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced that starting today the chart-busting music from its best-selling games will be available for purchase from the iTunes Store via ea.com. Game players and music lovers worldwide can visit www.ea.com/eatrax/ and jump directly to an iMix of the music from their favorite EA™ game on iTunes. From Madden NFL to Burnout™ to Need for Speed™, every song that can be heard in the game can now be purchased on iTunes including exclusive mixes, non-album cuts and previously unavailable international tracks. Today marks the world debut of the unforgettable version of The Doors’ Riders on the Storm that Snoop Dogg remixed exclusively for Need for Speed Underground. The songs are live in North America today and will be available soon throughout Europe.

EA will continue to add songs, scores, themes, beats and ringtones from EA game franchises past and present including NBA LIVE, FIFA Soccer, Command & Conquer™, Medal of Honor™, NASCAR®, SSX™, Battlefield and more.

With over 6M page views per month, EA.com is a powerhouse entertainment destination online. Gamers and music fans from all over the world can visit EA.com/eatrax to find exclusive announcements of new game soundtracks and link to buy the music, mp3s, ringtones and more.

“As our culture goes increasingly mobile, music fans have demanded to take our game music with them. They have been looking for a singular destination that houses all of EA’s music – and this is it,” says Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music and Marketing at EA. “Our game soundtracks have now officially transcended their consoles. All songs, all mixes and all exclusives from all nations: if it’s in the game, it’s now available for fans to own. We consider this to be the next major step in evolving the music discovery experience.”

Since 2001, EA™ Trax has set the industry standard for music in games and has helped define the sound of current and upcoming pop culture. EA had helped break emerging bands on a worldwide level and has brought established superstars to new international audiences. Its track record speaks for itself. EA games are have helped launch the careers of such artists as Good Charlotte, Jet, Franz Ferdinand, Scissor Sisters, Arctic Monkeys and Fabolous just to name a few.

Need for Speed Carbon redefines the sound of street racing with an international soundtrack of 30 diverse cuts that reflect the game’s three distinct car classes - Tuner, Muscle and Exotic. The much-anticipated game’s soundtrack includes the riff-heavy power of such bands as Kyuss, Eagles Of Death Metal, UK’s Metro Riots and Australia’s Wolfmother, ‘Electro’ acts Ladytron and Goldfrapp, Australia’s The Presets, Canada’s Tiga, and urban ‘Grime’ featuring Pharrell, UK’s Lady Sovereign, Roots Manuva and Sway, Japan’s melody, and Philadelphia’s Spank Rock.

Since its debut in 2002, EA’s Burnout franchise has set the ferocious new standard for racing games, renowned for both its pulse-pounding carnage and explosive modern rock soundtracks The series, which includes the top-selling Burnout 3: Takedown™, Burnout Revenge and Burnout Legends, has featured tracks by artists that include Fall Out Boy, All American Rejects, Franz Ferdinand, The Ramones, Jimmy Eat World and Yellowcard.

This season’s edition of Madden NFL – which remains the premier videogame franchise for breaking new music and new artists – features tracks from an unprecedented mix of hip-hop and modern rock acts including Bishop Lamont, 30 Seconds To Mars, Audioslave, Panic Channel, Lupe Fiasco, AFI, Dashboard Confessional, Taking Back Sunday and Rise Against, as well as exclusive remixes of nearly a dozen original NFL Films themes by production team Da Riffs. The August release of Madden NFL 07 grossed more than $100 million in its first week of sales, the biggest launch in the franchise’s 17-year history.

To see the full song lists and purchase the music from the soundtracks, please visit www.ea.com/eatrax/.

To hear more music from Snoop Dogg, check out Tha Blue Carpet Treatment available now.

The First Team Sport MMO Introduces Innovative Features for Solo Players

Diamond Bar, California - Mar 01, 2007 Ultimate Baseball Online, the world’s only massively multiplayer online sports game (MMOSG) for baseball, has introduced some exciting new features and activities for solo players in the latest edition of the game. While UBO is still the most exciting real-time team sport on the internet, a number of new additions catering specifically to the solo player will be introduced in March 2007.

One-player mini games will let players test their hitting prowess inside UBO Camp. Leader boards will track the top players in Homeruns, Triples, Doubles, Singles, and Batting Average. On-line trophies and Experience Points will be awarded to the winners.

In addition to the exciting team leagues and tournaments already running in Ultimate Baseball Online, new “Free Agent Games” are being introduced for individual players. Players without teams can now get in on the excitement of the best real-time online sports tournament in the world, while meeting new UBO players.
Also new with UBO 2007 is the awarding of Power Ranking Points for teams, based on their performance in a wide variety of UBO leagues and tournaments. Points will be accumulated throughout the year, with the top 64 UBO teams earning a berth in The Best of UBO 2007. The global event features $10,000 in cash prizes and will run from November 26 to December 21, 2007.

UBO teams can check their Power Ranking Points and other team statistics at any time on their team page, another new feature of UBO 2007.

Ultimate Baseball Online 2007 also features a number of graphical upgrades and changes, including new effects and real-world advertisers in the stadiums, courtesy of a recently completed partnership with in-game advertising company Double Fusion.

About Ultimate Baseball Online 2007

UBO is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online sports game (MMOSG) where baseball enthusiasts and gamers compete in 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 from around the world. Players create their own avatar to bat, pitch, field, run, and perform other baseball actions.

Participants can play individually, or join a team and participate in a variety of competitive events. 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.

Darrell Evans, a two-time Major League All-Star ('73 & '83) and World Series champion (1984), serves as UBO’s Baseball Ambassador. "Ultimate Baseball Online really does capture the feeling of being a member of a team,” said Evans. “Video games are usually a solitary experience. UBO gives players a great appreciation for the nuances of each position, as well as an understanding of the teamwork that is involved in playing the sport of baseball successfully. And best of all, as an online game with four virtual seasons per year, you can play competitive Baseball year round.”

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

07:54 AM - March 1, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
NBA Street Homecourt Review (360)

5WG has posted their review of NBA Street Homecourt.
"Whether the value of sports is being overstated, both in the game and in life, is a discussion best left for another day; but nevertheless, EA merits a great deal of respect for daring to try and make its game more than simply that. For the sports video game genre, it’s an entirely unexpected, unprecedented and welcome first step.

In the end, NBA Street Homecourt is exactly what you’d expect it to be - a laugh-out-loud, hoot-and-holler on the couch title with enough depth to keep most gamers interested. Sure, it’s best as an occasional pick-up-and-play experience, but what’s wrong with that? Games, at their finest, are really about fun and friends… and Homecourt delivers the goods."


Major League Baseball 2K7 Interview

GameZone has posted an interview with Ben Brinkman, Producer of Major League Baseball 2K7.
GZ: "Baseball is a game that, while statistically founded, also can turn on random chance. When you create a baseball game, in which statistical probability plays a prominent role, how do you manage to configure in the impact of random chance?"
Ben: "That’s an excellent question. We have a very simple statistical model we use. But there is definitely there is a built-in random chance. We built in random chance. You can’t just plug in a bunch of numbers and hope it works."


Create Your Own NCAA Football 08 Box Art

Head on over to EA Sports and create your own custom NCAA Football 08 box art.


NCAA Football 08 Cover Athlete Leaked

SportsGamer has the scoop.
"According to the Idaho Statesman, Jared Zabransky has been chosen to be on the cover of NCAA Football 08. Zabransky was the QB for the Boise State Broncos and led the team to the incredible win in the Fiesta Bowl over Oklahoma."


Juiced 2 Screenshots (PS3, 360)

Playsyde and Xboxyde have both posted some Juiced 2 screenshots.
"Sequel of Juiced is coming to next-gen consoles, and here are the screenies ! I'm actually surprised it looks this good."


SSX Blur Impressions (Wii)

Kotaku has posted their impressions of SSX Blur.
"To steer you use the thumbstick on the nunchuck, but to carve (do wider smoother turns) you also have to tilt the entire nunchuck. Initially it's as awkward as it sounds, but after a bit I got really into it and the ground controls felt incredibly responsive.

The graphics are fairly good, lots of sunlight glares, flying snow and powder. The character models are a little rough, but Electronic Arts decision to go with a more cartoon-like look helps to disguise that.

The game plays a lot like other SSX titles. You unlock different parts of a mountain and can free ski or snowboard or run into different contest that test your racing and trick skills."


An Awful Punch-Out!! Movie, Just For You

LMAO, well...Just watch it for yourself.
"This fan-made homage to (Mike Tyson's) Punch-Out!! is probably the worst thing I've ever seen. It's rather old—just came across it on NeoGAF—but I want to share it with you, as this basement filmed clip from the 80's is so painful, the sadist in me screamed "Post! Post now!" It's marginally NSFW, as it features a handful of pre-teens jumping around in their underwear and certainly doesn't help argue the case that video games aren't for pedos."


Konami Trials Pro Evo Arcade in UK

GamesIndustry has the scoop.
"Konami is currently trialling an arcade cabinet in the UK based on the hit Pro Evolution Soccer franchise. The two-player Pro Evolution Soccer Arcade Championship is being tested in two locations in London, with the intention of launching more coin-op units later this year. The cabinet uses e-Amusement cards, which allow players to save data on pre-paid cards and plug them into any cabinet."


GameTrailers Movie Clips (Multi)

GameTrailers have posted movie clips from the following games:

Def Jam: Icon Preview (360)

Xbox 360 - The Official Xbox Magazine has posted their preview of Def Jam: Icon.
"The fighting action is pretty similar to the old Def Jam games. You punch and kick, do the odd throw and try to mash your opponent into certain parts of the scenery to pull off special attacks. The New York Club fight zone has lights that crash down from the roof, an angry old bitch of a pole dancer who’ll kick whoever’s head is nearest to her roger-me shoes, plus there’s a wall full of electric lightbulbs that’s just gagging for someone’s arse to make contact with it."


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March already? Jeez, I need to get my taxes done.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007
10:44 PM - February 28, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
IGN Update (Blog, 360)

IGN has posted the following:

10:29 PM - February 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
EA’S MUSIC SOUNDTRACK TO THE OFFICIAL
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2006-2007 VIDEOGAME
SETS THE STAGE FOR SOCCER GLORY

Redwood City, Calif., February 28, 2007 – Turn up the music, raise your hands and voices and join the celebration! Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) today revealed the 11 songs that will set the stage for Europe’s most prestigious club soccer tournament, the UEFA Champions League™. EA celebrates the passion soccer fans have for their club teams with adrenaline-pumping music that forms the backdrop for the classic rivalries in-game and enables players to win glory for their club teams in UEFA Champions League™ 2006-2007, the only officially licensed videogame of the tournament.

“The UEFA Champions League is an action-packed tournament that brings out the passion soccer fans have for their favorite club,” said Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music and Marketing at EA. “Fans are taken on an emotional roller coaster as they follow their team through the ups and downs of the tournament and this is the spirit that we wanted to capture for the in-game soundtrack in the official UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 videogame. We have assembled an exhilarating collection of music from around the world that guarantees there’s something for everyone.”

Through mass, global exposure to soccer fans, the following 11 songs will become synonymous with the official UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 videogame worldwide.

ARTIST
SONG
ALBUM

Andy Caldwell feat. Gina Rene
Runaway
Universal Truth

Baďkonour
Jain Rock
Topo Gigio vs. Baďkonour

Bonobo feat. Bajka
Nightlite
Days To Come

Brazilian Girls
Le Territoire
Talk To La Bomb

Cal Tjader
Mambo Mindoro (Hex Hector Remix)
Explorations

Champion
Two Hoboes
Chill' em all

Osunlade
Two Phish
Aquarian Moon

Ray Barretto
Work Song (Thievery Corporation Remix)
Explorations

Thunderball feat. Miss Johnna M.
Chicachiquita
Cinescope

Uneaq
Pico de Gallo
Only You

Yunus Güvenen
Indigo
Layered Sounds 2

The Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system version of the title introduces a new way to play this beautiful game by introducing a unique and collectable virtual card system in the Ultimate Team mode that enables you to assemble your ultimate team. Using collectable virtual cards, players can hand-pick everything from your players and staff members to your match strategy and stadium. Now you can build your dream team by going online to collect or trade virtual player, staff and gameplay cards. To experience this unique gameplay mode visit Xbox Marketplace in March to download a demo featuring Ultimate Team Barcelona against Arsenal.

Play the official UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 videogame the traditional way on all available platforms as your favorite club team from qualification right through to a virtual reproduction of the UEFA Champions League Final. Re-create or customize the real-world groupings of the official UEFA Champions League tournament by taking control of a huge selection of clubs. Plus, the new UEFA Champions League Challenge will test even the most hardcore soccer fan by recreating classic moments in UEFA Champions League history using modern teams.

The official UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 videogame is developed under the EA SPORTS™ brand by EA Canada in Vancouver, B.C. It is scheduled to ship world wide March 20, 2007 on the Xbox 360™, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, and the PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) system, and on PC in Europe. It will also be available on the mobile platform in Europe in April. The game is rated “E” (Everyone) by the ESRB and 3+ by PEGI.

10:26 PM - February 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted another movie clip from Def Jam: Icon.
"EA Chicago’s unique fighting gameplay controls introduce a new way for gamers to fight as they assume the role of top celebrity characters such as Ludacris, T.I. and Big Boi. Innovative controls give better feedback to players so they feel like they’re actually throwing the combat moves. Gamers can now fight with the style and flash of the superstar personalities.

“The Def Jam Interactive – EA relationship has expanded into a new frontier with EA Chicago’s breakthrough technology. We have worked very closely with the team to ensure that authentic hip-hop culture and lifestyle permeates through every part of the product. DEF JAM: ICON will guarantee the ultimate combination of a real hip-hop experience and revolutionary fighting gameplay,” said Lauren Wirtzer, VP Marketing, Def Jam Enterprises.

DEF JAM: ICON is scheduled to ship in March 2007 for the PLAYSTATION®3 system and Xbox 360. DEF JAM: ICON has not yet been rated by the ESRB."

12:35 PM - February 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just received a copy of Def Jam Icon. Chris Sullivan has opened up a Q&A thread for it, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask there.

08:40 AM - February 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Madden NFL 07 Patch (PC, Next-Gen)

EA has released a final roster patch for Madden NFL 07. Here is a list of changes.

The Patches Scrolls have posted the patch on their website.

Winning Eleven Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 Demo (360)

According to Major Nelson, the Winning Eleven Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 demo is available on the Marketplace.
"Play as thousands of the best professional soccer players with the #1 soccer game in the world. New leagues and teams give you umatched realism with amazing next generation graphics. You can even play the game in English or Spanish!"


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Another game, another loss. We lost to the best team in the league last night by 16. We actually were only down 4 w/ about 10 minutes left, but the wheels fell off, just like they usually do.

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