Tuesday, November 14, 2006
10:23 PM - November 14, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Phoenix, AZ November 14, 2006 – Grey Dog Software, a Phoenix based developer of sports management simulation software for personal computers, is happy to announce that both its wrestling titles have been updated. These updates resolve the following issues:

* Fixed problem with portfolio sales
* Fixed problem with world league profile showing in pro league
* Fixed problem with Years Completed not increasing correctly
* Potential fix to RTE13 error
* Fix to RTE error when requesting feud with someone higher up the card
* Fixed RTE9 error that occurred when a new promotion was generated
* Fixed problem with championships not being defended
* Fixed error with "fall on top" pins counting outside of the ring
* Fixed issue with new workers appearing in inactive game areas
* Improved tag team AI
* Quickened pace of promotion size changes
* Fixed issue with lifetime contracts
* Fixed error where off-air TV shows were appearing in fed profiles
* Various minor tweaks

For more information on Total Extreme Wrestling and/or Wrestling Spirit, visit the official Grey Dog website at www.greydogsoftware.com.

About Grey Dog Software

Grey Dog Software, LLC an Arizona based, privately-held company, is a leading developer of sports management simulations for the PC. Grey Dog Software strives to provide ground-breaking features, enormous depth, and endless replayability with each game.

09:11 AM - November 14, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted our Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 07 review. Find out what Clay Shaver had to say about it.
"My wife happily accepts my life as a gamer. She doesn’t necessarily understand it, but she accepts it. I’ll tell her that I’m heading downstairs to do some gaming, she’ll smirk in that oh-so-condescending way and say, “OK , honey, have fun with your friends.”

I know there’s nothing I can say to her to explain why a game is worth $60. Why a system is worth $600. Or why I need a thousand-dollar TV to play them on. And, she never asks me to. But - and maybe it’s just to justify it to myself - I always find myself trying to show her things that I think will impress her and kick on the light bulb as to why all of this time and money is worth it. They’re usually greeted with a pat on the shoulder and a “that’s nice, honey.”

Then I plugged Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 into the Xbox 360."

09:04 AM - November 14, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Ridge Racer 6 (360) vs Ridge Racer 7 (PS3) Side By Side Comparison

Check out the screenshot comparison of Ridge Racer 7 for the 360 and the PS3 over at [H]ard|Forum.
"I think pretty much everyone on here is smart enough to know that the X360 is at least equal to if not more powerful than Sony's hype machine; but hey, here's a little more evidence. I've been hearing a bunch of !!!!!!s sayin how RR7 looks so much better than RR6. Well here's a direct comparison."

Forza 2 Now Running At 60FPS (360)

DarkZero has the scoop.
"Developer Turn 10 have announced on their official website that the recently delayed Forza Motorsport 2 is now up and running at the holy grail of 60 frames per second on Xbox 360. They reveal that "Turn 10's systems architect Chris Tector checked into the latest build some magic code that now renders the game at 60 frames-per-second with most of the post-processing special effects and car HUD turned on" They also announce that Forza 2 is “now running at an even higher refresh rate than the previous Forza."

RACE The Official WTCC Game Coming to Steam (PC)

Steam has the scoop.
"The Official WTCC Game | RACE is the first ever game to be focused on the hard hitting, intense action of the exciting WTCC championship which is exploding in popularity all over the world. Based on WTCC, one of only three official FIA world championships next to Formula 1 and WRC, RACE features the complete WTCC championship season of 2006, all the cars, drivers and locations, including several official tracks and cars brand new to the racing game genre."

More Legend Cars for rFactor (PC)

Digital Displacement has posted a movie clip, showing off the second release of Legends Cars for rFactor.
"rFactor Central has posted up a new, short teaser video of the second release of Legends Cars for rFactor, this one displaying a lovely Alfa coupe making some tasty sounds. You can watch the YouTube version above, or head over to rFactor Central for a higher quality download."

EA VP Denies Cheating Consumers (360)

Xbox 360 - The Official Magazine has the scoop.
"Electronic Arts have come under fire in recent months over their Xbox Live Marketplace download policy, notably from consumers who believe that these extras, such as tutorials in Madden and unlockables in both Tiger Woods and The Godfather, are merely another way of creating a fast buck for the company whilst not adding much value to the titles themselves.

Until now EA have remained silent on the issue, but in a recent podcast made by Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, EA’s Vice President of Online Commerce Chip Lange has answered queries on this very subject, albeit somewhat evasively. Commenting on the issue of removing cheats found in current-gen Xbox titles and charging for them on the Xbox 360 he said, “I don’t know if that’s right or not. That’s not actually something I’ve actually gone in and researched."

Excite Truck Video Clips (Wii)

GameTrailers have posted video clips from Excite Truck.

Question of the Day

Which game(s) are you looking forward to the most?

College Hoops 2K7 and the Wii.

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Monday, November 13, 2006

NERF™ Wireless Controller - The Most Unique PlayStation®2 Controller Ever

Los Angeles, Calif., November 13, 2006 – Performance Designed Products and Hasbro today announced the retail availability of the world’s first NERF video game controller, the NERF Wireless Controller from the Pelican line of video game accessories. Exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, this sporty, comfortable and pliable foam controller is now available at retail outlets across North America.

This revolutionary 2.4Ghz Wireless NERF Controller is made from soft, squeezable NERF foam on the outside, and features rock solid Pelican performance on the inside. Available in red, black, blue and orange, the NERF controller has an approximate retail price of $29.99. The controller features Pelican Smart Play Technology™, with an extremely comfortable covering that feels soft to the touch, but its firm grip, unique tactile experience, and high performance will deliver on quality to serious gamers of all ages.

“The NERF controller will be a must-have peripheral for PlayStation 2 gamers this fall, especially for those who favor high intensity games,” said Tom Roberts, CTO and Senior Executive Vice President of Performance Designed Products. “The Pelican line of video game accessories is a trusted name in peripherals among gamers everywhere and the Nerf controller will continue that tradition.”

About Performance Designed Products
Performance Designed Products headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, is a creative force that designs, develops and manufactures video game systems, accessories and audio peripherals for the consumer electronics channel. PDP is the parent company to four exciting brands: Pelican, the premier 3rd party video game accessory company in North America; Score, an innovative offering of video game cases and bags; Headbanger Audio, a high-end line of performance audio and video products; and VG Pocket, showcasing a line of entry and mid level Portable Gaming Systems. Performance Designed Products is committed to providing consumers with quality innovative products to enhance their entertainment experience and lifestyle.

Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time entertainment products and services, including the design, manufacture and marketing of games and toys ranging from traditional to high-tech. Both internationally and in the U.S., its PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER and WIZARDS OF THE COAST brands and products provide the highest quality and most recognizable play experiences in the world.

Performance Designed Products, Pelican, Smart Play Technology, Score, Headbanger Audio and VG Pocket are trademarks of Electro Source LLC / Performance Designed Products. PlayStation is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment.

08:55 AM - November 13, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Wii Sports Movie Clip (Wii)

Engadget has posted a gameplay movie clip from Wii Sports.
"Maybe you've been itching for some video of Wii gameplay? Watch as Veronica and I make total fools of ourselves playing Wii Sports (Bowling, Tennis, Baseball, Boxing, Golf); we generally tried to stay out of the way of the camera, but weren't always successful."

Wii Sports Movie Clips (Wii)

GameTrailers have posted a bunch of Wii Sports movie clips.

Question of the Day

How did your team(s) do over the weekend?

Well, the Cowboys took care of business beating up on the Cardinals. Quite a few upsets yesterday, I was happy to see some NFC teams lose, that's for sure.

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Sunday, November 12, 2006
02:44 PM - November 12, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
5WG Articles (360)

5WG has posted the following articles:
  • Tiger is Better Than Ever
    "In video games as well as real life, Tiger Woods is the biggest name in golf. This year, Tiger's game on Xbox 360™ is expanded and improved, and it's a great title for golf fans of all ages and skill levels.

    With "Easy play"turned on, along with certain swing aids, a young child can have both fun and success while playing.

    But crank the game up to the "Tour Pro" difficulty level, and the serene golf courses in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 07 can become ravenous, snarling monsters that won't be easily tamed."
  • FIFA Soccer 07: Have a Ball
    "Sure, FIFA Soccer 07 is already the third FIFA title released for Xbox 360™, but it's the first one with an actual soccer ball inside the game. Let me explain.

    In previous iterations of FIFA Soccer, the ball would go from player to player, and in a way it became part of them, integrated with their own animations and reactions. In FIFA Soccer 07, the ball is its own entity, with completely unique physics, and it reacts with the players accordingly. It'll bounce off a player's chest, head, legs, and even the goalposts realistically, and when we see it in action, it looks amazing. The end result is a fluid, startlingly realistic and unpredictable representation of "the beautiful game."

Tecmo Super Bowl NFL Week 10 Simulation

The Ex-'Burgher has posted week 10 of his Tecmo Super Bowl NFL Week 10 simulation.
"So, um, here’s the deal. The notebook where I write down the play-by-play of the games as I sim them? Yeah, I, um, misplaced it. Seriously.

But no matter. Rather than going through and replaying all the games (because it’s already 11 p.m. on Thursday and **** that noise), I’m going to write about the ones I haven’t pre-written (a whole three! Feel it!) as I remember them and, barring that, I’m just going to make stuff up and we’ll both be surprised at what the game results are. If it sucks, email me and tell me how horrible I am, but it will be normal next week."

Madden NFL 07 Week 10 Simulation

ESPN Videogames has posted week 10 of their Madden NFL 07 Week 10 simulation.
"This battle between the teams with the two best records in the NFC did not disappoint, as the Giants racked up their sixth straight win in an epic overtime slugfest with the Bears. Jay Feely hit his fourth field goal of the contest -- and his second field goal over 50 yards -- by connecting from 52 yards away on New York's first overtime possession to get the winning points, after Chicago mounted a late drive to set up a Robbie Gould field goal to tie the game at the end of regulation. The Bears had a third down on the Giants' one-yard-line with four seconds left and kicked the field goal to send it to overtime rather than go for the win."

Wii Sports Impressions (Wii)

Kotaku has posted their impressions of Wii Sports.
"When I got the Wii yesterday, the last thing I wanted to do was play Wii Sports. I wanted to dig into the interface, check out pictures, the online service, Excite Truck and of course, most importantly The Legend of Zelda.

But once I worked my way into all of that stuff, I figured I better check out Nintendo's freebie gamepack and I'm happy I did. I forgot how fun some of these games are.

Wii Sports includes five different games, some of which are addictive, others not so much."

Tony Hawk's Project 8 PS3 vs. Xbox 360 Comparison

GameTrailers have posted a movie clip comparing the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Tony Hawk's Project 8.
"See for yourself the graphical differences between the two next-gen consoles."

18 Wheels of Steel: Haulin' Patch (PC)

3D Gamers have posted a patch for 18 Wheels of Steel: Haulin'.
"ValuSoft has issued the first patch for 18 Wheels of Steel: Haulin' to accelerate the retail edition of the recent 3D trucking simulation sequel by SCS Software to version 1.06. This upgrade includes gameplay tweaks, plenty of bug fixes, and some other changes as outlined in the accompanying release notes."

TrackMania United Website Launches (PC)

Check out the official TrackMania United website.
"TrackMania United is to be released this year only in France, Australia, Canada, Belgium and Switzerland (French parts). For all other territories, it will be released in February/March 2007.
As we do not want to let the community and all gamefans behind, we have decided to sell 10,000 copies online (maximum). You can already buy and preload TrackMania United. You will receive your activation key by mail on November 16th midnight!"

Excite Truck Impressions (Wii)

Planet GameCube has posted their impressions of Excite Truck.
"The steering controls are a bit tricky at first, but after less than an hour of playing, I'm already feeling more comfortable with them. Don't worry about the remote being over-sensitive – you're more likely to have the opposite problem. There are times when my remote is turned completely vertical, trying to steer as hard as I can. It's not uncomfortable, but I was at first worried that this movement would be required too often. It turns out that steering is heavily dependent on the vehicle you choose, as well as the terrain under your tires. If you drive well and stay on the paths, extreme steering won't be necessary."

Question of the Day

Make one up.

Busy day!

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Saturday, November 11, 2006
10:46 AM - November 11, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2007 Q&A (360)

Xboxyde has posted a Q&A session with Dan Ryan, the Game Designer of WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2007.
Xboxyde: "Will the control system remain as in past games or have any changes been made to further improve it?"
Dan Ryan: "This year we’ve made some radical improvements to the control scheme, as the Right Stick now controls all of the grappling and gives WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 the most intuitive game play experience to date. On top of that, we’ve pushed the boundaries even further with the addition of Ultimate Control Moves, as players now execute entire maneuvers from Repeating Powerbombs to Airplane Spins with the Right Stick and right along with their SuperStars on screen. Just wait until you see how this sense of complete control is utilized with objects in and around the ring via our brand new Environmental Grapples."

ExciteTruck Has MP3 Option (Wii)

Eurogamer has the scoop.
"Rumours that Nintendo Wii launch title ExciteTruck allows for custom soundtracks have turned out to be true, with US review copies revealing the option.

All you have to do is insert is put some MP3 files onto an SD Card and then pop the card into the Wii's SD slot before you start up the game.

Then, before a race begins, press the plus-sign on the Wii remote and you're taken to the Sound Options screen, where you can select SD Card and then browse through the first 100 songs stored on the card."

Excite Truck Impressions (Wii)

Kotaku has posted their impressions of Excite Truck.
"If Excite Truck had an online mode it could easily become the Mario Kart DS for the Wii. But it doesn't. That doesn't mean the game isn't any good, it just means that it has limited life, in my book.

The controls are interesting. You hold the controller sideways, with the D-pad to the left, and turn the remote side to side as if steering a car. While in the air you can also use the controller to change the pitch of your airborne vehicle to make for longer or shorter jumps and softer landings. The one and two buttons are the gas and brake and the pushing anywhere on the D-Pad gives you turbo.

The game is fairly straight forward. You tear around sloppy courses turboing to just shy of exploding your engine. The game awards points for doing tricks, long jumps, smashing other cars, driving between trees and other things. At the end of the race you also get points for your placing. The total is used to determine your rank. To unlock the next cup you need to get a B or better in every race in a cup."

Excite Truck Movie Clips (Wii)

N-Europe has posted two Excite Truck movie clips.
"We're just as disappointed as you guys about the situation regarding Excite Truck. It will be a while before any of us get our hands on it. But, we're human, so we need to get our adrenaline fix from somewhere.

The good news is that we can still get our fix. The bad news is, it is only in video form. But hey, that's the next best thing."

TrackMania United Trailer (PC)

3DAvenue has posted a trailer from TrackMania United.
"Focus Home Interactive today released a new official trailer for TrackMania United, showing off the game's in-game action. The trailer also unveils the new tracks and blocks of the "Stadium" environment."

MotorStorm Delayed (PS3)

Eurogamer has the scoop.
"The pamphlet reveals that despite MotorStorm enjoying a December release in Japan, where the PS3 goes on sale today, it won't be released in the US until February."

Question of the Day

What game(s) are you playing this weekend?

Gears of War, CoD 3, Splinter Cell and NBA 2K7.

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12:18 AM - November 11, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
IGN Update (Sports, Blog, 360)

IGN has posted the following:

Friday, November 10, 2006
10:01 PM - November 10, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some College Hoops 2K7 screenshots and a trailer.
"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."

09:36 PM - November 10, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some screenshots and trailers from NBA 2K7.
"NBA 2K7 for PS3 dazzles with its high definition quality visuals with full 1080p support, improved Signature Style animations, and new free-throw shooting using the exclusive PS3 system SIXAXIS wireless controller, designed to enhance the realism of the game. The game also showcases the entire suite of features found in its Xbox, Xbox 360, and PS2 console versions."

07:36 PM - November 10, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted another Madden NFL 07 movie clip. This one features producers and highlights defensive free-motion controls.
"With the exclusive video game license of the NFL and PLAYERS INC, Madden NFL 07 continues to be the #1 football franchise in history. In its 17th installment, you control the running game like never before. For the first time ever, step up as the lead blocker to create a hole, and then take control of the tailback and smash through, overpower, or slash away from would-be tacklers as you fight for every yard. Innovative rushing controls give you a game-breaking ground attack featuring all-new jukes, cutbacks, and the distinct running styles of your favorite backs. Between the tackles or in the open field, run to daylight with Madden NFL 07."

06:41 PM - November 10, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some Need For Speed Carbon screenshots.
"The battle for the city is won in the canyon as Need for Speed™ Carbon immerses you in the world's most dangerous and adrenaline-filled form of street racing.

For the first time in a Need for Speed game, build a crew and race in an all-out war for your city against rival crews and opposing car classes. You'll risk everything to take over rival neighborhoods one street at a time.

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."

06:34 PM - November 10, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted 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."

10:20 AM - November 10, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted another trailer from Tony Hawk’s Project 8. This one features Tony Hawk behind the scenes.
"Reengineered from the ground up for Sony and Microsoft’s next-generation consoles, Tony Hawk’s Project 8™ immerses players in the definitive skateboarding experience using ultra-realistic graphics, enhanced physics and extremely responsive controls that simulate the feeling of skating with every trick and bail. The game challenges players to experience the intensity and pressure of skating against some of the world’s top pros in true to life competitions as they aim to become the #1 skater and establish their town as a skateboard destination. Delivering continuous skating action in a free-roaming living environment, Tony Hawk’s Project 8 incorporates the series’ most popular features, all of which have been enhanced with next-generation technology."