Monday, June 11, 2007
09:06 PM - June 11, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
GameSpot Update (PC, 360, PS2)

GameSpot has posted the following:

GameSpy Update (PSP, 360)

GameSpy has posted the following:

IGN Update (Multi)

IGN has posted the following:

Worthplaying Update (Multi)

Worthplaying has posted the following:

07:32 AM - June 11, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Colin McRae DiRT Movie Clip (360)

Xboxyde has posted a movie clip from Colin McRae DiRT.
"The embargo around DiRT is finally lifted, so it's with great pleasure that I release these three videos I recorded last week. You'll discover quite a lot of environments and a few game modes in there, and no doubt the majority will agree that this is a great looking game even if there is a lot of tearing and slowdowns in some modes."

Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights Details and Screenshots (360)

Gameinfowire has posted some details about Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights, including some screenshots.
"Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights (HIN) evolves the current street racing scene, letting players experience the culture of the real-life HIN tour, the nation’s largest lifestyle custom car show in an intense racing experience. Featuring track and drift racing at real-world locations around the globe, next-gen AI and unparalleled vehicle customization, Juiced 2: HIN brings street racing to life, allowing players to test their skills at live street racing events against a back-drop of DJs, models and musicians."

FIFA 08 Gameplay Information (Wii)

N-Europe has posted some FIFA 08 gameplay information.
"The game has changed the camera from the common left-to-right gameplay, and instead have given us a bottom-to-top viewpoint, similar to Sensible Soccer. This is to make the controls feel easier to perform. Flick the Remote left or right to pass the ball left or right, and pull it up hard and fast to shoot at the ball - the harder you move the Remote, the more power the ball has. During a free kick, the angle the nunchuck gives the ball relevant spin. Throw-ins are done by holding the Remote and Nunchuck above your head and making a throwing motion. The Wii version also allows you to control your goalkeeper directly during the game."

Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights Teaser (360)

According to Major Nelson, there is a Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights teaser available in the Marketplace.
"Get a quick taste of the forthcoming Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights."

Other Stuff...

Picked up my Mac over the weekend, but probably won't turn it on until next weekend. Ordered a monitor, keyboard and mouse for it last night, so I'm hoping it gets here fairly soon. It was good to see my best friend, haven't seen him since sometime last year when we played a little golf. He lost a lot of weight and his girls are so big now! Jeez.

Other than that, just studying for test #2 on my MCSE 2003 track. I'm taking the test on Wednesday.

What's up with you?
  • QOTD: How was your weekend?

Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!

winger1968 (39), SBrooks1 (30), PDex (22), DarkOzzy1 (20), LoG05 (20)

Saturday, June 9, 2007
11:50 AM - June 9, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
NCAA Football 08 Video Preview (360)

GameSpot has posted a video preview of NCAA Football 08.

IGN Update (PS3, Blog, Wii)

IGN has posted the following:

08:45 AM - June 9, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Gang Tackling in Madden NFL 08

EA Sports and Producer, Ian Cummings, have updated their Madden NFL 08 blog with some gang tackling information and movie clip.
"After the last blog post describing some of the shots from the marketing video, I went ahead and took some time out this week to try capture some of the new gang tackling stuff directly from my XBOX 360 here at my desk. I saw a few posts calling me out - things like "where is this video you promised us?!?!?"…sorry guys, I am a busy man. I'm sure you understand…would you rather me fix some of the last second issues and add more last second features and polish, or put together a video? It's a delicate balance…I stayed pretty late last night so while I waited on builds to finish I tried to throw together what I could."

NBA Live 08 Blog Update

EA Sports and Lead Producer, Brian Ullrich, have updated their NBA Live 08 blog.
"Welcome to the third producer blog for NBA LIVE 08- for anyone who missed the first two, my name is Brian Ullrich, and I am the lead producer for NBA LIVE this year. In this entry I want to cover something that was a real topic for discussion the last couple of years: dunks & lay-ups."

Win an Xbox 360 and Forza Motorsport 2

Head on over to Eurogamer for your chance to win, good luck!
"Forza Motorsport 2 is everything we said in the review that I've been too busy to read - and more. It's certainly more to us, because its 8th June release across Europe gives us a chance to give away an obvious bundle of prizes. Obvious, but smashing. Like a yellow window in a blender. So, an Xbox 360 and Forza Motorsport 2: Limited Edition. Not only that, but we've got another couple of the Limited Editions, and a couple of normal everyday 9/10 editions to go to runners-up."

Juiced 2 Screenshots (PS3, 360)

Playsyde and Xboxyde have both posted some Juiced 2 screenshots.
"THQ releases some new screenshots of Juiced 2 in a ridiculously small size. It's still very strange graphically, but I can't say I don't like it. And Juiced 1 wasn't that bad, was it?"

All Pro Football 2K8 Screenshots (PS3, 360)

2K Sports have posted some screenshots of All Pro Football 2K8.
"Imagine Rice, Unitas, Butkus, and Singletary. In their prime, on the same field, or maybe even the same team. Imagine preparing a precision squad of mercenaries—even building your own players. Imagine football action the way football is really played. Now imagine the best gridiron game coming back for more. Imagine Football Resurrected. This is All Pro Football 2K8."

All-Pro Football 2K8 - Exclusive Debut Trailer

Juiced 2 - Gameplay Montage

Speedball 2 - Deadly Game Trailer

Nintendo Short Cuts 'Punch-Out!!'

Best Damn Top 5 Spectacular Plays

Other Stuff...

Stayed up late last night to view the All Pro Football 2K8 trailer. I'm left kind of hanging, I guess you could say. The players were definitely a little too skinny, but some of the animations I saw were jawdropping, especially the receiver slip up. Can't wait to see more of the game in action and hope I can get an early copy from 2K Sports to give you guys the real scoop.

I'll be heading out to Dave and Busters w/ the family today, then seeing my best friend to pick up my Mac and see how big his girls have grown. Nat is trembling w/ excitement to see them.

What's up with you?
  • QOTD: Your thoughts on the All Pro Football 2K8 trailer?

Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!

noyrbpats, MaxAbbitt (28), camulos (27)

Friday, June 8, 2007
09:10 PM - June 8, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
GameSpot Update (Wii, 360)

GameSpot has posted the following:

IGN Update (Multi)

IGN has posted the following:

MotoGP '07 Screenshots (PS2)

Worthplaying has posted some screenshots of MotoGP '07.
"MotoGP is the world’s premier motorcycling championship consisting of 18 Grands Prix from around the globe and featuring the world’s top motorcycle manufacturers including Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Ducati, Kawasaki, KTM and Aprilia plus the world’s best riders such as Nicky Hayden, Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa, Makoto Tamada and Casey Stoner."

07:32 AM - June 8, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
8 Ball All Stars Screenshots (DS)

Boomtown has posted some 8 Ball All Stars screenshots.
"A few images from Oxygen Interactive's nifty-looking pool game for Nintendo DS."

Football Manager Live Beta Key Giveaway Starting Soon (PC)

Eurogamer has the scoop.
"Eurogamers and Sports Interactive will be cutting the ribbon and announcing the beginning of the Football Manager Live beta key giveaway at 3pm. That's a link to the page you need to go. Obviously.

In case it wasn't obvious, today's bonanza gives you a chance to get in there and try out the new massively-multiplayer online vision before everyone else, and presumably help the team find and iron out some bugs."

MotorStorm Store Content Delayed (PS3)

PSX Extreme has the scoop.
"Everyone was anticipating the extra maps, game modes, and gameplay changes for Resistance: Fall of Man and MotorStorm, all of which was supposed to hit the Store yesterday. But it mysteriously never showed up, so everyone was wondering...what happened?"

NCAA Football 08 'Dynasty' Gameplay

Need for Speed Pro Street 'Audio' HD

Other Stuff...

Spurs go up 1 on the Cavs to start off the Finals. Bron was shutdown for the most part as the Cavs couldn't get it going against the Spurs defense. I doubt either team gets over 90 points in the series.

One of my friends is giving me a Mac this weekend. I'm looking forward to playing around w/ it, since I've never really sat down w/ one. It's an old G4, I think he said, but it'll do, since I'm just trying to get a feel for the system.

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  • QOTD: What are you up to this weekend?

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NoleFan (28)

Thursday, June 7, 2007
11:32 PM - June 7, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted another Skate movie clip.
"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."

09:32 PM - June 7, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
GameSpot Update (Multi)

GameSpot has posted the following:

IGN Update (PS3, 360)

IGN has posted the following:

09:57 AM - June 7, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
The Prodigal Son - APF 2K8 Article

5WG has posted an article entitled, The Prodigal Son.
"When the NFL greedily insisted on offering an exclusive license for it’s video-game products, it knew all along that only one company would win the bid - Electronic Arts, who ponied up enough dough to make stockholders nervous in order to seal the deal for Madden’s de jure domination.

It’s panned out, of course - like quasi-monopolies always do - but consumers lost out on the best NFL game on the market when the NFL 2K series, a critically acclaimed - and yes, superior - title vanished from the marketplace after the smaller developer couldn’t match the cash in mighty EA’s coffers."

FIFA vs. Pro Evolution Soccer

Eurogamer has posted an article comparing the FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer series.
"Now, I'm not N'Gai Croal, and Rich Melville's not Stephen Totilo. In fact, we don't really know who those people are - we just got sent this link and they sound important. But while we'd like to say today's good-humoured squabble over the relative merits of Pro Evolution Soccer and the latest FIFA is inspired by their antics, we're going to go with the real explanation: EA and our publisher thought it was a good idea, and when we started talking about it we sort of agreed.

So, what follows is a chat between a PES fan (Tom) and a FIFA fan (Rich), aimed at putting the former's historical merits into the brand new context of the shiny FIFA games we got to play in Canada. The exchange below is ripped verbatim from our emails, and any suggestion that it was painstakingly stage-managed - or that we deliberately set each other up for fluid counter-points so it didn't descend into witless farce - are so far wide of the mark that Frank Lampard's feeling better already. And yes, I have done that one again. Read on, and try to believe."

Need for Speed ProStreet Preview (PS3)

PSX Extreme has posted their preview of Need for Speed ProStreet.
"EA also plans to change the typical linear progression of their flagship racer, as they intend to include what’s known as “Race Weekends.” These individual races and events take place on the weekends – duh – and take place in locations all over the world. Furthermore, it’s not just about racing and finishing first; you’ll be tackling a variety of challenges ranging from drift and drag to speed “missions,” and that’s how you will advance in rank. The ultimate goal is to achieve the enviable label of “Street King,” which can only happen after you’ve beaten the best of the best during each event. There’s even a Story Mode to accompany this new title, and it will clearly be the crux of the gameplay, complete with cut-scenes and even brief narratives. Obviously, this is another departure from the same ‘ol same ‘ol in the NFS series, and again, depending on your own opinions, this is either an upgrade or a drawback."

Disney Forza Motorsport 2 Cars (360)

Think you can create some nice car skins for Forza Motorsport 2? You ain't got nothin' on this guy.
"I have a strong passion for animation and the entire library of Disney characters. I also love cars and racing. So I thought, what would happen if my two favorite things crashed together in an accident of awesomeness. Thanks to Forza Motorsports 2, I was able to find out."

Other Stuff...

Busy day!

What's up with you?
  • Q'sOTD: When growing up, which athlete did you try to mimic? Which athlete did you look up to? Also, did you watch the Ducks win the Cup, or just catch the highlights or news of it?

Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!

heelsman22, AllCoast (30), jms493 (29), HaB1Tz (24), marque1d (23), CaFe88 (19)

Wednesday, June 6, 2007
08:58 PM - June 6, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
Pro-G Update (PS3)

Pro-G has posted the following:
  • Next-gen FIFA 08 revealed (PS3)
    "Using a next-gen game engine, FIFA 08 promises to deliver animations and ball control that is more responsive and more realistic than ever before, with footballers on the pitch now featuring even smarter AI to process multiple decisions in real-time."
  • FIFA 08 Screenshots (PS3)

08:00 PM - June 6, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
2K Sports have sent us some screenshots from All Pro Football 2K8, including the cover players announcement.
"2K Sports, the sports publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), proudly announced today that football legends John Elway, Jerry Rice and Barry Sanders will grace the cover of its highly-anticipated football simulation, All-Pro Football 2K8. Elway, Rice and Sanders will lead a roster of over 200 famous football heroes featuring each star’s trademark moves and abilities.

Fans will be able to lead the charge with John Elway, the ‘Duke of Denver’, as the quarterback with the most game winning or tying scoring drives in the 4th quarter. Gamers can call on his unique player attributes to clinch the winning touchdown in a close game. Fans can also count on Barry Sanders, star running back with 15,296 career rushing yards, to make defenders miss tackles with his famous juke and spin moves. Also featured in the game is Jerry Rice who will make amazing catches and run the precision routes that have made him one of the greatest wide receivers in football history."

07:45 AM - June 6, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
EA Won't Bring Every Franchise to Wii

Wired has the scoop.
"You're not going to see every franchise taken to the Wii. Rather than bring the entire portfolio of titles, some of which won't translate well, we're taking those dollars and making original software."

Madden NFL 08 Screenshots (?)

EA Sports have posted some Madden NFL 08 screenshots.
"Enjoy these 4 new Madden NFL 08 screens pulled from the game by our capture team today, including new spectacular catch and toe drag catch shots."

Lay-Offs Hit SCEA HQ Today

Kotaku has the scoop.
"In an effort to accurately align the company to meet the changing needs of our consumers and of our industry, Sony Computer Entertainment America has found it necessary to analyze our current business and to restructure the company as necessary to continue our standing as the market leader," SCEA spokesman Dave Karraker told Kotaku this evening, when contacted for comment. " These restructuring efforts are currently underway and do include the streamlining of our operations and other initiatives to further strengthen the business, reduce costs and increase operational efficiency."

Freestyle Street Basketball Movie Clips (PC)

Yahoo! Video Games have posted some movie clips from Freestyle Street Basketball.
"Freestyle Street Basketball is a massively multiplayer sports game available on the PC platform from Sierra Online.

Since there are so many character combinations available when you begin, Yahoo! obtained a few exclusive tutorial videos to make it easier when you reach decision time."

FIFA 08 Goodies (Multi)

The following sites have posted FIFA 08 goodies:

Playsyde and Xboxyde Updates (PS3, 360)

Playsyde and Xboxyde have posted the following:
  • Q&A Session With Team DiRT (PS3)
    "With less than two weeks until the release of Colin McRae DiRT, we present to you this crazy-long Q&A session with the producer of the game, Alex Grimbley - all brought to you by the XCN network. It covers the most, as the talked-about framerate and Xbox Live mode, and, of course, the dirt itself. Colin McRae Dirt Q&A for XCN Answered by: Alex Grimbley, Producer, Codemasters."
  • Project Gotham Racing 4 Images (360)
    "Microsoft released these images of Project Gotham Racing 4 a while ago, but it seems like we forgot to post them back then. Some of you might have seen them, while some might enjoy them anyway!"
  • Interview With Turn10 (360)
    "Another big racing Q&A today, this time with turn10 and the Lead Designer on Forza Motorsport 2, Dan Greenawalt himself. Inside you'll find surprisingly much talk about Gran Turismo, plus the hype, cockpit view, upcoming Forza games and much more."
  • Q&A Session With Team DiRT (360)
    "It’s been a few years since Colin McRae 2005 was released and it was a game we were really proud of, but we wanted to change the direction of the game to reflect the tastes of gamers. Offroad has become a lot more prevalent in motorsport and also the public consciousness and we really wanted to refresh the brand and take it forward in different ways. It’s about creating something new while also keeping the existing McRae players satisfied. So we brainstormed lots of different names – some of them quite amusing, but I won’t go into them – but Dirt really captures the dirtier, grittier, muddier aspects of the game."

Hot Shots Golf for GPS - Japanese Trailer

Super Mogura Tennis - Japanese Trailer

Pro Baseball Online - Japanese Trailer

Other Stuff...

Jeez, we have to wait ANOTHER day for the NBA Finals to start. How rediculous is that?

Anyways, not much going on other than a huge cram session w/ my studies. I'm really hoping to take the test early next week, possibly even Friday of this week, if I feel comfortable w/ it.

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  • QOTD: Have any pets?

Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!

cbjr, FAIRDALE_KINGS (33), lionsfan49 (29), powhitetrash (29)

Tuesday, June 5, 2007
09:03 PM - June 5, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
GameSpot Update (360)

GameSpot has posted the following:

GameSpy Update (PS3, 360)

GameSpy has posted the following:

07:00 PM - June 5, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Top Finishers Took Home More Than $20,000 In Cash & Prizes
As They Earned A Berth In The WCG USA National Finals This September

NEW YORK – June 5, 2007 – Last weekend, 68 of the United States’ top gamers faced off at the World Cyber Games (WCG) US Open video game tournament in New York City to decide the best of the best in American gaming. The two-day competition showcased some of the finest gaming action in the world, awarding top finishing players and teams with more than $20,000 in cash and Circuit City Gift Cards, along with the big prize - an automatic berth in the US National Finals this September. The 2007 WCG US Open champions are:

Half-Life®: Counter-Strike™ 1.6 (PC) – eMazing Gaming
Age of Empires® III: The WarChiefs (PC) - Milo "MrMilo" Phillips-Brown
Dead or Alive® 4 (Xbox 360) - Emmanuel "Master" Rodriguez
Project Gotham Racing® 3 (Xbox 360) - Wesley "Chompr" Cwiklo
Starcraft®: Brood WarTM (PC) - Tyler "Nony" Wasieleski
Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium WarsTM (PC) - Albert "GeNThO" Berriz
Need For Speed™ Carbon (PC) - Kamran "omegaelite" Siddiqui
FIFA Soccer 07 (PC) - Juan "H2k-Juanqui" Alvarado
Gears of War® (Xbox 360) - MoB Turtle Beach

Additionally, Tomas “Sup3rmario” Ornelas was the winner of Tony Hawk’s Project 8 Open Tournament, with a two-minute free skate run of 4.3+ million. Outscoring all competitors by more than 2 million points, the MoB Turtle Beach team member beat out over 60 other contestants, including spectators and local gamers, to take home the $1000 in cash and prizes, and an automatic berth in the National Final.

In addition to the over $20,000 in cash and prizes and automatic berths to the WCG USA National Finals, first place winners were also awarded roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations to Cancun, Mexico to compete in the WCG Pan-American Championships. The Pan-American Championships, taking place June 22nd – 24th, are composed of professional gamers from 10 countries in North and South America who will compete in eight of the WCG official gaming titles.

With well over one million players from more than 70 countries, the World Cyber Games is the gaming world’s premier tournament. Featuring online and offline events held throughout the world, the year-long series attracted more than 1.3 million competitors world-wide in 2006. The WCG 2006 Grand Final in Monza, Italy broke new ground as more than 24 million people tuned in to watch the competition unfold in real-time, marking the first-ever global, live satellite broadcast for an e-Sports event. This year’s WCG 2007 Grand Final will be held in Seattle, Washington. For more information about the WCG US Open, or to find out how to register to play in the WCG USA tournament, visit: www.worldcybergames.com/usa .

The World Cyber Games (www.worldcybergames.com) is the premier blue chip global video game tournament and culture festival. Founded in 2000 to promote global harmony through e-Sports, the WCG has grown steadily ever since. Behind the slogan "Beyond the Game" and with contestants from more than 70 countries expected to participate in this year's event, the World Cyber Games has developed into a true global phenomenon with arguably the largest prize amount at stake. The World Cyber Games prides itself on leading the "Digital Entertainment Culture."

09:32 AM - June 5, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Do you have any questions for the Producers of NCAA Football 08? If so, post them here.
"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."