Tuesday, May 1, 2007
10:01 PM - May 1, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Check out a photo of Brady Quinn from the "Game with Fame" session, that happened last Friday. Good luck in Cleveland Brady, well... Good luck after the first season, the Cowboys have your #1 pick!

09:52 PM - May 1, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
GameSpot Update (PS2, 360)

GameSpot has posted the following:

IGN Update (360)

IGN has posted the following:

08:48 PM - May 1, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
EA Sports has just sent us the following NCAA Football 08 screenshots.
"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."
*UPDATE: Just added the "Sizzle" video clip, for those that haven't seen it yet.

08:26 PM - May 1, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Gilbert Arenas, the cover athlete for NBA Live 08, explains "Hibachi". Check the movie clip on the link.
"Fueled by a combination of talent and a larger-than-life personality, Arenas has risen from below the radar into the spotlight. His breakout 2007 season included authoring a blog on NBA.com that established a direct relationship with his fans, and a well-known catch phrase (Hibachi!). Dubbed “Agent Zero” in reference to his jersey number, Arenas chose zero as a reminder of his underdog mentality that drives him to succeed. Off the court, Arenas is devoted to many charitable organizations including Scores for Schools, the NBA Cares program, and created the Zer0 2 Hero Foundation to promote the well-being of children."

01:58 PM - May 1, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Simulating Real Football Scenarios to Revolutionize Athletic Training

ORLANDO, Fla. – May 1, 2007 –– XOS Technologies (XOS), a leader in sports digital media and technology, today announced it has licensed Electronic Arts’ core technology of its popular EA SPORTS™ football video game franchises to develop a training simulator for collegiate and professional football teams. Terms of the license agreement were not disclosed.

The XOS PlayAction Simulator Powered by EA SPORTS is a series of new products that builds upon EA’s TDT Engine used to drive EA’s top-selling Madden NFL 07 and NCAA® Football 07 video games by adding functionality (including customizable playbooks, diagrams and testing sequences) to better prepare athletes for specific opponents. Additionally, the software includes built-in teaching and reporting tools so coaches can analyze and track the tactical-skill development of their athletes.

Instead of simply playing a video game for enjoyment, an athlete can play a game to test and train for upcoming on-field action. For example, a quarterback using the new tool can practice reading a defense, picking up blitzes and making quick decisions on where to throw the ball; all based on the tendencies of the team he is going to play the upcoming weekend.

“The simulator is built on our TDT Engine, which utilizes the same technologies and game play found in our popular Madden NFL game franchise,” said Steven Chiang, General Manager, EA Tiburon. “Today’s athletes will be able to sit down and start benefiting immediately, by learning interactively in a familiar interactive environment. At EA, we’re excited to work with coaches and athletes to find new ways to leverage our technology while incorporating even more realism into our titles.”

The new XOS series of products, all powered by EA SPORTS TDT Engine includes:
  • XOS PlayAction Publisher – Enables coaches to create 3-D playbooks, game-plan diagrams and testing protocols
  • XOS PlayAction Simulator PC – Enables athletes to run practice plays via laptop in a video-game simulated environment
  • XOS PlayAction Simulator VR – Integrates with the XOS SportMotion studio (a 3-D motion-capture lab) to provide athletes with a physically immersive, virtual reality experience.
The most advanced product of the series, The XOS PlayAction Simulator VR Powered by EA SPORTS, uses motion tracking capabilities and the latest head-mounted display (HMD) technology to empower athletes to literally look around, run and throw in a virtual environment. More specifically, athletes can now practice using their teams’ customized plays against realistic scout defenses in a three-dimensional, video-game-simulated environment.

“The PlayAction family of products addresses team demands to uniquely and effectively teach new plays and game plans,” said Bob Simmons, XOS Coaching Solutions President. “As the current provider of coaching-analysis and game-planning solutions to more than 200 NFL and NCAA football teams, XOS thoroughly understands how teams prepare weekly for an upcoming opponent.”

Simmons also said that XOS teamed up with EA because of EA’s position as the global leader in sports video games animation technology.

EA SPORTS is the leading interactive sports software brand in the world, with top-selling titles and franchises including Madden NFL Football, FIFA Soccer, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, MVP Baseball™, NCAA Football, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® and NASCAR® racing.

About Electronic Arts Inc.:
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, Calif., is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the company develops, publishes and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers, cellular handsets and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS, EATM, EA SPORTS BIGTM and POGOTM. In fiscal 2006, EA posted revenue of $2.95 billion and had 27 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com.

About XOS Technologies, Inc.:
In its mission to offer comprehensive, cutting-edge technology solutions geared to help professional and collegiate sports teams, conferences, leagues and athletic administrators win on and off the field, XOS Technologies specializes in Coaching Solutions, Facilities Design & Integration, XOS Network Interactive Fan Services and XOS Total Ticketing & Donor Management – which help teams and leagues integrate video, data and fan management technologies to assure maximum return on each investment. XOS products can be found at practice facilities, arenas and on the road across the country. XOS serves more than 480 clients representing more than 900 teams in the NFL, AFL, CFL, NBA, WNBA, NHL, MLB, MLS, NAIA, NCAA and in NASCAR. For additional information, visit http://www.xostech.com.

09:45 AM - May 1, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Football Manager 2007 Pictures and Themes (360)

According to Major Nelson, there are a ton of Football Manager 2007 pictures and themes available on the Marketplace.
"A whole bunch of new ‘Football Manager 2007’ Pictures and themes have just been released. Too much for me to use the usual format for posting it, so I will do in in list format."

New Gran Turismo Video On May 4 (PS3)

PSX Extreme has the scoop.
"If you visit Sony's "semi-official" blog, ThreeSpeech, you'll notice they've announced a brand new video that will hit the PlayStation Store on May 4. There is virtually no information about the video, but hey, it's a new Gran Turismo video! What more information do you really need to be excited? However, there is one curious little tidbit in the post:

"It’s also worth keeping an eye on www.granturismoworld.com, for future announcements."

Sports Tech Firm Puts a "Coach on the Couch"

Next Generation has posted an article entitled, Sports Tech Firm Puts a "Coach on the Couch".
"A new agreement between EA Sports and sports tech firm XOS Technologies will “put the coach on the couch” alongside athletes who play customized versions of Madden NFL, XOS told Next-Gen today."

Future NFL Stars Talk Video Games

Switched has posted an article entitled, Future NFL Stars Talk Video Games.
"Video game giant EA was in New York during the NFL Draft to celebrate the not-so-coincidentally-timed announcements of its 'Madden 08' and 'NCAA Football 08' cover athletes. Titans chucker Vince Young will ham it up on the 'Madden' cover when it's released in August, but college honors went to Boise State QB, Jared Zabransky. We caught up with Zabransky, as well as some his fellow NCAA cohorts, to ask them about the upcoming video game."

Other Stuff...

I think I'll be finishing up God of War II today. Can't really do much else. I see the doc tomorrow, hopefully he has some good news for me.

Big Shot Bob strikes again! Somebody cover that man! haha. Anyways, looks like the Nuggets are cooked.

What's up with you?
  • QOTD: If you have one guy to take the game winning shot, who would it be?

Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!

unc12003 (20), Herbsinator (20), Natek (20)

Monday, April 30, 2007
10:05 PM - April 30, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
IGN Update (PS2)

IGN has posted the following:

09:34 PM - April 30, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
EA Sports has announced Gilbert Arenas, as cover athlete for NBA Live 08. Included are two screenshots, box art and movie clips showing off how happy Arenas is about being selected.
"Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that Washington Wizards All-Star Gilbert Arenas will be the cover athlete and spokesman of EA SPORTS™ NBA LIVE 08. This season Arenas displayed tremendous determination to emerge as one of the league’s most dangerous offensive players, rising to No. 3 in league scoring and leading the Wizards into the playoffs for the second straight season. NBA LIVE 08 is in development at EA Canada in Vancouver, BC, and will ship to stores worldwide this fall."

09:30 PM - April 30, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some screenshots from Burnout Paradise, for the Playstation 3.
"Electronic Arts Inc., (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced the title for the revolutionary new Burnout™ videogame currently in development for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360™ videogame system. Players will be able to take their dangerous driving experience to a whole new level when Burnout™ Paradise is unleashed this winter."
We've also posted some for the Xbox 360. Both screenshots are identical, so choose wisely.
"Burnout Paradise proves that crashing is awesome! Next generation technology has enabled an unprecedented level of crash deformation allowing you to experience the most explosive pile-ups in the series’ history. Now the development team can realize their original vision for the Burnout franchise: an open world environment where you can do anything, anywhere, anytime!"

09:44 AM - April 30, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
NBA Live 2008 Screenshots (360)

Xboxyde has posted some screenshots of NBA Live 2008.
"Electronic Arts also released these first two images of NBA Live 2008, showcasing the players modeling."

Burnout Paradise Screenshots and Movie Clip (360)

Xboxyde has posted some screenshots of Burnout Paradise, including a movie clip.
"Electronic Arts finally unveils the new Burnout, now named Burnout Paradise, via these 4 images and a video."

Burnout Gets Official Title (360, PS3)

Eurogamer has the scoop.
"Electronic Arts has unveiled the title of the fifth game in the Burnout series. It'll be called Burnout Paradise, and is due out on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this winter.

Naturally it's developer Criterion's first offering for PS3, and promises a free-roaming experience built from scratch for the new technology. This will give us the most detailed damage engine we've seen, and more polygons than you can possibly count up to."

DIRT: Colin McRae Off-Road Screenshots (360)

Gameinfowire has posted some screenshots of DIRT: Colin McRae Off-Road.
"After a two-year break for the series, Codemasters Studios’ designers are back creating a totally reinvigorated McRae experience. The new Colin McRae title will go beyond the series’ point-to-point rallying to deliver the most diverse selection of extreme off-road competitions. Sensational gravel, mud and dirt racing events from the world over will include perilous Hill Climb and collision-packed Rally Cross events."

Virtua Tennis 3 Movie Clip (PS3, 360)

Playsyde and Xboxyde have both posted a movie clip of the first 10 minutes from Virtua Tennis 3.

Other Stuff...

Not a lot of anything for me over the weekend, besides getting a little further into God of War II and the NFL Draft. I was happy w/ the first day for the Boys, but the 2nd day is a little shady.

Sucks that I have to wait a week before the Pistons/Bulls series. I watched the Warriors beat the Mavs last night in a great game. Dirk looked as if he was scared to touch the ball at one point in the game. MVP, yeah right.

Hoping to get back to work by Thursday, but we'll see what the doc says.

What's up with you?
  • QOTD: So, how do you think your team fared in the NFL Draft?

Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!

mmowen (28), agte (22), mtmcq284 (18)

Saturday, April 28, 2007
08:55 AM - April 28, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
New Gran Turismo HD Downloads Coming Soon?

Kotaku has the scoop.
"Sony's ThreeSpeech blog is hinting at upcoming downloads for the PlayStation Network release Gran Turismo HD. While simply announcing that a new video of the game will be hitting the PlayStation Store sometime soon, featuring the currently unplayable Nissan Xanavi Nismo Z, they write that we should also keep an eye on GranTurismoWorld.com for future announcements."

NintendoWorldReport Screenshots (Wii, DS)

NintendoWorldReport has posted screenshots from the following games:

THQ: We Won't Publish GTR (360)

360Monster has the scoop.
"THQ and SimBin are no longer working together on the GTR Xbox 360 videogame. Our focus within the racing genre is continuing to build THQ's internally developed Stuntman, Juiced and MX franchises."

Madden NFL 08 Vince Young Theme Available (360)

According to Major Nelson, there is a Madden NFL 08 Vince Young theme available on the Marketplace.
"Celebrate the cover announcement for Madden NFL 08 - Vince Young of the Tennessee Titans! This special edition theme is only available for a limited time; download now and get ready for Madden NFL 08 - in stores August 14th."

Other Stuff...

Definitely over half way through God of War 2 now, if it weren't for that game, I may be insane right about now. Hard to believe this appendix thing is still killing me, I figure I'd be half way good to go by now. Frustrating, to say the least.

Can't wait for the draft to start, I'm very interested to see what trades come up, early on. Hope the Boys don't make any boneheaded decisions.

What's up with you?
  • QOTD: Who would you like your team to draft today?

Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!

BigBadBo34 (29), NCAAFootballFreak (28), becjhsph (28), Dallasin2K3 (22), Robslob24 (20), Romo20 (19)

Friday, April 27, 2007
09:26 AM - April 27, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
Motorstorm Patch Coming (PS3)

Boomtown has the scoop.
"A fix for a variety of online issues coming to the PlayStation 3 racer next month. Lestrade - Community Team Coordinator – has explained on the official PlayStation forum that a patch is being developed to tackle a variety of exploits and other issues with the online multiplayer of Evolution Studios' Motorstorm."

Maximum-Football Patch Available (PC)

Matrix Games have released a patch for Maximum-Football.
"This latest comprehensive update improves upon the previous several updates by offering smoother gameplay in addition to substantial improvements made to the AI’s substitution and fatigue protocols."

Forza Motorsport 2 Screenshots and Movie Clip (360)

Xboxyde has posted some Forza Motorsport 2 screenshots, as well as a movie clip.
"Forza 2 keeps coming back regularly thanks to the very nice updates on its official site. This time we get 5 new screenshots and a brand new and very nice video."

Other Stuff...

Actually sat down for a gaming session of God of War 2 last night. I think I might be halfway through it already, lol. Amazing game.

Good to see the Pistons lock things down in the 4th quarter last night. They blew open a fairly close game, nasty block from Dice on G Hill, lol.

What's up with you?
  • QOTD: Got your NFL draft day plans set?

Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!

EdRaynes (53), gdk0011 (30), PriestMVP31 (17)

Thursday, April 26, 2007
11:11 PM - April 26, 2007. Posted by hdaniel1.
IGN Update (PS3, PS2, PC)

IGN has posted the following:

Worthplaying Update (PS3, PC, PS2)

Worthplaying has posted the following:

01:57 PM - April 26, 2007. Posted by Steve_OS.
We have just posted some MLB 07: The Show movie clips. Most of you have already seen them, but just in case, here they are.
"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.

As more and more gamers are seeking quality online competition and content, MLB 07 The Show adds to its already robust online feature set and delivers Online League Play, which offers the ability to set up customizable leagues with up to 30 teams, complete with full stat tracking, point benefits and rewards. Additionally, the My Sliders feature allows users to create their perfect game settings and upload them to the MLB 07 The Show server for others to try out."