Tuesday, March 7, 2006
08:41 AM - March 7, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
NEW YORK, NY - March 7, 2006 - 2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that College Hoops 2K6 for Xbox 360(tm) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft is now available at retailers across North America. As the only college basketball game available for Xbox 360, College Hoops 2K6 delivers a truly authentic collegiate experience, showcasing superior next-generation graphics, unmatched gameplay, all of the fan-favorite features found in the current-gen versions and an updated and expanded roster of teams and players.

"We are pleased to bring the acclaimed College Hoops 2K6, the only next generation college basketball title, to Xbox 360 gamers," said Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. "College Hoops 2K6 exemplifies the college basketball spirit through an engaging atmosphere, exciting gameplay and unique features that truly enhance the overall experience."

2K Sports' highly acclaimed College Hoops 2K series, now available for Xbox 360, immerses college basketball fans into all of the action with Xbox 360- exclusive features including stunning player models, detailed college arenas complete with full 3D crowds, and realistic animated sections for the band, home and visiting crowds. The college style of play is fully realized for Xbox 360 with accurate game pace and speed, and focus on players' shot distribution and defense in the post. College Hoops 2K6 also includes the entire suite of features found in the current-gen versions, such as Shot Stick, V.I.P. System(tm), Coach's Clipboard, Midnight Madness(r), Strip 'n' Rip System, and Pre-season and Selection Sunday broadcast shows hosted by Greg Gumbel and Clark Kellogg.

Through Xbox Live(r) online game service, College Hoops 2K6 provides gamers with the most realistic, interactive gaming experience with seamless head-to-head online play. The comprehensive online features also provide stat tracking, buddy list management and online leagues.

College Hoops 2K6 for Xbox 360 is rated "E" for Everyone and available in North American retail stores for $59.99. For more information, please visit www.2Ksports.com.

08:41 AM - March 7, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Just a few news items worth mentioning while you sip your coffee and eat that donut.

GTI Racing Screenshots (PC)

3D Gamers have posted some screenshots of GTI Racing.
"GTI Racing is an official racing game about the legendary European Volkswagen Golf series. The game features over 15 models from all 5 series, including the classic GTI from 1975, GTI Kit Cars, the latest Golf V GTI from 2004 and a collection of bonus cars like: The New Beatle, The Samba and the latest concept cars. One of the most distinguishing features of the game will be photorealistic graphics, based on the Chrome Engine, making you feel like you're actually on the track. An extensive career mode based on fast-paced racing with challenging AI and spectacular multiplayer modes, all within a beautifully, lush environment will make GTI Racing pure fun for both casual gamers and dedicated car racing gamers alike."

Ski Jumping Pairs Reload Movie Clip (PS2)

Wow, I thought I had seen it all, until I saw this movie clip of Ski Jumping Pairs Reload. Somebody please wash my eyes out with soap. I think I'll get Sully to review this one.
"Two minutes of video of a literaly gay skiing game from Japan featuring tandem skiing with impossible acrobats. (From Game Jockey weekly internet Japanese video game show)"

GTI Racing Screenshots (PC)

The official GTI Racing website has posted a bunch of screenshots from their game.

Exclusive Hands On Nintendo DS Lite Impressions

GameAxis has gotten its grubby little hands on the upcoming Nintendo DS Lite and posted some impressions of it.
"With our initial inspection finally over, it was time to power up the device and judge for ourselves one of the most touted selling point of the new product which is basically the brightness setting which is supposedly four times brighter than Version 1 and is adjustable to boot. Honestly, as soon as the light came on, our current DS simply paled in comparison. The lowest brightness setting of the DS Lite matches that of Version 1 and once we tweaked it to the highest capacity, it reflected a luminous glow upon our faces. That's how bright it was which also makes for richer colours on-screen and only when you see the two compared side by side will you understand why it makes a world of a difference and you'll be hard pressed to go back to the older and soon to be obsolete version of the DS."

08:39 AM - March 7, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
I received a newer MLB 2K6 beta yesterday and it definitely plays a lot better in the field. I didn't check the stats after a season, but I'll do that tonight. There were definitely some odd stats and league leaders with the previous build. I'm getting more used to the "Hit Stick" now. You definitely don't have to use a power swing to go yard. I'm still trying to get the timing down on the pitching though, I think it makes the game better now that the pitching is more difficult. I like to paint corners and I've walked my fair share of batters. The AI has walked me a few times, but I'm sure the slider guys will have a fun time adjusting them. I've had some low scoring games and a few high scoring ones. The AI baserunning is a little hit or miss. Sometimes it will be aggressive and get the double, other times a sure double will end up being a single. If I have some time, I'll answer a few questions about the game in this thread.

I'm signing Dan up to play some AAU basketball. Tryouts are this Sunday, so hopefully the coaches will notice him and he'll get a spot.

I think I'm going to post the daily "What's Up?" as the first news item of the morning from now on, then get to the news. Just a heads up.

Question of the Day: What was the last movie you saw in the movie theater?

In other news...Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
BigKoo (35), ChiTownKid (33), SSilentstorm7 (18)

Enough about me, what's up with you?

Monday, March 6, 2006
11:40 PM - March 6, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
That's right your late night news update in HD! Okay, not exactly in high def, but I just gotta use the "HD" some where in my news posts.

Anyways, lots of websites reporting that Rockstar is going to do a Table Tennis game on the 360. I wonder how that is going to be like. I don't recall anyone making a Table Tennis game.

Enough of me, here is the news.

Gamespot Update (Xbox, 360, PS2)

Gamespot has posted the following:

GameSpy Update (PS2, Xbox)

GameSpy has posted the following:

IGN Update (PS2, PS3, Xbox, 360, GC, PC)

IGN has posted the following:

TeamXbox Update (Xbox, 360)

TeamXbox has posted the following:
  • Rafer Alston to Be Featured in AND 1 Streetball (Xbox)
    "Alston is credited as being the catalyst for the AND1 MixTapes. In the late 90s, a tape featuring his playground highlights known as the “Skip Tape” circulated like wildfire throughout the streetball community, eventually landing on the desks of AND 1."
  • Rockstar Games Announces Table Tennis for Xbox 360 (360)
    "Rockstar Games announced today Table Tennis for Xbox 360. Developed by Rockstar San Diego, Table Tennis is expected to ship to North American retailers on May 22nd, 2006 for a MSRP of $39.99 and will hit European retail shelves on May 26th, 2006 for a price of EUR 39.99 and GBP 29.99 in the UK."

Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis with Screenshots (360)

Totally360.com has posted some screenshots of Table Tennis.
"It's not what we were expecting and I imagine you were not expecting a table tennis game from the gods at Rockstar either."

Table Tennis Screenshots (360)

ToTheGame has posted some screenshots of Table Tennis.
"Rockstar Games unveils their first next generation title to be available for Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft this May."

Worthplaying Update (PS2, Xbox, 360, PC)

Worthplaying has posted the following:
  • Xpand Rally Xtreme Announced (PC)
    "Xpand Rally Xtreme will contain similar content to the original Xpand Rally but in totally xtreme variation. In game, apart from well known rally cars, gamers will find super-fast GT vehicles, DTR group buggies, off-road 4x4 cars and Monster Trucks group trucks."
  • Unlock NBA Star Rafer Alston in AND 1 Streetball with Trailer (PS2, Xbox)
    "Ubisoft's AND 1 Streetball will feature NBA star Rafer Alston, currently with the Houston Rockets, as the unlockable player "Skip to My Lou." Considered one of the best streetball players of all time, Alston achieved his legend status on the hallowed grounds of Holcombe Rucker Park."
  • Table Tennis Announced with Screenshots (360)
    "Rockstar Games announced today Table Tennis for Xbox 360, developed by Rockstar San Diego, the creative house behind the Midnight Club racing series."

Table Tennis Preview (360)

Gaming Age has posted their preview of Table Tennis.
"“Our goal was to create a game that is perfectly addictive in its focused simplicity, a game that showcases the true possibilities of a next gen experience, not just in looks but in feel and pace,” stated Sam Houser, Founder and Executive Producer of Rockstar Games."

That's all the news for tonight! See y'all tomorow night!

05:22 PM - March 6, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
All your ping pong are belong to us!

Grand Theft... Ping Pong? (360)

CNN Money has posted an article entitled, Grand Theft... Ping Pong?
"There is, of course, one other possible hurdle "Table Tennis" faces. While other sports simulation video games - like football, baseball and auto racing - let you live vicarious dreams of doing things you likely can't do in real life, it's not real hard to find a Ping Pong table. It is, in fact, one of the very few "indoor" sports that has a video game patterned after it. (Poker's about the only other one that springs to mind.)"

No More Show Floor Space Left at E3 2006

According to GameIndustry, it looks like E3 2006 is booked up.
"More than 400 exhibitors will occupy 540,000 square feet of space at this year's E3 - an area equivalent to 4650 Olympic swimming pools."

05:03 PM - March 6, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
According to Major Nelson, there are a few titles that have updates available. Madden NFL 06 is one of those games.
"There are some title updates that were released earlier today. Here is the complete list:

King Kong
Xbox 360 Arcade: Smash TV
Xbox 360 Arcade: Hardwood Hearts
Madden NFL 06

To get the update, you’ll have to be connected to Xbox Live and start the title."
Anyone find out what the update consists of? If so, post it here.

11:31 AM - March 6, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Here are a few news items that just popped up. I guess we can lay to rest the PS3 delay rumors, huh? Or can we?

Playstation 3 Delay Official

Variety has posted an article entitled, Turning Sony around puts Stringer through the ringer. In the article, it mentions a delay for the PS3, just in time for the Christmas holidays.
"Sony's new PlayStation 3 was widely expected to be introduced this spring, but will be delayed as the company fine-tunes the chips that are crucial to the success of the console's Blu-ray function.

The PlayStation 3 --- which is being called "the poor man's Blue-ray" --- is vital to Sony's plans because it plays Blu-ray discs as well as videogames.

Sony will roll out the PS3 by year end, in time for the holidays. If PS3 "delivers what everyone thinks it will, the game is up," Stringer boasts."

FlatOut 2 Q&A

3D Gamers have posted a Q&A session with Business Development Director, Jussi Laakkonen, as they talk about FlatOut 2.
3D Gamers: "Since FlatOut heavily used physics, what kind of improvements and additions to the physics will FlatOut 2 feature?"
Jussi Laakkonen: "FlatOut's critically acclaimed physics engine is completely in-house developed. Physics continue to play a critical role in FlatOut 2, so it was easy decision to continue developing engine further. Thanks to a lot of smart optimizations the engine's performance has increased by 66% and average dynamic object counts for the tracks have gone from 3000 to over 5000."

Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis (360)

Take 2 Games have posted the official press release for Table Tennis.
"Our goal was to create a game that is perfectly addictive in its focused simplicity, a game that showcases the true possibilities of a next gen experience, not just in looks but in feel and pace," stated Sam Houser, Founder and Executive Producer of Rockstar Games. "We wanted to use the power of the new hardware and the resolution of new televisions to give the game an immediacy, an intensity and a sense of physicality and reality, resulting in a purer, more visceral experience that simply was not possible previously." Houser continued, "It is a distillation of game design philosophy, focusing on removing the traditional areas of compromise inherent in managing size and scope and concentrating the hardware's entire power on one activity, with the aim of doing that better than it's ever been done before."

08:29 AM - March 6, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Good morning, happy Monday to ya. How was your weekend? Mine was filled with organizing my computer room and getting my taxes ready to go. I'll probably be mailing them out this week sometime.

Late last night I ended up winning a pair of Wizards vs. Pistons tickets on Ebay. I'd say it's about time me and Dan went to a Wizards game and cheered for the away team again. Of course, it's even better when the visiting team is your favorite team. We can't wait until Saturday!

We are going to change up the way we do the news from now on. Instead of oodles of posts one after the other, we'll be combining all the news at certain times of the day and posting them all in one nice message. You'll see a "Morning Update", a possible "Afternoon Update" an "Evening Update" and a "Late Night Update" from HD. We are doing this to clean up the Main Page and get more focus on our own articles. Down the road we are planning on revamping the Main Site. Until then, look for a few little changes at OS while we prepare to make the change.

Question of the Day: Which magazines do you subscribe to?

In other news...Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
nyy284, bigmac076 (27), delgado25 (22), Yudddd (21)

Enough about me, what's up with you?

08:25 AM - March 6, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Not much in the world of sports gaming news this morning, just a few Rumble Roses XX updates and a small Burnout Revenge preview. Who's getting Burnout Revenge this week? I know I am.

Rumble Roses XX Screenshots (360)
Gameinfowire has posted some screenshots of Rumble Roses XX.

Burnout Revenge Preview (360)
Totally360 has posted their preview of Burnout Revenge.
"As I had mentioned above there have been a huge amount of changes introduced into the 360 version of Burnout Revenge, looks, sound, and playability have all been completely reworked. But we all know LIVE Multiplayer is where most of us get our kicks and the offering we are about to presented with, with Criterions Burnout Revenge 360 looks amazing, and with being just around the corner with its March release it is a must have title for you all. Get ready to kick ***, Burnout style!"

Rumble Roses XX Movie Clip (360)
Xboxyde has posted another movie clip from Rumble Roses XX.
"Konami released 5 short videos of Rumble Roses XX featuring some of the girls doing some extras from the fighting. I've reencoded all of them into one video for your convenience."

Sunday, March 5, 2006
10:42 AM - March 5, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
Worthplaying has posted the following:
  • Major League Baseball 2K6 Screenshots and Trailer (Multi)
    "Major League Baseball 2K6 includes innovative features such as a new movement system and realistic player collisions on the infield and outfield. New broadcast elements include flashback replays, and a unique player morale system will unfold the drama like never before in a baseball video game."
  • Maximum-Football Kicks Off To Stores (PC)
    "Primarily a coaching and management game, Maximum-Football is a robust North American Football game where you can change nearly every single aspect of the rules and features. Use Indoor, outdoor, Canadian, or American rules, or any combination thereof."

10:42 AM - March 5, 2006. Posted by hdaniel1.
Joystiq has the scoop.
"Apparently, Rockstar believes it can create a next-gen Pong with the "intensity of a fighting game and the sense of speed and control that would make playing it a more intense and more visceral experience than has previously been possible with sports games.""

09:44 AM - March 5, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Unfortunately, Nat is sick, she has a runny nose and a cough. It figures she'd get it as the weather gets a little nicer around here. She seems to be in good spirit though, she's not letting any of those pesky buggers let her down. She is my human paper shredder. Whenever I have something that needs to go in the shredder, she'll take some scissors to it and cut it into a million pieces. She absolutely loves to cut things with scissors.

The Pistons lost to the Lakers last night. The second half of the NBA season is always tougher and the Pistons are seeing that first hand. They have Chicago, Charlotte, Atlanta and Miami coming up next.

Question of the Day: How excited are you about College Hoops 2K6, Burnout Revenge and GRAW shipping this week for the 360?

In other news...Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
Fetter21 (26), SD Joker (24), lunatic666 (19), Krioniq (19), xcelticsbabee34x (15)

Enough about me, what's up with you?

09:43 AM - March 5, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
Matrix Games has the scoop.
"Primarily a coaching and management game, Maximum-Football is a robust North American Football game where you can change nearly every single aspect of the rules and features. Use Indoor, outdoor, Canadian, or American rules, or any combination thereof. Utilize the robust play editing system to create your own playbook specifically tailored for the team you drafted and trained in the pre-season. Compete in player run leagues and discover if you have what it takes for a championship ring."

09:43 AM - March 5, 2006. Posted by Steve_OS.
NFSUnlimited has posted an interview with Need for Speed Most Wanted senior audio director Charles Deenen, about behind the scenes of sound recording.
NFSUnlimited: "How many cars did you use to record the sounds and which cars are they?"
Charles Deenen: "We recorded approx 40 cars for Most Wanted, and also used a bunch which were recorded for NFSU1 or NfSU2 (for NFSU2, we recorded approx 40-45 cars). Often we start recording cars before the licenses are through, so we sometimes end up recording cars which won't get used. Also, sometimes a car might sound good in real life, but simply doesn't translate to the game, in which case it's a toss-out."

Gameinfowire has posted some screenshots from AND 1 Streetball, including some details about the I-Ball control system.
"I-Ball is a dual analog control system allowing you to access an arsenal of amazing streetball moves and flow them together spontaneously.

The term "I-Ball" comes from a phrase coined by AND 1. It's an expression that inspires players to develop their own original style. That's what compelled the developers to create this control system, which gives everyone the ability to ball according to their personal style."