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Gaming News (2 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 20-December-2008  15:37:46 (GMT +10) - by BlaYde

If you're a fan of Star Craft then this is for you. Activision Blizzard has released a 21min video of actual Star Craft 2 game play between Terran and Protoss.

I know how much you all love the trusty rumour mill, so today let me refresh an old rumour by telling you all that the PlayStation Portable 2 will be out in 2009. Rumours of the PSP2 are nothing new. Curious investigators can perform searches online and discover many unconfirmed details such as a 4GB flash, a live streaming digital camera, touch-screen support, faster load times and more. Interestingly enough, a few online sources confirm developer support for the PSP2 dating back almost two years. Whether recent rumour flare-ups derive from new information of rehashing of old news is yet unknown.

But wait....there's more! Want to know when the Wii 2, Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 will come out?. Any predictions made are of course going to be speculation, but each of these gaming companies now have somewhat predictable console release patterns, not to mention the fact that so many ‘experts’ are ready to jump on every leak and ostensible rumour. Indeed, now more than ever the industry has become very heavily monitored.

Nintendo has released a list of 100 games that it plans to release in the first quarter of 2009. Earlier this week, Nintendo sent out a huge list of early 09 release dates for the U.K. Now it's North America's turn. Below are over 100 titles Nintendo plans to release across the Wii and Nintendo DS in the first quarter of 09, and interestingly, our list has a few more intriguing stand-outs.

Here's an interesting article on why Microsoft thinks that Blu-Ray is a format that is not needed for gaming and therefore will not be seen in the next Xbox. I would say from what I have seen from Microsoft and how they do business I do not even see Microsoft thinking about using the Blu-Ray format for their next console. The reason I say this is because Microsoft is a company that does not handle defeat very well and if they are defeated they will do anything in their power to defeat their competitor next go round. They will not just go into the next console generation settling with the format that defeated them. Obviously, the HD-DVD format lost to Blu-Ray this generation but do not be surprised if Microsoft goes at it again.

So whilst Microsoft is not keen on the blu-ray format, the same can't be said about consumers who have spent nearly $500M on Blu-ray titles in 2008. According to Home Media Magazine, consumers spent over $60M on Blu-ray titles last week, representing 14% of the home media market. The 167% spike is due in large part to the Blu-ray release of 'The Dark Knight', which is breaking Blu-ray sales records around the world.

The most heart-rending gaming disappointments of 2008 by ArsTechnica. We tend to remember the games we fall in love with every year, but the things that drive us crazy tend to fade away with time. That's a shame; you can learn just as much from failure as you can from success.

Metal Gear Solid meets Little Big Planet. LBP and MGS fans alike are in for a treat! If you checked out the PS Blog today you will see all the details on the new Premium Metal Gear Solid® Level and Costume Packs that are hitting the PS Store on December 23rd. And for your viewing pleasure, here's the MGS4 in LBP trailer.

PlayStation 3 owners will soon be able to watch blu-ray and play games in stereoscopic 3D. I have received confirmation from Blitz Games Studios that Sony “fully intends” to support stereoscopic 3D gaming and Blu-ray 3D on the Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) in 2009.

And here are 5 reasons why the PS3 will kick butt in 2009. what does the future have in store for us? Well to be honest the future looks to be jam packed with all new content, and titles that are sure to set new bars in the development of games throughout 2009.

Call of Duty flops on Nintendo platforms. Call of Duty: World at War performed fairly well in terms of critical reviews on both the Wii and DS, yet both versions have pretty much sold a dismal amount compared to the 360 and PS3.

Last week we mentioned that there was a strong possibility that EA would close one of their studios who developed games such as NFS, Mirrors Edge and Dead Space and today we have confirmation that Black Box Studio is officially no more. “Shutting down the studio is part of EA’s restructuring plan that hopes to save them US$ 120 million in annual costs. Part of the plan is to reduce their overall workforce by 10%, or 1,000 people.” said the press release. There was no word given on if the studios upcoming game Skate 2 has been affected.

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