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So this is the same as the Nintendo one but for all consoles so im going to get it rolling with some ace news about a game im going to be firmly in love with Quake Wars and the rumours about public beta testing :D

Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Public Beta has been officially confirmed. The ETQW Closed Beta has been going extremely well and yielding excellent results. But id wants to get more feedback on the game so they're going to open a Public Beta with 60,000 slots available.

The Public Beta build will consist of a single map named "Sewer", which is part of ETQW's Pacific Campaign. Set in Japan, the map revolves around a Strogg base hidden in, well, a sewer. It's an interesting mix of outdoor and indoor, vehicle and infantry combat, deployables and counter-deployables and good old-fashioned FPS combat.

If you want to just play a game for free you may find the public beta a frustrating experience. This Public Beta is not the Demo – it's not the finished game, but an opportunity to get feedback from a large group of people while testing stability and performance on a wider range of hardware combinations. The Public Beta will also collect some information on your hardware configuration, so you shouldn't apply unless you're comfortable with that.

When the Public Beta opens, participants will be sent their unique license code that is required for play. As id doesn't have the infrastructure necessary to download tens of thousands of clients, FilePlanet will help distribute these license codes along with the beta clients.

A fixed number of beta slots are being set aside for Fileplanet subscribers, so if you already have a FilePlanet subscription, you're in the front of the queue. The rest of the slots will then go to those with free FilePlanet accounts. To be clear: You don't have to pay anyone anything to participate in the ETQW Public Beta. It's up to you if you want to pay FilePlanet for use of the improved download services they provide.

id will reveal more details on the Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Public Beta, including the official start date, in the near future.

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Pretty big news to be honest, so perhaps it would be better going in it's own thread, but...

PSP firmware exploit found in Lumines; sales jump 5900% on Amazon

You may have already heard about the latest PSP exploit discovered within the classic puzzler Lumines, availing owners of any variety of PSP -- all the way up to its current firmware, 3.50 -- the opportunity to run homebrew, install custom firmware, and generally monkey up Sony's plans to get you to play PSP games on the system over, say, 14-year-old SNES games. Can't stop 'em, Sony -- this is what people want. People want their hardware unlocked, they want emulation of everything up to PSX, and they don't want you steppin' on their toes over it. Proof? Hell, look at Lumines.

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Quite a big jump for a launch title. Hey, I'm not saying it wasn't a great game -- it's certainly one of my all-time favorite titles to play on the toilet, that's for certain -- but I can't imagine a nearly 6000% jump just for nostalgia or 'cos word got out that it wasn't half bad.

It's levelled off a bit since then, but still impressive -- the force of a wall of gamers all moving towards emulation and maybe-probably piracy. Well, at least they'll actually play the damn things, now. Go buy Crush, jerks!

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Yeah, I read this over at NTSC-UK. It's a good way for people with new firmware PSP's to downgrade to the good stuff. Pretty funny how the sales have gone through the roof! Here is the UK Amazon Lumines:

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Centy wrote:

So this is the same as the Nintendo one but for all consoles so im going to get it rolling with some ace news about a game im going to be firmly in love with Quake Wars and the rumours about public beta testing :D
Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Public Beta has been officially confirmed. The ETQW Closed Beta has been going extremely well and yielding excellent results. But id wants to get more feedback on the game so they're going to open a Public Beta with 60,000 slots available.

The Public Beta build will consist of a single map named "Sewer", which is part of ETQW's Pacific Campaign. Set in Japan, the map revolves around a Strogg base hidden in, well, a sewer. It's an interesting mix of outdoor and indoor, vehicle and infantry combat, deployables and counter-deployables and good old-fashioned FPS combat.

If you want to just play a game for free you may find the public beta a frustrating experience. This Public Beta is not the Demo – it's not the finished game, but an opportunity to get feedback from a large group of people while testing stability and performance on a wider range of hardware combinations. The Public Beta will also collect some information on your hardware configuration, so you shouldn't apply unless you're comfortable with that.

When the Public Beta opens, participants will be sent their unique license code that is required for play. As id doesn't have the infrastructure necessary to download tens of thousands of clients, FilePlanet will help distribute these license codes along with the beta clients.

A fixed number of beta slots are being set aside for Fileplanet subscribers, so if you already have a FilePlanet subscription, you're in the front of the queue. The rest of the slots will then go to those with free FilePlanet accounts. To be clear: You don't have to pay anyone anything to participate in the ETQW Public Beta. It's up to you if you want to pay FilePlanet for use of the improved download services they provide.

id will reveal more details on the Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Public Beta, including the official start date, in the near future.

Cum. Looking forward to this. Hope my PC can run the damn thing. Bought Battlefield 2 the other day and haven't stopped playing it since.

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HA that lumies thing cracked me up see the only good PSP is a hacked PSP :D

Anyways in other news Halo 2 and ShadowRun made to Run on XP yep thats right now Vista's 2 flagship exclusive titles will run on any pc with XP w00t wish i cared i really do.

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The upcoming rumble-enabled edition of PS3's Sixaxis controller will feature a brand new feedback technology called 'touchsense'. It'll mean that the pad won't just rumble as per usual, instead Sixaxis will be able to output a variety of levels of feedback from several different points on the controller.

The new technology can create more powerful and more intense rumblings than any other pad. It will be possible for developers to create more subtle and appropriate feedback effects - the sharp kick of a bullet, say, or a slow increase in feedback while accelerating a race car.

Fortunately, touchsense isn't going to send the price of Sixaxis rocketing. It's unclear whether Sony plan to have two versions of the controller on sale - one with rumble, one without - but, according to the French Official PlayStation magazine who revealed the new tech, the cost of including feedback will only cause a slight raise in the retail price of the controller.

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I was gonna post this in a seperate thread, but it's only a little preview thing.

But it's Harvey Birdman!

Preview

What's the game about: The popular Adult Swim cartoon series of the same name comes to the PS2 and PSP, in a menu-driven TV show adventure of sorts. The game plays out like an episode of the show, with lengthy cut-scenes straight from the writers -- five cases full of the wit, ridiculous characters, and double entendres that make Harvey Birdman so hilarious (if it's your type of humor). The game even has some sly references to videogames, as a member of the jury looked suspiciously like a certain flattopped scissor-kicking army boy from Capcom's most famous fighter.

What's new for E3: E3 was Harvey Birdman's first public showing and didn't yet have lip-syncing animations for character dialogue, and used placeholder voiceovers by the development team (which sounded perfectly fine). We did play most of a court case though, looking over evidence and grilling those on the stand as we plead our (silly) case. The game also has crime-scene investigations where you'll take a more active role in gathering your evidence, but those weren't in the build we played.

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What we like: Few games are legitimately hilarious, and those that try hardest usually just turn out cringe-worthy. Harvey Birdman is seriously funny though, and manages to tie the simple game mechanics into the humor elements really well. It's also utterly faithful to the show, one of the best uses of a TV license we've ever seen.

What we dislike: It remains to be seen whether there will be enough replay value in the five cases to be worth a second playthrough once you've seen most of the jokes the first time.

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This can only be fucking awesome. A Harvey Birdman game made by the people that do Pheonix Wright? Oh yeah.

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Two bits of Playstation news, but should get some people's hearts a flutter.

LocoRoco PS3 confirmed

Sony has reportedly confirmed the long-running rumour that LocoRoco is on its way to PlayStation 3.

It's all come out at the "PlayStation Premier" event being held in Tokyo today. IGN reports that the new game is called "Buu Buu Cocoreccho! by LocoRoco".

It will be released through the PlayStation Network and support Sixaxis tilt controls. There's no word on exactly when it's due out, but apparently it's 95 percent complete at the moment.

There's been chatter about a PS3 LocoRoco before now, of course, what with the PSP version being thoroughly enchanting, and the decision to do it on PSN is probably sensible. It may also mean we get it sooner.

Katamari creator's new game

Namco Bandai has revealed a new game from the creator of Katamari Damacy, Keita Takahashi.

It's called Nobi Nobi Boy, according to IGN, and revolves around a worm-like character who appears to stretch and grow - Nobi can mean "to stretch" in Japanese, apparently. What can it mean in English, readers?

So far only artwork has been released, but the style seems familiar and friendly.

Takahashi's whereabouts have been questioned ever since his name failed to be associated with Beautiful Katamari, the first next-generation rolly-action-puzzle-collect-'em-up.

We'll be keeping our news-ears peeled for more details on Nobi Nobi Boy, and will let you know when anything turns up.

Until then, you can get a look at the trio of art-shots released at the PlayStation Premier event in Japan.

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PC NEWS TIME!

Looks like despite all the madness surrounding Rockstar right now that Activision have been slave driving an unknown dev possibly raven to make Soldier of Fortune a game famous for its ghoul bodies system where many many parts can be gibbed and bullet holes etc etc Looks like a multiplayer tasty to me Source

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FarCry 2 (thats not Crysis btw) is confirmed for a Q1/2 release on PC and the teaser site is up.

FarCry 2 teaser site

Also prooving that Online games are the center of all evil a guy got kidnapped for his online account on a game called Gunbound.

When our unidentified top scoring Gunbound player showed up at Brazilian Burger King, he was greeted by a gun totting gang instead of his female date.

The gang, named La Firma, wasn't after his money, but rather his Gunbound account. Under gunpoint, the Gunbound gamer was forced into an internet cafe where he was forced to sell his Gunbound account for $8000.

The anonymous Gunbound player was then released unharmed and the La Firma gang was later arrested. La Firma gang consisted of Tamires Rodrigues Vieira, 19; Anderson Faquini, 19; Alexsander Kaiser Pereira, 27; and Igor da Silva Carvalho, 27.

And finally we have more evidence that Epic games are a bunch of dickheads See here for why Silicon Knights are pissed

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Centy wrote:

And finally we have more evidence that Epic games are a bunch of dickheads See here for why Silicon Knights are pissed

See, I've heard about this but while there may be some element of truth in it, Denis Dyack (from Silicon Knights) is a moaning little bitch who's tried everything to blame everyone for his shoddy game bar the people that make it and Microsoft for forcing them to show the game before it was ready.

Seriously, download this episode of EGM's podcast for an interesting insight into Mr Dyack. And here's the follow-up episode where they discuss exactly what fell out of Dyack's arse.

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Sensible World of Soccer is coming to Xbox Live!

Known about this for a while but I think it will be available for download in the next couple of weeks. This is one of the greatest bits of news ever ever ever and I cant fucking wait. 800 ms points and joy is yours, small price to pay for one of the greatest games of all time AND you can play your pals over the airwaves.

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More LocoRoco!

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LocoRoco director Tsutomu Kouno was in Brighton last week for the Develop Conference, where he confirmed that his bouncy platform game would be returning to PSP - as well as making an appearance on PlayStation 3's Network service.

"Yes, there will," he told Joystiq when asked if there will be a second PSP game. "I'm thinking about a sequel for the PSP right now. I got a lot of feedback from players that they bought a PSP just to play LocoRoco so I feel like I have to make a sequel for them."

What a nice chap. The other confirmed LocoRoco title at the moment is "Buu Buu Cocoreccho! by LocoRoco" for PSN, which will support Sixaxis tilt controls. The PSP original used the left and right triggers to tilt the screen and move your little blobs around, so it should be a good fit.

:) :) :)

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Finally an MMO i could stand to play here we have the Dragonball Z MMORPG.

Apparently Akira Toriyama has full creative control and its a joint project between the Japanese and (who else) the Koreans. No dates yet but it has to get a Western release it just has to.

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Centy wrote:

Finally an MMO i could stand to play here we have the Dragonball Z MMORPG.

Apparently Akira Toriyama has full creative control and its a joint project between the Japanese and (who else) the Koreans. No dates yet but it has to get a Western release it just has to.

*dies*

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Hendo wrote:

More LocoRoco!

clicky

LocoRoco director Tsutomu Kouno was in Brighton last week for the Develop Conference, where he confirmed that his bouncy platform game would be returning to PSP - as well as making an appearance on PlayStation 3's Network service.

"Yes, there will," he told Joystiq when asked if there will be a second PSP game. "I'm thinking about a sequel for the PSP right now. I got a lot of feedback from players that they bought a PSP just to play LocoRoco so I feel like I have to make a sequel for them."

What a nice chap. The other confirmed LocoRoco title at the moment is "Buu Buu Cocoreccho! by LocoRoco" for PSN, which will support Sixaxis tilt controls. The PSP original used the left and right triggers to tilt the screen and move your little blobs around, so it should be a good fit.

:) :) :)

Late to the party here, but damn good news indeed. :)

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Jack thompson lays into Bioshock the world greets news with a sigh

*sigh*

It has been more than 3 months since we last heard from Jack Thompson, the infamous attorney with self-imposed crusade against videogames.

Unfortunately for Mr. Thompson, no 'controversial' games has been released in the past few months. With games like GTA, it was possible to claim that "Games are teaching kids to kill police officers and prostitutes", but what happens when you have nothing but standard fps games set in fictional universe?

Jack Thompson has the answer: Simply, look outside the game itself!!

Here is Jack Thompson's latest complaint letter filed to the Federal Trade Commission against Biosock:

"Take-Two is aggressively marketing its newest Mature-rated video game to kids under 17 years of age... On this Friday's night's 8 pm Eastern time airing of WWE's wrestling program "Smackdown," there were repeated ads for Take-Two/Rockstar Game's Mature-rated, incredibly violent BioShock... [MegaGames note: Rockstar has nothing to do with Bioshock. The game is developed by 2K Boston/2K Australia (previously known as Irrational Games)]

A check of the demographics of the audience of that program reveals that teens under 17 years of age watch that program in huge numbers", said Thompson's letter.

In other words, it is ok for teenagers to watch half naked men engaging in real acts of violence and "smackdown" but they shouldn't see an advertisement for a violent videogame. Or at least, that's what our hilarious attorney believes.

The complaint letter continues: "Remarkably, the video game industry is running ads for games like BioShock on teen-intensive television programs while at the same time its industry-captured "watchdog," the ESRB, is running a self-congratulatory ad campaign to assure parents that the video game ratings system is working and that the industry can be trusted not to target their kids with these Mature-rated games. It is all a lie, as the BioShock ads prove.

This rampant fraudulent trade practice is precisely what "Big Tobacco" did with its "Joe Camel" and other teen-targeting ads, while at the same time lying to Congress that it was not marketing its adult product to kids."

This whole article can be summarized in a single sentence: "Jack Thompson is an attention addict". MegaGames policy prohibits me from using more 'appropriate' words than "addict", but you can figure out a better substitute.

Bioshock, expected to be game of the year 2007, will be released for Xbox 360 and Windows PC on 21/8/2007 in North America and 24/8/2007 in Europe and Australia. Asian release is scheduled for 14/9/2007. Be sure to visit the screens tab for some spectacular Bioshock screenshots.

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