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RUMOR: PS3 Slim - Enough Said

posted Saturday Aug 15, 2009 by Scott Ertz

RUMOR: PS3 Slim - Enough Said

I am almost tired of following the story of the PS3 Slim. Every day I am reading articles, speculations, sifting through photos and watching TERRIBLE videos on YouTube just so that I can find the things that are credible for you guys. Today I have some for you in the form of an interview with a European retailer who says he has received information through his wholesale channels about the PS3 Slim.

Halo 2 is Your Enemy

posted Saturday Aug 15, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Halo 2 is Your Enemy

Have you ever wondered why Microsoft has limited your number of friends to 100? Is it because they figure gamers are loners who have no friends? Is it because technology is a mystery to them? Or is it because they are still nurturing an old system because people still want to use it? Obviously it is the second option... I mean, the third. Sorry.

According to TheFeed, an inside source at Microsoft has blamed the issue on Halo 2. Now, you're thinking "I haven't thought about that game in years!" You are not the only one, but there are a lot of people who still play, and still do it online.

Nintendo Optimistic About Wii Sales

posted Saturday Aug 15, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Nintendo Optimistic About Wii Sales

Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo is fully aware that their E3 press conference was terrible. He also acknowledges that their hardware sales are down, and the economy is in the toilet. That being said, he is also fully convinced he has three titles in his new games catalog that will break 10 million units: Wii Sports Resort, New Super Mario Bros. and Wii Fit Plus. Iwata says:

Visit the Real Silent Hill

posted Saturday Aug 15, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Visit the Real Silent Hill

Now here is a story I can get truly excited about. Jeff Schiefelbein, a Halloween production expert, has teamed up with Konami to produce a Silent Hill themed Haunted House maze in Brea, California. The attraction is a theme-park style maze house, similar to what you might see at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, at Sinister Pointe.

Now, as excited as I might be about this prospect, I can certainly see a problem with the maze. The aspect of the games that has always made them so scary has been the feeling of terror that builds as you move through the town and experience creepier and creepier scenarios. How well can that concept be replicated through a haunted house? I suppose there is only one way to find out. The attraction runs through October.

Are any of you planning to head over and check it out? If so, let us know, and send me photos!

To Infinity and No Farther!

posted Saturday Aug 15, 2009 by Scott Ertz

To Infinity and No Farther!

We are all getting excited about the release of Infinity Ward's new Modern Warfare 2, partially because the game looks badass, and partially because we knew this game would be better supported post-launch than the original, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was. The original game only had one map pack released, which was incredibly disappointing. With MW2, there is good news and bad news.

The good news is that Infinity Ward has said there will be more content this time. The bad news is that there will only be two map packs. Definitely better than the original, but still behind World at War which has had three. Activision has announced that these map packs will be released on the 360 before the PlayStation 3 or PC, but that is hardly a new situation anymore.

Do you think that two map packs are enough to keep the game fresh, or should Infinity Ward be more willing to support the game post-launch?

Wow, China is Weird...

posted Saturday Aug 15, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Wow, China is Weird...

Until last month, China accounted for about half of all World or Warcraft players in the world. That is not surprising, being as they have more people than anyone else. This month, however, they account for 0 (officially, of course). This is because China shutdown the game over content disputes. Well, the game is now back up, kind of.

Current subscribers were invited to participate in a closed, free beta of the new and improved game, now with government approval! I can hear the gears turning in your head (and we smell the smoke, too), and I know what you're thinking: "what did they change to make the game government friendly?" Good news - I am here to tell you!

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