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2008 Review – Part Four

Ben Parfitt
2008 Review – Part Four

October

Nintendo reveals the third iteration of its world-conquering handheld, dubbed the DSi
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Former Atari executive Jeremy Wigmore announces that he is to join Codemasters
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No thanks EA. Take 2 has the final word on the rejected buyout offer
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Signs of trouble emerge at EUK as trading terms dispute threaten supply chain
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Things are on the up. PS3 and PSP better Sony’s sales targets in North America
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Proving it was no fluke, Xbox 360 manages to outsell PS3 throughout the month of September in Japan
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Nintendo relaxes its strict online strategy by allowing Wii users to chat amongst themselves with new Wii Speak channel
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Asda fires a warning shot to EUK by threatening to go direct to publishers
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Manhunt 2 is dated, though its release turns out to be the most low-key in history
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Analysts start to predict the worst for PS3 despite Sony’s sales gains
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Bungie’s new Halo title is named – Halo 3: Recon
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The credit crunch changes from media frenzy to reality as retail footfall finally drops
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Tekken 6 becomes the latest title to abandon its history of PlayStation exclusivity
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GAME admits that it’s been sending its staff to Sainsbury’s to buy up the supermarket’s gaming bargains
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Has the tide turned? Konami’s PES producer Seabass admits he’d love the chance to use EA’s FIFA engine in his next game
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Microsoft details its memory handout ahead of the release of the New Xbox Experience
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This one went crazy – Konami officially admits that it’s considering porting Metal Gear Solid 4 to Xbox 360
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Another senior head tumbles as Simon Turner departs Woolies’ sinking ship
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Oh dear. PS3 saviour LittleBigPlanet is delayed after a soundtrack blunder offends Muslim groups
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Sony sticks it to the PSP’s doubters with a powerful Japanese debut for its PSP-3000
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Famitsu does the unthinkable and gives GTA IV a higher rating than LittleBigPlanet
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PS3 shows impressive year-on-year sales rises for Sony
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MTV announces a surprise standalone Beatles game
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Another analyst turns on Sony, this time claiming it will never recoup its PS3 manufacturing costs
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EA announces that it’s to chop six per cent of its global workforce to save money
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GTA IV surprises all by outselling Sony’s LittleBigPlanet in Japan
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November

Sony opens a digital can of worms by claiming that future multi-platform titles will lead their development on PS3
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Let’s not muck about – Nintendo boss Saturo Iwata admits that he doesn’t like price cuts
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THQ announces 250 job cuts, or 17 per cent of its workforce, as part of its ‘strategic business realignment’
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Fallout 3 sells nearly five million copies in its first week of release
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It’s starting to get gloomy out there as UK shopper numbers plummet
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EA announces the shock departure of Casual Entertainment boss Kathy Vrabeck
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The Ghostbusters call Atari as anticipated game is saved from death
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Brash becomes the latest to announce job cuts, with 20 people facing the chop
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The PS3 finally returns balance to the universe by reversing Xbox 360’s long-running sales supremacy in Japan
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Monthly video games trade magazine InStock closes its doors, with some of its most promising talent heading to Intent Media
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Weightlessness goes to Richard Garriott’s head as legendary MMO dev quits NCsoft
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Midway becomes the latest developer to announce job cuts
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The Xbox 360 surpasses the install base of its predecessor at last
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Hilco tables an audacious £1 bid for the seemingly doomed Woolworths
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Xbox 360 reaches the seven million sales mark in Europe
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Ubisoft’s Jon Rosenblatt confirms that he’s heading to rival EA
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The world goes World of Warcraft crazy as Lich King posts ridiculous day one sales
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Hilco ups its Woolworths bid from £1 to £300,000,001
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But that doesn’t stop the suspension of Woolworths shares on the London Stock Exchange
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The end really is nigh as Woolies’ demise is predicted within ‘hours’
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And it’s bad news for EUK as first talk emerges of distributor’s path into administration
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Did you not hear us the first six hundred times? PlayStation Home WILL be here by the end of the year
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December

Sumner Redstone, majority shareholder in publisher Midway, sells his stake for $100,000
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Gaming proves that it’s up to the challenge of the credit crunch, and GAME posts impressive year-on-year growth
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Nintendo’s DSi impresses in Japan by selling half a million in its first month
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Zavvi goes direct as EUK fallout continues to widen
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Home gets serious as Red Bull becomes the first official non-games sponsor
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Another distribution casualty arrives with the sad demise of Pinnacle Software
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Headlines like this don’t come around very often
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It’s hard to know who to trust with all these numbers flying about, but as far as Sony’s concerned it has one over on Xbox 360
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It’s anarchy on the High Street as Woolworths begins its ‘Up to 50% Off’ sale
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Dragon’s Den star Theo Pathitis withdraws his name from the hat of potential Woolies saviours
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Really, it genuinely is coming. Home will be here within ten days
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It’s doom and gloom on the High Street as sales fall for the second month in succession
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That’s how you do it – Nintendo’s DS breaks the UK weekly hardware sales record
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Told you so. Sony’s PS3 Home finally arrives
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Woolworths’ 50% off sale becomes a closing down sale as the death bell rings on High Street stalwart
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UK games industry throws caution to the wind with whopping £139 million marketing spend
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Atari’s Phil Harrison promises to show Activision Blizzard what it’s missing out on
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It’s game over as Woolworths announces its closure on January 5th
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