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2008 Review – Part Three

Ben Parfitt
2008 Review – Part Three

July

Entertainment retailer HMV reveals that it’s heading for the pre-owned market
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The man sticks it to pirates with a successful prosecution for file-sharing
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Credit crunch? What credit crunch? The UK games industry records it best ever opening six months
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Microsoft admits that the infamous ‘Red Ring of Death’ will cost the firm £500 million
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Gfk snaps up UK charts body ChartTrack
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The BBFC butters up ELSPA and PEGI as ratings row continues
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Activision Blizzard is set in stone as record-breaking deal is finalised
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SimplyGames withdraws the dreaded DS R4 card as the industry demands an outright ban
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The Apple Apps store arrives, giving birth to a major new digital games platform
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The 20GB Xbox 360 gets a price cut as new 60GB SKU is announced
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Microsoft confirms that it is to take on Sony’s all-conquering SingStar franchise
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A million fanboys keel over and die as Square Enix announces a simultaneous multi-platform release for Final Fantasy XIII
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Whatever you can do, Mii can do it better – Xbox 360 avatars are revealed
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Don’t get carried away – despite FFXIII ‘defection’, Sony insists that it would be impossible to port Konami’s Metal Gear Solid 4 to Xbox 360
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Bungie admits that its super-exciting E3 announcement was pulled… by Microsoft
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It’s goodbye to the 40GB PS3 as 80GB SKU heads to Europe, SCEE confirms
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Xbox’s Entertainment and Devices Division achieves the impossible – it posts a profit
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Best Buy confirms that a UK invasion is on the cards
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EA Sports’ Peter Moore heads widespread criticism of new E3 format
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It’s more bad news for Woolworths as sales plunge three per cent
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August

LittleBigPlanet, the game that could change the world, is finally given a release date
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It may seem like nothing, but talk of Wii 2 was out most read news story this year
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It dominated the cinema, but where was the game? Turns out The Dark Knight did have a game after all
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60GB Xbox 360 officially revealed and dated
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Gymnastics expert Alison Carroll becomes the geek’s new pin-up girl after being revealed as the latest Lara Croft
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Can the introduction of a new chief executive save Woolworths from disaster?
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EUK is confirmed as the UK’s most powerful games buying team
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Capcom shows faith in Western development by announcing its intentions to publish GTA IV in Japan
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Woolworths rejects a takeover bid from UK supermarket chain Iceland. Whoops.
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What’s going on out there? The Xbox 360 outsells PS3 for the first time in Japan
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Nintendo admits that its now infamous presentation at E3 was ‘disappointing’
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Yet another PS3 SKU emerges with news of a new 160GB model for Europe
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Spore creator Will Wright admits that the frankly unbelievable hype for his title is troubling him
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September

Microsoft smells the scent of opportunity in Japan, and cuts the price of Xbox 360 to make the most of it
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Gamescom emerges as a legitimate contender to the annual Leipzig show
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Xbox Live Arcade title Braid wins over critics everywhere – even at The Daily Mail
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Sony’s handheld gets another makeover in the form of the PSP-3000
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Bethesda admits to its frustrations concerning its ongoing efforts to appease grumpy global censorship bodies
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Now the Yanks get a piece of the Xbox 360 price-cutting action
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No thanks Square Enix – Tecmo decides to side with Koei in new takeover deal
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EA brings North London to its knees as Mercenaries 2 free petrol deal dominates the national press
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HMV predicts that gaming will overtake music to become its most valuable category
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Job done. Microsoft’s US price cut leads to a doubling of sales for Xbox 360
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You pulling my leg? It emerges that the Gizmondo is returning. Honestly
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How could you? Former Sega and Microsoft man Peter Moore admits that he was the one who pulled the plug on Sega’s hardware aspirations
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Losses of £100 million for the first half of the year lead to bad times at Woolworths
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Activision Blizzard boss claims Guitar Hero is outselling rival Rock Band by a ratio of six-to-one
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Six million and counting as the Xbox 360 reaches a new milestone in Europe
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New Halo title is announced, though we prefer to remember this as the ‘Bungie Maddie’ controversy
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UK price cuts lead to doubling of sales for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 in the UK
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