2008 Review – Part Two

Ben Parfitt
2008 Review – Part Two

April

PEGI fights back in ongoing dispute with BBFC
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Sony insists that its open beta for social networking software PS3 Home is close to release
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Nokia’s rejuvenated N-Game games platform finally arrives
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ELSPA admits its concern regarding findings of the Byron Review
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EA confirms that the full Rock Band experience is nearly here – and will cost UK punters £180
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Sega makes the surprise announcement that it is to scrap its UK Racing Studio
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N’Gai Croal opens a multi-ethnic can of worms by labelling Capcom’s Resident Evil 5 as ‘racist’
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Tanya Byron hurts our feelings by comparing a healthy gaming habit to heroin addiction
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The Activision Blizzard deal is approved by EU authorities
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Take 2 investors get grumpy as the management continues to defy EA’s advances
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Midway surprises us all by announcing a DC tie-in for its next Mortal Kombat game
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Ooops. Yep, you’ll have to wait just a little bit longer for PlayStation Home after all
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Wii’s global sales hit the impressive 25 million mark
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Codemasters saves the day by snapping up Sega’s ill-fated Racing Studio
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Warner invests in its gaming credentials with the appointment of Martin Tremblay
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GTA IV rewrites the retail record books with a blockbuster opening weekend
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May

The booming casual games sector finally gets the attention it deserves with brand new dedicated trade site
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Take 2 gives EA the v’s following the tremendous sales success for GTA IV
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The PS3 passes the 10 million global sales mark
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GTA IV is confirmed as not just the biggest game, but the biggest entertainment
launch of all time
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Codemasters intends to make the most of its Sega Racing Studio acquisition by snapping up the F1 licence
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Sony confirms that the PS2 outsold the PS3 in its 2008 fiscal year
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More trouble at DSGi as it announces the closure of 77 Currys.digital outlets
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Take 2 urges EA to abandon its ongoing takeover bid
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Even ninja’s get grumpy – the first discontent between Tomonubu Itagaki and Tecmo surfaces
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Former 360 and PC exclusive BioShock gives PS3 owners something to smile about
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The hardcore stop complaining for a few moments as Ubisoft announces a surprise Beyond Good & Evil sequel
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June

Look, it will be out this year, OK? Sony insists yet again that PS3 Home will release in 2008
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GTA IV shifts a huge 8.5 million units in its first month on sale
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The Force abandons LucasArts as the dark side leads to massive development cuts
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Apple unveils its brand new 3G iPhone, and perhaps more importantly, its new Apple Apps Store
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The deadline for Take 2’s response to EA’s takeover deal passes… again
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Take 2 insists once more that EA simply aren’t offering enough hard cash
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Sony finally lifts the lid on its answer to Xbox 360’s Achievement system – PS3 Trophies
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EA veteran Neil Young announces his departure from the firm
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Woolies boss Trevor Bish-Jones is given the boot as UK retail chain spirals out of control
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London mayor Boris Johnson finds time to stick his parliamentary knife into the games industry
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Metal Gear Solid 4 shifts a million copies in its first week of sale
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Xbox 360’s European install base cruises past five million
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Business legend, tech leader and geek hero Bill Gates departs Microsoft for more philanthropic ventures
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