2009 Review - Q3

Ben Parfitt
2009 Review - Q3

Another quarter bought with it another Sony leak as images from a Chinese manufacturer spoilt Sony’s PS23 Slim surprise. Mind you, bigger shocks were to come with news that Activision intended to sell Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for an eye-watering £54.99.

That wasn’t the only news from the publisher, either – record-breaking financial results cemented its position atop of the pile, but the announcement of Tony Hawk Ride made a few question how long it would stay there.

Q3 also bought about the demise of Midway and a long-awaited price cut for PS3 – as well as yet another cut to Xbox 360. There was a price cut for Wii, too, though UK retail was less enthused.

JULY


Even members of the MCV team thought this leaked information about a supposed PS3 Slim simply couldn’t be true
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Motion gaming and digital downloads were definitely two of 2009’s biggest themes – but the rise of casual gaming was certainly another
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There’s no sign of things getting any better in the Japanese video games market with annual declines of nearly 25 per cent
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How many times has Sony insisted that it’s not preparing for a PS3 price cut? We don’t know exactly, but Tretton’s denial certainly wasn’t a one-off
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Japan’s market may be in a spot of bother, but nothing’s going to stop the colossal regional success that is Monster Hunter
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A month on from its E3 reveal of the Vitality Sensor, Nintendo is still having to defend its new hardware from the venomous bile of internet fanboys
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It’s no longer just forward thinking madman predicting the demise of physical media, with renowned figure Dave Perry predicting the imminent demise of lasers and discs
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Sorry, how much? The UK games industry literally gasps in unison as Activision states that the RRP for the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will be an eye-watering £54.99. They won’t sell any at that price, surely?
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Collector’s Editions head to a whole new level – don’t forget exactly just how excited we were when we heard that the Modern Warfare 2 CE would include night vision goggles!
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Things are looking gloomy on the rhythm action front with news of savage declines in the music game sector
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A record breaking performance from EA’s Battlefield 1943 reinforces the increasing performance of digital distribution
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AUGUST

Talk of the PS3 Slim intensifies with the mainstream press turning its attentions to Sony’s still unconfirmed console
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Activision gives it the big man with confirmation that its revenues topped $1bn in its fiscal Q2
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The publisher is so buoyed by the news that it feels happy to announce that Tony Hawk: Ride, which will bundle a brand new skateboard peripheral with the game, will cost an impressive £100
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In a statement that spurs a verbal vendetta in the comments section, Bobby Kotick jokes about elevating his firm’s prices even higher
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Sold to the man at the back – Midway’s European MD Marin Spiess buys up the English and French offices of the defunct publisher for just 50p
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MCV sticks its neck out and reveals that Sony is indeed planning a PS3 price cut – we were 99.99 per cent certain at the time that a Slim machine was to be revealed, too, though fear of being wrong lead us to only hint at that detail
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Innocent strategic move or another nail in the coffin of dead tree publishing? Future’s confirmation that it won’t be ABCing many of its titles gets chins wagging
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With a PS3 price cut certain, attentions turn to Microsoft’s counter move – the numbers may have been a bit off but we were more or less right
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Whoops – Argos lists the Xbox 360 Pro as discontinued on its website. It’s unlikely that anyone believed the retailer’s claim of an ‘online error’ just hours later
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Echoing Radiohead’s bold online experiment, Eidos confirms that punters will be able to name their own price for Championship Manager 2010
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Sony confirms what every man and his dog already knew – the PS3 Slim is real and will be with us in just a few weeks
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Furthermore, Sony bolsters it’s digital-only PSPgo with a brand new indie games service called PSP Minis
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Was the biggest news from Gamescom the non-announcement of the Xbox 360 price cut? Some chose to sue the silence to poo-poo MCV’s prior claims, but we stood our ground, insisting a price cut was on the way
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In news that we here at MCV like to say was ‘fanboy-tastic’, Square Enix announces a simultaneous release for FFXIII on both Xbox 360 and PS3
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Turns out that all those naughty retailers selling 18-rated ‘murder simulators’ to kids were doing nothing wrong after all thanks to a government blunder
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Microsoft both proves us right by announcing its Xbox 360 Elite price cut and proves us wrong by confirming reports we denied and upping the price of the Xbox 360 Arcade
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SEPTEMBER

Licensed games are crap, right? Wrong. Eidos’ Batman: Arkham Asylum woos both critics and, more importantly, gamers with a chart-topping debut
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Microsoft’s Xbox 360 price cut lead to an impressive 43 per cent hike in sales
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With Sony and Microsoft out of the way, pressure is now poured into Nintendo to drop the RRP of the market leading Wii
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In numbers that were literally off ChartTrack’s chart, PS3 sales jump 999 per cent upon the launch of the redesigned PS3 Slim
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Furthermore, MCV reveals the exact amount of PS3 Slims Sony sold in the UK in week one – 40,000
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Another story that will go down in history as one of the classics. Courtney Love embarks on a verbal Twitter assault following Activision’s use of Kurt Cobain’s likeness in Guitar Hero 5 – a deal she signed personally, it should be added
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We may have got some of the smaller details wrong, but MCV was the first to predict a 250GB SKU for the PS3 Slim
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Having overseen a tremendously successful period, Microsoft’s Shane Kim announces his retirement
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Kotick bullies the platform holders once again with a throwaway comment about the possibility of future Guitar Hero games cutting consoles out of the equation
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No, it’s not a portable Xbox, but 3D gaming on the Zune takes Microsoft one more babystep toward the handheld games sector
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First it was 20GB, then 120GB but now Microsoft wants you to have 250GB of fun with your brand new Xbox 360
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The BBC embarrasses itself with a woeful bit of reporting on PS3’s ‘Yellow Light of Death’ – a rare fault that Anne Robinson is desperate will become the next RROD
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MCV is once again ahead of the game with confirmation of Nintendo’s brand new Wii hardware bundle being readied for the festive silly season
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Having made the unprecedented move of raising the Wii’s trade price, is lowering it again really a price cut?
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As predicted, the PS3 follows Xbox 360’s lead in revealing a 250GB hardware SKU
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Sony’s solution to PSPgo owners hoping to transfer their UMD collection onto their new machine goes down like a Halo fanboy at an Iwata E3 conference
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Charlie Brooker’s GamesWipe gets its UK debut, and we like it very much
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