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PS3 UTIII to support mouse and keyboard

Format holders have long resisted it for fear of muddying the perception that their machines are not simply PCs that sit under the TV – but it seems that Sony is to break the mould and allow Epic to implement ‘proper’ mouse and keyboard support in unreal Tournament III. CVG …

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New Wii straps emerge

The firm has developed a new strap for the Wii controller, which has a fasten-able plastic clip designed to make it more secure in the gamer’s hand, reported Next Generation. The emergence of the new straps follows reports that the controller sometimes flew out of gamers hands during game play. …

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November arrival for Hellgate London

It’s been on the radar of PC gamers for quite some time now, and now EA and Namco Bandai have confirmed that gothic London-based shooter-and-slasher Hellgate London will be hitting European retail on November 2nd. North American gamers will receive it a couple of days earlier, on October 31st. The …

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PS3 Starter Pack axed in Australia

SCEE has announced that the PS3 Starter Pack offer will be terminated in Australia by the end of the month, despite only launching four days ago on August 2nd. The Starter Pack includes two controllers and two first-party titles for AUS$999.95. According to Next Generation , a marketing e-mail was …

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BBC to return to games development?

The BBC plans to ‘beef up’ its strategy for gaming and return to games development, according to a report in Scotland on Sunday, with the first word about the corporation’s plans to be unveiled at next week’s Edinburgh Interactive Festival. Simon Nelson, controller for multi-platform and portfolio of BBC Vision, …

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Pokemon duo rule supreme in Europe

Next-gen.biz reports that both the DS SKUs have the market all sewn up in central Europe, with a dominant Nintendo also scoring major success with its range of brain training titles. While DS, Wii, PS2 and PSP games domninate, there’s no sign of PS3 or Xbox 360 in the latest …

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DS crowned market leader after bumper sales week

The storming performance of DS hardware, More Brain Training and its two Pokmon titles have elevated the Nintendo handheld to become the market-leading format this week, MCV can reveal. In the biggest sales week since Easter, DS was the lead format in both unit and value terms for the first …

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Mario Party 8 tops Japanese charts

The seven best selling titles in Japan are new entries, led by Mario Party 8 on the Wii at number one – which outsold Everybody’s Golf 5 on the PS3 at number two by 100,000 units, reported Next Generation . Following them at number three is Taiko Drum Master on …

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Sparks takes Square route

The renowned industry veteran joins after a spell as global brand director at Eidos, where he oversaw the revival of the key Tomb Raider franchise, the continued success of the Hitman series, and the introduction of Just Cause as a key IP. The appointment is quite a coup for Square …

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