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Better graphics mean better gameplay

Surely Microsoft’s new API means developers will be spending time on games with volumetric smoke, soft shadows and all the depth of Paris Hilton? As someone who works for a graphics company, my opinions on this matter tend to meet with a certain amount of cynicism, but I’m not alone …

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MCV’s Mystery Shopper

GAME – 8/10 The most immediately striking thing about entering GAME is the enormous Bioshock statue that greets every customer – one of the most elaborate (and indeed effective) pieces of POS MCV has ever seen. After marvelling at Big Daddy for a few moments, it isn’t long before a …

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HDMI bound for Premium 360

It has been believed that HDMI was to feature only on the upcoming Elite model of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 – but the platform holder has confirmed that the feature has already been phased into standard Premium 360 production in the US. HDMI, unlike the current component and VGA outputs, offers …

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EAs Ubisoft power increases

US publisher Electronic Arts, which owns a 15.4 per cent stake in rival publisher Ubisoft, has now seen its voting rights to over 20 per cent after two years of stock ownership. In fact, EA’s voting power now exceeds that of the Guillemot family. It’s in the company’s statutes – …

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Profits soar at NCsoft

South Korea-based MMO specialist NCsoft has posted its results for its Q2 period, and it took $11.5 million in net income despite a year-on-year drop in sales of 11 per cent. The firm generated $82.1 million in sales for the period ending June 30th, whilst operating income jumped a whopping …

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Warner set to unleash major games assault

Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment boss Samantha Ryan has revealed to MCV sister mag Develop that she is spearheading a new strategy to increase the number of games the company produces by up to six times over the next five years. In an exclusive interview she outlines that the ramp up …

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DS Slide Motion Controller revealed

Following recent rumours of a new movement-based control system this week, Spong.com has spotted an official Nintendo video which details a new Slide Controller peripheral for DS. Bundled with a game called MagKid, the new technology allows in-game control by, as the peripherals title suggests, sliding the console across a …

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Wii firmware breaks Freeloader

It has emerged that following yesterday’s release of Nintendo’s version 3.0 firmware for Wii, Datel’s Freeloader, a piece of software that allows users to play US and Japanese games on their PAL Wii, is no longer compatible with the machine. Freeloader originally appeared for use on GameCube, but has subsequently …

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Timesplitters 4 in the works

UK developer Free Radical has confirmed that it is working on Timesplitters 4 – though details currently remain thin on the ground. The studio’s Rob Yescombe told Kotaku that the team is currently hard at work on the title – though work is still ongoing on next-gen FPS Haze. In …

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Pachter predicts PS3 price cut in early 08

Top industry analyst Michael Pachter has predicted that Sony will drop the Price of PS3 at the start of next year – as Metal Gear Solid 4 and GTA IV are released. In a note to investors on Tuesday, Pachter said: We do expect Sony to be in a position …

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