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PS3 passes 1m mark in Japan

Enterbrain, the publisher of Japanese games bible Famitsu, has revealed that Sony’s PlayStation 3 has passed the one million sales mark in Japan – eight months since its launch on November 11th. However, the pace falls significantly short of that boasted by rival Nintendo, whose Wii console reached the one …

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Moore quits Microsoft to head up EA Sports

Microsoft’s Peter Moore has quit his role as corporate VP of the company’s interactive entertainment business and taken the job as president of EA’s new Sports label – with former Electronic Arts man Don Mattrick moving in to take his place. Moore’s move, according to Electronic Arts, "rounds out the …

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Ubisoft sells off shares in Gameloft

Ubisoft has sold off its stake in developer Gameloft to investment bank Calyon. The move comes as Ubisoft looks to focus on the expansion of its publisher/developer business. Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer of Ubisoft, commented: "The video game market offers numerous internal and external growth opportunities. We have therefore …

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Flock: Wii is a Godsend

Executive vice president of THQ Kelly Flock has told the New York Times that the publisher is aggressively” searching out Wii titles – and applauded the low cost of developing for the format in comparison with PS3 and Xbox 360. Flock revealed that a Wii game can be created in …

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Macrovision releases report on games marketing

Following an annual global survey on casual gaming, Macrovision has claimed to identify a general acceptance of ‘advertising, online trials and cross-game promotion.’ Of the 400 gamers surveyed, 83 per cent were willing to view a 30 second advert in order to play a game for free, 53 per cent …

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Leipzig debut for PES 2008 on PS3

Japanese publisher and developer Konami has revealed that the first public unveiling of the PS3 version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 will take place at next month’s Games Convention in Leipzig. Situated at Konami’s stand (Hall 4, Booth B11), attendees will be able to play the series’ first outing in …

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Global Wii supply to increase?

Nintendo has reportedly approached two Taiwanese manufacturers with a view to outsourcing supply of Wii components, in a bid to increase the amount of hardware hitting the High Street. Third-party companies SunPlus Technology and Wistron Corp are both expected to be announced as new partners of the platform holder, according …

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Slim PSP to launch in Japan on September 20th

Though both European and American gamers are still waiting for a firm launch date for Sony’s streamlined handheld, the platform holder has announced that the machine will arrive in Japan on September 20th. Priced at Y19,800 (around 80), the new device, which was first announced at E3 last week, is …

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Moore: Sony is failing in Japan

In an interview with GameDaily , Xbox 360 boss Peter Moore has stated that whilst his company’s machine has itself not taken off in Japan, it has certainly not fallen short of expectations to the extent that Sony’s PS3 has done. Sony’s getting outsold by what, 6-to-1?” he stated. You …

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PC Gears to require Windows Live account

In much the same way that PC gamers hoping to indulge in a spot of Halo 2 and Shadowrun were forced to upgrade to Windows Vista, Microsoft has stated to CVG that those hoping to play the PC version of Epic’s Gears of War online will have to sign up …

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