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Movie based on Lost Planet video game confirmed

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According to a story at Variety, another video game is heading to the big screen–Capcom’s Lost Planet.

The game Lost Planet takes place on a frozen world where you battle big spider-like creatures called Akrid–think Hoth mixed with Starship Troopers.

The movie will be written by David Hayter, a name you might recognize. Hayter was the writer on the first two X-Men movies as well as The Scorpion King.

No news on a planned release date yet, but we might hear a bit more at Capcom’s E3 press conference taking place later today.

[Via Kotaku]

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PS3 closing the gap on Wii sales in Japan

Sure, the Nintendo Wii is still outselling the other gaming consoles, but in Japan Sony’s PlayStation 3 is starting to close the gap (at least for now).

In May the Wii outsold the PS3 by a difference of 6-to-1, but in June that difference had closed to 1.7-to-1, no small feat for those facing the tiny, plastic juggernaut that is the Wii.

The most significant reason for the change is probably the release of Metal Gear Solid 4, the forth installment in the highly successful Metal Gear Solid series of games, which has been receiving very positive reviews.

[Via Reuters]


Australia, New Zealand get Xbox 360 price drop

While rumors of an Xbox 360 price drop in the US make their way around the Internet, a price drop has already hit Australia and New Zealand.

The price cuts are:

  • Arcade: down $50 to AU$349
  • Professional: down $180 to AU$499
  • Elite: down $80 to AU$649

Readers in those countries probably caught this already but for the rest of us it’s worth mentioning that the price drop on the Arcade puts its price below the price of the Nintendo Wii which currently sells for AU$400.

Microsoft’s Xbox Group Manager Jeremy Hinton is quick to point out that each region is free to set their own pricing, so a cut in one region doesn’t necessarily point to a price cut in another.

Still, though, I’m thinking we’ll likely see a price cut in the US on at least one of the three Xbox 360 SKUs by the time E3 opens on July 15th.

[Via Kotaku]


Blizzard announces Diablo 3

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At Worldwide Invitational 2008 in Paris, Blizzard Entertainment officially announced a new game: Diablo 3.

Fans of the first two Diablo games have been waiting years for the next installment, so as you can imagine this is very big news for many gamers.

Diablo 3 will feature a look and feel that is similar to the previous two Diablo games with it’s 3/4 perspective, but updated to modern 3D standards.

From the Diablo 3 FAQ, here’s the storyline:

“It has been twenty years since the events of Diablo II. Of those who faced the Lords of Hatred, Terror, and Destruction in the battle over the fate of Sanctuary, there are few still living who can bear to remember the horrors that the Prime Evils wrought upon the world. And of those who did not witness the terrible events firsthand, most believe the stories to be little more than myth. But something evil is stirring once again in Tristram, and it may already have claimed its first victim: Deckard Cain.”

The game will allow you to create male or female characters in one of five character classes, but only two have ben announced so far: barbarian and witch doctor.

No release info yet so it could be this year or it could be a year or two from now–Blizzard likes to take their time and get things right. They did, though, say that the game will be simultaneously released on both Mac’s and PC’s, but no mention yet of system specs required to run the game.

For more info or to check out either the cinematic or gameplay trailers, check out the official product page here.

[Via Joystiq]


Layoffs at LucasArts?

lego_indiana_jones Though LucasArts has yet to confirm this, multiple sources are indicating that the company has in fact laid-off approximately 50-100 of its employees, including their vice president of Production Development, Peter Hirschmann.

If it is true it could be because the company believes it can make more money by licensing rights to Star Wars and Indiana Jones to third-party developers versus handling everything in-house.

[Via Kotaku]


Egg Balmer

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You most likely heard about this already–while speaking in front of some students in Hungary someone in the audience stood up and threw eggs at Steve Ballmer.

Wish it was you? Well now’s your chance.

Thanks to Flash you can egg him yourself at http://www.egg-attack.com.

Its a pretty simple game that gives you the opportunity to either throw eggs at Ballmer, or play as Ballmer himself and try to avoid flying eggs.

[Via Download Squad]


Pole dancing fitness game coming to Wii

wii_tipsWhen Nintendo released the Wii they knew that it would inspire out-of-the-box thinking and allow developers really try some new things but I’m pretty sure a pole dancing game wasn’t something that crossed their mind.

Ready or not, looks like Peekaboo Pole Dancing is serious about releasing this title and is actively seeking a partner.

Simon Kay, a representitive for Peekaboo, said via email that “Peekaboo will be all about fun and fitness for a new generation. Peekaboo wants to make the fitness benefits of aerobic pole dancing accessible to millions of Wii users. The goal is to encourage men and women of all shapes and sizes to improve their pole dancing skills while having fun, toning up and burning calories. Ultimately Peekaboo and AT New Media want to do for pole dancing what ‘Guitar Hero’ did for rock n roll!”

Hmmm…I guess it’s just another rhythem game so once you get over the “a what game???” factor I guess it sorta makes sense.

[Via Gizmodo]


Microsoft releases Popfly Game Creator

popfly_game_creatorIn an effort to make creating casual games easier while expanding its installed base of Silverlight browser add-on users, Microsoft today announced Popfly Game Creator.

Last year Microsoft launced Popfly to help make creating widgets and mashups simple using Silverlight and now, using Popfly Game Creator, you can make games just as easily.

Popfly Game Creator is completely browser-based and was built with non-programmers in mind, so don’t worry about not knowing a computer programming language–looks like you won’t need it.

For more info check out this Popfly team’s blog post or the Popfly Wiki here.

[Via TechCrunch]


Feature list for Gran Turismo 5 Prologue announced

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Gran Turismo 5 Prologue for the Playstation 3 is hitting on April 17th, and to make sure that we’re at the proper excitement level Sony has released the features list for the title.

  • 60 vehicles along with 14 additionally tuned cars
  • 6 race tracks, each with two layouts
  • Split-screen racing to play with another player on one television and support for up to 16 players in an online race
  • Drift mode where your drifting technique is measured based on drift angles, racing lines, and speeds within evaluation zones located at various turns on the course
  • Car tuning (naturally–this is Gran Turismo, after all)
  • Support for the upcoming DualShock 3 controller

The game will also feature “a new in-cockpit view features real-time gauges and human animations that accurately represent the true performance and handling of each vehicle…more dynamic and adjustable Artificial Intelligence, a user homepage called My Page and a new physics engine round out some of the other features players can expect in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue.”

Can’t wait!

[Via Ars Technica]


Sony announces God of War PSP Entertainment Pack

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If you’re in the market for a Sony PSP and can wait until June, you might want to check out the God of War PSP Entertainment Pack.

This June Sony will be releasing a Limited-Edition “Deep Red” PSP with Kratos (the protagonist in the God of War games) silkscreened onto the back for $199.99.

Also included in this bundle is the upcoming game “God of War: Chains of Olympus”, the movie Superbad on UMD, and a voucher to download “Syphon Filter: Combat Ops” from the PLAYSTATION Store for free.

If you don’t need the PSP but would still like the new God of War game it will be hitting stores on March 4th.

[Via Joystiq]