Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Xbox 360 Avatar Marketplace Walkthrough

Microsoft have released a video, with the voice of Major Nelson, showing the new Avatar Marketplace. it shows how you can buy stuff and what sort of things are available.

New Zero Punctuation - The Conduit

This weeks Zero Punctuation is on The Conduit. does it stand a chance?

Football Manager Handheld 2010 Announced And Screenshots

Following Todays earlier announcement of Football Manager 2010 coming out on PC and MAC on October 30th, Sega and Sports Interactive have also announced that Football Manager Handheld 2010 is coming out on the Playstation Portable on October 30th as well.
This years version sees a big improvement with the Match Engines AI. other improvements include a new skin, Improved board confidence, and improved coach and scout reports.
New for this year is the inclusion of Assistant Manager reports of the team. testimonial matches can now be arranged, and there are now new player comparison screens.

Football Manager Handheld 2010

Key Features

Release date – October 30th 2009 Format – PSP

Improved Match Engine – massively updated AI making the engine more realistic than ever.

A brand new skin – giving the game a fresh and vibrant new look.

Improved Board Confidence - a complete overhaul to allow the better visibility on how the board views your performance as well as providing feedback on any decisions made.

Improved coach and scout reports - it is now possible to view scout reports for individual players from their profiles.

Assistant manager team reports - you can now see what your assistant manager thinks of your team, and any suggested improvements he would make.

Unlockable managerial abilities – Acquire new abilities as your reputation improves such as the ability to over-rule requests made by the board.

New player comparison screens – compare players within your squad or with future transfer targets.

Player testimonial matches – players now receive a testimonial game to reward loyalty and long-service to a club.

Football Manager 2010 PC/MAC Annoucnement And Screenshots

Sports Ineractive and Sega have announced that Football Manager 2010 is coming out on the PC and MAC and is set for a October 30th release.
Its a follow up to the most successful Football Manager today, FM 09, which spent 22 Weeks at Number 1 in the UK PC Charts. with each user spending on average 240 Hours playing the game, the developers went to the players to get ideas for changes and improvements.
Some of the improvements include ease of use, with better navagation, a new match tactics system, a new match analysis tool, and a new User Interface.
The Games data editor has also been worked on, meaning new leagues can be created, allow the addition of leagues to existing leagues, as well as making it easier.
The 3D match engine has been worked on, with over 100 new animations, new stadiums, better lighting, and a much improved AI.

Football Manager 2010

Press Release

LONDON (August 12th, 2009) – Sports Interactive & SEGA® Europe Ltd. can today announce that Football Manager™ 2010 for PC and Apple Macintosh, and Football Manager™ Handheld 2010 for Sony PSP will be released on October 30th.

Football Manager 2009 is the most successful in the Football Manager series to date, clocking up 22 weeks at No.1 in the UK (PC charts) and selling in excess of 1 million copies worldwide, as well as being voted the 2nd best video game of all time in a recent Radio 1 poll.

According to data gathered from Football Manager 2009, people played the game for an average of 240 hours each and developer Sports Interactive has spent the last year working closely with consumers and the Football Manager community to implement key improvements to this year’s game. Football Manager 2010 features new tools and changes across the board including some big additions to improve ease of use, navigation and feedback from the game with the introduction of a brand new match tactics system, the debut of a Match Analysis tool, a completely new look and new User Interface among other features.

“We have worked very hard with the Football Manager community to target not only the areas of the game that needed re-working but also what we could add to improve what’s already there. We’ve also conducted extensive usability studies which has led us to overhaul the whole presentation of the game, which we’re really excited about,” said Miles Jacobson, Studio Director at Sports Interactive. “There has been a lot of polish to existing areas of the game but it’s also driven us to introduce changes to answer some of the feedback. We’re very confident that having done that we will deliver the very best Football Manager to date in October.”

The introduction of a Tactics Creator makes it easier to instruct the team to play the way the manager wants, alongside the introduction of touchline ‘shouts’ and quick tactic changes for instantly altering your team’s playing style during the match. Working with coaches from various levels of football, alongside some of the Football Manager communities most respected independent tacticians, the game now has an extensive array of pre-set tactical options allowing the user to select a player’s role in the team (such as ‘Ball winning midfielder’ or ‘Deep lying playmaker’), however the option to use the old ‘slider’ controls remains.

Feedback from matches has been improved to give the user better insight into where their team is going wrong, or right. A new Match Analysis tool lets players see where shots, passes, crosses, headers, tackles, fouls and interceptions have been made on the field for all players on the pitch. Managers can view this analysis both live in-game and post match, allowing them to pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of both their team and their opponent’s and adjust their tactics accordingly.

Football Manager 2010 features a brand new User Interface, with a light and a dark skin to choose from as part of a vibrant new look and has undergone a complete navigational overhaul. The side bar navigation of previous years has been replaced by an intuitive tab system at the top of the screen, making Football Manager’s famed depth easier to navigate and will make the game more accessible to new players.

A brand new Data Editor will allow the addition of new divisions to existing leagues and of entirely new leagues as well as making it easier than ever to keep the game up to date, and do so for free. The delivery of information to the manager has been refined with users now able to sign up to the News Centre, an in-game subscription based newspaper that lets you get the news that you want about the football world and filter out the stories that you do not need, making the football world as immersive as you want it to be.

Following the debut of a 3D match view in Football Manager 2009, this year’s release sees a revamp with improved AI, over 100 new animations for the 3D pitch view, new stadiums, crowds, realistic pitch degradation and better lighting, creating an even more realistic match experience.

Further new features will be announced via a series of blogs in the months leading up to the game’s October 30th release date which will ensure that Football Manager retains its position as the most realistic, most played, highest reviewed and best selling football management simulation in the world.

Football Manager Handheld 2010 also has a host of new features and improvements, including a brand new skin for the game and improved match engine AI.

For further information please go to or

About Sports Interactive Ltd.:
Sports Interactive (SI) is the world’s leading developer of football management simulations through its Football Manager series of games Founded in 1994 and based in the Old Street area of London, SI has a full-time staff of 60 and employs services of more than 1,500 part-time researchers across the globe, alongside over 100 offsite beta testers. The company’s games have enjoyed an unparalleled history of commercial and critical success, with ten of its creations among the UK's Top 20 fastest-selling PC games of all time, and 5 in the UK’s top 20 best selling PC games of all time. Sports Interactive became a wholly owned subsidiary of SEGA in 2006. Further information on the company and its games is available from the SI website,

About SEGA® Europe Ltd.:
SEGA® Europe Ltd. is the European Distribution arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, and a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA Europe’s web site is located at

Dragon Age Origins Collectors Edition And Pre-Order Announcement By EA

EA Have announced a Dragon Age Origins collectors edition and a American Pre-order incentive program.
The Limited Collectors edition has a unique steel case, a cloth map of the world of Dragon Age, a Making-of documentary DVD, a digital version of the Dragon Age: Origins soundtrack, game trailers, wallpapers, strategy tips and a concept art video, plus three exclusive downloadable items that will provide special advantages to the player. it has a MSRP in the USA of $74.99 (console) and $64.99 (PC).
People who pre-order the game get a Memory Band, its a item that can be equipped to add +1% to all gained Experience Points and which adds one bonus point that players can use to boost their character’s skill set. some shops are offering additional items.

Dragon Age Origins Collectors Edition Boxart

Press Release

EDMONTON, Alberta --(Business Wire)-- Aug 12, 2009 Leading video game developer BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced the Dragon Age™: Origins Collector’s Edition and pre-order incentive program*. The Collector’s Edition is a premium package available in limited quantities featuring exclusive Dragon Age: Origins collectibles including a unique steel case, a cloth map of the world of Dragon Age, a Making-of documentary DVD, a digital version of the Dragon Age: Origins soundtrack, game trailers, wallpapers, strategy tips and a concept art video, plus three exclusive downloadable items that will provide special advantages to the player.

The Collector’s Edition is available for pre-order today at for an MSRP of $74.99 (console) and $64.99 (PC) in North America.

As an added bonus, Dragon Age: Origins (both original and Collector’s Edition) includes two special pieces of downloadable content: The Stone Prisoner, as well as a suit of Dragon Age themed armor that can be used in Dragon Age: Origins as well as in the upcoming BioWare Shooter RPG, Mass Effect™ 2 on all available platforms.

With The Stone Prisoner download pack, players will have access to Shale, the mighty stone golem who can become one of the most powerful party members in the game, and comes with its own personal back-story and unique quests for the player to discover. The Stone Prisoner will also include new environments, items and hours of additional gameplay, further deepening the epic Dragon Age experience. The Stone Prisoner is available to original purchasers of new copies ofDragon Age: Origins at no additional cost. The Stone Prisoner can also be purchased separately for $15.

In addition, players who purchase a new copy of Dragon Age: Origins (original or Collector’s Edition) will receive a code to download the Blood Dragon Armor, an exclusive set of themed armor that will give the player additional protection in combat. This armor will be available for use in both Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect 2.

All gamers who pre-order Dragon Age: Origins will receive the Memory Band, an in-game item that can be equipped to add +1% to all gained Experience Points and which adds one bonus point that players can use to boost their character’s skill set. In addition to the Memory Band, several leading retailers are also offering a bonus Dragon Age: Origins item for a limited time. Players should check with their favorite retailer for additional pre-order item offerings.

In Dragon Age: Origins, players take the role of a Grey Warden, one of the last of an ancient order of guardians. Now, as a rising evil threatens to destroy all life, it is up to players to unite the shattered lands and slay the corrupted dragon known as the Archdemon. To restore peace, players must make ruthless decisions and be willing to sacrifice their friends and loved ones for the greater good of mankind.

Dragon Age: Origins will be released on November 3rd in North America and November 6th in Europe on the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system and PC. The PLAYSTATION®3 version will follow later in November. Dragon Age: Origins is rated M by the ESRB. For more information about Dragon Age: Origins, visit
*Restrictions apply to pre-order programs. See details at and at participating retailers.

About BioWare
BioWare develops computer, console, handheld, mobile and online video games focused on rich stories and memorable characters. Since 1995, BioWare has created some of the world's best-selling titles, including the award-winning Baldur's Gate™ and Neverwinter Nights™ series, Star Wars®: Knights of the Old Republic™ and Sonic™ Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (for the Nintendo DS™). Original BioWare-created intellectual properties include Jade Empire™ and the 2007 Game of the Year, Mass Effect™. With studios in Edmonton (Alberta, Canada), Montreal (Quebec), and Austin (Texas), BioWare is hard at work on the epic fantasy roleplaying game, Dragon Age™: Origins, Mass Effect 2™, the epic sequel to Mass Effect, and the story-driven massively multiplayer game, Star Wars®: The Old Republic™, as well as several unannounced projects. In 2008, BioWare was acquired by the world's leading electronic entertainment publisher, Electronic Arts. For more information on BioWare, visit

About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), in Redwood City, California, is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EATM, EA SPORTSTM, EA MobileTM and POGOTM. In fiscal 2009, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.2 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at

*BioWare, Mass Effect, Dragon Age and Jade Empire are trademarks or registered trademarks owned by EA International (Studio and Publishing) Ltd. in the U.S. and/or other countries. EA, EA SPORTS, EA Mobile and POGO are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Xbox and Xbox 360 are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. “PLAYSTATION” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Nintendo DS is a trademark of Nintendo. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

MX vs ATV Reflex Stunt Controls And Recovery Video

THQ Have released a new video for thier upcoming game, MX vs ATV Reflex. this video shows tricks, recovery from a bad landing and crashes if it all goes wrong.

New Command And Conquer 4 Screenshots

EA Has released new screenshots for Command And conquer, showing battles taking place.

Command And Conquer 4

New Dragon Age Origins Screenshots And Artwork

EA Have released even more screenshots and artwork for their upcoming Dragon Age Origins Game.

Dragon Age Origins Screenshots And Artwork

Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest)

  • rePS3: The ESRB has rated Dino Crisis, Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.

  • QTE Blog: Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest)

  • 360: The Capcom Platinum Games Pack, Dead Rising, Devil May Cry 4 and Lost Planet, is USA only.

  • 360: Mass Effect on the Australian XBL Games On Demand, costs 6000 MS Points ($100). No response why.

  • PS3: Folklore Dev's, Game Republic, are announcing a new game at GamesCom. Don't expect a Folklore sequel.

  • Wii: Nintendo has patented a inflatable horse riding attachment for the Wii Mote. you simulate riding on it.

  • Battlefield 1943 issues currently being worked on include PS3 Mic, AOL UK, and 360 Sydney Servers. PS3 Mic could take time

  • Namco have said they are going to make a Major Exclusive announcement at GamesCom.

  • FIFA Soccer 10, USA, release has been delayed from October 2nd until October 20th.

  • Tekken 6 has a UK release of October 30th.

  • PS3: Breath Of FIre III and IV could be coming to PSOne Classics according to Capcoms Christian Svensson

  • 360:Microsoft say the "Xbox 360 will be the only game console to offer this movie-watching experience" with Netflix.

  • iPhone: Duke Nukem 3D is $2.99 for today only. full price not given.

  • John Cormack expects Sony to be first to release a console. thinks one future console will not have physical media.

  • DSi: Flipnote is set for a 14th August release. it is free.

  • Risen has been refused classification in Australia. it was a PC/360 Medieval RPG.

  • Nielsen figures show the Wii is the least played console, behind the GameCube. 360 is in front with the PS3 and PS2 behind

  • QTE Blog: THQ Announce UK Drawn To Life: The Next Chapter Competition For Child Artists

  • DSi: The DSi has sold over 1.7 Million units in its first 3 months on sale.

  • QTE Blog: Mad Catz Announce It'll Produce Official Modern Warfare 2 Branded Controllers

  • EA is saying that the USA FIFA 10 was always set for October 20th, and not the October 2nd which is for Europe.

  • DSi: Pokemon Gold/Silver Scans reveal, user can customise safari zone and share it. Kyogre in Gold, Groudon in Silver

  • Iphone: Metal Gear Solid Touch Price will be dropped to $2.99 from August 13-August 15th.

  • QTE Blog: Mad Catz Licenses Rights to Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Likeness and Trademarks for Videogame and PC Game Accesso...

  • PC: Star Wars The Old Republic, MMO, is rumoured to be getting a October 30th 2010 release

  • Activision Offer, if you Buy Guitar Hero 5 in September, you can send off for a free copy of Guitar Hero Van Halen

  • QTE Blog: Majesco Announce Partnership With Zumba Fitness LLC To Bring Zumba To Consoles

  • QTE Blog: New Silent Hill Shattered Memories Screenshots

  • Guitar Hero World Tour Track Import to Guitar Hero 5. no disc needed, needs code from GHWT manual, pay small fee.

  • PS3: The people behind Xi in Home have a new space this Thursday.

  • Wii: EA Say despite their focus being on Women for EA Sports Active, it's roughly a 50% 50% split between men and women

  • PSP: Capcom have announced that nearly all their legacy UMD games are going to be made available digitally.

  • 360:XBL Activity, Halo 3, Call Of Duty WaW/4, Gears O W 2, GTA IV. Arcade, Turtles in Time re-Shelled, Marvel Vs Capcom 2

  • Sega Japan has trademarked Lets Party. it may have some online component, either play or download by.

  • An Actors Resume is hinting that Rocksteady Studios is making the next Hitman Game.

  • Second Fallout 3 DLC pack coming out August 25th for $20,doesn't have Mothership Zeta.Game Of The Year edition out October

  • QTE Blog: 2K Sports Announce That Derrick Rose Is The Spokesman for NBA 2K10: Draft Combine

  • QTE Blog: New Dragon Age Origins Screenshots

  • PSP: Sony have announced the pre-order bonus for MotorStorm Arctic Edge. its a Mirage Rapide rally car.

  • PC: The Boarderlands boxart has been released. hard to describe, guy pretends to shoot himself, splatter is not blood.