Thursday, November 18, 2010

EA Have Released A New Create Developer Diary

EA have released a new developer diary for Create. this diary features members of the development team talking about many aspects of the game and its features. all 3 of the main game modes are discussed, with in-game action showing each mode. in-game action is throughout the video to highlight the creative aspects of create and the many different ways there are to complete and create a challenge. the team also talk about the games online features which include the ability to share solutions and challenges with friends and the Create Website which will be used to show some of the best solutions made for each challenge.

Activision Announce Call Of Duty Black Ops Has Grossed $650 Million In Just 5 Days

Activision have announced that in just 5 days on sale, Call Of Duty Black Ops has grossed $650 Million. This beats the previous 5 day record set by Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2 of $550 Million. Activision have also announced that Call Of Duty Black Ops has broken 2 Xbox Live records, According to Microsoft:
  • More than 5.9 million multiplayer hours were logged playing Call of Duty: Black Ops by end of launch day, November 9.
  • More than 2.6 million unique gamers played Call of Duty: Black Ops in one day on November 9.
Sony's Jack Tretton has also revealed that Call Of Duty Black Ops has bought "...unprecedented traffic to the PlayStation Network"

Press Release

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today that Treyarch's Call of Duty®: Black Ops has shattered theatrical box office, book and video game sales records for five-day worldwide sell through in dollars.  The game established an all-new five-day worldwide sell-through record of more than $650 million, exceeding Activision's previous five-day worldwide record of $550 million set by last year's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare® 2, according to internal Activision estimates.

"Call of Duty has become the first entertainment property in history to set five-day launch records for two consecutive years across all forms of entertainment," said Robert Kotick, CEO, Activision Blizzard.  "The title's success illustrates the mass appeal of interactive entertainment as millions of consumers are choosing to play Call of Duty: Black Ops at unprecedented levels rather than engage in other forms of media.  The number of people playing online and the number of hours they are playing demonstrates how online gaming has become a mainstream form of entertainment and certainly validates Activision Blizzard's leadership role in online entertainment."

"There are many reasons for the success of Black Ops, but first and foremost is the fact that our team at Treyarch delivered a truly awesome game, and in the process have established themselves as one of the most talented developers in the world," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO, Activision Publishing.  "There are millions of people all over the world engaging in this community.  It's our job to keep them coming back for more."

In addition to beating all previous first-and five-day box office, book and video game sell-through records, Call of Duty: Black Ops set two new records on Xbox® LIVE™.

According to Microsoft:
More than 5.9 million multiplayer hours were logged playing Call of Duty: Black Ops by end of launch day, November 9.
More than 2.6 million unique gamers played Call of Duty: Black Ops in one day on November 9.

"With a record breaking performance on Xbox LIVE, home to the world's largest Call of Duty gaming community, Call of Duty: Black Ops has already carved out its legacy as one of the biggest video games in history," said Don Mattrick, president of the interactive entertainment business at Microsoft.  "We congratulate our partners at Activision and Treyarch and are proud to continue offering the bestCall of Duty experience to our 25 million global Xbox LIVE members by launching all Call of Duty map packs first on Xbox 360."
The game also was a tremendous success on the PlayStation® 3 and the best-selling video game launch of all time on and at GameStop.

"Call of Duty: Black Ops has been an incredible success on PlayStation 3," said Jack Tretton, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA).  "Treyarch's latest efforts are  driving unprecedented traffic to the PlayStation Network with the flagship online experience this holiday season."

"Call of Duty: Black Ops had the highest number of pre-orders of any video game to date," said Paul Raines, CEO, GameStop.  "It went on to become our biggest video game launch ever, which bodes well for game sales as we enter the holidays."
Activision is excited about the performance of Call of Duty: Black Ops, but given that it is still very early in the holiday shopping season, the company remains cautiously optimistic.

Call of Duty: Black Ops is rated "M" (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence and Language. For additional information visit and also via Twitter @JD_2020.

About Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website,

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EA Have Released A Xbox 360 Kinect Trailer For Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

EA Have released a new trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. this trailer focuses on the Xbox 360 version of the game and shows Kinect being used. The trailer shows in-game footage as well as video of the moves the players use to pull of attacks.

Sony Detail Sackboy’s Prehistoric Moves And The Little Big Planet 2 Demo And Beta Trial

Sony have detailed the Upcoming Little Big Planet 2 Demo, the Little Big Planet 2 Beta Trail, and Sackboy’s Prehistoric Moves. Sackboy’s Prehistoric Moves is a standalone game featuring Sackboy and 10 pre-historic themed levels that use the Playstation Move and a Dual Shock 3 Controller. Sackboy’s Prehistoric Moves will come out first on the PSN, you won't need Little Big Planet 1 or 2 to play it, on 14th December for $5.99 or you can get it for free with Little Big Planet 2 on 18th January. Playstation Plus subscribers will have access to Sackboy’s Prehistoric Moves from 7th December for Free. Thousands of LittleBigPlanet supports will receive Sackboy’s Prehistoric Moves for free.

Sackboy’s Prehistoric Moves Screenshots

On December 21st a demo for Little Big Planet 2 will come out. the demo will have some of the games story mode and aim to get players familiar with the games new mechanics. The Little Big Planet 2 Beta Trial will be extended into December so new invitations will be sent out, Playstation Plus Subscribers, Community contributors will have a chance to get some Beta Codes.

From USA Playstation Blog

Nintendo Announce WiiWare Demos Are Coming To The USA From 22nd November

Nintendo have announced that WiiWare demos are coming to the Wii Shop Channel in the USA From 22nd November. Like the UK WiiWare Demo's, they will only be in the store for a limited time and they will change. the first WiiWare demo's are BIT.TRIP FATE, And Yet It Moves, ThruSpace and Jett Rocket.

Press Release

Nintendo will offer demo versions of select video games for its WiiWare™ downloadable game service starting Nov. 22. Wii™ owners with a broadband Internet connection will be able to visit the Wii Shop Channel to access demo versions of WiiWare games without using up any Wii Points™. The demos will allow people to sample a wide selection of games to help them decide which ones best suit their tastes.

The initial lineup of demos available on Nov. 22 includes BIT.TRIP FATE, And Yet It Moves, ThruSpace™ and Jett Rocket. Additional demos will be added on Mondays and each will remain available on the Wii Shop Channel for a limited time.

WiiWare game demos are just the latest addition to the wide variety of information and entertainment options available to Wii owners. Wii owners can access various channels on the Wii Menu, including the Nintendo® Channel, which offers information about and videos of current and upcoming games for Nintendo systems. Likewise, Wii owners who are also Netflix members with a qualifying plan can instantly watch movies and TV shows streamed directly to their TVs once they have downloaded Netflix from the Wii Shop Channel.

For more information about WiiWare, visit

Sony Have Released A New Kevin Butler Advert For Gran Turismo 5

Sony have released a new Kevin Butler Advert. in this Advert, Kevin Butler, VP of Add More Awesome, talks about what he bought to Gran Turismo 5...and what he's taking from, lol.

This Weeks USA PSP Digital Comic Store Update

Sony's USA Playstation Blog have detailed the comics that came out on the PSP Digital Comics Store. there doesn't appear to be any free comics this week, but they do tease that a surprise is coming for the Digital Comics Stores' First Anniversary.

2000AD Prog # 1706
Batman # 683
Birds Of Prey # 67
Boffin Boy # 10
Boffin Boy # 11
Boffin Boy # 12
Dark Man # 10
Dark Man # 11
Dark Man # 12
Ex Machina # 18
Fables # 33
Green Lantern # 15
Green Lantern Corps # 2
JLA # 19
Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom # 2
Magician (2006) # 13
Magician (2006) # 14
Magician (2006) # 15
Magician (2006) # 16
Magician (2006) # 17
New Avengers (2004) # 5
New Avengers (2004) # 6
N-Guard # 1
Planetary # 17
Powers (2000) # 35
Powers (2000) # 36
Powers (2000) # 37
Reya # 3
Sandman # 10
Son of Hulk (2008) # 1
Son of Hulk (2008) # 2
Star Trek: Khan: Ruling in Hell # 1
Superman/Batman # 37
Telara Chronicles # 2
Transformers # 12
Turkey Grove Farms # 1
Wonder Woman Vol. 3 # 9
World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen # 1
Y: The Last Man # 16

From USA Playstation Blog

Hit X Podcast: All The News From QTE Gamers From Wednesday 17th November

This is all the news from Wednesday 17th November.

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The Re-Cap: News From QTE Gamers From Wednesday 17th November

  • QTE Blog: The Re-Cap: News From QTE Gamers From Tuesday 16th November
  • QTE Blog: Hit X Podcast: All The News From QTE Gamers From Tuesday 16th November
  • BioWare will reveal a new game at the Video Game Awards on 11th December and released a teaser image for it
  • listing on GameStop has appeared for the Dreamcast Collection, coming February 2011 for $29.99 on PS3/360
  • USA October Game Charts, NBA 2K11, Fallout: New Vegas, Medal Of Honor, Fable III, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2
  • PS3: Square Enix have confirmed to Famitsu that they have finished porting Final Fantasy XIV from PC to PS3
  • PS3: Square Enix have confirmed The 3rd Birthday will get a Japan PSN Release for ¥4,980 on 22nd December
  • QTE Blog: This Weeks UK PSP Digital Comic Store Update
  • Atari announce Yar's revenge is coming to PC, PSN, XBLA in early 2011. Atari have also released a new trailer
  • PS3: a trailer Dragons Lair has emerged for a PS3 PSN version of the game, no official word if its coming to PS3
  • Wii: Nintendo Say Wii Speak has not been discontinued, despite listings say it has and Conduit 2 being told not to use it
  • PS3: its rumoured Gran Turismo 5 has been delayed by 2 days across Europe, coming out 26th November and not 24th
  • PS2: A Survey from this years Tokyo Game Show found that 70% of them still use the PS2 the most
  • QTE Blog: Namco Bandai Have Released A New Pac-Man Championship Edition DX Trailer
  • QTE Blog: New Zero Punctuation - Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
  • PSP: NIS America announce Phantom Brave Portable is coming to the USA as Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle + more
  • QTE Blog: UK PSN Update 17/11/10
  • PSP2: Pictures have emerged of PSP2 Dev Kit V1, 2 Analogue Sticks, front/back facing cameras, HD Screen + more
  • There are reports that Microsoft is one of the companies interested in buying Bizarre Creations
  • QTE Blog: EA Announce PGA Tour Golf Challenge, A New Casual Game Coming To Facebook
  • its reported that Tony Hawk Shred sold only 3,000 units in its first week on sale. DJ Hero 2 sold 59,000 in 2 weeks
  • Sony have squashed rumours that Gran Turismo 5 has been delayed by 2 days across Europe, its still coming 24th November
  • QTE Blog: Chilingo Announce Cut The Rope Has Sold Over 3 Million Units Worldwide, Announce 1.1 Update
  • PS3: PlayTV update 2.01 available to download through PlayTV, needed to use PlayTV Live Chat update available from PSN
  • 360: Microsoft's Don Mattrick reportedly said Kinect stock for 2010 should be sold out by end of this week
  • Codemasters are hiring over 100 staff for jobs across its 3 UK studios, welcoming devs recently laid off
  • EU PSN down for maintenance on 18th November from 16:05PM GMT to 1:00AM GMT 19th November, Store/Accounts inaccessible
  • QTE Blog: Deep Silver Announce NewU Mind Body Yoga & Pilates Workout For The Nintendo Wii