LAS VEGAS -- After surprising some industry-watchers by equipping the Xbox 360 with a plain old DVD drive, Microsoft on Jan. 4 revealed plans for an external HD-DVD drive during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The drive, which will connect externally to the 360, is expected to release later this year and will be used only for movies, according to Microsoft Vice President Peter Moore.
However, while Microsoft is throwing its support behind HD-DVD as the successor to DVDs, it could
It's finally happening: Silent Hill, Konami's cinematic psychological horror series, is being made into a movie. Only time will tell if the big-screen adaptation, penned by Roger Avary (Glitterati, True Romance) and directed by Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf, Crying Freeman ), will be a crass tie-in or the first smart video game movie, but in the meantime its teaser trailer hits most of the right notes while showing us almost nothing of the movie itself.
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BELLEVUE, Wash. — On Jan. 10, online-game giant NCSoft announced the upcoming release of Guild Wars: Factions, an add-on campaign for the massively multiplayer online game Guild Wars. Promising new regions, monsters, professions and other additions, Factions is slated to arrive in spring.
In the meantime, players who want to get an early look at the expansion can preview it from Jan. 20-22. Open to non-members as well as current players, the Free For All PvP Weekend will let players
Sony on Jan. 10 announced that full-scale production of its Blu-ray discs will begin in February at its plant in Shizuoka, Japan. The discs, which hold 25 gigabytes of information (nearly five times that of a single-layer DVD) are the chosen format for the upcoming PlayStation 3, as well as (Sony hopes) a successor to the DVD format.
Sony's plant in Terre Haute will begin its own production run in May, while its Salzburg, Austria facility will follow suit starting in July. The company predicts
Burnout Revenge is smashing its way on to Xbox 360 and, unlike several other EA franchises which made the leap, it's being enhanced to make the most of Microsoft's new console.
The 360 version will have a Live Revenge mode and an online multiplayer option that attempts to create the same competitive spirit that's generated by split-screen play. Before the race starts, competitors will be presented with a number of stats informing them of who has the best online record, who is the most
Electronic Arts has announced Open for Business, a brand new expansion pack for The Sims 2, and we've got the first shots.
This latest add-on to the life sim, allows you to develop your own Sim business from the ground up. You'll be able to choose what sort of business it will be, then decide on the layout of the business, hire and fire the right staff, and experiment with different sales techniques to keep the money flowing in.
Key to running a successful business is of course being able to
Capcom is releasing Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening Special Edition, an updated version of the dynamic action game with several new features, but sadly only in the US.
The Special Edition is being released under Sony's Greatest Hits collection which is the budget range in the US and will include several new features such as a new Very Hard mode and a turbo option that increases the games speed by 20%.
Plus a survival mode called Bloody Palace and the opportunity to play the game a Dante's
Resident Evil 4 is the runaway leader of the GamesRadar Game of 2005 poll. Capcom's explosive sequel has collected almost a quarter of the total votes - currently topping 10,000 - and looks certain to still be miles ahead of the competition when the poll closes on Friday 6 January.
Far less certain is which game will pick up second place with Call of Duty 2, Mario Kart DS and Pro Evolution Soccer 5 all vying for the runners-up or 'first losers' spot.
While it's unlikely that Resident Evil 4
Activision's cinematic sim game The Movies has spawned a heaving community of wannabe directors, and they all want you to be a witness to their celluloid masterpieces.
The game's official website, TheMoviesgame.com, hosts a huge archive of flicks uploaded by enthusiastic players - and you don't even have to own the game to watch these budgetless features.
One short film about the recent Parisian riots titled The French Democracy has even won international attention, earning the movie's
EA has released the first stock of shots from its latest Sims 2 expansion pack, Open for Business.
This latest bundle of virtual lifestyles and paraphernalia for its super popular life simulator series will give players the chance to create and run their own businesses, offering an abundance of retail opportunities.
Shopkeepers can fill their shelves with a diverse selection of goods, including clothes, toys, flowers, food and - that perennial high street essential - robots.Entrepreneurial