Newsdump

PlayStation 3: it's there

So the PS3 went on sale in Japan this past Saturday.Next Generation reports (opens in new tab)that 88,400 units were sold over the weekend, a bit more than the 80,000 that Sony promised (well, after cutting the launch down from 100,000, that is.) By now you've maybe read about the dark side of the PS3 launch: fat cat businessmen forcing immigrants into line to buy units to auction off, at least as far asKotaku reports (opens in new tab). We don't doubt that it's (basically)true. It was a matter of moments before aDead Rising (opens in new tab)fan got his act together and hit us withthis picture (opens in new tab). Yep, that's the stuff.

Warped gears

Gears of War (opens in new tab)hit last week and Xbox Live is full of gamers playing it. Problem is, asGamer Andy points out (opens in new tab), it's stupidly easy to cheat and manipulate the game's rankings. That sucks. Really sucks. To read the whole extremely informative rant, just head over tohis site (opens in new tab)and get the details. Online gaming: not for fun anymore!

Shopping season... start

November 24 isn't just another day. It's Black Friday, the most irritating (but not the biggest (opens in new tab)) shopping day of the year. Want to know what the big chains have as their big deals? Just head over toBlack Friday 2006 (opens in new tab), which has a handy list of all the circulars. We combed through most of them, and the deals are mostly "old games you probably already have... for cheap." Most new stuff stays expensive. The saddest deal? Toys R Us is blowing out the Game Boy Micro - which hit last year for $100 - for $34.99. Yeesh.

New screens

Chicken Little: Ace in Action (Wii (opens in new tab))
Evidence: The Last Ritual (PC (opens in new tab))
Fuzion Frenzy 2 (360 (opens in new tab))
Gunpey (DS (opens in new tab),PSP (opens in new tab))
Need for Speed Carbon (PS3 (opens in new tab))
Tony Hawk's Project 8 (PS2 (opens in new tab),Xbox (opens in new tab))
Sonic Rivals (PSP (opens in new tab))

New videos

Army of Two (PC (opens in new tab),PS3 (opens in new tab),360 (opens in new tab))
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (PC (opens in new tab))
Marvel Ultimate Alliance (Wii (opens in new tab))
NBA 2K7 (PS3 (opens in new tab))
TrackMania United (PC (opens in new tab))
Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom (PS3 (opens in new tab))

November 13, 2006