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According to Cnet, video game sales have been 11 percent higher compared to last year’s $7 billion in revenue.  Shouldn’t be too big a surprise, considering this is widely considered to be the best year ever in terms of games.  What might be more interesting is the make-up of the actual game players, with an average age of 29 when you factor in PC gamers.  Maybe the trend will reverse once these older gamers teach their own kids how to play at an earlier age.  The article goes on to express doubts about software sales for next year, as developers focus on becoming familiar with new hardware releases, such as Xbox2 in 2005 and PS3, which is looking at a 2006 release.


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PSP Glamour ShotSony’s small wonder is coming soon to the States.  Already a huge success at it’s Japanese launch earlier this month, the system is so hot that many gamers have resorted to importing it at extravagant prices.  Here at Gear Live we’re a little more patient, (okay, maybe just a little more broke) but that hasn’t kept us from finding out all we could about the handheld.  Some of the things we’ll share about the PSP you may already know, while others features may be surprising.  Whatever the case, be sure you read on to make sure you have the inside scoop on one of the biggest releases early next year.

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decalgirl Nintendo DS SkinFor everyone who has grown tired of the standard silver color of their Nintendo DS system, Decalgirl has a way for you to add new life to your console. Forgetting the fact that if you need new life breathed into a console you have had for a month at most you must be a selfish bastard, I invite you to take a look at Decalgirl’s Nintendo DS Skins.  For about ten bucks, you can choose from their selection of almost 50 different DS Skins to further set yourself apart from the crowd. More on the product:

Everyone gets the same silver Nintendo DS… boring! We’ve got the cure for you and your new handheld… a CAD-designed, full-color, five-piece Nintendo DS skin kit! With your order, you’ll receive a ready-to-apply DS full-color skin with a high resolution full-color “Retro” design printed on premium grade adhesive-backed cast vinyl. The skin is then covered with a clear protectant layer for the ultimate in durability! All full-color skins use a patented repositionable/reusable adhesive backing for fast, easy and accurate installation. The best part - they can be removed at any time without leaving any sticky residue when you decide to change to a different look!


Halo 2.52005 is fastly approaching, and one of the biggest peices of hardware video game fans are looking forward in the new year is the Xbox 2. When coupled with the fact that Halo 2.5 is set to launch with the new system, there is an even greater reason to get hyped. According to Team Xbox, the Halo 2 “director’s cut” will feature all the things Bungie promised with Halo 2, but failed to deliver due to both hardware limitations and time constraints. So what changes can you expect? It appears that one definate is that the game run in all it’s high definition glory. And remember when we mentioned that there would probably be three versions of the Microsoft’s next console? Well, it now appears that the hard drive version will come pre-loaded with Halo 2.5. Good times.

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imageJust when you thought you had heard it all, someone goes and does something like this. Someone known only by his uber cool gaming name, Deathifier, decided to buy an island within the online RPG Project Entropia. Now, when I say buy, I mean with real cash. The island had an abandoned castle and “beautiful beaches which were ripe for developing beachfront property.” Now get this - Deathifier sees it as an investment. He is now able to tax other gamers who wish to visit his island to go hunting, or mining for gold. Smart guy. It has been said that massively multiplayer online roleplaying games (MMORPGs) have a gross economic impact equivalent to the GDP of the African nation of Namibia. As for me, I would be pissed if I couldn’t move into that abandoned castle after spending $26,500 on a game.

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EA NFL AgreementCompetition is usually healthy for the videogame industry, but this is more like annihilation. In a shocker of an agreement, EA has gained exclusive rights for all NFL teams, stadiums, and players. The biggest casualty, at least in my eyes, is Sega, as this means no more ESPN, at least for the next five years. The deal covers consoles, PC, and handheld systems, as well as console online features. You can blame the NFL, since they were the ones that decided to have a bid for their exclusivity. The deal does not affect other games available on the Internet or on wireless devices including cell phones. I'm guessing this came about because of the way Midway wanted to use the license to portray their Blitz game series in a more controversial light.

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PSP Glamour ShotThe lines have been forming outside the Japan stores for some time now. Eager gamers are finally starting to get their hands on the system with all kinds of impressions starting to emerge on the internet. This clip from a Japanase show gives us a good glimpse at what the system looks like in broad daylight, if you can put up with the silliness. Gamestop has also begun taking pre-orders for the US launch, expected to be in March 2005. I've actually plunked down my own $50 this past week, though there are reports that EB is taking pre-orders for less than that. In case you've missed it, there is an entire PSP thread with additional media for both games and hardware at our Video Games Board.
Halo 2 Holiday Game ListYahoo! Games released the results of its recent holiday poll, asking site visitors to vote for the games they anticipate playing the most throughout the holidays. Here are the Top 10:

1. Halo 2 (Microsoft) - XBox
2. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Rockstar) - PS2
3. Half-Life 2 (VU Games) - PC
4. Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (LucasArts) - XBox
5. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (Konami) - PS2
6. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (Nintendo) - GameCube
7. Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (Ubisoft) - GameCube, PS2, XBox
8. The Sims 2 (EA Games) - PC
9. World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment) - PC
10. Need for Speed Underground 2 (Electronic Arts) - GameCube, PS2, XBox

I don't think it's a surprise that Halo 2 came out on top, as the game is almost worth the price of admission for its multiplayer mode alone. As for Nintendo, good to see them on the list, but for their main holiday season game, Metroid should have been higher up. I guess that's what you get when you don't advertise your titles.

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Video Game Cart Wal-Mart


You gotta love it a kid that just doesn't care what anyone else thinks. Apparently, he decided to try out a game while waiting for Mommy to finish shopping. I guess she took a little longer than he expected, so he pulled up a chair...er...shopping cart and figured he would just play to his hearts content. I implore each and every one of you to go to your nearest Wal-Mart, Target, or any other major chain that has shopping carts. Regardless of your size, hop in and start playing a game. Hell, if you snap a picture and send it to us you may even score some free gear. God Bless America.

(Thanks illwon!)

Madden 2006 2007 Next Gen Graphics


Electronic Arts recently spoke out on the topic of next generation gaming. The picture above is what EA says is a possibility with the next Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo consoles - football players that show emotions as individuals with stunning graphics. EA also expects that each console will have some sort of integrated wireless technology, stating "in every living room, we'll have a wireless hub". Interesting quote, as most know that EA is the biggest videogame publisher out there. They are probably privy to more inside info than most, which leads me to believe that all three major console developers do have plans to integrate wireless chips into their next-gen machines.

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