Microsoft has hired Final Fantasy creator, Hironobu Sakaguchi, to produce two exclusive games for its next generation console, Xbox 2/360°. The Final Fantasy series has been highly successful in the Sony Playstation world, and an Xbox exclusive might give Microsoft the edge it needs to topple the number one company in gaming. It is also no secret that Microsoft has had a tough time penetrating the Japanese video game market. Having Sakaguchi on board can definitely help in that respect. The two games are said to be released shortly after the launch of the console on a worldwide basis. We eagerly anticipate what creations Sakaguchi will have in store for us.
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Rockbox, long known for their Archos replacement firmware, has has their eyes on iRiver products lately. It looks like Rockbox has been able to port the Game Boy emulator “GNUBoy” to the iRiver HP120 and 140. The current version is monochrome and they admit a little slow, but fully functional. Since they only work in monochrome I doubt we will ever see a full color version, but I for one would definitely download this if I owned an iRiver HP120.
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If you are planning to purchase Sony’s PSP on March 24th, but have yet to reserve one – you have some hunting to do. According to many people, EB Game stores and Gamestop stores have stopped taking advance orders for Sony’s upcoming handheld console. While there are other retailers who still continue to take preorders, the initial PSP shipment is said to be in the 1 million range - and the major outlets will be getting more units than the smaller stores. With the launch date quickly approaching, the hype is rising as fast as these gadgets are selling. Sony has yet to release when their second batch will ship out or how many PSPs will be included.
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MechAssault 2 owners are able to contribute to the next generation gaming console from Microsoft through a survey that allows you to enter a sweepstakes to win some great prizes. One question in particular on the survey is very interesting and confusing at the same time.
“It is important that the next videogame system I purchase connects to my TV wirelessly.”
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“Strongly Agree Strongly Disagree”
Does Microsoft really mean that the Xbox 360° will connect without wires to your television? As cool as that would be, how will they accomplish this? It does make sense considering that there are rumors about the Xbox 360° coming with wireless controllers right off the get go. However, having the console sit at the center of my living room and have only the power cable coming from it would definitely make for a great conversation starter. Unfortunately, I think we are reading just a little too much into this.
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Are you feeling sneaky? If you are having one of those days where you feel like sneaking up on someone and throwing them off a cliff, calm down and read on. Tom’s Clancy’s latest Splinter Cell installment – Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory - is now available to be downloaded in a demo. This 600MB download allows you to play the Lighthouse level and even allows you to test out the multiplayer game. All without leaving the comfort of your seat or trying hide from authorities.
Man, if this is what they mean when they say that 2005 is the year of convergence, then I am all for it. Sony has built a command into EverQuest II that allows the gamer to order pizza in the midst of the game. While playing, one just simply needs to type “/pizza”, and an order form will pop up allowing you to put in your address and order. You then continue playing, and Pizza Hut shows up at your door with all that cheesy goodness. If you thought the people that never tore themselves away from the first EverQuest were bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
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Introducing the coolest way to count down to the US PSP launch: a desktop timer coupled with a sweet PSP background. Here’s how to set it up. First you’ll need to grab the PSP desktop background image here. Then, you’ll need to snag a copy of the Phantim3 countdown program. After installing the program you’ll need to replace its default background image with this one, by copying it over to its skins/default directory. Finally, in the same directory, replace the text in the Custom.txt file with the following:
8 84 66 62
Hard to tell, obviously, in this day and age. My guess is that it is a very clever mock up. I wouldn’t mind if it was though, just as long as it doesn’t end up being
indigo. Does this remind anyone of the Sega Dreamcast? More images after the jump.
I always thought simply jumping on an enemy’s head just couldn’t be enough to thwart their efforts - especially when my enemy is a walking dragon! Thanks to Mario Rampage, we can now rest easy knowing that Mario is able to take matters into his own hands the same way they do in the movies. My score? 3075 points, killing 91 enemies and collecting 26 coins. Shine Get!
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More Xbox 2/360 news, straight from the rumor mill to your screen. We have been telling you that the Xbox 360° will come in at least two packages – one with an included hard drive and one without. According to Engadget’s source, Microsoft’s next box will definitely include wireless controllers and will have an optional hard drive that will attach to the top of the console “in a really slick way, almost like the hood scoop on a muscle car”. Consumers will be able to add the hard drive afterwards without having to take the box apart – confirming at least two versions of the Xbox 360°.
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