The E.S.R.B. has decided to add a new rating to its arsenal – E10+. This rating will be approved for audiences of at least 10 years of age. Seems that they want to be more specific on the age groups each game is tailored for since this rating tag will be for the following video game description:
“moderate amounts of cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.”
Are we getting too specific here? Probably not since most parents are all for ratings, especially since most don’t know what most games are even about. All they have to go on when at the store is the box art and the rating sticker. Expect to see the new labels on video games soon.
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Once again, Japan gets a one up on America in terms of new hardware colors via Nintendo. This time it is in the form of the Nintendo DS. Nintendo has introduced four new colors, adding to the already stylish Platinum Silver. They are Graphite Black, Pure White, Turquoise Blue, and Candy Pink. The white and pink units also have white face buttons, a white backing, and a white stylus (the other new colors still feature the standard black). Will these see the light of day in America? I would imagine so, as Nintendo likes to mix things up over here as well. I just wouldn’t expect to see all the colors, as evidenced by their refusal to release many of the special edition Game Boy Advance SP’s in the US, as well as the Spice colored Gamecube.
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Two more great game creators have joined the Microsoft Game Studios in order to develop Xbox exclusive role-playing games for the Xbox 2/Xbox 360°. Yoshiki Okamoto and Tetsuya Mizuguchi will now be creating the new games for Microsoft Okamoto has been best known for Street Fighter and Resident Evil; however his best talent is his ability to create new game genres. Together with the next generation gaming tools, these industry greats will surely produce games worth anticipating and saving up for. Microsoft has shown in the past weeks that they not only plan to deliver us a high powered gaming system, but also plan on providing what makes a great console – exclusive games that make people want to buy the hardware.
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Good news for everyone who has yet to preorder a PSP while hoping to pick one up on March 24th. Sony has now confirmed the availability of 1 million PSPs by launch day. This comes as great news since it was earlier said that the one million systems would not be available until March 31st. This should not stop you from preordering one if you are serious about picking one up come launch day - however, if you feel adventurous go ahead and try to fight the crowd with a now better chance of walking out victorious.
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With its 8.4-inch LCD screen, stylus, and ability to play most games designed for the PC, the Rogue prototype gaming pad would run circles around every other handlheld gaming device. It also features an ergonomically designed joystick, a track ball, and trigger buttons. The two Tucsonian creators behind the upgradeable device are looking at a mid-2006 release. Time will tell though, if gamers are willing to pay this kind of money to seriously get their portable game on.
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Everyone wants to know what Hironobu Sakaguchi has in store for us in his initial endeavor at Microsoft. The Japanese version of Xbox.com published an interview with Sakaguchi, and now thanks to Xboxyde English readers may take a gander as well. His visions for the two games he is producing and writing can only be described as astounding. Sakaguchi says in the interview:
“Also, as I said before I want to get away from coming-of-age stories, and create comical or tragic scenes unlike any seen in games before. I’m trying to make something that will feel fresh, and explores the possibilities of interactivity.”
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New meets old with this retro controller from Sega. The company has announced a new controller for the Sony Playstation 2 – a Sega Saturn controller reconfigured to work with the PS2. The controller does not have any analog control sticks, and the L1/R1 buttons are relocated to the Z and C button positions. This black controller brings back memories of classic Sega consoles – where much of our time was spent alongside Sonic the Hedgehog. If you miss the Sega Saturn, be sure to pick one of these controllers on March 24th for the cool price of $22. Now bring on the NiGHTS sequel!
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Check out the latest mock up of the Xbox 2/360°. Could this be what Microsoft’s next generation console will look like? Of course not. We already know that Microsoft wants the next Xbox to fit right in with all the rest of your home theater components. Nevertheless, this is an interesting design.
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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