Back atcha, EA! In light of recent developments in the game industry, many thought that Electronic Arts was going to have the whole world of sports gaming locked down. Take Two decided not to let that happen, as they just signed a deal with Major League Baseball granting them exclusive third party rights to make games based on the franchise. What this means is that first parties (Microsoft, Sony’s 989 Sports, and Nintendo) may still makes games based on MLB, but no other third parties - including Electronic Arts - may do so. The deal begins in 2006, and lasts for seven years. Just hours after the news was announced, Take Two announced the purchase of Visual Concepts, Sega’s sports dev house. This is just getting nasty.
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Nintendo’s newest handheld console has been hard to find in retail stores lately, and is just getting back to the point where you can find it at any local electronics store - but why should you when you can get it for free? This week we are giving away a brand new Nintendo DS to one lucky Gear Live reader. What do you have to do to be eligible? Simply register for the site if you haven’t done so already, and leave us a comment telling us what your first Nintendo handheld console was and which game you spent the most man hours on. We will take the best ones, and choose a random winner. As always, big ups to PrizeCube for sponsoring our weekly contests. As always, this is open only to those who reside in the USA.
It has come to be accepted that Microsoft will unveil the Xbox 2 at E3, and that it will hit retail this holiday season. While there has never been a concrete confirmation from Microsoft on this matter, it looks like EA knows more than we do. You see, their racing game Need for Speed: Most Wanted is scheduled to be released at the end of the year. According to EA, the title will ship for Xbox 2 simultaneously with Xbox, PlayStation 2, Gamecube, PC, PSP, and the DS. I know, E3 can’t come soon enough. Oh, and for you BurnOut 3 freaks - it looks like BurnOut 4 will be an Xbox 2 launch title.
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Mad Catz Interactive will be producing customized NBA team controllers for the Xbox and the Playstation 2 video game systems. Mad Catz has signed a license agreement with the National Basketball Association that will allow them to produce these customized controllers, similar to what they earlier did with the NFL. Each controller will be fully customized with each of the 30 team’s logos and team colors, and will be available in March 2005. Be on the look out for these controllers so you can support your team while beating that annoying little kid from across the street.
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If you are a Halo 2 master in need of some quick cash, then read on. The Twin Galaxies Board of Referees has released their 2005 video game bounties. Put simply, they set forth a massive list of challenges, and if you meet those challenges, you win cash. Here are a couple of examples:
- Bounty (93) – Crazy Taxi (Bounty Prize: $100.00) for Sega Dreamcast (DC) Challenge Rating – 4 (out of 5) Challenge: achieve 250 or more “Crazy Throughs” on the mini-game challenge “Crazy Through” Special Rules – player may use any vehicle and driver combination Bounty Prize - $100.00 Bounty Payable Date – ninety (90) days after mailing postmark of successful accomplishment.
- Bounty (105) – Halo 2 (Bounty Prize: $250.00) for the Microsoft Xbox Challenge Rating – 5 (out of 5) Challenge: fastest completion of the entire game on “Legendary” difficulty, without losing a life, in single player mode Rules and Settings – player may use any weapons and/or vehicles found. Special Rule: Usage of the “Envy Skull” to attain permanent invisibility defeats the spirit of the game and is a banned tactic. Bounty Prize - $250.00 Bounty Payable Date – January 31st, 2006.
As you can see, if you are good, you can walk away with a lot of money. Check out the full list at the Twin Galaxies site.
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EA has been on a rampage as of late. First, they sign an exclusive deal with the NFL giving them sole rights to make games based on the NFL for the next five years. Then they do the same with the AFL for four years. Now, it seems they pulled off the coupe de grace - EA has signed an exclusive deal with ESPN which makes Electronic Arts the only publisher with the ability to make sports games under the ESPN brand. This means that the days of Madden vs ESPN NFL are over. While the deal is signed for 15 years, there is a clause that says that the option of ending it after 10 years is a possibility. Sucks to be Sega right about now.
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If you have a trouble keeping a nice grip on your controllers, develop insightly blisters after hours of gaming, or just want to look like an all around dork while getting down with your Gamecube, these gloves just might be in order. What are they? Nylon gloves with textured pads on the palms and fingers (two of which are missing). Yay.
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A test update for the PSP has been leaked from a Sony owned web domain. This update includes web browsing, word processing, voice communication and music downloading software among more applications. Sony has not released any information about this update nor is it known if it is fake or the real thing. Installing this update will corrupt your system, however some people have already installed it. You may check out the pictures and video of the installation here. Of course the page is in Japanese, but you can see that the file does work. The full contents of the update include web browsing software, e-mail, word processing, voice communication, scheduling, a text-to-speech application, a program for music download and organization using SonicStage software, and three titles which appear to be new online games. Remember this information is unofficial. Could the reason that Sony is slowing down on the Clie side of things be that the PSP might take its place?
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Yes, you did read the title correctly. GTA on the PSP. Now there’s yet another reason to add to the top reasons to get a PSP. According to BBC News, this announcement came right after “the UK games industry posted record sales figures.” According to these figures, GTA: San Andreas sold more than 1 million copies in the first day that it was on sale. My guess is that this game will be one of the most highly anticipated games for the PSP. What better than to inflict some havoc on some poor defenseless city on your way to work on the subway or while waiting patiently at the doctor’s office.
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There have been a lot of rumors lately about the Xbox 2. Earlier this month we published a story about some possible information about the Xbox 2. As some of you may know, Team Xbox found a patent about the design of the Xbox 2. Team Xbox has found yet another patent for the Xbox 2. In this patent, Microsoft plans to incorporate data sharing between games. What this means is that game franchises will be able to share data between games. For example, say you are playing game X then get bored of it so you stop playing it. Then X 2 comes out and you play it. Well, X and X 2 then share information with each other that is used between both games. If you want to unlock some feature in X 2, then a certain mission needs to be completed in X. Also, while playing X you might even get hints for X 2. Now all of this is speculation of what Microsoft wants to do, but many questions remain. Will this put an end to boring or unfinished games? Does this mean that the Xbox 2 will have removable storage?
Read More | TeamXbox.com
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