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This Week on Playstation Network – Grabinators and Controlinators and Great Sci-Fi Video Feature

This week we see demos for LittleBigPlanet 2, Dead Space 2, Mass Effect 2, and some great downloadable games.

 

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This Week on Playstation Network – Grabinators and Controlinators and Great Sci-Fi Video Feature” was posted by sampsona on Thu, 23 Dec 2010 16:15:24 -0800

Best of 2010 – PlayStation 3 Winner

Find out our winner for Best PlayStation S3 Game of 2010.

 

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Best of 2010 – PlayStation 3 Winner” was posted by gslive on Thu, 23 Dec 2010 11:57:47 -0800

Best of 2010 – PlayStation 3 Winner

Find out our winner for Best PlayStation S3 Game of 2010.

 

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Best of 2010 – PlayStation 3 Winner” was posted by gslive on Thu, 23 Dec 2010 11:57:47 -0800

Rock Band developer sold off by Viacom

Harmonix bought up by private holding company; says “unannounced projects” are on the way.

 

A month and a half ago, media giant Viacom announced its intention to sell off Harmonix, developer of the Rock Band games. Today, the company announced the deal is done, with Harmonix-SBE Holdings LLC scooping up the studio for an undisclosed sum. The privately funded holding company is an affiliate of New York city-based investment firm Columbus Nova, LLC.


Harmonix is dancing to the beat of a new drummer.

In a forum post, Harmonix issued a statement in which it assured Rock Band owners that the sale won’t affect the regular downloadable content updates for its games, which also includes Kinect favorite Dance Central.

“We’re excited to be returning to our roots as an independent and privately owned studio,” read the post. “As for what it means for you, the DLC schedule marches on for Rock Band, we will continue our support of previously released titles, and we’re hard at work on some unannounced projects that we think you’re going to be pumped about.”

Harmonix also thanked Viacom and its subsidiary MTV Networks for being an “amazing home” since the studio was bought in 2006 for $175 million. The timing of the graciousness was curious, as just last week the original shareholders of Harmonix filed suit against Viacom, accusing the company of manipulating costs in order to deny performance bonus payments to Harmonix.

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Rock Band developer sold off by Viacom” was posted by Tor Thorsen on Thu, 23 Dec 2010 10:07:01 -0800

Rock Band developer sold off by Viacom

Harmonix bought up by private holding company; says “unannounced projects” are on the way.

 

A month and a half ago, media giant Viacom announced its intention to sell off Harmonix, developer of the Rock Band games. Today, the company announced the deal is done, with Harmonix-SBE Holdings LLC scooping up the studio for an undisclosed sum. The privately funded holding company is an affiliate of New York city-based investment firm Columbus Nova, LLC.


Harmonix is dancing to the beat of a new drummer.

In a forum post, Harmonix issued a statement in which it assured Rock Band owners that the sale won’t affect the regular downloadable content updates for its games, which also includes Kinect favorite Dance Central.

“We’re excited to be returning to our roots as an independent and privately owned studio,” read the post. “As for what it means for you, the DLC schedule marches on for Rock Band, we will continue our support of previously released titles, and we’re hard at work on some unannounced projects that we think you’re going to be pumped about.”

Harmonix also thanked Viacom and its subsidiary MTV Networks for being an “amazing home” since the studio was bought in 2006 for $175 million. The timing of the graciousness was curious, as just last week the original shareholders of Harmonix filed suit against Viacom, accusing the company of manipulating costs in order to deny performance bonus payments to Harmonix.

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Rock Band developer sold off by Viacom” was posted by Tor Thorsen on Thu, 23 Dec 2010 10:07:01 -0800

Judge certifies EA football class-action suit

Court gives gamers the go-ahead to join litigation surrounding alleged anticompetitive practices by Madden NFL publisher since January 1, 2005.

 

One thing’s for sure: Electronic Arts’ legal department won’t be getting a lighter work load for Christmas. One day after the publisher was slapped with a $400 million lawsuit stemming from its alleged involvement in the firings of Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella, US District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker certified a national class-action lawsuit against EA’s Madden NFL, NCAA Football, and Arena Football licenses, which was originally filed in June 2008.


EA’s having a rough run on the legal gridiron.

As a result of today’s ruling, gamers who bought Madden NFL, NCAA Football, or Arena Football games published by EA after January 1, 2005 can join the lawsuit as plaintiffs. Gamers can join the suit through law firm Hagens Berman’s Web site.

“Consumers now have a legal standing to demand that EA refund consumers millions of dollars it made from Madden NFL and other sports titles through what we contend was an illegal price-gouging scheme,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman. “We’re gratified by the ruling, and believe it underscores how lucrative and exclusive agreements in the video game industry can come with an inflated price tag for consumers.”

The suit, which was filed by Hagens Berman on behalf of a pair of gamers from Washington, DC, and California, alleged that EA has and continues to engage in “blatantly anticompetitive conduct” since 2004. At that time, EA and Take-Two Interactive released competing NFL Football products, resulting in a pricing war that saw Take-Two drop the price of its NFL 2K5 to $19.99 and EA cut Madden 2005’s sticker tag to $29.95 in response.

However, the suit alleged that rather than continue the pricing war with Take-Two, EA secured the exclusivity deals with the NFL, NCAA, and Arena football leagues. With no Take-Two competitor the following year, the suit noted that Electronic Arts raised the price of Madden 2006 back to $49.95, an increase of nearly 70 percent. Madden NFL’s current going rate retails for as much as $59.95.

“We believe EA forced consumers to pay an artificial premium on Madden NFL video games” Berman continued. “We intend to prove that EA could inflate prices on their sports titles because these exclusive licenses restrained trade and competition for interactive sports software.”

Madden NFL remains one of EA’s best-selling titles, according to the NPD Group. In November, the most recent edition of the game, Madden NFL 11, ranked fourth in US retail sales, having seen release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, and Wii.

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Judge certifies EA football class-action suit” was posted by Tom Magrino on Wed, 22 Dec 2010 16:57:38 -0800

Judge certifies EA football class-action suit

Court gives gamers the go-ahead to join litigation surrounding alleged anticompetitive practices by Madden NFL publisher since January 1, 2005.

 

One thing’s for sure: Electronic Arts’ legal department won’t be getting a lighter work load for Christmas. One day after the publisher was slapped with a $400 million lawsuit stemming from its alleged involvement in the firings of Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella, US District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker certified a national class-action lawsuit against EA’s Madden NFL, NCAA Football, and Arena Football licenses, which was originally filed in June 2008.


EA’s having a rough run on the legal gridiron.

As a result of today’s ruling, gamers who bought Madden NFL, NCAA Football, or Arena Football games published by EA after January 1, 2005 can join the lawsuit as plaintiffs. Gamers can join the suit through law firm Hagens Berman’s Web site.

“Consumers now have a legal standing to demand that EA refund consumers millions of dollars it made from Madden NFL and other sports titles through what we contend was an illegal price-gouging scheme,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman. “We’re gratified by the ruling, and believe it underscores how lucrative and exclusive agreements in the video game industry can come with an inflated price tag for consumers.”

The suit, which was filed by Hagens Berman on behalf of a pair of gamers from Washington, DC, and California, alleged that EA has and continues to engage in “blatantly anticompetitive conduct” since 2004. At that time, EA and Take-Two Interactive released competing NFL Football products, resulting in a pricing war that saw Take-Two drop the price of its NFL 2K5 to $19.99 and EA cut Madden 2005’s sticker tag to $29.95 in response.

However, the suit alleged that rather than continue the pricing war with Take-Two, EA secured the exclusivity deals with the NFL, NCAA, and Arena football leagues. With no Take-Two competitor the following year, the suit noted that Electronic Arts raised the price of Madden 2006 back to $49.95, an increase of nearly 70 percent. Madden NFL’s current going rate retails for as much as $59.95.

“We believe EA forced consumers to pay an artificial premium on Madden NFL video games” Berman continued. “We intend to prove that EA could inflate prices on their sports titles because these exclusive licenses restrained trade and competition for interactive sports software.”

Madden NFL remains one of EA’s best-selling titles, according to the NPD Group. In November, the most recent edition of the game, Madden NFL 11, ranked fourth in US retail sales, having seen release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, and Wii.

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Judge certifies EA football class-action suit” was posted by Tom Magrino on Wed, 22 Dec 2010 16:57:38 -0800

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow DLC detailed

Reverie and Resurrection set for launch in February and April; add-ons will introduce new locations and monsters, flesh out game’s story and epilogue.

 

The ending of October’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow suggests a new direction for Konami’s gothic action franchise, and gamers may soon get a peek at what else the publisher has in store for the Belmont saga. Konami today detailed its first downloadable content for Lords of Shadow, saying it would launch a pair of add-ons early next year.


Reverie and Resurrection will give players more insight into Lords of Shadow’s storyline.

The first add-on, Reverie, sees players in the guise of Gabriel Belmont again, dealing with the consequences of slaying the vampire queen Carmilla. While Carmilla is gone, an evil she had previously kept under control has been unleashed and needs to be dealt with in the DLC.

The second add-on, Resurrection, takes place immediately after the end of Lords of Shadow. Konami has said the DLC will be larger in scope than Reverie, featuring a climactic battle with “a very notorious enemy” that will shed light on the original game’s ending.

Developed by Spain-based Mercury Steam under Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima’s supervision, Lords of Shadow is set in the year 1047 and follows Gabriel Belmont as he pursues pieces of an artifact that can bring the dead back to life, while battling nefarious underworld creatures and other mythical monsters. The game represents a departure for the series, emphasizing puzzles as well as action gameplay in a 3D environment.

The Reverie add-on is set for a February 2011 debut, with Resurrection to follow in April. For more on the base game, check out GameSpot’s review of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow DLC detailed” was posted by Brendan Sinclair on Wed, 22 Dec 2010 14:54:42 -0800

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow DLC detailed

Reverie and Resurrection set for launch in February and April; add-ons will introduce new locations and monsters, flesh out game’s story and epilogue.

 

The ending of October’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow suggests a new direction for Konami’s gothic action franchise, and gamers may soon get a peek at what else the publisher has in store for the Belmont saga. Konami today detailed its first downloadable content for Lords of Shadow, saying it would launch a pair of add-ons early next year.


Reverie and Resurrection will give players more insight into Lords of Shadow’s storyline.

The first add-on, Reverie, sees players in the guise of Gabriel Belmont again, dealing with the consequences of slaying the vampire queen Carmilla. While Carmilla is gone, an evil she had previously kept under control has been unleashed and needs to be dealt with in the DLC.

The second add-on, Resurrection, takes place immediately after the end of Lords of Shadow. Konami has said the DLC will be larger in scope than Reverie, featuring a climactic battle with “a very notorious enemy” that will shed light on the original game’s ending.

Developed by Spain-based Mercury Steam under Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima’s supervision, Lords of Shadow is set in the year 1047 and follows Gabriel Belmont as he pursues pieces of an artifact that can bring the dead back to life, while battling nefarious underworld creatures and other mythical monsters. The game represents a departure for the series, emphasizing puzzles as well as action gameplay in a 3D environment.

The Reverie add-on is set for a February 2011 debut, with Resurrection to follow in April. For more on the base game, check out GameSpot’s review of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow DLC detailed” was posted by Brendan Sinclair on Wed, 22 Dec 2010 14:54:42 -0800

Echochrome II Review

This elegantly presented, shadow-shifting puzzler puts the Move controller to ingenious good use.

 

Score: 7.5 / good

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Echochrome II Review” was posted by Jane Douglas on Wed, 22 Dec 2010 14:40:35 -0800