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April 30, 2008 (Wednesday)

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MADD wants re rating Grand Theft Auto IV
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers released a statement today saying that they demand the Entertainment Software Ratings Board reclassify Grand Theft Auto IV as an Adults Only because the player has the option of driving drunk to complete the mission. However the player is also able to take a taxi. Read more

April 29, 2008 (Tuesday)

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Grand Theft Auto IV released
Grand Theft Auto IV, one of the most hyped games of this generation, has been released worldwide. The game received a 10/10 from Gamespot and IGN Read more

April 28, 2008 (Monday)

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Take two stocks worth more than EA offers
Today Take two stocks TTWO has reached over $26. This is more than EA had to offer for buying the shares in event of a takeover Read more

April 25, 2008 (Friday)

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Brett Favre is on Madden 09 cover
Retired Packers QB Brett Favre has been chosen for the cover of Madden NFL 09 Read more

April 24, 2008 (Thursday)

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Leland Yee sends press release about GTAIV
Prior to the release of Grand Theft Auto IV, California Sen. Leland Yee issued a press release warning that the game is M rated and should not be purchased by kids. He also claims that GTAIV may have some obscene content by relating the game to the GTASA hot coffee. Read more

April 23, 2008 (Wednesday)

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IGN watermark found on Wii Okami's box art; Capcom makes limited-time offer for replacement
The recent release of Okami on the Wii was not without goofs. Apparently, some IGN-watermarked art was used to make the cover. The offer and instructions on instructions on how to redeem it are in the linked blog entry. Read more

April 22, 2008 (Tuesday)

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PlayStation Home Delay
Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai reports that the PlayStation Home Closed Beta will expand to Summer 2008. The reason for this is to develop a more quality service product. Read more

April 21, 2008 (Monday)

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Mortal Kombat vs DC
The next Mortal Kombat game is going to feature characters from DC comics versus Mortal Kombat characters. Characters will not be having fatalities, a trademark in the Mortal Kombat series. Read more

Metal Gear Online Beta postpond
Konami's server recently was overloaded because of high traffic. So they have decided to postponed Metal Gear Online until they get a stable server. Read more

April 18, 2008 (Friday)

US study shows video games do not cause violence
Adam Sessler interviews Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl Olson's study on video games which cost $1.5 million dollars from the US government. The two researchers interview kids and found no evidence for crimes. They also said that psychologist studies are only on short term and measure a excitement response which goes away fast. The condition for psychologist studies are done in lab environments which poorly simulate real world situations. Playing video games are a marker of social competence. People who don't play games at all are at risk because of their social relationship. The researchers also have published a book called Grand Theft Childhood. Read more

April 17, 2008 (Thursday)

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Quake Live needs play testers
In February 2008, Id Software and IGA announced Quake Live, a browser-based 'freemium' multiplayer version of the classic shooter. Testers will be given access to the QUAKE LIVE website and game, and also report feedback to developers. Read more

April 15, 2008 (Tuesday)

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Battlefield Bad Company gets release date
Battlefield: Bad Company is being released on June 23. The game was under controversy when EA annouced that special weapons were available for purchase via Xbox Live or in the special Gold Edition of the game. EA now says that the weapons will be unlockable in the normal version and the gold edition will only have behind the scenes and the making of the game. Read more

April 10, 2008 (Thursday)

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Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Limited Edition
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Limited Edition will only be available at GameStop. Konami also announced that a presell program which will offer a Metal Gear Saga Vol. 2 DVD while supplies last at selected stores Read more

April 9, 2008 (Wednesday)

Iron Man Trailer
Iron Man has a new trailer out. The trailer shows off game play cinematic and some of the gameplay mechanics. The game is based on the Iron Man movie and will come out on May 2 for various ports. Read more

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Games for Windows Magazine ceases print publication
As part of the debt-reduction strategy mentioned earlier, Games for Windows: The Official Magazine, previously known as Computer Gaming World will become an online-only publication. Read more

April 8, 2008 (Tuesday)

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New Trailer on GameTrailer
This friday Insomniac Games and Sony Computer Entertainment are going to be posting trailers for Resistance 2. Other trailers that will be shown are Soul Calibur IV, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Read more

April 7, 2008 (Monday)

Legend of Zelda Manga Gets English Release
The Legend of Zelda Manga written by Akira Himekawa will be released in English on October 7, 2008. The series trace the Ocarina of Time story line and will be published by Viz Media. Read more

April 2, 2008 (Wednesday)

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Sony phases out the SIXAXIS in favour of DualShock 3
Sony has confirmed that the SIXAXIS controller is no longer being manufactured. A Sony rep was quoted as saying "Sixaxis will no longer be offered after it's completely sold through at retail (likely by the summer timeframe)". Read more

New Study: Game Violence Makes Players Less Angry
292 male and female World of Warcraft players, aged between 12 and 83, were given a questionnaire on anger, aggression and personality. The participants then played the game for two hours and completed the survey yet again. Results report that individuals more likely to feel calm or tired after playing Read more

April 1, 2008 (Tuesday)

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Ubisoft joins Steam
Valve and Ubisoft is now teaming up to provide games on steam. Read more


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