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Argos re-stocks GameCube after price cut

Major UK catalogue and Sigh Street retailer Argos has re-introduced Nintendo's GameCube to its range several months after dropping it, with newspaper advertisements promoting the console at its new price point. Argos had initially dropped the GameCube earlier this year after deciding that sales of the console were not high …
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GameCube outsells PS2 in US after price cut

Nintendo has shot to the top of the class in America, with the GameCube outselling Sony's PlayStation 2 by 20 per cent to become the best selling home console in the US last week following a price reduction in late September. According to a statement from Nintendo of America, the Cube was the second biggest selling console in …
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EU rejects Sony PS2-is-PC claim

Shock of the week - your games console is, in fact, a games console. The European Union has officially branded the PS2 as a games console rather than a computer, in a move which foils Sony's plans to claim back millions of euros of customs duty by having it reclassified as a PC. Sony has been fighting to have the system …
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New edition PS2 comes to the UK

The new edition of the PlayStation 2 hardware, the SCPH-50000, which offers improved DVD playback, is set to arrive in the UK this week at the same time as Sony cuts the price of the PS2 to £139.99. The new revision hardware features a built in infra-red port and better DVD playback quality, including surround sound decoding, …
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Nintendo braves Chinese pirates with iQue player

Nintendo is set to become the first of the current games platform holders to launch a games system in China, with a new console sporting strong anti-piracy systems set to arrive next month. The new platform, called the iQue Player (and dubbed the "Nintendo Compact" elsewhere, although we're not sure where that title came from …
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$100m Grand Theft Auto lawsuit threatens to become class action

Publisher Take-Two Interactive may face a class action from purported victims of the Grand Theft Auto games, as the family of a man killed by boys allegedly influenced by the game prepare to file a $100 million lawsuit. As we reported earlier, the case arises from an incident where two boys, aged 16 and 14 years old, opened …
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O2 set to offer N-Gage for £99

Mobile network provider O2 is to subsidise Nokia's N-Gage down to £99.99 as a limited offer, which will see users signing up to a monthly tariff of between £20 and £50. The offer is available only to those who sign up to O2's Pay Monthly Online Tariff before midday on October 6, the day before the N-Gage launches worldwide, and …
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Microsoft launches new Xbox Live Dashboard

A number of key upgrades to the Xbox Live service have been rolled out in the past few days as part of a low-key automatic update to the Xbox Dashboard system. Originally promised some months ago, the upgrade - being referred to as Xbox Live 2.0 - offers significant Live functionality right on the Dashboard, with the ability to …
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EA throws weight behind PS2 Online

Electronic Arts is to provide a major boost for Sony's PS2 online service, with four of its biggest EA Games label titles set to support online play over the network adapter kit. The publisher, which has notably refused to provide any serious degree of support for the Xbox Live service following disputes with Microsoft over the …
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Hands-on: Nokia's N-Gage

Review The road to being a platform holder in the games industry is never an easy one. Altogether too many times in the past, consumer electronics companies have entered this industry with plans of dominance, and then run off with their tail between their legs - Matsushita's M2 never saw the light of day, Philips' CD-I decks were an …
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Grand Theft Auto in the dock over US road killing

Videogames are on trial yet again in the US, as the family of a man killed by teenagers who shot at passing cars on a freeway file a lawsuit against Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two. The two teenagers - William and Joshua Buckner, 16 and 14 years old, respectively - opened fire on vehicles on the Interstate 40 highway in …
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PS2 and Xbox to see price cuts – in weeks

gamesindustry.biz logo Both Sony's PlayStation 2 and Microsoft's Xbox are set to see price cuts in the coming month as the battle for Christmas sales dominance kicks off earlier than ever - with both companies also planning a range of other promotions. The PlayStation 2 price is set to be cut to £129.99 in the UK within the …
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PS3 will play PS2, PSone games. Official

Sony Computer Entertainment boss Ken Kutaragi has confirmed that the PlayStation 3 will feature backwards compatibility with the PS2 and PSone, ensuring continued support for older software formats in the new hardware. Speaking to Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, Kutaragi-san attributed some of the success of the PS2 to the …
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New PS2 set for UK launch next month?

Online reports indicate that Sony's updated version of the PS2, featuring a built-in infrared receiver and improved DVD playback functions, will be released in the UK next month in a choice of black and silver colour schemes. The new model was launched in Japan several months ago, and is expected to arrive in the US shortly. The …
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Lik-Sang settles mod chip case out of court

Former online retailer Lik-Sang International has settled a case brought by Sony out of court, undertaking to cease trade in any copyright circumvention devices and paying an undisclosed compensation sum. The company, which formerly operated the popular online game retail site Lik-Sang.com (now under new ownership and unaffected …
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Nintendo GameCube follow-up not due until 2006?

A report in a Japanese business magazine has suggested that Nintendo may release its next home console later than expected, although the company still plans to be first to market in the next-generation console race. Speaking to business publication Diamond Loop, a Nintendo executive is quoted as saying that it is "not an …
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MS takes mouse wheel into second dimension

Microsoft is planning to add 'tilt-wheel technology' (TWT) to its popular range of computer mice, the company has announced, in a move which is sure to have significant connotations for hardcore PC gamers. TWT adds another axis of scrolling to the ubiquitous mouse wheel, allowing users to move left and right by tilting the …
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Microsoft unveils Live Web

Microsoft has announced more perks for US Xbox Live players. They can now look forward to "Live Web", which lets them see which games their friends are playing, view stats and scoreboards and download content via a special website. Microsoft recently confirmed plans to debut "Live Now", its new Dashboard with Friends list and …
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Nintendo to announce ‘new game product’ in spring

Nintendo will reveal details of a "new game product" in spring next year, president Satoru Iwata has told a Japanese news conference while discussing the Kyoto-based firm's ongoing business strategy. This would tie in with what he told Reuters earlier this year about launching a next-generation console in 2005 or 2006, and …

IBM gets AS/400 running on PSone

gamesindustry.biz logo Hackers may have oiled the rails for Linux fans eager to run their favourite Penguin-fronted operating system on Xbox, but that's nothing compared to IBM's latest in-house project: running the OS/400 enterprise operating system on a humble PSone. It sounds unlikely, but according to Dr. Frank Soltis, …
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Bumper Q1 masks Nintendo GameCube gloom

gamesindustry.biz logo Nintendo shrugged off the gloom surrounding the underperforming GameCube to post first quarter net profits of £59.1 million (11.5bn Yen) for the three months to June 30 2003, buoyed by stellar Game Boy Advance console sales, foreign exchange rate gains in Europe and the well timed re-emergence of the …
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Nintendo warns importers over Advance Wars 2

gamesindustry.biz logo Nintendo of Europe continues to warn retailers of potential legal action over the importing of Game Boy Advance titles, with the firm now targeting those selling US versions of Advance Wars 2. Earlier this year, the company issued legal threats to a number of retailers who were selling import versions …
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Wireless link for Sony PSP

gamesindustry.biz logo Speaking to developers in Tokyo today, Sony Computer Entertainment president Ken Kutaragi confirmed that the PlayStation Portable will come equipped with wireless networking functionality. According to a report on Bloomberg, Kutaragi-san told the meeting of developers and publishers that the device will …
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Microsoft rethinks Japanese Xbox tactics

gamesindustry.biz logo With less than 500,000 Xboxen thought to have been sold in Japan since the console launched last year, and Tecmo's Dead or Alive-based titles the only games to top 40,000 units, Microsoft is starting to take the situation over there very seriously. Speaking at a press conference this week, Peter Moore …
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Games firm sues Eminem for fraud

gamesindustry.biz logo Los Angeles based Conspiracy Entertainment has filed a lawsuit against rapper Eminem claiming that the entertainers management company is guilty of fraud and breach of contract over a potentially lucrative game licensing deal. According to the suit, Eminem's agents - Cousins Entertainment and Bravado …
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GX buys CIX, XTML LTD

GX Networks has bought two telecoms operations from Telenor for £1m in new shares. They are Compulink Information eXchange Ltd, better known as CIX, now an ISP and once the nearest thing the UK ever got to The Well; and XTML Ltd, a business to business web hosting outfit. The businesses are loss-making and had collective …
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SEC probes games industry accounting practices

The Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States has begun a probe into a number of accounting practices in the games industry, with Acclaim, Activision and THQ all confirming that they are under scrutiny. The three publishers were notified of the probe earlier this month, according to Reuters, and have been asked to …
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Latest Xbox figures revealed

gamesindustry.biz logo Software giant Microsoft has announced its financial results for the quarter and financial year ended June 31, revealing firm figures for the global installed base of Xbox and its targets for the coming year. By the end of the financial year, Microsoft had sold 9.4 million Xbox consoles worldwide - far …
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PS3 memory rumour mill turns again

gamesindustry.biz logo In the quest to guess what's going to go inside the PlayStation 3, the most useful sources of information so far (aside from Sony's own rumblings about the Cell microprocessor) are the companies contracted to make memory chips for the console. Once again this week the memory makers appear to have done a …
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Of Infinium's Phantom

gamesindustry.biz logo More information about the rather publicity-shy Phantom console has been unveiled, revealing that the system is indeed a Windows PC designed to download PC games securely over a broadband connection. A lengthy article on tech news site Newsforge suppliers considerable detail about the system and its …
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Let's do PS3 launch… in 2005

gamesindustry.biz logo A late 2005 launch date for the PlayStation 3 looks increasingly likely today, with confirmation from Elpida that it will be beginning production of memory chips for the console early that year. Earlier this year, Elpida was officially named as the memory supplier for the PS3, with the company set to …
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Thailand imposes curfew on online gaming

gamesindustry.biz logo Authorities in Thailand are set to impose a strict curfew on online gaming which will see access to online game servers blocked between 10pm and 6am every day, with Internet cafes also facing curbs to their business hours along the same lines. The move, which is a trial measure set to run from July 15 …
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Consumers not ready for online gaming – Nintendo

gamesindustry.biz logo George Harrison, Nintendo of America VP of marketing, has hinted strongly that Nintendo will not be rolling out any online strategy in this generation of hardware, although the company is looking into it for N5. In an interview with the Puget Sound Business Journal, Harrison commented that "we just don' …
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Hacker group releases software-only Xbox mod details

gamesindustry.biz logo Free-X, the Xbox hackers who were at the heart of the controversial attempt to extort a signed Linux boot loader for the console from Microsoft, claim that they have now released details of their software-only Xbox security exploits. Earlier this week, gamesindustry.biz reported on the group's claim to …
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Nintendo's Yamauchi speaks

gamesindustry.biz logo Former Nintendo chairman Hiroshi Yamauchi has given an interview with Nihon Keizai Shimbun, with the legendary industry veteran giving his views on a wide range of topics with his trademark bluntness. It's over a year since Yamauchi retired from Nintendo, and was replaced by current chairman Satoru …
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Xbox prices axed in Asia (except Japan)

gamesindustry.biz logo All of the Asia-Pacific territories where Microsoft sells the Xbox, with the sole exception of Japan, have seen the price of the console and its software slashed this week in an attempt to compete more strongly with the PS2. In South Korea, the Xbox console sees a price cut of just over 10 per cent, …
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Sony to demo Cell by March 2004

gamesindustry.biz logo Development on Sony's Cell microprocessor continues apace, with SCE boss Ken Kutaragi promising a shareholders meeting in Tokyo that demonstrations of the technology will happen within the current financial year. In fact, rumours from within the Japanese electronics industry suggest that the first Cell …
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Lik-Sang founder speaks out on Nintendo court case

gamesindustry.biz logo Following last week's triumphant announcement by Nintendo that it had won a victory over Hong Kong based mail order retailer Lik-Sang, one of the company's founders, Alex Kampl, has spoken publicly about the ruling. We were also contacted this week by Pacific Game, the company which took over the …
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Nintendo wins Lik-Sang piracy case

gamesindustry.biz logo Hong Kong based Lik-Sang, a mail order company which distributes videogame software and hardware worldwide, has lost a crucial court case brought by Nintendo over the sale of devices which could copy Game Boy software. The ruling in the High Court of Hong Kong sees Lik-Sang ordered to cease distribution …
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Of the Playstation Portable

gamesindustry.biz logo A host of new details about Sony's forthcoming PlayStation Portable (PSP) console have been revealed by SCEE president Chris Deering at a summit in London, including software pricing details and the company's view on the Game Boy Advance. Games for the device will be released on Sony's new Universal …
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Infighting killed Sony's first games handheld

gamesindustry.biz logo PlayStation Portable (PSP) is not the first time that Sony has developed a handheld gaming system, it has emerged, with a Japanese business publication revealing details of the company's one-time plans to release a portable platform in 2000. According to the report, which appeared on the Nikkei BP news …
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Cube protection cracked by pirates?

gamesindustry.biz logo Hackers working on breaking the copy protection systems employed by Nintendo's GameCube have caused a stir by posting binary images of several Cube games to the Internet - but their claims are more than slightly exaggerated. Several sources reported yesterday that online piracy group "StarCube" has …
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HK firm builds portable Dreamcast

gamesindustry.biz logo A Hong-Kong based manufacturer is producing a portable version of Sega's discontinued Dreamcast console, featuring a built in LCD monitor and speakers - but many importers are refusing to stock the machine as it infringes Sega's copyrights. The system, sold under the name Treamcast (we're not entirely …
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Video games sales take wing

gamesindustry.biz logo Video games sales will grow to $35.8 billion a year by 2007, fuelled by major advances in online gaming thanks to broadband, and in wireless gaming thanks to new mobile phone technologies, according to PricewaterhouseCooper. It forecasts an 11 per cent compound rate, significantly ahead of the growth …
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N-Gage boss slams GBA

gamesindustry.biz logo Nokia's head of entertainment and media, Ilkka Raiskinen, has attacked Nintendo's GBA in today's Dow Jones, accusing the system of failing to appeal to adult demographics, and has revealed some details of the development business model for N-Gage. "GameBoy is for 10-year-olds," Raiskinen is quoted as …
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Microsoft pledges to cut Xbox costs

gamesindustry.biz logo Microsoft has "aggressive plans" to reduce the cost of goods sold in its Xbox division as part of a broad cost management exercise, CEO Steve Ballmer says. As it stands, Microsoft makes a significant loss - thought to be over $150 - on each Xbox console it sells, and the Home and Entertainment Division …
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US court rules against restrictions on violent games

gamesindustry.biz logo The IDSA is celebrating a ruling by a federal appeals court in the USA which has overturned a Missouri law restricting the sale of violent games to minors, claiming that it is a key victory in its ongoing fight against censorship legislation. The law, which was adopted by St Lous County in October 2000 …
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Xbox 1.5 rumours gather speed in Japan

gamesindustry.biz logo A number of Japanese magazines are reporting that Microsoft is moving ahead with plans to release a redesigned Xbox, dubbed "Xbox 1.5", which will come in a significantly smaller case than the original model. Weekly magazine WAM has reported that the new system will be launched alongside the MMORPG True …
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Sony announces UK PS2 online details

gamesindustry.biz logo The PlayStation 2 will finally go online in the UK on June 11 as the Network Adapter kit arrives at retail, priced at £24.99, with two multiplayer-enabled titles available at launch and several more to come. The official launch of the service follows several months of consumer trials, which Sony …
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IOMO buys Covert Operations

gamesindustry.biz logo UK mobile games developer IOMO has acquired mobile gaming studio Covert Operations for an undisclosed sum in one of the first internal consolidation moves within the mobile development sector in the UK. The deal will see all of Covert's staff being relocated to IOMO's studios in Eastleigh, Hampshire - …