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Activision Swallows Bizarre Creations

Activision Swallows Bizarre Creations
In what could be a serious blow to Microsoft’s exclusivity on the popular Project Gotham Racing franchise, developer Bizarre Creations is no longer an independent player. The UK development studio was gobbled up by Activision today. Plans are to keep the Liverpool, England studio completely intact, along with its 160 staff members.

Xbox Gets Crammed Inside an NES

Xbox Gets Crammed Inside an NES
Ah, the good old Nintendo Entertainment System. Like a hermit crab’s shell, its been modded to hold everything from DVD players to complete PC systems. Now an enterprising young modder going by the name of xmod4u has managed to stuff an original Xbox inside the case of the classic 8-bit NES console. The system is filled with a modified Xbox console, upgraded with an 80GB hard drive and an X2Lite Modchip, so it can run homebrew games, media players and emulators.
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PGR4 Ready for Release, Vehicle List Announced

PGR4 Ready for Release, Vehicle List Announced
The latest in Bizarre Creations’ critically-acclaimed racing series is officially “in the can”. Project Gotham Racing 4 has gone gold, and is off to production for us to get our grubby little hands on in the very near future. In addition to announcing this major milestone, Bizarre also released the (massive) final list of vehicles in the game, and it doesn’t disappoint. Class A Aston Martin DBR9 Caparo T1 Ducati 999R Xerox Ferrari FXX Ferrari F50 GT Gumpert Apollo Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 Koenigsegg CCX Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT Mclaren F1 LM Mercedes CLK-GTR SuperSport MV Augusta F4 Senna Panoz GTR-1 Coupe Radical SR9 LMP2 RUF Supercar Concept Saleen S7 Twin Turbo SSC Ultimate Aero TT Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa Ltd Suzuki GSX-R1000 Toyota GT-One Class B Ariel Atom 300 Supercharged BMW K1200R Dodge Viper Competition Coupe Ducati 998 Ducati Monster S4RS Testastretta Ferrari GTO Evoluzione Ferrari Enzo Ferrari Harley Davidson VR-1000 Honda CBR600RR Jaguar XJ220S Joss Supercar Lamborghini LP640 Maserati MC12 MV Augusta Brutale 910 R Pagani Zonda F Palmer-Jaguar JP1 Radical SR3 Turbo RUF RT12 Suzuki GSX-R600 Ultima GTR Yamaha YZF-R6 Class C Aston Martin DBS BMW M1 Procar Callaway Sledgehammer Caterham R500 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Dodge Viper GT-2 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Ferrari F430 Ferrari F40 Ford GT Honda NR750 Lamborghini Concept M Lamborghini Gallardo Lotus Exige GT3 Mclaren-Mercedes SLR MTT Turbine Superbike Rossion Q1 RUF CTR Yellowbird RUF RGT Triumph Speed Triple TVR Typhon Class D Aston Martin V8 Vantage Aston Martin Vanquish S Audi R8 BMW F 800 S BMW M5 E60 Chevrolet ZR1 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE Ferrari 355 F1 GTS Ford GT40 MKI Honda NSX-R Lamborghini Diablo VT 6.0

Xbox 360: a Space Odyssey

Xbox 360: a Space Odyssey
Has your Xbox 360 ever overheated? Do you dread the three Red Rings of Death? Have I got a t-shirt for you. Inspired by the demented HAL9000 computer from the classic science fiction flick, 2001: A Space Odyssey, it shows the inimitable RRoD symbol along with the saying “I’m afraid I can’t let you play that, Dave.”

Xbox Mini: a Great Unfinished Masterwork

Xbox Mini: a Great Unfinished Masterwork
Some guy over on the Xbox-Scene forums started to work on what will hopefully one day be the finest Xbox casemod of all time. The Xbox Mini case that he fabricated is a thing of beauty, reducing the ugly black behemoth that was the original Xbox into a svelte little package. Modder ghostavel used computer-aided design to put together the minimalist gloss black case.

Microsoft Working on Massively Multiplayer Fps Tech

Microsoft Working on Massively Multiplayer Fps Tech
The gaming world is full of MMORPGs, games that feature interaction of hundreds or thousands of players. However, these games usually don’t put them all in the same place at the same time, and don’t have hundreds battling each other at the same time.

Rock Band Song List Makes Me Want to Jam

Rock Band Song List Makes Me Want to Jam
Electronic Arts has started to circulate a list of 30 tracks that are currently on the playlist for their upcoming multiplayer music game Rock Band. The list includes a number of classic rock tracks, but also offers up some great alternative and more edgy tunes.

Sony Edits Halo 3 Wikipedia Entry, Slams on Graphics

Sony Edits Halo 3 Wikipedia Entry, Slams on Graphics
You’ve gotta love this. Apparently some dirty little troll over at SCEE (Sony Computer Entertainment Europe) has been sneaking around over at Wikipedia and edited Microsoft’s Halo 3 entry. Back in April, the SCEE poster added the small notation “Although it wont look any better than Halo 2” to the listing, implying that the game’s graphics won’t live up to the Xbox 360’s potential.

Pgr4 Intro Video Looks Amazing: Get Ready to Race!

Pgr4 Intro Video Looks Amazing: Get Ready to Race!
The gang over at Gamersyde shot this video showing off the beginning of Project Gotham Racing 4 for the Xbox 360.   After looking at the gorgeous in-game screenshots that Microsoft released the other day, I was starting to get excited about this upcoming racer.

Halo 3 Gone Gold, on Track for Sept 25 Release Date

Halo 3 Gone Gold, on Track for Sept 25 Release Date
Bungie today confirmed that Halo 3 has gone gold. In other words, the game is done, complete, finito and in the can. After three years of design, development and testing, the latest installment in Microsoft’s FPS juggernaut is ready for the world. The game will absolutely, positively make its planned release date of September 25th, just a little less than a month from now.

Life Sized Master Chief on Ebay

Life Sized Master Chief on Ebay
If you’re looking for a serious conversation piece, check out this 7-foot tall statue of Halo’s Master Chief that someone has for sale over on eBay. I guess Microsoft made a very limited number of these to promote Halo 2 when it came out.

Ear Force X3 Headset for Serious Xbox Live Gamers

Ear Force X3 Headset for Serious Xbox Live Gamers
While Microsoft bundles a headset for Xbox 360 online gameplay, it would be an understatement to say that the sound and build quality is a bit sketchy. So what’s a heavy-duty online gamefreak to do? Turtle Beach may have the answer with their Ear Force X3 headset for the Xbox 360. You won’t be fooling around with these puppies around your ears.

Xbox 360 August 2007 Update Problems

Xbox 360 August 2007 Update Problems
[UPDATE: It appears that the problems with the update and Xbox Live Marketplace have been corrected as of about 11:30 Central Time this morning.] The latest Xbox 360 System Update appears to be causing major problems for gamers today.

Xbox 360 Price Cut a Done Deal

Xbox 360 Price Cut a Done Deal
Just moments ago, Microsoft announced that the price on the Xbox 360 product line has dropped across the board. This confirms all of the earlier reports that have been rumored for quite a while now. All consoles in the Xbox 360 line will get the cut starting on Wednesday, August 8th, with the Premium dropping to $349.99

Halo 3 Co-Op Mode Supports Up to 4 Players

Halo 3 Co-Op Mode Supports Up to 4 Players
Bungie today confirmed that Halo 3 will not only support online cooperative play, but that it will support up to four simultaneous players in the same game. The game will support up to four players in Campaign mode on either Xbox Live or System Link, helping you to get through the toughest battles in the game with the assistance of your online buddies.

Xbox 360 Price Cut This Month

Xbox 360 Price Cut This Month
There’s been a ton of speculation about a price cut for the Xbox 360 over the last few weeks. With all sorts of scans of forthcoming retail ads starting to pop up the last couple of days, it’s looking more and more definitive.
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