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Posted by famousfivenz On November – 30 – 2009

Kiwis may be able to access Television New Zealand’s Ondemand online television service through the PlayStation 3 from early next year.

TVNZ spokeswoman Andi Brotherston confirmed that the broadcaster would make an announcement about an “exciting partnership” with PlayStation 3 manufacturer Sony in the new year, but would not elaborate on what New Zealanders could expect.

The broadcaster was forced to release a statement after Sony announced on a blog that on-demand television websites from various countries would be accessible through the internet-connected game console, and displayed the TVNZ Ondemand icon.

The icon was promptly removed from the blog, triggering a flurry of speculation online.

The deal with Sony would let people catch up on TVNZ programmes on their television sets rather than their computers.

Sony confirmed earlier this month that it would not launch its popular PlayTV service in New Zealand this year.

The service would let users record Freeview high-definition programmes to a PlayStation 3 through an electronic programming guide and play them back on television. [stuff]

Posted by famousfivenz On November – 30 – 2009

There may be slim pickings for gaming in December, and this – according to analysts who wear suits and sit in nice big offices – can be put down to the Modern Warfare effect. In other words, only publishers brave enough, or with good enough games, would dare challenge Infinity Ward’s cold hard grasp on the gaming dollar this Christmas. And though the pickings are slim, there are still 4 worthy contenders that would make me put down Modern Warfare 2. Those contenders are…. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by famousfivenz On November – 28 – 2009

As a teenager growing up, I often enjoyed the button mashing experience of the early editions of Tekken on my old Playstation (the first). It was a good way to kill some time with some mates. So when I hear that Tekken 6 is due to be released – on Xbox 360 as well, I got a little excited. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by otenic On November – 27 – 2009

In a post on the Official Battlefield l blog DICE let the sad people of the PC world know that the Public Beta for the game has been moved till early 2010.

So this means it is still only available on the PS3 & Xbox 360 will not be getting a beta at all, instead having to wait until the demo is released early next year.

We wanted to update you, and slow the flood of tweets, on questions surrounding the BFBC2 PC Beta being cancelled.  I’ll get right to it and say “the BFBC2 PC Beta is not cancelled”.  Now this all started due to changes made to an earlier blog that removed the PC Beta from the details and the reason for this was the plan changed. With the huge success of the PS3 Beta we decided to drastically increase the PC Beta’s capacity to insure as many people as possible could participate.  Unfortunately this meant we had to delay the Beta to very early next year giving us more planning time to make it happen and implement more optimizations.

Here is a recap of the current PC features, and we can now confirm DX11 support with more details to come later!

PC Enhanced Features

  • Up to 32 Players on PC (24 on consoles) – Play with up to 32 players online in the biggest multiplayer Maps in Battlefield. Each with a different tactical and gameplay focus set across a variety of environments.
  • Full DirectX 9, 10 & 11 Support – Immerse yourself in the Battlefield world as Frostbite engine brings tanks, helicopters and explosions to vivid life on your PC. The game will fully support Windows XP, Vista, and 7 with new tech that further improves things like lighting and shadows.
  • Enhanced Gameplay The PC version also includes wide peripheral support like Joysticks for flying, NVIDIA 3D Vision, Logitech LCD Keyboards and VoIP Support plus a variety of specific features tailored for PC play.
  • Friend Support – Find your friends online with the new buddy list to see if and who is online so you can quickly join their game.
  • Dedicated Ranked Server – Everyone gets non-stop action with no connection penalties based on some other player’s internet. Ranked Server Provider program will give players opportunity to rent their own server(s) located in professional grade datacenters, ability to modify settings like map rotation, create reserved slots for friends or clan members, kick & Ban players, and custom name your ranked server.
  • Clan Support & Private Servers – Independent Clan Tag, and ability to rent servers for hosting and controlling private password protected competitive servers with expanded control over the settings from public ranked servers.
  • PC Squad Play System – Updated from previous Battlefield PC titles now gives control of your squad before heading into combat.


Posted by famousfivenz On November – 26 – 2009

Posted by famousfivenz On November – 26 – 2009

We all know the Call of Duty franchise is popular, but just how popular? So popular that its DLC alone could rake in more money than many other games make in their entire retail shelf life. According to Broadpoint AmTech analyst Ben Schachter, downloadable content for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 could generate up to $140 million for Activision in 2010 (via IndustryGamers).  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by famousfivenz On November – 25 – 2009

In a statement to AU GameSpot, South Australian Attorney General Michael Atkinson said he plans to appeal Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s MA15+ rating in the region. If successful, the game will be banned in Australia and this would be Atkinson’s first time intervening on a rating by the Classification Board. Atkinson explains, “I worry about any game that encourages gamers to perpetrate extreme violence and cruelty on screen, but this game allows players to be virtual terrorists and gain points by massacring civilians.” Those points for killing civilians aren’t the only ones Atkinson is missing.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by famousfivenz On November – 25 – 2009

Poor zombies. By hungering for nothing so much as our brain matter, they’ve turned themselves into the most widely-slaughtered video game villains after Nazis and spiders. Now a start-up developer called Undead Labs is taking the zombie genre to the next logical step with a currently untitled zombie-based MMO made specifically for consoles.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by famousfivenz On November – 25 – 2009

With the latest XBox Live updates, Microsoft proved that they were serious about making headway into the world of the home digital hub. This time they were putting their gaming console into the foray, taking the worlds best gaming machine and making it better. The inclusion of Facebook and Twitter didn’t excite me, but the inclusion of films on demand, even if you have to lower your standards and accept the installation of the dreaded Zune software. Not that the software is anything bad, but when Microsoft launched the Zune music player I promised myself I’d never have anything to do with it.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by famousfivenz On November – 24 – 2009

It seems like Activision has decided to change the game plan a little bit after the stunning success of Modern Warfare 2. We all know that 2010 is Treyarch’s year with the possible Call of Duty: Vietnam. The game will play on the successes of the Japanese levels of World at War. Expect lots of jungle fighting, and hopefully a little bit of tunnel exploration.

Now comes the real news, there will be no Modern Warfare 3 in 2011. Nope. Activision’s third Call of Duty team are working on a new franchise based on Modern Warfare’s Ghost character. This will be the main game from the CoD series in 2011. We’ll have to wait till 2012 to see what Infinity Ward have up their sleeves, be it Modern Warfare 3, or some thing completely different, no one know yet.  Read the rest of this entry »

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