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Posted by moonhead on Dec 4, 2007
Gaming News 4th December

Gaming News 4th December

EA No Longer The Biggest Publisher.

Just weeks after EA’s boss said that he did not think there would be anymore big deals between games companies comes the shocking news that Activision and Vivendi have merged to form Activision Blizzard. The merger has made them the biggest games publisher dethroning Electronic Arts. The power shifting shock of a deal is said to be worth $18.9 billion. If you look at the name of the new company you can see what Activision were after and that is the World of Warcraft cash cow. But other IP’s Activision now have their grubby little mits on from Vivendi are Crash, Spyro, F.E.A.R and Timeshift and from Blizzard you have Starcraft, World of Warcraft and Diablo. Blizzard have stated that they will be retaining their artistic independence which is likely as Activision will only be to glad to sit back and watch the cash roll in. In all I think the increased competition will be a good thing for the industry and its about time somebody challenged EA’s dominance.

Xbox 360 Autumn Update Today.

Xbox 360 live subscribers who turn on at around 10:00am today will find the autumn dashboard update download automatically for free. This update is adding loads of new features these are as follows-:

Xbox Live Originals– Old Xbox original titles will be available for download for 1200 Microsoft Points each.

Inside Xbox– A new Xbox news update service beamed direct to your Xbox 360 keeping you up to date with the latest Xbox news like release dates and upcoming games.

Xbox Live Arcade Hits – The live hits program means Live Arcade titles that have sold well and been available for while will be available at a new budget price. The first titles up are Bankshot Billiards 2 and Lumines Live now down to 800 points and also Marble Blast Ultra, Small Arms and Zuma Deluxe now down to 400 points.

Enhanced On-line Profile – You can now add more personal details about yourself if you so wish by adding a bio in addition to your gamer motto. This can be restricted to just your friends list or the whole of Xbox LIve.

Expanded Friends Lists Access – You will now be able to view the Friends lists of any Friends already on your Friends list, and be able to add other like minded people to your list. 

Enhanced Parental Controls – The family timer will be added which we covered sometime ago which you can read about here. 

New Video Features – The added convenience of full-screen movie previews and enhanced video codec support, further expand the options when it comes to the Xbox 360 entertainment experience.

Easier Navigation Features – The usual tidy up of the available content will take place. There will be added descriptions for content plus new game store and video store and enhanced visuals buttons making it easier to find what you want.

Microsoft have also said there will be even more features but have not said that we will have to wait till we download it. So here’s hoping for the full Video Marketplace finally allowing us to download HD films and TV content like the americans have been able to for months.  

Gamespot Editor Apparently Kane and Lynched.

I know this story is a bit late in coming but it had to be commented on. Gamespot’s senior editor Jeff Gerstmann has been saked by his employers. Rumours are circulating that the reason for his sacking is directly linked to his review of IO Interactive’s and Eidos’s game Kane and Lynch in which he rated the game as 6 out of 10. Gamespot have been heavily promoting this title with a whole host of adverts on the site and it is rumoured that it is this link that has got Gerstmann the sack. Owners of Gamespot, CNET have stayed very quiet over the matter other than to say they celebrate Gamespot’s unbiased games reviews. An unamed Eidos insider has said that the publisher had nothing to do with Gerstmann’s firing and you can read more about this here. Jeff Gerstmann himself has said that he is devastated by the whole affair but will say no more (possibly due to a future legal case I presume). There a whole load of other rumours doing the rounds regarding this story but something definitely smells fishy and will do the supposed unbiased  word of game journalists no good. Rest assured though that here on Game4Anything we firmly believe in being unbiased and impartial so if we think something is crap or good we will always tell you the truth.  

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2 Responses to “Gaming News 4th December”

  1. I’m excited to see the original Xbox titles being rolled out, but for 15.00 bucks each?
    Thats not exciting at all.

  2. moonhead says:

    Could’nt agree more Sean, we will have to hope common sense prevails and the price comes down eventually. I am really looking forward to catching up on some of the games I missed first time round though with Psyconauts up first I think.

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