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Submission + - Blue Laser Costs Coming Down; Could PS3 Price Cut

njkid1 writes: "Sony is ramping up blue laser diode capacity for its Blu-ray players much faster than we anticipated, and the costs are coming down. A price drop on the PS3 this year is starting to seem more and more likely. Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter tells GameDaily BIZ that PS3 could cost 100 dollars less by mid-year. The Blu-ray drive in the PlayStation 3 has been a source of much contention among industry observers. The inclusion of Blu-ray in the PS3 is one of the main reasons the console is being sold for $600. But as with any product, economies of scale should help to eventually bring costs down. 1&ncid=AOLGAM000500000000025"

Submission + - Violence on the Wii (Manhunt 2 gets you stabbing!)

techtakeaway writes: "Nintendo have always been keen to promote their child-friendly image, with their cutesy characters and games that arent throroughly based on violence, like many PlayStation titles. But this family image seems to have taken a sudden turn with the release of the Wii, Nintendo are keen to compete with Sony & Microsoft — and by doing so, they have succumbed to having a bit more violence in their games.

The original Manhunt game, released in 2003 on the PlayStation 2, was an incredibly dark, violent affair, you become a man who is being hunted for sport — and to survive you must murder people in horrible ways. The upcoming sequal, Manhunt 2, is making its next-generation debut on the Nintendo Wii, but is it right that people will be physically acting out their in-game murders with their Wii-mote actions?

Pressing a button which stabs someone in the game may be one thing, but what about with the Wii's control method, people will be thrusting their Wiimotes in a stabbing action, bashing people round the face with crowbars, strangling people, and otherwise acting out violent scenes in their living rooms with the innocent white controller.

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PlayStation (Games)

Sony Rejects PS3 Price Cuts 187

Despite hopeful comments by analysts, Sony has gone on the record (again) saying that it has no plans to cut the PS3's pricetag any time soon. Next Generation reports: "'PS3 prices and shipment plans for the future should be determined by market trends and competition. Sony currently doesn't have any specific plan to cut the PlayStation 3's price.' Analysts believe a price cut is inevitable, as the company struggles to catch Microsoft's early lead with Xbox 360, and the $250 Wii continues to sell as many as can be produced. However, Sony's plan has generally been to hold tight and hope that demand for Blu-ray drives will increase, by the end of this year." Relatedly, the company has outlined releases for the second quarter of this year on the PS2, PS3, and PSP systems.

Submission + - Survey Says: Videogames Don't Cause Violence

beef623 writes: A recent survey conducted in England indicates that video games don't lead to violence after all.

The Board, which classifies up to 300 games a year, concluded that for gamers "The violence helps make the play exhilaratingly out of reach of ordinary life."

But it added "Gamers seem not to lose awareness that they are playing a game and do not mistake the game for real life."

Not surprisingly though, 2 out of the 3 story highlights CNN lists twist the context of the story to try to say otherwise.
XBox (Games)

Submission + - Xbox 360 Data Transfer Hard for Elite Upgraders

adam_sd writes: "Seeing as how Microsoft doesn't think anyone will upgrade their current Xbox 360 to the new 120GB HD/HDMI-enabled Elite model, they are not planning to include their Data Transfer Cable with the Elites. This is causing some hassle for current 360 owners who are looking to upgrade, even on Microsoft's official forums. Microsoft has provided few answers, and seems to have forgotten to share even those with their support staff."

Submission + - PS3 Supports PSX Titles, Adds Rumble

fistfullast33l writes: "Overnight Sony has released firmware updates for the PSP (version 3.40) and PS3 (version 1.70). PS3 Fanboy has most of the details of the update, which includes support for PS2 devices, including rumble in some cases. IGN has a more detailed report on the ability to download, play, and save PSX games on your PS3 and transfer them to your PSP. Apparently the Sony store won't have these updates until 4/26. The PSP update includes support for this feature and that's about it. No word on whether currently downloaded titles will work next week, however Sony apparently has stated that not all PSX titles will support this feature. IGN also has pointed out that the update currently is only available in Japan, and no word of it is mentioned on the North American PS3 Update Site."

Submission + - Top 10 DS games on the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection

marcellizot writes: "The DS Wi-Fi service is an extremely popular feature of Nintendo's portable console with almost every new release incorporating some sort of online option. Handheld gaming site Pocket Gamer has started tracking DS Wi-Fi traffic to find out who's playing what and when. Handy for those looking to find opponents for their chosen titles and for taking advantage of quieter periods when the network is less crowded."

Submission + - STEAM Hacked, Credit Cards stolen

3Y3 writes: "DailyTech is reporting that VALVe's STEAM system has been hacked into by a hacker known only as "MaddoxX", who has wasted no time gloating and publicly releasing internal information, such as credit card numbers, on the anti-Steam website No-Steam."
The Media

Submission + - Jack Thompsons Blames Microsoft for VT Shooting

strwrsxprt writes: Jack Thompson is leeching off of the coverage of the latest school shooting tragedy at Virgina Tech, once again blaming violent videogames for all of America's problems. His latest directed attack is against Microsoft with an open letter addressed to Bill Gates. Game Almighty has obtained a copy of the letter, but here's a quick sample:
"Mr. Gates, your company is potentially legally liable the harm done at Virginia Tech. Your game, a killing simulator, according to the news that used to be in the Post, trained him to enjoy killing and how to kill. You knew five years ago that your on-line game, Counterstrike, so clearly figured in the massacre by a student in Erfurt that the event and the game impacted the race for Chancellor in Germany at the time!"
First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - Jack Thompson's lies dissected

An anonymous reader writes: Anti-violence crusader Jack Thompson appeared before the cameras of Fox News in the wake of the incident at Virginia Tech. Brian Crecente of Kotaku has written an editorial busting no less than seven lies told by Mr Thompson to the camera about the links between violent video games and school shooters.

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