Homewreckers! MOUNT UP!
Attack of the Show is up to some mischief today and there's never been a better time to be a PlayStation 3 owner. We're going to do our best to rally a flash mob in Home Beta today live on the show.
So, get on your PS3, make your download, create an avatar and join us in The Mall at showtime (7pm ET, 4pm PT). You'll need to join one of 2 clubs we've set up as AOTS Kevin or AOTS Olivia. We'll add you right before we're ready to go live from Home.
We just might crash it and wouldn't that be a good time for everyone?
Homewreckers! MOUNT UP!
Our Joe Lynch is a very lucky individual. Last week, he was invited by Warner Bros. to check out the Blu-Ray edition of The Dark Knight, which is in stores today. Not only did he get a preview of the Batman-y goodness, but he also got to try out a new bonus feature on the disc, which will allow fans to provide their own commentary for you to watch, to make your film experience different every time.
Using only a webcam hooked up to your Blu-Ray player, you can stream video of yourself talking about The Dark Knight, which you can then upload using BD Live, so that others can watch. And, yes, the PlayStation 3 will support this feature, as well, so grab a webcam and start talking, bub.
As the U.S. economic crisis continues its downward spiral, it's no surprise that the financial crisis should also be affected worldwide.
Japan's economy is no exception.
By 2010, Sony will cut 8,000 jobs, or 4 percent of its global work force. Its focus is to reduce its overhead by $1.1 billion annually.
To further cut costs, several plants will be closed; investments in electronics will be cut by 30 percent; and some of Sony's work will get outsourced to lower-cost countries for electronics production.
That is but one of the more cleverly named titles of the music included on the official soundtrack for EA’s Dead Space. Available for download from both Amazon and iTunes, the game’s official soundtrack album packs in a frightening amount of music from the space-based horror shoot-em-up. But how does it hold up when listened to away from the game? Fast forward through the jump for more.
Alright, so maybe we shouldn’t start off a game soundtrack review with re-opening the whole “Vikings are better than (fill in the blank) debate, but, let’s face it, the truth is, Vikings rule. While the game Viking: Battle for Asgard came out earlier this year, its accompanying soundtrack album only recently dropped. Is it worth a listen, even if you didn’t play the game? Grab your horned helmet and read on.
Today's flamebait article relates to how fast a game gets tossed to the bargain bin at retailers. According to a study from Electronic Entertainment Design and Research, Nintendo Wii titles are the fastest to have their publisher's price-per-unit cost dip.
Typically when a retailer gets games delivered to them cheaper, they drop the price so that the consumer is more tempted to make the purchase, meanwhile they maintain their mark-up percentages. When the average selling price of a game drops by 20% for 3 consecutive months, this is called "price protection."
The study showed that "Over 7.5% of Xbox 360 and 9.09% PS3 third-party published titles go into price protection early. The Wii, however, nearly doubles the Xbox 360 and PS3s average at 15.1%... This disparity on the Wii reinforces concerns that the market has had with third-party publishers developing successful titles on the Wii," explained EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich.
Take that, Wiifans, wherever you are! Today's flamebait post is brought to you by The Xbox 360.*
Ubisoft purchased Massive Entertainment last week after Activision Blizzard put it up for sale.
The studio that made World in Conflict will help Ubisoft tap into the MMO market.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said, "Our goal there is to go first with light MMO's. They have been extremely popular for a long time in China, but are also coming to the U.S. and Europe, generating lots of good revenue."
Other MMO projects in the works for Ubisoft include one based on upcoming film by James Cameron called Avatar; and a Tom Clancy MMO (World of Tom Clancy's Six Ghost H.A.W.X. of EndWar Splinter Cells is due out in 2009).
It's interesting to note that Ubisoft is the only publisher among the heavy hitters that does not have an MMO, whereas its competitors like EA and Activision, with games like Warhammer Online and World of WarCraft, respectively, are doing better than well.
We all know that the Xbox 360 will be getting the function eventually, but thanks to the program PlayOn, PS3 users can do the same.
Through an update, PlayOn can stream Netflix movies, in addition to YouTube, ESPN, Hulu and more videos to PCs, PS3s and even 360s--although it would be obsolete in a few months due to the Xbox update. If you're interested, you can check it out for free for 60 days, then if you're really digging the device, you can go ahead and purchase it for $30.
If you're still in the market seeking a reasonably priced Blu-Ray player for your HD set-up (but hesitant in purchasing a PS3 for some reason), then you may want to consider Sony's S350 Blu-Ray player. The machine pumps out full 1080p resolution, Dolby TrueHD signals and upscales DVDs to 1080p. Oh and now, it's only $299.99.
The S350 also supports BD-Live, but an ethernet plug is necessary as it doesn't support a wireless connection. Initially launching with a $399.99 price tag, the S350 is now the first Sony branded Blu-Ray machine to be cheaper than the PS3. But for an extra 100 bucks, you could get an excellent gaming machine on top of the Blu-Ray playback. Your call.
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