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THQ Cleaning House And Closing Studios?
Posted By: Raymond Padilla - Monday, November 03, 2008 4:56 PM

According to Wired's Game|Life, THQ is rumored to be shutting down five of its internal development studios. Wired claims:

"The official developer list has been removed without warning, replaced with a list that includes 5 fewer studios than the previous version. Presumably we'll hear some official confirmation on THQ's plans when the publisher reveals its quarterly financial reports this Wednesday."


THQ's critics point out that the company's recent offerings have been weak outside of its successful WWE and Nickelodeon games. An uneven portfolio combined with current economic conditions make this a tough time to be releasing risky titles, especially original franchises. It'll be interesting to see what announcements are included in THQ's financial report on Wednesday.


Tags: Videogames
'Guitar Hero World Tour' Launch Trailer
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Tuesday, October 28, 2008 5:08 PM

Activison brings musical revolution to the multiplayer rhythm game genre with the extravaganza that is Guitar Hero World Tour. In this launch video, artists and developers chime in with what they feel GHWT has going for it to make it a success.  

Available now for the Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, and Nintendo Wii... what's your favorite feature of the game?

Guitar Hero World Tour Launch Trailer

Retailers Out Of Space For Fake Instruments
Posted By: John Manalang - Wednesday, October 22, 2008 1:10 PM

Although retailers appreciate the amount of business music games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band bring in, they present logistical problems when dealing with hundreds of thousands of units.

According to reports, retailers have been lashing out against instrument peripherals for consoles due to the amount of space they take up on their shelves. Less shelf space means less product and less product means less revenue.

One company, XS Games is taking a different approach. They developed a small peripheral that attaches to the Wiimote for their Wii version of their new music game, PopStar Guitar. The PS2 version will ship as software only, but will be compatible with all existing PS2 guitar peripherals. The game is expected to release later this month.

Wal-Mart was reportedly pleased at this approach as it means they can fit more product onto the shelves during the busy shopping season leading up to the Holidays. We think this only further emphasizes the need for full compatibility between instruments.


'Street Fighter Alpha' 2, 3 To PSN?
Posted By: John Manalang - Tuesday, October 21, 2008 12:38 PM

Thanks to ESRB ratings, PS3 fighting-game fans might get a double-dose of classic titles with Street Fighter Alpha 2 and 3 for the Playstation Network. Both titles were spotted under the ESRB's listings for the PS3 and PSP systems, where the titles could appear as "Playstation Classics".

Street Fighter Alpha landed on the Playstation Network this recent August. Thanks for the news tip, Marcus.


Tool Gets Unique 'Guitar Hero World Tour' Gameplay Presentation
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Monday, October 20, 2008 11:37 AM

Visionary rock band Tool wasn't content with just appearing in Guitar Hero World Tour. They wanted their contribution to be unique and artistic. Check out the below vid where the band explains how they merged visionary high art with rock for Guitar Hero World Tour.

Guitar Hero World Tour takes the stage October 26th on the PS2, PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360.

Guitar Hero World Tour Tool Vignette

'Force Unleashed', Wii Take September Sales
Posted By: John Manalang - Thursday, October 16, 2008 4:06 PM

LucasArts's action title, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, made an incredible debut, leading software sales in the month of September 2008 according to the NPD Group. Meanwhile, the Nintendo Wii swapped spots with the DS last month as the top selling console.

Hardware (units):

  1. Nintendo Wii - 687,000
  2. Nintendo DS - 536,800
  3. Xbox 360 - 347,200
  4. Playstation Portable - 238,100
  5. Playstation 3 - 232,000 (*corrected)


  1. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Xbox 360)
  2. Wii Fit
  3. Rock Band 2 (Xbox 360)
  4. Mario Kart Wii
  5. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (PS3)

The Making Of 'Lego Batman'
Posted By: John Manalang - Friday, October 10, 2008 2:23 PM

Developer Traveller's Tales gives the inside look on how the pieces were put together in their latest action title, Lego Batman.

Find out how the Dark Knight became everyone's favorite plastic crusader through the minds of the developers themselves. Lego Batman, published by Warner Bros. Interactive, is now available for the Nintendo DS, Wii, PSP, PS2, PS3, PC, and Xbox 360.



'Prince Of Persia Classic' Leaping To PSN
Posted By: John Manalang - Friday, October 10, 2008 9:00 AM

Jumping from one platform to another, Ubisoft's Prince of Persia Classic will be available at the Playstation Store later this year. First arriving on the Xbox Live Arcade, Classic brings in HD visuals, new modes and new challenges to the amazing 1989 title.

Meanwhile, Prince of Persia's next-get debut will be this December 2 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC consoles.

'Guitar Hero: World Tour' DLC Announced
Posted By: Stephen Johnson - Thursday, October 09, 2008 8:08 AM

The eternal battle between full-band music games continues! Activision announced their plans for launch day downloadable content for Guitar Hero: World Tour today. Here's what you'll be able to download when the game comes out on the PS3 and 360 on October 26th:

Classic Rock Track Pack

  • "Rock and Roll Band" by Boston
  • "Hot Blooded" by Foreigner
  • "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield

On October 30th, the following tracks will be available:

R.E.M Track Pack

  • "Horse to Water,"
  • "Man-Sized Wreath"
  • "Supernatural Superserious"

The R.E.M. pack will be an Xbox Live Marketplace exclusive for two weeks, then heads over to the PlayStation Store.

If you are looking forward to the previously announced Wii downloadable content, keep waiting: No word yet on when that will happen. If you're waiting for the PS2 downloadable content, sorry, buddy, don't think it's going to happen.

Tags: Videogames