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Sony exec: Ten-year lifespan for the 'PlayStation Networked' PSP

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348w ago - In an interview, a Sony exec admitted the 'PlayStation Networked' PSP has "probably suffered" due to a high reliance on third-party content which is no longer appearing on the PSP as regularly as previous years."

"We need to revitalise the developer community to get behind PSP," said Zeno Cola├žo, VP of publisher and developer relations for Sony Europe.

"One of the issues when you rely on a business model that relies on 25 per cent games from Sony and 75 per cent from other publishers is that if they start to refocus, you can't recover that space because you don't have the internal capacity, so we've probably suffered from that," he stated.

"Our sales for PSP is over 37 million units, which is huge, particularly when you take into account the level of third-party sales there are for PSP compared to DS."

"So from my perspective, what's important is we continue to tell publishers and developers that there's an opportunity to make money on PSP, which is something that will become apparent over the next two years as the network services are developed," said Colaco.

He also stated that with support of the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Network, the company hopes the handheld will enjoy a ten-year lifecycle.

"We definitely have the ambition for it to...
 

Ubisoft confirms no stealthy Assassins 2 this year

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348w ago - Filed under both the "frowny face" and "umm, duh?" news categories is confirmation from Ubisoft that there will be no Assassin's Creed sequel releasing in 2008.

Laurent Detoc, the uber rich president of Ubisoft North America, told Forbes that "there's no new 'Assassin's Creed' this year, despite its sales success," but that "when we bring it back, there will be more anticipation for it."

And even though you're semi-sad about the news, it isn't like you expected to be assassinating in 2008 anyway... right? Don't kid yourself kiddo.
 

Animal Crossing for Nintendo Wii - Game of the Year?

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351w ago - Anyone who has played the Nintendo 64, Gamecube or DS version of Nintendo's prized Animal Crossing series will know that they are some of, if not the, most addictive games you will ever play.

Wild world on the DS has gone on to sell eight million copies globally since launch and becomes one of the DS's best selling games. When Nintendo confirmed that a Wii version of the game was in the works the excitement started to build so we compiled a list of what we at pwnamon would like to see in the game... and why it will be Game of the year.

Multiplayer
Wild world included a 4 online multiplayer mode. You could run around the town in free-roam and do whatever you wanted. It was great fun, and we at pwnamon hope that Nintendo build on this. Four players was fun, but if Nintendo cranked this up to eight, or even sixteen, players this could become the Wiis biggest game.

With parties, clan meetings, customisation of the house and characters, this could become the Wiis answer to home, and already with an eight million install base of Animal crossing players, this could quite easily outsell it.

Towns
In all the previous titles the towns have been quite roomy, but still quite small. If Nintendo are going to push for multiplayer, as we suggested, then a bigger town is a must....
 

19 year-old Gamer becomes Mayor of Oklahoma town

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352w ago - Voters in Oklahoma made history by electing a 19-year-old college kid as their mayor.

The AP reports that John Tyler Hammons, the University of Oklahoma freshman, trounced 70 year-old Hershel McBride to become the mayor of Muskogee, Oklahoma, making it the first city in the nation to be governed by a self-admitted gamer.

But while he could own any of his peers at Halo 3, the fresh-faced leader is turning his sights on cleaning up the town's politics by establishing an independent ethics commission and locking down campaign finance reporting.

"I'm sure the (city) council will work with me on these issues," he said. "I campaigned on this, and this is something I intend to push."

Tired of the same old political shenanigans, the townsfolk are backing their new man.

"He doesn't have the baggage. He doesn't owe anybody anything," said cafe owner Gary Armstrong. "It's sort of a fresh start for Muskogee."

Best known as the subject of country legend Merle Haggard's 1969 hit "Okie from Muskogee," the unassuming city of 38,000 is considered the archetype of virtuous, small town America, a "place where even squares can have a ball."

And now, so can gamers.
 

Dragon Quest IX coming this year; Agito XIII may be cancelled!

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353w ago - Square Enix held a shareholders meeting two days ago which discussed the financial status of the company during fiscal year 2008.

Game Watch have posted an article that gives us more in-depth details on what was said:

- Wada says Dragon Quest IX is coming this fiscal year, but the game still doesn't have a release date. He also said the DS is a great choice for the game, and thinks it may sell up to 10 million copies.

- Wada says that due to 3 billion yen in losses, the company has cancelled a "revolutionary mobile development". The project is rumored to be Final Fantasy Agito XIII or Parasite Eve 3.
 
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