The Spanish Game Market

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AUG. 31 , 2007 •  Spain is a medium sized country of about 42 million people, or the same population as the West Coast of the United States. There are two major international cities: Madrid, traditionally the seat of government, and Barcelona, traditionally the seat of business interests. Spain is a melting pot of cultures and ...Continue Reading

The Habbo Phenomenon

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AUG. 31, 2007 • Second Life may be getting enormous mainstream press, but when it comes to virtual worlds the real action is in products targeted towards a younger audience that has been weaned since birth on not only games, but social networking and the instant communication of the mobile phone/IM era. Habbo, produced by ...Continue Reading

Xbox 360 Software

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AUG. 31, 2007 • In the console hardware battle one of the key distinguishing features is software that is exclusive to a particular platform. Therefore, DFC Intelligence is taking a close look at the software development efforts of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. This month we are focusing on the Microsoft Xbox 360 and titles being ...Continue Reading

60GB PS3 Inventory Depleted

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AUG. 29, 2007 • Sony Computer Entertainment of America confirmed that its inventory of 60GB PlayStation 3s had been exhausted, with all available units having been purchased and shipped to retailers. Similarly, SonyStyle.com was telling consumers that it had exhausted its inventory of PS3s, and was recalling available units from its store locations to fill ...Continue Reading

Wii Fastest-Selling Console in UK

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AUG. 29, 2007 • According to research firm Chart Track, the Wii has become the fastest-selling video game console in U.K. history, reaching 1 million units sold in 38 weeks. The sales performance was 11 weeks faster than the PlayStation 2 took to reach 1 million units sold, and 22 weeks faster than the Xbox ...Continue Reading

Win Vista Bug Fix in 2008

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AUG. 29, 2007 • Microsoft confirmed it intends to release the first service pack for the Windows Vista operating system during the first quarter of 2008. The release – which includes bug fixes, security updates and added functionality – is important because companies traditionally wait until after the first service pact to upgrade to a ...Continue Reading

Burning Crusade Cleared In China

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AUG, 28, 2007 • Blizzard's Chinese partner The9 announced that the release of the Burning Crusade expansion to World of Warcraft in China was finally set for Sept. 10. The hold-up was reported to be because of censorship by the Chinese government. Although reviews of games usually take one month to complete, the government has ...Continue Reading

Sony Develops Bio Battery

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AUG. 23, 2007 • Sony says it has developed a prototype battery that runs on sugar. The bio battery is environmentally friendly and can generate enough current to power a music player plus its speakers. In addition, the casing of the battery is constructed from a vegetable-based plastic. The unit is 1.5 inches square, and ...Continue Reading

PS3 Gets DVR Features in Europe

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AUG. 23, 2007 • European PS3 owners will get TiVo-like recording functionality early next year. The PlayTV device will be sold separately, and incorporates both the pausing and recording of television signals. PlayTV also supports transferring recorded TV content to the PSP for viewing outside the home. Pricing was not announced. Sony said it had ...Continue Reading

Red Cliff MMO

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AUG. 20, 2007 • Director John Woo's next film, The War of the Red Cliff, will spawn a companion MMORPG. The movie is scheduled for release in 2008 in two parts and revolves around an important 3rd Century battle that forms the centerpiece of the classic Chinese novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Beijing Perfect ...Continue Reading