Dragonball Z Lawsuit

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OCT. 31, 2007 • FUNImation served Atari with a notice to terminate its Dragonball Z licensing agreement. The former alleged Atari breached the licensing agreement, which the publisher disputes. As Atari continues to distribute its Dragonball Z games, negotiations are under way with FUNImation to work out a temporary compromise to satisfy both parties while ...Continue Reading

Metal Gear Solid 4 Delayed

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OCT. 31, 2007 • Konami announces that the release of the PS3-exclusive Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, was being pushed back from the first quarter of 2008 to the second quarter. A need for further improvements in the quality of the game was cited as the reason for the delay in release. Impact: ...Continue Reading

GameStop’s 5,000th Store

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OCT. 24, 2007 • GameStop opened it store number 5,000 in Jackson, Calif. The retailer expects to end 2007 having opened up to 550 locations worldwide between the U.S. and 16 other markets. Impact: GameStop has clearly become the leading game retailer by consolidating several specialty chains.  More importantly, GameStop has focused on bringing game stores ...Continue Reading

Cheaper Xbox 360′s In Japan

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OCT. 22, 2007 • Languishing in third place behind the Wii and the PS3 in Japan, Microsoft lowered the price of the 20GB Xbox 360 Pro to ¥34,800 ($304)  from ¥39,795 ($348). The Core version was lowered from ¥29,800 yen ($261) to ¥27,800 yen ($243).  The reduction follows Sony's similar move with the PlayStation 3 ...Continue Reading

EA Considers India Studio

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OCT. 22, 2007 • After paying over $800 million in cash and stock to acquire VG Holdings (BioWare and Pandemic Studios) on Oct. 12, at a promotional event in South Mumbai 10 days later,  Electronic Arts reveals that a potential future development studio in India is being considered. The same week EA  told investors that ...Continue Reading

Toshiba Buys Cell Fab Unit

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OCT. 18, 2007 • Confirming reports in the Japanese business press, Toshiba agreed to acquire controlling interest in Sony's Cell processor fabrication facilities, as well as another line that produces image processing chips – both of which are used in the PlayStation 3. The deals provide Sony with cash, reported to be ¥100 billion ($856 ...Continue Reading

On Top of Tools With Autodesk

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OCT. 17, 2007 • Autodesk was founded in 1982 by John Walker in Marin County, Calif. On a corporate level Autodesk is one of the largest U.S. based software solution companies in the world with total revenue of $1.8 billion in 2007. Carl Bass, the current President and CEO of the company, took over in 2006 ...Continue Reading

Wii Music in Development

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OCT. 16, 2007 • Nintendo confirms that Wii Music is in development and will ship in 2008. The game is slated to use the Nunchuk and Wii mote to control up to four musicians simultaneously, with the CPU controlling additional band members in single-player mode. Up to four players can work together, with 40 instruments ...Continue Reading

Japanese Women Play Wii & DS

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OCT. 10, 2007 • Thanks to it line-up of accessible games and lifestyle titles, Nintendo Co. Ltd. said that in Japan  51% of Wii users and 53% of DS players are women. Five days later the gamemaker attained market valuation of ¥10 trillion ($85 billion), almost triple the value since launching the Wii a year ...Continue Reading

360 Component Upgrade

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OCT. 9, 2007 • The San Jose Mercury News reports that production Xbox 360s will not receive another motherboard upgrade until the third quarter of 2008. At the time, a more efficient graphics chip from ATI, plus smaller memory chips, will be used. The changes are expected to further reduce heat issues, plus lower the ...Continue Reading