Saturday, October 11, 2008

The week in games: October 6-10, 2008

A selective summary of what happened in the world of videogames this week, for anyone who doesn’t religiously follow the newsfeeds. I've picked out one news story per (working) day, with links to either the original or the most interesting source for further reading.

Monday 6 October
DSi will be region-locked
Unlike the current DS Lite, the original DS and the various Game Boys before it, it seems that Nintendo's new handheld won't play games bought outside its home region. Bad news for any Brit who travels to the US, where games are cheaper and more titles are released or indeed anyone who has the language skills to play original Japanese games. This won't apply to current DS games, only those made specifically for the DSi.

Tuesday 7 October
FIFA 09 tops the charts
It’s not out in the US for another week, but here on football's home turf, it's sold 37.5% more than last year, making it the fastest-selling version ever. And it's had some pretty decent reviews, too, despite the fact that games press (including the Rough Guide to Videogames) has long preferred Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer series.

Wednesday 8 October
Blu-ray player for Xbox 360?
Having opted to back the wrong horse with Toshiba's HD DVD format, Microsoft were widely reported to have sourced external Blu-ray drives for the Xbox 360, in an original tech story that covers some of the reasons for their original choice. The rumour was swiftly denied by Microsoft.

Thursday 9 October
New Halo game announced
Microsoft’s keynote speech at this year's Tokyo Games Show included the announcement of a new Halo game, the Bungie-made Halo 3 Recon, a self-contained expansion that precedes Halo 3, and one in which you play as a marine, not Master Chief. It's due out in the second half of 2009. Amongst other revelations was the fact that Xbox Live membership has topped 14 milllion. has an interview with Bungie about the game.

Friday 10 October
Videogame shop managers find a new hardware source
From the British weekly trade mag MCV comes the story that GAME store managers have been snapping up bargain Wiis and Xbox 360s in their local Sainsbury’s supermarkets, to resell in their own stores. This helps them to offer their customers "choice, good value and . . . the best possible availability going into the Christmas period".

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