Tomorrow kicks off the official beginning of Activate Asia 2008, I’ll be live blogging everything that is live bloggable so if there are any important bits of information it’ll be up on the live blog straight away.

Things should kick off at about 9am (NZ Time) so if you are at work and need something to take your mind off the ten minutes of hard slog that you’ve already had to endure so early in the week, then just stop by for a quick look.

img_3367(1) Someone at Addict Gaming snapped the photo on the right at PAX.  The writer theorises that it might be the expansion pack that has been hinted at lately.  Or something… Who knows.  It shows the version of the game as being 1.2. We are currently at 1.1, but this may just include the title update which is coming in September as it is running on a Dev System.  Curiously it only has Multiplayer options, no Campaign.  Feel free to speculate. 

The early stages of marketing for this very anticipated title are starting to come through, first the box art announcement and now a bundle appearing on a French eTailer site. The bundle is set at a price of 399,99 Euro and includes the 80GB SKU along with a copy of LittleBigPlanet in an appropriately themed box.

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The standard 80GB PS3 is also retailing at the same store for 399,99 so the decision for new comers to the current generation of Playstation consoles would be rather simple to make. This takes LBP one step closer to becoming the next Mario.

Toshiba Digital Camera For every Nintendo fan in New Zealand there was an equally distraught voice of concern about how their favourite gaming company’s console and titles were being handled. With Monaco ending their relationship with the big N and then with Softprint dropping into liquidation (oh and not marketing the products at all) people were left a little mystified about how the best selling console in the world could end up like this in a corner of the world.

Well, in steps NintendAu (our lovely bastardised term for Nintendo of Australia) with what seems to be the answers to our prayers. They released a press release yesterday saying that as of Monday (the 1st of September) they will be taking over the distribution and marketing of their products into NZ. What this means is an abundance of titles and products, and also marketing. Your eyes are not deceiving you, they are planning on dropping a marketing bomb into New Zealand. So expect to see Olivia Newton John training her brain and Hamish Blake (from Rove) learning how to cook with Cooking Guide on our TV soon. Hit the break for the full press release.

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15586_normal With all the upcoming elections (well…NZ and the US at least), the Battlefield guys have joined in and opened up their upcoming map pack DLC to the  voting public. The map pack will consist of four maps, two chosen by the guys at DICE, and two chosen through this voting process.  By heading over to the Battlefield: Bad Company website, you can vote for one out six levels from the singleplayer campaign to be turned into a multiplayer map.  And guess what, this DLC will once  again be FREE.  Go do it while it counts.

Originally planned to release on Haloween, EA have announced that the release date has now been brought forward due to finishing before expected.

Dead Space will now be coming to stores on October 24th for the PLAYSTATION3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360™ videogame and entertainment system, and October 31st for PC.
The decision to bring it to fans earlier was due to completing the game early. Having spent months of polishing, it will soon be ready.

4-4b There has been a fair amount of “Halo 4” rumour mongering going on over the last week.  Consider this a recap.  The October issue of the Official Xbox Magazine started things off with a rumour that Gearbox is developing Halo 4 as a launch title for the next Xbox (known on the Internet as the Xbox 720).   In February of this year Randy Pitchford, big boss of Gearbox Software put an interesting snippet in a job advert.

“I’ve started a new project. It’s big. It’s, like, look-at-our-line-up-and-imagine-something-even-bigger kind of big. I’m Directing it myself. I can’t mention it publicly yet. When you find out what this is, you’ll likely agree that I can’t oversell this one.” 

Gearbox have brought Halo CE to PC, have done the Brothers in Arms series, and is currently working on Borderlands. 

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Today sees the release of a few new bits and bobs on the Playstation Store, first up is The Last Guy, coming in at $11.50 the Google Earth meets PacMan rescue game is actually rather good value. Also released today is the latest expansion pack for Warhawk, Operation: Fallen Star. The new expansion includes a rocket pack as well as a new map, the Tau Crater battlefield, it will set you back $11.50. EA have released a Demo for NHL09 which is 1064MB (free) as well as Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 for the PSP at $34.90.

Last week also saw Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty made available for $29.95 as well as a new set of Buzz Questions to test your knowledge of the natural world.

Not quite 10 but definitely more than 5, shooting for mediocrity, that’s us all the way. This weeks podcast features a pre-emptive look at an upcoming battle of the keyboards, talk of robots of asian origin and probably most importantly some family friendly hard core christian rock.

Also, I am probably not the last guy, but imagine how the chicks would dig me if I was.

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tolove_milk I’ve got a name for being able to find out about random titles you’ll never play, mainly because they’re Japan only titles. Normally these kind of titles would be limited to PC gamers in Japan, but, with the inclusion of a touchscreen, the DS seems to be getting just as bad. I’ve mentioned Doki Doki Majo Shinpan that involved you having to touch up school girls to see if they’re witches or not, and the other DS title that has you touching up school boys to see if they’re male witches…. but this one really does try to push even more limits.

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