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2008-07-10 09:00:37

FOSTER CITY, Calif. and LONDON, July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced a partnership with Double Fusion to deliver dynamic in-game advertising on PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)). Double Fusion will leverage its expertise, technology and sales force, working with publishers and advertisers to create effective marketing programs for brands targeting PS3's coveted gamer demographic. "PS3 is open for the ad...

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2008-05-08 11:50:00

The release of "Grand Theft Auto IV" exceeded sales expectations, reaching more than $500 million in first week sales, and topping week one sales of Microsoft Corp.'s "Halo 3" on opening day alone.Take Two-Interactive Software Inc. said it sold about 3.6 million units when the game hit shelves on April 29, bringing in $310 million. "Halo 3" took in about $300 million during its opening week last fall.The game has also inflated sales of Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony Corp.'s Playstation 3....

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2008-05-07 13:15:00

Kaz Hirai, president of Sony Computer Entertainment, believes the PlayStation 3 will be the leading console and will help Sony reclaim its position as the leading games console maker.Hirai said the PS3 would overhaul rivals Nintendo and Microsoft within its 10-year lifecycle.PlayStation 3 sales in Europe have passed those of Microsoft Xbox 360, but North American sales continue to lag behind. Globally, Nintendo's Wii console is the number one next-generation machine. Sony is engaged in a...

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2008-05-02 11:10:00

Consumer reaction to the recent release of Rockstar Games' "Grand Theft Auto 4," may result in a change in ranks among popular games on the popular online service Xbox Live.Since Xbox Live's premiere, it has been rare to see non-first-person shooter games at the top of the list of its most played games. Games such as "Halo 3" and "Call of Duty 4" have maintained a strong constant following of faithful gamers, but the new inclusion of "Grand Theft Auto 4" is posing a threat to their...

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2008-04-28 11:25:00

As the release of the final chapter of Rockstar Games' popular video game series Grand Theft Auto nears, critics and fans have already set high expectations for its sales figures.The game has already received highly favorable reviews from critics, and it is expected to break the $300 million global first-week sales figure, currently held by Microsoft for its release of "Halo 3 last September.Previous volumes of the video game series have sold more than 70 million copies worldwide.UK-based...

2006-08-09 17:35:16

LOS ANGELES -- Rockstar, the maker of best-selling video game series "Grand Theft Auto" said on Wednesday it would launch in October "Bully," a game with themes of school fighting that has anti-violence critics up in arms. The game's main character is 15-year-old Jimmy Hopkins, who must defend himself against school bullies at a fictional U.S. boarding school called Bullworth Academy, while dealing with characters ranging from nerds and jocks to authoritarian prefects. Weapons included...

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2006-06-14 17:45:00

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday told lawmakers it supports the video game industry's self-regulation of violent content but said too many U.S. children are still able to buy Mature-rated games in stores. The U.S. video game industry, with revenue rivaling Hollywood box office sales, is at the center of a cultural war over racy and violent content in some titles. Lydia Parnes, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, told a House Energy and Commerce...

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2006-06-09 06:29:30

SAN FRANCISCO -- The adult entertainment industry is on the verge of making online gaming sexier at a time when mainstream publishers are fighting a political and cultural war over erotic content. The controversial topic will be the subject of a conference in San Francisco on Thursday, where many of the growing industry's big names will gather. "This is the newest industry and the oldest industry in the world coming together," said Jezebel, a telephone sex business owner and operator of the...

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2006-05-04 19:56:09

LOS ANGELES -- "The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion" video game will not be recalled, but will be relabeled to reflect a stricter "mature" industry rating, Bethesda Softworks, the game's developer and co-publisher said in a statement on Thursday. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) on Wednesday revoked its "teen" rating on the title. It cited excessive gore and an art file in the game's PC version that can be modified with a third-party download that lets players change file settings...

2006-03-21 10:10:00

NEW YORK -- Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday said it plans to boost shipments of its Xbox 360 video game console by "two to three times" this week to address shortages that have crimped game sales across the industry. The software giant's game console is widely viewed as a crucial product that underscores its commitment to play a big role in delivering entertainment and media in the living room. Initially, Microsoft hoped to sell 2.75 million to 3 million consoles in the first 90 days after the...