Late Night Consoling

By Alec Matias, Dec 06, 2004 8:00pm PST

While some sites are trying to catch up and are still posting impressions, it appears GameSpot is the second site to go live with a review of Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. They're not as generous as IGN, giving it an 8.5 out of 10, and are a bit more vocal about the negatives of the game. If you're one of the few lucky gamers to have picked this up a day early, please spoiler tag story elements no matter where you discuss the game; LNC or the latest chatty, but do please share your impressions.

PS2 Erased Memory Card? Here's a Free Game! A couple weeks ago, gamers who tried to play the Viewtiful Joe 2 demo on the Playstation Underground demo disc were subjected to a nasty glitch that erased all the data on their memory card. In an attempt to make it up to those victims, Sony is allowing gamers to trade-in the defective disc for a free copy of a game on a select list of titles. The list isn't that impressive, but it does include Sly 2: Band of Thieves and Hot Shots Golf Fore! View the link for the full list.
SEGA Yuji Naka Has a Little Sonic in Him It appears the father of Sonic The Hedgehog has a little of 'Sonic' inside himself. The gaming legend not only creates games based around fast and twisting gameplay, he also enjoys hitting the race track from time to time. Back in mid-November, Naka was a guest racer in the Kumho Tyres Lotus Trophy in Tasmania. Although he was nowhere near the leader of the pack, he did turn in some laps that were only a second behind the top three racers. Check the link for a couple photos.
PS2 Xbox Prices on Sega's 2K Sports Games On the Rise? Reuters is reporting that the $20 sports games from Sega and Take-Two may not last forever. Executive Vice President Cindi Buckwalter said, "We continue to evaluate pricing. When the next-generation hardware comes out, we do expect to introduce the sports products at premium prices." Does that mean next year's line-up will still sell at a reduced price? We'll just have to wait and see.
Xbox Mega Man Anniversary Collection Coming to Xbox Due to its excellent sales on the PS2 and GameCube, Capcom has decided to port over the Mega Man Anniversary Collection to the Xbox. Since its release, it has sold over 500,000 copies. Todd Thorson, marketing director of Capcom Entertainment, said, "We are positively overwhelmed by the strong demand for the collection and anticipate its continued success at retail."
NDS Strides Made in Quest to Take the DS Online Gamers are an impatient group of people. Instead of waiting for Nintendo to take their DS platform online, they started doing it themselves. The major player in this underground movement is TeamXlink, who already have some stuff in the alpha stages, getting the Metroid Prime: Hunters to work over the 'net. There's also a student who has been able to find a way for the DS to download from his PC, yet has nothing to send it.
PS2 Xbox Big Mutha Truckers Gets a Sequel Here's a surprising stat; Big Mutha Truckers sold over a million copies. Because of that popularity, THQ has gone ahead and signed off on development of a sequel for the PS2 and Xbox. Still being developed by Eutechnyx, Big Mutha Truckers 2: Truck Me Harder! is set for a summer 2005 release, where players will race for money to afford an attorney for their tax-evading mother in jail and to bribe jury members. I think I'm going to go lay down now...
  Misc. Media/Previews
PS2 GamesAreFun hosts some high-quality images of Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerebus.
Xbox Last time I'm linking to impressions of Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (Game Informer)! Get 'em while you can! TeamXbox has a breakdown on Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade. They also have some assets for Jade Empire and footage of Chicago Enforcer.
GCN IGN does a whole hands-on dealie with Resident Evil 4. Game Informer does as well. GamesAreFun posts some images of Donkey Konga: Jungle Beat.
PSP N-Gage Both IGN and GameSpot has some hands-on time with the PSP. GameSpot has a hands-on impression of WWE Aftershock (NG) and media for both SSX Out of Bounds (NG) and Splinter Cell Chaos Theory (NG).
PS2 Xbox GCN IGN has a progress report on Mercenaries (PS2, Xbox) and some hands-on impressions of The Punisher (PS2, Xbox). They also slap up more images for TimeSplitters: Future Perfect (PS2, Xbox, GCN).
Console Game of the Evening: Way of the Warrior for the 3DO. "A White Zombie soundtrack and tongue-in-cheek fatalities made WotW a fun fighter to hold over new 3DO owners." (submitted by sinistarfith).

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  • It's official: Sony + Nvidia for PS3 GPU, two years in the making.

    Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and NVIDIA Announce Joint GPU Development for SCEI's Next-Generation Computer Entertainment System

    TOKYO and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sony
    Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) and NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today
    announced that the companies have been collaborating on bringing advanced
    graphics technology and computer entertainment technology to SCEI's highly
    anticipated next-generation computer entertainment system. Both companies are
    jointly developing a custom graphics processing unit (GPU) incorporating
    NVIDIA's next-generation GeForce(TM) and SCEI's system solutions for
    next-generation computer entertainment systems featuring the Cell* processor.
    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020613/NVDALOGO
    http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20041207/SFTU096 )
    This collaboration is made under a broad, multi-year, royalty-bearing
    agreement. The powerful custom GPU will be the graphics and image processing
    foundation for a broad range of applications from computer entertainment to
    broadband applications. The agreement will encompass future Sony digital
    consumer electronics products.
    "In the future, the experience of computer entertainment systems and
    broadband-ready PCs will be fused together to generate and transfer
    multi-streams of rich content simultaneously. In this sense, we have found
    the best way to integrate the state-of-the-art technologies from NVIDIA and
    SCEI," said Ken Kutaragi, executive deputy president and COO, Sony
    Corporation, and president and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    "Our collaboration includes not only the chip development but also a variety
    of graphics development tools and middleware, essential for efficient content
    creation."
    "We are thrilled to partner with Sony Computer Entertainment to build what
    will certainly be one of the most important computer entertainment and digital
    media platforms of the twenty-first century," added Jen-Hsun Huang, president
    and CEO, NVIDIA. "Over the past two years NVIDIA has worked closely with Sony
    Computer Entertainment on their next-generation computer entertainment system.
    In parallel, we have been designing our next-generation GeForce GPU. The
    combination of the revolutionary Cell processor and NVIDIA's graphics
    technologies will enable the creation of breathtaking imagery that will
    surprise and captivate consumers."
    The custom GPU will be manufactured at Sony Group's Nagasaki Fab2 as well
    as OTSS (joint fabrication facility of Toshiba and Sony).

    Note:
    * "Cell" is the code-name for an advanced microprocessor under
    development by IBM, Toshiba and Sony Group.

    About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the
    progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer
    Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufacturers, distributes and markets the
    PlayStation(R) game console and PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system.
    PlayStation has revolutionized home entertainment by introducing advanced 3D
    graphic processing, and PlayStation 2 further enhances the PlayStation legacy
    as the core of home networked entertainment. SCEI, along with its subsidiary
    divisions Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Sony Computer
    Entertainment Europe Ltd., and Sony Computer Entertainment Korea Inc.
    develops, publishes, markets and distributes software, and manages the third
    party licensing programs for these two platforms in the respective markets
    worldwide. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is
    an independent business unit of the Sony Group.

    About NVIDIA
    NVIDIA Corporation is a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media
    processors. The Company's products enhance the end-user experience on
    consumer and professional computing devices. NVIDIA graphics processing units
    (GPUs), media and communications processors (MCPs), and wireless media
    processors (WMPs) have broad market reach and are incorporated into a variety
    of platforms, including consumer and enterprise PCs, notebooks, workstations,
    PDAs, mobile phones, and video game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in
    Santa Clara, California and employs more than 2,000 people worldwide. For
    more information, visit the Company's Web site at http://www.nvidia.com.

    Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to,
    statements as to the development of the custom GPU, the benefits of the
    collaboration, the benefits, uses, and capabilities of the custom GPU and
    computer entertainment systems featuring the Cell processor, the fusion of
    computer entertainment systems and broadband systems, the agreement between
    the parties, and the manufacture of the custom GPU are forward-looking
    statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause
    results to be materially different than expectations. Such risks and
    uncertainties include, but are not limited to whether SCEI and NVIDIA continue
    the collaboration, whether SCEI continues to use the NVIDIA custom GPU as the
    foundation for a broad range of its applications, market acceptance of SCEI's
    next-generation computer entertainment system,, market acceptance of new
    products and technology, delays in ramping new products into production,
    manufacturing delays and defects, incompatibility of technologies, reliance on
    third-party manufacturers, general industry trends including cyclical trends
    in the semiconductor market, delays in integration of our products, the impact
    of competitive products and pricing alternatives, and other risks detailed
    from time to time in the NVIDIA reports filed with the Securities and Exchange
    Commission including its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 24, 2004.
    These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. NVIDIA
    disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
    NOTE: All company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks
    and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are
    associated. Features, pricing, availability, and specifications are subject
    to change without notice.