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Good lord, I saw some great stuff this week that I can't discuss yet. I know that's a fairly worthless thing to say, but considering all I've done for the last several days is travel--the airport security guys recognize me now, which is slightly depressing--I don't have much else to say.

Enjoy your news bits!

  • Grab your stick to experience Fires of Liberation

    Namco's Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation will be available with a two-part Hori-developed Xbox 360 flight joystick (photograph here), publisher Namco Bandai Games announced today. The Ace Combat 6 ACE-EDGE Flightstick Bundle will sell for $149.99 and will include the game, the Hori peripheral, and a custom faceplate.

    Ace Combat 6 has been announced for Xbox 360 and rumored for PlayStation 3. It will ship for Xbox 360 this fall.

  • More Lost Planet maps to be found soon

    The third map multiplayer map compilation for Capcom's sci-fi shooter Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (X360) will be available June 21, the publisher announced today. It will include three maps: the retro gaming-inspired Lost Technology, the jungle-set Ruins, and the intricate glacier of Ice Drop.

    Map Pack #3 will sell for 400 Microsoft Points ($5) via Xbox Live Marketplace.

  • Boogie gets a date

    EA Montreal's motion-based Wii rhythm game Boogie (see our impressions) has been dated for August 7, 2007 in North America and August 31, 2007 in Europe. Artists with confirmed tracks in the game include The Jackson 5, Kool & The Gang, M.C. Hammer, The Village People, Cyndi Lauper and Britney Spears.

  • The Lord of the Rings Online celebrating solstice soon

    Turbine is planning nearly three weeks of special in-game activities for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, themed around the upcoming summer solstice. Summer Solstice Festival will run from June 20 to July 10 and will include new quests, items, race-specific dance moves, and more. See the official site for details.

  • Be twice as heroic in City of Heroes this weekend

    Cryptic Studios superhero-themed MMOs City of Heroes and City of Villains are currently in the midst of a promotion that will see all players gain experience points, Influence, and Infamy at twice the normal rate. The bonus will extent through Sunday, June 17 at 11:59pm EST.

  • Running With Scissors runs with MMA

    Postal series developer Running With Scissors, currently working on Postal III (X360, PC), has announced that it will sponsor UK-based mixed martial arts combatant Keith Turner. Running With Scissors has sponsored numerous MMA fighters in the past, including Drew "The Master" Fickett, Ed West, Chad "The Postal Punisher" Griggs, Shane "Battlecat" Johnson, and Hayley "The Hammer" Salazar.

From The Chatty
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    June 15, 2007 6:30 PM

    That price on the flight stick is bearable since it includes the game. Hopefully it ends up being worth it and there are other games which will make good use of it.

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      June 15, 2007 6:41 PM

      Seems like a rip to me. What other quality air combat games are there for the 360? I can't think of any. This trend of buying peripherals that are really only used in one or two games is quite silly imo.

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        June 15, 2007 6:45 PM

        except for the fact that the guitar hero series is really, really fun.

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        June 15, 2007 6:48 PM

        since it's usb there will probably be pc drivers eventually.
        lots of flight sims and such there if the 360 doesn't get a lot.

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          June 15, 2007 6:52 PM

          I think all first party 360 peripherals are required to have Windows support. I don't know about third party ones though.

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            June 15, 2007 6:57 PM

            well it's probably safe to bet some weirdo will make them if no official ones are released. :P

            i think even the 360 gamepad had some homebrew drivers before MS released the official ones. i know the regular xbox did, but you had to modify the cable yourself for usb.

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        June 16, 2007 12:42 AM

        maybe the developer doesnt have many choices in the current peripheral market and has to create their own ?

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        June 16, 2007 2:13 PM

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      June 15, 2007 8:36 PM

      yeah, cept with that bulk, why couldn't it have been wireless I wonder..

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      June 15, 2007 11:06 PM

      I'm so torn. One on hand, holy hell I need it.

      On the other ....Steel Battalion :/

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        June 16, 2007 7:32 PM

        Well my hope is that PC compatibility will make it more useful. Also I am pretty sure I would have bought Steel Battalion had I not been in college at the time (read: poor) since a mech game like that has been my dream since I was little.

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          June 17, 2007 4:28 AM

          If that flight stick has official windows support I might buy that game it's included with, and I don't even own a 360.

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          June 17, 2007 6:23 AM

          I'm looking to offload mine (controller + game, of course), if you want it. I couldn't justify giving it away, given the original price tag, but I could sell it cheap to a Shacker. Shipping would be a bitch, though.

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            June 17, 2007 7:41 AM

            How on earth can you have a game that isn't coming out until this fall?

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              June 17, 2007 7:54 AM

              I think he meant Steel Battalion.

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                June 17, 2007 10:15 AM

                Ohh, that controller doesn't work in windows does it :) It's pretty hardcore.

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                  June 17, 2007 11:00 AM

                  I think someone did hack drivers for it and used it in MW4, but I never tried 'em.

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                    June 17, 2007 2:16 PM

                    Really? I'll have to poke around. Looks like I might be grabbing MechWarrior 4 soon.

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                      June 17, 2007 6:15 PM

                      WTF? I know people still cream themselves over MW2, but MW4: Mercenaries was my favorite iteration to date.

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                        June 17, 2007 6:47 PM

                        I couldn't stand MW4 it seemed a FPS in robots. It didn't provide the feeling of walking around in a 60 ton metal monster. MW3 will always be my favorite with MW2 a close second.

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      June 15, 2007 11:15 PM

      It's a modified version of the Saitek X45.
      http://www.saitekusa.com/USA/prod/x45.htm

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        June 16, 2007 12:45 AM

        I'm not a flight sim afficianado (I like space sims, though!) but I liked my X45 - just wish it had twist.

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      June 16, 2007 12:58 AM

      Someone needs to play Forza with that stick.

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      June 16, 2007 4:43 PM

      That thing does look pretty sweet!

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      June 16, 2007 5:29 PM

      I STILL play ace combat 4,5 and yz w/ the sticks on the ps2. it makes it 10more enjoyable (yes its possible!) so I cannot WAIT to get this for 360...it just jumped over mass effect for most anticipated w/ the flight stick announcement

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      June 17, 2007 10:21 AM

      I'll get it even though i am so used to the controller :<

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