Microsoft kills HD-DVD add-on for the Xbox 360

HD DVD losesMicrosoft announced recently that its attachment for the 360 to enable HD-DVD playback has been killed. Previously priced at $199.99, the price has been cut to clear at $50 across all territories. But the real question is… will Blu-Ray be an option for disgruntled 360 owners?

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Phil Harrison Resigns from Sony… going to …?

SonyIn three days on the elusive February 29th, Phil Harrison (President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios) will clear out his office. After spending 15 years with Sony, no specific reason has been publicly announced for the departure. But there are some ideas.

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EA wants to buy Take-Two, can’t have it yet.

EA - Take-Two mergerWith negotiations between Electronic Arts and Take-Two Interactive now public knowledge, we bring you the skinny on what’s been happening behind the scenes as early as February of this year. EA wants to buy Take-Two before the release of Grand Theft Auto IV, Take-Two flat-out refuses until the game is released. Here is a point-form breakdown of what we know:

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Commodore 64 games start appearing on Wii

Commodore 64 for WiiThe Wii virtual console is already the money-making afterlife of games from more than 6 retro consoles depending where in the world you live. What’s one more? Debuting in Europe, Commodore Gaming has teamed up with Nintendo to bring your (not so) favourites back.

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More Awards: Best picks for XBox Live Arcade

Xbox 360This year’s Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) bring fame and recognition for those games available as a digital download to Xbox 360 owners. Finalists were decided by industry journalists, but the final voting was a community effort. Here is who won:

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2008 Elans announced

The ElansDelayed from its original date in November 2007, the 2nd annual Elans (aka Canadian Awards for Eletronic and Animated Arts) finally came to pass February 15th. Honouring some of the best Canadian talent in the video game industry, here is who took away bragging rights this year:

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Xbox Live Arcade Gets Ikaruga, Rez

IkarugaIn a pre-TGS conference held by Microsoft, it was revealed that the cult classics Ikaruga and Rez, which both made their console debut on the Dreamcast, will be getting updated versions in HD available in Q1 2008.

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Guitar Hero 2 reaches 650,000 content downloads

GH2 Money MakerIn what appears to be the longest press release issued for a simple numbers statement, Activision informs us that downloadable song packs for the Xbox 360 are the most popular items in the Live Marketplace.

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Take-Two ditches Joytech to Mad Catz

JoytechRecently, Take Two Interactive announced that they’d be trimming their accessory division Joytech in order to streamline operations. What came as more impressive news to many people was Take Two owned Joytech in the first place.

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Welcome back to EPO!

Brand Spankin' New!So, you’ve stumbled across this site once or twice, might have been disappointed that its no longer updated (I’ve had some feedback), and I had mentioned that when time permits, the site will be maintained once again. That time is now!

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