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  • There’s been a lot of buzz over the past few weeks about all things PlayStation. The fact that Sony will hold a mammoth three-hour press conference at GamesCom on August 18 has only further added to the rumours that have been doing the rounds. Here’s a list of what we can expect from Sony at its GamesCom press conference: [singlepic id=1247 float=center]

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  • Now, as an Indian gamer/cricket fan, you may not be particularly thrilled to have an Englishman or an Aussie on the cover of a cricket game. But while that will very much be the case if you pick up a copy of Ashes Cricket 2009, we’re giving you the opportunity to show us what you’d have on the cover instead if you had the chance. [singlepic id=1231 w=450 float=center]

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  • In case you didn’t notice, we missed out on our last week’s edition of ‘This week on IVG’. That’s because we were too busy being awesome. That’s right… this week on IVG we’re going to tell you why IVG is so awesome that you should just give up on your mundane and plebian real lives and spend all your time skulking around here. We have the news Be it on the blog or the forums, our members always make sure that everyone is so well fed with enough gaming gyan to actually qualify for a Ph. D in Gaming. The last few days have been buzzing with activity, with some major titles getting release dates (Uncharted 2 and The Saboteur). And hey, our rumour mill wasn’t so far off the mark with the Uncharted 2 release date. Also on these days is Comic Con 2009, where many of the developers are showcasing their latest games and er… interactions with their kids We have teh fanboi warzzz What’s a gamer without a rabid, fanatical devotion towards his or her console of choice? And what’s a gaming website that does not promote that? While things have cooled off this week, the pitchforks,…

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  • In the PlayStation 3’s 2.50 firmware update last year, Sony added the screenshot capture option, which would allow users to take direct feed screengrabs from their games. How many times have you wished that you could capture a priceless gaming moment on your console and share it with friends? Sony finally gave us hope that that would be possible with this feature last year, but nine months later, there isn’t a single game that supports it; not even a PSN title! [singlepic id=1230 w=450 float=center]

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  • After last week’s terrorist attack on IVG, which threatened (and almost managed) to convert this gamers’ haven into a high school musical, this week was a recovery of sorts with an explosion of reviews, previews, and discussions that were related to gaming (imagine that!) Of course, the aforementioned ‘terrorists’ biggest setback came when one of their generals, the man who strangely addresses himself as the underwear of a certain bald, angry, tricycle-riding anti-hero, was banned from the terrorist stronghold – Shout. This broke the back of the attack, leading to complete disarray. While some timidly backed off, others like Dante77 attempted a kamikaze attack by trying to get Reaper to ban him. Reaper, being the emo kid that he is, took the high road and… oh wait… most of you don’t know the Reaper story, do you? A petition to get him to come out of the closet once again is called for! [singlepic id=1170 w=450 float=center]

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  • Inspired by that of Rakhi Sawant on TV, IVG had its own Swayamvar show – Sati ka Pati – in full flow this week with the lovely contestant, Ms. Sati, on stage being the only 2nd gamer-chick to ever grace the forums (Sorry MT, Shahrukh Mirza does not count!) Our very own in-house drunkard Daroo, although quick to occupy the first of the musical chairs, was however dethroned soon enough by the almighty Kesri Chacha who, forgetting all about Chintoo’s maalkin, went out of his way to ensure that all the platinum in the world would not be able to impress the lady. The show had its fair share of controversies including one in which undergarments of both men and women in the audience experienced a very annoying itch and another in which a certain young member in the audience kept asking others if Kesri Chacha was secretly a woman.  This inquisitive fellow, however, kept disappearing and reappearing mysteriously before his question could be answered, for which he kept blaming the hammer-wielding gate Keeper.

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  • If last week’s Dating Advice Thread wasn’t bizarre enough for you, CaPwN continued his stellar form on IVG this week with his brand new This is so awsome thread. I just hope that there aren’t any girls browsing IVG; let’s just say that the content may deem us unfit for society. This week also saw us inch closer to the launch of the second IVG FIFA 09 League on PSN, hosted by our personal Santa Claus, DaN. 24 players are going to battle it our through July for the league and some awesome goodies. Will zophar666 retain his crown, or will a new champion rise? There’s just one place you’ll find out… Finally, we did not do any reviews this week! But before you even arrive at the “L” of lazy bums, we’d like to tell you all that starting this week (actually… last week), the IVG Blog will feature prominent news from the gaming world alongwith the usual announcements and reviews. Our efforts will be to bring out news that other gaming websites usually miss, making IVGians a cut above the rest. After all, the whole idea is not just to bring out the murderer in you, but also…

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  • Onimusha: Warlords and Onimusha 2: Samurai’s Destiny The Onimusha series may be long forgotten, but back in the early days of the Playstation 2, there were few moments in gaming more awe inspiring to me than watching the first Onimusha game or it’s sequel in motion. Much of this shock and awe was a consequence of  the majority of  launch titles for the Playstation 2 failing to live up to the all consuming pre-launch hype. The bad blood didn’t last long though, and I could see the tide turn as I popped the Onimusha game discs in and played what I (still) think are two of the best games of the past generation. Not only were you greeted by some of the best pre-rendered CG sequences (by ROBOT) ever in gaming, but the visual fidelity didn’t let up when you switched over to actual gameplay. Extra special (to the cinophile in me) was how Capcom used real actors to base their heros on. Takeshi Kaneshiro and the late Yusaka Matsuda oozed class and the feudal Japan sets and environments (all lovingly pre-rendered) chanelled the best parts of every Samurai film I’d seen. The attention to detail didn’t stop with the…

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  • Do you feel lonely? Do you feel unloved? Do you wish to wrap yourself around a special someone like a pretzel and mumble sweet nothings to each other as a comet gracefully arcs across the starry night, binding that moment forever in time? [singlepic id=1101 float=center] Then look no further folks! Register yourself at the IVG forums NOW! We have all the advice you need to woo the ladies in our brand new Dating Advice Thread, started by CaPwN. At first I couldn’t quite wrap my head around the fact that the thread was being taken seriously, but one look at CaPwN’s avatar makes it abundantly clear that he has more than just dating advice going on for him, making him the perfect candidate for our resident Love Guru. I can almost hear Shawn Michaels’ theme in the background.

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  • A CNET poll pitting Forza 3 versus Gran Turismo 5, Valve once again professing their dislike for the PS3, and Microsoft claiming a 10-year life cycle for the Xbox 360 – these are just some totally unrelated discussions this past week that all inevitably turned into a childish console war. I swear I can literally feel millions of brain cells being fried when I’m in these threads; they make my brain hurt. [singlepic id=1075 w=450 float=center] But that happens every week, so what’s new this week, you ask? Well, more IVG members got their hands on the Uncharted 2 multi-player beta this past week, and the feedback is mostly positive, as you can see from Nitin’s preview. If you were wondering why our inFamous review was taking its own sweet time to show up, well, it’s because Ty was working on an epic, and I’m sure you won’t find a more comprehensive inFamous review anywhere.

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  • It’s time to announce the winners of yet another IVG contest. Our inFamous contest has been one of our most popular, with more entries than even our Game of the Year 2008 contest, which had a PS3 up for grabs. Needless to say, over 90 percent of the answers were correct. For those wondering, here are the correct answers: 1. Name the city in which InFamous takes place – Empire City 2. When (year) & where (event) was InFamous announced? – 2007, E3 3. What did Cole McGrath work as before the explosion? – Bike Messenger [singlepic id=1068 float=center]

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  • Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to be electrified by the first evaaah episode of This Week on IVG. That’s right! It’s got enough juice to permanently polarise Cole McGrath. For all those who are wondering what this is about (although we do feel that the title is self-explanatory), it all fits in our grand scheme of world domination. All the latest offers and contests (where we just give away stuff for FREE!) as well as a weekly round up of reviews goes in here, so it’s out there for everyone to see the kind of privileges enjoyed by IVG members. [singlepic id=1067 w=250 float=left]For our existing members, we’ll feature what’s the latest on our forums, as well as the members who chose the week to exhibit some neurological anomalies. Classic example – Donz’s fit of madness on shout in the closing moments of the IPL final. Missed that? Why don’t you ask around? And here’s a shocker – Hellsboy, our resident Xbot and one the fiercest fighters on the legendary battlefield of Console Wars has finally bought a current-gen console!! 1000 XP for guessing which one. The highlight of this week, however, has been Sucker Punch’s PS3 exclusive, inFamous. Cole…

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  • Welcome to the IndianVideoGamer InFamous Contest. Now in case you haven’t noticed, our inFamous Launch Centre went up yesterday (that’s where that little animated image on the top-right takes you). As you can see from the image below, we have some sweet prizes to give away in this contest, and luckily for you, you won’t have to work too hard to better your chances of being one of the winners. You simply have to answer three simple questions. Then sit tight and hope for the best. [singlepic id=1037 float=center] Of the people who get all three answers correct, we will pick five lucky winners; two will win the InFamous PS3 Starter Kit, and three will win the InFamous Merchandise. Head over the our inFamous Launch Centre to enter the contest.

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  • It’s been nearly a week since the ‘Name the Next Riddick Game’ Contest ended, and it’s taken us all this time to sift through all the entries. I won’t lie to you; 90 per cent of them were utter garbage, making the task of finding the good ones all the more difficult. Luckily for us, we had two brand new i7-powered monster PCs courtesy Aman and Vikram from the IVG mod squad to aid in the selection process. They narrowed it down to five, from where all IVG Staff members picked their three favourites, helping us arrive at the overall top 3 entries – the winners. And here they are: [singlepic id=873 float=center] 1st – The Chronicles of Riddick: Star Breeze Around My Privates Winner: Bhabarnaba Das (OceansAndEarth) Prize: The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (PS3) 2nd – The Chronicles of Riddick: All Your Hair Are Belong To Us Winner: Aiman Anwar (killroy) Prize: The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (PC) 3rd – The Chronicles of Riddick: Hearse to the Underverse Winner: Sahaj Shekhar (Nemo) Prize: The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (PC) Congratulations! Winners please check your Personal Message inbox on the IVG…

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  • Ian Livingstone is a legend in the video game industry. Commonly referred to as ‘the father of Lara Croft’, Livingstone was recently appointed Life President of Eidos following its acquisition by Square Enix. Livingstone has worked actively with the British government to make gaming a more socially acceptable form of entertainment, and he has also been awarded an Order of the British Empire for his service to the industry. A few of us journalists had the opportunity to sit down for a chat with Livingstone, who is in Mumbai to attend the Golden Cursor Animation Awards. This is a busy time for Eidos, with high-profile titles on the way, a few in development, and many more rumoured or unannounced. We’ve covered everything from Askham Asylum and Hitman, to Deus Ex and Tomb Raider, to Thief and Championship Manager, and lots more. Read on. [singlepic id=867 w=450 float=center]

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  • Cricket fans will know that for a long time, the battle for cricket supremacy in video games has been a two-horse race between Codemasters’ Brian Lara International Cricket franchise (rebranded for different regions – Ricky Ponting in Australia, Yuvraj Singh in India) and EA Sports’ cricket series. Both publishers last released a cricket game in 2006-07, and since then both have been quiet on the next installment; not ruling it out, but not confirming it either. But is 2009 the year we will see another cricket game from one of these publishers, if not both? The signs certainly look positive, and here’s why. [singlepic id=856 w=450 float=center]

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  • How many Xbox 360 vs PlayStation 3 articles/predictions/analyses/rants do we come across on the internet on a weekly basis? More than even the most ardent console fanboy would care for. But we’re going to look past the online functionalities, the high-profile exclusives, and the sales figures and focus on another aspect of these consoles that greatly affects a potential buyer’s purchase decision – after sales support. Of course, we’ll be looking at it from a uniquely Indian perspective as the policies for both consoles differ to some extent from what they offer in other markets. [singlepic id=837 float=center] We’re going to use six parameters to compare in detail the after sales service and support offered by both Sony and Microsoft in India. This article should give anyone looking to buy an Xbox 360 or PS3 in India a clear picture of where both consoles stand in terms of customer support. It’s important to mention however, that unless specified in this article, all warranty and service policies explained here pertain to consoles purchased officially from India that have not been modified or tampered with.

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  • Welcome to the IndianVideoGamer ‘Name the Next Riddick Game’ Contest. As you may have noticed, Riddick games don’t have the simplest of names. So far we’ve had ‘The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay’ and ‘The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena’. So rather than base this contest on trivia, we thought we’d let you think up a title for the next Riddick game; something witty and creative. To give you an example, IVG’s very own Milo came up with ‘The Chronicles of Riddick: Darkness Over My Toilet Seat’. [singlepic id=836 float=center] Of all the entries, the IVG Staff will pick three winners. We have three copies of ‘The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena’ (in stores now) to give away; one for PlayStation 3 and two for PC. The first prize winner will get to pick his platform of preference; the second prize winner gets to chose next, while the third prize winner gets what’s left. Click here to enter the contest

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  • US-based Qualcomm Inc recently announced a gaming solution for ‘The Next Billion’ – the Zeebo. Targetted primarily at developing countries such as India, China, Russia, and Brazil, the Zeebo aims to succeed where other consoles have failed by enforcing anti-piracy measures and maintaining competitive prices. While they are very optimistic in their planning, anyone with a fair understanding of the Indian gaming market will tell you that their strategy just won’t work, and here’s why: [singlepic id=796 float=center] Pricing While the Zeebo claims to be competitively priced, the equivalent of $199 in Brazil and $174 in other territories ($1 = Rs 50) is not only not competitive, but it’s fairly expensive for what the console offers. That ($174) translates to close to Rs 9,000. Compare it to India’s largest selling and still very popular console, the PlayStation 2, which is priced at Rs 6,490 ($125), and it’s easy to see that the Zeebo won’t be making much of a dent in the Indian market, which is heavily influenced by prices.

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  • In part one of our interview with Sony Computer Entertainment India Country Manager, Atindriya Bose, we spoke about India’s first console game, Hanuman: Boy Warrior, other upcoming PlayStation games from Indian developers, and PS2 back-catalogue titles. Click here for part one of the interview, and while you’re there, you may also want to check out the Hanuman: Boy Warrior trailer. It’s guaranteed to entertain. And now, its time for part two, where we move away from the PS2 and get to talking about the future – the PSP and PS3. We touch upon everything from price cuts, rumours and sales figures to PSN, the Xbox 360 arcade, and PlayStation Experience being ditched in favour of a Sony-Microsoft Gaming Experience?! Read on. [singlepic id=326 float=center] Atindriya Bose, Country Manager, SCEI

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  • The wait is almost over for fans of killing zombies in the afternoon. Resident Evil 5 is finally set for release on Friday, the 13th, and we caught up with the game’s producer Jun Takeuchi for a quick round of 10 Questions. The co-op element and action-oriented gameplay have been the game’s biggest talking points, and we get his views on these as well as other aspects of Capcom’s new survival action offering. [singlepic id=725 w=450 h=338 float=center] The Resident Evil series seems to be getting more action-oriented rather than focusing on the survival aspect. Is this a conscious design decision? I guess you could consider Resident Evil 5 as more survival action rather than survival horror, but believe me you, will still need to work hard to survive. While the overall pacing of Resident Evil 5 is faster than previous games in the series, it still remains a Resident Evil game at heart. For instance, you still have to stop and aim to shoot; making sure your aim is true so you do not waste ammunition. Will the co-op aspect be an omnipresent feature throughout the campaign? Are there divergent paths for the characters which take them away from…

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  • The long wait for Street Fighter fans finally came to an end on 20th February with the release of the Street Fighter IV in India. To celebrate the release, Milestone Interactive hosted a launch event in Bangalore with The Living Room playing host. When we reached the venue, we had anticipated a good turnout, but we were in for disappointment as barely fifteen people had showed up. Whether it was due to a lack of publicity or the effect of recession, it was surprising to see such a low turnout for a public game launch event. With the event details being available on IndianVideoGamer and The ANGRY Pixel only a couple of days before the event, and little or no other publicity elsewhere, it was obvious that not many people even knew about the event. [singlepic id=708 w=450 h=253 float=center]

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  • We didn’t initially plan to have the IndianVideoGamer Gamer of the Year category, but when a IVG member achieves something really significant, you just have to recognise and appreciate it in the best way possible. And it doesn’t get much bigger than winning the FIFA Interactive World Cup national final and being the one to represent India at the grand finals in Barcelona. Anyone who’s played Omar on PSN, knows how good a FIFA 09 player he really is, so it’s no surprise to see him win the national finals of the FIWC, which were held in Mumbai last year. But not only is he a great player, but he’s also one of the most humble and down to earth guys you could ever meet, and we can’t think of a better person to represent IVG and India on the world stage. Omar Jaleel aka boltonfan is the first ever IndianVideoGamer’ Game of the Year 2008. We’re proud to have him on IVG, we’re all proud of what he’s achieved, and we wish him all the best for the world finals. We’re also sending you a few gaming goodies courtesy EA (for when you need a break from FIFA 09).…

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  • The Metal Gear Solid series never made it here; officially at least. But given the fact that a stunning number of gamers voted for the final boss fight in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots to be the Most Epic Gaming Moment of the Year definitely speaks a lot considering it’s glorified fan service without comparison. It melds the best bits of music from the first three games with a sweet, brutal nostalgic punch out that would bring a tear to the eye of any MGS fan or at least anyone who’s watched videos from the first three games. Definitely a worthy, if albeit, old school choice for the gaming moment of 2008. Winner: doobz doobz wins: Bioshock Big Daddy figurine – courtesy E-Xpress Interactive One-year subsctiptions to Stuff Magazine – courtesy Stuff India Xbox LIVE 12 month subscription card – courtesy Microsoft Resistance 2 (PS3) – courtesy Milestone Interactive Other nominees in this category were: Braid – Finale Call of Duty: World at War – Berlin offensive Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII – Sephiroth boss fight Fallout 3 – First look at wasteland Gears of War 2 – Brumak ride LittleBigPlanet – Introductory/tutorial level Metal Gear Solid…

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