Blu-ray wins the format wars as HD-DVD is axed by Toshiba.
After years of the Blu-ray vs HD-DVD wars, Blu-ray has proved victorious after the HD-DVD founder, Toshiba, said that continuing to support the failed format was damaging the industry as a whole and so they have decided to axe the format. Toshiba stopped manufacturing HD-DVD players soon after the announcement and it is believed that the few remaining studios supporting the format will move to Blu-ray as there contracts with HD-DVD run out.
Recently Microsoft announced they will stop manufacturing the HD-DVD attachment for the Xbox 360 and have expressed that they may be making Blu-ray attachment in the future.
A major reason for the Blu-ray success is the inclusion of the player in all of the Sony PS3s as it managed to get about 10 million Blu-ray players to consumers.
Slow page rendering at Mobygames these days?
Some of our regulars have noticed things bogging down recently when attempting to load any pages from our server. Word from up high suggests there's a problem with our ad server slowing things down to roughly the speed of molasses.
This is the future. Clearly we shouldn't have to go make a sandwich and a cup of coffee while waiting for a website to load anymore!
Edit: the problem seems to have been since solved. Thanks for your patience, and for those of you who disabled ad display... please consider re-enabling them! Cheers.
Commodore 64 added to Virtual Console
Well, I didn't think this would happen, but the Commodore 64 has just been added to the Wii's Virtual Console, meaning that now about nine systems have been added. Two games have been added to the European Wii Shop Channel so far, International Karate and Uridium, and will cost 500 Wii points each (£3.50). We have yet to see the following systems added: Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, Apple II/IIgs, ColecoVision, Intellivision, Tandy TRS-80/CoCo, VIC-20, ZX Spectrum, and any other platform supported by MobyGames.
Dark Sector rejected in Australia
Dark Sector, Digital Extremes' unreleased third-person shooter for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, is the first game in 2008 to be rejected in Australia, making it impossible for Australians to buy the game. The only way that the Australian censors can pass the title is if the distributors resubmit the same title in a somewhat censored form so it can be passed MA15+. As it is, lacking an adult rating for games only gives people the false assumption that only children play video games, and that all games that are released are suitable for minors.
Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition
March 11, 2008 is the expected release date in the US for the Guinness Book of World Records: Gamer's Edition. UK residents will be able to acquire the title even sooner on February 8, 2008. This book will include all kinds of records set by gaming industry and gamers themselves.
One can suspect an extremely large amount of trivia items to be able to contribute to Moby. That combined with great toilet reading material, it is a must have for the record/gaming enthusiast.
World of Warcraft reaches 10 million subscribers
In a press note from Blizzard from January 22, 2008, they stated that the 10 million subscribers worldwide barrier has been recently beaten.
Nintendo blocks Goldeneye on Xbox Live
Nintendo recently blocked a port of GoldenEye 007 from being released on Xbox Live Arcade. Nintendo argues that Microsoft can't release it on Xbox Live because it originated on a Nintendo platform, the N64. Microsoft, on the other hand, claims Nintendo refused a profit sharing deal for the release.
Jan 30, 2008