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NPD PC Sales Charts September 14-20

Kotaku - October 2, 2008

Submitted by zukaus (1) at 3:49AM PST on October 2, 2008

The top 10 best selling PC entertainment titles in the US for the week ending September 20th, 2008 according to NPD.
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Japan FY08 H1

Famitsu - October 1, 2008

Submitted by apujanata (3) at 9:07PM PST on October 1, 2008

Famitsu (3/31 - 9/28, 2008) Hardware 1 PSP - 1,583,731(10,157,757) 2 DS - 1,314,919(23,484,680) 3 Wii - 1,105,174(6,8007,53) 4 PS3 - 352,457(2,361,949) 5 Xbox 360 - 138,740(741,298) Software 1 Wii - Mario Kart Wii 1,744,387 (1,744,387) 2 PSP - MHP 2nd G 1,602,386 (2,425,651) 3 DS - Pokemon Platinum 1,481,725 (1,481,725) 4 DS - DQ5 1,152,229 (1,152,229) 5 Wii - Wii Fit 845,238 (2,607,431)
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Penny Arcade Adventures Ep. 2 done, priced at $15

Joystiq - October 1, 2008

Submitted by oznerol (87) at 1:56PM PST on October 1, 2008

The elaborately titled adventures of the webcomic duo, Gabe and Tycho, are set to continue this Fall in Penny Arcade Adventures: On The Rain-slick Precipice of Darkness Episode Two. We're told that developer Hothead Games has just completed the downloadable RPG-adventure, bestowing "Gold Master" status upon the Windows, Mac and Linux versions.
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UK current gen hardware LTD's!

GamesIndustry - September 30, 2008

Submitted by deftangel (35) at 5:18AM PST on September 30, 2008

New figures from data specialist GfK Chart Track have revealed the current installed base for console hardware in the UK. As of Sept 2008,the PS3 has reached 1.4m units,the 360 2.3m & the Wii 3.6m. The numbers show considerable growth from 2007 – both the PS3 & 360 have shifted a 1m units since last year when their installed base was 0.4m & 1.3m. However,it's the Wii that has boomed in the UK, from 1.1m units in Sept 2007 to 3.6m units. Read the full article for handhelds and 2008 estimates
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Can Video Games Save Investors? Not Today

Alley Insider - September 29, 2008

Submitted by mrahaju (32) at 4:23PM PST on September 29, 2008

Conventional wisdom is that the video game business will survive the recession. The notion is that people who can't afford fancy houses or vacations can still drop $10 on "Eagle Eye" or $50 on Mario Kart. On a day when the markets took a historic nose dive, none of that mattered. Three of the big game stocks did worse than the broader markets. And the two that did slightly better (TTWO & GME) only looked good by comparison.
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UK Charts: Wii Fit back on top

Chart Track - September 29, 2008

Submitted by soupsoup (7) at 12:05PM PST on September 29, 2008

Week ending 27 September: Wii Fit is back at the top of the individual formats chart with a 75% increase in sales over last week. Mario Kart Wii moves up to second with a slightly more modest 26% increase in sales. The top two from last week, the 360 and PS3 versions of The Force Unleashed, drop to third and fourth. Brothers in Arms (360) is the highest new entry in fifth. Follow the link to see the full top 40.
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Job ad hints at LOTRO for consoles

EuroGamer - September 29, 2008

Submitted by noobie (104) at 3:48AM PST on September 29, 2008

The case for a console version of Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online MMO is strengthening, if a job the company is advertising is anything to go by. Turbine is looking for a senior user interface engineer to "bring the user interfaces of our massively multiplayer titles to the next level" and do so "across both PC and console platforms".
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Level 5 Vision 2008 - Full summary, full info, and screens

VG Chartz - September 26, 2008

Submitted by noobie (104) at 5:20PM PST on September 26, 2008

Level-5 has announced the birth of a new music label called Frame (Production is by Up-Front Works, sales are by King Records): Inazuma Eleven Original Soundtrack, Professor Layton Original Soundtrack, T-Pistonz (a song from the new Inazuma Eleven), and Inazuma Eleven anime ending theme Seishin Oden, sung by Twelv announced for the end of the year
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Microsoft Talks Future of Rare and Lionhead

Kotaku - September 26, 2008

Submitted by afsplat (42) at 8:21AM PST on September 26, 2008

Microsoft's been on a binder of late, shuttering the likes of Halo Wars developer Ensemble Studios. From that, a new developer entity is being created. Just as its other studios seem at risk (namely Lionhead and Rare) for the same corporate reorganization, Microsoft is trying to quell those fears.
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Computer game boosts maths scores

BBC UK - September 25, 2008

Submitted by mrahaju (32) at 10:08PM PST on September 25, 2008

The study involved more than 600 pupils in 32 schools across Scotland using the Brain Training from Dr Kawashima game on the Nintendo DS every day. Researchers found that while all groups had improved their scores, the group using the game had improved by a further 50%. The time taken to complete the tests also dropped by five minutes, from 18.5 minutes to 13.5 minutes. The improvement in the games group was double that of the control group.
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