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EA to release new cover art, game roster in response to Favre trade

EA to release new cover art, game roster in response to Favre trade

I don't know if any of you keep up on football or not, but Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre has been dominating the headlines over the past couple of months. From talk of coming out of retirement to playing for a different team, all eyes have pretty much been on him. Well the dust has settled, and although he did decide to go back to the Packers, it was only for a short while, as he has been traded to the New York Jets. So what does all of this have to do with video games? He happens to be on the cover of Madden '09 in his famous #4 Green Bay Packers jersey.

EA has been quick to respond to the recent events surrounding the trade of Favre to the New York Jets. They have promised to do two things in order to make the game as true-to-life as possible. First, they are going to make a downloadable alternate cover which will feature Favre in his new Jets jersey. Second, they will have a downloadable roster update on August 11 which will appropriately place Favre in the New York Jets roster.

Next week’s driver update brings PhysX to GeForce GPUs

Next week’s driver update brings PhysX to GeForce GPUs

I generally try to stay on top of things when it comes to the components in my gaming rig. I usually try to buy a new graphics card once, maybe twice a year, and generally don't go for the top-of-the-line card. Despite generally being up-to-date, I really haven't considered purchasing a separate physics card, even though they have been available for some time. It's a good thing too, since now many GeForce cards will soon have the same hardware physics capabilities as a standalone card.

Ozzy to appear in Guitar Hero: World Tour

Ozzy to appear in Guitar Hero: World Tour

I've questioned the logic behind Activision's choice to call Guitar Hero III “Legends of Rock” due to the lack of actual legends. This has become even more apparent with all of the rock legends showing up in the fourth installment of the game. We've found out that yet another huge name will be appearing as a character in GH:WT, none other than the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osborne.

60GB Xbox 360s may be less prone to RRoD

60GB Xbox 360s may be less prone to RRoD

So we know that Microsoft has rolled out a new Xbox 360 SKU with a bigger hard drive. That 40 extra GB of storage is great and all, but is there anything else that makes the console worthwhile? What if I told you that this one might actually be less likely to RRoD? That just might make it worth chucking out your old 20GB for.

GameTap service to be sold off

GameTap service to be sold off

GameTap is one of those services that I never got around to using. I totally get the idea of playing old games on my PC, however, I prefer to actually own the games I play. If there's an older game that I really want to play, I tend to just head down to GameXChange or hit up eBay and get it on the cheap. However, those that do rely on the service for their gaming needs, you may be surprised to hear that Turner has decided to sell of the business.

Lars practically spills the beans on Guitar Hero: Metallica

Lars practically spills the beans on Guitar Hero: Metallica

We know that Activision is contemplating more band-themed Guitar Hero games, but they are mum as to which bands they are working with. With the recent deal to make the next Metallica album available on Guitar Hero III the same day it is released to the public for purchase, one has to wonder if they are working with the band for their own Guitar Hero title. Lets see what Las Ulrich has to say about the matter.

I think at some point a band can actually get big enough to just not care what they say. Take for instance this recent interview with Metallica rocker Lars Ulirich where he all but says “they're making Guitar Hero Metallica”.

Grand Theft Auto IV for PC gets official

Grand Theft Auto IV for PC gets official

Grand Theft Auto IV was easily one of the biggest titles to get released on both the Xbox 360 and PS3 this year. Since its release people have been wondering when (yes when, not if) the game would be released for the PC. In a (not so) shocking move, Rockstar has announced the release of the title for the PC.

GoldenEye stuck in “no man’s land”

GoldenEye stuck in “no man’s land”

Back in the late 90's the Nintendo 64 was still a hot console with quite a few awesome games in its library. One of my favorites was GoldenEye, which still remains one of my favorite first person shooters to date. Sure, the game is a bit dated, but I still bust it out from time to time. There was talk about reviving the game for XBLA, however, it just never happened. An interview with Rare's senior software engineer Nick Burton reveals some of the details.

Rock Band II for Wii will be identical to PS3, Xbox 360 versions

Rock Band II for Wii will be identical to PS3, Xbox 360 versions

Back when the original Rock Band was announced for the Wii, there were many people upset by its limited features, and rightfully so. Essentially the Wii version was the same as the PS2, which meant you could get the same experience on a console that was 8 years old. Well fear not rock fans, this time around, the Wii is getting the full treatment.

Gears of War 2 to get language/gore filter

Gears of War 2 to get language/gore filter

I've always been a bit bummed out when I hear that developers decide to tone down on a game's gore and violence simply to get a lower game rating. However, Epic Games has decided to go a different route to get parents to pick the game up for their kids.

Rather than removing the gore and foul language, they have decided to create a mode where such things can be disabled. Apparently the in-game blood will be replaced with sparks, and the language will be replaced with, well, less offensive words.

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