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EA’s Skate It! is now available

EA’s Skate It! is now available

If you're big into skating games, then you'll be pleased to know that EA Games has just announced their Skate It! game for the Wii and Nintendo DS is now available to buy at a store near you.

The game lets you perform all sorts of skateboard moves just by flicking around the Wii Remote or by using the stylus on the DS. One particularly cool thing about the Wii version, however, is that you can use the Wii Balance Board to control the skateboard within the game. That definitely brings an element of realism to it.

The object of the game is to become Thrasher Magazine's Skater of the Year. Sounds funny, but might also actually be kind of fun. At the very least, this skate-focused game further brings in a sporty feel to Nintendo consoles.

EA SPORTS Active info for the Wii leaks

EA SPORTS Active info for the Wii leaks

While we've known about the upcoming game EA Sports Active for the Wii for quite some time, we're just now getting more information on the to-be-competitor to the Wii Fit game. In fact, it's meant for the whole family and was developed by fitness experts with women in mind.

This game will feature all sorts of activities for users to perform in conjunction. The movements target both the upper and lower body. Cardiovascular exercises are included as well and two players can play at the same time.

With on-screen feedback, you can see how many calories you've burned and adjust the intensity levels on the fly. The game will come with leg straps that hold the Wii Nunchuk controllers, and a resistance band for upper body work. You will be able to get the EA SPORTS Active game for the Wii in the Spring of next year for $59.99.

EA Games laying off 6% of employees

EA Games laying off 6% of employees

The poor economy is showing itself all over the place these days and it seems even the gaming industry is affected. EA Games is set to lay off about 600 employees to save money, cut costs and reduce their losses.

After experiencing losses of $310 million, which is up 63% from last year, EA has decided to lay off 6% of their employees in what they're calling a "global reduction." The main purpose of the lay-off is to incur a savings of $50 million. Hiring will also reduce drastically and open positions will be closed.

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Spore expansion packs coming from EA

Spore expansion packs coming from EA

There was a listing on an online retailer recently that showed a Spore expansion pack, then was quickly removed. This set off a bunch of rumors about what this expansion could possibly be, but now EA is confirming it: two new expansion packs for Spore are to be released in the semi-near future. 

 
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Need For Speed: Undercover – Video Demo on new iPod touch

Need For Speed: Undercover – Video Demo on new iPod touch

Of the new games demonstrated at Apple's event this morning, the most impressive had to be Need For Speed: Undercover, the latest title in the popular Electronic Arts series.  Intended for the iPod touch and iPhone, it's controlled both by the touchscreen - which let you select your 3D car and tweak its setup - and by the accelerometer, it features graphics the equal of other portable gaming systems.

Video demo of Need For Speed: Undercover after the cut

Logitech announces the Speed Force Wireless Racing Wheel for Wii

Logitech announces the Speed Force Wireless Racing Wheel for Wii

Logitech has announced the new Logitech Speed Force Wireless racing wheel for the Wii. The wheel will be the first force feedback wheel for the Wii and is designed to work with EA Games Need for Speed Undercover.

The Speed Force Wireless racing wheel has a once-piece design with built-in gas and brake controls located on the wheel itself. The wheel has an expandable lap rest so you can adjust the wheel for how you like to play your games. The wheel uses 2.4 GHz wireless technology to allow to gaming up to 30 feet away from the actual Wii console.

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Nerf Wii-mote on the way

Nerf Wii-mote on the way

EA has joined together with Nerf to create the “Nerf N-Strike” controller for the Wii. The Nerf gun add-on for the Wii controller would allow you to shoot up your opponents Nerf style.

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EA refuses to honor warranty in Ireland

EA refuses to honor warranty in Ireland

EA games has reportedly refused to honor a warranty request for an Irish Rock Band customer. The customer who had a faulty pedal for his drum was told that he would have to have a replacement part shipped to a US or UK address if he wanted a replacement.

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EA offers new Madden 09 covers

EA offers new Madden 09 covers

EA games if offering new game cover downloads for customers who purchased a copy of Madden 09 with Brett Favre on the cover wearing Green bay Packer colors. New covers in the form of PDF files are available from EAs website with Favre wearing his new team colors.

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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.

EA says no more exploiting licenses with crappy games

EA says no more exploiting licenses with crappy games

Every time I walk down a gaming isle and see a game based off of a really bad movie, I wonder why on earth it was even created. Then I remember that some gaming studios love to try and cash in on a license in the hopes that the movie will be a success. Who cares if the game is bad, so long as the movie is good. Unfortunately in the case of say, Catwoman, neither was exactly worth sitting the whole way through. Well EA has vowed that the days of making crappy games (from movie licenses, not crappy games in general, mind you) are behind them.

Madden NFL 09 announced for the original Xbox

Madden NFL 09 announced for the original Xbox

How many of you still game on your Xbox? No, I'm not talking about your 360, but that old clunky box with the giant controllers. Well those of you that haven't upgraded to a current-gen console are in luck, as EA has just announced that they will be bringing Madden NFL 09 to the original Xbox.

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