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Movies and Multiplayer, Mergers and Megaconglomerates
posted by: Shawn Rider
date posted: 10:42 AM Sat Sep 10th, 2005
last revision: 10:42 AM Sat Sep 10th, 2005

Click to read.A few interesting news bits from the very end of the week:

Xbox 360 Live Pricing
Microsoft has announced the confirmed price scheme for Xbox 360 Live, which pretty much conforms to the report we filed last week. The big news is that Xbox 360 Live Silver service will be free, and, it seems, will be unfettered. All of the other packages come with either communcator hardware or some credits to spend in the Xbox 360 Live Marketplace. Prices start at $7.99 per month, $19.99 per three months, and $49.99 per year. Premium Gold Packs will be available at the three month and full year subscription levels, and will cost $39.99 and $69.99 respectively. Microsoft also confirmed that gamers would be able to purchase XBL subscription cards at retail outlets without a credit card.

GameSpy Comes to PSP
Infrastructure online multiplayer has been scarce on the PSP. For those not familiar with the PSP\'s networking terms, Infrastructure mode allows gamers to play over the Internet and is supported by only a few titles. However, all of that will hopefully change with the announcement that GameSpy and Sony have reached a deal to allow developers to incorporate GameSpy multiplayer matching and management features into their games. This is very good news for PSP owners. Now, if somebody would develop a game for the PSP, we might be onto something...

MTV Films Grabs The Suffering
Oh, yeah. The people who brought you Joe\'s Apartment and the (hopefully super amazing) Aeon Flux have picked up Midway\'s extreme psychological terror game The Suffering. The film adaptation will feature the work of Stan Winston Productions, famed creature creators and special effects gurus. Here\'s hoping they keep the grit, because that game is F%&## UP.

Newscorp Buys IGN
It\'s been rumored all summer, but now it\'s true: Rupert Murdoch\'s Newscorp has acquired IGN for $650 Million. That\'s a lot of spread for a site like IGN. We always thought you got what you paid for...

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