Microsoft Rumored To Be Working On TV Service

According to sources, Microsoft is working on an online subscription service for television content. This service will work with the Xbox 360 and compete with the online TV business with Google, Apple and Netflix.

One proposed service is a substitute for cable with a monthly fee. Other potential options include using the Xbox 360 to authenticate existing cable subscribers and run web content, or perhaps selling individual channels like HBO or Showtime.

Source: Reuters

Harvest Moon Goes FarmVille Route

Marvelous Entertainment have launched a free web version of their popular Harvest Moon Series. Called Minna de Bokujo Monogatari (Harvest Moon With Everyone) the game is currently available in Japan.

There are many similarities to FarmVille, from the way it looks to the way resources are gathered and players can help others; premium items can also be bought for money. However, players give orders to multiple assistants instead of one avatar, space is limited and there is no social network integration.

Source: 1UP

TV Still Commands Ad Power

According to the Mendelsohn Affluent Survey, individuals making over $100,000 a year are watching 17.6 hours of TV a week, the same as in 2009. However, Internet usage has increased by 12 percent, rising from an average of 22.6 hours a week in 2009 to 25.3 in 2010.

Age was shown to have a large difference in usage. Among the affluents in the 18-to-34 demo, there was an average of 15.4 hours a week, compared to 22.2 for ages 65-plus, while the younger demo used the Internet an average of 31.5 hours a week compared to 14.1 for the older affluents.

TV advertising still has a lot of power, as shown by the exposure and engagement ratings. Of an estimated 44.1 million affluent Americans, 38.6 million saw an ad on TV in a six-month period, followed by magazines at 35.5 million, then direct mail, newspapers, and then web sites were fifth at 33.4 million. Ads in movie theaters were seen by 26.2 million, while 17.5 million saw ads at sports venues; in-taxi ads accounted for the lowest amount at 7.6 million.

The estimates also said that 16.5 million affluents have a gaming system, 600,000 have a 3D TV, and 500,000 an Apple TV.

Source: MediaPost

Pocket God Gets Idol On Facebook

Frima Studio has confirmed that they will port Pocket God to Facebook. They will work with developer Bolt Creative to bring the three million selling iPhone game to the social network, with episodic updates planned.

There were very few partners who could truly understand the essence of what Pocket God has become to its legion of devoted fans, said Dave Castelnuovo, CEO of Bolt Creative. Frima knew exactly what needed to be done in order to take Pocket God from being an application for millions of individuals, to a shared experience for hundreds of millions more.

Working in the Facebook space, we simply could not have asked for a more exciting and irreverent franchise so perfectly suited for the world of social gaming, said Steve Couture, CEO of Frima Studio. What Bolt has created has become more than just a game or an application; Pocket God is a true pop culture phenomenon with millions of fans across the globe. Everything fans have grown to love about this game and its characters has been happily fed to the sharks and tossed into the volcano, only to be resurrected onto Facebook in a way that fans are truly going to love.

Sony Veterans Talk PS3 Equaling PS2

The PS3 right now is hitting its stride, having sold somewhere in the range of 41 million consoles. There’s still a long way to go before the PS3 reaches the PS2 levels of nearly 150 million worldwide, but former Sony executive and founding president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Chris Deering thinks the mark can be reached.

“I think it can sell as many as PS2, maybe more,” revealed Deering. “In the case of both PS1 and PS2, we sold more Slim units than original models. The PS3 Slim has only been out a couple of years. If you could get a PS3 for a hundred pounds . . . Can you imagine It could go much higher and last longer.”

Phil Harrison, former head of Sony Worldwide Studios, is much more reserved about the PS3’s chances to equal the PS2. “I hope PS3 can match PS2, but I think the market dynamics are slightly different,” he said. “It’s much more competitive. For a large chunk of its lifecycle PS2 didn’t really have any competition anywhere in the world, so Sony was able to sell a huge number of units. If PS3 does reach the same level it will take longer and it will be a more difficult challenge.”

Source: Eurogamer

Mark Wahlberg Confirmed For Uncharted Movie

Mark Wahlberg has confirmed rumors that he will be cast as Nathan Drake in the upcoming Uncharted Movie. David O. Russell (whom Wahlberg worked with on the recent The Fighter) is hashing out the script.

“David is one of the best writer/directors I’ve ever worked with,” said Wahlberg. “The idea that he has is just insane. So hopefully we’ll be making that movie this summer.”

Rumors that Russell wants Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro on board are true as well. “That’s who he wants to write the parts for. I talked to Pesci about it and I know David’s people have talked to [Robert De Niro]. I’m obviously in whatever David wants to do but the idea of it is so off the charts: De Niro being my father, Pesci being my uncle. It’s not going to be the watered-down version, that’s for sure.”

Source: MTV Multiplayer

Konami Launches PlayStation Space

Konami has unveiled their new space in PlayStation Home. The area will have tributes to Konami franchises and titles new and old and will let players unlock content and items from Metal Gear Solid, Castlevania, Silent Hill and Pro Evolution Soccer.

Konami’s penthouse suite will introduce the highly anticipated DanceDanceRevolution mini-game where players can engage in Area Dance, Solo Dance-offs, and Group Dance-offs. Solo Dance-offs pit everyone on the dance floor against each other until there is a final dance master left on the dance floor, says Konami in the release. Group Dance-offs separate players into teams to compete as a group against other groups. Lastly, Area Dance players are tasked to execute specific moves in certain locations to earn points.

Gran Turismo 5: The Opening

If you’re wondering what took so much time to put out Gran Turismo 5, we finally have the answer. It probably took them a least a couple years to decide on this as the opening video, the last leg of which was turned into a launch trailer.