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From Dragon Quest To EA Letting Slip Their Secrets: News Round-up July 9th

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Today’s news round-up sees Sony’s very own Eric Lempel bragging how PSN has surpassed Xbox Live, the Japanese peeing their pants with excitement, Famitsu magazine taking no prisoners with Japanese Wii game Ougon no Kizuna and EA announcing games by mistake.   Silly bears

PSN Is No Longer Playing Catch Up With Xbox Live

From Dragon Quest To EA Letting Slip Their Secrets: News Round-up July 9th

Xbox Live has been a success since its release on the original big black box, while Sony has been playing catch up ever since.  Sony’s Eric Lempel believes they have now equalled Microsoft, even surpassing them in some areas. In an interview with Industry Gamers he stressed they are providing a free service, with Home providing access to a “massive community” that is once again “totally free to use”.

Lempel admits Sony have previously used Xbox Live as a form of guidance when creating their service but now believes "there's a lot we're doing that in some cases they're not doing, and I don't see a lot of things they're doing that we're not.”  Boastful indeed.  [IndustryGamers]

Dragon Quest IX Coming To Japan In Three Days

From Dragon Quest To EA Letting Slip Their Secrets: News Round-up July 9th

Dragon Quest is such a phenomenon in Japan they even have days off work and school to celebrate its release. Dragon Quest IX’s imminent arrival in Japan is of course causing much excitement then, with the release date set for July 11th. Designer Yuji Horii is confident the DS exclusive will please the fans, pointing out that even though the game is filled with new challenges and new ideas it’s still the Dragon Quest they have come to know and love.  Meanwhile employers and teachers fear the sudden decline in productivity that will ensue.  [1UP]

Famitsu Study How To Make A Bad Game And Sell It

From Dragon Quest To EA Letting Slip Their Secrets: News Round-up July 9th

Japan showed much anticipation towards dark fantasy game Ougon no Kizuna, but unfortunately when Japanese magazine Famitsu got hold of the game they ripped it a new one giving it a poor 17 out of 40 points in their review.  Deciding the game didn’t deserve enough punishment they later ran a large feature on how bad games manage to get made and released, with Ougon no Kizuna being the star of the show.  Talk about getting kicked while you’re down.  [1UP]

EA Spill Their Beans

From Dragon Quest To EA Letting Slip Their Secrets: News Round-up July 9th

EA in a private twitter feed only open to members of the games press accidentally revealed the existence of Command & Conquer 4.  The title of the private twitter feed read: EA LOS ANGELES ANNOUNCES THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMMAND & CONQUER 4, but clicking through on the link provided takes you to the EA press site with no mention in sight of the new Command & Conquer.  Oopsy.   EA have declined to comment on the pre-emptive tweet, but more details are sure to follow.  [GameSpot]

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