Another action-packed week for QJ with QuickPeek 88. Price cuts happened, hardware sales charts came out with their results, and developers and publishers alike came out once again from their magical gaming factories to hawk their wares at the PAX 2009 event held in Washington.
You don't wanna miss this trip so jump right in to this week's QJ QuickPeek edition below.
The PSP Go, which Sony is apparently banking on to stop the rampant piracy on their handheld system, isn't even here yet but talk about another PSP revision is starting up again. These rumors never really stop, do they? At least the week also saw a few more big-name updates: a pair of bundles for Gran Turismo, a tighter release window for Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, and what's this? Sibling rivalry between the Rising and Peace Walker teams?
Link: PSP Weekend Warrior
The good news is, Dark AleX isn't leaving the homebrew scene. That's what Dark-AleX.org webmaster announced earlier this week. The bad news is, not a lot of homebrew traffic went past our PSP blog during the past seven days. Still, there's a little something for homebrew aficionados past the jump. Hit it and check out this week's PSP Homebrew Weekend Warrior.
Link: PSP Homebrew Weekend Warrior
Things are starting to settle down on the PS3 blog. The Slim's out but we won't be seeing if it has had any significant effect on the console's sales until the NPD report for September comes out. What we do have this week though is another long-ago rumor that came true: a Blu-ray compilation that contains God of War and God of War 2. That's not all, of course, so just hit the jump and check out the rest of the PS3 Weekend Warrior.
Link: PS3 Weekend Warrior
It's been a busy - and good - week for Microsoft. Not only did they successfully implement the price drops, they've also successfully reaped in the benefits. Too early to say, yes, I know, but with a strong number of 43 up in sales (even if it's just for the Xbox 360 Elite), it's no wonder there's more bounce in their steps as of late. After all, they're not at the bottom of the pile when it comes to hardware sales, if you catch my drift. But hardware is not the only thing that went on this week, especially not when another gaming event is going on. So jump right in!
Link: Xbox 360 Weekend Warrior
Nintendo's still not giving in to the lures of a price drop, and really, why should they? They have the two bestselling consoles in this generation, both home and handheld. If you think about it, they can afford to keep the Wii at its price point. The good thing though is that this week, they've started making a few concessions. Well one, really. Read on for more on that, little wolf pups and adventures in censorship in the rest of the Nintendo Weekend Warrior.
Link: WiiDS Weekend Warrior
It looks like the App Store will soon be home to a pair of big Rockstar games. OK, truth be told, just one of them's been well and truly confirmed as 100 certain, but saying two's better than just one, right? Read on for the week's happenings in the iPhone Weekend Warrior.
Link: iPhone Weekend Warrior
It's still looking to be a bad week for the PlayStation 3 this past week as it remained in the bottom rung of the hardware sales ladder in Japan, according to Media Create. That's two weeks in a row. Waiting to see if it'll get better.
Link: Media Create hardware sales charts: August 24-30, 2009
Take-Two has affirmed its commitment to the online gaming industry, saying that they're definitely not ignoring DLC, although retail is still obviously the way to go. Simply put, there's just too much of a big market in DLCs that they can't miss.
Link: Feder: All Take-Two games will have DLC
Ex-UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's immediate family is in hot water as they are criticized for getting themselves involved in Magnitude Gaming, a company that has handled a team that played Counter-Strike. Wife Cherrie and son Nicky are serving as directors for the gaming firm.
Link: Tony Blair's wife and son under fire for being involved in Counter Strike
The headline alone is enough to make heads turn to Toronto. The industry's resident cutie is now the big boss of Ubisoft's Canada office. Send her flowers for congratulations.
Link: Jade Raymond now head of Ubisoft Toronto
QJ Special Report: PAX 2009
For this year's PAX 2009, held in Washington, QJ.NET teamed up with Left4Friends for a special coverage on the hottest new items in the gaming world. Have your fill with the hefty list below.
Link: Impressions from the Assassin's Creed II live demo at PAX 2009
Link: Impressions from the Splinter Cell: Conviction live demo at PAX 2009
Link: Left 4 Dead 2 videos from PAX 09 and what to do when a Jockey hops on your head
Link: Halo 3: ODST first impressions and videos from PAX 09
That's it for this week, folks! Keep 'em jumping!