PS3 Firmware 2.41 Due "Midweek"

The problematic PS3 XMB update released (and subsequently pulled) last week will be re-released for download on PSN by Wednesday according to CVG. The 2.40 release was followed by widespread reports of bricked consoles and Sony was forced to recall the update.

Apparently the new update can be found on various websites but it’s probably wise to wait for the official Sony release through PSN.

Source: CVG

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EA Launch Official Fifa 09 Website & Screenshots

EA has released the official website for Fifa 09 (click here), hosting plenty of multi-platform screenshots, information and news about the game.

Above is a sample of some of the screenshots they have on offer, you can see the rest of the screenshots by visiting the the official site

Source: CVG

Codemasters Respond To Angry Gamers

Codemasters boss Rich Tysoe has replied to frustrated gamers forums posts explaining the stat reset was the only fair way to sort the system out:

“Given the number of reports we’ve had of people abusing the ranking system to get unfair ranks, it was only fair that we did a reset.”

“It’s never an easy decision to make, and we’d rather it hadn’t come to this, but changes in the patch should make gaining those ranking points back fairer. We’d like to think that people play online for the fun of it, not so much the amassing of points, but if you find yourself in this sort of situation, it’s the fairest solution.”

Source: Codemasters Forums

Official Samba De Amigo Website Goes Live

For anyone out there who loves their Wii and shaking about like a peanut during an earthquake you can go check out the official website for upcoming Wii shakefest Samba De Amigo at the source link below.

Source: Official Site

Vietnam Cashes In On MMO Farming

According to news posted at VietnamNews.com online gaming is becoming a paying business with Vietnamese nerds being paid up to $160 per month to play on behalf of other players to level up and make money.

We first saw this kind of scandal when China’s World of Warcraft gold farmers were exposed, causing a mass ban-hammer campaign and inflation of the game’s currency.

Take into consideration, the average wage of a schoolteacher in Vietnam is between $60 and $100 a month.

Source: Vietnam News

Oasis Frontman Links Knife Crime To Games

In a surprising statement while talking to the BBC, Oasis man Noel Gallagher has commented on how he believes there is a link between gaming and knife crime:

“People say it’s through violent video games and I guess that’s got something to do with it.”

“If kids are sitting up all night smoking super skunk [cannabis] and they come so desensitised to crime because they’re playing these videogames, it’s really, really scary.”

There’s a lot more from him in the interview at the source, but this just boils our blood at how the media lay into something once the bandwagon is rolling. Kids staying indoors playing videogames is a bit opposite to gangster chavs roaming the streets because they have nothing better to do other than act hard and knife people.

Videogames contain violence. Movies contain violence. The news contains violence. The Internet contains violence. If you’re going to whinge at one, then whinge at them all.

It’s a fucking disgrace. Discuss in comments.

Source: BBC News

Play City of Heroes Free

That’s right, well established gaming website Eurogamer are offering their members (or anyone who signs up a free account) with a key to access the popular MMO for 14 days! We’re not sure what restrictions are in place with this free 14 day trial, as like World of Warcraft, trial users were limited to a level cap of 20 and no in-game trading.

Currently there are 1685 keys remaining out of 2000. Popular huh? Grab yourself a free 2 week pass into the world of superhero fame.

Source: Eurogamer