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Certainly hope he doesn't retire under the same circumstances as Beaumont!

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@themc_7 @aDhAmMe13 - sorry guys, Eve Hypo photos are up now :)

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Gamer-Geek - the competition closed this morning. Thanks for entering and good luck everyone! The winner will be contacted directly, and announced on this week's GSUK podcast.

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#4 Posted by rambo_ando (224 posts) -
Hi guys, Luke here from GameSpot UK. My gamertag is ramb0and0 so feel free to add that in addition to Guy's. Also look out for GameSpot UK and GameSpotUK02.
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Invictuslemming - good question. From my discussions with developers the trend seems to be that many of them offer online multiplayer instead of split-screen, and that by developing a split-screen mode they would have to divert resources from other development responsibilities (ie. they'd sarcfice something else to squeeze that feature in). It's definately frustrating when you want to have a few races with your flatmate hey?

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Warwickshire-based publisher Codemasters has announced today that it's handing sales and distribution duties over to Sony Computer Entertainment Europe for the upcoming launch of Colin McRae: Dirt 2 on both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable in PAL territories, with the exception of Spain, Australia, and New Zealand.

Codemasters will continue to distribute the game on the Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and DS, and PC and confirmed to GameSpot UK that Atari will be distributing Dirt 2 in the two southern nations, while existing US distributor Warner Bros. will handle those duties stateside. This isn't the first time SCEE has taken over the distribution duties of a third-party title, with Atari granting Sony an << LINK REMOVED >> for Ghostbusters: The Video Game on the PS3 earlier this year.According to a statement issued today, "The arrangement sees SCEE performing sales and distribution for both the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and PlayStation Portable system editions of the much anticipated off-road racing game." According to Codemasters, the combined download figures for the demo on both the PS3 and Xbox 360 are close to reaching the one million mark.When asked to clarify why Codemasters had reached this decision, a spokesperson told GameSpot UK that the agreement "Represents an opportunity for a great partnership with the platform holder throughout its PAL network, especially at a time when Dirt 2's launch coincides with the release window for the new PS3 console." While Dirt 2's launch might complement Sony's PS3 strategy, it may face some stiff competition from Sony's internal studios when it comes to the PSP, with MotorStorm Arctic Edge and Gran Turismo to be released in the UK on September 18 and September 25, respectively.<< LINK REMOVED >> in North America, the new PS3 Slim is due to launch on September 1 in the US and UK, with the rest of Europe following on September 3. Dirt 2 will be released on the PS3, PSP, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii and DS in the UK on September 11; Europe on September 10; and North America on September 8. As previously reported by GameSpot, Codemasters has reconfirmed that the PC version in on track for a December release, in order to take advantage of DirectX 11 support.

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One of the most beloved adventure games of the last 20 years, The Secret of Monkey Island, is back and in all-new high definition glory. Lucasarts revealed The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition at this year's E3 alongside a new episodic adventure, the PC's Launch of the Screaming Narwhal, but certainly surprised everyone when an iPhone version was released roughly one week after it arrived on the Xbox 360 and PC. So just how does Monkey Island shape up in handheld form? We loaded it onto an iPhone and set sail for Melee Island to find out.[video=6215303]Monkey Island is part of Lucasarts' classic point-and-click adventure series. The game was released almost 20 years ago, back in 1990, and went on to spawn three sequels over the coming decade. Monkey Island sets you in the swashbuckling shoes of would-be pirate Guybrush Threepwood. Seeking fame and fortune, he arrives on Melee Island, situated deep in the Caribbean, and embarks on three quests to prove to a bunch of "important-looking pirate" chiefs that he's worthy of becoming a member of the pack.The game combines point-and-click puzzle-solving with an outrageous storyline written by Penny Arcade Adventures' Ron Gilbert and Brutal Legend's Tim Schafer, and features line after line of witty dialogue that's become the staple of geek speak for years. To solve the secret of Monkey Island, you'll need a sharp wit to collect and combine objects into puzzle solutions. Along with talking to the townsfolk for clues, you'll eventually piece together the correct solution.The most dramatic improvement to the original is the all new graphics, which follow the more caricatured look seen in The Curse of Monkey Island, and Launch of the Screaming Narwhal. Threepwood, Marley, and the rest of the cast have come to life in crisp detail, and it's great to see the world of Monkey Island in such a vibrant recreation. While the backgrounds are still 2D, they've also been given a facelift and include new animations such as swirling clouds, shimmering water, and crackling campfires.We experienced the occasional dropped frame here and there, but otherwise the iPhone does a great job of recreating the fun of this timeless classic, and the experience plays virtually the same as the Xbox 360 version, but in handheld form. In addition to the new graphics, the special edition also includes some superb voice acting, breathing fresh life into all of the game's characters.If you're an old school fan then fear not, as Lucasarts has also included the original version, with its classic low-fi graphics. You can seamlessly switch between the two versions on the fly, simply by swiping the screen with two fingers. While the original doesn't have an option to hear the new voice acting, the experience is exactly how we remember it, and it's a great inclusion.Monkey Island's point-and-click interface seems perfectly suited to the iPhone and we're pleased to report that it works great. You can choose from a preset list of verbs, such as "use", "open", "pick up", and then click directly onto an object or person to interact with them. You can access your inventory by clicking on the bottom toolbar and use this to combine items, or use them with other objects, or people. It seems a bit odd that the cursor doesn't reposition itself to where your touch the screen, so at times your finger will reach the edge of the screen and you'll have to drag the cursor several times to the desired place.If you get stuck at any point you can flip your iPhone to access the main menu, or shake it to access an all-new hints system. The first clue for any situation is usually quite vague but if you're really in a bind you can keep shaking your iPhone until the full solution reveals itself. If you don't want to resort to hints, you can simply pass the time by engaging in some amusing banter.The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition is a faithful recreation of the original, adding well-delivered dialogue, a new soundtrack and crisp graphics to a beloved old friend. The iPhone version is priced at

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GameSpot UK PodcastOn this week's << LINK REMOVED >>, Guy and Mark run through the latest in the world of gaming, including Sony and Nintendo's latest financials, China's ban of gangster games, and a possible dark side to Mickey Mouse. Plus you can win a limited-edition GameSpot Magic 8-ball! (Remember to bookmark the << LINK REMOVED >>, sign up to our << LINK REMOVED >>, or << LINK REMOVED >> for the podcast on iTunes.)Reviews:<< LINK REMOVED >>Previews:<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>

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Level-5's Professor Layton and the Curious Village << LINK REMOVED >> when it appeared back in late 2008. The game combined mind-bending puzzles with an intriguing murder mystery storyline and sumptuous graphics into a highly successful Nintendo DS title. As previously reported, Curious Village came in at number seven on ELSPA's << LINK REMOVED >>.

It should, therefore, come as no surprise that Nintendo announced a sequel was in the works and has finally confirmed a European release date of September 25 for Professor Layton and Pandora's Box. The puzzlefest has been dubbed Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box in North America and is due out one month earlier than Europe on August 23.

According to the Mario Factory, Pandora's Box reunites renowned puzzle-solver Professor Layton with his trusty sidekick, Luke, as they "set out on a voyage of discovery to uncover the mysteries surrounding the suspicious death of Professor Layton's mentor, Dr Schrader." It appears the duo has discovered a ticket for the Molentary Express train next to Schrader's body and thus "begins their adventure travelling from the big city on the luxury train into the unknown."

"You mean we have to wait two whole months for another adventure?"

In addition to 150 new brainteasers, riddles, and logic puzzles--30 more than the original--Pandora's Box includes three new minigames: Camera, Hamster, and Tea Set puzzles. Camera lets players collect parts to form a camera to take photos of crime scenes, and Hamster requires logic to help your portly pet hamster lose some weight. Meanwhile, Tea Set requires mixing three ingredients to create palatable concoctions.

Returning from Curious Village are downloadable bonus puzzles to keep players occupied once they finish the main quest. According to Nintendo, "a new puzzle will also be available each week for a limited period of time after the game launches." Meanwhile a code from Curious Village will allow existing fans to unlock an exclusive puzzle.

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Microsoft announced a slew of Xbox Live announcements during its << LINK REMOVED >> including partnerships with Facebook, Twitter, and UK broadcaster Sky. During the press conference, the publisher also unveiled a deal with music site Last.fm (owned by GameSpot's parent company CBS) and announced that the Xbox Live Video Store would be renamed as Zune HD.Speaking to << LINK REMOVED >> yesterday, MSN executive producer Peter Bale revealed that the company plans to launch a new music streaming service in the UK "imminently." A Microsoft representative confirmed the deal to GameSpot sister site << LINK REMOVED >> saying, "In the coming months, MSN is planning to launch a new music-streaming service in beta via its Music channel in the UK." Despite this confirmation, the spokesperson remained hush on the details. "At this stage, we won't be confirming the details behind this, but more information will be available soon and will be communicated in due course," they told News.com.

Will music streaming be coming to Xbox Live soon? Time will tell.

In addition to accessing the service via the MSN UK site, Xbox owners may also be privy to the service, according to The Telegraph. "[Bale] hinted the service could be tied in with Microsoft's Xbox [360] gaming console, but would not be drawn on the details of how a partnership would work," the outlet said. Such a decision wouldn't come as a huge surprise given Microsoft's focus on multimedia support on the Xbox 360. Disc-based and downloaded movies, MP3 players, photos, and the company's own Windows Media Center are all supported by the console. At the time of publication, a spokesperson from Microsoft was unavailable to confirm plans to launch the service on the Xbox 360.

While MSN has partnered with media streaming services in the past, this announcement would be handled completely in-house, following its acquisition of mobile phone music service Musiwave. Bale said the service would be "similar" to << LINK REMOVED >>, an already established leader in the media streaming space in Europe. Spotify's services are available on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux-based PCs, with plans to release apps on Apple's iPhone and Google's Android mobile OS.