2010 FIFA World Cup

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Video2010 World Cup - Brammers v Marto!

Editor (Por) takes on EG designer (Spa).

Video2010 World Cup - Champo v Brammers!

Podcast host (Bra) takes on editor (Arg).

Video2010 World Cup - Argentina Peru qualy

Can Maradona's side score to stay in it?

Video2010 World Cup - Ireland Italy scenario

Can Italy score in the dying moments?

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UK charts: FIFA World Cup remains top

Sin and Punishment 2 falters.

A poor week for new releases sees few new entries in the UK all-formats chart, but then displacing EA's 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa this close to the real-life sporting event was always going to be a tall task, and the EA game remains number one.

UK chart: 2010 FIFA World Cup is top

SSFIV in second, GOW Collection 10th.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa game has raced to the top of the UK all-formats chart. PS3 sales were greater than on Xbox 360 by one per cent (48 to 47).

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa

It's up for grabs now.

The World Cup may only come around once every four years, but when it comes to the associated videogame there's usually a sense of over-familiarity. EA Sports' FIFA games are the best football titles out there at the moment, but with updates already arriving annually, spin-off games specific to international tournaments are a bit like the Premier League's aborted "39th game" plan - an idea that seems to suit the stakeholders primarily, with only token concern for the fans.

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa hopes to change that. As a World Cup game, it's defined to some extent by what it doesn't have (300 domestic clubs, most obviously), but EA Sports has compensated by drawing up several interesting and varied game modes, and uses the legendary status of World Cup shoot-outs as an excuse to rethink penalties.

Most importantly, it tweaks things on the pitch. Goalkeepers stand their ground rather than charging suicidally out of goal, and there are myriad interesting deflections to contend with, so it's harder to pass your way through midfield. Passing may prove divisive - there seems to be more "error" than before - but then aerial passing is now a practical aspect of attack, which is welcome. The referees have also calmed down, rarely blowing for harmless shoulder barges as they did in FIFA 10.

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EA/Capcom games dodge volcano delays

FIFA World Cup, SSFIV, LP2 on time.

VOLCANO WATCH: EA and Capcom have assured Eurogamer that their imminent releases are not buried under tons of death-ash spouted from Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano.

2010 FIFA World Cup

Form is temporary, class is permanent.

With the world's biggest football tournament approaching like a juggernaut, it's comforting to know that, in the likelihood our national team fails to hold aloft the trophy, we can always play out our World Cup fantasies with EA's inevitable pre-tournament footy release. We caught up with 2010 FIFA World Cup's line producer Simon Humber to find out all the details he couldn't tell us last month and to get our hands on all-but-finished PS3 and Xbox 360 code.

World Cup producer on tackling quitters

Could incentivise people for staying course.

Update: Simon Humber has contacted Eurogamer to clarify the quotes below. "What I believe I said to Mr Minkley, when asked about quitting, was that there is another way to think about the problem," he wrote in an email.

2010 FIFA World Cup

Terry and June.

Everyone's wrong about John Terry. It wasn't shagging a team-mate's former missus that cost him the England captaincy. It was the Curse of FIFA.

EA's 2010 FIFA World Cup confirmed

EA's 2010 FIFA World Cup confirmed

First screenshot tomorrow.

EA's lifted the lid on the official 2010 FIFA World Cup videogame and promises to release the first screenshot tomorrow.

"The first screenshot of 2010 FIFA World Cup will be posted live at www.facebook.com/EASPORTSFIFA," Tweeted EA Sports.

The existence of the game is as unsurprising as a yearly update to the core FIFA series, but nevertheless, this is the first EA has publicly spoken of it.

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