Hookers in my Table Tennis Game?

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Frankly, when this was first announced, I thought it was a hoax, though a hoax directly from Rockstar. After all, a table tennis game from the creators of "Grand Theft Auto" and "State of Emergency"? Rockstar's Table Tennis for the Xbox 360: Yes, it really does look that good.  Imagine these games in a few years when developers really get a handle on next generation hardware...Rockstar's Table Tennis for the Xbox 360: Yes, it really does look that good. Imagine these games in a few years when developers really get a handle on next generation hardware...Sure enough, it turned out to be true and is actually looking very interesting. Rockstar's basic premise was to make the best possible playing game and put all their effort into great character models and animation. Essentially, take a simple game, make it a pleasure to control, and as beautiful as possible. Sounds good to me and something of a nod to earlier days of development. Hopefully such a high profile developer like Rockstar doing this and - fingers crossed - has a big success with this, will start to inspire other developers and publishers to take a chance. After all, this is the first stand alone table tennis game in ages and the basic design principle is a very positive one.

The press release from Take 2 Games follows:

Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis for the Xbox 360â„¢ Available Now
New York, NY - May 23, 2006 - Rockstar Games, the world-renowned publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is pleased to announce that Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis for the Xbox 360â„¢ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft is now available at retail stores in North America with a MSRP of $39.99.

Developed by Rockstar San Diego, Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis is a perfectly focused, addictive experience that features 11 playable characters from around the world, over 15 international arenas and supports up to 8 player tournaments via Xbox Live.

"Rockstar's title is intense, fast and engaging" and "comes closer to replicating the feel of the real-life sport than maybe any sports game in history," said IGN.com, while TeamXbox.com named it "Sports Game of the Show" at E3 2006.

Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis is rated "E" for Everyone. The title will reach European retail shelves on May 26th, 2006 for a price of €39.99, and £29.99 in the UK.

About Take-Two Interactive Software

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Bill Loguidice
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Here's an IGN Review:

Here's an IGN Review: http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/709/709654p2.html

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Matt Barton
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Hot Tennis Racket

My guess is that there'll be some sort of patch or code you can enter to make the women naked or some such nonsense. I actually saw something similar in a tennis game called Dead or Alive. My younger brother (probably 15 or so at the time) was bragging about the game, and demonstrated how he could make the women appear in thong bikinis. The "game" was little more than soft-porn, and definitely something I would have loved to have at his age! I was reminded of this game again when my brother-in-law (30ish) got Blood Rayne for Christmas. Looks like another game in that "Playboy" or perhaps "SI Swimsuit Issue" genre.

As for me, I've always preferred to keep my pr0n separate from my gaming. I don't see how a boner is going to help me win a game! :-P

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Bill Loguidice
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I think you're mixing up

I think you're mixing up "Outlaw Tennis" and "Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball", but both went for "sexy", though "Outlaw Tennis" went for funny/sleazy, while "Dead or Alive" went for classy/sexy.

Since it's an Xbox 360 game and since Rockstar got in a lot of trouble for the "Hot Coffee" mod, I doubt there's anything sexual hidden in this ping pong game. It looks like they're truly playing it straight.

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