Abu Dhabi Media and Gazillion form joint MMOG studio

The Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC) and Gazillion Entertainment have announced the creation of a joint Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOG) studio. The collaborative venture is expected to focus on the creation of Arabic content for the Middle East gaming market.

Puritanical Apple censors 'objectionable' English dictionary

Apple has censored an English dictionary due to its supposedly "objectionable content." According to Ninjawords developer Phil Crosby, Club Cupertino rejected an initial build of the educational iPhone app just two days after it was submitted.

Electronic Arts jumps on motion-based bandwagon

Electronic Arts (EA) has pledged to support the next generation of motion-based gaming devices, including Microsoft's Natal and Sony's new controller. EA's focus on casual gaming could help the corporation reverse a serious decline in revenue, which plummeted 20 percent year-over-year during the first fiscal quarter.

Sony to cut eBook and Reader prices

Sony is set to announce two new eBook Readers tomorrow in an apparent move to compete more aggressively with Amazon. The company will also reduce prices for eBooks offered for the Reader devices, according to a report published by the Wall Street Journal.

Feds bust serial console jailbreaker

A Southern California college student has been arrested for allegedly "jailbreaking" an unspecified number of video game consoles. According to the Associated Press, law enforcement officials obtained a warrant to search the residence of 27-year-old Matthew Crippen after receiving a tip by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) in May.

Rumor: Sony prepping PS3 Slim for August 18 launch

Sony is reportedly preparing to launch a new version of its Playstation 3 console. According to RTL Info, the "PS3 Slim" will be unveiled in Germany on August 18 before the official opening of the Gamescom expo.

Nintendo: Natal is not a Wii killer

A top Nintendo executive has denied that Microsoft's Project Natal will pose a serious threat to the Wii. According to Shigeru Miyamoto, the company has already sold "millions" of controllers at a cost-effective price point.

Nintendo announces DSi-Facebook photo integration

Nintendo has confirmed that DSi owners will soon be able to upload pictures directly to their Facebook accounts. The function is expected to be available after 5PM PST with a free downloadable system update.

Carmack: Rage framerate 'lags' on Playstation 3

John Carmack has confirmed that the PS3 version of Rage runs at 'just 20-30 FPS' compared to 60 FPS on the PC. Carmack - the founder of id software - explained that the rasteriser was just a 'little bit' slower on the PS3.

EA preps Warhammer MMORPG for the Mac

Electronic Arts has introduced a beta version of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning for the Mac. The final (Mac) cut of the popular MMORPG is scheduled to be released in Fall 2009.

Nintendo Wii sales plummet 57 percent

Nintendo has confirmed that sales of its family-oriented Wii console plummeted by a shocking 57 percent. The company blamed a lack of "blockbuster software titles" for the significant decrease in shipments.

Apple iPhone 'more powerful' than Nintendo Wii

A TellTale Games developer has claimed that the iPhone is more powerful than the Wii. The developer - known as Yare - was responding to complaints about poor frame rate issues in Tales of Monkey Island for the Wii. 

Apple’s iPad: Like Apple TV or like iPod?

Analyst Opinion - If anyone else was bringing out a 10” tablet based on a Smartphone platform this decade, I’d bet on that company to be disappointed.  But Apple isn’t anyone and there is a better chance to make this a hit.  However, the iPad reminds us of the problems Apple had with AppleTV - and AppleTV was one of Apple’s rare failures. Even though it is arguably the best product in an otherwise generally disappointing class. 

Microsoft to stream old BBC programs

Software giant Microsoft will start offering old programs from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) by launching a streaming service, according to a report in the Times of London.

Game characters are too white, too male

Games developers are failing to reflect diversity, according to the first survey of game characters. Latinos are nearly invisible, and women and other groups are woefully underrepresented.

UbiSoft pledges to cut software piracy

UbiSoft CEO Yves Guillemot has pledged to 'tremendously decrease' software piracy. The CEO also confirmed that Ubisoft was shifting its casual focus from the DS to other platforms, including Natal and the Wii.

Nintendo clueless about "hardcore" Wii games

A Nintendo VP has admitted that she does not know why "hardcore" Wii games such as MadWorld and The Conduit have generated disappointing sales.

Advertising woes hold back digital video market

The digital video market is set to struggle for a while yet, according to a study from Jon Peddie Research. But Adobe, Apple and Avid are holding their own.

Ubisoft blames Nintendo DS over weak sales

Ubisoft has confirmed that its first fiscal quarter sales plummeted 50 percent to €83 million. The company attributed the slowdown to a number of factors, including decreased Nintendo DS game sales and "poorer-than-anticipated" market conditions.

Apple mixes cocktail to boost music album sales

Digital downloads allows consumers to simply buy those music tracks they want and circumvent entire albums to cut out those tracks they could care less for. It is a trend the music industry has been watching with concern, but it seems that Apple is now taking a new approach to make the digital album much more attractive with a pack of interactive features code-named Cocktail.