Opinion – It appears that there has been a lot of chatter about what
Steve Ballmer told an audience of 1500 Chicago executives yesterday at
a luncheon of The Executives Club of Chicago. Ballmer mentioned a new
Xbox for 2010. Whether it will be a new SKU or a Project Natal-equipped
device, we have no idea. What we do know, however, that it is too early
to speculate. Any such speculation should be taken with with a grain of salt at this time.
Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has demanded that Sony implement an immediate Playstation 3 price cut. Kotick explained that the the PS3 has lost "momentum," while the Wii and Xbox "are just selling better." Kotick also noted that Xbox games generated a higher ROI (return on investment) in comparison with PS3 titles.
A woman has been ordered to pay $1.92 million for downloading 24 tracks from the Kazaa file sharing site - $80,000 per song.
The DoD (Department of Defense) has confirmed the worldwide deployment of America's Army 3. The game reportedly offers players an authentic Army experience by "reflecting" the training, technology, actions and career advancement of a US soldier.
I've always had a soft spot for Amazon. Perhaps too soft. I'm not ashamed to admit that I have purchased a number of items from the online megastore in the early hours of the morning when I was perhaps too, err, relaxed, to know better, only to find a day or so later that I already owned the CDs and DVDs that had just dropped onto the doormat.
Analyst Opinion - It’s been almost a week since the last U.S. analog
television signals finally faded to black. By now, if you’re not among
the vast majority of viewers getting content through a cable or
satellite subscription, you likely find yourself in one of three
The Futuremark Games Studio said it is hunting for beta testers for the Shattered Horizon game.
Virgin Media and Universal Music announced plans to offer unlimited
music downloads for a flat fee. It isn’t quite the groundbreaking idea
it is made up to be, as similar thought came up after the shutdown of
Napster back in 2002. Now the music download environment seems to have
matured enough to roll out such a service. We just don’t know how much
it will cost. How much would it be worth to you?
Microsoft is reportedly eyeing a major upgrade for its Xbox 360 console. According to 1Up, Natal - Microsoft's controller-free motion control technology - will be integrated into the upgraded unit. However, the company is also expected to distribute the new controller as an add-on for existing Xbox 360 consoles.
Sony has rebuffed claims that Apple's popular iPhone may negatively affect PSP-Go sales. "At the end of the day, the iPhone is a phone," Jack Tretton, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America told CNBC. "At the end of the day, we're a game system. If the iPhone gets you interested in gaming, that's good for me, because it gives me a chance to sell you a PSP."
A recent study funded by the National Parkinson's Foundation has concluded that Wii games help improve coordination, reflexes and other movement-related skills.
"The games require visual perception, eye-hand coordination, figure-ground relationships and sequenced movement, so it's a huge treatment tool from an occupational therapy perspective," explained Dr. Ben Herz.
Hit by the recession, consumers are saying 'game over', with purchases of consoles down 30 percent on this time last year. Sales of games were down 17 percent.
A US District Court judge has summarily dismissed a patent-infringement lawsuit brought by Guardian Media Technologies against Nintendo's Wii. "We are very pleased with the Court's decision," said Rick Flamm, Nintendo's general counsel. "Nintendo vigorously defends patent lawsuits. At the earliest stages of this case, Nintendo convinced the Court to dismiss this case as Guardian's patent had nothing to do with Nintendo's products."
Escalation Studios has resurrected Doom for the iPhone. The latest version of the classic title will utilize artwork and core engine technology developed for Doom 3 in 2005. Nevertheless, Resurrection is expected to offer fans a completely "new play style," with plenty of gory challenges for both novice and experienced gamers.
France's highest legal authority has overturned a ruling that would have allowed a new state agency to cut off internet access for those who download music illegally.
WebWars has launched a new browser-based platform that offers a
"layered reality" gaming experience. The platform utilizes Flash to create interchangeable themes, advanced gameplay mechanics and
social networking features.
Sony is reportedly eyeing a $100 price cut for its high-end Playstation 3. According to Industy Gamers, the price cut could be timed to coincide with EA's (Electronic Arts) release of Madden NFL 10 in August.
The Apple Worldwide Developers' Conference probably isn't the best place to pull, which may be why a company called iPorn is hosting a 'Bikini Girls' party there tonight and offering free adult videos to users.
Nintendo fans seeking the confirmation of new hard core titles left E3 with a distinct feeling of relief. Their voracious appetites for destruction had been utterly sated by the gritty Grinder and bloody Gladiator AD.
A News Corp executive confirmed that he may be looking into ways to
diversify the video site’s revenue base. At least some of Hulu’s
content could soon be only available to subscribers.