Amazon expanded its Video on Demand service on Tuesday to include more
than 500 HD television shows and movies from Sony Pictures, Warner
Brothers Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios Home
Entertainment, Showtime Networks, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. Can
Amazon catch up with Netflix?
Linden Lab has confirmed its intention to regulate adult content found
in the wild virtual world of Second Life. The company will implement a
three-tiered rating system - PG, mature, or adult - that will be used
to identify content and set individual preferences for residents.
A senior executive has admitted that problems at Sony have prevented
the company from bundling games into a promotional package or cutting
the price of the Playstation 3.
Warner Bros. and TT Games have teamed up with Lego, Harmonix and MTV to create a new title known as Lego Rock Band.
In yet more research pathologising widespread behavior, a Iowa State
University psychology professor has concluded that nearly one in ten
young players show "pathological patterns of video game addiction".
We have to give props to Microsoft. It has the oldest current-gen game
console on the market, but the company has found an effective strategy
to keep sales numbers high and the PS3 at a distance. Consumers will be
able to purchase a new high-end bundle in May. Sony, are you watching?
Google’s YouTube video streaming site has announced a partnership with
Hollywood studios, which will deliver both television shows and movies
to United States viewers. Among the partners agreeing to deliver
content to the site are CBS, BBC, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Lions Gate
Entertainment, an independent film studio.
How do you increase the price of a new controller for your game
console: Simple. You market a new feature as additional hardware rather
than as an integrated part of your controller. In Nintendo’s case, that
would translate into a 50% increase, if you plan on adding the new Wii
MotionPlus to your WiiMote – or 33% if you buy the Nunchuk as well. A
fully decked out 4-person controller system for the Wii costs a
stunning $320. Too much?
Two upcoming online games, Jumpgate Evolution and Mission Against Terror, will integrate Dolby’s Axon 3D voice platform, the company announced today.
Myst is coming to the iPhone and iPod touch. The original developer,
Cyan Worlds, believes that it can fit the entire game into teh device,
rendered scenery and animations, original score and sound effects. In
fact, the iPhone port is promised to pack every aspect of the original
pixel-perfect accuracy. EXTRAS: SLIDESHOWS
Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo said that the video game creator
does not plan to make any pricing changes to its Wii console even
though unit sales are declining in Japan. The company admitted that the
Wii has hit its lowest sales level in the Japanese market yet.
Will Wright, designer of such popular games as The Sims, SimCity and Spore, announced yesterday that he will be leaving Electronic Arts to run Stupid Fun Club, an entertainment "think tank" which he created in 2001 to help develop properties for video games, movies, television and even Web-based toys.
Chicago (IL) – Rumor has it that YouTube and Sony Pictures are
negotiating a content streaming deal. CNet is reporting that sources
close to the discussion claim that an agreement between the two
companies would make some Sony Pictures full length films available for
free streaming via YouTube.
Nintendo's dominance in game console sales has taken a back seat in Japan to Sony's PlayStation 3 this month. While Nintendo sold an impressive 99,335 units as of March 29, Sony was easily able to beat that selling 146,948 (48% more). Analysts are wondering if this trend will continue and reach Europe or the U.S.
Today in the United States, Nintendo begins selling its much anticipated DSi portable game player. While the device has been on sale in Japan since the Fall, U.S. buyers will be able to shell out around $170 for a model in either blue (cyan) or black. The DSi includes front-facing 3.0 Megapixel and rear-facing 0.3 Megapixel cameras, two slightly larger screens, more memory, an SD card slot, and is backward compatible with DS line which, to date, has sold more than 100 million units. Nintendo hopes DSi will compete against the iPod touch as a viable gaming platform with its online DSi shop.
Late yesterday, an illegal copy of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine leaked on the web -- one full month ahead of the official premiere slated for May 1. Naturally, it sent shivers down many Hollywood mogul's spines and also shocked analysts. It's also a big blow to 20th Century Fox, who fears the illegal copy and potentially skewed reviews could hurt the movie's revenue. Being an avid movies fan, I'm tempted to download it. On the other hand, I know it would be bad for my karma. Should I surrender? I (and many others) won't be buying our tickets when the time comes.
A brief press release posted at 11:59:59pm last night has ignited a slew of controversy. Google's announcement was of a new artificial intelligence named CADIE, which stands for Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity. She's a HAL-like computer with her own homepage and YouTube channel wherein she demonstrates the full extent of her HAL-envy, and Google's continued appreciation of April Fool's Day jokes.
Sony had claimed it would be making a big announcement this week, but didn't give consumers any hints. Speculators and analysts assumed we'd be seeing a significant decrease in the price of the PlayStation 3. What Sony has now unveiled does not involve the PlayStation 3, but instead the PlayStation 2. The company plans to reduce the consoles price by about 25 percent, down to $99.
Don’t say you did not see this one coming. An economy in recession,
slowing subscriber growth and higher cost of Blu-ray media means what
for your Netflix subscription? Yes, a price increase. And depending on
your plan, you may be paying up to $9 per month extra for the privilege
of watching movies in high-definition.
A recent study conducted by the University of Rochester and published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, concludes that playing shooter-type video games is a great tool for improving one's eyesight. That means all of that violence, guts and gore could quite possibly be contributing to healthier eyes.