Blu-ray sales surge as player prices drop

A report by the NPD Group indicates that Blu-ray video technology has moved "further into the mainstream." Indeed, first quarter (Q1) sales of stand-alone Blu-ray players in the US increased by 72 percent to over 400,000 units. Meanwhile, the average selling price (ASP) for a stand-alone BD player decreased by 34 percent - from $393 in Q1 2008 to $261 in Q1 2009.  

Activision hopes for A Major triumph with Guitar Hero 5

Activision has confirmed plans to release three new titles in the fall of 2009: Guitar Hero 5, DJ Hero and Band Hero.  GH5 will give players an "unprecedented level of control over the way they play the game with the ability to drop in and out of songs and change band members, instruments and difficulty levels on the fly," the company explained in a statement.

Americans gamble over $100 billion online

Two politicians have introduced bills to Congress in an attempt to regulate Internet gambling and collect taxes from Americans playing online.

Duke Nukem Forever nuked forever

In tragic news received today, Duke Nukem, the cigar-chomping hero who has been promising to return to give bad guys two (or more) in the hat for over a decade, looks to be going into enforced retirement.

Nintendo ignores global meltdown

Japanese video game maker Nintendo turned in an 8.5 percent profit for the year making $2.8 billion for the year ended 31st March.

Beatles Rock Band just got more expensive

The upcoming Beatles version of Rock Band will offer two new 'guitars' to go with the $250 full-band package of the game, to convince players that they really are the Fab Four.

Bethesda blames Microsoft for Broken Steel snafu

Bethesda Softworks has reportedly blamed Microsoft for a critical error affecting Broken Steel, the latest expansion pack for Fallout 3.

Outraged Reznor criticizes Apple censorship

An outraged Trent Reznor has criticized Apple for rejecting a Nine Inch Nails (NIN) application due to "objectionable" content. According to the company, potential applications must not contain any "obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind" that may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users.

Apple snaps up senior Xbox strategist

A senior Xbox executive has reportedly left Microsoft to join Apple. Richard Teversham Teversham apparently played a criticial role in developing the Microsoft Xbox and Xbox Online video game brands in Europe. He is also on the Board of the ISFE (International Software Federation for Europe) which manages the PEGI age ratings for games and promotes gaming across the continent.

Walt Disney joins club Hulu

The Walt Disney Company has confirmed that it will become a joint venture partner and equity owner of Hulu. The agreement is expected to "enhance" Hulu's programming line-up with Disney content, including series such as Lost, Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty and Scrubs.

Sony to showcase new PSP at E3

Sony will reportedly showcase a new version of its popular PSP at the E3 conference in June. According to 1UP.com, the upgraded device is expected to be named PSP GO!

Twitter beginning to look like an ex-parrot

Last week's big thing, Twitter, where sad inadequates post tedious and thankfully brief details of their sad little lives for even sadder saddoes to read, looks like it's about to fall off its perch.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 slated for summer release

A Capcom blog post has confirmed that Marvel vs. Capcom 2 will be available for the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network by the summer of 2009. However, a demo for PlayStation users is expected to be released sometime this week.

Bethesda confirms Elder Scrolls novels

Bethesda Softworks has confirmed that Del Ray will be publishing two novels based on The Elder Scrolls video game series. The books, written by Greg Keyes, are expected to contain original stories set in the vast Elder Scrolls universe. Keyes' prior work includes the Age of Unreason tetrology, along with three New York Times bestselling Star Wars novels in the New Jedi Order series.

Konami pulls plug on "Six Days in Fallujah" game

Konami has reportedly decided to pull the plug on "Six Days in Fallujah," a video game that realistically depicts urban warfare between US forces and enemy combatants in Iraq.

IBM designs supercomputer to play Jeopardy!

IBM has announced the development of an "advanced computing system" that will compete with human contestants on Jeopardy! The system, codenamed "Watson," is capable of quickly responding to sophisticated queries that require an accurate comprehension of ambiguous expression.

Warner offers Blu-ray alternative to desperate HD-DVD owners

Warner Home Video has announced a new $4.95 trade-in program (not including shipping) in the hopes of enticing desperate HD-DVD owners to purchase Blu-Ray movies.

Video-on-Demand available in HD via Amazon

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?

Second Life to regulate adult content

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.

Sony's PS3 price problem

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.