Amazon yanks inappropriate sim game from online store

A game released in 2006 by Illusion studio, a game maker based on Japan, has now been pulled from Amazon's online game store. The game, entitled Rapelay, allows players to simulate the act of raping girls.

Marvel to debut motion comics on the iPhone

Apple's iTunes Store is becoming the general purpose online platform for delivering all kinds of digital content, including those which go well beyond music into movies, audio books and applications. And now, Apple will play host for publishing powerhouse Marvel Comics who will soon debut motion comics on iTunes.

Sega closing locations, canceling games, laying off employees

Yesterday, Sega's Japanese main branch said that the company will be closing 110 arcades, canceling some games currently in development and potentially lay off 18 percent of its staff. The game publisher said these cost cutting attempts are due to expected record losses of 25 billion yen ($238 million) during their fiscal year, which ends on March 31.

Microsoft offers limited free Xbox Live access

With the release of Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned, individuals may find some extra incentive to buy. Today, Microsoft made the announcement that in an effort to aid the sale of the first two 360-exclusive expansions, it would allow individuals six days of free online mode place to game purchasers at no extra charge. Usually playing Xbox Live online is limited only to individuals who subscribe to the "Gold" package, which is $49.99 each year. "Silver" subscribers pay nothing, but typically only have access to downloadable content.

YouTube spoof encourages online e-filing for Marylander taxes

Real Tax Payers of Genius - An official Maryland Comptroller video appeared on YouTube late last week. It's being picked up by countless websites today and shows the sufferings of not filing online in a ?? humorous way?

UK politicians want games to spread climate change message

Lord Puttnam, British politico wants individuals to be aware of global warming, its effects, dangers and how people can combat it, and he wants the video game industry to take part in the education of the masses.

Microsoft, Nokia: Two new app stores open for cell phone software

With the smartphone market growing, and cellphone application stores proving to be very popular, other companies are beginning to flood the market with new software titles made available by opening their own application stores - following Apple's lead.

UPDATED: Kindle 2 shows sleeker, richer device with Stephen King

Looking at the revamped Kindle 2 gives you the immediate impression its designers were solidly on about form and function. With the straight QWERTY keyboard layout, joystick-like thumb control instead of a wheel for scrolling around, and overall its thinner, lighter, more Apple-like footprint, the Kindle 2 could become a viable book replacement for those who didn't feel the same way about the original Kindle.

New Transformers video games coming for several platforms

It seems that with every major action franchise movie of late a new video game must accompany the latest sequel. Such is the case with the upcoming Activision title Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Guitar Hero world record set by 14yr old, Danny Johnson

Danny Johnson, a 14-year-old boy from Grapevine Texas set a world record on Wednesday in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, a game growing in popularity all over the globe.

DICE preps more Battlefield gaming fun

The gaming developers behind the popular title Battlefield: Bad Company are getting set to bring a few more Battlefield titles to market in coming months. DICE, an EA studio, has plans for a sequel as well as a new online multi-player title.

Netflix on Xbox 360 races to quick success

I have to admit, I had my doubts about Microsoft’s strategy to turn the Xbox 360 into a universal entertainment console. And when I heard that Netflix streaming would be limited to paying Xbox Live subscribers, I wasn’t quite sure whether the person who sabotaged Microsoft’s Zune strategy with a brown color scheme was back and took a shot at the Xbox. Apparently, I was wrong: Netflix screaming on the Xbox 360 is already a big success.

Rockstar prepares open-world Western gaming title

Rockstar Games is getting set to bring to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 video game platforms a new open-world style Western game. The follow-on to Red Dead Revolver, the new game will be called Red Dead Redemption and will be available in the Fall. EXTRA: SLIDESHOW

Zune-MEAN's business: Cinemash gives digital cinema a new twist

Microsoft today announced it has partnered with the bi-monthly MEAN Magazine to produce an innovative concept which will exclusively be available to Zune subscribers, and then later for MSN and Xbox LIVE. Called Cinemash, the effort will take classic scenes from popular movies and allow actors to re-enact them - often in comedic fashion, and potentially with alternate actors in the roles.

iPhone users account for 14% of mobile gaming downloads

 The iPhone is slowly but surely gaining a presence as a gaming platform. Individuals who own iPhone accounted for 14 percent of all mobile game downloads in November, according to market research conducted by comScore.

Amazon enters downloadable PC game industry

 Online retailer Amazon.com has stepped into another online shopping segment - video game downloads. With the unveiling of its new downloadable PC game store today, more than 600 titles are immediately available.

Chuck goes 3D with orange/blue glasses

 Tonight, the Chuck episode entitled "Chuck versus the third dimension" debuted in 3D. Glasses of orange/blue were available (sponsored by Intel) from local retail food stores and other outlets free of charge. This episode follows the recent SuperBowl "The 3D HD SoBe Lizard Lake Game Day!" commercial in 3D. And, having not seen that commercial previously, I was a bit skeptical about just how 3D the 3D would be. To put it mildly, I was impressed.

YouTube's AdBlitz channel wants you to vote

 YouTube has created a post-SuperBowl AdBlitz 2009 channel wherein they're asking for users to vote on their favorite SuperBowl TV commercial. With all commercials shown, users can vote on their favorites - or just watch the commercials for entertainment.

Nintendo stuns everybody, cuts fiscal 2009 profit forecast 33%

 In what's being called a "baffling and potentially very worrying" sign, Nintendo has issued a profit warning for Q4'2009 (ending March 31, 2009) citing one million fewer Wii units will be sold than was previously forecast. On DS sales of 96.22 million units, Wii sales of 44.96 million units, the company predicts to end the fiscal year (on March 31, 2009) with net income of 230 billion yen ($25.6 billion), down from 345 billion yen ($38.3 billion) predicted, down 33.3%.

Study: Gaming equals poorer relationships with friends, family

 Researchers at Brigham Young University have conducted a study which finds a connection between young adults' use of video games and poorer relationships with friends and families along with a greater frequency of risky behaviors, such as drinking and drug abuse. The 813 college student study's co-author reportedly was rather disappointed at his own findings.