Blizzcon multiboxers – dinner with the most hated people in World of Warcraft

“I hate you guys!”  “You people have no life!” – When it comes to being hated, World of Warcraft multiboxers are in their own league.  These players, who control more than one character at a time, face criticism heaped upon them from online forums to slurs uttered in person.  How do these multiboxers deal with the criticism?  Quite easily actually and many of them simply don’t care.  And after having dinner with the multiboxers from the dual-boxing.net forums, I can happily report that these people do indeed have lives, heck they even have girlfriends.

Blizzcon’s goodie bag and the insane prices it fetches

If you missed this past weekend’s Blizzcon convention in Anaheim, then you not only missed out on a great show, but also an awesome goodie bag.  Unlike other conventions, you don’t get a worthless backpack and carrying back at Blizzcon, in fact the show is known for giving out perhaps the best and most valuable attendee bags around.  Want to know what was inside?  Take a look in our picture gallery.

World of Warcraft mouse pulses light and comes with Hot Pockets

SteelSeries demoed its upcoming World of Warcraft mouse at this past weekend’s Blizzcon convention in Anaheim.  The rugged-looking, scaly, mouse has more than a dozen buttons and can pulse light in more than 16 million colors.  Hard-core WoW players can create macros of up to 160 characters for each button.  To ease macro creation, SteelSeries has included 130 predefined commands.

Blizzcon 08: Motorized turtle mount and rider win costume contest - gallery

Female night elves, an orc warrior and even Rick Astley couldn’t defeat a very blue Draenei female and her motorized turtle at the 2008 Blizzcon costume contest.  Dozens of attendees competed for a replica Frostmourne sword and the costumes were impressive.  Most of the contestants tried to replicate their favorite World of Warcraft characters by manufacturing their own clothes and weapons, but in the end a huge green turtle named, “Speedy” stole the show.

YouTube to play full-length TV shows

In the most recent attempt to squeeze money out of YouTube traffic, Google unveiled full-length episodes of some fan favorite TV shows. "We are starting to test full-length programming on YouTube, beginning with some fan favorites requested by you," the YouTube blog announced.

Blizzcon - long lines, drooling fans and Diablo 3 playable demo

More than 15000 crazed Blizzard Entertainment fans packed will pack into the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend for the 3rd Blizzcon convention.  Attendees braved long lines to grab their badges, but they didn’t seem to mind as a playable demo of Diablo 3 awaited them inside.  Content teases of the upcoming Starcraft II and World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King also soothed the savage fans.

Will Microsoft's Xbox 360 kick the Apple TV out of your living room?

Apple TV could be in big trouble when Microsoft unveils its new Xbox LIVE service in six weeks - with a revamped UI and a much broader focus on Hollywood. The software maker is betting on entertainment content in an effort to push Xbox 360 sales. And it seems that the Xbox 360 is the currently best-positioned gadget to become an all purpose gaming and entertainment platform for the living room.

The 20 most anticipated video games for the 2008 Christmas shopping season

Feature - The holiday season is approaching quickly: If you have children or if you are an avid gamer yourself then you know there are tons of video games you could buy. This Christmas season is jam-packed with a few very interesting titles and sequels to some of the most popular games already on the market for both the PC and console game systems. Here are our recommendations as a guideline which games you can expect to appear on most wishlists of gamers. Be sure to check out our slideshow to see screenshots of the games listed below. 

Sony upgrades Japanese PS3, confirms Home Beta

Sony will begin offering the 80 GB Playstation 3 with a rumble pack wireless controller this month in Japan. The 40 GB version will be transitioned into “open” pricing.

Netflix draws ire with Blu-ray surcharge

By now, most of us are used to surcharges that are often justified to “make up for extra cost” caused by external factors. Netflix has been talking about potential price increases for Blu-ray rentals for some time and revealed today that it will be charging customers who want access to Blu-ray movies an extra $1 per month – which translates into an increase of at least 6% for subscribers who choose this option.

Warhammer Online chief bans thousands of gold farmers, tells them “go to hell”

EA/Mythic’s General Manager Mark Jacobs says gold farmers aren’t welcome in Warhammer Online and adds quite forcefully that they can, “go to hell”.  Jacobs recently posted in a blog that he’s instructed his staff to immediately and publically ban all gold farmers.  To add insult to injury, he says Warhammer Online has a strike team devoted to exterminating gold farmers from the game.

NeuroSky and Square Enix demonstrate brainwaved-controlled video game

NeuroSky, a developer of wearable bio-sensors, is showing off a brainwave-controlled video game as a concept being jointly developed with Square Enix. It is being displayed at the Tokyo Game Show 2008 in Makuhari, Japan, on October 9 and 10.

New NBA season, new NBA games

With the new National Basketball Association (NBA) upon us it also means it is time for another round of NBA basketball games to light up our video game consoles.

Lightsabers: Now a Nintendo Wii Accessory

Video game accessories manufacturer dreamGear has unveiled a new lightsaber accessory for Star Wars fans who own a Nintendo Wii. It is called Dual Glow Sabers and you'll find it pricing around around $25 for a pair.

Sony’s expands 66-cent-per-song music attack at Apple

Music industry giants show more and more effort in supporting digital music download services that compete with Apple’s iTunes. Universal Music Group this morning announced that it will be supplying its music catalog to Dada.net, which plans to be offering over-the-air DRM-free MP3 tracks. The cost per song is well below iTunes pricing: A 15 song package is sold for $10.

Sony to transition to 9 megapixel movies, eyes 3D cinema

1080p is yesterday: Sony gets more aggressive in promoting next-generation movie theater technologies, including 4K resolution movies as well as a new 3D adaptor for its high-end 4K projectors, which should provide crystal clear 3D movie experiences.

Sony announces pricey e-book reader

There has been lots of activity in the ebook reader segment lately. Following Amazon’s Kindle, we recently saw the Plastic Logic’s stunning device and it appears that Sony will also try to take another shot at this market. The company will soon be selling an updated version of its Reader Digital Book, which now includes a touchscreen.  

Apple updates iTunes, Apple TV, MobileMe

Apple today updated MobileMe, the iTunes jukebox software and the Apple TV firmware. The updates fix several annoying bugs and bring new features like Genius and On-The-Go playlists for Apple TV, in addition to a new standby mode, performance and reliability improvements in iTunes 8 and support for syncing more than 2000 contacts in MobileMe.

Nintendo rolls out much more versatile Nintendo DSi

Game consoles are not just for gaming anymore. If we look at devices such as the iPhone, which also wants a share of the gigantic mobile gaming market, it is clear that mobile devices will have to become universal entertainment devices with much more functionality of current devices: Nintendo made a huge step into that direction with the unveiling of the new DSi today. The new console merges gaming with some practical applications (web browsing, shopping) and entertainment (camera and image editing). Extra: SLIDESHOW

Nintendo preps a new sub-$189 DS

Following on the heels of Sony’s recently announced update for the Playstation Portable, Nintendo said it will be refreshing its DS mobile gaming console. The pimped DS is scheduled to be introduced this Thursday in Japan and wills port a camera, a music player capabilities and enhanced wireless connectivity.