Update: The Dark Knight shatters box office records

Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Dark Knight set several new box office records during its opening weekend: The latest Batman movie had the biggest opening day, the biggest opening weekend and drove overall Hollywood box office weekend sales of the top 12 titles above a quarter of a billion dollars for the first time.

World of Warcraft adding achievements to woo bored players

While World of Warcraft is the biggest MMORPG on the market, many players are a bit tired of the traditional hack and slash grind.  Furthermore, life at level 70 can be a bit boring at times – sure you can get money and gear, but there really isn't that much difference between having 5000 gold or 100,000 gold, especially when you already own everything else.  Now Blizzard Entertainment has announced the addition of achievements to the upcoming Wrath of the Lich King Expansion.

Sony and Amazon team up to deliver video everywhere

As part of its "video everywhere" strategy, Sony plans to marry Internet-equipped Bravia HDTVs with Amazon's new video-on-demand service to fight off increasing pressure from set-top box vendors. It is another try to convince consumers of the benefits of video-on-demand (VoD). No matter how you look at it, VoD looks like a matter of time and the days of your local video store may be counted. Even the recently more and more visible video kiosks may be sailing into an uncertain future.

ESA reveals An Inconvenient Truth about the gaming industry

After listening for years that games are mostly played by teens, Entertainment Software Association came forward today and released their annual booklet of facts.  The booklet titled "Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry in 2008" is 14 mind-numbing pages filled with facts about the US video game industry – and some of those facts are definite eye-openers.

2K bringing back 1994's Colonization

2K is bringing back a serious blast from the past, Colonization from 1994.  Under the name Civilization IV: Colonization, the game will use the Civilization IV Gamebryo engine which means low hardware demands and a lot of strategic thinking. The game features several nations to colonize and manage, but the basic premise remains the same: pick your race, territory and begin to create a nation.

PC and Xbox 360 players battle in new Take-Two MMO

PC and Xbox 360 gamers have typically stayed on their respective platforms, but an upcoming MMO game from Take-Two Interactive promises to change all that.  he future of entertainment lies in crossover titles that join gaming platforms together. If there was any doubt, take a look at latest title from developers of well-known City of Heroes/City of Villains MMO series.

World of Warcraft update adds addiction curbing alarms

World of Warcraft players now have some extra tools to help them put down their virtual crack pipes.  Yesterday, an update to WoW added time displays and alarms that warn players when they have exceeded their allotted playing time.  Unfortunately, or fortunately for truly addicted players, the alarms have no real consequences because they are a simple ‘DING’ sound and some optional text.

Redmond, we have a problem: Sony just cut the price of the PS3

The game console market is getting more interesting: Following Microsoft’s time-limited price cut of the Xbox 360 Premium, Sony has announced an upgrade of its 40 GB console to 80 GB, which could be interpreted as a permanent price cut of the flagship 80 GB Playstation 3, despite the loss of PS2 compatibility. The decision between an Xbox 360 and a PS3 is now much less a question of cost, but a question of how much the Xbox’ entertainment features or the PS3’s Blu-ray drive are worth to you. 

Nintendo rocks the house at E3, touts console and handheld supremacy

Nintendo literally rocked the house at their E3 press conference with music, games and even some stuffy business apps for the DS handheld.  In what has become a typical E3 scene, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata and legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto were treated as the demigods of the gaming industry by the audience at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood California.  The pair, along with Nintendo of America’s President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime, slammed home the message that Nintendo, the Wii and the DS aren’t fads and they certainly have the marketing numbers to prove it.

Netflix coming to your Xbox 360

We have our doubts about Microsoft’s Xbox 360 strategy, which, in our opinion, lacks focus. But we cannot deny that the company has just made a brilliant move. Top-level Xbox Live subscribers, who are also Netflix subscribers, will be able to stream Netflix content through the console with no additional cost. Well, at least sort of. Could the Xbox 360 become what the Windows Media Center PC should have been? Absolutely.

Microsoft exec says Xbox 360 will outsell the PS3 - update

Microsoft says its Xbox 360 will eventually outsell both the PlayStation 3 globally.  Speaking at its Xbox press conference at the E3 gaming conference, Microsoft’s senior vice president of entertainment, Don Mattrick, said the Xbox 360 hardware was in “fantastic shape”.  He touted the consoles impressive installed base in the United States and made an interesting prediction.

Nintendo draws first blood at E3

E3 has always been the venue of dueling press conferences and announcements and Nintendo has drawn first blood.  While reporters were waiting to enter the Microsoft press conference, Nintendo announced that it will be releasing an accessory for their Wiimote controller that will enhance its tracking and sensitivity.

Porn industry takes a steamy first shot at the iPhone

There is lots of talk about Apple’s new App Store and there are indications that software for the iPhone could become what iTunes has become for the iPod: Not only a promotional tool to drive hardware sales, but a platform that brings in lots of extra dollars. Those 500 applications available today (if you were lucky enough to activate your fancy new iPhone) are what most of us would call clean and conservative. But the adult film industry isn’t sleeping: Market leader Digital Playground is the first major studio to announce that “steamy” content can now be delivered right to your iPhone.

Microsoft to unveil DirectX 11 at XNA Gamefest

Microsoft will take the wraps off DirectX 11 at its annual XNA Gamefest, which is scheduled to take place on July 22 and 23 in Seattle, TG Daily has learned.

Microsoft director calls Nintendo Wii a novelty

Sure the Nintendo Wii massively outsells the Xbox 360 every month, but a Microsoft director says the Wii isn’t a direct competitor.  Aaron Greenberg, Microsoft’s director of product management for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live, told Gamasutra that the Sony PlayStation 3 is the arch nemesis of the 360.  He added that the 360 had more hard core hardware, something that gamers would graduate to from the Nintendo Wii.

Rhapsody drops DRM, gives away 100,000 free albums

Real Networks relaunched its Rhapsody music store and follows the general trend of leaving DRM copy protection behind. But Rhapsody has a few other new features as well – such as a full-length preview of songs as well as iTunes and cellphone compatibility.   

Diablo 3 to continue war between heaven and hell

Blizzard Entertainment today announced Diablo III, another sequel to a fantasy role playing game that was released more than eleven years ago and became the most successful video game of its time.

Sony greens the Playstation 3

The Playstation 3 can be a significant contributor to your power bill, but Sony is reacting to recent criticism with a third-generation hardware version that we will be shipping this holiday season. According to media reports, the updated console will consume about 10 – 20% less power than current systems.

Playstation 3 to get movie downloads this summer

Sony will is ready to expand the content for its Playstation 3 (PS3) game console with a movie download service, the company said earlier today.

GTA ‘Hot Coffee’ lawsuit means big bucks for lawyers, small change for regular folks

The lawsuit over the inclusion of sex scenes in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is turning out to be a big payday for lawyers, but buyers of the game will get very little.  You may remember the minor scandal a few years back where players of the game could unlock some steamy scenes with third-party software.  Some people were so offended that they filed a class action lawsuit against Rockstar Games and its parent Take-Two Interactive.  But now it’s apparent that the real winners in this case aren’t the offended gamers (of which there are actually very few).