Prior to Microsoft’s “Big Picture” gaming showcase held today in San
Francisco, corporate vice president John Schappert reminded us that,
despite what you may have heard, the Windows PC is the world’s dominant
gaming platform. Expect another big push from Microsoft to defend the
Windows PC against game consoles.
The name Acer doesn’t usually bring images of fast and sexy
computers, but the company hopes its new Predator computer line will
propel it into the hands of wealthy enthusiasts and high-end gamers.
The Aspire G7700 Predator case resembles something out of a sci-fi
movie with its orange paintjob and lift up front panel.
ID Software, the makers of legendary games like Doom and Castle Wolfenstein, has declined to renew its membership in the Entertainment Software Association. This adds to a long list of big-name game studios like Activision/Vivendi (which includes Blizzard Entertainment) and LucasArts that have also cancelled their memberships from the troubled video game group.
Once again, Microsoft has squashed rumors that a Blu-ray drive for a
refreshed Xbox 360 may be in the works. The company believes that DVD
will remain the more important optical format at this time and that the
real format battle may be fought online.
Greenpeace today released detailed numbers on the concentration of
hazardous materials used to manufacture the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii game
consoles. The good news is that the findings reflect previous hazmat
results from notebook tests, but the report indicates that each
manufacturer has a lot of room to reduce the concentration of materials
such as lead, chromium, bromine or cadmium in its products.
Netflix and Roku today introduced a movie streaming box that, for the
very first time, may attract the mass market to rent movies via the
Internet and not via a store or by mail: The Roku box sells for $100
and all-you-can-eat download plans start at $9 per month. Is it
Nintendo today officially launched its Wii Balance Board and Wii Fit
application, which transform the game console into a virtual wellness
center. Wii Fit launches today in New York and will be introduced
countrywide on Wednesday.
Video game juggernaut Electronic Arts will comment on its failed
hostile takeover bid of Take-Two Interactive today. Executives are
expected to speak to the media before the opening of US stock markets
and many analysts believe the company will extend the $2 billion offer
which expired last Friday.
There is not a whole lot coming out of AMD that can get you excited and
there is a good chance that the company’s latest pitch, which does not
even include a new product, may cause little more than a yawn here and
there. But we are convinced that AMD’s Game! campaign is the best idea
the company had in some time and provides an answer for many people to
the question why they should buy and AMD PC and not an Intel system.
The latest numbers from industry watch group NPD are in, and they show a commanding lead for Wii hardware sales despite some predictions that GTA IV would move the PS3 and Xbox 360 close to Nintendo's consistently high territory.
Montreal (Canada) - This should come as no surprise to TG Daily readers: Ubisoft has
released the v1.02 patch for its Assassin's Creed tile. The patch
removes support for DirectX 10.1.
The verdict is in in the case of Anascape v. Nintendo and it's not good news for the creator of the Wii. A judge has ordered that Nintendo infringed on patents owned by Anascape, a Texas-based technology firm. That's right; it's another case of a giant video game company being brought down by a company you've never heard of.
Microsoft today said that its Xbox 360 has become the first current-gen
game console to hit the 10 million unit market in the U.S. The Xbox
Live community has grown to 12 million users worldwide.
Video game publisher Atari has announced that it will release a new Wii game called "Family Trainer," a title that will encourage users to get up and be active in "wildly entertaining activities." However, unlike other similar games that have been announced, Atari will package its own version of Nintendo's "Balance Board" controller.
Soon after Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto IV on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, owners of the PS3 version began complaining about problems with its lower HD resolution and complications with online modes. People called out to Rockstar to release a patch to the game, but so far it has not done so. Now it appears the issue is with the PS3 hardware itself, so a fix would need to come directly from Sony.
Los Angeles (CA) - Disney has revealed details on the kind of features it plans to incorporate in the next generation of Blu-ray Discs. A new technology known as "BD Live" will open up Internet connectivity options and other advanced features, of which Disney is apparently poised to take advantage.
The country's largest video game publisher Electronic Arts announced that it is working on a new entry to its "Skate" franchise, for Nintendo's Wii and DS systems. The game, Skate It, will be compatible with Nintendo's Wii Balance Board controller, which allows gamers to use their feet to control some of the action. Additionally, it will use a new control scheme with the DS stylus.
Now is the time to start making your Night Elf or Orc
costume because Blizzard Entertainment has announced the dates of this
year’s Blizzcon convention. The sort-of annual meeting of thousands of
World of Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft players will happen on October
10th and 11th at the Anaheim Convention Center. Ticket prices will be
$100 and are sure to sell out (like they have in the past).
Nintendo has rolled out the red carpet for its long-awaited Wiiware service, which allows users to download "bite-sized" games made exclusively for the Wii. Six titles are now available through the new Nintendo digital download service, including a new Final Fantasy game from Square Enix and Frontier's LostWinds.
Gut Reaction - We all know Steven Spielberg for his masterpieces in film, E.T. and Jurassic Park to name a few. His branching out to Saturday morning-style cartoons was also a success, and with an intriguing video game now under his belt it seems there is nothing he can't do. However, if his first game is any indication, I'm not sure if his work in the latter category will play out quite as momentously.