Microsoft: The Windows-based PC is the largest gaming platform in the world

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. 

Acer targets Alienware and others with ‘Predator’ – RAWR!

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 jumps from sinking ESA ship

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. 

Microsoft: Blu-ray “not taking off”

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 confirms hazardous materials in game consoles

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.   

Is ‘Roku’ the formula to solve the movie download dilemma?

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 convincing enough?

New Yorkers first to get their hands on Nintendo’s Wii Fit

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.

Electronic Arts to comment on Take-Two hostile bid today

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.

AMD’s best idea in years: Want to play?

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.

Update - Wii dominates April sales despite GTA IV

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.

Ubisoft removes DX10.1 support from Assassin's Creed

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.

Nintendo ordered to pay $21 million in lost patent suit

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.

Xbox 360 hits 10 million unit sales in the U.S.

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.

Atari to rival Wii Fit with foot-powered controller

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.

Sony may update PS3 to fix GTA IV problems

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.

Disney plans online gaming, chatting and video sharing on Blu-ray

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.

EA bringing interactive skateboard game to Wii

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.

Blizzcon 2008 announced

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).

Wiiware kicks off with six titles

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.

Spielberg's Boom Blox provides fun but not innovation

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.