After Sony refused to pay the licensing fees requested by the Formula 1 car racing association, England-based Codemasters has stepped up and nabbed the former Sony-exclusive license. Codemasters has gained the global rights to the racing label, promising to bring Formula 1-branded games to consoles, PC, and handheld gaming platforms.
Despite Sony's PS3 console being outsold by the Xbox 360 by more than two to one in the US, it managed to grab a healthy amount of the Grand Theft Auto IV sales. GTA IV broke game records around the world when it came out a few weeks ago, selling 3.6 million copies in the first day and six million copies by the end of the week.
A pair of Harvard researchers say violent video
games don’t turn children into killers. According to a newly published
book, ‘Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video
Games and What Parents Can Do’, psychologists Lawrence Kutner and
Cheryl Olson dispel common myths about violent games. In their
two-year study, they found that there was no data to support any
causation between games and real-life violence.
With Grand Theft Auto 4 selling like hotcakes and making over $500
million in the first week, a Republican and Democrat have introduced a
bill that would make it a bit harder for teenagers to buy mature
games. Republican Representative Lee Terry from Nebraska and Democrat
Representative Jim Matheson from Utah introduced the Video Games
Ratings Enforcement Act which would require retailers to check IDs and
not selling ‘Mature’ or ‘Adults Only’-rated games to anyone under
There's a new Wii game that will allow users to step on a unique controller and complete fitness exercises. No, we're not talking about Wii Fit; that's yesterday's news. EA is the new story when it comes to Wii-powered fitness regimens. It is really a blatant copy of Nintendo's Wii Fit game, which comes out to the US next month. EA doesn't shy away from this fact, though.
TG Daily investigates - Amidst talk that the PC’s days as a major gaming platform could be
counted blockbuster titles such as Assassin’s Creed are welcome signs
that show just the opposite. Sadly, it is very likely that this game
will be remembered for a controversy that dances around a strange decision to remove support for DirectX 10.1 and handed
transferred an initial performance advantage for ATI’s Radeon cards over to Nvidia.
Did Nvidia have its hands in this one? We looked a bit closer to find
When and if Sony finally releases its online world "Home" for the Playstation 3, many gamers will likely still be resentful over the countless delays they have endured. The software has now been scheduled for the "end of the year," a slightly less optimistic outlook than the previously announced release window of autumn 2008.
Nintendo today released a firmware update for its Wii video game console, adding a new feature to the main menu that allows gamers to access game trailers and demos. After downloading the update, users can find the "Nintendo Channel" in the Wii Shop Channel, available as a free download.
Apparently a life of crime does pay off and in the
case of Take-Two Interactive’s Grand Theft Auto 4 video game, it’s paid
off big time. The company has announced that retail sales of the
ultra-violent Xbox360 and PlayStation 3 game have surpassed $500
million dollars in the first week.
When Rock Band was announced for the Playstation 2 and subsequently the Wii, one of the most obvious question was, "What about the additional downloadable tracks?" Because neither the PS2 or Wii has the infrastructure to allow publishers to release downloadable content, it was widely assumed that the song list for those versions would remain static.
Formula 1 isn’t exactly as popular as Nascar or Indy cars, but there is
no denying that it is the premier motorsport event around the globe and
it looks like Sony won’t be publishing any more Formula 1 game titles
for no: Apparently, the gap between what Sony is willing to pay for a
license and what Bernie Ecclestone’s company is demanding is too wide.
If you are a fan of the famous German sports car brand, or dream of
driving a "Porscha", this one may be for you. Endor is bringing a
Porsche 911 Turbo gaming steering wheel to the market.
E3, the formerly fantastic game expo where tens of thousands of
people attended, just keeps getting smaller and lamer. According to
GameSpot, Vivendi has announced that it will not be attending this
year’s E3 show. This also means Activision won’t be attending the show
this coming July. But the bad news doesn’t stop there, because the
companies also announced that they will be dropping out of the
Entertainment Software Association, the organization that manages E3
and lobbies for the video game industry.
With the much-publicized problems of the Playstation 3 version of Grand Theft Auto leaving PS3 owners upset, the game's publisher has released details on how to fix the glitches, and it's not an easy process.
Microsoft is moving forward with plans to bring Sony's Blu-ray format to its Xbox 360 console, according a report from Chinese newspaper Economic Daily News. The paper claims that Microsoft has placed orders for an Xbox 360 console with a built-in Blu-ray Disc drive and is expected to ship them in the third quarter of this year.
The last couple years aside, most Americans would probably only remember a Canadian dollar that was less valuable than the American dollar, sometimes even comically so. Recently, though, the tables have turned and Canada's currency was at one point more valuable globally than that of the US. As a result, Sony Computer Entertainment America has decided to adjust the prices of content on the Playstation 3 online store to reflect the new price discrepancy.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has issued a statement calling for the newly released Grand Theft Auto IV to be pulled from store shelves and assigned an "Adults Only" rating from the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. The activist group takes particular offense to the fact that it is possible for players to allow in-game characters to drink and drive.
In its first day on store shelves, more than 600,000 copies of Grand Theft Auto IV were sold in the UK, which is more than any video game in the past. Grand Theft Auto is one of the most powerful franchises in the gaming industry, and is the crown jewel for its development company Rockstar. The new installment, which is the first for the Xbox 360 and PS3, was expected to be even more successful than previous titles.
In previous generations of video gaming, when a new title was released on multiple platforms there was rarely much discussion over which version to get. If you were a PS2 fan, you should go ahead and get the PS2 version, etc. However, with widely varying online services, different display and rendering technologies, and differentiated control schemes, multiplatform games are posing more of a debate, and Grand Theft Auto IV is showing that right out of the gate.
My former colleague Igor “Iggy” Gajic got the chance to interview Cevat Yerly, co-founder and CEO of Crytek. During the interview, Yerly was keen on keeping the lid of future projects, but he did not refrain himself from stating his views about the current state of PC gaming industry.