Valve unites Epic Games, id Software and themselves under the same roof

Steam content distribution platform just became THE 800-pound gorilla in the world of digital distribution. Valve just announced that Epic Games signed with Steam, making this three out of three for founders of FPS gaming.

Recent writer’s strike may force Blu-ray prices down

A weekend spent in Hollywood can greatly help to learn about trends in the Consumer Electronics industry. Of course, Blu-ray was one of the main discussion topics and if you are currently frustrated about the high prices for players and movies, you may see much lower price tags very soon.

Playstation 3 climbs forward in February sales

The PS3 had one of its best months in February, selling over 280,000 units.  That barely edges out the Xbox 360's sales numbers, but is only around half of the number of Wii units sold in the same time period.  In February, NPD reports that the Wii was unsurprisingly the top console seller, reaching 432,000 units.  The PS3's 280,800 units put it in the number two spot, with the Xbox 360 reaching 254,600 units.

BioShock 2 in the works, arrives in 2009

During its quarterly conference, executives of 2K announced BioShock 2 and finally answered rumors of its sequel to the 2007 mega-hit, BioShock.  Three months ago, a new game development studio called 2K Marin opened its doors, and it was rumored that they are working on a sequel to BioShock. At the same time, the destiny of the 2K Boston/Australia team was uncertain, since head of 2K Boston, Ken Levine was stating that he is going to work on a sequel.

Take Two shareholder sues over EA buyout rejection

Earlier this year, Take Two Interactive rejected a buyout offer from Electronic Arts, and now a T2 stock owner is suing for not maximizing shareholders' equity.  EA offered Take Two a substantial premium over the company's current market value to buy the video game publisher outright.  However, Take Two said it was the wrong place and the wrong time to consider such an offer, and tried to keep negotiations secret.

Super Smash Bros Brawl hits all the right notes

Game Review - If you own a Wii, you need to run out and buy a copy of Super Smash Bros Brawl.  It is one of the greatest Nintendo games of all time.  When Super Smash Bros was released on the Nintendo 64, it was really the first of its kind - bring together a bunch of characters from different games in an environment none of them had even been in before.  It was an intoxicating formula that only Nintendo has been able to perfect.

Virtual character with child-like reasoning abilities enters Second Life

Interacting with avatars in a virtual world may soon change dramatically: Researchers are trying to find ways to create lifelike synthetic characters, which act just like humans and would make it difficult for players to determine whether they are dealing with a real or simulated person. Scientists from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute claim that have completed a critical first step, injecting Eddie, a virtual character with the reasoning abilities of a 4-year old child into Second Life.

Price of OCZ’s brain-controlled mouse confirmed: $159

OCZ's Neural Impulse Actuator (NIA) could become one of the most sought after computing peripherals this year. So far, the price of the device was somewhat a mystery, with estimates ranging from £99.99 to $299 – more than what you would currently would pay for Nintendo’s Wii console (if you can get one). It turns out that OCZ will bring the NIA for $159 to the U.S., TG Daily has learned.

Super Smash Bros Brawl midnight openings canceled throughout midwest

Dozens of Gamestop stores in Ohio, Kentucky, and neighboring states have canceled their midnight openings and local round one tournament competitions for Super Smash Bros Brawl due to a nasty late-winter storm. In Columbus, Ohio, every single GameStop location in a six- to seven-county area decided to cancel the event after a total of over 20 inches of snow fell over the past two days, a new record.  Many locations were not even open for regular business hours today as the city received its first blizzard warning in over 12 years.

Microsoft not all that focused on high definition for Xbox

While Microsoft as a company has played a major role in high definition home media, it is not really concerned with how that will play out in the Xbox 360 market. Aaron Greenberg, group product manager for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live, told TG Daily that although HD DVD's demise is unfortunate, it does "not at all" affect the console's position as an entertainment center.As we’ve long stated, we believe it is games that sell consoles and Xbox 360 continues to have the largest next-gen games library with the most exclusives and best selling games in the industry. Market data shows that HD movie playback is not a primary purchase driver for consumers buying video game consoles," said Greenberg.

Rockstar to patch Bully's bugs on Xbox 360

Rockstar said today that it is aware of serious problems in the Xbox 360 game Bully: Scholarship Edition and that it is working "to resolve these issues as quickly as possible." Players have recently flocked to message boards and Rockstar customer support to complain about the game randomly freezing and losing save data, as well as rampant audio/video problems.

Audiosurf rules Steam's February sales

Valve has begun releasing statistics for its Steam service, which currently reaches more than 15 million subscribers and has grown into one of the major game distribution platforms. Other than you might expect, it isn’t the Bioshock & Co bunch that is dominating the Steam charts.

Another Balance Board game coming to Wii

THQ has announced a new Wii and DS game geared towards girls, and on the Wii it will include support for the Balance Board controller.

Sony promises "big change" to PS3 online next month

Playstation 3 users can expect a "pretty big change in the Playstation Network in the early part of April," according to Sony Computer Entertainment America's John Hight.

We Ski for Wii to hit US this spring

The first third-party Wii game to use the Wii Fit Balance Board has been confirmed for a stateside release.

Like video games? Cnet/Gamespot going hiring crazy

Getting paid to review video games is a dream job to some and CNET/Gamespot may have a position for you.  Management is still reeling from the high-profile resignations (some say firings) of four of the site’s top editors and Cnet now appears to be filling those vacant positions.

Metal Gear Solid 4 gets official release date

Konami has announced the release date for the upcoming exclusive Playstation 3 title Metal Gear Solid 4, which will launch alongside a special limited edition version of the console.

SCi to cancel 14 games and lay off 200

Video game publisher SCi Entertainment Group has announced that it is going to cut 25% of its workforce and put a halt to 14 of its pending projects.

GDC Conference visited by record 18.000 visitors

The recently completed Game Developers Conference had a record turnout. This was probably caused by larger number of exhibitors at the conference which was a mixture of lectures, head-hunting and the conventional trade show. GDC had more than 400 sessions which were mostly packed even on the final day when guys from CryTek held several very interesting sessions.

Wii mauls PS3 in Japan due to high-volume February titles

After the Playstation 3 began to narrow in on the Wii in Japan, the Nintendo platform blasted the sales charts this month thanks in large part to Wii Fit and Super Smash Bros Brawl.