Netflix to use Macrovision DRM for video downloads

Santa Clara (CA) – Macrovision today announced that Netflix will be using the firm’s content protection technology in its video download service. The Macrovision system will prevent consumers from copying or redistributing movies and make sure that, depending on the subscription plan, that only a certain number of Netflix movies are available on a PC. Dubbed Analog Copy Protection (ACP), the technology will be integrated into about 1000 movies that are or will be available for download through Netflix’ website.

Microsoft debuts 512 MB memory unit for Xbox 360

Microsoft has added a 512 MB memory unit to its Xbox 360 game console.

Third-party online games not available for Wii until 2008

According to a recent interview posted on Spong.com, the Wii's online infrastructure will be closed to third-party developers likely until 2008.

Darth Vader's younger brother hits the big time

The creators of the popular Chad Vader online video series which lampoons Darth Vader's younger brother are hitting the big time.

EA adds video game music to iTunes

EA is coming to iTunes. According to an announcement today, music from dozens of EA games has been added to the iTunes library.

PS3 updates with firmware upgrade and most expensive download to date

In a move that sets the PS3 apart from the Wii and Xbox 360, Sony has begun offering the most expensive digital download across all next-gen platforms.

Over 1000 PS2 games to work with Euro PS3

Sony has confirmed that more than 1000 of the 5000+ PS2 titles will be compatible with the PS3 when it's released in Europe this month.

Brand new SimCity heading to the Nintendo DS

After essentially being pushed aside for the more popular "The Sims" franchise, the pioneering open-ended game is back, with an all-new SimCity announced for the Nintendo DS.

Chinese man dies after week-long gaming session

A 26-year-old man from northeastern China died after a "marathon" online gaming session.

Namco offers Ms. PacMan for iPods

Namco is bringing Ms. PacMan, an arcade classic, to the iPod.

EA shoots out Command & Conquer 3 demo

PC gamers can now get their hands on a preview build of the latest installment in the Command & Conquer series, C&C 3: Tiberium Wars. A demo of the strategy title is now available from the game's official site.

Second Life tests out voice chat

San Francisco (CA) - The virtual denizens of Second Life will be getting a new way to communicate, namely voice chat. Starting next week, 1000 lucky people will be able to beta test voice chat technology. Linden Labs, the owners of Second Life, say this isn't just any voice chat because character animations will match speech volumes - talk louder and your character goes nuts. Characters can chat privately in addition to joining larger "chats" for concerts and public gatherings.

Ocarina of Time arrives on Wii Virtual Console

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, regarded as the best installment in the long-running Zelda series, has made its anticipated arrival on the Wii's Virtual Console as part of the digital store's weekly update.

Electronic Arts Riccitiello returns as CEO

Former Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello will return as the company's CEO in April.

China electrocutes the WoW out of Internet addicts

Shanghai (China) - Locked cells, electrocution and freezing temperatures, no this isn't a military torture chamber, but China's new way of dealing with Internet addicts. In the past year, several clinics have opened up that treat people who are addicted to online games, chatting and web surfing. Some of the patients come willing, but most have been forced to attend by their parents or even government officials. 

Wing Commander makes a comeback on Xbox Live Arcade

Old-time gamers who remember EGA graphics and tweaking expanded memory settings are sure to rejoice the comeback of Wing Commander.

Nintendo officially ends Gamecube support

With Wii sales bringing Nintendo back into the limelight, the company has now stopped working on new titles for the Gamecube.

Euro PS3 to cut PS2 Emotion Engine

In an effort to scale back the prohibitive cost of the PS3, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is removing a key part of the PS2 that will hinder its backward compatibility

EA, Pandemic to bring Mercenaries 2 to four platforms

Under a newly minted co-publishing deal, EA and Pandemic Studios today announced release details for Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, the sequel to 2005's Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction.

Crackdown for Xbox 360 debuts, comes with access to Halo 3 beta

The most anticipated Xbox 360 title since December's Gears of War, Crackdown made its way to stores today. The action racing title also comes with access to the Halo 3 beta program.