Wii makes international debut with weekend launch in Japan

The Wii made its retail appearance in Nintendo's home town of Japan on Saturday, nearly selling out the allocated 400,000 units, nearly pushing the Wii over the one million mark worldwide.

Band to release CD and host release party inside of Second Life

It's a CD release party without the spilled wine, bouncers and paparazzi. The Sarah Mac band is releasing a CD and hosting their release party inside the virtual Second Life world. The event will happen at 3PM PST on Saturday December 2nd on "Muse Isle" a virtual island made for live music performances.

Rumor: Sony to release new Gran Turismo as a demo

Gaming website is reporting that Sony will release Gran Turismo HD as a demo instead of a fully playable game. The demo will be released on Christmas Eve as a free download for Playstation 3 owners.

2KGames offers full Railroad Tycoon game for free

Want to make millions in the railroad business? Well you can do it virtually with a free download of the original Railroad Tycoon game. 2KGames is offering the old Microprose classic as a promotion for its newer Sid Meier Railroads! game.

EA sets up Wii development studio

Video game publishing giant Electronic Arts is so intrigued with the Wii that it has set up a development studio exclusive for the platform, according to media reports.

Opinion: Why the Xbox 360 is the winner of the current console war

The Xbox 360 is the winner of the current console war. A bit of a premature statement considering as how the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii have only been on the market long enough to have their first technical teething problems? I think not, and here's why.

New study says violent games affect brain activity

A new study released this week indicates that teens who play violent video games show increased brain activity in regions that control emotional arousal and decreased activities in regions that govern self-control.

Lord of the Rings expansion battles its way to the PC

Entertainment software giant Electronic Arts today announced that it has shipped The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch King, the latest expansion to the company's movie game franchise.

Mad Catz to release Xbox Live Arcade controller

Answering to the wishes of tons of Xbox users just in time for Christmas, Mad Catz today announced that it will release a controller for the Xbox 360 specifically designed to play Live Arcade titles on December 19.

PS3 downloadable games up to 10x larger than XBL versions

With all three major consoles devoting resources to on-demand games directly from the box, Sony is aiming to be the winner in terms of potential size, with an "arbitrary limit" set at 500 MB.

Yellow Dog Linux rolls over to PS3

Just about a week after the launch of the PS3, Terra Soft Solutions has made available a version of Yellow Dog Linux for the console, adding a full third-party operating system to Sony's supercomputer-like machine.

Microsoft responds to Xbox Live video marketplace problems

Larry Hryb, known to Xbox Live users as Major Nelson, has posted a new blog entry on his Web site where he addresses issues that have popped up since the debut of the Xbox Live Video Marketplace, including downloading incorrect content for paying users.

Gears of War turns out 1 million copies

Microsoft's highly anticipated game for the Xbox 360, Gears of War, has reached the milestone of one million copies sold, giving it the distinction of being the fastest-selling Xbox 360 game since the console's debut last year.

Top 10 reasons why to buy a Playstation 3 on Ebay

Chicago (IL) - When we last checked, there about 13,000 PS3s on sale on Ebay. With that many consoles for sale, one could have guessed, a balance of supply and demand may not be that far away - and sellers are getting creative to get rid of their console. Fresh from Ebay, here are the top-10 reasons why to buy a PS3, if you have the money to spend.

Sony opens site for PS3 backward compatibility problems

Culver City (CA) - Despite once stating that all back system titles would be compatible with the PS3, Sony has now put up a site that lets users search their games to see if there will be any problems playing them on the next-gen console.

Wii first look & feel: Next-gen video gaming

Columbus (OH) - Yesterday, hundreds of thousands of people in the US became the first customers of the Nintendo Wii console, and they are no doubt discovering what makes the Wii so interesting. We've taken a first-hand, gut reaction look at what the Wii offers and what makes it so different from the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Melitta coffeemaker grinds out weather report

The Melitta Smart Mill and Brew coffemaker just went on sale and, according to the German coffee company, marks its place in history as the first coffeemaker to team up with Microsoft to provide weather reports in addition to the morning brew.

Nintendo gives rollout schedule for Wii Channels

The Nintendo Wii Channels, the backbone of the console's online services, will not all be available right at launch. Instead, channels that already have been confirmed by Nintendo, are going to be spread out between the Sunday launch and next January, according to Gamespot.

PS3 midnight launch: Elation turns to fear as PS3 buyers go home

Some lucky buyers of the PlayStation 3 console had their elation turn to fear as they tried to figure out how to get home without being robbed. We were inside the Hawthorne Circuit City store as the first group of buyers entered. After purchasing their games and console, one person said "I'm scared", while another told us of their "foolproof" plan to get home.

Playstation 3 distribution gets violent

Low supply, high demand and even higher prices on eBay... If you couldn't see a bit of a PlayStation 3 related crime wave coming then you might want to save your $600 and get some laser eye treatment instead.