I enjoy doing a bit of math in Google every now and again, and I just copped something amazing: The Nintendo Wii is going to have more than double the revenue of the Sony PlayStation 3 come November.
MySpace is partnering up with the Gracenote CD database to block pirated audio and video clips from member pages. The new system will scan uploaded content in addition to content already on member pages. Unauthorized files will be blocked and serious offenders will have their MySpace accounts deleted.
Nintendo has announced a complete list of games that will be available for the Wii during its first five weeks after the release on 19 November. In total, 32 Wii games and 30 virtual console titles are slated for release by the end of the year.
GamesIndustry.biz reports that Sega of America has unleashed details of its plans to release classic games on Nintendo's virtual console download service to be offered on the Wii. Sega says ten of its games will be available by the end of the year at a price of $8 each.
According to GamesIndustry.biz, Nintendo is going to add DVD playback, a feature originally announced and then later cut out, to Wii units in Japan, as part of a special "enhanced" Wii model that will be released there some time next year.
Midway Games, the publisher of the popular Unreal games series, today announced that it has shipped Unreal Anthology, a collection of four of the Unreal PC titles.
Tokyo (Japan) - The Nihon Keizai Shimbun, a major Japanese business newspaper, has reported that Sony will ship 80,000 PlayStation 3 consoles during the Japanese November 11th launch. This is 20% less than the 100,000 Sony promised back in September.
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Culver City (CA) - A flood of new games are hitting the market this Halloween giving gamers an extra treat. Almost a dozen new titles for the PlayStation 2, Xbox 360 and the PC will be released. In addition, several games will have more expensive collector's editions which will include extra content and shiny metal cases.
Eidos Interactive has announced the next game in the popular Tomb Raider series. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversery will have Lara chase after the mystical "Scion" artifiact and will focus on more in depth puzzles and more realistic game physics.
Sony has released a limited edition silver-colored edition of its PlayStation 2 game console. Basically it's the same as the traditional black PlayStation 2 console except for the silver sheen and silver DualShock 2 analog controller.
According to GamesIndustry.biz, the premier tier of Microsoft's online service for the Xbox 360 will soon include another benefit - exclusive access to newly released content. Reportedly, Larry Hryb, director of programming for Microsoft, has announced plans to offer new downloads, including game demos and trailers, to Xbox Live Gold members first, before making them available to Silver subscribers.
Florida Judge Ronald Friedman has hit anti-violent games activist Jack Thompson with contempt of court charges. The charges were filed in a complaint to the Florida Bar Association after Thompson wrote inflammatory letters questioning the judge's decision in letting the Take 2 "Bully" game sell in Florida.
Kyoto (Japan) - Nintendo today surprised analysts by posting a 48% increase in profits and a 70% jump in revenues, primarily due to its hugely popular DS game console. The company sold 10.09 million units in the first half of its fiscal year - and expects to sell six million Wii's until March 2007.
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Video game publisher 2K Games, part of Take-Two Interactive Software, today announced the nationwide availability of Dungeon Siege II: Deluxe Edition. The PC collection includes the original Dungeon Siege II PC game, the Broken World expansion pack, and a handful of limited edition items.
Following the first beta, Microsoft today announced that it will be releasing a second public test version of its XNA Game Studio Express Suite.
As video game fans prepare for a massive set of releases for the holiday season, today, one anticipated title was taken off the list on games slated for a pre-Christmas launch. The first official expansion pack to the PC game World of Warcraft has been delayed a few weeks due to bugs found during its recent beta test, pushing it back to the first part of next year.
Chicago (IL) - Various scans of the 2006 version of the annual huge holiday catalog for Toys R Us known as "The Big Book" have surfaced online, with one detail that's attracting the most attention - the book has a page devoted to the Wii that says pre-orders are available. The book, set to be released in this Sunday's paper, says "Reserve Wii Now."
In a clear step to usurp Google's YouTube, Yahoo has announced a video talent show that will offer $50,000 and an episode contract to the lucky winner. During the eight week contest starting on November 13th, people will upload videos that will be voted on by the public and a panel of judges.
Redwood City (CA) - Electronic Arts today announced that it has begun shipping its latest title, Medal of Honor Heroes, for the portable PSP system, adding to the large library of games in the Medal of Honor series.
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San Francisco (CA) - Late Thursday, during a Playstation 3 event in San Francisco, Sony unveiled details about several features for the PS3 previously kept under-wraps, including online services and available accessories, in addition to the official launch line-up.
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