FCC approves Microsoft's wireless racing wheel for Xbox 360

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today approved Microsoft's upcoming Xbox 360 wireless racing wheel with force feedback. There are few details about the device available so far and the FCC followed Microsoft's request not to publish pictures and the user manual of the device within the next 45 days. Until the release of the wheel, presumably just in time for the Christmas season, our information will be limited to pictures released earlier this year.

Verizon launches PlayLinc in-game messaging to compete with Xfire

In perhaps the one arena where service provider Verizon aims to directly compete with content provider Viacom, Verizon launched its own in-game messaging and advertising platform yesterday, in conjunction with a new team of developers called Super Computer International, Inc.

EA announces Burnout 5 for PS3, Xbox 360

Electronic Arts has announced the fifth edition of its popular racing and destruction game Burnout. Burnout 5 will be made for the Xbox 360 and the upcoming PlayStation 3 consoles. EA promises less menu jumping and more destruction, even boasting that gamers can literally, "rip their cars in half".

Nintendo launches pink and black versions of DS Lite

Nintendo will begin selling its portable game system DS Lite in two new colors beginning 13 Sept.

Small Mississippi town goes crazy for EA's Madden '07 football game

The new Madden '07 NFL video football game is making one small Mississippi town crazy enough to declare a holiday. Madden, Mississippi officials declared Tuesday "Madden NFL Day' in celebration of the game's release. Microsoft and Electronic Arts bused in 3,500 people from surround schools and even gave the town's 74 households a free Xbox 360 and a copy of the game.

Electronic Arts announces Battlefield: Bad Company for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3

Why go to war for honor, when you can do it for revenge and riches. Electronic Arts has announced Battlefield: Bad Company, a darker and more self-centered addition to the World War II Battlefield series. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game will follow a group of renegade soldiers who are dropped behind enemy lines. EA promises that 90 percent of the battlefield will be destructible.

Electronic Arts adopts Unreal 3 engine for upcoming titles

Electronic Arts has licensed Epic Games' Unreal 3 Engine for upcoming titles.

Will Blu-ray sink the PlayStation 3?

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XNA game development platform will be free for Windows, $99 for Xbox

As an attempt to re-create the spirit of individual initiative that marked the late 1970s and early 1980s in computer gaming, Microsoft announced this morning it will be making an Express edition of its XNA game development platform available to prospective developers for the same price it charges for all its other Express platforms: zero.

EA to release FIFA 07 on 3 October

Electronic Arts (EA) today announced an series of league licensing renewals for its upcoming soccer game FIFA 07. The game, scheduled to launch on 3 October, will be showcasing athletes not only in the game, but seven well-known players in marketing campaigns as well.

Microsoft and Epic to release "Gears of War" on 12 November

Redmond (WA) - The next third person shooter is set to make its debut this holiday season. Microsoft Game Studio and Epic Games today announced that their "high-definition" game "Gears of War" for the Xbox 360 game console will be available in North America on 12 November. Gears of War slide show ...

E3 Expo to be downsized as game vendors pull plug on support

In an indication that electronics trade shows are continuing to have less impact on the economy as a whole, the co-sponsors of E3 Expo have cancelled the conference in its present form, replacing it with something more akin to a town hall meeting.

Mattel introduces RFID-enabled game console

San Diego (CA) - Mattel, a company known for its children's toys, introduced the HyperScan RFID-enabled game console at the recently completed Comic-Con convention in San Diego. The console combines traditional one-on-one fighting games with collectible superhero cards. Players swipe the card over the console to choose characters and additional cards can be swiped during game play to add more powers or skills. Mattel hopes the unique blend of collectible cards and console portability will attract "tweens" or the 8 to 12 year-old audience.

Physics for The Ant Bully

Video game developer A2M said that it has used Havok's physics engine to create collision detection and rigid bodies in the upcoming videogames The Ant Bully and Monster House.

Infinium changes name to Phantom Entertainment

Infinium today announced that it will change its name to Phantom Entertainment. The company made headlines when it announced the "Phantom" game console back in 2004, but since then has been unable to ship and sell such a device.

Blizzard tests new World of Warcraft cross-realm battlegrounds

World of Warcraft fans can now backstab, bash, fireball, face-melt and frost-shock their cross-server foes. Players can log into test servers that have been configured with an upcoming patch - an update that allows battles against other servers.

ArenaNet offers public beta of new Guild Wars game

Guild Wars fans will get another chance to battleeach other in an upcoming beta test of Guild Wars Nightfall. ArenaNet will offer a public beta test of the game between 28 July and 31 July.

Gaming Heaven at Howie's Game Shack

Mission Viejo (CA) - Looking for a really large gaming center? Here you go: We first talked about Howie's Game Shack back in May, but you only saw the 250 PCs and Xbox consoles in pictures. TG Daily is following up with an interview with the owner. Get a glimpse of what it takes to run what is most likely the largest game center in the U.S.

Valve to ship Half-Life 2, extensions for PS3 and Xbox 360

Valve will be jumping on the Playstation 3 train by recycling its Half-Life 2 story. The package for Sony's next-generation game console will include "enhanced" versions of Half-Life 2 and Episode One - the first part of a Half-Life 2 related trilogy Valve is rolling out - as well Episode 2, which will also include the games Team Fortress and Portal.

Jessica Simpson sings for you with new customized songs

Ever wanted Jessica Simpson to shout out your name in one her songs? Now you can rejoice because next week you will be able to order customized songs where she will yell out your name three times. People with the 500 most common first names will be able to purchase the songs immediately, while those with more unique names will have their songs delivered in one to three weeks.