UbiSoft pledges to cut software piracy

UbiSoft CEO Yves Guillemot has pledged to 'tremendously decrease' software piracy. The CEO also confirmed that Ubisoft was shifting its casual focus from the DS to other platforms, including Natal and the Wii.

Nintendo clueless about "hardcore" Wii games

A Nintendo VP has admitted that she does not know why "hardcore" Wii games such as MadWorld and The Conduit have generated disappointing sales.

Advertising woes hold back digital video market

The digital video market is set to struggle for a while yet, according to a study from Jon Peddie Research. But Adobe, Apple and Avid are holding their own.

Apple’s Cocktail: How to make you buy what you don’t want

Opinion - I always found it amazing how certain sales people can talk you into buying virtually anything, even if it was be sand on a beach. Now it seems that the four largest music publishers will have to rely on the best sales guy in the industry, Apple, to sell consumers what they really do not want any more – entire music albums with music you may never listen to. Will Apple convince you?

Ubisoft blames Nintendo DS over weak sales

Ubisoft has confirmed that its first fiscal quarter sales plummeted 50 percent to €83 million. The company attributed the slowdown to a number of factors, including decreased Nintendo DS game sales and "poorer-than-anticipated" market conditions.

Apple mixes cocktail to boost music album sales

Digital downloads allows consumers to simply buy those music tracks they want and circumvent entire albums to cut out those tracks they could care less for. It is a trend the music industry has been watching with concern, but it seems that Apple is now taking a new approach to make the digital album much more attractive with a pack of interactive features code-named Cocktail.

Computer games 'as addictive as drugs'

German psychologists claim that playing computer games is as physically addictive and anything you might inject.

Chinese hackers attack Melbourne Film Festival

Chinese hackers have attacked the website of the Melbourne's International Film festival, apparently furious that it was going to screen a documentary about exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer.

9% of U.S. households subscribe to Netflix

Netflix has shown solid growth in the second quarter and now has 10.6 million subscribers, or about 9.1% of U.S. households. The San Francisco Bay area leads the nation with a share of 20.7%. Blu-ray adoption still isn’t great as consumers are moving toward cheaper subscription plans and Redbox appears to be emerging as the main rival for Netflix in the movie rental market.

Peter Jackson reveals District 9, Hobbit details

Peter Jackson has revealed that 'District 9' cost $30 million dollars to produce. Jackson explained that he had to "sign off on everything" to raise the money after independently financing the project for six months.

James Cameron previews 'Avatar' at Comic-Con

James Cameron has offered Comic-Con attendees a sneak peak of his animated 3D 'Avatar' film.

Carmack: Rage a "console" game

Id Software founder John Carmack has confirmed that Rage is designed to be played on console platforms. Carmack explained that the "largest chunk of our market's going to be on consoles."

Microsoft unleashes Halo Legends on Xbox Live

Microsoft has announced plans to create a series of anime short films based on the Halo universe. Halo Legends will be produced by Microsoft's 343 Industries and is expected to feature "creative direction" from anime pioneer Shinji Aramaki of Appleseed EX Machina fame and Mamoru Oshii, director of the Ghost in the Shell movies.

43 million killed by Battlefield 1943 players

Electronic Arts today proudly announced that its Battlefield 1943 customers have killed more than 43 million enemies in just one week. And you can join the shooting frenzy for just $15 and get "endless value". Is it just us or is there something wrong with this picture?

Disney movies to appear on SD cards

Panasonic and Walt Disney Home Entertainment have inked a deal to distribute Disney movies on Micro SD cards.

Claws out in Splinter Cell snub catfight

A Ubisoft designer has insisted that the decision to designate Splinter Cell: Conviction an Xbox 360 exclusive was 'purely business.'

Carmack: PS3 offers "theoretical" raw performance

John Carmack has opined that the Playstation 3 offers "a little bit more theoretical raw performance" compared to other consoles. Carmack - the founder of iD Software - also told GameInformer that more "sweat equity" was required to develop PS3 titles.

3D movie downloads due in Q4, says Sonic

Sonic Solutions is planning to offer consumers a new way to watch 3D movies at home by the end of the year.

Steal from my Kindle, please

Analyst Opinion - Once upon a time, I wanted to buy an electronic book reader. After Amazon’s recent Orwellian adventure, now I’m not so sure.

Apple bans Zombie school shooting app

Apple has reportedly banned a school shooting app that managed to sneak past snoozing censors into the company's iTune's store. "Zombie School" - developed by Retarded Arts - cheerfully encourages players to shoot cheerleaders, principals and sports jocks.