The latest numbers from industry watch group NPD are in, and they show a commanding lead for Wii hardware sales despite some predictions that GTA IV would move the PS3 and Xbox 360 close to Nintendo's consistently high territory.
Montreal (Canada) - This should come as no surprise to TG Daily readers: Ubisoft has
released the v1.02 patch for its Assassin's Creed tile. The patch
removes support for DirectX 10.1.
The verdict is in in the case of Anascape v. Nintendo and it's not good news for the creator of the Wii. A judge has ordered that Nintendo infringed on patents owned by Anascape, a Texas-based technology firm. That's right; it's another case of a giant video game company being brought down by a company you've never heard of.
Microsoft today said that its Xbox 360 has become the first current-gen
game console to hit the 10 million unit market in the U.S. The Xbox
Live community has grown to 12 million users worldwide.
Video game publisher Atari has announced that it will release a new Wii game called "Family Trainer," a title that will encourage users to get up and be active in "wildly entertaining activities." However, unlike other similar games that have been announced, Atari will package its own version of Nintendo's "Balance Board" controller.
Soon after Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto IV on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, owners of the PS3 version began complaining about problems with its lower HD resolution and complications with online modes. People called out to Rockstar to release a patch to the game, but so far it has not done so. Now it appears the issue is with the PS3 hardware itself, so a fix would need to come directly from Sony.
Los Angeles (CA) - Disney has revealed details on the kind of features it plans to incorporate in the next generation of Blu-ray Discs. A new technology known as "BD Live" will open up Internet connectivity options and other advanced features, of which Disney is apparently poised to take advantage.
The country's largest video game publisher Electronic Arts announced that it is working on a new entry to its "Skate" franchise, for Nintendo's Wii and DS systems. The game, Skate It, will be compatible with Nintendo's Wii Balance Board controller, which allows gamers to use their feet to control some of the action. Additionally, it will use a new control scheme with the DS stylus.
Now is the time to start making your Night Elf or Orc
costume because Blizzard Entertainment has announced the dates of this
year’s Blizzcon convention. The sort-of annual meeting of thousands of
World of Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft players will happen on October
10th and 11th at the Anaheim Convention Center. Ticket prices will be
$100 and are sure to sell out (like they have in the past).
Nintendo has rolled out the red carpet for its long-awaited Wiiware service, which allows users to download "bite-sized" games made exclusively for the Wii. Six titles are now available through the new Nintendo digital download service, including a new Final Fantasy game from Square Enix and Frontier's LostWinds.
Gut Reaction - We all know Steven Spielberg for his masterpieces in film, E.T. and Jurassic Park to name a few. His branching out to Saturday morning-style cartoons was also a success, and with an intriguing video game now under his belt it seems there is nothing he can't do. However, if his first game is any indication, I'm not sure if his work in the latter category will play out quite as momentously.
After Sony refused to pay the licensing fees requested by the Formula 1 car racing association, England-based Codemasters has stepped up and nabbed the former Sony-exclusive license. Codemasters has gained the global rights to the racing label, promising to bring Formula 1-branded games to consoles, PC, and handheld gaming platforms.
Despite Sony's PS3 console being outsold by the Xbox 360 by more than two to one in the US, it managed to grab a healthy amount of the Grand Theft Auto IV sales. GTA IV broke game records around the world when it came out a few weeks ago, selling 3.6 million copies in the first day and six million copies by the end of the week.
A pair of Harvard researchers say violent video
games don’t turn children into killers. According to a newly published
book, ‘Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video
Games and What Parents Can Do’, psychologists Lawrence Kutner and
Cheryl Olson dispel common myths about violent games. In their
two-year study, they found that there was no data to support any
causation between games and real-life violence.
With Grand Theft Auto 4 selling like hotcakes and making over $500
million in the first week, a Republican and Democrat have introduced a
bill that would make it a bit harder for teenagers to buy mature
games. Republican Representative Lee Terry from Nebraska and Democrat
Representative Jim Matheson from Utah introduced the Video Games
Ratings Enforcement Act which would require retailers to check IDs and
not selling ‘Mature’ or ‘Adults Only’-rated games to anyone under