A senior Xbox executive has reportedly left Microsoft to join Apple. Richard Teversham Teversham apparently played a criticial role in developing the
Microsoft Xbox and Xbox Online video game brands in Europe. He is also
on the Board of the ISFE (International Software Federation for Europe)
which manages the PEGI age ratings for games and promotes gaming across
The Walt Disney Company has confirmed that it will become a joint venture partner and equity owner of Hulu. The agreement is expected to "enhance" Hulu's programming line-up with Disney content, including series such as Lost, Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty and Scrubs.
Sony will reportedly showcase a new version of its popular PSP at the E3 conference in June. According to 1UP.com, the upgraded device is expected to be named PSP GO!
Last week's big thing, Twitter, where sad inadequates post tedious and thankfully brief details of their sad little lives for even sadder saddoes to read, looks like it's about to fall off its perch.
A Capcom blog post has confirmed that Marvel vs. Capcom 2 will be available for the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network by the summer of 2009. However, a demo for PlayStation users is expected to be released sometime this week.
Bethesda Softworks has confirmed that Del Ray will be publishing two novels based on The Elder Scrolls video game series. The books, written by Greg Keyes, are expected to contain original
stories set in the vast Elder Scrolls universe. Keyes' prior work
includes the Age of Unreason tetrology, along with three New York Times
bestselling Star Wars novels in the New Jedi Order series.
Konami has reportedly decided to pull the plug on "Six Days in
Fallujah," a video game that realistically depicts urban warfare
between US forces and enemy combatants in Iraq.
IBM has announced the development of an "advanced computing system" that will compete with human contestants on Jeopardy! The system, codenamed "Watson," is capable of quickly responding to
sophisticated queries that require an accurate comprehension of
Warner Home Video has announced a new $4.95 trade-in program (not
including shipping) in the hopes of enticing desperate HD-DVD owners to
purchase Blu-Ray movies.
Amazon expanded its Video on Demand service on Tuesday to include more
than 500 HD television shows and movies from Sony Pictures, Warner
Brothers Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios Home
Entertainment, Showtime Networks, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. Can
Amazon catch up with Netflix?
Linden Lab has confirmed its intention to regulate adult content found
in the wild virtual world of Second Life. The company will implement a
three-tiered rating system - PG, mature, or adult - that will be used
to identify content and set individual preferences for residents.
A senior executive has admitted that problems at Sony have prevented
the company from bundling games into a promotional package or cutting
the price of the Playstation 3.
Warner Bros. and TT Games have teamed up with Lego, Harmonix and MTV to create a new title known as Lego Rock Band.
In yet more research pathologising widespread behavior, a Iowa State
University psychology professor has concluded that nearly one in ten
young players show "pathological patterns of video game addiction".
We have to give props to Microsoft. It has the oldest current-gen game
console on the market, but the company has found an effective strategy
to keep sales numbers high and the PS3 at a distance. Consumers will be
able to purchase a new high-end bundle in May. Sony, are you watching?
Google’s YouTube video streaming site has announced a partnership with
Hollywood studios, which will deliver both television shows and movies
to United States viewers. Among the partners agreeing to deliver
content to the site are CBS, BBC, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Lions Gate
Entertainment, an independent film studio.
How do you increase the price of a new controller for your game
console: Simple. You market a new feature as additional hardware rather
than as an integrated part of your controller. In Nintendo’s case, that
would translate into a 50% increase, if you plan on adding the new Wii
MotionPlus to your WiiMote – or 33% if you buy the Nunchuk as well. A
fully decked out 4-person controller system for the Wii costs a
stunning $320. Too much?
Two upcoming online games, Jumpgate Evolution and Mission Against Terror, will integrate Dolby’s Axon 3D voice platform, the company announced today.
Myst is coming to the iPhone and iPod touch. The original developer,
Cyan Worlds, believes that it can fit the entire game into teh device,
rendered scenery and animations, original score and sound effects. In
fact, the iPhone port is promised to pack every aspect of the original
pixel-perfect accuracy. EXTRAS: SLIDESHOWS
Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo said that the video game creator
does not plan to make any pricing changes to its Wii console even
though unit sales are declining in Japan. The company admitted that the
Wii has hit its lowest sales level in the Japanese market yet.