Universal signs deal for secure content distribution

Universal Music Group has signed a deal to distribute pre-release tracks to radio and TV stations throughout Europe, Asia, South America and Africa.

Microsoft takes on Wii with 3D camera for Xbox

Microsoft is believed to be developing a 3D camera for the Xbox 360 games console that will allow players to control games through the movement of their bodies.

Spore universe evolves as Maxis confirms two new titles

Maxis, an Electronic Arts studio, has confirmed the fall release date of Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena. The new titles will be available for the Nintendo Wii and DS platforms.

Skulking Thief 4 steps out of the shadows

Eidos Montreal has confirmed that the latest title in the Thief series is currently "in the early development stages." "This is an incredibly ambitious project and a very exciting one," said General Manager Stephane D'Astous. "It's too early for us to offer any specific game details, right now we are focused on recruiting the very best talent to join the core team at the studio and help us make, what we believe will be one of the most exciting games on the market."

2K Games and Digital Extremes confirm multiplayer BioShock 2

2K Games has teamed up with Digital Extremes to develop a "multiplayer experience" for BioShock 2. The game will provide an immersive prequel experience while expanding the origins of the BioShock world.

Microsoft goes for a walk in the BigPark

Despite ongoing staff cuts, Microsoft is pressing ahead with its plans for world domination in the gaming arena.

Facebook may not trash your grades

Parents of Facebook-addicted kids should be able to rest a little easier - it may not be damaging their school grades after all.

Apple approves controversial NIN app after Reznor rant

Apple has finally approved the sale of a controversial Nine Inch Nails app. The company had initially rejected the revised application due to "objectionable content" which was reportedly linked to "The Downward Spiral" song. However, version 1.0.3 of "NIN: Access" remains unaltered despite the company's concerns.

Blu-ray sales surge as player prices drop

A report by the NPD Group indicates that Blu-ray video technology has moved "further into the mainstream." Indeed, first quarter (Q1) sales of stand-alone Blu-ray players in the US increased by 72 percent to over 400,000 units. Meanwhile, the average selling price (ASP) for a stand-alone BD player decreased by 34 percent - from $393 in Q1 2008 to $261 in Q1 2009.  

Activision hopes for A Major triumph with Guitar Hero 5

Activision has confirmed plans to release three new titles in the fall of 2009: Guitar Hero 5, DJ Hero and Band Hero.  GH5 will give players an "unprecedented level of control over the way they play the game with the ability to drop in and out of songs and change band members, instruments and difficulty levels on the fly," the company explained in a statement.

Americans gamble over $100 billion online

Two politicians have introduced bills to Congress in an attempt to regulate Internet gambling and collect taxes from Americans playing online.

Duke Nukem Forever nuked forever

In tragic news received today, Duke Nukem, the cigar-chomping hero who has been promising to return to give bad guys two (or more) in the hat for over a decade, looks to be going into enforced retirement.

Nintendo ignores global meltdown

Japanese video game maker Nintendo turned in an 8.5 percent profit for the year making $2.8 billion for the year ended 31st March.

Beatles Rock Band just got more expensive

The upcoming Beatles version of Rock Band will offer two new 'guitars' to go with the $250 full-band package of the game, to convince players that they really are the Fab Four.

Bethesda blames Microsoft for Broken Steel snafu

Bethesda Softworks has reportedly blamed Microsoft for a critical error affecting Broken Steel, the latest expansion pack for Fallout 3.

Outraged Reznor criticizes Apple censorship

An outraged Trent Reznor has criticized Apple for rejecting a Nine Inch Nails (NIN) application due to "objectionable" content. According to the company, potential applications must not contain any "obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind" that may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users.

Apple snaps up senior Xbox strategist

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 continent.

Walt Disney joins club Hulu

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 to showcase new PSP at E3

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!

Twitter beginning to look like an ex-parrot

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.