Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has issued a statement calling for the newly released Grand Theft Auto IV to be pulled from store shelves and assigned an "Adults Only" rating from the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. The activist group takes particular offense to the fact that it is possible for players to allow in-game characters to drink and drive.
In its first day on store shelves, more than 600,000 copies of Grand Theft Auto IV were sold in the UK, which is more than any video game in the past. Grand Theft Auto is one of the most powerful franchises in the gaming industry, and is the crown jewel for its development company Rockstar. The new installment, which is the first for the Xbox 360 and PS3, was expected to be even more successful than previous titles.
In previous generations of video gaming, when a new title was released on multiple platforms there was rarely much discussion over which version to get. If you were a PS2 fan, you should go ahead and get the PS2 version, etc. However, with widely varying online services, different display and rendering technologies, and differentiated control schemes, multiplatform games are posing more of a debate, and Grand Theft Auto IV is showing that right out of the gate.
My former colleague Igor “Iggy” Gajic got the chance to interview Cevat Yerly, co-founder and CEO of Crytek. During the interview, Yerly was keen on keeping the lid of future projects, but he did not refrain himself from stating his views about the current state of PC gaming industry.
Wii Fit was released in Europe over the weekend, and British retailer Woolworths says it immediately began "flying off the shelves." According to the store chain, the game has been selling better at its launch than the Wii console itself did when it came out there last year.
Opinion – We have now had a few days with Sony’s new Playstation 3
controller, but are uncertain whether its new feature set justifies its
high price tag. Your take??
Following weeks of growing hype and illegal downloads of the dame
surfacing across the Internet, Rockstar Games and publisher Take Two
today released Grand Theft Auto IV for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
First Look - This is prime time for the Wii right now. With Super
Smash Bros Brawl hitting stores last month, Wii Fit heading out in May
and the new Wiiware digital download service poised to make a splash,
it's a good season for Nintendo.
Nintendo has announced that it will offer a new Wii Channel in May that will offer users the ability to download game demos directly to their DS, along with other features. Planned for launch alongside the launch of the Wiiware download platform, the Nintendo Channel will also let users rate Wiiware games.
So you hear about open source software all the time, but what about
open source movies? There are few who actually know that the first open
source movie, Elephants Dream, created by the Orange Open Movie
Project, made its debut back in 2006. The group’s second open source
movie is scheduled to be released next month.
According to Nintendo's American boss Reggie Fils-Aime, the average Wii system in the US stays on a store shelf for just one hour before someone picks it up and buys it. In North America, the Wii continues to have a shortage like nothing ever seen for a gaming console. Since the Wii launched in November 2006, it has been difficult to find the console at any retail store.
Nintendo reported its fourth quarter results today, surpassing expectations as it reached nearly a billion dollars. The Japan-based video game giant reported a net profit of 93.2 billion yen ($900 million) in the Jauary - March period. During Nintendo's fiscal year, which runs from March to March, it achieved profits of over 257.34 billion yen ($2.5 billion), a new company record.
Rockstar's latest entry in the Grand Theft Auto series does not come out until next week, but some gamers are getting their GTA IV fill now because of a pirated version that was posted online. The European PAL version of the Xbox 360 game has reportedly been ripped and posted to an online torrent site, which could then be burned to a disc and played on the Microsoft console.
Rock Band has become a veritable treasure trove for artists new and old to strike a new consumer base, and now oldies rock group Judas Priest has taken it one step further. The 1980s group has released its "Screaming For Vengeance" album in its entirety for the innovative Harmonix game. Since its release several months ago, dozens of new tracks have been added as downloadable content.
The longest-delayed Playstation 3 title to date, Home, has been pushed back again to autumn 2008. It was initially scheduled to be available in autumn 2007. The ambitious online application has been in a closed beta test for over a year and has faced massive changes during that time, causing developers to continuously delay the final release.
Sony is close to launching a new online video download service for the Playstation 3 console, and it could be set up as early as this summer. According to a report in the LA Times, Sony has been making headway in talks with movie studios and TV production companies over the last few weeks.
Electronic Arts' much-publicized offer to take over Take-Two was set to expire this week, but EA has decided to extend it to May 16, two weeks after Rockstar's crucial Grand Theft Auto IV comes out. EA's bid, which was first proposed last month, was seen as a calculated attempt to cash in on GTA IV before it hit stores. Now it will probably have to wait until after the fact, which could drive up the asking price for the New York-based publisher.