Will Wright, designer of such popular games as The Sims, SimCity and Spore, announced yesterday that he will be leaving Electronic Arts to run Stupid Fun Club, an entertainment "think tank" which he created in 2001 to help develop properties for video games, movies, television and even Web-based toys.
Chicago (IL) – Rumor has it that YouTube and Sony Pictures are
negotiating a content streaming deal. CNet is reporting that sources
close to the discussion claim that an agreement between the two
companies would make some Sony Pictures full length films available for
free streaming via YouTube.
Nintendo's dominance in game console sales has taken a back seat in Japan to Sony's PlayStation 3 this month. While Nintendo sold an impressive 99,335 units as of March 29, Sony was easily able to beat that selling 146,948 (48% more). Analysts are wondering if this trend will continue and reach Europe or the U.S.
Today in the United States, Nintendo begins selling its much anticipated DSi portable game player. While the device has been on sale in Japan since the Fall, U.S. buyers will be able to shell out around $170 for a model in either blue (cyan) or black. The DSi includes front-facing 3.0 Megapixel and rear-facing 0.3 Megapixel cameras, two slightly larger screens, more memory, an SD card slot, and is backward compatible with DS line which, to date, has sold more than 100 million units. Nintendo hopes DSi will compete against the iPod touch as a viable gaming platform with its online DSi shop.
Late yesterday, an illegal copy of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine leaked on the web -- one full month ahead of the official premiere slated for May 1. Naturally, it sent shivers down many Hollywood mogul's spines and also shocked analysts. It's also a big blow to 20th Century Fox, who fears the illegal copy and potentially skewed reviews could hurt the movie's revenue. Being an avid movies fan, I'm tempted to download it. On the other hand, I know it would be bad for my karma. Should I surrender? I (and many others) won't be buying our tickets when the time comes.
A brief press release posted at 11:59:59pm last night has ignited a slew of controversy. Google's announcement was of a new artificial intelligence named CADIE, which stands for Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity. She's a HAL-like computer with her own homepage and YouTube channel wherein she demonstrates the full extent of her HAL-envy, and Google's continued appreciation of April Fool's Day jokes.
Sony had claimed it would be making a big announcement this week, but didn't give consumers any hints. Speculators and analysts assumed we'd be seeing a significant decrease in the price of the PlayStation 3. What Sony has now unveiled does not involve the PlayStation 3, but instead the PlayStation 2. The company plans to reduce the consoles price by about 25 percent, down to $99.
Don’t say you did not see this one coming. An economy in recession,
slowing subscriber growth and higher cost of Blu-ray media means what
for your Netflix subscription? Yes, a price increase. And depending on
your plan, you may be paying up to $9 per month extra for the privilege
of watching movies in high-definition.
A recent study conducted by the University of Rochester and published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, concludes that playing shooter-type video games is a great tool for improving one's eyesight. That means all of that violence, guts and gore could quite possibly be contributing to healthier eyes.
If you think the Wii console is just for old people and little brothers, then you're in for a change come June. At least that's the case of a new High Voltage game called Conduit coming out at that time. The game makers promise an action-packed adventure that's more typically found on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
There is no doubt that Nintendo is currently dominating the console
gaming world and the company isn’t exactly shy of explaining its rivals
why that is the case: Software sells hardware, said Nintendo president
Satoru Iwata during his keynote at GDC 2009. While that is not exactly
news for many people, he gave conference attendees an idea just how
much effort the company puts into developing entertaining games.
TiVo is under pressure to deliver more products to consumers to be able
to justify its pricing structure for its subscription-based service.
Now the company has landed a deal with Blockbuster, which could set it
apart from the less-expensive DVR competitors and is yet another sign
how movie content will be delivered to homes in the future.
YouTube has once again been blocked by the Chinese government. Google has been given no reason for the blockage, but discovered it themselves after noticing a decline in Chinese traffic around noon on Monday. Many believe the blockage relates to recent videos depicting alleged brutality by Chinese police in Tibet.
There may soon be another option to play video games at home, in a very
different way we have been used to so far. Rather than buying a fairly
expensive console or PC, a small box promises to deliver games through
the Internet to your TV or PC, no matter how powerful your local
hardware is. Will cloud gaming have a chance to break through the
barrier of modern game consoles and high-end PCs?
A new startup company called Zeebo is marketing a game console which only utilizes a wireless 3G network for downloading new games. The console, called simply Zeebo, was unveiled on Monday at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco and will be available to Brazilian retailers at a price of $199 with plans for a price reduction to $179 and potentially $149 next year. The target market for the device will be Russia, Brazil, India and China, the so-called "Next Billion" markets.
Facebook recently underwent a major website and user interface redesign (its second within a year) which changed the layout and feature access significantly. The changes have users frustrated and furious begging to get the "Old Facebook" back. So far, 1.7 million users have joined a Facebook group called "Petition against the New Facebook". They request the site make smaller changes to allow for simpler user transitions, and represent 1% of the site's 175 million registered users.
About nine months ago, we learned that AMD was partnering with Intel
acquisition Havok to enable physics acceleration on its graphics
processors. Now it seems that the company is ready to show what it has
been working on. First Havok physics demos on Radeon GPUs are expected
for GDC 2009, which starts today.
Welcome to the second edition of Clara County, a comic strip portraying a fictional representation of real-world companies. It's a hub of activity and you never know who's going to pop up. In this installment, we meet Moblivious and Cahoo, CEOs of two huge multi-billion dollar corporations that may bear some resemblance to real-world companies. Prepare yourself to enter the world of Clara County.
In character, Apple's allowed a different route than other companies like Sony and Nintendo. Rather than licensing Nvidia's PhysX technology and exposing it to developers via the
iPhone SDK, they've allowed several independent developers who created
PhysX-enabled iPhone games into their App Store. And while you can't overlook how the advanced physics comes at the expense of graphics
quality, their use does serve as testbed example that iPhone too can run the Nvidia PhysX
Apple is now offering box office blockbusters such as "Quantum of
Solace" and "Twilight" in HD for purchase and rent. And yes, you
guessed it, the privilege of owning such a movie isn’t cheap.