The Swedish Finance Supervisory has given preliminary approval in the form of a real banking license to video game maker, MindArk PE AB. Within a year, a person will be able to enter the online sci-fi video game Entropia Universe to conduct some real-world banking business -- forever changing the concept of online banking. Set on planet Calypso, there will be no lines, no hassles, and always the experience you'd expect with a friendly service from virtual bank tellers who never change.
Welcome to 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 Inteligencia and Amdrose, two rival semiconductor manufacturers that may bear some resemblance to real-world companies. Prepare yourself to enter the world of Clara County.
Sony has signed a license agreement with Nvidia that will enable
registered Playstation 3 (PS3) developers to use the binary version of
the PhysX SDK in their games.
A video game called "House of the Dead: Overkill" has now become the world's most profane ever, according to a Guinness World Records spokesman. It drops the F-bomb an amazing 189 times, accounting for a 3% of the game's overall dialogue, at a rate of about one use per minute.
When the new iPod shuffle was introduced last week it got a voice, but that's not all. Websites like BoingBoing Gadgets began taking the new device apart to see what secrets its innards might reveal. During the deconstruction, a chip identified as 8A83E3 was discovered in the earbud of all places. Immediately everybody began claiming "DRM, DRM!" However, was that chip really part of some new DRM? Or is it something else entirely?
Sony has launched into defensive mode following the announcement of Nintendo's 100 millionth DS sale after a mere 4 years 3 months on the market. It took Sony a full 5 years 9 months to achieve the same sales record. Analysts say Sony is heading toward a price cut with its PlayStation 3, and it's anticipated that Sony could potentially reduce the price anywhere from $50 to $100 in the next couple months.
Not to be outdone by AMD's recent achievement of shipping 50 million Wii GPUs (and GPUs for Xbox as well), IBM has announced that their CPUs have now powered all 50 million Wiis built to date.
Chicago (IL) - Unlike Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's PlayStation, the Nintendo Wii is both user friendly and family oriented. Nearly anyone can utilize it. The use of the device as a streaming media player would surely not only boost sales, but it could also give other console manufacturers a run for their money. Currently in the United States, there are 16.2 million Wiis. This number compares to 12.8 million Xbox 360s and 6.3 million PS3s. In fact, the Wii has the potential to dominate the market.
Nintendo has managed to sell its 100 millionth Nintendo DS portable game console sometime this week. The 100M figure includes cumulative sales of Nintendo DS, DS Lite and DSi since its launch in early 2005. While the growth curve remains consistent, the number of game titles selling above the 1 million mark is increasing, now at 83.
gaming industry appears not only alive and well, but also recession resistant. Even as we await a new batch of games to kick console sales
into a higher gear -- like the eagerly-awaited Resident Evil 5, we are still buying more games in 2009. And now a new trend is being seen, we are increasingly using our consoles for more online game play.
As of yesterday, Sony Computer Entertainment America is now offering television programs and movies from NBC Universal. The deal expands content to 1,300 movies and 4,500 TV episodes which can be purchased or rented on Sony's PlayStation network.
Verizon's FiOS TV (Fiber Optics television) service has struck a deal with Turner Networks and Sony, and will now be providing additional on-demand content to their regular lineup.
YouTube UK will begin blocking most of its premium content music videos from UK viewers after negotiations with the Performing Rights Society (PRS) for Music have failed. YouTube claims the asking price was just too high and that they would've lost money with every video play.
Traditionally, January and February have always been slow periods for the gaming industry, but new data suggests a rebound. It only took couple of games to nudge the ailing console sales into a higher gear and revitalize interest in both the PS3 and Xbox 360. New releases like Killzone 2 and Yakuza
3, which launched earlier this month, are already showing a positive impact on
not only game sales but also PS3 hardware. But it was last Friday's launch of
Resident Evil that have sent the sales up of both PS3 and Xbox 360.
The Internet is changing the way in which artists, musicians and writers alike are able to conduct business and publicize their work. StripGenerator is an excellent example of how this changing technology gives writers an opportunity to share their comic musings with the world by creating their own comic strips.
Have an old video game you want to trade in for a new or different title? You could always stop by your local GameStop retail store and barter away. Or, if you don't like to leave your house (except, of course, to go to the local UPS store and drop off your exchange package) you could turn to Amazon.com's new game trade-in service.
Google has created a Tip Jar designed to help consumers "discover the most effective ways to save money." The tools is an experiment, and is being powered by Google Moderator. With Tip Jar, people can share their deepest trinkets of helpful knowledge. Buddy, can you spare a tip?
The Beatles is the last big name in music that has not arrived in the
digital age yet and we recently got word that the organization behind
the Beatles’ music, Apple Corps, are not ready to release their music
to iTunes at this time. But the group will make their music available
in a new video game scheduled for launch later this year. And just in
case you wonder: There are more than 46 years between the first Beatles
album release and the introduction of this video game.
On Tuesday, Roku announced it would add over 40,000 movies and television programs to its online video service via Amazon Video on Demand. In May, the company launched its $99 digital video player with Netflix as its initial streaming partner. The deal between Amazon and Roku now allows for the delivery of a larger content library, in addition to new titles.
TV.com has been released by CBS Mobile, the new free mobile application will allow iPhone and iPod touch users to view full episodes of select CBS television shows and other programs via a Wi-Fi or 3G mobile network.