Marvel vs. Capcom 2 slated for summer release

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 confirms Elder Scrolls novels

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 pulls plug on "Six Days in Fallujah" game

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 designs supercomputer to play Jeopardy!

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 ambiguous expression.

Warner offers Blu-ray alternative to desperate HD-DVD owners

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.

Video-on-Demand available in HD via Amazon

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?

Second Life to regulate adult content

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.

Sony's PS3 price problem

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.

Lego Rock Band to hit store shelves by holiday season

Warner Bros. and TT Games have teamed up with Lego, Harmonix and MTV to create a new title known as Lego Rock Band.

Nearly one in ten young gamers addicted, says report

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".

Microsoft on a roll: New Xbox 360 bundle announced

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?

Watch out Hulu: YouTube’s coming with video

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.

Nintendo pitches $20 Wiimote precision extension

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?

Dolby adds 3D voice to online games

Two upcoming online games, Jumpgate Evolution and Mission Against Terror, will integrate Dolby’s Axon 3D voice platform, the company announced today.

Myst comes to the iPhone

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, including finely rendered scenery and animations, original score and sound effects. In fact, the iPhone port is promised to pack every aspect of the original Myst in pixel-perfect accuracy. EXTRAS: SLIDESHOWS

Nintendo not planning to cut Wii price

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.

Sims creator leaves Electronic Arts, joins gaming think tank

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.

Sony films heading to YouTube?

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.

PS3 outsells Wii in Japan 3:2, Wii sales down 63%

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.

Nintendo DSi on sale in United States

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.