Occasionally it just takes a lot of time to get something right. Blu-ray is not quite where we would've expected the now sole high-definition video format at this point in time, but it seems at least licensing will become much easier. Panasonic, Philips and Sony announced that they have agreed to create a "one-stop-shop" product license company for Blu-ray, which should positively impact the availability of Blu-ray discs and Blu-ray players and recorders in the market and in consumer homes.
A soon-to-be published Swedish report by the Swedish Youth Organization and The Youth Care Foundation has determined that World of Warcraft plays a serious role in gaming addiction, being as addictive as cocaine. They even cite that there is not a single case of gaming addiction where World of Warcraft is not involved.
On Wednesday, Netflix announced it will be launching a brand new, stand-alone streaming service. The company will offer customers a fixed monthly fee for accessing the company's DVD categories via web-based streaming only. There are no specific details as to when the new service will launch or how much it will cost, though many predict it wil be in the third quarter.
DivX corporation announced today the first line of DivX certified HDTVs for Panasonic, which are currently available in Europe. There are nine models in the Panasonic VIERA Z1, V10 and G15 series which allow full 1080p resolutions with DivX video formats output directly onto the TV by the TV's built-in encoder and a front-load media slot.
Sony said that it has sold 50 million units of its Playstation Portable
(PSP) gaming console, which is about half the number of Nintendo DS
handhelds sold to date.
Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Comcast and Timer Warner were negotiating with cable networks such as USA, MTV and TNT in an attempt to put broadcast shows from those channels online. The shows will not be delivered for free, but instead will give paid subscribers a new way to access streaming video content online from wherever they are, taking the television out of the living room and on the go.
Chicago (IL) - Boing Boing reports that the developers behind a new South Park iPhone application submitted it for approval four months ago. And now the developers have received a note from Apple which confirms the application has been rejected, citing "potentially offensive" content. And the irony is, Apple's iTunes Store carries seasons 11 and 12 of the TV show South Park: Uncensored, though admittedly with a TV-MA warning. Apple's message is this: Watching potentially offensive content is okay. Playing with it in an application is not.
This morning at midnight, over 400 broadcasters nationwide have reportedly made the decision to permanently shut down their analog signals and began broadcasting in digital only.
Nintendo today said that it will bring its updated handheld gaming system DSi to the United States on April 5 (see our previous coverage). The third generation of the DS will be available in blue and black and will sell for $170 -- a $40 premium over the current DS Lite model. The extra money will get gamers a larger screens (3.25" instead of 3") a slimmer form factor (18.9 mm, compared to the 21.9 mm of the DS Lite) as well as features such as an audio player and an SD card slot, which replaces the GBA slot of the DS. EXTRA: SLIDESHOW
As February 17, 2009 has now passed, the question on everybody's mind is undoubtedly: What's happened with our analog TV signals? Well, if you live in North Carolina you may be finding out that they just don't work anymore. Digital is the way to go for at least ten local TV stations.
Today at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, and in a parallel event in San Diego, CA, DivX announced a new Mobile Theater Certification Program for their video codec to enable "A home theater-like experience at standard definition resolutions on a variety of mobile devices."
Nevada gambling regulators have recently been issued warnings about an iPhone application used in California casinos that can counts cards. The app works on iPhone and iPod touch and helps users tip the odds in their favor by keeping track of which cards have been seen in blackjack with machine accuracy.
The creator of such popular games as Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Spy Hunter, Tron, NBA Jam and the infamous Mortal Kombat, as well as over one hundred additional titles, has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after the late 2008 sale of Sumner Redstone's controlling interest.
Nintendo once more led game console shipment numbers, according to market research firm NPD. The company accounted for 57% of shipments in January and is quickly approaching a 50% share of current-gen game consoles shipped overall – despite a one year market advantage of the Xbox 360. Of 39.5 the million consoles sold to date, Nintendo shipped almost 18.4 million units, and its share grows every month.
A game released in 2006 by Illusion studio, a game maker based on Japan, has now been pulled from Amazon's online game store. The game, entitled Rapelay, allows players to simulate the act of raping girls.
Apple's iTunes Store is becoming the general purpose online platform for delivering all kinds of digital content, including those which go well beyond music into movies, audio books and applications. And now, Apple will play host for publishing powerhouse Marvel Comics who will soon debut motion comics on iTunes.
Yesterday, Sega's Japanese main branch said that the company will be closing 110 arcades, canceling some games currently in development and potentially lay off 18 percent of its staff. The game publisher said these cost cutting attempts are due to expected record losses of 25 billion yen ($238 million) during their fiscal year, which ends on March 31.
With the release of Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned, individuals may find some extra incentive to buy. Today, Microsoft made the announcement that in an effort to aid the sale of the first two 360-exclusive expansions, it would allow individuals six days of free online mode place to game purchasers at no extra charge. Usually playing Xbox Live online is limited only to individuals who subscribe to the "Gold" package, which is $49.99 each year. "Silver" subscribers pay nothing, but typically only have access to downloadable content.
Real Tax Payers of Genius - An official Maryland Comptroller video appeared on YouTube late last week. It's being picked up by countless websites today and shows the sufferings of not filing online in a ?? humorous way?
Lord Puttnam, British politico wants individuals to be aware of global warming, its effects, dangers and how people can combat it, and he wants the video game industry to take part in the education of the masses.