If you ever enjoyed building sandcastles on a beach and destroying it
afterwards, there is a good chance that you were playing one of the
many versions of SimCity on a PC as well. EA Mobile recently released
an adaptation of the game for the iPhone which lets you create a finely
structured city and, if you want to, bring sudden change through
monsters or tornadoes.
Joost, founded by the Skype creators Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis,
has been downgraded to a YouTube clone as the company announced that it
will disable streaming to its desktop client tomorrow.
Nintendo’s Wii and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 have been dominating game
console headlines lately and there was not really a whole lot positive
to say about the Playstation 3 lately. Sony’s game console desperately
needs new reasons why people should choose the platform – and the Home
social gaming and entertainment network and may be one of them. After a
long delay, Home went live earlier today as an Open Beta. Extra: SLIDESHOW
Sony today announced that Playstation Home will finally launch as
an open beta tomorrow. Designed as a virtual world and social
networking platform for Playstation 3 owners, it has been delayed several
times since Sony first announced the project in 2007. Basically a
virtual community, Home lets users “live” in a virtual world, create
their own apartment and personalize their living space with items like
furniture, clothing and gadgets. Gamers can communicate via VoIP, play
mini-games, attend events and explore game-related spaces.
Back in the 1980s, Monty Python was a living comedy troupe for the last
time with the release of “The Meaning of Life.” Eric Idle, an English
comedian and former member of the group, has worked for decades to
ensure that Monty Python is not lost. The name continues through books,
DVD’s, a Broadway show, video games, concert tours, and even ringtones.
He is now making an effort to place Monty Python on the Internet,
Netflix “Watch Instantly” movie streaming for Intel-based Mac is out of
beta and now available to all Netflix subscribers who own Macs. Netflix
emailed Mac subscribers earlier today to announce that the service is
now open to all Mac users who wish to try it out. Watch Instantly still
features only a small portion of Netflix’s library, but users are
promised that they will be able to stream more than 12,000 movies and
TV shows by the end of the year.
Opinion – There is no other game title that is as important for the
Playstation 3 as Gran Turismo 5 (GT5), yet it appears to become a title
that may seal the console’s fate as the losing platform of the
current-gen console battle: A Spanish Sony executive recently said that
GT5 will finally be launched in the Christmas time frame – that is the
good news. The bad news is that it will be Christmas 2009.
Opinion - Blockbuster and 2Wire today announced a small set-top box that is
designed to stream movies from Blockbuster directly to your TV. Would
you choose this service over Netflix? I doubt you will.
Negotiations between the Beatles and EMI, which releases the Beatles
music catalog under the Apple Corps label, to make titles of the
legendary band available on iTunes have “stalled”, Paul McCartney told
the BBC earlier today. He said that EMI was demanding “something: the
Beatles “are not prepared to give.” Welcome to a new round of
iTunes-Beatles speculations and why the band’s music is not available.
Our bets are on DRM.
Opinion - Microsoft’s New Xbox Experience (NXE) announced yesterday is
much more than a simple update to the software’s dashboard. It
transitions to a completely new look and feel of the interface. Oh, and
yes, there are several new features as well. Here is our first
The Batman sequel The Dark Knight was a smash hit at the box office,
with $400 million in U.S. ticket sales in its first 18 days after
release and more than $1 billion in sales globally so far. But the
title achieved another significant milestone: It amassed over one
million illegal downloads on BitTorrent in less than seven days.
Ok, we admit it, there are ways to get Half-Life for free, you may even
have a copy in a graphics card box in your closet (at least I do in the
box of the original ATI Radeon AIW), but we felt it was worth noting
that Valve’s Half-Life game turned 10 today and the company is
celebrating the birthday with a 98 cent edition of the game.
Microsoft updated its Xbox firmware and upgraded Xbox Live service
today. The new software+service combination, called the New Xbox
Experience, is released in 26 countries and is available in 11
languages. The software maker considers the product a milestone release
with the hope to make the firm’s game console the center piece of home
entertainment, replacing rival consoles and set-top boxes. A
cornerstone of this strategy is the unlimited Netflix HD streaming
feature. However, early user reports indicate that Netflix streaming
did not work for at least a certain portion of users who updated their
Making video games is serious business, but creating the
world’s most popular MMO, World of Warcraft, is a monumental feat
requiring hundreds of developers, programmers, artists and
videographers. It’s easy to forget these people because they usually
aren’t publically recognized, but today you’re getting a special treat
that we’re pretty sure has never been done before. During last night’s
launch of the World of Warcraft expansion: Wrath of the Lich King at
the Electronic Fry’s store in Anaheim, we snapped photos of 140 WoW
developers and you can see all of them in the three slideshows below.
Google Earth remains one of the most impressive 3D applications
available today. A new highlight for Earth is a layer visualizes
ancient Rome as it is believed to have looked like in 320 A.D. It
includes buildings that have withstood test of time, like the famous
Coliseum, in addition to objects that no longer exist, as well as roads
and terrain. Users can experience a breathtaking Rome in 360 degrees,
fly though streets and even see the detailed interior of some
My thumb is numb from taking hundreds of photos and I
can't even feel my feet anymore. But that doesn’t matter because I own
the newest World of Warcraft expansion pack Wrath of the Lich King.
After interviewing the first people waiting in line at the Anaheim
Electronic Fry’s store on Tuesday, I headed back Wednesday afternoon to
capture the launch.
We knew people were going to line up for the next World
of Warcraft expansion, but we didn’t think it was going to be this
early. On Tuesday November 11th, we headed over to the Anaheim Fry’s
Electronics and saw several people already in line. In fact, these
folks are pros at this sort of thing and were also one of the first
people in line for the initial launch of World of Warcraft and the
Burning Crusade expansion pack.