Once again, it is an exclusive game title that is the decisive factor
in console sales. In this case, it is worth a special note, as the Xbox
360 sold almost three times more units as the PS3 over the course of
one week. Nationally and internationally, the Xbox 360 and the PS3 seem
to be involved in a dead heat with sales advantages shifting almost
every month. Who will make the winning move?
Blizzard Entertainment’s President and co-founder, Mike
Morhaime, publically apologized today for the company’s Blizzcon ticket
buying meltdown. Tickets to the fan convention were scheduled to start
on Monday after midnight, but website and other server crashes delayed
that until late morning. Crashes continually brought down the ticket
buying site for the next two days until Blizzard suddenly closed
sales. Morhaime posted his apology on the World of Warcraft homepage
and said 3000 extra tickets will now be sold on a lottery system.
Unlike previous Lara Croft models that mostly came from the world of
fashion or acting, the new face of Tomb Raider: Underworld has a
Universal is challenging Apple’s iTunes with a new music service dubbed
Total Music. The site provide free, ad-supported music streaming,
allowing anyone to embed the service on their own site. Its goal: To
Electronic Arts today announced that Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
will go live in next month and will be marketed via various
subscription models that will cost at least $13 per month.
Video game stores in Thailand have pulled
copies of the popular Grand Theft Auto IV game off their shelves after
a teenager murdered a taxi cab driver. 19-year-old Polwat Chino told
police he was trying to recreate a scene from the game by robbing a cab
driver and then stealing his car. Chino was caught after putting the
car in reverse and losing control.
Like a phoenix rising out of the ashes, Scrabulous
has been reborn into Wordscraper. Two days ago, the Facebook game was
momentarily felled by the legal arrows fired by Hasbro’s attorneys and
hopefully this new game is just different enough to appease the toy
giant. Wordscraper features circle tiles, different point values for
letters and customizable boards. So far the game is a hit on Facebook
with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars and 3500 daily active
You can build almost any creature with Spore’s Creature Creator, but
the creators of the upcoming game are now banning people who’ve gone a
bit too far in their creativity – namely in making obscene creatures.
Due to hit store shelves this fall, the Spore game is a collaboration
between legendary game designer Will Wright and Electronic Arts.
Players have almost unlimited flexibility in building their own
creatures and that flexibility includes making creatures that resemble
giant penises and breasts.
OCZ is promoting its innovative OCZ NIA gaming
controllers in unique way: gamers using the headset in nearly 45 LAN
parties in Europe and North America will have a chance to win thousands
of dollars in prizes. The inaugural tournaments will be held at this
week’s QuakeCon (Dallas, TX), Digital Storm (Vancouver, BC) and CmaxX
Enlarged in Germany.
Interview - Last week, Microsoft held its annual XNA Gamefest
developers conference. During the conference, Microsoft announced
major changes for its Games for Windows Live service. Also, the company
announced DirectX 11, which is considered to be key API for next
generation of PC and console games. We got the opportunity to chat with
Microsoft’s Windows gaming guy about these changes and how they will
affect the platform and gamers. And we learned that DX11 is perhaps the
DX that should have been released with Windows Vista.
You’ll soon be able to fight alongside Batman,
Superman or even The Joker in an upcoming MMO based on the DC comics
universe. The aptly-named DC Universe Online is being developed by
Sony Online Entertainment and will be available for both the
PlayStation 3 and PCs. Players will be able to step into the legendary
universe and more than 60 years worth of comic book history as they
create heroes and villains with customizable powers and appearances.
An early version of the game is currently being shown off at the
Comic-Con convention in San Diego up until July 27th.
New York’s Governor David Paterson has signed a new
video game labeling law that critics claim is too lenient and too
broad. The law will require visible labeling on video games sold in
retail stores and will also create an advisory panel to study game
ratings and the link between violent games and crime. Game console
makers will also be forced to include parental lockout features by 2010.