Atari to rival Wii Fit with foot-powered controller

Video game publisher Atari has announced that it will release a new Wii game called "Family Trainer," a title that will encourage users to get up and be active in "wildly entertaining activities."  However, unlike other similar games that have been announced, Atari will package its own version of Nintendo's "Balance Board" controller.

Sony may update PS3 to fix GTA IV problems

Soon after Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto IV on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, owners of the PS3 version began complaining about problems with its lower HD resolution and complications with online modes.  People called out to Rockstar to release a patch to the game, but so far it has not done so.  Now it appears the issue is with the PS3 hardware itself, so a fix would need to come directly from Sony.

Disney plans online gaming, chatting and video sharing on Blu-ray

Los Angeles (CA) - Disney has revealed details on the kind of features it plans to incorporate in the next generation of Blu-ray Discs.  A new technology known as "BD Live" will open up Internet connectivity options and other advanced features, of which Disney is apparently poised to take advantage.

EA bringing interactive skateboard game to Wii

The country's largest video game publisher Electronic Arts announced that it is working on a new entry to its "Skate" franchise, for Nintendo's Wii and DS systems.  The game, Skate It, will be compatible with Nintendo's Wii Balance Board controller, which allows gamers to use their feet to control some of the action.  Additionally, it will use a new control scheme with the DS stylus.

Blizzcon 2008 announced

Now is the time to start making your Night Elf or Orc costume because Blizzard Entertainment has announced the dates of this year’s Blizzcon convention.  The sort-of annual meeting of thousands of World of Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft players will happen on October 10th and 11th at the Anaheim Convention Center.  Ticket prices will be $100 and are sure to sell out (like they have in the past).

Wiiware kicks off with six titles

Nintendo has rolled out the red carpet for its long-awaited Wiiware service, which allows users to download "bite-sized" games made exclusively for the Wii.  Six titles are now available through the new Nintendo digital download service, including a new Final Fantasy game from Square Enix and Frontier's LostWinds.

Bioshock: Coming to a theater near you

Spielberg's Boom Blox provides fun but not innovation

Gut Reaction - We all know Steven Spielberg for his masterpieces in film, E.T. and Jurassic Park to name a few.  His branching out to Saturday morning-style cartoons was also a success, and with an intriguing video game now under his belt it seems there is nothing he can't do.  However, if his first game is any indication,  I'm not sure if his work in the latter category will play out quite as momentously. 

Formula 1 goes to Codemasters after Sony unrest

After Sony refused to pay the licensing fees requested by the Formula 1 car racing association, England-based Codemasters has stepped up and nabbed the former Sony-exclusive license.  Codemasters has gained the global rights to the racing label, promising to bring Formula 1-branded games to consoles, PC, and handheld gaming platforms.

Doom 4 announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Playstation 3 nabs 40% of Grand Theft Auto IV

Despite Sony's PS3 console being outsold by the Xbox 360 by more than two to one in the US, it managed to grab a healthy amount of the Grand Theft Auto IV sales.  GTA IV broke game records around the world when it came out a few weeks ago, selling 3.6 million copies in the first day and six million copies by the end of the week.

Video games don’t turn children into blood-thirsty killers – Harvard research

A pair of Harvard researchers say violent video games don’t turn children into killers.  According to a newly published book, ‘Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video Games and What Parents Can Do’, psychologists Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl Olson dispel common myths about violent games.  In their two-year study, they found that there was no data to support any causation between games and real-life violence.

New Congressional bill to require ID for all MATURE-rated video games

With Grand Theft Auto 4 selling like hotcakes and making over $500 million in the first week, a Republican and Democrat have introduced a bill that would make it a bit harder for teenagers to buy mature games.  Republican Representative Lee Terry from Nebraska and Democrat Representative Jim Matheson from Utah introduced the Video Games Ratings Enforcement Act which would require retailers to check IDs and not selling ‘Mature’ or ‘Adults Only’-rated games to anyone under 18-years-old.

Pandemic working on Lord of the Rings MMORPG

Sony games boss says PS3 will overtake others

Electronic Arts to make fitness game for Wii

There's a new Wii game that will allow users to step on a unique controller and complete fitness exercises.  No, we're not talking about Wii Fit; that's yesterday's news.  EA is the new story when it comes to Wii-powered fitness regimens.  It is really a blatant copy of Nintendo's Wii Fit game, which comes out to the US next month.  EA doesn't shy away from this fact, though.  

Blizzard uses ‘innovative’ argument in World of Warcraft bot lawsuit

Ubisoft caught in a little Assassin’s Creed scandal

TG Daily investigates - Amidst talk that the PC’s days as a major gaming platform could be counted blockbuster titles such as Assassin’s Creed are welcome signs that show just the opposite. Sadly, it is very likely that this game will be remembered for a controversy that dances around a strange decision to remove support for DirectX 10.1 and handed transferred an initial performance advantage for ATI’s Radeon cards over to Nvidia. Did Nvidia have its hands in this one? We looked a bit closer to find out.

Sony's Playstation 3 Home delayed again

When and if Sony finally releases its online world "Home" for the Playstation 3, many gamers will likely still be resentful over the countless delays they have endured.  The software has now been scheduled for the "end of the year," a slightly less optimistic outlook than the previously announced release window of autumn 2008.

Wii's "Nintendo Channel" open for business

Nintendo today released a firmware update for its Wii video game console, adding a new feature to the main menu that allows gamers to access game trailers and demos.  After downloading the update, users can find the "Nintendo Channel" in the Wii Shop Channel, available as a free download.