In the end, it was not the adult film industry that decided the
high-definition format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD. However, this
segment faces appears to be taking a lead role in the promotion of high
definition as DVD sales are down dramatically and customers apparently
are shifting to Blu-ray quickly. The new format opens new opportunities
for large studios, but will bring massive challenges for smaller
companies in the business, Digital Playground co-founder Joone told TG
French video game company Ubisoft has bought all
intellectual property rights to the Tom Clancy name. Clancy was paid
an undisclosed lump sum and will also receive annual payments over the
next two years.
The Playstation 3 is likely to retain its reputation as the most popular playback platform for Blu-ray content as Sony announced that owners of the console will “soon” be able to upgrade to firmware version 2.20 which will add Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0 support as well as improved interoperability with the Playstation Portable (PSP).
Steam content distribution platform just became THE
800-pound gorilla in the world of digital distribution. Valve just
announced that Epic Games signed with Steam, making this three out of
three for founders of FPS gaming.
A weekend spent in Hollywood can greatly help to learn about trends in
the Consumer Electronics industry. Of course, Blu-ray was one of the
main discussion topics and if you are currently frustrated about the
high prices for players and movies, you may see much lower price tags
The PS3 had one of its best months in February, selling over 280,000 units. That barely edges out the Xbox 360's sales numbers, but is only around half of the number of Wii units sold in the same time period. In February, NPD reports that the Wii was unsurprisingly the top console seller, reaching 432,000 units. The PS3's 280,800 units put it in the number two spot, with the Xbox 360 reaching 254,600 units.
Opinion - Microsoft squashed speculations that there is a Blu-ray add-on for the Xbox 360 in the immediate future. But is the announcement really a surprise? Is there an immediate need for a Blu-ray drive in the Xbox 360 right now? While we believe that Microsoft has to take some responsibility for the failed HD DVD format by not offering an integrated drive for the console, we think it is not the worst decision to leave Blu-ray alone right now. What do you think? Here is some food for thought.
During its quarterly conference, executives of 2K
announced BioShock 2 and finally answered rumors of its sequel to the
2007 mega-hit, BioShock. Three months ago, a new game development studio called 2K Marin opened
its doors, and it was rumored that they are working on a sequel to
BioShock. At the same time, the destiny of the 2K Boston/Australia team
was uncertain, since head of 2K Boston, Ken Levine was stating that he
is going to work on a sequel.
Earlier this year, Take Two Interactive rejected a buyout offer from Electronic Arts, and now a T2 stock owner is suing for not maximizing shareholders' equity. EA offered Take Two a substantial premium over the company's current market value to buy the video game publisher outright. However, Take Two said it was the wrong place and the wrong time to consider such an offer, and tried to keep negotiations secret.
Game Review - If you own a Wii, you need to run out and buy a copy of Super Smash Bros Brawl. It is one of the greatest Nintendo games of all time. When Super Smash Bros was released on the Nintendo 64, it was really the first of its kind - bring together a bunch of characters from different games in an environment none of them had even been in before. It was an intoxicating formula that only Nintendo has been able to perfect.
Interacting with avatars in a virtual world may soon
change dramatically: Researchers are trying to find ways to create
lifelike synthetic characters, which act just like humans and would
make it difficult for players to determine whether they are dealing
with a real or simulated person. Scientists from the Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute claim that have completed a critical first step,
injecting Eddie, a virtual character with the reasoning abilities of a
4-year old child into Second Life.
OCZ's Neural Impulse Actuator (NIA) could become one of the most
sought after computing peripherals this year. So far, the price of the
device was somewhat a mystery, with estimates ranging from £99.99 to
$299 – more than what you would currently would pay for Nintendo’s Wii
console (if you can get one). It turns out that OCZ will bring the NIA
for $159 to the U.S., TG Daily has learned.