DiamondWare's 3D voice technology added to HeroEngine

DiamondWare and Simutronics have partnered up to add 3D-aware voice chat to Simutronics' HeroEngine, an MMO technology platform.

Activision buys DemonWare

Activision has announced that it will be buying DemonWare, a Dublin-based gaming middleware developer.

PC "Stalker" goes gold

Work on the PC shooter S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Cheronbyl is complete and the game is ready to ship to stores later this month.

Test Drive Unlimited races to gold status on PS2, PC

Atari today announced that it is finished working on Test Drive Unlimited for the PS2 and PC.

Xbox Live reaches six million user milestone

The Xbox Live has topped six million users, Microsoft announced today.

Glu debuts Project Gotham Racing for Windows Mobile

Project Gotham Racing, a blockbuster game title for the Xbox and Xbox 360 game consoles, will soon be available in a version for Windows Mobile smartphones. Extra: Slideshow

South Park makes HD debut on Xbox 360, for free

Comedy Central has partnered with Microsoft to release an episode of its popular cartoon show South Park in high definition.

Eidos' Traxxpad turns the PSP into a keyboard, drums

Eidos Interactive wants PSP owners to harness their musical powers with its new Traxxpad software.

41% of U.S. households own a game console - Nielsen survey

According to a recent survey done by Nielsen, 41% of all U.S. households have a video game console which is up from 39.1% in 2005.

Avatar Reality developing online multiplayer game based on Mars

If the virtual world of Second Life is just too "Earth-like" then how about an MMO on Mars?

Mobile game revenues jump 61% - study

Mobile phone users are trying out games in record numbers according to a study done by Telephia, a market research company.

Netflix to use Macrovision DRM for video downloads

Santa Clara (CA) – Macrovision today announced that Netflix will be using the firm’s content protection technology in its video download service. The Macrovision system will prevent consumers from copying or redistributing movies and make sure that, depending on the subscription plan, that only a certain number of Netflix movies are available on a PC. Dubbed Analog Copy Protection (ACP), the technology will be integrated into about 1000 movies that are or will be available for download through Netflix’ website.

Microsoft debuts 512 MB memory unit for Xbox 360

Microsoft has added a 512 MB memory unit to its Xbox 360 game console.

Third-party online games not available for Wii until 2008

According to a recent interview posted on Spong.com, the Wii's online infrastructure will be closed to third-party developers likely until 2008.

Darth Vader's younger brother hits the big time

The creators of the popular Chad Vader online video series which lampoons Darth Vader's younger brother are hitting the big time.

F1 Championship Edition for the PS3: HD on the cheap

A few years ago we stared into tubes displaying grainy TV pictures. Today, we have TVs that weigh less than half at twice the picture size, present lifelike pictures and audio systems can pump out cinema-rivaling sound. Not just TV and video, also games gain from this development: The PS3, for example, promises a world of HD games – and delivers. Well, at least sometimes.

EA adds video game music to iTunes

EA is coming to iTunes. According to an announcement today, music from dozens of EA games has been added to the iTunes library.

PS3 updates with firmware upgrade and most expensive download to date

In a move that sets the PS3 apart from the Wii and Xbox 360, Sony has begun offering the most expensive digital download across all next-gen platforms.

Over 1000 PS2 games to work with Euro PS3

Sony has confirmed that more than 1000 of the 5000+ PS2 titles will be compatible with the PS3 when it's released in Europe this month.

Brand new SimCity heading to the Nintendo DS

After essentially being pushed aside for the more popular "The Sims" franchise, the pioneering open-ended game is back, with an all-new SimCity announced for the Nintendo DS.