Chinese man dies after week-long gaming session

A 26-year-old man from northeastern China died after a "marathon" online gaming session.

Namco offers Ms. PacMan for iPods

Namco is bringing Ms. PacMan, an arcade classic, to the iPod.

EA shoots out Command & Conquer 3 demo

PC gamers can now get their hands on a preview build of the latest installment in the Command & Conquer series, C&C 3: Tiberium Wars. A demo of the strategy title is now available from the game's official site.

Second Life tests out voice chat

San Francisco (CA) - The virtual denizens of Second Life will be getting a new way to communicate, namely voice chat. Starting next week, 1000 lucky people will be able to beta test voice chat technology. Linden Labs, the owners of Second Life, say this isn't just any voice chat because character animations will match speech volumes - talk louder and your character goes nuts. Characters can chat privately in addition to joining larger "chats" for concerts and public gatherings.

Ocarina of Time arrives on Wii Virtual Console

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, regarded as the best installment in the long-running Zelda series, has made its anticipated arrival on the Wii's Virtual Console as part of the digital store's weekly update.

Electronic Arts Riccitiello returns as CEO

Former Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello will return as the company's CEO in April.

China electrocutes the WoW out of Internet addicts

Shanghai (China) - Locked cells, electrocution and freezing temperatures, no this isn't a military torture chamber, but China's new way of dealing with Internet addicts. In the past year, several clinics have opened up that treat people who are addicted to online games, chatting and web surfing. Some of the patients come willing, but most have been forced to attend by their parents or even government officials. 

Wing Commander makes a comeback on Xbox Live Arcade

Old-time gamers who remember EGA graphics and tweaking expanded memory settings are sure to rejoice the comeback of Wing Commander.

Nintendo officially ends Gamecube support

With Wii sales bringing Nintendo back into the limelight, the company has now stopped working on new titles for the Gamecube.

Euro PS3 to cut PS2 Emotion Engine

In an effort to scale back the prohibitive cost of the PS3, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is removing a key part of the PS2 that will hinder its backward compatibility

EA, Pandemic to bring Mercenaries 2 to four platforms

Under a newly minted co-publishing deal, EA and Pandemic Studios today announced release details for Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, the sequel to 2005's Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction.

Crackdown for Xbox 360 debuts, comes with access to Halo 3 beta

The most anticipated Xbox 360 title since December's Gears of War, Crackdown made its way to stores today. The action racing title also comes with access to the Halo 3 beta program.

Sony planning video downloads for PS3

Sony is working on a video download service for the PS3, similar to what the Xbox introduced in November.

Opinion: Who needs DRM?

I am not a big fan of Apple and not of Steve Jobs in particular. Yes, Apple products look nice, but they are for people who drive to the grocery store in a Lexus rather than a Toyota. And Steve Jobs still doesn't blush when pocketing all those standing ovations for a new product, although there may be hundreds of other Apple employees who would deserve that recognition much more.

Crytek to demonstrate Crysis game engine at GDC

Frankfurt (Germany) – Crytek, developer of the first person shooter “FarCry”, today said that it will demonstrate the middleware of the upcoming “Crysis” game at the 2007 Game Developers Conference (GDC), which will open its doors in San Francisco on March 5.  

World of Warcraft starts worldwide contest

Who is the best World of Warcraft player in the world? Blizzard wants to find out and is starting their inaugural worldwide arena tournament.

Next-gen digital downloads: Wii sets the standard

While each platform offers advantages for different user groups, we learned - after spending a great deal of time (and money) with the three platforms - that it is the Wii that offers the best user experience at this time.

New PS3 demo, PSOne game hit Playstation Store

For the first time in months, a PS3 demo and a PSOne classic will both be making their way to the Playstation Store as part of this week's update

Take-Two exec pleads guilty to stock fraud

The man in charge of the company that published Grand Theft Auto has pled guilty to falsifying financial records and faces a potential sentence of prison time and more than $7 million in fines.

Sell virtual gold like the big boys with Sparter

Culver City (CA) - Virtual gold trading used to be confined to eBay and a select group of real-money trading (RMT) sites, but Sparter is now allowing the regular joe to buy and sell currency for many popular games. Think of it as a Peer 2 Peer trading sites where World of Warcraft, EVE and Everquest 1 and 2 players can buy virtual money and also put up excess loot for a modest 10% commission. To protect customers, Sparter puts all real money into escrow until the completion of the trade.