Microsoft cracks open Halo 3 beta with 2 new ways to enter

Microsoft announced today two new ways to get into the Halo 3 multiplayer beta program, which officially launches this spring. By playing Halo 2 over Xbox Live (XBL) and registering online, or by purchasing the upcoming title Crackdown, users who didn't get a chance to register in December can still get into the beta.

Stickam to host online New Year's Eve party

Stickam, an online social networking and user video site, will be the host of a global New Year's Eve party, with live video of the countdowns from areas all over the world.

Wii slaughters PS3 in holiday sales

The final numbers are in, and in terms of unit sales, the Wii is the unquestioned winner of the holiday shopping battle, with estimates claiming that Nintendo's console is outselling the PS3 at a rate of two to one, reports The Times Online.

PS Store offers Gran Turismo HD concept free for PS3 owners

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) announced the December 24 North American release of Gran TurismoHD Concept, available for free download, exclusively on the PS Store for the PS3 computer entertainment system.

Opinion: To buy or not to buy a PS3

For some reason, Playstation 3s have been popping up around the country here and there. You still need to have some luck to come across a console, but there's a good chance that you'll run into available units on your last shopping day before Christmas. And question will be: Should you buy it? What it is all about: The PS3 in detail ...

Microsoft extends Xbox warranty, offers refunds for repairs

Likely Microsoft's final official announcement for the Xbox 360 before Christmas, the software giant announced today that it is extending the out-of-box warranty offered from 90 days to one year, in line with other countries but exorbitantly longer than the norm in America.

Wii Virtual Console gets five for Christmas

Any kid lucky enough to have parents who were willing to camp out for several hours at a Best Buy or Toys R Us, and wakes up with a Wii on Christmas morning, will have a few new gifts to unwrap, at a cost of $5 - $8 each, on the Wii Shop Channel, as Nintendo today announced the Christmas line-up for the Virtual Console.

UPDATE: Nintendo touts Opera browser for Wii

Chicago (IL) - Nintendo and Norwegian software company Opera today released a web browser for the Wii console, based on the Opera 9 for Devices evaluation kit. The browser is available for free until mid-2007 and can be used in combination with the Wii remote. Nintendo overview of features ...

Shuttle rolls out high-end hand-painted gaming PC

Shuttle, the makers of compact barebones systems, is getting into the premium gaming market with their hand-painted Shuttle SDXi system. Striking red flames have been airbrushed on the chassis, along with the Razer Mouse and Saitek gaming keyboard. But the computer doesn't just have looks; the insides are powered by 10,000 RPM Western Digital Raptor hard drives and at least 2GB of Crucial Ballistix RAM.

Burger King Xbox games sell over two million

The hottest new video game character in town seems to be "the King", as developer Blitz Games has announced that more than two million copies of the Burger King Xbox games have been sold in the US in only four weeks, reports GamesIndustry.biz.

Create personalized comic books with your favorite Marvel characters

Planetwide Media has launched a new version of their Comic Book Creator that includes favorite Marvel characters like Spider-Man, Wolverine and Elecktra. The software allows a would-be Stan Lee to drag and drop Marvel images, icons and artwork into pre-made comic book layouts and templates.

HOT! Second batch of Playstation 3 consoles arrives in U.S. retail

Chicago (IL) - Sony apparently was able to ship another "sizeable" number of Playstation 3 consoles just a few days before Christmas. While it is unclear just how many PS3 made it to our shores - and which stores got hold of the consoles, we were able to confirm that at least three chains were or will be selling the devices.

EA announces Medal of Honor Vanguard

Pitching out another installment to the extensive Medal of Honor collection, Electronic Arts today announced Medal of Honor Vanguard. The latest addition to the World War II simulation franchise is heading to the PS2 and Wii in March 2007.

Wii browser demo set for Friday

Nintendo is giving early adopters of its latest console an early Christmas present, as the gaming company today announced that on Friday, users will be able to download a free trial of the Opera Internet browser specifically created for the Wii.

Today's forecast: Wii weather channel debuts

Marking the one month anniversary of Nintendo's latest video game system, the Wii received its first major update to the console's online platform today, as Nintendo rolled out the Wii Forecast Channel. Now, users have the ability to check current and projected future weather conditions from areas around the country and the world, directly from the console's main menu.

Google to offer up NASA images and maps

Google has partnered up with NASA's Ames Research Center to offer up space images and maps to the public. The space agency will give Google images and maps of the moon and Mars so that the public can make virtual flights over the terrain. International Space Station and Space Shuttle flight information will also be shared with Google.

Burglars dig for Xbox 360 consoles

Determined burglars stole 13 Xbox 360 game consoles after they sledge hammered and dug through the back wall of a Jacksonville GameStop game store. The Florida Times-Union reports the burglars were smart and cut the power and cameras before dashing off with more than a dozen consoles. The store manager believes the thieves were actually after the PlayStation 3, but took the Microsoft console as their consolation prize.

Nintendo adds three classics to Virtual Console

Continuing its promise to add new titles to the Wii download service every Monday, Nintendo today announced that three more classic games will be available later today, one each from the NES, Sega Genesis, and TurboGrafx16.

Still room on your wishlist? What about a PC in a PC?

You can go overboard with pretty much any PC that is offered by a boutique system builder out there and spend as much money on a enthusiast PC as other would on a compact car. But if you do that, you want to buy something unique and we have just found a PC that you may still be able to squeeze into your Christmas wishlist.

Gears of War sells more than 2 million units

Microsoft and Epic Games have announced that the Gears of War shoot-em-up game has sold more than two million copies world-wide. This makes the game, according to the two companies , the fastest selling next-gen console game in 2006.