World of Warcraft Expansion coming to Taiwan and Hong Kong

Blizzard has signed a deal with Soft-World International Corporation to distribute and operation the upcoming World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Expansion in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. Soft-World will sell game and will also give customer support.

Microsoft to ship more than 10 million Xbox 360s by end of the year

Microsoft expects to ship more than 10 million units of its Xbox 360 game console by the end of the year. While an impressive figure, the number only includes units sold to retailers and may not actually reflect sales to the public.

Prison escapee caught after checking MySpace

Myspace pages are made by a wide range of people from teenagers to rock stars, but who would have known that prison escapees would have a vanity page on the popular social networking site. Darren Bates had escaped from a Georgia jail and was arrested in Philadelphia after checking his Myspace account. Bates accessed the page from a public computer at the main branch of the Philadelphia Free Library.

BenQ announces fast-response gaming monitors

BenQ will be introducing a new line of LCD gaming monitors at the 2006 Cyberathlete Professional League Championships in Dallas. Four new widescreen monitors will be debuted with sizes ranging from 19 inches to 24 inches. BenQ says the 19" monitor has a response time of 2ms.

Guild Wars battles its way to three million copies

The PC game Guild Wars, one of NCSoft's biggest claims to fame, has reached a new milestone, as the game's publisher today announced that more than three million copies have been sold worldwide.

MLB 07 The Show heading for PS2, PS3, PSP

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced details about MLB 07 The Show, the latest game in the company's MLB series. It will be simultaneously released on all Playstation platforms, namely the PS2, PS3, and PSP.

AOL forms partnership with professional gaming league

Furthering the presence of professional video gaming, AOL today announced a new partnership with Major League Gaming (MLG), the world's first and most recognized professional gaming league.

Microsoft finalizes build-your-own-Xbox-game software

Microsoft today releases the final version of its XNA Game Studio Express. Based on the Visual C# 2005 Express Edition, the software allows aspiring game developers and enthusiast to create their own PC and Xbox games.

World chess champ rocked by Deep Fritz computer

Reigning world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik has lost a six game match against IBM's Deep Fritz computer. Kramnik managed to draw four games, but lost two of them. Chess professionals considered Kramnik's loss in game two to be a major blunder because he missed a checkmate in one.

Multiverse to make Firefly MMORPG

Firefly, the discontinued television series with a cult following, is coming back in video game form. Multiverse, makers of a MMORPG development application, is bring the Fox television series back as a massively multiplayer online game.

Wii straps under investigation

Nintendo is investigating reports of faulty straps that attach to the Wii remote, causing some gamers to inadvertently toss the controller across the room while playing some of the console's more active games.

PS3 rolls out second firmware update as version 1.3

The second update to Sony's latest console is now available, as the electronics giant continues to bring full support to the PS3 that it originally wanted to have out of the box.

Police arrest 12-year-old for opening Game Boy present early

Police in Rock Hill South Carolina arrested an eager teenager for opening his Game Boy Christmas present early. The 12-year-old kid had taken the present that had been placed under the Christmas tree by his 27-year-old mother. On Sunday, the mother and the boy's great-grandmother couldn't find the present and threatened to call the police.

Azureus rolls out HD YouTube challenger

Azureus, the makers of the popular Bittorrent client of the same name, is rolling out a high-definition video service called Zudeo. Users of the service can upload, rate and comment on videos, just like the YouTube video sharing site. However, unlike YouTube, high-definition videos can be shared and there is no limit to the size or duration of the videos.

PS3 download service goes live

Sony's e-Distribution Initiative (EDI), which allows PS3 owners to purchase and play games directly from the console, is now up and running, as the first titles have made their appearance in the online service.

Ambulance follows GPS 200 miles in the wrong direction

We all know the pitfalls of blindly following your GPS navigation without doing a reality check, but a British ambulance crew must have broken a world record. The ambulance blindly followed their GPS system 200 miles the wrong way while ferrying a patient from the King George Hospital in Ilford to the Mascalls Park Hospital near Brentwood.

PS3 downloadable game Flow gets release date

One of the few games for the PS3 online store to achieve pre-release hype, Flow has received an official release date. The casual game, developed by Thatgamecompany, will be available from the PS3 online network on December 19.

Wii makes international debut with weekend launch in Japan

The Wii made its retail appearance in Nintendo's home town of Japan on Saturday, nearly selling out the allocated 400,000 units, nearly pushing the Wii over the one million mark worldwide.

Band to release CD and host release party inside of Second Life

It's a CD release party without the spilled wine, bouncers and paparazzi. The Sarah Mac band is releasing a CD and hosting their release party inside the virtual Second Life world. The event will happen at 3PM PST on Saturday December 2nd on "Muse Isle" a virtual island made for live music performances.

Rumor: Sony to release new Gran Turismo as a demo

Gaming website is reporting that Sony will release Gran Turismo HD as a demo instead of a fully playable game. The demo will be released on Christmas Eve as a free download for Playstation 3 owners.