The Sims 2 gets holiday makeover with new expansion

Further expanding on the popular PC game franchise, Electronic Arts today announced the availability of The Sims 2: Happy Holiday Stuff expansion pack, marking the release of the first standalone expansion for the series with a specific holiday theme.

Sonix to start shipping video controllers to Nintendo in December

Despite monthly revenues slipping by 17% on month, Sonix's prospect in the fourth quarter should remain positive with its video controller ICs for Nintendo slated to start during year-end of 2006, according to industry sources.

PS3 buyers turn to Craigslist to find line waiters

Serious PlayStation 3 buyers are turning to Craigslist to find people to wait in line for them. One guy is paying $150 to three to four people who are willing to camp out with him and his friends. He can even provide transportation. The poster said his group will purchase a few PlaySation3s. He will give people who stand in line the money to purchase the console and $150 will be paid after the console is purchased. The first paragraph of the ad reads,

PS3 firmware update required out-of-box

Early adopters for Sony's next-gen console will need to upgrade their systems if they want to access Sony's proprietary online service, dubbed the Playstation Network.

Blizzard sets final release date for World of Warcraft Expansion

Irvine (CA) - Blizzard is setting the final release date for the Burning Crusade expansion pack for World of Warcraft. Burning Crusade will be released on January 16th, 2007 for North America and Europe and Blizzard says Asian countries will have the expansion in a "similar time frame". TG Daily's Burning Crusade beta test notes and screenshots

Lines begin to form at retail locations for PS3

Video game blog Kotaku has posted an image of the outside of a Best Buy store in Burbank, CA, with three people reportedly already in line outside for the November 17 launch of the PS3, still eight days away. See the Sony Playstation 3 in detail ...

Record your skateboarding or surfing mishaps with Oregon Scientific's helmet cam

Oregon Scientific has announced a new helmet mountable camera that can record up to 30 frames per second, even under water. The ATC2K weighs less than a pound and records video at 640 by 480 pixels to SD flash memory. The camera is water-proof up to three meters.

Rumor Mill: Best Buy PS3 allocation to be cut? is reporting that Best Buy's PlayStation 3 allocation may be cut in half. An anonymous Best Buy employee told the website that the store will get getting approximately half of the units promised by Sony. Neowin also says the store will be counting on the Wii and other consoles to get it through the holiday season.

Yahoo's cooking oil-powered car to attempt land speed record

Yahoo is sponsoring a cooking oil-powered car that will try to set a land speed record this weekend. The 3000 hp, 6-cylinder, twin turbo car will race at the El Mirage dry lake bed near Victorville California on Sunday November 12 from 10 am to 12 pm.

Wii pre-orders go online tomorrow

For those who weren't able to guarantee a Wii pre-order at Toys R Us, GameStop, or EB Games retail locations, the console will be making its first large-scale online availability as and will offer Wii pre-orders tomorrow evening.

Grand Theft Auto trilogy package headed for holidays

Rockstar Games, the publisher best known for its slate of controversial games, today announced three of its most famous/infamous titles, Grand Theft Auto 3, GTA: Vice City, and GTA: San Andreas, will be released in a trilogy bundle on 4 December, right in the middle of the holiday shopping frenzy.

Disney to make games for Nintendo DS and Wii

Disney has announced a new video game studio that will make games for the Nintendo DS handheld and the upcoming Nintendo Wii game console. The studio will develop titles based on current and future Disney movies and characters.

Namco Bandai gets devilishly good partnership with EA for Hellgate

Along with video game publishing giant Electronic Arts, Namco Bandai Games today announced it has signed into a partnership with the Redwood City-based company to jointly publish the anticipated PC title Hellgate: London.

Best Buy cancels PS3 pre-orders

Gamers who pre-ordered their Sony PlayStation 3 through Best Buy will be getting their money back. The retail giant has cancelled all pre-orders and sent emails to customers saying, "Your preorder for the PlayStation 3 gaming system will be cancelled."

Man fired for downloading porn to be re-hired

An Australian employee commission has ordered NCR Australia to re-hire a man that was fired for downloading porn to his work computer. Mr. Budlong, an employee for 31 years, was fired last year after 175 pornographic images were found on his work laptop. The New South Wales Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) ruled the firing was illegal because yearly Internet 'Code of Conduct' agreements signed by Budlong were too automatic to be binding.

TwitchBlog: EA faffs about with crappy digital distribution system v2.0

So, EA has released a new version of its digital distribution system. Fearing spyware I had it downloaded to a random TG office machine that'll probably be taken apart and rebuilt in a week and, after playing around with the service for ten minutes, I already think of it exclusively as a poor mans Steam.

Nearly 40 games confirmed for PS3 online download service

Fresh off the heels of Nintendo's announced lineup of titles available for its Wii virtual console service, Sony has said that its own downloadable game platform for the upcoming PS3 console, is growing a respectable library as well, with "about 40" exclusive titles heading to the platform, says Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Phil Harrison.

NYC, LA stores chosen for official Wii launch parties

As Nintendo, retailers, and fans get ready for the approaching Wii launch, Nintendo today announced that the GameStop at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles, and the famous Toys R Us Times Square in New York City, will be hosts to the official Wii launch events.

Nintendo Wii to make double the revenue of Sony PlayStation 3 at launch

I enjoy doing a bit of math in Google every now and again, and I just copped something amazing: The Nintendo Wii is going to have more than double the revenue of the Sony PlayStation 3 come November.

MySpace to block pirated audio and video clips

MySpace is partnering up with the Gracenote CD database to block pirated audio and video clips from member pages. The new system will scan uploaded content in addition to content already on member pages. Unauthorized files will be blocked and serious offenders will have their MySpace accounts deleted.