Culver City (CA) - Frustrated at work? Now you can relieve some stress with Goggles, a flight simulator game that uses Google Maps. The Flash-based game, played inside a browser, lets players fly a World War I era biplane over Google Maps' satellite imagery. Players can bank, dive, climb and even strafe terrain.
Electronic Arts today announced that Madden NFL 07 and Need for Speed Carbon will both be available for the Nintendo Wii when it is released on 19 November.
Wallop, a new company that was spun off by Microsoft, announced the launch of the beta version of its social networking site that aims to compete with MySpace and Facebook. Wallop will also offer premium features that users will need to pay for.
Rockstar has signed a deal with Getaway creator Brendan McNamara's Team Bondi to publish next-generation crime thriller L.A. Noire.
Electronic Arts today announced that the new installment to its NBA Live series has shipped to retailers nationwide. Continuing EA's partnership with ESPN, the sports network makes a defined appearance in NBA Live 07.
A report on Japanese website Impress Watch indicates that games for the Playstation 3 may be significantly higher than titles for the Playstation 2 or competing consoles Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. While official pricing has not been announced yet, the site quotes "multiple" sources who put game pricing in the range of 8800 to 9800 Yen - or $75 to $84. The reason for the price hike: Rising development cost, according to Impress Watch.
Tokyo (Japan) - Sony is cutting prices on its upcoming PlayStation 3 even before the 17 November release date. Ken Kutagari, Sony's PlayStation chief, spoke told the audience at the Tokyo Game Show that prices would be cut by 20% and that all models will include HDMI connectors. He also said there will be no further shipment delays.
Microsoft is re-releasing popular older games at a lower price. The so-called 'Platinum line' of games will be phased in over the next year and will vary according by region. Rounding out the American batch are four games, Perfect Dark Zero, Project Gotham Racing 3, Kameo: Elements of Power and Need for Speed Most Wanted.
Joysticks and other controllers often break under the stress of gaming, but X-Arcade claims that it can offer an almost indestructible (and insanely heavy) joystick. The "Tankstick" promises to revive arcade gaming at home and comes with two control sticks, along with several arcade-style buttons. 18 classic games, including Space Invaders, Galaga and Donkey Kong are included.
Agoura Hills (CA) - THQ, the video game publishing company behind the popular online game Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, today announced its second expansion pack to the game. "Dark Crusade" has reached the gold master stage, meaning all of the code programming is finished. The game is slated to be shipped nationwide on 9 October.
Microsoft will be offering an HD DVD upgrade for its Xbox 360 game console that will allow the company to compete with Sony in the HD arena. The new drive will be available on 17 November, the launch date of the Playstation 3.
Redwood City (CA) - Two new Godfather are joining EA's Corleone Family video game lineup. The publisher announced "The Godfather, The Game" for Microsoft's Xbox 360 console and "The Godfather, Mob Wars" for Sony's Playstation Portable (PSP), which almost completes the multi-platform rollout of the game series.
Media reports published late Monday suggested that Microsoft on Tuesday will open the doors to Soapbox, a video sharing service that will compete with the popular YouTube website. Access to the service will be offered on an invite-only basis during the test phase with the final site being scheduled to launch within the next six months, according to an article published by Reuters.
Developer Neversoft has dropped online play from the PlayStation 3 version of Tony Hawk's Project 8, a key third-party launch title for Sony's next-gen console.
Chicago (IL) - With the last of the three next-gen game consoles finally being announced, more game enthusiasts will be looking more seriously into which console offers the most value. Nintendo hopes that it will not only keep its existing base, but pick up the mainstream crowd and, here and there, Playstation and Xbox gamers.
Chicago (IL) - At a widely anticipated press event in New York City today, Nintendo announced release details of its next video game console, the Wii. The system will launch on November 19 and will carry a retail price of $250.
See the Nintendo Wii slide show here (5 pictures)
Los Angeles (CA) - Desktops and laptops can usually display video at decent framerates, but what about smaller mobile phones and PDAs? According to Futuremark, these diminutive gadgets now have enough graphical power to run intensive games, and they have a benchmark to prove it.
As the holiday season fast approaches, Sony is set to launch a new bundle pack for its PSP handheld. The pack will be released this month and is called the PSP Entertainment Bundle.
Microsoft has started designing a new-generation of Xbox 360's equipped with an internal HD-DVD drive and is selecting manufacturers in Taiwan to build the drive, according to sources in Taiwan's optical disc drive (ODD) industry.
Microsoft will release Project Gotham Racing 4 on Xbox 360 towards the end of 2007 or in the first half of 2008, according to car manufacturer Peugeot.