Microsoft releases 'Build your own Xbox 360 games' Beta

Microsoft today released the download of the first Beta of XNA Game Studio Express, a software that will allow any user with some programming talent to create games for the Xbox 360 game console. A writer of the "XNA Team Blog" said that the purpose of the release is to "start getting feedback on what we'll be releasing."

FCC approves Microsoft's wireless racing wheel for Xbox 360

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today approved Microsoft's upcoming Xbox 360 wireless racing wheel with force feedback. There are few details about the device available so far and the FCC followed Microsoft's request not to publish pictures and the user manual of the device within the next 45 days. Until the release of the wheel, presumably just in time for the Christmas season, our information will be limited to pictures released earlier this year.

Verizon launches PlayLinc in-game messaging to compete with Xfire

In perhaps the one arena where service provider Verizon aims to directly compete with content provider Viacom, Verizon launched its own in-game messaging and advertising platform yesterday, in conjunction with a new team of developers called Super Computer International, Inc.

EA announces Burnout 5 for PS3, Xbox 360

Electronic Arts has announced the fifth edition of its popular racing and destruction game Burnout. Burnout 5 will be made for the Xbox 360 and the upcoming PlayStation 3 consoles. EA promises less menu jumping and more destruction, even boasting that gamers can literally, "rip their cars in half".

Nintendo launches pink and black versions of DS Lite

Nintendo will begin selling its portable game system DS Lite in two new colors beginning 13 Sept.

Small Mississippi town goes crazy for EA's Madden '07 football game

The new Madden '07 NFL video football game is making one small Mississippi town crazy enough to declare a holiday. Madden, Mississippi officials declared Tuesday "Madden NFL Day' in celebration of the game's release. Microsoft and Electronic Arts bused in 3,500 people from surround schools and even gave the town's 74 households a free Xbox 360 and a copy of the game.

Electronic Arts announces Battlefield: Bad Company for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3

Why go to war for honor, when you can do it for revenge and riches. Electronic Arts has announced Battlefield: Bad Company, a darker and more self-centered addition to the World War II Battlefield series. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game will follow a group of renegade soldiers who are dropped behind enemy lines. EA promises that 90 percent of the battlefield will be destructible.

Sony claims PS3 shortages are inevitable

Less than three months before the scheduled tri-continent launch of Sony's PlayStation 3 console, SCEA president Kaz Hirai has stated that retail shortages in each territory are inevitable.

Electronic Arts adopts Unreal 3 engine for upcoming titles

Electronic Arts has licensed Epic Games' Unreal 3 Engine for upcoming titles.

Microsoft boasts healthy attachment rates for Xbox 360

Microsoft has published a new set of stats for the Xbox 360, revealing healthy attachment rates for software and accessories and a high download rate for Xbox Live Marketplace.

Wii for November under $250, and it "won't have hidden fees or costs"

There you have it folks, if there was even a shred of doubt that Nintendo might pursue the Xbox Live option of levying charges on (at least certain aspects of) online gameplay, the records been set straight by the Regginator after having spoken with USA Today.

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XNA game development platform will be free for Windows, $99 for Xbox

As an attempt to re-create the spirit of individual initiative that marked the late 1970s and early 1980s in computer gaming, Microsoft announced this morning it will be making an Express edition of its XNA game development platform available to prospective developers for the same price it charges for all its other Express platforms: zero.

E3: Los Angeles Is Dead. All Hail E3: Las Vegas

It was bound to happen. We predicted it would happen. It's happening... E3 has been shrunk down to size, and now somebody else wants to replace it with a new show, exactly the same as the old one. Big, glitzy, expensive, and ultimately self-defeating. Possibly not in the first year, or even in the second, but eventually it'll just become the untenable thing that E3 was this year.

Driv3r was "a half-baked product", says Atari exec

Atari's sales and marketing VP, Nique Fajors, has slammed the third instalment in the publisher's Driver series - just weeks after the franchise was sold off to Ubisoft.

EA to release FIFA 07 on 3 October

Electronic Arts (EA) today announced an series of league licensing renewals for its upcoming soccer game FIFA 07. The game, scheduled to launch on 3 October, will be showcasing athletes not only in the game, but seven well-known players in marketing campaigns as well.

'Bully' hits schoolyard, for good or bad

Boarding school student Jimmy Hopkins is either a good kid with a penchant for bad behavior or a delinquent who sometimes does the right thing. It all depends on what you decide.

MS: Xbox 360 HD DVD player to be cheapest on market

While Microsoft recently demonstrated its upcoming HD DVD player for the Xbox 360 at the DVD Forum event in Los Angeles, an exact price and date for the peripheral has yet to be announced.

Microsoft demonstrates HD-DVD drive for Xbox 360

Microsoft has offered the first real demonstration of its external HD-DVD drive for the Xbox 360 since its fleeting appearance at E3, but remains silent on pricing or a confirmed release date.

Microsoft and Epic to release "Gears of War" on 12 November

Redmond (WA) - The next third person shooter is set to make its debut this holiday season. Microsoft Game Studio and Epic Games today announced that their "high-definition" game "Gears of War" for the Xbox 360 game console will be available in North America on 12 November. Gears of War slide show ...