Videosite Joost reinvents itself to become a Hulu clone

Opinion - The Internet probably could have gone without another website designed to do nothing more than play old reruns of “Mary Tyler Moore”, clips from “The Steve Colbert Show”, and recaps of “The Hills”. Unfortunately, that is exactly what Joost, the overly hyped up Internet video service is ready to deliver.

Blizzcon’s goodie bag and the insane prices it fetches

If you missed this past weekend’s Blizzcon convention in Anaheim, then you not only missed out on a great show, but also an awesome goodie bag.  Unlike other conventions, you don’t get a worthless backpack and carrying back at Blizzcon, in fact the show is known for giving out perhaps the best and most valuable attendee bags around.  Want to know what was inside?  Take a look in our picture gallery.

World of Warcraft mouse pulses light and comes with Hot Pockets

SteelSeries demoed its upcoming World of Warcraft mouse at this past weekend’s Blizzcon convention in Anaheim.  The rugged-looking, scaly, mouse has more than a dozen buttons and can pulse light in more than 16 million colors.  Hard-core WoW players can create macros of up to 160 characters for each button.  To ease macro creation, SteelSeries has included 130 predefined commands.

Blizzcon 08: Motorized turtle mount and rider win costume contest - gallery

Female night elves, an orc warrior and even Rick Astley couldn’t defeat a very blue Draenei female and her motorized turtle at the 2008 Blizzcon costume contest.  Dozens of attendees competed for a replica Frostmourne sword and the costumes were impressive.  Most of the contestants tried to replicate their favorite World of Warcraft characters by manufacturing their own clothes and weapons, but in the end a huge green turtle named, “Speedy” stole the show.

YouTube to play full-length TV shows

In the most recent attempt to squeeze money out of YouTube traffic, Google unveiled full-length episodes of some fan favorite TV shows. "We are starting to test full-length programming on YouTube, beginning with some fan favorites requested by you," the YouTube blog announced.

Blizzcon - long lines, drooling fans and Diablo 3 playable demo

More than 15000 crazed Blizzard Entertainment fans packed will pack into the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend for the 3rd Blizzcon convention.  Attendees braved long lines to grab their badges, but they didn’t seem to mind as a playable demo of Diablo 3 awaited them inside.  Content teases of the upcoming Starcraft II and World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King also soothed the savage fans.

Microsoft: No plans for a Blu-ray drive for the Xbox 360, really

Wal-Mart leaves DRM servers online

Will Microsoft's Xbox 360 kick the Apple TV out of your living room?

Apple TV could be in big trouble when Microsoft unveils its new Xbox LIVE service in six weeks - with a revamped UI and a much broader focus on Hollywood. The software maker is betting on entertainment content in an effort to push Xbox 360 sales. And it seems that the Xbox 360 is the currently best-positioned gadget to become an all purpose gaming and entertainment platform for the living room.

The 20 most anticipated video games for the 2008 Christmas shopping season

Feature - The holiday season is approaching quickly: If you have children or if you are an avid gamer yourself then you know there are tons of video games you could buy. This Christmas season is jam-packed with a few very interesting titles and sequels to some of the most popular games already on the market for both the PC and console game systems. Here are our recommendations as a guideline which games you can expect to appear on most wishlists of gamers. Be sure to check out our slideshow to see screenshots of the games listed below. 

Sony upgrades Japanese PS3, confirms Home Beta

Sony will begin offering the 80 GB Playstation 3 with a rumble pack wireless controller this month in Japan. The 40 GB version will be transitioned into “open” pricing.

Sony, Microsoft unveil virtual game worlds

SlingCatcher Internet TV box hits store shelves

Slingbox announced that its SlingCatcher television set-top box is now available through online and offline retail stores. The box connects TVs to online video sites such as Hulu and YouTube as well as the movie streaming service offered by Netflix.

Microsoft reportedly ready to ship Xbox 360 Blu-ray drive

Microsoft still denies that it will be offering a Blu-ray extension for its Xbox 360 game console and gave every indication that it might skip the Blu-ray trend altogether and focus on movie downloads. Not so fast, says Xbit Labs, which learned that an external Blu-ray drive for the Xbox 360 is ready to ship. Guess which company allegedly manufactures this drive.

Netflix draws ire with Blu-ray surcharge

By now, most of us are used to surcharges that are often justified to “make up for extra cost” caused by external factors. Netflix has been talking about potential price increases for Blu-ray rentals for some time and revealed today that it will be charging customers who want access to Blu-ray movies an extra $1 per month – which translates into an increase of at least 6% for subscribers who choose this option.

Nintendo DSi: Definitely not all it is cracked up to be

Opinion - With Nintendo’s recent announcement that it has developed a new and better version of the already successful DS handheld, I decided I might do a little research. I enjoy keeping up on game consoles and try to get my hands on new technology early. So, is this new system something I should purchase? Is this the new face of mobile gaming? Let’s look - I can’t be left behind in the technology world.

Warhammer Online chief bans thousands of gold farmers, tells them “go to hell”

EA/Mythic’s General Manager Mark Jacobs says gold farmers aren’t welcome in Warhammer Online and adds quite forcefully that they can, “go to hell”.  Jacobs recently posted in a blog that he’s instructed his staff to immediately and publically ban all gold farmers.  To add insult to injury, he says Warhammer Online has a strike team devoted to exterminating gold farmers from the game.

NeuroSky and Square Enix demonstrate brainwaved-controlled video game

NeuroSky, a developer of wearable bio-sensors, is showing off a brainwave-controlled video game as a concept being jointly developed with Square Enix. It is being displayed at the Tokyo Game Show 2008 in Makuhari, Japan, on October 9 and 10.

New NBA season, new NBA games

With the new National Basketball Association (NBA) upon us it also means it is time for another round of NBA basketball games to light up our video game consoles.

Integra launches its first Blu-ray player