Opinion - Microsoft squashed speculations that there is a Blu-ray add-on for the Xbox 360 in the immediate future. But is the announcement really a surprise? Is there an immediate need for a Blu-ray drive in the Xbox 360 right now? While we believe that Microsoft has to take some responsibility for the failed HD DVD format by not offering an integrated drive for the console, we think it is not the worst decision to leave Blu-ray alone right now. What do you think? Here is some food for thought.
During its quarterly conference, executives of 2K
announced BioShock 2 and finally answered rumors of its sequel to the
2007 mega-hit, BioShock. Three months ago, a new game development studio called 2K Marin opened
its doors, and it was rumored that they are working on a sequel to
BioShock. At the same time, the destiny of the 2K Boston/Australia team
was uncertain, since head of 2K Boston, Ken Levine was stating that he
is going to work on a sequel.
Earlier this year, Take Two Interactive rejected a buyout offer from Electronic Arts, and now a T2 stock owner is suing for not maximizing shareholders' equity. EA offered Take Two a substantial premium over the company's current market value to buy the video game publisher outright. However, Take Two said it was the wrong place and the wrong time to consider such an offer, and tried to keep negotiations secret.
“No sir that video camera is too big, but that
small one is OK,” the security guard told us as he pointed to our Canon
HG10. We were waiting to get into the Hot Import Nights show in San
Mateo when the staff said our shoulder-mounted JVC HD-110 was too big.
We placed all of our trust into the handheld HG10 and by the end of the
night we were drooling at the quality of footage that was recorded.
Sandisk has unveiled its latest digital playback device with an FM radio, voice recorder, 1.9-inch screen and video/music functionality, for around the same price as an iPod Shuffle. Sandisk's history as an iPod competitor has been really interesting. The company is best known for its position in the flash media market, one of the more boring sides of the consumer electronics industry. Yet is also managed to make it to second place in MP3 player sales, behind Apple.
Game Review - If you own a Wii, you need to run out and buy a copy of Super Smash Bros Brawl. It is one of the greatest Nintendo games of all time. When Super Smash Bros was released on the Nintendo 64, it was really the first of its kind - bring together a bunch of characters from different games in an environment none of them had even been in before. It was an intoxicating formula that only Nintendo has been able to perfect.
Interacting with avatars in a virtual world may soon
change dramatically: Researchers are trying to find ways to create
lifelike synthetic characters, which act just like humans and would
make it difficult for players to determine whether they are dealing
with a real or simulated person. Scientists from the Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute claim that have completed a critical first step,
injecting Eddie, a virtual character with the reasoning abilities of a
4-year old child into Second Life.
OCZ's Neural Impulse Actuator (NIA) could become one of the most
sought after computing peripherals this year. So far, the price of the
device was somewhat a mystery, with estimates ranging from £99.99 to
$299 – more than what you would currently would pay for Nintendo’s Wii
console (if you can get one). It turns out that OCZ will bring the NIA
for $159 to the U.S., TG Daily has learned.
Dozens of Gamestop stores in Ohio, Kentucky, and neighboring states
have canceled their midnight openings and local round one tournament
competitions for Super Smash Bros Brawl due to a nasty late-winter
storm. In Columbus, Ohio, every single GameStop location in a six- to
seven-county area decided to cancel the event after a total of over 20
inches of snow fell over the past two days, a new record. Many
locations were not even open for regular business hours today as the
city received its first blizzard warning in over 12 years.
While Microsoft as a company has played a major role in high
definition home media, it is not really concerned with how that will
play out in the Xbox 360 market. Aaron Greenberg, group
product manager for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live, told TG Daily that although
HD DVD's demise is unfortunate, it does "not at all" affect the
console's position as an entertainment center.As we’ve long
stated, we believe it is games that sell consoles and Xbox 360
continues to have the largest next-gen games library with the most
exclusives and best selling games in the industry. Market data shows
that HD movie playback is not a primary purchase driver for consumers
buying video game consoles," said Greenberg.
Rockstar said today that it is aware of serious problems in the Xbox
360 game Bully: Scholarship Edition and that it is working "to resolve
these issues as quickly as possible." Players have recently
flocked to message boards and Rockstar customer support to complain
about the game randomly freezing and losing save data, as well as
rampant audio/video problems.
Valve has begun releasing statistics for its Steam service, which currently reaches more than 15 million subscribers and has grown into one of the major game distribution platforms. Other than you might expect, it isn’t the Bioshock & Co bunch that is dominating the Steam charts.
THQ has announced a new Wii and DS game geared towards girls, and on the Wii it will include support for the Balance Board controller.