Video game stores in Thailand have pulled
copies of the popular Grand Theft Auto IV game off their shelves after
a teenager murdered a taxi cab driver. 19-year-old Polwat Chino told
police he was trying to recreate a scene from the game by robbing a cab
driver and then stealing his car. Chino was caught after putting the
car in reverse and losing control.
Like a phoenix rising out of the ashes, Scrabulous
has been reborn into Wordscraper. Two days ago, the Facebook game was
momentarily felled by the legal arrows fired by Hasbro’s attorneys and
hopefully this new game is just different enough to appease the toy
giant. Wordscraper features circle tiles, different point values for
letters and customizable boards. So far the game is a hit on Facebook
with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars and 3500 daily active
You can build almost any creature with Spore’s Creature Creator, but
the creators of the upcoming game are now banning people who’ve gone a
bit too far in their creativity – namely in making obscene creatures.
Due to hit store shelves this fall, the Spore game is a collaboration
between legendary game designer Will Wright and Electronic Arts.
Players have almost unlimited flexibility in building their own
creatures and that flexibility includes making creatures that resemble
giant penises and breasts.
OCZ is promoting its innovative OCZ NIA gaming
controllers in unique way: gamers using the headset in nearly 45 LAN
parties in Europe and North America will have a chance to win thousands
of dollars in prizes. The inaugural tournaments will be held at this
week’s QuakeCon (Dallas, TX), Digital Storm (Vancouver, BC) and CmaxX
Enlarged in Germany.
It time for a new round of Apple rumors. Apple is widely expected to
refresh its iPod lineup in August. There is your usual set of rumors
out there with some interesting thoughts on likely changes and
upgrades. Sources seem to agree that the upgrades will more
evolutionary than evolutionary, which, if the sources are correct, may
be surprising as Apple’s iPod sales growth shows signs of a slowdown
and the company could need a new blockbuster media player rather sooner
LG today said that it will introduce a new Blu-ray player that will
come with Netflix streaming capability out of the box. LG lately has
been much more aggressive than most of its rivals in adopting new and
bridging multiple technologies, so this new player makes a lot of sense
for the company. But, we wonder, does this new player also offer an
offlne-online HD format battle in a box and what does this all mean for
Interview - Last week, Microsoft held its annual XNA Gamefest
developers conference. During the conference, Microsoft announced
major changes for its Games for Windows Live service. Also, the company
announced DirectX 11, which is considered to be key API for next
generation of PC and console games. We got the opportunity to chat with
Microsoft’s Windows gaming guy about these changes and how they will
affect the platform and gamers. And we learned that DX11 is perhaps the
DX that should have been released with Windows Vista.
Dell is ready to return to the MP3 player battlefield and take another
shot at Apple’s iPod. Following the Digital Jukebox (Dell DJ), which
was introduced in 2003 and scrapped in 2006, Dell apparently believes
that it has now what it takes to compete with the iPod for market share.
Dell Corporation started shipping its first
monitor from the 2009 line-up. Under the name S2409W, the monitor has a
16:9 LCD display with full 1920x1080 resolution.
You’ll soon be able to fight alongside Batman,
Superman or even The Joker in an upcoming MMO based on the DC comics
universe. The aptly-named DC Universe Online is being developed by
Sony Online Entertainment and will be available for both the
PlayStation 3 and PCs. Players will be able to step into the legendary
universe and more than 60 years worth of comic book history as they
create heroes and villains with customizable powers and appearances.
An early version of the game is currently being shown off at the
Comic-Con convention in San Diego up until July 27th.
New York’s Governor David Paterson has signed a new
video game labeling law that critics claim is too lenient and too
broad. The law will require visible labeling on video games sold in
retail stores and will also create an advisory panel to study game
ratings and the link between violent games and crime. Game console
makers will also be forced to include parental lockout features by 2010.
Microsoft is hosting its XNA Gamefest conference in Seattle, and first news is coming in. Prepare yourself, it's big. First
of all, starting with today, all Games for Windows - LIVE multiplayer
services are completely free. Achievements, TruSkill matchaking,
cross-platform play with Xbox 360 (on cross-platform games, such as Champions Online)
- all of the features that went with GfW – LIVE Gold service became
free. This is a logical move, since users of PC platform pay for
operating system, while owners of Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles get their
operating system for free (well not exactly free, but it’s integrated
into the price).
After a very rocky start, Sony is now much more optimistic about the
sales potential of its game console: Sony hopes the PS3 will outsell
the PS2 eventually.
Most of E3 was pretty ho hum, but D-BOX, a small company from
Quebec, showed us what can only be described as "rocking chairs on
stereoids". D-BOX is not the first company to offer interactive racing
or flying seats, but products we tested offered quite a compelling