"Dark Knight" clears $400 million at record pace

Thailand pulls GTA IV after teenager murders cab driver

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.

Scrabulous phoenix rises from ashes, reborn as Wordscraper

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 users.

Spore creators banning pornographic creators

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 to challenge gamers’ brains, promises rich awards

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.

iPod rumor mill: 64 GB iPod touch on the way?

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 than later.

LG’s new Blu-ray player gets netflixed

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 Blockbuster?

DirectX 11 promises to unlock the horsepower in multi-core CPUs and enable GP GPUs

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 aims at the iPod, again

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 opens an era of more affordable 24-inch displays

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.

Sony releases vague PS3 2.42 firmware update

Batman and Superman to join forces in new MMO. KAPOW!

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 new video game labeling law has no teeth

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.

Samsung announces fancy new plasma TVs

Microsoft woos amateur games developers

Saving TV advertising the TiVo way

Nintendo sorry for lackluster E3, hardcore 'misunderstanding'

Microsoft Games for Windows LIVE multiplayer features now free

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).

Sony gets more aggressive, sets 150 million unit target for PS3

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.

The best thing we saw at E3 – D-BOX’s rocking chair on steroids

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 experience.