Sony sends out world's smallest HD camcorder

Sony Electronics has launched the HDR-TG1, which it claims is the world's smallest camcorder to record in full high-definition.  It is also the slimmest and lightest device to have that technology.  According to the electronics giant, the HDR-TG1 is not much larger than a cell phone.  That is certainly a small piece of hardware to pack in the ability to capture 1920x1080 video with 5.1-channel surround sound.

Sony may update PS3 to fix GTA IV problems

Soon after Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto IV on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, owners of the PS3 version began complaining about problems with its lower HD resolution and complications with online modes.  People called out to Rockstar to release a patch to the game, but so far it has not done so.  Now it appears the issue is with the PS3 hardware itself, so a fix would need to come directly from Sony.

Disney plans online gaming, chatting and video sharing on Blu-ray

Los Angeles (CA) - Disney has revealed details on the kind of features it plans to incorporate in the next generation of Blu-ray Discs.  A new technology known as "BD Live" will open up Internet connectivity options and other advanced features, of which Disney is apparently poised to take advantage.

EA bringing interactive skateboard game to Wii

The country's largest video game publisher Electronic Arts announced that it is working on a new entry to its "Skate" franchise, for Nintendo's Wii and DS systems.  The game, Skate It, will be compatible with Nintendo's Wii Balance Board controller, which allows gamers to use their feet to control some of the action.  Additionally, it will use a new control scheme with the DS stylus.

PDP suppliers cautious about 32-inch segment

Blizzcon 2008 announced

Now is the time to start making your Night Elf or Orc costume because Blizzard Entertainment has announced the dates of this year’s Blizzcon convention.  The sort-of annual meeting of thousands of World of Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft players will happen on October 10th and 11th at the Anaheim Convention Center.  Ticket prices will be $100 and are sure to sell out (like they have in the past).

3G iPhone this week, Newton multi-touch handheld at WWDC?

Another week, another 3G iPhone speculation – and you are at the right place to get the latest on Apple rumors that are leading up to the World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June. Apple has been confirming sudden iPhone shortages  in the U.S. and UK over weekend, which leads some to believe that we might see a premature 3G iPhone launch in May and a surprising product announcement (after all, there has to be at least one surprise, right?) in June.

Wiiware kicks off with six titles

Nintendo has rolled out the red carpet for its long-awaited Wiiware service, which allows users to download "bite-sized" games made exclusively for the Wii.  Six titles are now available through the new Nintendo digital download service, including a new Final Fantasy game from Square Enix and Frontier's LostWinds.

Bioshock: Coming to a theater near you

Spielberg's Boom Blox provides fun but not innovation

Gut Reaction - We all know Steven Spielberg for his masterpieces in film, E.T. and Jurassic Park to name a few.  His branching out to Saturday morning-style cartoons was also a success, and with an intriguing video game now under his belt it seems there is nothing he can't do.  However, if his first game is any indication,  I'm not sure if his work in the latter category will play out quite as momentously. 

Formula 1 goes to Codemasters after Sony unrest

After Sony refused to pay the licensing fees requested by the Formula 1 car racing association, England-based Codemasters has stepped up and nabbed the former Sony-exclusive license.  Codemasters has gained the global rights to the racing label, promising to bring Formula 1-branded games to consoles, PC, and handheld gaming platforms.

Doom 4 announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Playstation 3 nabs 40% of Grand Theft Auto IV

Despite Sony's PS3 console being outsold by the Xbox 360 by more than two to one in the US, it managed to grab a healthy amount of the Grand Theft Auto IV sales.  GTA IV broke game records around the world when it came out a few weeks ago, selling 3.6 million copies in the first day and six million copies by the end of the week.

Video games don’t turn children into blood-thirsty killers – Harvard research

A pair of Harvard researchers say violent video games don’t turn children into killers.  According to a newly published book, ‘Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video Games and What Parents Can Do’, psychologists Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl Olson dispel common myths about violent games.  In their two-year study, they found that there was no data to support any causation between games and real-life violence.

Japan proposes ‘iPod tax’

New Congressional bill to require ID for all MATURE-rated video games

With Grand Theft Auto 4 selling like hotcakes and making over $500 million in the first week, a Republican and Democrat have introduced a bill that would make it a bit harder for teenagers to buy mature games.  Republican Representative Lee Terry from Nebraska and Democrat Representative Jim Matheson from Utah introduced the Video Games Ratings Enforcement Act which would require retailers to check IDs and not selling ‘Mature’ or ‘Adults Only’-rated games to anyone under 18-years-old.

Pandemic working on Lord of the Rings MMORPG

Sony games boss says PS3 will overtake others

Electronic Arts to make fitness game for Wii

There's a new Wii game that will allow users to step on a unique controller and complete fitness exercises.  No, we're not talking about Wii Fit; that's yesterday's news.  EA is the new story when it comes to Wii-powered fitness regimens.  It is really a blatant copy of Nintendo's Wii Fit game, which comes out to the US next month.  EA doesn't shy away from this fact, though.  

Sony over-exaggerating OLED TV claims?

Sony's organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TV has been drawing a lot of attention, but at least according to one research firm Sony has been a little over-zealous with its claims.  The Sony XEL-1 was released earlier this year when it was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show.  The $2500 TV is notable because it is the first in the US that uses OLED technology.