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.

Blizzard uses ‘innovative’ argument in World of Warcraft bot lawsuit

Ubisoft caught in a little Assassin’s Creed scandal

TG Daily investigates - Amidst talk that the PC’s days as a major gaming platform could be counted blockbuster titles such as Assassin’s Creed are welcome signs that show just the opposite. Sadly, it is very likely that this game will be remembered for a controversy that dances around a strange decision to remove support for DirectX 10.1 and handed transferred an initial performance advantage for ATI’s Radeon cards over to Nvidia. Did Nvidia have its hands in this one? We looked a bit closer to find out.

Pioneer announces BonusView Blu-ray players

Pioneer has announced two new Blu-ray players supporting  Bonus View and the HDMI 1.3a spec and promising a “true theater experience”. Expect to pay at least a 50% premium for these players over Blu-ray players without this feature.

Sony's Playstation 3 Home delayed again

When and if Sony finally releases its online world "Home" for the Playstation 3, many gamers will likely still be resentful over the countless delays they have endured.  The software has now been scheduled for the "end of the year," a slightly less optimistic outlook than the previously announced release window of autumn 2008.

Vizio's rise tightens LCD TV market

Vizio, the only one of the top five TV manufacturers that is based in the US, has managed to rise near the top of the market, creating pressure on everyone else.  The latest numbers are in from market research firm iSuppli, and it shows an extremely close race between the top three LCD competitors.

Wii's "Nintendo Channel" open for business

Nintendo today released a firmware update for its Wii video game console, adding a new feature to the main menu that allows gamers to access game trailers and demos.  After downloading the update, users can find the "Nintendo Channel" in the Wii Shop Channel, available as a free download.

Grand Theft Auto 4 surpasses $500 million in retail sales

Apparently a life of crime does pay off and in the case of Take-Two Interactive’s Grand Theft Auto 4 video game, it’s paid off big time.  The company has announced that retail sales of the ultra-violent Xbox360 and PlayStation 3 game have surpassed $500 million dollars in the first week.

Grand Theft Auto IV the top game on Xbox Live

Wii, PS2 to get Rock Band "downloadable" content

When Rock Band was announced for the Playstation 2 and subsequently the Wii, one of the most obvious question was, "What about the additional downloadable tracks?"  Because neither the PS2 or Wii has the infrastructure to allow publishers to release downloadable content, it was widely assumed that the song list for those versions would remain static.

Panasonic introduces $700 Blu-ray player

UPDATE: License clash between Sony and Formula 1 Boss means no F1 games

Formula 1 isn’t exactly as popular as Nascar or Indy cars, but there is no denying that it is the premier motorsport event around the globe and it looks like Sony won’t be publishing any more Formula 1 game titles for no: Apparently, the gap between what Sony is willing to pay for a license and what Bernie Ecclestone’s company is demanding is too wide.  

Germans launch ultimate Porsche 911 Turbo game steering wheel

If you are a fan of the famous German sports car brand, or dream of driving a "Porscha", this one may be for you. Endor is bringing a Porsche 911 Turbo gaming steering wheel to the market.

The world’s first wind-power wristwatch: Yours for $143,000