Second open source HD movie set to arrive on May 15

So you hear about open source software all the time, but what about open source movies? There are few who actually know that the first open source movie, Elephants Dream, created by the Orange Open Movie Project, made its debut back in 2006. The group’s second open source movie is scheduled to be released next month.

Wii consoles on average snatched up in one hour

According to Nintendo's American boss Reggie Fils-Aime, the average Wii system in the US stays on a store shelf for just one hour before someone picks it up and buys it.  In North America, the Wii continues to have a shortage like nothing ever seen for a gaming console.  Since the Wii launched in November 2006, it has been difficult to find the console at any retail store.

Nintendo annual sales reach nearly 50 million hardware units

Nintendo reported its fourth quarter results today, surpassing expectations as it reached nearly a billion dollars.  The Japan-based video game giant reported a net profit of 93.2 billion yen ($900 million) in the Jauary - March period.  During Nintendo's fiscal year, which runs from March to March, it achieved profits of over 257.34 billion yen ($2.5 billion), a new company record.

Illegal copy of Grand Theft Auto IV goes online

Rockstar's latest entry in the Grand Theft Auto series does not come out until next week, but some gamers are getting their GTA IV fill now because of a pirated version that was posted online.  The European PAL version of the Xbox 360 game has reportedly been ripped and posted to an online torrent site, which could then be burned to a disc and played on the Microsoft console.

LG Display to use energy saving function in full range of TV panels in H2 08

Rolling Stones "depend" on Macs and iPods

Epic confirms Unreal Tournament III Xbox 360 release date

The ultimate Star Wars gadget: R2-D2 projector in production

One of most original products we saw at this years' CES show in Las Vegas was a series of Star Wars gadgets, most notably Nikko’s R2-D2 webcam and almost life-size projector. We've have just received word from the company that both are in production and are available for order.

Judas Priest becomes first to offer full album on Rock Band

Rock Band has become a veritable treasure trove for artists new and old to strike a new consumer base, and now oldies rock group Judas Priest has taken it one step further.  The 1980s group has released its "Screaming For Vengeance" album in its entirety for the innovative Harmonix game.  Since its release several months ago, dozens of new tracks have been added as downloadable content.

Sony expands PS3 Home Beta, pushes back final release

The longest-delayed Playstation 3 title to date, Home, has been pushed back again to autumn 2008.  It was initially scheduled to be available in autumn 2007.  The ambitious online application has been in a closed beta test for over a year and has faced massive changes during that time, causing developers to continuously delay the final release.

Sony reportedly set to put movie downloads on PS3

Sony is close to launching a new online video download service for the Playstation 3 console, and it could be set up as early as this summer.  According to a report in the LA Times, Sony has been making headway in talks with movie studios and TV production companies over the last few weeks.

Electronic Arts extends Take-Two purchase offer

Electronic Arts' much-publicized offer to take over Take-Two was set to expire this week, but EA has decided to extend it to May 16, two weeks after Rockstar's crucial Grand Theft Auto IV comes out.  EA's bid, which was first proposed last month, was seen as a calculated attempt to cash in on GTA IV before it hit stores.  Now it will probably have to wait until after the fact, which could drive up the asking price for the New York-based publisher.

Xbox 360 firmware update preps console for added features

Microsoft today released a firmware upgrade for the Xbox 360, but it doesn't actually make any noticeable changes to the system.  Instead, it makes the 360 ready for some new features that will come out in the near future.  With the Xbox 360, Microsoft has essentially made it a policy to release one big firmware update during each season. 

Wii smashes March sales thanks to Super Smash Bros

Once again the Wii outsold the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, reaching its highest monthly sales since Christmas.  Despite continued console shortages, hardware sales rose likely because of the release of Super Smash Bros Brawl.  By far, Brawl was the #1 selling game last month, outselling the games from #2 to #7 on the list, combined.

GT5 Prologue: A $40 demo that will sell you a $400 PS3

Quick Take - The PS3 never should have been released without a new version of the Gran Turismo car driving simulator and if you had any doubts that this title is the single most important game for the PS3, the second demo version should be able to wipe out all of those concerns. Despite being incomplete, GT5 Prologue has set a new standard in car simulations and left us speechless after one day of driving fun. Here are our first impressions.> Also inside: Image gallery

PS3 projected to push past Xbox 360 in March

March consoles sales in the US have not been released yet, but analyst Michael Pachter predicts that once the numbers are in, the Playstation 3 will jump past the Xbox 360, but will be far away from the Wii.  With the release of the blockbuster game Super Smash Bros Brawl, which will no doubt prove to be the top seller last month, Pachter says the Wii will have outsold the PS3 and Xbox 360 combined.

Age of Conan available for preorder

Finetech Japan 2008: Sharp to up 10G production schedule

Finetech Japan 2008: Sony wants to outpace LCD TV market growth

The Sims passes 100 million sales mark

Electronic Arts today announced that its mega hit series The Sims has reached sales of over 100 million copies worldwide.  That's nearly one third of the entire United States population.  The Sims long ago reached the designation of being the top-selling PC game ever and gave rockstar status to series creator Will Wright.  Despite some lackluster expansions, namely home console iterations and The Sims Online, it continues to be a powerful game franchise.