Mario Kart glitch shows flaw in Wii Virtual Console

The recent addition of Mario Kart 64 to the Wii's Virtual Console digital download store showed what could be a big flaw in future releases to the Nintendo 64 channel, as technical problems prevented the implementation of part of the game's save mechanism.

Survey says YouTube viewers won't like video ads

Compulsive YouTube watching is forcing many Internet users to skip other chores, but Google would be making a mistake if wanted to cash in by including in-video ads. According to a survey done by Harris Interactive, the vast majority of YouTube viewers would visit less if video ads were included. 73% of frequent viewers would visit less, while 31% of viewers would visit "a lot less".

YouTube to share the bucks

YouTube is known for sharing videos, but in the future it could be sharing money with video producers.

Canon expands HD camcorder lineup

Canon today announced a new consumer camcorder that records home videos in 1080i resolution.

Super Bowl viewing OK on big screens according to NFL

The National Football League is now giving the thumbs up to churches who want to show the Super Bowl on extra large television screens. In the past weeks, the league has gone after churches and threatened legal action to stop Super Bowl viewing on greater than 55-inch television sets. The league now says such viewings are OK as long as no admission fee is charged.

Microsoft: Claims of Vista breaking games "grossly overstated"

Microsoft has reacted to accusations of casual game publisher that claimed that Windows Vista is breaking at least 90% of games in the market, mainly due to the operating systems' new security architecture.

Sonic for Wii gets moved up one week

The first fully exclusive Sonic game for a Nintendo console is going to make an earlier-than-expected debut, with Sega pushing the release of Sonic and the Secret Rings from February 27 to February 20.

Virtual game rivalry turns into real death

One gamer is dead after he and another online gamer turned their virtual rivalry into a real-life fight. A few dozen players of Lineage II, a popular online multiplayer game from NCSoft, met at a Moscow café and began fighting.

Vista breaks 90% of games, says game publisher

Alex St. John, chief executive of game publisher WildTangent, today blasted his former employer for a half-baked and negligent way of treating the majority of game publishers - small development studios and individual programmers of casual games: St. John claims that at least nine out of ten games do not work with Vista.

XM radio goes online with Vista

XM is getting in on the big Vista launch today, due to a stake it has in Microsoft's new operating system.

N64 makes first post-launch Wii presence with Mario Kart

Mario Kart 64 is among the list of additions to the Wii Virtual Console for today's new releases, marking the first Nintendo 64 game available for the online store since the console's debut more than two months ago. Also, rounding out this week's installment are three Sega Genesis games.

Nine Inch Nails announce simultaneous triple format DVD release

Musical group Nine Inch Nails has announced a release date for its "Beside You In Time" DVD, which will be simultaneously be released on HD DVD, Blu-ray, and DVD, which they claim is a first for a next-generation music title.

Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto to keynote Game Developers Conference

Game designer and Nintendo's Senior Marketing Director Shigeru Miyamoto will keynote this year's Game Developers Conference. The yearly conference gathers some of the world's best game companies and coders, along with hopeful job seekers. In the past, Nintendo has used GDC keynotes to generate buzz and demo some cool products.

Gears of War sales reach 3 million worldwide

The holiday blockbuster lived up to expectations, as the Xbox 360 tactical fighter game has sold over three million copies in ten weeks, earning the designation as the fastest-selling game in the 14-month history of Microsoft's new console.

Creative and Playskool try to hook babies and kids on mp3 players

Among some of the wackier gadgets at the recently completed Consumer Electronics Show were some mp3 players designed for babies and kids.

Canon announces two new entry-level digital cameras

Canon's Powershot line of cameras is about to expand, as the company today announced two new under-$200 models, both of which will be available next month.

Dolby develops fix for inconsistent audio levels in home theatres

Dolby promises to automatically control the volume of your TV: Most couch potatoes have clutched the remote control to raise the volume on quiet television shows only to be blown out of their sofas with a surprisingly loud commercial. In front of a select group of journalists at the MGM Grand Hotel, Dolby demonstrated 'Dolby Volume' and proclaimed that people would "never reach for the volume again."

Elder Scrolls Oblivion to get Shivering Isles expansion

Specialty game developer Bethesda Softworks has announced an expansion for its epic PC role-playing game (RPG) The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, claiming that it will be available this spring.

AOL to simulcast QVC online

In a bid to offer new features to differentiate itself from competitors like Youtube, AOL Video today launched its first live streaming channel, an online simulcast of the home shopping network QVC, offering another small step in the convergence of TV and the Internet.

Panasonic expected to announce Bluetooth home sound system

A new product from Panasonic has shown up on the FCC website, describing a home audio system that links up wirelessly through a Bluetooth connection. And yes, it does have the option connect directly to your iPod.