BenQ announces fast-response gaming monitors

BenQ will be introducing a new line of LCD gaming monitors at the 2006 Cyberathlete Professional League Championships in Dallas. Four new widescreen monitors will be debuted with sizes ranging from 19 inches to 24 inches. BenQ says the 19" monitor has a response time of 2ms.

Guild Wars battles its way to three million copies

The PC game Guild Wars, one of NCSoft's biggest claims to fame, has reached a new milestone, as the game's publisher today announced that more than three million copies have been sold worldwide.

Westinghouse announces affordable 42" LCD television

Westinghouse Digital Electronics has announced a new 42" LCD monitor for a low price. The W4207 features a 1366 by 768 pixel resolution and can display 720p video. Westinghouse also claims the television has a 1600 to 1 contrast ratio and a daylight viewable panel.

Mozart's music goes up online for free

Old school has gone new school, as 24,000 pages of Mozart's classical music has now been posted online, part of a widespread celebration of the composer's 250th birthday.

MLB 07 The Show heading for PS2, PS3, PSP

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced details about MLB 07 The Show, the latest game in the company's MLB series. It will be simultaneously released on all Playstation platforms, namely the PS2, PS3, and PSP.

AOL forms partnership with professional gaming league

Furthering the presence of professional video gaming, AOL today announced a new partnership with Major League Gaming (MLG), the world's first and most recognized professional gaming league.

LCD Television prices drop 35% - study

Market research firm DisplayBank says the price for LCD television sets have dropped at least 35% this year. Prices for large 42" television sets have dropped 35% from last year and now average $2180 each. Cheaper LCD panels make up the majority of the savings and large panels now cost an average of $640 which is 42.9% less than last year.

Microsoft finalizes build-your-own-Xbox-game software

Microsoft today releases the final version of its XNA Game Studio Express. Based on the Visual C# 2005 Express Edition, the software allows aspiring game developers and enthusiast to create their own PC and Xbox games.

World chess champ rocked by Deep Fritz computer

Reigning world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik has lost a six game match against IBM's Deep Fritz computer. Kramnik managed to draw four games, but lost two of them. Chess professionals considered Kramnik's loss in game two to be a major blunder because he missed a checkmate in one.

Multiverse to make Firefly MMORPG

Firefly, the discontinued television series with a cult following, is coming back in video game form. Multiverse, makers of a MMORPG development application, is bring the Fox television series back as a massively multiplayer online game.

Wii straps under investigation

Nintendo is investigating reports of faulty straps that attach to the Wii remote, causing some gamers to inadvertently toss the controller across the room while playing some of the console's more active games.

PS3 rolls out second firmware update as version 1.3

The second update to Sony's latest console is now available, as the electronics giant continues to bring full support to the PS3 that it originally wanted to have out of the box.

Blockbuster giving free rentals to Netflix turncoats

Blockbuster is launching a holiday program to give free rentals to current Netflix customers. Until December 21, Netflix members can get free Blockbuster Total Access rentals by bring in the red address flaps from the Netflix envelopes. But there is a catch, customers must turn in the envelope flaps in person at a Blockbuster store.

Tivo DRM cracked

Programmers have released a new program that can break Tivo's file protection and convert stored video clips into regular MPEG-2 files. The program called "tivodecode" is on Sourceforge.net and can be recompiled to different processors and architectures. After conversion, the MPEG-2 clips can be reconverted or moved to other computers.

Police arrest 12-year-old for opening Game Boy present early

Police in Rock Hill South Carolina arrested an eager teenager for opening his Game Boy Christmas present early. The 12-year-old kid had taken the present that had been placed under the Christmas tree by his 27-year-old mother. On Sunday, the mother and the boy's great-grandmother couldn't find the present and threatened to call the police.

Azureus rolls out HD YouTube challenger

Azureus, the makers of the popular Bittorrent client of the same name, is rolling out a high-definition video service called Zudeo. Users of the service can upload, rate and comment on videos, just like the YouTube video sharing site. However, unlike YouTube, high-definition videos can be shared and there is no limit to the size or duration of the videos.

PS3 download service goes live

Sony's e-Distribution Initiative (EDI), which allows PS3 owners to purchase and play games directly from the console, is now up and running, as the first titles have made their appearance in the online service.

Ambulance follows GPS 200 miles in the wrong direction

We all know the pitfalls of blindly following your GPS navigation without doing a reality check, but a British ambulance crew must have broken a world record. The ambulance blindly followed their GPS system 200 miles the wrong way while ferrying a patient from the King George Hospital in Ilford to the Mascalls Park Hospital near Brentwood.

Ceiva releases new digital photo frames

Ceiva Logic today released a new line of digital photo frames. The frames integrate Wi-Fi connectivity and allow users to send pictures via Internet from a computer or camera phone to the frame.

PS3 downloadable game Flow gets release date

One of the few games for the PS3 online store to achieve pre-release hype, Flow has received an official release date. The casual game, developed by Thatgamecompany, will be available from the PS3 online network on December 19.