Valve releases Source engine for Xbox 360

Valve today said that it now offers its Source game engine as a middleware technology for developers who are working on games for Microsoft's Xbox 360 console.

New camcorder allows one-click video uploads

A company that makes pint-size video cameras is introducing an update aimed at the online video-sharing craze.

Jack Thompson loses bid to block Bully game release

A US judge has rejected Jack Thompson's bid to ban the "Bully" video game made by Take-Two. Judge Ronald Friedman has ruled that the game is not a public nuisance and will allow it to be sold in Florida. Last week, the judge Friedman ordered Take-Two to demonstrate Bully to help him make a decision. After viewing the game, Friedman said the game shows less violence that what is seen on a typical night of television.

Wii pre-orders sell out in day one

Grapevine (TX) - GameStop today announced that it officially stopped taking pre-orders for the Wii by the end of Friday, 13 October, the day pre-orders first became available. Click here for pictures of the Nintendo Wii console...

Lite-On to produce new Dell LCD TVs - sources

Taiwan-based Lite-On Technology is the major supplier of the new 32" and 37" LCD TVs from Dell, according to industry sources.

New York City celebrates Final Fantasy XII Day

New York City recently wrapped up official celebrations of the upcoming Final Fantasy XII game. The city's tourism organization declared October 11th, 2006 to be Final Fantasy XII day and invited fans to their Times Square offices for a party and a question and answer session with Final Fantasy producers.

Sony and Sharp accelerate full HDTV deployment

Following the launch of six new 1080p Bravia LCD TVs from Sony in September, Sharp also said it will complete its full HD (high-definition) Aquos-branded LCD TV lineups in November.

Wii preorders start tomorrow at EB Games and Gamestop

Culver City (CA) - Hardcore Nintendo fans will probably want to skip school and call in sick from work tomorrow because EB Games and GameStop will start offering pre-orders on the upcoming Nintendo Wii console. Customers will be able to reserve the new console for a $50 deposit, but they better line up quick because it's first come, first serve.

Activision to sell Call of Duty through Valve's Steam

Activision and Valve today announced a joint agreement to bring four new PC games to Valve's Steam platform, which allows users to purchase games and download them immediately. Activision's Call of Duty 2, GunT, Call of Duty, and Call of Duty: United Offensive are all now available.

Havok provides physics for next-gen Sonic game

Havok, a company focused on technology for real-time physics in video games, announced that it will be the provider of in-game physics technology to the multi-platform release of the next-generation 'Sonic the Hedgehog' game. Set for release on the Xbox 360 and PS3, it will be the first foray into the new era of video games for Sega's iconic character.

World of Warcraft expansion pack beta test - Update 4 High-res gallery of Silvermoon

Sharpen your swords and buy those healing potions because the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion pack has entered closed beta testing. A lucky few are currently downloading and playing The Burning Crusade which is WoW's first expansion pack. In addition to a brand new world, the expansion adds two new races and of course shiny and more powerful gear.

The "Next-Gen in video game entertainment" is a sham - opinion

If we sit back and take stock of what this "next-gen" in gaming has delivered, and will be delivering, to us I would say that the entire thing is one major cock-up, and gamers have been fools to be taken in by it.

Dell to offer AMD-based entertainment PCs

Sunnyvale (CA) - AMD today said that Dell will be introducing entertainment PCs that are based on Live platform. Dell does not offer the Competing Intel Viiv platform in its PCs at this time, which could provide with a very unique positioning within the Dell lineup.

GameStop/EBGames launch online digital distribution

The online stores of retail chains GameStop and EBGames have launched a new channel for PC games that are available for download immediately after being purchased. Games range from $5 simplistic, time-killer titles to the latest $50 software. Games are sorted into "casual" and "core". With a growing infatuation with casual games in the country, EBGames is trying to tap into that market, while at the same time appealing to their main target, the hardcore gamers.

More support for Microsoft's IPTV platform

At the Broadband World Forum Europe today, Microsoft announced that it has partnered with Cisco, Motorola, Philips, and Tatung to provide new set-top boxes for Internet Protocol TV (IPTV), to support high-definition TV, digital video recording, and other advanced features.

Want a PS3? That would be $2500.

Chicago (IL) - If you have missed today's pre-order frenzy of Sony's Playstation 3, but want the console in front of your TV before Christmas, you will be looking at a hefty premium over the already not so cheap price. The launch allocation is pretty much gone, but Ebay sellers are already putting their pre-order guarantees up for auction.

Superman Returns: The Videogame to ship on November 20th

Electronic Arts is putting the finishing touches on its Superman Returns: The Videogame. Expected to ship next month, the game gives players almost complete freedom to move Superman around the 80 square miles of Metropolis while battling the familiar villains in the DC Comic universe.

Armed Assault (think unofficial Operation Flashpoint sequel) gets publisher for Q1 2007

Bohemia Interactive, the developers of "Operation Flashpoint", have signed a deal with UK-based publisher 505 Games to release their latest soldier sim, "Armed Assault", in Q1 2007.

Blizzard "finalizes" character abilities for WoW expansion pack

World of Warcraft fans finally are getting a glimpse at the new Hunter spells and talents. The upcoming WoW expansion pack: The Burning Crusade will include new abilities for all of the classes. In the past months, Blizzard has released proposed changes for most of the classes and saved the hunter for last.

Europe gets Nintendo DS Web browser

Europeans can now get their hands on the Opera Web browser for the Nintendo DS, leaving the United States as the only major country still without an official DS Internet browser application.