Battlefield 2142 demo available

A demo of the online game Battlefield 2142 was made available to gamers over the weekend. The whopping 1.1 GB demo gives users an idea of what the Electronic Arts/Digital Illusions game will look like when it is released on 17 October. Battlefield 2142, which we first tested at this year's E3, takes place in the aftermath of a future ice age. In each game, up to 64 players can battle online to take control of the desolate land.

Warhammer expansion Dark Crusade shipping

Video game publisher THQ today announced that the latest expansion pack to Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, Dark Crusade, is shipping. The $30 PC title acts as both an expansion to current owners of Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, as well as a standalone version of the game for those who don't have the original game installed on their PC.

Sony to ship 50 GB Blu-ray movie discs this week

Culver City (CA) - Sony Pictures has announced that it will be releasing Click, Black Hawk Down, and Talladega Nights in a high-capacity format. Using a dual-layer 50 GB Blu-ray disc instead of the currently shipping 25 GB format, the media will carry not only high-definition video, but also a handful of special features on a single disc.

Lucas Arts, Sony offer free 14-day trial for Star Wars Galaxies

In an effort to attract new and more users to Star Wars Galaxies, Lucas Arts and Sony have launched a new campaign promoting the online adventure. Users can play the game, including "An Empire Divided" and its first expansion "Jump to Lightspeed" free of charge for a period of 14 days. Screenshots from Star Wars Galaxies ...

Sony denies PS3 technical problems

Sony has spoken out against analyst reports issued earlier this week suggesting the PlayStation 3 suffers from technical issues stemming from its inherent design.

Logitech intros Chillstream controller for PS3

Fremont (CA) - Logitech today introduced the Chillstream controller for the Playstation 3. Designed with a built-in fan, the manufacturer says it is built to keep gamers' hands cool and dry. The drawback is that it is not wireless and has no motion sensor, thus taking away some of the key features of other PS3 controllers.

Desperate Housewives game released

Buena Vista Games (BVG) today announced Desperate Housewives: The Game. Based on the Sunday night ABC series, the game puts players in the shoes of a new Wisteria Lane resident in a "lifestyle simulation" environment much like The Sims. Images from Desperate Housewives: The Game ...

Restore your MP3s to beyond studio quality with Creative's Xmod

Creative Labs says it can spice spice up dull MP3s with its new Xmod module. The external candy-bar sized unit up-converts audio files from 16-bit to 24-bit and promises to enhance low and high frequencies giving "beyond the original CD quality" sound. Xmod doesn't require any drivers and connects between the computer or MP3 player and speakers.

Burger King to release Xbox games

Miami (FL) - In the first move of its kind for a fast food chain, Burger King today announced that it has teamed up with Microsoft to offer three exclusive video games that will be compatible with both the Xbox and the Xbox 360 console. How Burger King's Xbox games look like ...

Nintendo Wii kiosks to be exclusive to GameStop

According to a report in the Dallas Morning News, playable in-store kiosks for the Wii, Nintendo's next-generation video game system, will initially be available only at GameStop retail stores. The kiosks are planned to be available before the Wii launch on 19 November, giving GameStop a monopoly on attracting Wii interest.

Sony begins shipping new 1080p MD RPTVs

Sony recently began shipping two new Grand WEGA micro-display rear projection high-definition TVs (HDTVs).

Gangs of London for PSP hits the streets

Sony Computer Entertainment America today announced that its Gangs of London viudeo game for the PSP is now available in retail stores throughout North America. See images of Gangs of London ...

Virtually strafe your workplace with Goggles, a Google maps flight simulator

Culver City (CA) - Frustrated at work? Now you can relieve some stress with Goggles, a flight simulator game that uses Google Maps. The Flash-based game, played inside a browser, lets players fly a World War I era biplane over Google Maps' satellite imagery. Players can bank, dive, climb and even strafe terrain.

Need for Speed Carbon, Madden NFL 07 available for launch of Wii

Electronic Arts today announced that Madden NFL 07 and Need for Speed Carbon will both be available for the Nintendo Wii when it is released on 19 November.

Microsoft gets its own MySpace

Wallop, a new company that was spun off by Microsoft, announced the launch of the beta version of its social networking site that aims to compete with MySpace and Facebook. Wallop will also offer premium features that users will need to pay for.

Rockstar signs L.A. Noire

Rockstar has signed a deal with Getaway creator Brendan McNamara's Team Bondi to publish next-generation crime thriller L.A. Noire.

EA's NBA Live 07 shoots to retailers

Electronic Arts today announced that the new installment to its NBA Live series has shipped to retailers nationwide. Continuing EA's partnership with ESPN, the sports network makes a defined appearance in NBA Live 07.

CMO to introduce 52" panels in Q1 07

Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) plans to roll out its first 52" LCD TV panels from a 5.5-generation (5.5G) TFT LCD plant in the first quarter of 2007, according to the company.

Prices for PS3 games could exceed $75

A report on Japanese website Impress Watch indicates that games for the Playstation 3 may be significantly higher than titles for the Playstation 2 or competing consoles Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. While official pricing has not been announced yet, the site quotes "multiple" sources who put game pricing in the range of 8800 to 9800 Yen - or $75 to $84. The reason for the price hike: Rising development cost, according to Impress Watch.

Viewsonic rolls out entry-level 37" and 42" LCD TVs

ViewSonic recently announced a 37" and 42" LCD TV priced at $1000 and $1500, respectively.