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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Sony has spoken out against analyst reports issued earlier this week suggesting the PlayStation 3 suffers from technical issues stemming from its inherent design.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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 recently began shipping two new Grand WEGA micro-display rear projection high-definition TVs (HDTVs).
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.
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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.