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A study conducted by Hope Cummings of the University of Michigan and Elizabeth Vandewater of the University of Texas at Austin sampled a group of adolescents, both gamers and non-gamers, from around the U.S. to find out where they find the time to play games and what parts of their lives suffer as a result. They found that boys spent an average of 58 minutes playing games on weekdays and one hour and 37 minutes playing on weekend days. They also found that girls spent 44 minutes playing on a weekday and an hour and four minutes playing on weekend days. To make time for all this gaming, the study found that male gamers spent less time reading while female gamers spent less time doing... Read more...
Recently CMP Game Group, a market research company that focuses on the professional game industry, compiled a census report on nearly 600 companies in North America. CMP has determined that there are over 39,000 professional developers and publishers of games in the U.S., and over 8,000 in Canada. A whopping 46% of professional game developers in the U.S. are situated in California, whereas Washington State is home base for about 12%, and about 7% in Texas. New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Florida, and the previously mentioned top three states have over 1,000 professionals in each. The stats describe people who strictly publish and/or develop the games and does not include marketers, PR, or... Read more...
World Cyber Games is the largest annual gaming festival in the world. The best gamers from all over the world will gather this weekend in New York to compete in the US Open tournament series. Participating countries engage in preliminary rounds of play before the best of the best are sent off to represent them in the main events. They will be competing for over $20,000 worth of cash and prizes.  "Among the competitors in the US Open are professional Starcraft gamer "Red_ScorpiO" (Ralph Geunhwa), professional Dead or Alive 4 gamer "Master" (Emannuel Rodriguez), professional Counter Strike players Team Pandemic, professional Gears of War players Team MoB Hot... Read more...
Game sales have been in a bit of a slump recently, but Gamasutra is reporting that we're seeing a pretty large sales spike: "According to data from research firm NPD Group, sales of PC games have risen by 48 percent on the previous year, during the first two months of 2007, with sales lead by the success of Blizzard’s World of WarCraft and its expansion The Burning Crusade. Speaking in a feature by The New York Times, NPD’s Anita Frazier indicated that U.S. retails sales of PC games have risen to $203 million, from $136.8 million a year earlier. These figures do not include online sales or online subscriptions to massively multiplayer online (MMO) games such as World of WarCraft." All this... Read more...
He's a story that gives new meaning to the term "monkeying around". Zoo Atlanta has been encouraging Sumatran Orangutans to interact with touch screens incorporated into a fake tree, in an effort to study their cognitive abilities. "Four-year-old Bernas isn't the computer wizard his mom is, but he's learning. Just the other day he used his lips and feet to play a game on the touch-screen monitor as his mom, Madu, swung from vines and climbed trees. The two Sumatran orangutans at Zoo Atlanta are playing computer games while researchers study the cognitive skills of the orange and brown primates. The best part? Zoo visitors get to watch their every move."Zoo officials hope the exhibit will raise... Read more...
So, does the popular gaming magazine confirm the rumors of a new Xbox 360 version? According to some leaked scans, yes it does. The new Xbox 360 Elite is expected to come in black, with a 120GB Hard Drive, HDMI output, and a $479 price tag. It's also rumored that once the new Elite's sell out, the hardware will replace current Premium systems, minus the black case. "Considering the number of corroborating rumors it seems likely that at least a few of the details, like price and HDMI inclusion, will indeed become reality. Until an official announcement is made, however, nothing can be confirmed, and Microsoft once again declined to comment on the speculation of an Elite edition."... Read more...
For almost as long as there have been PC enthusiasts, it seems that Asus has been there catering to them with feature laden, high-performance products.  Nowhere is it more apparent that Asus caters to enthusiasts than with their motherboards. Yes, some of their notebooks and graphics cards are cutting edge as well, but the company has released literally hundreds of enthusiast-class motherboards in their history. Over the years we have evaluated a myriad of Asus-built mobos here at HotHardware, and with the exception of only a couple of designs, they have all been stand-out products in their respective classes. In this article, we'll be shining the spotlight on yet another stand-out... Read more...
GameSpy, originally QSpy has been around in the PC gaming world for some time now, helping to bring hours of joyful fragging to the masses. GameSpy's popularity hasn't escaped Nintendo's interest, and now Nintendo is looking to pair GameSpy with their WiFi multiplayer service. Things should go smoothly as Nintendo and GameSpy are pretty familiar with each other, as GameSpy is available on the Nintendo DS. "This partnership will expand our wireless community of players on Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection," Nintendo America President Reggie Fils-Aime says. "Millions of Nintendo DS users have already logged on using GameSpy's technology,... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces the 1010 Watt GameXStream Power Supply Sunnyvale, CA - March 12, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and components, today announced the addition of an 1010W power supply to the GameXStream family. Building on the acclaimed performance and features of the OCZ NVIDIA SLITM-Ready GameXStream series, the new 1010W configuration offers a more powerful solution for today's advanced PC systems in the same compact form factor that is an advantage to many gamers and system builders. "OCZ is pleased to announce the launch of the GXS 1010W PSU, the latest power supply in the GameXStream series,"... Read more...
Perhaps this is a mixed blessing. If say, Duke Nukem Forever ever comes out, would you really care if Duke is wearing Levis?  If that was the only way the game would ever see the light of day, would people pay that price?  If they do, will the trend go overboard and make us wish for in-game ad-blockers? "Due to the increasing cost of game development along with a high potential to raise revenue, more game publishers are utilizing different forms of in-game advertising. During the 2007 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, in-game ads were brought up during several sessions -- one session focused solely on the dynamics of in-game... Read more...
Developer Toyspring recently updated "Arcade Reality" to version 1.1. Never heard of AR? Here's the lowdown: "Game objects are overlaid on the live camera view (this technology is called Augmented Reality). When you turn around, your motion is calculated based on what is seen by the camera and the game view gets updated accordingly." The game is very addictive and really ought to come with a warning that reads something like this: "Twirling about while giggling with delight as you zap aliens that only you can see may get you committed."... Read more...
Will seeing the fear in the eyes of an Orc you're about to slaughter in World of Warcraft make you stay your hand? Probably not. Seeing the look of anger and raw fury might actually make the game more fun for countless millions. "Emotiv's technology represents a scientific breakthrough: it is the only brain computer interface solution that can detect and process both human conscious thoughts and non-conscious emotions, including those represented by brain activity patterns unique to a particular individual. Unlike earlier brain computer interfaces, which only detect a limited number of mental 'states' such as concentration (by identifying when the user is focusing on the screen), Emotiv can... Read more...
AMD Drives Industry Efforts to Enable Console-Quality Games for Handheld Devices -Technology, Tools and Support Enable Content Development on Open Industry Platform for the Ultimate Mobile Gaming Experience - SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - March 7, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its strategy to enable visually stunning and immersive games and multimedia content optimized for handheld devices powered by AMD's next-generation graphics technologies. As a leading supplier to the handheld market, AMD is introducing a suite of tools to help content creators jumpstart the development of applications for handheld devices based on OpenVG 1.0 and OpenGL ES 2.0 industry standards and AMD's patented... Read more...
Intel Game Demo Contest 2007 Show us Your Game! Win great exposure and your share of over $95,000 worth of Prizes, including: * Meetings with game company executives -- for a possible bundling deal * A Gateway gaming machine worth at least $3,000 * $5,000 in custom art for your demo * A Giga pass to the Game Developers Conference 2008 * Copies of Garage Games' Torque Engine Advanced and other content prizes * An International Game Developers Association membership * A full suite of Intel(R) Software Development Products * and of course, loads of cash. Open to virtually everyone in the world, it's easy to enter. Just for entering you get temporary licenses to Intel Software Development... Read more...
The next time you ask you're doctor for his credentials, ask if he plays video games. In the February issue of Archives of Surgery, a study showed that surgeons who played more video games scored higher on tests assessing their surgical capabilities, and to boot, showed that the correlation was stronger than any correlation to prior experience or the amount of training the surgeon had already received. Who knows, maybe 'Video Games: 101' will become a new required class for medical students around the world. Playing video games appears to help surgeons with skills that truly count: how well they operate using a precise technique, a study said Monday. There was a strong correlation... Read more...
Tired of seeing billboards in the car, watching advertisements on TV, or listening to radio spots between you're favorite songs? Well if you are, bad news friend. Ads are making their way into video games and companies such as IGA Worldwide are making placing advertisements in games a profitable business. While this isn't necessarily a new concept, it is taking a whole new direction which may prove to bring in game advertising to a whole new level. See what the guys at Bit-Tech have to say about the subject here. In-game advertising, or IGA, is getting to be a potent buzzword in our industry. It also elicits some strong connotations - things like corporate greed, spyware... Read more...
Its a pretty safe bet to say almost everyone knows Windows Vista is out, so then what is NVIDIA's excuse? NVIDIA, a graphics processing giant, has yet to release WHQL certified drivers for its GeForce 8 series of cards. I find this somewhat ironic since the GeForce 8 series was marketed heavily on the fact that it was the only GPU available that offered Direct-X 10 support. Windows Vista was not sprung on an unsuspecting NVIDIA last weekend. NVIDIA has known for a great while that WHQL Vista driver support is expected of them. They also know damn well that their enthusiast customer base will not find their current feeble attempts acceptable and that their self-stated... Read more...
Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod has conquered the portable music market, is making inroads in video, and may turn out to be a video game player as well, game maker Electronic Arts Inc. is betting. Many potential gamers already carry iPods, easily the most popular portable music players sold. Now they can listen to music while also playing EA iPod titles that include "Tetris," "Mahjong" or "Sudoku." EA, the world's largest video game maker, has built a stable of 11 iPod games since September and sells them for $4.99 each on Apple's iTunes online store. Why not? Read more here...... Read more...
Samsung electronics has announced the first double-sided LCD screen that is able to show a different image on each side. Akihabara news has the lowdown. The breakthrough LCD product makes use of Samsung's new double-gate, thin-film transistor (TFT) architecture. TFT gates are electronic components that convert the necessary voltage at the pixel level, which controls the liquid crystal alignment needed to reproduce on-screen images. Samsung's new double-sided LCD has two gates that operate each pixel instead of one, so the screen on the front can display different images than the one on the back. The double-sided display makes use of Samsung's proprietary Amorphous Silicon Gate (ASG) technology,... Read more...
Here's a "Top 7 Most Anticipated Games of 2007" list that's sure to spark some debate. The folks at taume.com put such titles as Command & Conquer 2: Tiberium Wars and Unreal Tournament 2007 on their list... "It is 2047 and the stakes could not be higher. Tiberium a self-replicating alien substance that has infected the Earth -- is spreading like a radioactive ice age. The Global Defense Initiative, a high-tech alliance of the world's most advanced nations, is fighting to contain Tiberium, but Kane, the megalomaniacal leader of The Brotherhood of Nod has other plans for Earth. Kane's secret society turned superpower is... Read more...
The folks over at FiringSquad.com have gotten some comments from a few game developers concerning their thoughts for 2006, and what 2007 might bring. What was Michael Capps, President of Epic Games, favorite game of 2006? "FiringSquad: What do you think was the most important trend or issue that affected the video-PC game industry as a whole in 2006? Michael Capps: Of course the shift to next-generation consoles was a big deal. Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony have all dived in to show that digital game distribution is a viable model - Xbox Live Arcade is spawning a new industry."... Read more...
Phil Harrison of Sony was interviewed by MTV, and had a lot of interesting things to say about the PlayStation 3, and gaming in general. Harrison's not shy; he says the PS 3 architecture is so powerful, no one will ever use all the pixel horsepower it's packing. Ars technica has the skinny: In discussing the future of the PS3, he stressed that developers are not currently using the machine to its full capacity. In fact, he stated that the current crop of games are using "less than half" of the machine's power, and that "nobody will ever use 100 percent of its capability." Of course, it is common at the beginning of a new console's life... Read more...
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