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68 million people played video games on a console last month, and an astonishing 42% spent that time playing on the last generation Sony console, the Playstation 2. Nintendo's Wii has garnered a lot of press for its explosive sales and fun, intuitive controller; but if you add sales of the Playstation 2 and Playstation 3, they add up to about the total number of Wiis sold last month. People won't stop buying and using Playstation 2s. The numbers suggest that older machines remain popular despite last November's high-profile debut of Nintendo Co.'s Wii and Sony's PlayStation 3, which had 4 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively. Nintendo's GameCube ranked fourth with 5.8 percent.... Read more...
There's an awful lot of fanboi jawing about which video game platform is the best.  And of course, besides the big three console gamers, there's always the hardcore overclocker crowd getting every last shader going  while saving the universe. But what might be obscured in the friendly joshing is that video game hardware and software sales are enjoying fantastic growth right across the board. U.S. sales of video game hardware and software in June rose 31 percent from a year ago, driven by stronger demand for gaming consoles from all three major industry players, market data showed on Monday. June sales of $1.1 billion were also up about 35 percent from May, showing strong momentum... Read more...
If you’re an Xbox 360 owner and you’re looking for a place to download more of your favorite shows and movies, then you may want to look into CinemaNow.  A recent update to their software package has enabled more than 7000 videos to be downloaded and viewed by Xbox 360 owners: “CinemaNow Inc., the premier online destination for downloadable Hollywood movies and TV shows, today released an upgraded version of its 'Media Manager', a proprietary software application enabling the download, management and playback of video content. CinemaNow video downloads are now directly accessible by networked Xbox 360 users, and its Burn-to-DVD service is now compatible with Windows Vista users worldwide. This... Read more...
If you’re an avid YouTuber, then you might want to pay close attention to this new way to spread viruses.  New methods of virus distribution tend start with just one or two people doing it, but copycats come out of the woodwork at a stunning rate. The new method shows viewers a web site URL during the presentation and encourages them to go there to download the virus-infected software.  Luckily the virus doesn't seem to take full effect until a reboot, so if you've downloaded the "mod" and haven't rebooted yet, now would be the time to run your anti-virus/spyware remove software. “Someone is using a Grand Theft Auto mod video as a way... Read more...
Pricewaterhouse Coopers is claiming that the sales figures for video games are going to overtake music sales by 2011: "The video gaming industry is poised to overtake the music industry in the US, with global spending on video games surpassing music spending as soon as this year, according to consulting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers. PwC released the data in its annual "Global Entertainment and Media Outlook" report covering 2007 through 2011, which outlines expected growth in the entertainment, film, music, and video game industries, among others." How much money are we talking about here?  Estimates for 2011 global video game sales are $48.9 billion.  Asia is expected to be the fastest growing... Read more...
The HD DVD Promotional Group made a proud announcement today that over half of all next-generation video players sold use HD DVD format, which means that they have a slight advantage over their BD contenders. “About 60 percent of all movie players use HD DVD, and are selling far more titles than before as well. Over 75,000 of the discs sold in the last week of May -- a record achievement for a still new format.” These figures come as a result of a recent price decline on the entry-level Toshiba HD-A2 player and other similar players. The group stated that sales doubled for all players when the HD-A2 dropped to $399 in April. However, the group was unclear on whether or not the sales figures... Read more...
We were just sent a link to an interesting video by the folks at CoolIT - the makers of the Freezone and the custom liquid / TEC hybrid cooling apparatus used in the Dell XPS 710 H2C Performance Gaming System.  The video shows off CoolIT's new Radeon HD 2900 XT cooler at work overclocking a pair of HD 2900 XT cards running in CrossFire configuration... With the CoolIT device installed, the cards were able to hit a stable core clock speed of 980MHz, which resulted in a 3DMark06 score of over 20K.  There aren't too many details in the video, and the background music wasn't very inspiring, but it's still pretty cool to see a top 15 all-time 3DMark06... Read more...
If Microsoft can't battle Google, somebody has to step up right?  And in this corner, weighing in at a svelte $64 billion in annual sales - S O N Y !!! "Sony Corp. said on Thursday it will launch a video-sharing site in Japan on Friday, marking the electronics and entertainment firm's first step towards challenging Google Inc.'s YouTube service. News Corp. and NBC Universal said last month they would also launch a free online video site this year, as traditional media firms scramble to keep up with video sharing. Sony also hopes to introduce its service, called eyeVio, abroad, but said it first wanted to gauge the reception at home before drawing up an overseas... Read more...
Think Geek has a terrific little USB ready digital microscope for sale. Nifty. You'll need some of this:   Simple plug and play operation with included software that allows you to magnify objects and view them on your PC up to 200X and take snapshots and time-lapse movies. You can also manipulate images with drawing and painting tools. The microscope is detachable from the stand to allow you to get closer to large objects. Just a microscopic $179.99 and it's yours.  Unlike most everything else on the internet, this item is useless for pornography. No one wants to see your pores. Would you ?... Read more...
Fileshack has a new video showcasing Crytek's CryEngine 2 game engine, which will be featured in the upcoming DX10 shooter Crysis. If you haven't seen what this game engine can do or what Crysis looks like in action, do youself a favor and give this 126MB video a download.  The visual effects are so good, I'll guarantee you'll be impressed.... 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...
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...
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...
When eBay bought Skype a while back, I rushed out and picked up a few share of eBay because it just felt like a natural fit.  With Skype's ever-popular and amazing VOIP client technology taking off like a rocket, it just seemed like a total home-run for eBay to integrate that functionality into their goliath-sized online auction services, giving buyers and sellers an opportunity to speak directly regarding transactions and deals.  The stock made a nice run and I punched out quickly with a tidy gain on the smallish investment I made.   Now, Niklas Zennstroem, co-founder of both Kazaa and Skype has his eyes on another prize. Bring it Nik, bring it my man...   ... 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...
Verizon Wireless announced Tuesday that it will soon be bringing select videos from YouTube to its customers. A smaller than expected number of users have signed up for Verizon's advanced services, and this deal is a way for Verizon to spur interest in its streaming video service. The videos should start arriving sometime this December. "Under the YouTube agreement, consumers who pay a $15 monthly fee for Vcast will be able to use their cell phones to view consumer-generated content posted on YouTube's Web site. Chan also said customers would also be able to post videos from their phones to YouTube more easily than before by using a five-digit... Read more...
Online video sites such as YouTube, Google Video, and SoapBox, with their seemingly endless supply of free videos to download, have exploded in popularity since their creation. Like the rest of the internet though, there's plenty of questionable content that's been appearing on those sites, sparking debate as to whether or not the site owners should be responsible for the content. At the moment, Google is facing numerous lawsuits in Europe over its service, and Reuters is reporting on an Italian investigation over one particular video. "In the US, sites like Google Video, SoapBox, and YouTube are generally protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which grants "safe harbor" to... Read more...
Excellent video report from CNET's Rich DeMuro on the PS3. Great piece of theater as he whips out a screwdriver and takes the console out of the glass box Sony was displaying it in. And finally, someone remembers to point a camera at the screen the video game's playing on. Short answer: I want one!  ... Read more...
No, the headline isn't a mistype. Apple as revealed that a small number of video iPods contain the Windows RavMonE.exe virus, which they say found it's way onto iPods shipped after Sept. 12th. This virus won't be any trouble for Mac customers, and can be removed by using free Anti-Virus software found on Apple's site, and also with some popular Windows Anti-Virus tools. "The iPods were infected with the virus at one of Apple's contract manufacturers. The virus does not affect Mac customers. "As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy against such viruses, and even more upset with ourselves for not... Read more...
Sonic Solutions (duplicating software) and Macrovision (encryption) announced Monday their partnership to offer retailers and movie studios the technology to download films and sell DVDs on demand, freeing up warehouses and shelf space. The software could also be beneficial to movie studios. Only 25% of titles in studio vaults are made available on DVD because three-quarters of the films wouldn't attract enough buyers, Sherf said. "The vast library of content has not been released because of the cost involved," he said. "Studios have to produce DVDs by the millions, and it's impossible to do that for every film."... Read more...
Google sure got a lot of publicity by buying YouTube. And YouTube sure is a lot of fun. Well as usual, the big software company in Redmond Washington isn't sitting on its hands, and has made its own video search engine agreement. Microsoft has inked a deal with Blinkx to drive traffic from its MSN and Live customers to Blinkx. And Blinkx thinks that a TV like interface married to a powerful internet search engine is the wave of the future: On Monday, Blinkx will announce potentially one of its biggest deals to date, with Microsoft, which has agreed to use Blinkx technology to power the video search on some parts of its MSN Internet... Read more...
If you're like me, YouTube is thinking about taking out a restraining order on you, or giving you a medal. It's endlessly fascinating. LinuxElectrons outlines In-Stat's Consumer Media and Content Service's projection of growth in the UGC market. (user generated content) User-Generated Content (UGC), such as that found on YouTube and MySpace, will continue to grow significantly in popularity and generate increasing revenue over the next several years, reports In-Stat. By 2010, the volume of downloads/views on these sites will surpass 65 billion, and revenues tied to UGC video are expected to exceed $850 million by 2010, the high-tech market research firm says. Revenues are those directly... Read more...
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