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Playstation 3 to debut in May of 2006?
Both Microsoft and Sony are very cautious to indicate any shipment dates of their next-generation game consoles. Microsoft official statement remains the device will be available for the holiday season and Sony hints to mid of next year.

Online game stores recently turned out to be a relatively reliable information source when it comes to release dates of future games and also could provide an idea when the new consoles can be expected.
Published May 20, 2005 - 05:01 PM
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PS3 with Cell processor to clobber Xbox 360 in 2006
Sony Corp. will launch its next video game console, the PlayStation 3, in 2006, the company said on Monday. Sony boasted that the PS3 and its custom-designed “Cell” chip would have twice the processing speed of the Xbox 360, the new console from Microsoft Corp. that will be released later this year, reports Reuters.

It will also feature a built-in Ethernet port for high-speed Internet access, as well as two different types of wireless networking and a removable small hard drive.
Published May 17, 2005 - 11:15 AM
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Developers uneasy about new game consoles
The erstwhile studio director of Ion Storm, responsible for titles ranging from "Wing Commander" to "Deus Ex," thinks the new video game systems will be a player's paradise. With high-definition graphics, incredibly fast processors and surround sound, the experience will be leaps and bounds beyond anything console gamers have seen before.

But with that will come consequences. Spector and other developers are worried that the game industry will become ever more like Hollywood, with huge budgets, huge productions and lots of sequels, dominated by the few big companies who can afford to produce a top-shelf title.
Published May 12, 2005 - 10:52 AM
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Next-gen consoles take center stage
At this year's E3, slated for May 16 to May 20 in Los Angeles, all bets will be on new gaming consoles from the big three players--Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo.

"The major console makers are going to lay...the groundwork for the next generation, and all the developers and publishers are going to get, in some cases, their first looks at the new features," said Schelley Olhava, game analyst with research firm IDC.
Published May 11, 2005 - 05:13 PM
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Doom 4: End of the Game Industry?
Am I the only one who expects a collapse of the gaming business soon? Does anyone else think that it is overdue? It has happened before, and I can't see how people will keep shelling out $50 or so for a video game when the games have hardly changed since the invention of the first-person shooter.

I complain to my kids about this, and they insist that things have changed markedly. They show me examples, and all I see are tweaks and weirder, mostly stupid weapons.
Published Apr 29, 2005 - 11:13 AM
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Apple - Mac: Apple Creating a Gaming Division?
In an unprecedented move, Apple Computer might be joining forces with ATI not only to make the Mac platform more appealing to gamers in terms of power, but also creating or developing their own in-house gaming unit to create new games, or port current Windows games. This should be an interesting story to follow.
Published Apr 08, 2005 - 07:48 PM
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Win - MS: Sony's Loss May Benefit Microsoft [Updated]
Last week it won a $90.7 million judgment against Sony, which it sued in 2002 on allegations that some of its controllers infringed on its patents. The judgment, handed down by the U.S. District Court for Northern California in Oakland, also includes an order to stop shipping PlayStation 2 gaming consoles and all 47 games that work with the shakable controllers. The order is on hold, pending an appeal. Should Sony choose to settle, there may be more than one winner in the case--the other being Microsoft.

Update: Ars Technica is reporting that Sony is still sellings PSones and PS2s. They say that claims suggesting that Sony is no longer selling these game consoles as a result of the lawsuit are false.
Published Mar 28, 2005 - 05:08 PM
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First Look: The PSP
he PSP (PlayStation Portable), the Sony corporation's synergistic foray into the realm of handheld media players and one of the most hotly anticipated gadgets of 2005, arrives in stores today. At $250 a pop it combines wireless connectivity, music, a photo viewer, movies and games into one elegantly designed and portable package. Were it any more intoxicating the ATF would get jurisdiction over it. TIME.com road tested one for a week, along with several of the games due for release.
Published Mar 25, 2005 - 01:27 PM
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Classic Wolfenstein Game Minaturized to only 5 kilobytes!
Wolfenstein 5K was written for the 5K contest, which challenges entrants to create a web page in under 5120 bytes. According to its creators, "The idea behind the contest is that the rigid constraints of designing for the web are what force us to get truly creative."

For me, this contest was perfect break from the complex, database-driven sites that I routinely develop through my company, Innofinity. The goal for my entry was to make the game not only small, but fun and playable.
Published Mar 24, 2005 - 12:02 PM
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Apple - Mac: Tiger to bring improved 3D gaming performance
As we already know, the performance of DOOM 3 for Mac in comparison to its Windows counterpart is a little depressing - but those tests were on a Mac running Panther. The test machine was able to crank out an acceptable, yet somewhat lackluster performance by running the game at somewhere between 20-30 FPS at 800x600 on High quality.

On the same test machine, now running Tiger, saw an incredible performance boost. A clean install of both the latest Tiger beta (8A414) and DOOM 3 saw a steady 35-40 FPS at 1024x768 on High quality, with 2x Anti-aliasing enabled. Quite an improvement.
Published Mar 21, 2005 - 12:48 PM
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CPU and GPU, meet the PPU
Here's a fascinating idea: a dedicated physics processing unit (PPU) to handle physics computation, just like the GPU handles graphics. I think pretty much anyone who's a gamer can get excited about something like this:

By performing advanced physics simulations in real time, the PPU can respond to gamer actions as well as environments contributing to pervasive interactive reality. By introducing dramatic amounts of physics, games can now react uniquely to each input, adding a tremendous variety of game play.
Published Mar 09, 2005 - 11:50 AM
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Developers To Be Held Accountable for Gamer's Actions?
Not content with allowing legal jackals like Jack Thompson to attempt to sue the freedom of expression out of gaming companies, lawmakers in Washington State want to hold the makers and sellers of violent video games liable for the actions of idiot teenagers.

House Bill 2178 would make game developers and publishers responsible for the actions of any one under 17 who commits a crime, due in any part to playing a game. Just how a person would go about proving that the law breaking was due to a game is beyond me.
Published Mar 04, 2005 - 01:24 PM
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Apple - Mac: Apple job posting suggests better iPod games to come
With every iPod model set to adopt a color screen this year, Apple appears ready to expand the music player's extra capabilities, especially its bundled games.

A recent job posting from Apple on Gamasutra, a recruiting site for the game industry, seeks a programmer with "experience working with embedded systems" who would in part be "responsible for rapidly developing memory and performance optimized software solutions to complex problems."
Published Feb 21, 2005 - 11:52 AM
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PlayStation Portable coming next month
Sony's PlayStation Portable handheld game machine will debut in North America next month, the company announced Thursday.

The device, bundled with a 32MB Memory Stick Duo, headphones with remote control, a battery pack and an AC adaptor, will begin shipping on March 24. It will sell for $249, Sony said.
Published Feb 03, 2005 - 02:32 PM
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Nintendo DS: Got Game, Will Travel
With the DS, Nintendo is starting a whole new product line, targeting older teens, people in their 20s, and early adopters. It's designed to complement its traditional consoles and handhelds for kids. At a press conference announcing the DS, one former company exec said, "If we're unsuccessful with the Nintendo DS, we may not go bankrupt, but we will be crushed."
Published Jan 27, 2005 - 04:01 PM
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Take Two buys Sega's game studios
The consolidation continues: Take Two has purchased Sega's game development studios. The deal also includes the rights to Sega's "2K" series of sports videogames, and is another step in what seems to be an inexorable march towards consolidation in the videogame market.
Published Jan 25, 2005 - 01:33 PM
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Topless teen video 'hottie' says game over
A teenage girl who was photographed topless, apparently during Spring Break at South Padre Island, is now a "prize" in a video game that rewards players by revealing images of topless women.

"The Guy Game," available for about $40 for the popular Xbox and Playstation game consoles, touts "over 60 smokin' coeds" in its advertising, which plays to the "Girls Gone Wild" set: "Real video of actual Spring Break hotties." The problem: the girl was 17 when she was photographed
Published Dec 21, 2004 - 10:40 AM
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Mad Penguin Presents Cedega 4.1.1
When Adam Doxtater first contacted me about reviewing TransGaming Technologies Cedega 4.1.1 , I was quite pleased. I'd never used WineX before, and I had many old Windows games I wanted to be able to play on Linux. I keep a Windows 2000 Professional partition around so that I can play the games I somehow got addicted to (Diablo II, namely). I'm sad to say I won't be getting rid of Windows anytime soon, but Cedega is a gift from above.
Published Nov 15, 2004 - 09:46 AM
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Win - MS: Halo 2 Rakes in $100 Million
First-day sales of Microsoft's new video game Halo 2 will reach $100 million, a senior Microsoft games executive said Tuesday.

"I'm calling a $100 million day on Halo today," Peter Moore, a corporate vice president in Microsoft's games division, said at the Harris Nesbitt investment conference in New York.
Published Nov 10, 2004 - 01:00 PM
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Win - MS: Gamers go gunning for 'Halo 2'
New York City’s Time Square has seen everything from 25 cents peep shows to rampant "Disneyfication," but the hundreds of screaming males lined up late last night outside the Toys R Us on 44th and Broadway represented a Times Square first: The video-game release street party. By 10 p.m. the crowd was so large even the crusty city dwellers were starting to take notice.
Published Nov 09, 2004 - 01:56 PM
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