How a South African indie game went from a university assignment to the big-time
Japan’s Nintendo has decided to stop making the Wii console in its home country to focus on the new generation Wii U.
Yes, zombies will be back again in 2012. Some things never change.
Taiwanese researchers have developed an "invisible key" technology which allows users to unlock their doors by means of simple hand gestures.
Nintendo shares have tumbled for the second consecutive day after its second-generation Wii console unveiled in the week disappointed the market.
Nintendo is due to reveal a successor to the wireless console this summer before a full launch next year in bid to reverse sliding profits.
Microsoft has finally unveiled and revealed the real name of its motion sensing video game device, previously known as Project Natal: Kinect.
Microsoft plans to get its Natal body-gesturing gaming system into stores in time for this year’s holiday shopping season.
The original Wii Sports is technically the biggest selling game of all time, so the sequel is a big deal.
Lou Kesten reviews three new video games featuring some familiar faces.
Nintendo said on Thursday it will launch a new version of its popular DS handheld console with a built-in camera and audio player next month.
Many video games require quick thinking and fast reflexes that constantly engages the player’s mental faculties and affects reasoning, deduction and problem-solving skills. That has been the theory, anyway. So it’s interesting, then, that the game that may finally prove the point isn’t a video game in the traditional sense at all.
Microsoft says it will make Xbox 360 video games developed by players available for download through the console’s online service. The new service will double the size of the Xbox 360 game library, to 1 000 games within a year of its launch, scheduled for this holiday season, the company said on Wednesday.
What’s in store for tech fans in 2008? Plenty. If the stirrings of the present are any indication of what’s on the horizon, technology buffs can look forward to products that are better, faster, and less expensive than those we rely on today. The best news of all is that some of the most exciting products should appear earlier in 2008 rather than later on.
The booming popularity of Nintendo’s Wii console and DS handheld sent the combined sales of game machines and gaming software in Japan to a record high last year, according to research by a Japanese publisher. The results underline the stellar success of Nintendo, the company maker behind Super Mario and Pokemon games.
Nintendo’s Wii outsold rival Sony’s PlayStation 3 (PS3) three-fold in Japan last year, helping the country’s multibillion-dollar video game market to notch up its best-ever year, a survey showed on Monday. Nintendo sold about 3,63-million Wii consoles in its home market in 2007 while Sony sold 1,21-million PS3s, according to magazine publisher Enterbrain.
Microsoft chairperson Bill Gates took centre stage at the world’s largest technology show for the last time on Sunday and predicted that his industry was on the cusp of the next "digital decade". Gates said computing will become a pervasive part of everyday life through devices like televisions and cellphones.
Despite the last-minute shopping frenzy, holiday retail sales were sluggish as the United States consumer spent less than expected while internet shopping slowed down. Many shoppers waited until the last moment to buy gifts for Christmas, as only 18% of Americans had finished their holiday shopping in mid-December.
It is interesting why so few of us use one of the breakthroughs of recent years: the ability to search the web from wherever we are with a cellphone. This ought to be hugely empowering. There are a number of reasons why this hasn’t happened and why it may be about to change.
”Education was always known as the kiss of death in the software industry. But I think you want to focus on getting the player interested and emotionally involved.” Game designer Will Wright is responsible for some of the world’s most famous titles — but he’s really excited the prospect of plugging them directly into his brain, he tells Bobbie Johnson.
Couch potatoes beware: Wii owners will be able to get an even more vigorous workout from December when Nintendo launches a new fitness balance board for its hit video-game console. The ”Wii Fit” board and software can be used for exercising, sports and games including yoga, virtual snowboarding, ski-jumping and aerobics.
Nintendo’s ”Wiimote” is getting a cushion cover. The Japanese game maker’s Wii machine has become a global hit among players young and old alike. To help prevent accidents and soften possible blows, Nintendo is shipping for free rubbery silicone covers for the handheld devices.
Microsoft began its midnight sales of Halo 3, the acclaimed alien shooter game that it hopes will widen its lead over Sony in the battle for industry dominance. Microsoft is backing the game with a marketing blitz that includes celebrity-studded sales events at about 10 000 retailers across the United States.
The head of Microsoft’s gaming business in Japan promised more role-playing game software on Wednesday to attract fans in a market where its Xbox 360 console has struggled against offerings from Nintendo and Sony. Takashi Sensui, who heads Xbox operations in Japan, said Japanese prefer role-playing games.
Chipmaker Intel unveiled its new high-performance central processing unit at the recent Leipzig Games Convention in Germany. The Intel Core 2 Extreme X7900 was shown to members of the press and industry ahead of the official opening of Europe’s biggest show for interactive entertainment.
Sony says it will start selling a combined television tuner and personal video recorder that lets users of the PlayStation 3 (PS3) console capture live television that can be stored or transferred to the PlayStation Portable (PSP) for later viewing. Sony announced the new product at the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany.