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  • Opinion: Isostick Flash Drive Lets You Mount ISOs

    Ever wished you could put your ISO images onto something a little more portable? A potential product from Elegant Innovation has your back. Although, it does need your backing too.

  • Opinion: Nintendo 3DS Price Slashed $80

    Nintendo 3DS retail price, come on down, you're the next contestant on "the price wasn't right, so we're slashing it." Yep, Nintendo's marking the 3DS down an astonishing $80—from $250 to $170—not six months after the "no-glasses 3D" handheld launched in the U.S. on March 27th. The new price goes into effect August 12th, which I'd wager makes the 3DS a contender for "fastest post-launch price drop (by one-third) ever."

  • Opinion: EA: Game Console Cycle Has 'Gone Forever'

    Here today, gone tomorrow, that—in so many words—was what EA CEO John Riccitiello had to say about video game consoles in an earnings call yesterday. Riccitiello was on the phone to discuss EA's fiscal 2012 first quarter, which he described as "ahead of expectations," led by strong sales of digital games and the release of first-person sci-fi puzzler Portal 2 ("Portal 2: A Little Better All The Time"). He also name-checked Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic (he says EA's "bolstered by strong preorders" for both) and, no surprise here, said the company was "pleased" that the NFL lockout had ended (it wrapped up Monday, though the Salt Lake Tribune [

  • Opinion: Zynga Extending CityVille's Social Gaming to China

    Facebook's social gaming uber-star Zynga says it'll reach around the globe and join hands with Internet service provider Tencent to bring a localized version of its mega-popular sim-style game CityVille to China. CityVille, as U.S. Facebook gamers know, is one of Zynga's biggest casual-social games. To play, gamers draft virtual cities, farm surrounding areas, and earn income by collecting rent. The game launched in December 2010 to instant hit status, displacing Zynga's FarmVille juggernaut for "most monthly active users" inside of a month.

  • Opinion: Did Oslo Terrorist Train On Modern Warfare 2?

    A few reports circulating this morning suggest that Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian man who admitted to killing over 90 people in a bomb attack and subsequent mass shooting on Friday, July 22nd, claim there may be a link between the act and games like first-person shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Let's explore those claims, with emphasis on words like allegedly.

  • Opinion: Star Wars: The Old Republic Put Up for Pre-Order

    Everyone who doesn't hate Star Wars, and I assume that's still most of you, BioWare just snipped the inaugural tape off its pre-order page for Star Wars: The Old Republic. Get thee over there now, especially if you want to grab one of the special editions, or lock down a code that'll give you "early game access" and "exclusive in-game content."

  • Opinion: High-Def GoldenEye 007 Coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

    You probably missed Activision's ballyhooed GoldenEye 007 reboot because, like me, you fire up your Wii once every three or four months during something like the moon's waxing crescent phrase just, you know, to make sure it still works. That, or you just won't abide piping 480p visuals through a 720p or 1080p native flat screen TV. I feel your disdain.

  • Opinion: 12 Top Tech Rumors We Hope Will (and Won't) Come True

    The tech world loves rumors and spreads them incessantly, thanks to a seemingly endless outpouring of Internet blather about impending tech gadgets and gear.

  • Opinion: Video Game Sales for June 2011, Come on Down

    Video game industry sales dropped an uncomfortable 10 percent in June 2011 year-on-year, according to tracker NPD Group, though as usual, NPD's data only accounts for retail sales, thus ignoring a huge and increasingly crucial swathe of the market. The drop, for bean counters, was from $1.11 billion in June 2010 to $995 million last month, and we're talking the whole caboodle, from software to hardware to accessories.

  • Opinion: Sony Executive: PSN Hack Was a Great Learning Experience

    Sony's president of network entertainment must look at the world through rose-colored glasses because he describes the hacking that took down the PlayStation Network as "a great learning experience."

  • Opinion: Netflix on Nintendo 3DS Today, but Without 3D Videos

    Nintendo first teased Netflix on the 3DS at E3 last month, and now they're rolling out their version of the streaming video app, freely downloadable today from Nintendo's eShop. All you need to make it happen is the 3DS, a wireless Internet connection, and a Netflix streaming subscription.

  • Opinion: Poor Prospects for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

    It's the final installment in the Harry Potter series, and it's looking pretty awful, as in badly made, poorly wrought, and sloppily executed. I'm talking about the video game, of course, which lands on store shelves today--the opposite's being said of the upcoming July 15th movie.

  • Opinion: EA Snubbing Steam for Battlefield 3 Launch?

    You say hello, EA says goodbye, or maybe just "take that, Valve." The Battlefield 3 publisher put up a list of digital distributors set to sell its modern-military first-person shooter at launch this October, and guess who wasn't included.

  • Opinion: Space Station Internet Too Slow for Gaming

    Here's one they haven't hit on South Park yet: The International Space Station's earth-to-orbit Internet pipe is too slow to play online video games. Or at least that's what Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfiel said in response to a question about playing online games in space during a recent Q&A roundup.

  • Opinion: Stronghold 3 preview

    If all goes to plan this castle-building/seiging sequel promises a delicious brew of strategy and simulation.

  • Opinion: The rise of free-to-play games

    Charging for content is a fast way to make players angry - but only if it’s implemented badly.

  • Opinion: Slay Vampires With Your Phone

    Feel like slaying some vampires today? Or did you fall asleep watching True Blood and dreamt that you grew some fangs? Third Eye, a new free Android game from Viewdle, uses a combination of augmented reality and facial recognition technology to make a whole new kind of mobile game. Whether you're a fan of complex MMPORGs or enjoy casual social gaming, like Farmville or Mafia Wars, Third Eye offers something for everybody. The idea behind Third Eye is really cool, but I wonder if this first game in a three-part trilogy will be enough to hold the sometimes short attention span of gamers.

  • Opinion: Rumor: Free-to-Play Coming to Xbox 360

    Good news, gimme-free-stuff fans: It sounds like Microsoft's planning to invite the Xbox 360 to the free-to-play party soon. Develop reports the company's actively working with developers to get the free-to-play ball rolling, prepping a micro-transaction backend for Xbox LIVE to facilitate an incremental-spend customer engagement system.

  • Opinion: Sony Joins Hands with J.K. Rowling for Pottermore

    Harry Potter the online computer game? Or would that be Harry Potter "the online bulletin board"? No one knows for sure. In fact all we do know is that the name "Pottermore" was trademarked by Warner Bros. in 2009, that an eponymous website appeared mysteriously a week ago, and that it's since been self-identified as "a free website that builds an exciting online experience around the reading of the Harry Potter books."

  • Opinion: Will Game Ads Be Less Annoying if You Interact with Them

    Ready for interactive Kinect ads? Ready or not, Microsoft's planning to make them part of your motion-control-verse soon. The company says it'll roll out something it calls NUads—the NU's short for "natural user interface"—later this year. The idea's somewhat self-evidently to engage you in ways traditional TV ads can't.



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