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  • Opinion: Will Sony's PlayStation 3 Price Cut Save It?

    The PlayStation 3 just got a little cheaper, but is it cheap enough to put Sony back in pole position after years lagging behind Nintendo and Microsoft in unit sales? Early reports suggest that yes, the $50 shaved off the entry-level 160GB model (from $300 to $250) and 320GB premium model (from $350 to $300) are impacting. In the U.K., at least one retail source claims PS3 sales have surged 65 percent, and both Target and GameStop are saying PS3 sales are well up in the U.S. following the Gamescom-timed price drop.

  • Opinion: Zynga Reportedly Buys Astro Ape

    Zynga has acquired mobile games start-up Astro Ape, according to Business Insider, which notes that Astro Ape employees are changing their place of employment on LinkedIn.

  • Opinion: Blizzard's Real ID Party Brings Friends Together

    How's this for a pleasant surprise: Blizzard has wrapped up testing of its Real ID Party system, allowing World of Warcraft friends who're scattered across realms to band together for dungeon-crawling shenanigans.

  • Opinion: Gamescom Day Zero

    Pete's at Gamescom all this week, so keep an eye on the news pages for the latest from Germany.

  • Opinion: July U.S. Retail Video Game Sales Lowest Since 2006

    It's good news for digital but somber news for new physical retail sales in NPD's July 2011 video game market report. Even NPD analyst Anita Frazier was somewhat downbeat, launching with: "There is no getting around the fact that video game [dollar] sales in the new physical retail channel suffered [their] lowest month since October 2006."

  • Opinion: Next for Nintendo: A Leap to Apple's iPhone?

    Remember when Sega abandoned the hardware biz to be a games-only developer? More than a trifle unsettling for gamers accustomed to Sega perennially battling Nintendo, but here we are, a decade later, and the Tokyo headquartered company has thousands of employees and over $5 billion in annual revenue. Not too shabby for a company that in March 2002 had racked up five consecutive fiscal years of net losses, and that even today arguably holds a fraction of Nintendo's intellectual property cachet.

  • Opinion: Sixaxis Lets You Use a PS3 Controller With Android

    Pulling off a hadouken is already tricky enough, and it's nigh impossible on a touch screen with a virtual joystick. But thanks to the Sixaxis controller app by Dancing Pixel Studios, you can now use your PS3 controller with a rooted Android device.

  • Opinion: Sony Distribution Center Torched in London Riots

    Rioters in London apparently set Sony's Enfield-based DADC (Digital Audio Disc Corporation) facility ablaze last night, reducing the massive disc distribution center to flames and smoke. The massive multi-story, 20,000 square meter building would have likely contained stock tied to multiple mediums, ranging from music labels to video games to movies and more.

  • Opinion: World of Warcraft Loses 300,000 Subscribers

    It looks like World of Warcraft, Blizzard's nigh indefatigable roleplaying behemoth, may finally be experiencing some serious attrition. The number of paying subscribers for the online game dropped to 11.1 million between May and July, down from 11.4 million in May and 12 million back in October, 2010. That's nearly a million down in less than a year, despite the launch of Wrath of the Lich King in China and Cataclysm internationally, as well as a new free-to-play angle with a feature paywall.

  • Opinion: 9 Geeky 80s Gadgets We Loved

    As part of GeekTech's Retro Week, what better way to celebrate the technology of the 1980s to early 90s with a nostalgic rundown of popular and much-loved gadgets from the decade? Here are some of our favorites; don't forget to add your favorite gadgets to the comments section if we missed any!

  • Opinion: Is This the Next World of Warcraft Expansion?

    Still playing World of Warcraft? Of course you are, and nothing I could possibly say about the game's slavishly repetitious fundamentals is going to dissuade you. It's more than that in your book: your rock-paper-macro playground, your trial-by-raid (and Ventrillo) leadership crucible, your daily social hour (or five, six, seven and eight), your video gaming joie de vivre.

  • Opinion: SUPER iam8bit Art Show Re-Envisions 80s Video Games

    Iam8bit, the four-time-going retro video game art show is returning for it's fifth year. And the show is only getting bigger with a larger space and more artists, so of course they had to call it SUPER iam8bit.

  • 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.



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