Sony Online Entertainment said today it has registered more than a million users in 17 days for its kid-focused Free Realms massively multiplayer online game.
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Hurt by the recession and a tough comparison to a year ago, video game sales fell 17 percent in April compared to a year ago.
The Naughty Dogs are at it again. The co-founders of one of the most famous video game studios have created a new game production company, starting out with a focus on iPhone and Facebook games.
Electronic Arts and Warner Bros. Interactive announced that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game will be in stores worldwide on June 30.
There’s a common thread among most of the thousands of Adobe Flash-based games that have sprung up on the Internet in the last few years. The graphics almost always suck, or they’re deliberately cartoonish. But Vector Entertainment hopes to change that with fancy 3-D graphics in Flash games.
The indie revival in the video game industry continues to gather steam as Loose Cannon Studios announced it has launched a new game development company focused on original console games.
VideoSurf announced a video search site last year with computer vision technology that could decipher what was in a video and find results quickly for users looking for particular video snippets. Now it’s opening up its platform so other developers can make it easier for users to find and watch videos online.
Dashing hopes of a quick economic recovery, Sony reported its first loss in 14 years today, warned of a big loss coming, and dropped a hint it may cut prices on the PlayStation 3.
RocketOn is one of the companies devoted to the parallel web, meaning it can take web sites and layer things on top of them, from virtual characters to message boards.
In a sign that Intel’s regulatory troubles are just beginning, the European Commission slapped Intel with a record antitrust fine of $1.45 billion today for allegedly abusing its monopoly power in competition with Advanced Micro Devices .
Streamezzo said it has raised $5.1 million in funding for its platform that allows mobile apps creators to publish media apps across many different mobile platforms.
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Rumors are rife that Microsoft will introduce the gesture-based game control system we wrote about earlier this year at the E3 show in Los Angeles in June.
There isn’t enough blood and guts in browser-based web games. That appears to be one reason that Resistor Productions has launched a new massively multiplayer online role-playing game for adults.
Video games are officially cool. Jerry Bruckheimer has blessed them. And he’s serious about making high-quality games.
Changes in quarterly market share for PC microprocessors don’t usually raise our eyebrows. But the first quarter results from market researcher IDC are interesting because Advanced Micro Devices has finally reversed five quarters worth of market share losses to Intel .
If Intel is going to get anywhere chasing after the graphics chip business, it has to invest heavily in research and development. The world’s biggest chip maker took a step in that direction today as it announced it is investing $12 million in a new research center in Germany.
With so much crazy news happening, games based on current events are becoming more common and easier to launch quickly on mobile platforms. Another one announced today is Cellufun’s Made Off, which lets users play Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.
Nanotechnology hasn’t panned out the way some investors thought. But one company, ZettaCore, is soldiering on with a technique for using nanotech to create memory chips with ultra-tiny storage cells that can be packed densely. The company said Sunday that it raised $21 million in a third round of funding.
Diving into a crowded field that mixes social networking with games, Pixelmatic Entertainment today launched Gamerbook, an app aimed at connecting gamers on Facebook.
Thriller New Media is looking to raise $8 million to finance its nostalgic dream of creating massively multiplayer online games, a social network, strategy games and other media built around military themes.
Intel chairman Craig Barrett is retiring on May 20. Now 69, he spent more than 35 years at the company and deserves much credit for building it into a manufacturing powerhouse and the world’s biggest chip maker. He succeeded Andy Grove as chief executive in 1998 and passed the CEO job on to Paul Otellini in 2005. As chairman for the past four years, he has traveled the world meeting with heads of state about technology policy and delved into such issues as improving education, alleviating poverty via technology, and getting the nation to be more competitive and spend more on research and development. I caught up with him by phone yesterday to get some parting thoughts on a wide range of subjects, including Intel’s legal wars with Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices, and whether there’s any chance he might go into politics.
Yes, you too can own your very own virtual KISS concert lighter on the iPhone.
Nvidia, which makes graphics chips that go into all kinds of electronic devices, and therefore a good barometer for the tech industry, says its market is stabilizing.
The video game industry isn’t falling off a cliff, thanks to franchises like World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, and Guitar Hero.
Microsoft has been scaling back its internal staff across the board and in games. But the software giant showed today that it’s still willing to invest in the game business by buying BigPark, a game development studio in Vancouver, Canada.
Sharpcast said today it’s offering a free version of its SugarSync service, which we found to be the easiest for synchronizing data across any of our digital devices.
Storage Appliance is launching its Clickfree Traveler backup device today that is just about the size of a credit card but stores up to 64 gigabytes of data. That means it can probably back up most of the data you have on a laptop or netbook computer.
A tiny Seattle startup has done what two giant companies haven’t done: get Google Docs to work well with Microsoft’s Office software.
Nintendo scored record profits for its fiscal year ended March 31, but the Japanese console king warned that its profit would dip in the coming year due to an expected slowdown in Nintendo DS handheld sales.
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Xerox is launching a new version of its high-end multifunction copiers that use solid blocks of ink — a cheaper and greener printing solution than ink toner.
WonderHill is announcing today that it has raised $7 million for its first round of funding for its web-based casual games.
3D Realms has been developing Duke Nukem Forever, a shooting game starring the crass Duke Nukem character, for just about forever. And now the Dallas-area game developer is apparently shutting down for lack of funding, according to ShackNews.
Some members of Advanced Micro Devices‘ management team just got Fusioned. Fusion is the brand name for the company’s plans to put graphics and a microprocessor on the same chip. The day that happens is still quite far off, but today the chip design company combined management of the two divisions.
THQ is known for its fighting video games, but it took a lot of punches in 2009. For the fiscal year ended March 31, the big game publisher lost $431.1 million and saw revenue decline 23 percent to $830 million on a GAAP basis.
SVTC Technologies said it has raised $34 million in venture funding from existing investors for its chip-making services business.
Wireless video is starting to get off the ground, but a new industry alliance with the power of heavyweights behind it will give it more momentum.
Most university research centers can’t say they’ve produced 76 startups.