Wikipad: The company (and tablet) that’s bringing console gaming to Android (exclusive)

There are tablets, and then there’s a gaming tablet. The Wikipad, an Android handheld that promised to be the first mobile device with a gamepad built specifically for the device, is set to launch later this year. Venturebeat recently sat down to talk with CEO James Bower and President of Sales Fraser Townley in a local design office in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Will GameStop’s digital ventures be enough to ward off online threats? (interview)

Chris Petrovic (pictured above) is the general manager of GameStop Digital Ventures. His job is to make sure that the world’s largest video game retailer crosses over into the digital era, when gamers are as likely to download a digital game to their computers or phones as they are to walk into a store and buy a disk. GameStop still has 6,614 stores and annual revenues of $49.5 billion. Within a couple of years, the company wants to grow its digital revenues to $1.5 billion a year. The retailer grew its downloadable content sales by 315 percent last year, and it has acquired digital game startups Kongregate, Spawn Labs, and Impulse. Will that be enough for the company to “cross over” to the digital age?

Review: The futuristic OnLive Desktop runs Windows apps on the iPad

The current state of computing is always under scrutiny and speculation. For years laptop and desktop computers have been proclaimed dead, most recently in the face of smartphones and tablet computers. OnLive Desktop may be the first sign of an evolution for everyday PC computing, one that would silence naysayers and utilize all types of application-driven computing devices.

Cloud gaming service OnLive offers crazy discounts this Thanksgiving weekend

The pioneering on-demand cloud gaming service, OnLive, is offering all users a free five-day rental of both Homefront and Red Faction: Armageddon during its Frag Feast promotion this Thanksgiving weekend. In addition, you can buy your first full OnLive game for just one dollar, an offer that includes such recent blockbuster titles as Batman: Arkham City, L.A. Noire and Saints Row: The Third.