Sony has cut the price of its PlayStation Portable in Europe, the company announced today.
Starting today, European customers who opt for a PSP will find it available for 129.99 euros, down from 169.99 euros. Sony was also quick to point out that some of its "top titles" are available to customers in Europe for as little as 9.99 euros. Its "platinum" catalog of titles, including God of War: Ghost of Sparta, retails for 19.99 euros.
Sony's European PSP price drop follows two recent cuts from the company in the U.… Read more
The drugs may be pumped directly into the water rather than slipped into the populace's Nescafe.
But with First Amendment rights shelved and human rights threatened, the U.S. looks an awful lot like Gaddafi's Libya in the new Facebook game America 2049.
The app attempts to bridge social gaming and social justice by putting you in a MacGyver-meets-Bourne role and presenting some of the pressing issues of our time and perhaps of the not-too-distant future.… Read more
Sony's Music Unlimited service is coming to the PlayStation Portable.
Starting on Thursday, PSP owners with PlayStation Network IDs will be able to access Music Unlimited from their portable gaming devices. When people load up the app, they will be able to access millions of tracks on the streaming service from a range of major and independent labels.
The news of Music Unlimited coming to the PSP isn't all that surprising. Late last month, Shawn Layden, CEO of Sony Network Entertainment, told Eurogamer that Music Unlimited would be available to PSP owners "in a matter of weeks.&… Read more
Ever wonder how much Darth Vader might be worth? Or maybe Voldemort? I haven't, but when it's time to compile Forbes' annual Forbes Fictional 15, a list of the net worth of the wealthiest characters in fiction, it comes up.
This year, Smaug, the dragon made famous in Tolkien's "The Hobbit" who will likely be featured in the currently-in-production movie by MGM and New Line Cinema, makes the list at No. 7 with $8.6 billion--right between superhero billionaires Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark.
It's not an easy number to come up with, but Forbes writer Michael Noer does a handy job of doing just that--and he even shows his work.
He's put together a workable equation that starts by calculating the amount of precious metals in the dragon's bed of treasure by using information Tolkien included in the book (using Bilbo's height as compared with the pile); generally held "facts" about dragon treasure from sources like Dungeons & Dragons; and the real-world values of gold and silver coins.
The mound--675.6 cubic feet, if you must know--is then combined with the best-guess size of Smaug's diamond-encrusted underbelly (again, calculated with help from D&D sourcebooks at 684.6 spare feet) and the probable worth of other treasures (like the Arkenstone of Thrain) to get the final estimate.
As an expert on Tolkien and dragons (remember my D&D-inspired tattoo last summer? Yeah, I'm a Dungeon Master) and someone who's fairly decent with math, I can't find a hole in Noer's logic. While the $8.6 billion figure might not be exact, it's damn close enough, and I can't imagine anyone coming up with a more accurate figure.
If you can, you're more than welcome to give it a shot in the comments below. Just remember that, like Noer, you'll need to show your work.… Read more
Say goodbye to jean pockets full of quarters. A massive collection of coveted classic Atari games--including old familiars such as Pong, Asteroids, Missile Command, and Battlezone--is now officially available for iOS devices.
Atari's Greatest Hits features a mesmerizing amount of nostalgia in one app. One hundred classic games are available, grouped in packs of three and four that are available as a 99-cent in-app purchase.
For those of you suffering from a severe 8-bit addiction, a $14.99 package contains 100 classic arcade and Atari 2600 titles. You'll squeal when you see the retro-riffic black-and-white option for the Atari 2600 games, which transports you to the glory days of gray scale.
If only I could go back in time to the mid-'70s and show this to someone waiting in a 60-person line to play Pong.
Born nearly 40 years ago, Atari became a true pioneer in the arcade and home video game industry and sold tens of millions of Atari 2600 consoles worldwide. Anything Atari is retro gaming goodness, and naturally the name carries above-average expectations.
I gave the game collection a spin an iPhone 4 and iPad 2, and the experience differed greatly depending on the device. … Read more
Video game retailer GameStop is looking to generate more cash via Facebook.
The company announced today that it has partnered with social-commerce company Adgregate Markets to launch its own Facebook-based store, called ShopStore. Just like on GameStop's home page, customers can sift through gaming hardware and software, add them to their cart, and purchase them right from the Facebook app.
"Social commerce on Facebook is a natural complement to our trusted store and online networks," Kelly Mulroney, vice president of ecommerce at GameStop, said in a statement. "We have millions of customers already engaging with us … Read more
Music, movies, television shows, and books have all developed strong digital presences, but what about the comics from which so many of these other media take their story lines? Relatively new to the digital world, some comics publishers feel they finally have a delivery device for their content in the tablet, and they've got plans for how to develop digital comics. What's less certain is how readers will react to those plans, and whether digital comics will help reverse dwindling comic book sales.
DC Comics, publisher of comics involving well-known heroes such as Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, … Read more
A growing number of people are willing to ditch their cable or satellite subscriptions in favor of online, over-the-air, and streaming television options, a new study from the Convergence Consulting Group has found.
According to the researchers, 2.07 million U.S. television subscribers will have "cut the cord" between 2008 and the end of 2011. Between 2008 and 2009 alone, the firm said that 550,000 households cut the cord. Last year, it estimates 1 million households did the same.
Of course, that still represents a tiny fraction of the overall viewership. Convergence Consulting says that at … Read more
Video game retailer GameStop might jump into the tablet space, the company's president said in an interview published yesterday.
"If we can work with our partners and the OEMs and they come up with a great tablet that is enabled with a great gaming experience and coupled with a Bluetooth controller, then there's no need to go out and develop our own," GameStop president Tony Bartel told GamaSutra.
He went on to tell the gaming publication that if its hardware partners can't deliver the level of quality that the company is after, GameStop will go … Read more