Music games might be down, but they aren't out just yet.
Game developer Ubisoft is planning to release a new guitar game, called Rocksmith, later this year. In a statement today, Ubisoft's senior vice president of marketing, Tony Key, said that the new title will prove to be "the most authentic and addicting music game ever created."
Ubisoft hopes to achieve that lofty goal by putting a real guitar in the hands of gamers, rather than the plastic guitars with buttons used in Rock Band or Guitar Hero. The title will launch with a "sizable … Read more
When it comes to controversy and Fox News, Electronic Arts is glowing in its praise.
Speaking to IndustryGamers in an interview published yesterday, EA Games Label President Frank Gibeau said that drumming up some controversy around a game isn't "a bad thing." In fact, Gibeau told the gaming publication that he believes developers trying to build an audience around a new title "should court controversy."
Panasonic is among the tech companies in Japan that have put some operations on hold following the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit the country on Friday.
Panasonic announced this morning that employees in its digital camera, electronic materials, and washer and dryer plants sustained "minor injuries" following the earthquake. In addition, the earthquake has caused the company to stop operation in one of its factories, though it did not say which factory was closed. It said that it will "evaluate further details of the damage" to see how long it will be suspending its operation.… Read more
Paramount Pictures is looking to social media to help promote its upcoming film, "Super 8."
The studio premiered the trailer for the film, which is being produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by "Lost" creator J.J. Abrams, on Twitter early this morning.
Set in a small town in 1979, "Super 8" tells the story of kids who must endure the arrival of an unknown force wreaking havoc on their community following a horrific train crash. It's scheduled to be released on June 10.
Paramount says that this is the first time it … Read more
Microsoft's console topped hardware sales last month, according to market researcher NPD, the definitive source for gaming sales data. The Xbox 360 was trailed by the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3, respectively.
Unfortunately, NPD stopped providing actual sales figures last year. But that didn't stop Microsoft and Nintendo from releasing such information. Microsoft said that it sold 535,000 Xbox 360 units last month, representing a 27 percent gain year over year. Nintendo says it sold 454,000 Wii units, helping push its total U.S. console unit sales to more … Read more
A number of people have made off with a chunk of virtual change--an estimated $1.2 million--from Microsoft as part of an exploit that left one of the company's promotional sites spitting out codes for free blocks of Microsoft Points.
The exploit, which was discovered by forum members of enthusiast site The Tech Game over the weekend, centered on a promotion Microsoft was running on a temporary site that offered users a choice of two free days of Xbox Live Gold, a virtual item for their Xbox Live avatar, or 160 Microsoft Points. While a small denomination, 160 Microsoft Points equals $2, which could then be stacked with existing account balances, making the item the most appealing target of the bunch.
The attackers devised a way to tweak the URL of the promotional site to have it repeatedly spit out codes, with most going for the free points. According to games blog Save and Quit, Microsoft shut the site down within hours of the exploit being unearthed (following its buckling under the surge of traffic), but not before enterprising users made off with an estimated $1.2 million in virtual currency. … Read more
Starting tomorrow, Nintendo will offer demos of its upcoming portable game player in four U.S. cities. The company will have what it calls Demo Pods and Demo Squads available to let folks play titles and ask questions about the device.
The 3DS is easily one of the most anticipated products of the year. The device comes with the ability for gamers to play titles in 3D without the need for special glasses. In addition, it comes with built-in cameras capable of snapping 3D photos. It's scheduled for a March 27 launch in the U.S. for $249. … Read more
Rovio, the company behind the Angry Birds phenomenon, is suddenly flush with cash.
The company announced today that it secured $42 million in a Series A round of funding led by venture-capital firms Accel Partners and Atomico Ventures. Accel Partners is best known for investing in Facebook, Groupon, and AdMob. Atomico Ventures was started by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom, who is joining Rovio's board of directors.
Rovio's success with the Angry Birds franchise has been downright impressive. The game, which lets players slingshot birds at pigs, currently has more than 40 million monthly active users and sits at … Read more
PlayStation 3 owners who are also PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to save game data in the cloud, Sony announced today.
After updating the PlayStation 3 with firmware version 3.6, which rolls out tomorrow, PlayStation Plus subscribers will find a new backup utility on their console. Users can go to the utility and upload up to 150MB of saved-game data to the cloud. Up to 1,000 data files can be stored on the service. The storage is connected to the user's PlayStation Network account, Sony says.
Sony's new feature goes beyond storage. Users can download … Read more
Microsoft announced today that it has sold 10 million Kinect sensors since the Xbox 360 accessory launched in November. In addition, Microsoft reported that over 10 million Kinect games have been sold. The global sales figures, according to a company spokeswoman, were tallied through the end of February.
Since its launch, Kinect--which allows gamers to control on-screen action with only the movement of their bodies rather than a controller--has surpassed expectations. Microsoft initially expected to sell 5 million Kinect units through 2010. At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, however, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed that the company actually sold 8 million units … Read more