More new investment money is going into clean technology than any other sector of high tech. And while that's exciting a lot of investors, it's also raising questions about whether we're about to repeat history. CNET News.com's Martin LaMonica, who recently heard a number of experts debate the question, offers some comparative context to that question.
New York Post reporter Michael Kane followed two of professional gaming's best-known teams, Team 3D and CompLexity, as they fought for the coveted No. 1 spot in gaming. The result--Kane's book, out today, called Game Boys: Professional … Read more
Beatles music may soon be strumming a new tune via air guitar video games, according to a report in the Financial Times.
Apple Corps and EMI, which respectively represent The Beatles' business interests and ownership of its master recordings, have reportedly been in discussions with video game publishers Activision and MTV Games.
Under a possible deal that could be worth several million dollars, users could put their air guitar to use while listening to The Beatles and playing Activision's Guitar Hero or MTV's Rock Band games, according to the report.
The move to push The Beatles' music onto … Read more
Greg Hoglund is no stranger to security. In the last few years, he's founded Bugscan, Cenzic, and HBGary, where he is currently CEO. He is also the co-author of Exploiting Software, Rootkits: Exploiting the Windows Kernel, and Exploiting Online Games. Hoglund has presented at numerous Black Hat Briefings and taught several training sessions there as well.
This week he stopped by the Security Bites studio for a conversation with CNET's Robert Vamosi on rookits, software vulnerabilities, and online gaming.Listen now: Download today's podcast
Gamasutra yesterday featured a story about Junction Point's Warren Spector, who took issue with some of the prevailing trends in the video game industry.
"Game costs are going to be $35-40 million, even $100 million, and the expectations are huge," he said at the Game Education Summit last week. "You have to differentiate yourselves. One-hundred hour games are on the way out... How many of you have finished GTA? Two percent, probably. If we're spending $100 million on a game, we want you to see the last level!"
Spector went on to explain the video game business is changing and although it didn't care about the story in a game years ago, it's now one of the main attractions and certainly paramount in developer minds.
Although Spector made a number of good points, he seems to believe that epic titles like GTA IV, which are capable of lasting you as little or as long as you'd like, are a thing of the past and will slowly (but surely) die a slow and agonizing death. Spector ostensibly believes that developers would rather spend cash on parts of a game you'll see than those sections you won't.
His theory makes sense and it's difficult to argue with the logic, but if epic games fall by the wayside and we're left with titles that don't offer the kind of immersion we've come to expect in some titles, what does that mean for the video game industry?… Read more
Good things come in pairs--and NTT DoCoMo does just that at CommunicAsia in Singapore.
We spotted one of its phones, the P906i, running Ridge Racer 7 and the otakus' favorite, Gundam, in full 3D glory. What surprised us was that each game has a maximum file size of only 1MB, yet the graphics and frame rate were smooth and comparable to handheld gaming consoles.
A representative from the Japanese company told us the phone has two processors inside, much like many newer PCs. However, instead of working together, these two chips function independently. One will handle the device's primary … Read more
While the adaptation of BioShock into a movie seemed like a no-brainer, the announcement of a Gears of War film doesn't exactly carry with it the same weight.
There's no doubt that this title was a huge success, let alone an absolute blast to play, but there's something to be said about the story and whether or not it can carry an entire feature-length film. How many times can you tell the tale of "aliens invade Earth, big tough dudes stop them?"
Stepping up to the task of directing the Gears of War movie is … Read more
LogMeIn has always been a personal favorite of mine for starting a big download or accessing certain files while away from my home machine. But let's face it--playing Crysis would be a little more fun.
The folks at StreamMyGame have the same idea and have a wonderful solution that lets you stream your games over the Web. Tuesday morning the company announced support for a breadth of UMPCs like the ASUS EeePC and HP Mini-Note, the kind of computers designed with minimal computing in mind.
The app works by having you install a small server on your machine that … Read more
Flyvo intends to ride the waves of portable gaming with a new WiMAX device.
The Flyvo G100 has a 4-inch touch screen and sits on the Windows CE Professional 5.0 platform. However, the operating system has been customized such that you can't install any Windows Mobile applications. It uses WiMAX, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth radios for interactive gaming, with a built-in 4GB flash storage to hold software. As it also doubles as an audio/video playback device, there is a microSDHC slot for extending the memory.
The unit will be available in South Korea in December, arriving on the … Read more