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GAMING by Marauder
November 4, 2009, 8:05 PM
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While the Nintendo Wii continues to have a stranglehold on console sales, both worldwide and in the United States, the Xbox 360 and PS3 are battling it out for the the second place position for year-to-date sales. Just a little over two months ago Sony announced that they would be slashing the price of their game console, the PS3, to $299. Microsoft quickly followed suit, and in just ten days dropped the price of their most expensive console, the Xbox 360 Elite, to $299. Nintendo, who has sold nearly double the number of consoles worldwide as these two, decided to lower the price of the Wii on September 27th to $199: this was the first time since its inception that the Wii has had a price cut. All three console manufacturers hoped that the decrease in price would help them to increase sales and finish the year on a strong note. (Crunchgear11/4)

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Nintendo on Nov. 15 is scheduled to launch its latest game for the Wii console, “New Super Mario Bros.” The Japanese company needs a big hit: The heady days when the Wii was a must-have entertainment platform have, at least for now, faded, and sales and profit have gone south in the first half of the year. BusinessWeek(11/1) , The Wall Street Journal (10/30)

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Revenue from video games designed for the iPhone and iPod Touch will spike from $46 million last year to more than $2.8 billion by 2014, according to a new study from researcher DFC Intelligence. The report went on to say that the overall market for games will rise just 8%, from $10.9 billion last year to $11.7 billion in 2014. The Wall Street Journal/Digits (10/30)

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Nintendo has some tricks up its sleeve, but adding voice services to its consoles is not among them, an executive said. “Telephony is not in our wheelhouse. It’s not something I anticipate us getting into,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, the head of Nintendo of America. But he added that Nintendo was considering adding Wi-Fi connectivity to its handheld games. The New York Times/Bits blog (5/26) , MocoNews.net (5/27)

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Microsoft has filed a patent application for a hand-held device that will allow users to interact with a range of electronics through simple gestures. Microsoft refers to the device as a “Magic Wand” in the patent filing, noting that the Harry Potter novels have helped popularize the notion of interacting with one’s environment with a flick of the wrist. While devices like Nintendo’s Wii console use a similar technology, Microsoft says its wand will be used to control a much wider range of products, not just video games. InternetNews.com (5/19)

Despite the fact that PC shipments overall dropped 7% in the first quarter of 2009, Hewlett-Packard is expected to report a 3% increase in sales, while Dell is on track to fall about 16%. The difference, according to IDC, is due to the fact that HP sells about half its systems directly to consumers, while some 80% of Dell’s sales are to corporate buyers who have been harder hit by cuts in IT spending. The Wall Street Journal (5/19)

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Activision has introduced “Tony Hawk Ride,” a 3-D extreme sports game designed for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii systems that is based on the moves of the legendary skateboard pro and his mates. This version of the “Hawk” franchise also comes with a new peripheral: a motion-sensitive skateboard similar to the Wii Fit Balance Board. GameDaily BIZ (5/15) , Electronista (5/15)

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Video game software sales slowed 23% in April compared with the same month in 2008, and video game hardware was down 8% for the period, according to a new study by NPD Group. Two bright spots, however, were the release of the Nintendo DSi portable gaming console and the price reduction on Sony’s PlayStation 2, the study noted. eWEEK.com (5/16)

The latest rumors surrounding the Zune are that Microsoft is developing a mobile-entertainment platform that will be part Xbox 360 and part Zune player, according to this report. If it pans out, the device apparently would have the same graphical interface as the New Xbox Experience. CNET/Crave (5/15)

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April 15, 2009, 6:57 PM
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Microsoft has extended the warranty on its Xbox 360 game console, this time in response to the E74 system error reportedly caused by problems with the console’s fault display connector or graphics controller chip. Customers who paid for out-of-warranty service to repair consoles displaying the E74 message will receive refunds. Digital Trends (4/14)

Nintendo set a release date of June 8 for its Wii MotionPlus controller, an accessory for the Wii Remote that attaches to the bottom of the Wii-mote to more accurately trace motions in 3-D space by better orienting the controller. A sequel to the Wii Sports module, “Wii Sports Resort,” will be the first game to take advantage of the add-on, allowing users to accomplish such feats as duel with swords or throw a Frisbee. (Cynopsis 4/15)

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GAMING by Marauder
April 13, 2009, 6:44 PM
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Not only is Hannah Montana hitting the big screen, but fans can relive that movie experience in a video game. In the video game Hannah Montana The Movie, kids join Miley Stewart and her superstar alter ego Hannah Montana in an adventure set in Miley’s hometown of Crowley Corners, Tenn.  The console version is available now on the Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Sony PlayStation 3, with the Windows PC version coming later in the summer. There is also a DS version that is similar. (http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/jinnygudmundsen/2009-04-09-hannah-montana_N.htm 4/9)

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