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GAMING by Marauder
November 4, 2009, 8:05 PM
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GAMING

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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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
October 27, 2009, 11:51 AM
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TECHNOLOGY

Microsoft has no plans to redesign its Xbox 360 video game console to include a Blu-ray player, according to a company spokesman. The software giant, which supported Toshiba’s HD DVD platform in the high-definition format battle with Blu-ray, has been bulking up the VOD capabilities of its console through the Xbox Live service. Digital Trends (10/23)


Time Warner Cable’s Internet customers could be vulnerable to an attack due to a “serious security hole” in the provider’s cable modem and Wi-Fi router, according to blogger Brian Chen. Days after Time Warner promised a fix, Chen says the devices are still vulnerable. http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10383543-245.html

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GAMING by Marauder
May 28, 2009, 3:13 PM
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Microsoft just announced sales of Xbox 360 consoles have passed the 30 million mark globally, up 28 percent over last year, which it claims is the highest percentage growth in hardware sales of any console so far in 2009. In addition, the Xbox LIVE community has grown to over 20 million users, coming from 26 countries. (http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/05/28/xbox-360-sales-top-30-million-with-20-million-live-subscribers/ 5/28)

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by Marauder
May 5, 2009, 1:42 AM
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GAMING

Microsoft is developing a motion-sensing bar similar to the kind used with Nintendo Wiis to detect the movements of those playing games on the software giant’s Xbox 360 console. Meanwhile, developers at Sony are working on their own version of a motion-sensing controller, which would be used with the PlayStation 3 platform. Electronista (5/1) , InformationWeek (5/1)

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Gala-Net soon will bring the “Aika” free-to-play virtual-reality game to the North American market. The South Korean-born online war game will be able to accommodate thousands of players at any given time. Digital Trends (5/1)

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GAMING by Marauder
March 23, 2009, 3:05 AM
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Game developers are maturing, which has prompted more support for creating games that children can enjoy, according to this analysis. “The cliche of game developers 20 years ago is that of socially inept young men who sleep under their desks,” said Billy Pidgeon, an analyst with IDC who worked as a game producer in the late 1980s and early 1990s. “Many of those have now climbed out from under their desks and started families.” Los Angeles Times (3/23)

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February sales of video games and related hardware and accessories showed a 10% gain compared with a year ago, although total sales were down slightly from a gain of 13% in January. “The Xbox 360 realized its biggest nonholiday sales month, save for September 2007, when the ‘Halo 3‘ release brought in a large group of new owners,” NPD analyst Anita Frazier said. “Compared to last month [January], the PS3 realized the greatest month-over-month unit sales increase of all platforms.” InformationWeek (3/20) , Digital Trends (3/20)

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GAMING by Marauder
March 12, 2009, 10:31 PM
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Take-Two Interactive saw a 25% uptick in sales during its fiscal first quarter, fueled by the popularity of its “Grand Theft Auto IV” title. Despite the sales increase, the company reported a wider loss during the quarter, but it is calling the quarter a “low point” for the full fiscal year. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (subscription required) (3/11)

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Nintendo’s DS handheld has broken a sales record after reaching 100 million units sold in 4 years and 3 months’ time. The figure combines sales for original DS, the DS lite and the third-generation Nintendo DSi, which is available only in Japan right now. The Boston Globe/The Associated Press (3/12)

Online gaming via consoles and portable devices is growing fast accounting for 25% of all videogame activity so far this year – up from 19% in 2008, according to the NPD Group. Microsoft‘s Xbox 360 enjoys a 50% market share of online console games, followed by Nintendo’s Wii with 29%. Teens ages 13 to 17 are the fastest growing online gaming demo, increasing from 17% of the market in 2008 to 22% in 2009. The percentage of adult online gamers has slipped year-to-year across several systems. (Cynopsis 3/12)

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GAMING by Marauder
March 11, 2009, 6:17 PM
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GameFly is testing rental kiosks at universities. The G-Box has games for Nintendo’s Wii, Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360. The Hollywood Reporter/Home Media Magazine (3/10)

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