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  • Nintendo out for all gamers with “Wii U” console

    Nintendo on Tuesday provided the first glimpse of a second-generation Wii console designed to dispel notions its system is not up to the standards of "hardcore" videogame players. "Wii U" builds on the Japanese videogame titan's record of hardware innovation with a controller that combines a tablet computer-style touchscreen with toggles and buttons used for blockbuster shooter or action titles. "The boundaries that once divided players are starting to be erased," Nintendo chief executive Satoru Iwata said as the world got a look at the Wii U at the opening of the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. "For Nintendo, the goal...

  • Blockbusters rule E3 video game kingdom

    Blockbuster titles and powerhouse consoles will rule as video game makers from around the world meet in Los Angeles this week for the premier Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Hotly anticipated games will build on established franchises with slick play mechanics, film-like graphics and increasing sensitivity to how much people love playing online with friends or on the go with mobile devices. "E3 will be a strange combination of everything from blockbuster retail games like 'Call of Duty' and 'Battlefield' all the way down to apps, social games, and digital downloads," said TechSavvy Global analyst Scott Steinberg. The latest installments of "Call of...

  • Wiill it be HD and awesome too?

    Now that the rumours of a new next generation Nintendo console have made their debut ahead of anything real making their debuts at the E3 event, thanks to Game Informer magazine, please allow me to the first to speculate the hell out of what I think this console will be. Or rather should be. Let the rumour mill start to grind. This “announcement” shouldn’t really come as a surprise. Historically, Nintendo has always released its home console shortly after the release of a handheld. The original Gameboy was available for retail in 1989, with the Super Nintendo following it in...

  • Fight Night Champion

    Review: Still boxing, but now with added drama and emotion (and plenty blood and guts) in this Xbox pugalistic sportfest with a boxer's fighting heart. I've long been a fan of the Fight Night series. It's a standard part of our Friday night guy get-togethers, where groups of us would braai, have a few beers and compete for ultimate bragging rights in epic Tyson-Holyfield throwdowns. When I first loaded Fight Night Champion, the latest in EA's boxing franchise, I wondered how they could possibly improve on the last instalment. I was pleasantly surprised. From the moment the voice-over in the opening...

  • E3 2011 gaming conference predictions: the circus starts next week’

    It’s almost time again for E3 2011 and like Christmas, millions of boys and girls (mostly boys) across the globe are preparing to have their expectations calmly blown out of the water as their beloved consoles prepare themselves for an onslaught of new titles. Microsoft, Sony, EA and Nintendo will be the dominating forces at the E3 event and each one will do battle for the hearts and minds of the videogame junkie. From the 7th to the 9th of June at the Los Angles Conference centre, every avid gamer's thoughts will be focused on the events that occur inside...

  • PlayStation network only back up by June

    Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity online services are still down, and full service will probably only by restored by 31st May, says a Bloomberg report. Quoting Shigenori Yoshida, a spokesperson in Tokyo, Sony is uncertain when it can resume the services. After a major hack between the 17th and 19th April, unknown miscreants targeted Sony servers holding customer logins and (potentially unencrypted) credit card details, and heisted upwards of 25 million users' data (a detailed timeline here). Sony quickly shut down a number of online services, and also had to face the music with various governments' data privacy watchdogs, from...

  • Microsoft’s Kinect points the way to intuitive interfaces

    Microsoft's Steve Ballmer announced a few weeks ago the Xbox 360 Kinect has sold over 8 million units in its first 60 days. Microsoft has a hit with Kinect, and the product deserves the kudos that it has generated. In case you have missed it, Kinect is a controller-free gaming sensor for the Xbox 360 that lets players control the game they are playing via movement. And this technological marvel is just the beginning of more natural ways for people to interact with computing. The Kinect interface for the Xbox 360 is brilliant. Microsoft describes it as a “controller...

  • Microsoft sold 8m Kinects in first two months

    Microsoft sold more than eight million gesture-sensing Kinect controllers for Xbox 360 game consoles in just two months, says the company's chief executive Steve Ballmer. Ballmer used much of his time on stage for a keynote presentation on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to tout the booming popularity of Xbox 360 devices and the Live online community linked to the consoles. More than 50 million Xbox 360 consoles have been sold...