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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops downloadable content goes on sale worldwide

    The first downloadable content extension for Call of Duty: Black Ops goes on sale today around the world, exclusively for XBOX 360. The offering is called "First Strike" and it has five new levels in it and four brand new multi-player maps and a zombie level called "Ascension." The game has been a worldwide smash hit. Within 24 hours of going on sale, Call of Duty:Black Ops had sold more than 7-million copies, 5.6-million in the U.S. and 1.4-million in the U.K., breaking the record set by its predecessor Modern Warfare 2 by some 2.5 million copies. Wikipedia reports that...

  • 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...

  • 6 ways gaming could change forever in 2011

    While it's fun to comment on which new shooter will capture the imagination of hardcore gamers this year, there are wider trends and factors which are impacting the gaming environement in 2011, making it one of the most innovative and exciting arenas of the digital landscape. Here are six areas where gaming is undertaking a quantum leap. Smartphone gaming This goes for all app developers out there, not just in the gaming industry: Wake up and smell the Android! Smaller gaming franchises are welcome to pick one category of smartphone and play to its particular strengths (and consumer spending patterns), but...

  • 14-year old boy creates top free iPhone app, surpassing ‘Angry Birds’

    Some people study and work for years trying to build, test and develop successful games for the internet age. Others seem to create smash hits without even breaking a sweat. Bubble Ball, a new game for Apple and Android, falls squarely into the latter category. The physics puzzle game that is taking the world by storm was developed by Robert Nay, a 14-year old schoolboy from Utah over 'a couple of months'. Bubble Ball challenges players to use objects and gravity to guide a ball to its destination, and has been downloaded over 2 million times in the last...

  • Sony’s PS3 has finally been hacked, but will it lead to innovation?

    Everyone hopes that their New Year will bring a renewal of good fortune. And in my experience, the feeling of optimism that comes with the 1st of January tends to last a few weeks before reality sets in and you realise that your life hasn’t really improved that much -- and is unlikely to improve much -- since last year. There are the exceptions of course. Some people really do get lucky and end up with a much better year than the last. And then there are the others, who see their fortunes going from bad to worse. Japanese tech...

  • How the Nintendo Wii ruined gaming

    Left, right, up and down and side-to-side, now stretch. Now that Sony's PlayStation Move and Microsoft's Xbox Kinect are out and on sale alongside the Wii, I can guarantee in millions of homes across the globe, bodies are in motion. The gaming future is here. And what a bothersome future it is. As a gamer, it's my opinion that the entire motion control age is unhealthy for games. I am not opposed to the concept of motion controls but the history must be considered. When Nintendo pushed out the Wii in 2006 everyone marveled at the potential this new method...

  • Have you played the best video games of 2010?

    2010 has been an amazing year for gaming. We saw the release of some ground breaking titles and also the return of some old favorites polished to perfection. Here is what the team over at Memeburn thought were the 10 very best games of 2010. 10. Call of Duty: Black Ops The highly-anticipated shooter that grossed more than Avatar, Call of Duty: Black Ops is at the top of every gamer's Xmas wish list. But does it live up to all the hype? Well, while the story is fresh and innovative, the gameplay is pretty much the COD that loyal...

  • A hardcore gamer makes peace with Farmville

    Here’s an interesting fact for you: 53% of all Facebook users play social games like FarmVille and Mafia Wars. Is that a surprise to you? Probably not. If you aren’t already chipping away at your workplace productivity trying to grow beets and raise sheep, then it’s a pretty fair bet you know someone who is. Social gaming is a global phenomenon. There are in the region of 550-million people on Facebook, so even if we round it off to a clean 50%, that is at least 270-million people dedicating hours of their time to social gaming. That is a huge...

  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II [Xbox 360 Review]

    Being a long time Star Wars geek and big fan of the first Force Unleashed game, I could hardly contain myself when I heard that a sequel was to be released this year. And at first glance my enthusiasm seemed completely justified. But before long, I was quickly reminded that things are not always as they seem. The core experience of The Force Unleashed II remains basically unchanged. Once again, you play Starkiller, secret apprentice to Darth Vader, and bringer of preposterous amounts of destruction through wielding the force as you have never seen it before... unless you played the...

  • Cubans unimpressed by ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ storyline

    Cuba's state-run media and bloggers are not amused at "Call of Duty: Black Ops," a new videogame in which the player can join a secret operation in the 1960s to assassinate former leader Fidel Castro. "What the United States government did not manage to do in 50 years, now it attempts to accomplish by virtual means," said comments Wednesday on the website Cubadebate, where Castro regularly publishes opinion pieces. The site was referring to...