On Monday, nearly two weeks after Electronic Arts (ERTS) confirmed its imminent arrival, the iPhone version of Rock Band -- one of the most successful video game franchises of recent years -- showed up on Apple's (AAPL) iTunes App Store to mixed reviews. (App Store link here.)
The lion's share of the first 40 messages on the App Store were one-line positives: "Amazing." "Awesome!" "Saaaaweeeeeett!"
But the longer, more thoughtful -- and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 19, 2009 11:47 AM ET
The Wii Fit game is one of Nintendo's biggest sellers with 697,000 sold in the U.S. in November. Courtesy of Nintendo
By Yi-Wyn Yen
Nintendo seems to have bucked the recession. The Japanese video game manufacturer has doubled November sales of the Wii in the U.S. from a year ago, according to NPD's latest release on gaming sales.
The demand for the Wii remains strong since the game console's debut two years ago. The company MOREyiwyn - Dec 11, 2008 6:43 PM ET
Xbox 360 gets an image makeover to compete with the Wii. Image: Microsoft
By Yi-Wyn Yen
The Xbox 360 is getting a major software update designed to transform it into a multimedia machine.
Starting Wednesday, all Xbox 360 owners will be required to update their gaming consoles so that they can watch movies in high-definition, stream TV shows and movies from Netflix (NFLX) and navigate categories like games, photos, and videos through a MOREyiwyn - Nov 18, 2008 12:02 AM ET
By Jeffrey M. O'Brien
On one level, the proposed $18.8 billion merger of Activision (ATVI) and Vivendi's Blizzard Entertainment (EPA:VIV) seems to make a lot of sense. Good mergers maximize revenue by combining non-overlapping products (like the Guitar Hero Franchise, Tony Hawk, and the World of Warcraft phenomenon), and maximize profits by consolidating administrative costs. But in an industry like gaming, there's an X factor, creativity. Sure, these companies fit MOREJeffrey M. O'Brien - Dec 3, 2007 11:12 PM ET
Uh-oh. Microsoft might be getting its ears Xboxed—again. Six days after Microsoft (MSFT) and the makers of its latest videogame blockbuster, Halo 3 split up, the software giant learned it might lose an exclusive deal with a developer that's about to release another potential Xbox 360 hit, Mass Effect.
Though EA's $860 million purchase of Pandemic Studios and BioWare, the makers of the science-fiction action thriller Mass Effect, won't affect Microsoft MOREyiwyn - Oct 12, 2007 7:39 PM ET
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