September 25, 2012 |
With two related titles already planned for consoles, Warner Bros. on Tuesday announced a partnership to create video games for the Web and mobile devices based on its upcoming trilogy of "The Hobbit," with the first film set to hit theaters in December. San Francisco-based Kabam, which focuses on free multi-player games for digital devices beyond consoles, will create two "Hobbit" tie-in video games set to launch later this fall, the studio said. "The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age" is a military strategy game for Web browsers that lets players control armies of fantasy characters such as dwarfs, orcs and elves.
March 2, 2013 |
A "Star Wars" fan has made a video game that lets players throw virtual objects with their minds, but he's having trouble selling it because people don't believe it works. "One blogger that I reached out to accused me of fabricating the entire thing," said Lat Ware, a 28-year-old game developer in Sunnyvale, Calif. But Ware assures us that "Throw Trucks With Your Mind!," the game he is trying to fund on Kickstarter , is no hoax. Ware let VentureBeat test the game, and after the demo, the tech website's reporter proclaimed he was a Jedi Master.
March 8, 2013 |
Lat Ware placed the NeuroSky headset on my 10-year-old son's head and then began making the adjustments. The device detects brain waves, and then digitizes them. Ware, 28, had to make sure the headset was picking up the right waves before the real fun could begin. Once everything was set, Ware provided some simple rules. Look at the computer screen where he had just launched the demo version of his work-in-progress video game called, "Throw Trucks With Your Mind!" Concentrate on one object, in this case a kind of futuristic tank sitting in a large chamber.
November 15, 2012 |
While sales of new video game discs have been plummeting all year, it turns out gamers are spending their money to play in other ways. During the third quarter (from July through September), total spending on video games -- new and old, purchases and rentals, physical and digital -- totaled $1.07 billion in the U.S., according to research firm NPD Group. That's down only 1% from a year ago. Those figures are more heartening to the game industry than monthly figures for new physical game sales and consoles that are released by NPD. In total, spending on physical games dropped 16% during the third quarter, and spending on games on digital platforms jumped 22%. Video game publishers make no money from used game sales or rentals (besides the initial sales of those titles)
June 5, 2011 |
At the video game industry's first Electronic Entertainment Expo 16 years ago, Sony Corp.'s PlayStation and Sega's Saturn dazzled attendees and defined the cutting edge of coolness with their CD drives and three-dimensional graphics. This week, as the industry gathers in downtown Los Angeles for its annual E3 extravaganza, some experts are questioning how significant those boxes of electronics really are in a rapidly changing video game business. After dominating the market for decades and making their way into 1 out of every 2 U.S. homes, consoles are beginning to face serious competition as teenagers and adults increasingly play games designed for smartphones, tablets and online social networks.
December 8, 2011 |
There's more bad news for THQ Inc. The Agoura Hills video game publisher said revenue for the critical holiday quarter is likely to come in 25% below what it had initially forecast this year. THQ Chief Executive Brian Farrell attributed the shortfall to weak sales of uDraw, a game that lets players draw pictures on a tablet device that's connected wirelessly to consoles. The tablet, which was originally priced between $70 and $80, is now selling for about $50 at retailers such as GameStop.