VIDEO GAMES

  • Ralph Baer, the 'Father of Video Games,' dies at 92 December 9, 2014

    Manchester, New Hampshire, USA: Ralph Baer, a video game pioneer who created both the precursor to Pong and the electronic memory game Simon and led the team that developed the first home video game console, has died. He was 92. Baer, a longtime resident of Manchester, died at his home Saturday,...
  • Girls better than boys at making computer games: Study November 30, 2014

    London: Girls are more adept at making story-based computer games than their male counterparts, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Sussex in UK asked pupils at a secondary school to design and programme their own computer game using a new visual programming language that shows pupils the...
  • Atari Games buried in landfill net $37,000 on eBay; it was once known as the worst video game ever made! November 17, 2014

    Alamogordo, NM: What some have called the worst video game ever made has fetched thousands of dollars for a New Mexico city. An old "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" game cartridge drew the highest bid among 100 Atari games auctioned on eBay by Alamogordo officials. The games were part of a cache of some...
  • Microsoft Xbox One set to launch in China on September 29 September 23, 2014

    Beijing: Microsoft Corp has set September 29 as the new launch date for its Xbox One game console in China, the US software giant said on Tuesday, in the first launch since a 14-year ban on sales of foreign games consoles was lifted this year. The world's biggest software company gave...
  • Microsoft Xbox One coming to India on September 23 at Rs 39,990 September 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Microsoft's XBox One video game console will be available in India starting September 23. Priced at Rs 39,990, the Xbox One system will include the Xbox One console which features a 500GB hard drive, Bluray player and builtin WiFi, one Xbox One Wireless Controller, and a free...
  • 'ET the ExtraTerrestrial': 'World's worst' video game to be auctioned September 15, 2014

    Washington: Hundreds of copies of a video game described as the 'world's worst' are now being auctioned after they were unearthed from a landfill site in the US. The vintage videogame called 'ET the ExtraTerrestrial', based on a hit movie and released in 1982, was said to be so bad...
  • Bold new video game 'Destiny' to be launched on September 9; will be released on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 September 7, 2014

    San Francisco: The video game studio that won players' devotion with blockbuster hit "Halo" is out to eclipse its enviable success with the Tuesday launch of massive new sciencefiction action title "Destiny." "We're really proud of the world we created with 'Halo,' and the millions of gamers we attracted, but with...
  • Violent video games may put kids at higher risk for depression August 19, 2014

    New York: Scientists have found significantly increased signs of depression among preteens with high daily exposure to violent video games. Researchers recorded significantly more depressive symptoms over the course of a year among fifthgraders from three US cities who reported playing highviolence video games for two or more hours a day,...
  • Xbox One: Microsoft unveils Xbox in China after a 14year ban July 31, 2014

    Beijing: Software giant Microsoft unveiled it reinvented Xbox videogame console in potentially vast Chinese market after a ban of 14 years despite facing probe over business practices in the country. Yusuf Mehdi, chief marketing and strategy officer for Xbox said the new gaming console, the Xbox One, will be available in...
  • Violent video games may promote good behaviour in real life June 29, 2014

    Washington: Contrary to the popular belief that violent video games turn people aggressive, a new study suggests playing them may actually lead to increased moral sensitivity and prosocial behaviour in real life. New evidence suggests heinous behaviour played out in a virtual environment can lead to players' increased sensitivity...
  • As a parent, how do you feel about this? Study says violent video games promote good behaviour in real life June 28, 2014

    Here comes a shocker. Contrary to popular perception that playing violent video games makes people aggressive, a new study says playing such games may actually lead to increased moral sensitivity and prosocial behaviour in real life. Committing immoral behaviour in a video game elicits feelings of guilt in players and such...
  • India's first Internet deaddiction clinic offers counselling to web addicts June 18, 2014

    Bangalore: How addicted are you to the Internet and online games? Are you constantly on Facebook without any reason? India's first Internet deaddiction clinic is trying to solve these and other problems that the virtual world has taken over lives with. During a slow summer vacation, four friends have got together...
  • E3 2014: Winners and losers from the video game show June 14, 2014

    Los Angeles: The 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo wasn't as dramatic as last year's, when Sony and Microsoft were battling for attention in advance of the fall debuts of their new game consoles, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This year, the focus was on new games to play on those machines,...
  • Indian Air Force to launch video game to attract youngsters June 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Seeking to attract youth, the Air Force is all set to launch a video game called 'Guardians of the Sky' in which players can carry out virtual attacks on enemy targets flying a Su30MKI combat aircraft. "An IAF unit is developing a mobile gaming application called 'Guardians of the...
  • Despite numerous leaks and teasers, E3 2014 still surprises June 12, 2014

    Los Angeles: The jaws aren't dropping at E3. Traditionally, the Electronic Entertainment Expo is the place where video game publishers reveal their biggest and boldest creations. That's changed in recent years as game release dates have moved beyond the holiday season and leaks about upcoming titles have spread across the...
  • E3 2014: Uncharted, LittleBigPlanet coming to PlayStation 4 June 10, 2014

    Los Angeles: Sony announced that it's bringing new installments of the popular videogame franchises "Uncharted" and "LittleBigPlanet" to the PlayStation 4 as it celebrated the 6monthold game console's marketplace triumph. Sony also premiered "Abzu," an undersea odyssey from the creators of the awardwinning "Journey" and "Entwined," a psychedelic 3D flying game....
  • Microsoft Xbox One coming to India on September 23 for Rs 39,990 June 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Microsoft has confirmed that its XBox One video game console will be available in India starting September 23. Priced at Rs 39,990, every Xbox One system will include the Xbox One console which features a 500GB hard drive, Bluray player and builtin WiFi one Xbox One...
  • Microsoft teases new Crackdown, Halo at E3 June 10, 2014

    Los Angeles: It's all about the games for Microsoft at E3. Microsoft focused exclusively on hyping titles coming to its Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles during its presentation ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the videogame industry's annual trade show. The new Xbox One games included a fresh instalment of...
  • E3 2014: Electronic Arts launches Battlefield Hardline beta; available for PlayStation 4, PC June 10, 2014

    Los Angeles: Electronic Arts is testing out its latest "Battlefield" game at E3. The video game publisher surprised Electronic Entertainment Expo attendees by announcing it was launching the online beta test for "Battlefield Hardline" after its presentation at the game industry's annual trade show. The upcoming firstperson shooter trades the franchise's...
  • Sony beats Nintendo in console wars for the first time in nearly a decade June 9, 2014

    Tokyo: Sony are winning the console wars for the first time in nearly a decade, a company official confirmed Monday, offering a rare bright spot on the firm's otherwise troubled balance sheet. Stellar sales of the new PlayStation 4 gave the Japanese electronic giant a huge leg up over rival Nintendo,...
  • E3 2014: 5 video game trends expected at the trade show June 9, 2014

    Los Angeles: With the launch of the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U in the video game industry's rearview mirror, the spotlight at this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles is expected to shift back to games. From onlineonly titles to virtual reality experiences, about 200 exhibitors will...
  • E3 2014: Microsoft, Sony to battle for throne at the video game trade show June 8, 2014

    San Francisco: Muscular new consoles from Microsoft and Sony are girding to battle for the throne of the video game industry at the E3 extravaganza set to kick off in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The two rivals will showcase blockbuster titles to the press Monday with eyepopping graphics, and promote their...
  • Sony back at top of video game console sales after eight years June 7, 2014

    Tokyo: Sony have topped worldwide sales of video game consoles for the first time in eight years, a newspaper reported Saturday, pipping struggling rival Nintendo and signalling the Playstation manufacturer's comeback. Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) sold 18.7 million PlayStation 4 (PS4) systems and other game consoles for the fiscal year to...
  • Sony to stop selling PSP video game machine June 3, 2014

    Tokyo: Sony Corp. is pulling the plug on its handheld PlayStation Portable video game machine after 10 years. The Japanese electronics and entertainment company has been pushing the successor machine, PlayStation Vita. Tokyobased Sony said Tuesday that PSP shipments ended in North America in January, will end in Japan this month...
  • Microsoft's Xbox One console to go on sale in China in September April 30, 2014

    San Francisco: Microsoft Corp will begin selling its Xbox One video game console in China in September through its partnership with Chinese Internet TV company BesTV New Media Co, the company said on Tuesday. The partners will also kickstart a program to help developers create, publish and sell Xbox One games...
  • Microsoft XBox 360 price slashed in India by Rs 3000; now available for Rs 21,990 April 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Microsoft India today slashed the price of its gaming console XBox 360 250GB by 12 per cent to Rs 21,990. It has also reduced the price of the XBox 360 250GB Kinect by 8.3 per cent to Rs 31,990. "We...
  • Copies of Atari's 'worst video game' buried after 1980s flop found in a landfill April 27, 2014

    Albuquerque: Documentary filmmakers digging in a New Mexico landfill on Saturday unearthed hundreds of "E.T. the ExtraTerrestrial" cartridges, considered by some the worst video game ever made and blamed for contributing to the downfall of the video game industry in the 1980s. Some gamers speculate that thousands or even millions of...
  • Sony sells more than 7 million PlayStation 4 video game consoles April 17, 2014

    San Francisco: Sony sold more than 7 million PlayStation 4 units as of April 6 and is struggling to keep pace with demand for the video game console, the company said on Wednesday. "Although we are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide, we remain steadfast in our...
  • A video game controller that can sense players' emotions April 13, 2014

    Washington: Stanford engineers have developed what could be the next big thing in interactive gaming: video game controllers that measure the player's brain activity and change the gameplay to make it more exciting. The prototype controller was developed by Gregory Kovacs, a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University, in...