Xbox 360: most-used game console

In  a recent study conducted by market researcher Nielsen, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is the most-used game console in America.

The result was based on the console’s share of total usage minutes. The Xbox 360 got 23.1 percent of gaming time. In the second PlayStation 2 with 20.4 of game time while Nintendo Wii bags the third place with a share of 19 percent usage time.

In the study, the market researching also found out that male gamers are not the only ones spending more and more time on glued to these consoles. Active female games (those who play at least one hour per week) now represent 45 percent of the entire gamer market.

It is not however, the Xbox 360 who has a big female-gamer population. According to Nielsen, 52 percent of Sony PSP players and 49 percent of Wii players are female.

Source : http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-10426467-17.html

Mickey Mouse’s dark side soon on Wii

Disney's Epic Mickey Logo (Source: CNet)

Who doesn’t know Mickey Mouse? The iconic Walt Disney character has become a household name known to many as cute, happy-go-lucky mouse on different adventures.

What others didn’t know, or forgot, is that the mischievous mouse started out as badly-behaved critter (still in a slightly good way though 😉 ) in 1928. Warren Spector, a best-known video game designer, is gonna show you that.

“I wanted to remind Mickey that it’s okay to be mischievous and badly-behaved. For so many years, he hasn’t been allowed to do anything remotely mischievous. But if you go back to those early cartoons, he was very badly behaved, and we’ve got to let him get back to that,” Spector said in an interview with CNet.

“Mickey touches everybody, and none of us will ever meet a human being who doesn’t know about this character.”

Disney’s Epic Mickey is an adventure-platforming game which will be distributed exclusively for Nintendo’s Wii. The story, according to CNet News, revolves around a world created by the sorcerer from the The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. In this world, the forgotten Disney creations reside, including Oswald, Walt Disney’s earliest cartoon star. As what usually happens in the real world, Oswald becomes bitter as Mickey becomes more famous so when Mickey accidentally destroy Oswald’s comfort zone in his world, Oswald is making sure the little critter will face the consequences.

“It’s a game where we remind (people) that Mickey is a hero who solves problems by dynamically changing the world around him and deciding how to interact with the people and places and problems he encounters in this strange new world,” Spector said.

Disney’s Epic Mickey is set to be released in the fall of 2010.

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-10390179-52.html

Sony PS3 finally get the top slot

Credit: Sony

Yep, after three years of trying to win out over its competitors, the Sony Playstation 3 was finally crowed the monthly top-selling video game console according to NPD.

The video game analyst reported that Sony took the first place in the most number of units sold with 491, 800 PS2 units in September. Nintendo’s Wii took the second place with 462, 800 units and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 came in last with 352, 600 units sold.

Although Sony’s numbers aren’t that much far from Nintendo’s, the news is still a reason to celebrate as this somehow proves that people are still willing to buy the PS3 – they were just waiting for its price to be a little lower. So when Sony unveiled the $299 PS3 Slim (despite it still being a hundred bucks higher than the Wii), gamers flocked to purchase units.

Will PS3 stay on top? I’m guessing it will, as long as Sony keeps giving awesome software to go with the unit, and of course, keep its price under the $300 level. What do you think?

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-10378392-52.html

Project Runway goes to Wii

Credit: Bravo TV

Fans of “Project Runway” will not only be able to watch the show in the small screen, they can now be a part of it – in a game, that is.

Atari Inc. announced that it is developing a video game for Nintendo’s Wii based on the popular reality TV fashion competition.

Players of the game will take the role of fashion designers and create designs for the runway. The best part? They can also play the role of models and showcase their virtual masterpieces while strutting their stuff on the catwalk using the Wii Balance Board controller.

Fans will have to wait a little longer though, as the game is set to for release next year. 😉

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091008/ap_on_en_tv/us_games_project_runway;_ylt=AjoAFFVUQkPZxezlUGELD7UjtBAF;_ylu=X3oDMTJ0anMxbTZtBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkxMDA4L3VzX2dhbWVzX3Byb2plY3RfcnVud2F5BHBvcwMxMQRzZWMDeW5fYXJ0aWNsZV9zdW1tYXJ5X2xpc3QEc2xrA3Byb2plY3RydW53YQ–

Sony PSPgo launched

Source: TechPlore

Nintendo’s DS and Apple’s iPod Touch may be facing a stiff competition on Sony’s just-launched PSPgo.

The latest version of its PlayStaion Portable video-game system, the PSPgo sports a different look than its predecessor. Its now pocket-sized, has a sliding screen with a 3.8 inch display, a built-in Bluetooth, and is 43% lighter. The most exciting feature though is that the new PSPgo offers full-length, portable games which will be available in an all-digital format.

Users won’t be bored with the extensive selection of content either. New stuff from the PlayStation Network include the much-anticipated Gran Turismo and MotorStorm. Exclusive games and videos on the PlayStation Store include PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe, Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake, and LocoRoco 2: Midnight Carnival. Sony is also offering “bite-sized minis” such as Tetris and Fieldrunners for those who are looking to have something to play while waiting for the bus or something. 😉

According to an article from NewsFactor.com, in all, Sony is offering more than 150 titles previously released, 60 original PlayStation classics, more than 2,300 movies and 13,000 TV shows.

“When we launched the PSP-1000 in 2005, it was clear that there was a huge demand for not only a great portable gaming system, but a complete portable entertainment device,” said John Koller, director of Sony’s Hardware Marketing group. “Since then, the PSP has sold more than 15 million units in North America and 53 million units worldwide.”

Source http://www.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_id=69289&full_skip=1

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