Politics is serious business -- but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail to the international stage, there's always something that gets a laugh or a second glance. Here are some of the things you might have missed:
Gaming companies are looking to get people into the game more by virtually inserting the player into the action.
With all the talk about new motion-control accessories and supporting games for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, it bears remembering that handheld systems aren't sitting idly by either.
"God of War: Ghost of Sparta" tells a gripping tale of hero Kratos' past in front of a beautiful and majestic background that looks like it belongs on the big screen, but plays superbly on PSP.
Stopping short of directly addressing intensifying speculation about a PlayStation phone, Sony's Peter Dille acknowledged that its portable game system could be due for a change soon.
Sony has announced that it will drop the price of the PSP Go portable gaming system from $249 to $199 just in time for the holiday rush.
From turning random household objects into giant balls to stuffing princesses full of cake until they're morbidly obese, the video game industry has no shortage of strange ideas.
"Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker" returns Snake, the grizzled-stealthy-super-bad hero, back to action in an exciting, drama-filled, and well-planned game for the Sony PSP handheld console.
Summer is a great time to barbecue, hit the beach or get out and explore the town. But for gamers it's often a huge disappointment, as the flow of new releases generally slows to a trickle.
Gamers looking to quickly hop online and score permanent bragging rights typically turn to set-top multiplayer services like Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.
With its upcoming PSPgo, Sony is betting that you like "new and shiny" more than you like "money and savings."
Federal agents found much of the information produced by the Bush administration's top-secret warrantless surveillance program vague and difficult to use, a sweeping review of the program found.
With the big three gaming-system makers all previewing new or upgraded motion-sensing controllers this week, a new arms race is under way in the video game industry.
Sales are improving in Japan for Sony Corp.'s PlayStation Portable handheld video game machine, and a beefed up version with a clearer display is expected to add momentum, a senior executive said Tuesday
With hotly anticipated new titles coming, the iPhone is eyeing a mobile market dominated by Nintendo and Sony
The consumer electronics industry has for many years now tried to shoe-horn a game (some would say game-like) experience on the mobile phone device, but this year, Sony swims upstream in the same waters. It has taken the PSP handheld game platform and turned it into a mobile phone -- albeit with limitations. But the value proposition for consumers is win-win.
The latest new TVs, MP3 players, computers and pretty much any other shiny and expensive gadget you can think of will be on display next week in Las Vegas, Nevada, long before they make their way to your local big-box electronic store.
Traveling over the holidays? A portable gaming system can help keep you entertained while waiting for a flight, riding on a train or passing time in the back seat of the family minivan.
In some ways, you've got to feel a little sympathetic for Sony. The company effectively invented the placeshifting concept -- the ability to stream TV programming from your living room to another device via the Internet -- in 2004, only to see it co-opted by smaller upstart Sling Media a year later. The latter company's Slingbox series of products have become the industry leader, popular enough for the start-up to be purchased by Dish Network parent EchoStar for a cool $380 million.
Once your kids reach the age of "cool," they're going to want to play Teen games. You'll find a little more violence, crude humor, and/or slightly more suggestive themes than there are in E games.
Even though the sun was hours away from rising, bargain-hunters at a Wal-Mart store in Union were fully awake and ready to shop.
Target this year is setting juicy Black Friday deals on high-definition televisions, digital cameras, videogame consoles and toys, according to a Web site that says it has received a leaked copy of the retailer's circular.
While the trend today is portable games that can make you smarter -- spawned by the popularity of Nintendo's "Brain Age" titles -- some are designed to turn you into a jackass.
Like Logitech's inexpensive PlayGear Pocket, Sony's Travel Case for the PSP ($20 list) is a simple yet sleek case made of hard, clear plastic that's lined with firm, black foam rubber, so the case appears to be predominantly black.
Sony Corp. plans to sell a satellite navigation accessory from February 2008 that turns its handheld PSP games console into a navigation device, the company announced at the Leipzig Games Convention Wednesday.
Sony will launch a lighter, slimmer model of its PlayStation Portable handheld video game console in September for about $170, the company said on Wednesday.
How does one improve on a timeless video game classic like the first "Tomb Raider?"
Either Ubisoft is running out of ideas or they were so busy working on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game they didn't realize they plagiarized their own material.
After saving the universe not once but three times, you decide to take a long-overdue vacation on a remote planet with your faithful robotic companion, Clank.
In 2006, we reviewed a nifty little accessory from Neuros that allowed you to take video that's output from just about any analog video source and convert it to an MPEG-4 video file that's suitable for viewing on portable devices such as the iPod with video, the Sony PSP, and various smart phones and handhelds.
Why spend hundreds of dollars to take the family to an amusement park when for less than $40 you can have unrestricted access to five unique parks -- with no lines and even create your own rides, too?
News comes from the Department of Labor that productivity growth in nonfarm business in the U.S. hit a critical number in the third quarter. That number was zero, as in naught, as in nothing, no gr...
In the gaming world, being first to market has its advantages, but it also has some downsides. With its Xbox 360, Microsoft has staked itself a year lead over archrival Sony in the next-gen gaming wars and, just as importantly, the battle for living-room dominance--these powerful minicomputers also do double duty as digital media hubs. In those 12 months, Microsoft has managed to sell several million consoles, work through some hardware glitches, upgrade the system's internal software, and bring out a full selection of accessories as well as a few signature games, including the company's own smash hit, Gears of War. But that year has also given Sony time to polish its more ambitious--and pricier--PlayStation 3.
While the price of the PlayStation 3 may prove to be too high for some this holiday season, it's looking more and more likely that Sony will try to tempt consumers with a less expensive handheld gaming system.
Racing games come in all shapes and sizes -- from authentic NASCAR and Formula 1 driving simulations to urban street racing challenges to over-the-top arcade handling on fantasy tracks.
In its hometown of Mountain View, Google is preparing to launch the first of many planned free, citywide Wi-Fi networks that may one day blanket the nation. But the search engine is running into some technical glitches. A city official says that the network may need more access points -- those are radios that broadcast an Internet-access signal -- to provide the expected coverage, and the launch of the network could be delayed until July. That's a big problem: Having to deploy more hardware could change the economics behind Google's free Wi-Fi plans. The company is counting on increased Web browsing and searching by Wi-Fi users to generate enough advertising to subsidize the cost of all that hardware.
Microsoft is weighing developing a portable device to play video games as well as music and video, according to a published report.
One of the most quirky and beloved video game series in recent memory is about to roll onto the Sony PlayStation Portable.
SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - With details swathed in secrecy and buzz created by a mysterious website, Microsoft's Origami handheld debuted Thursday at the CeBit trade show in Hannover, Germany, to great expectations.
There's one thing that trying to create a poker video game has in common with learning the game of poker: both tasks are a lot harder than they look.
One year and more than 13 million units later, Nintendo remains the king of the hand-held gaming market with its acclaimed Nintendo DS device, ahead of Sony's PlayStation Portable, which sold a little more than 10 million units.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Facing stiffer competition from its chief rival, Nintendo unveiled a new, streamlined look for its latest handheld system Thursday.
­ According to the taxi drivers, this is the busiest Consumer Electronics Show in years, with more than 30,000 visitors dashing around town to see the latest gizmos and gadgets from an increasingly global and vibrant industry.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Who would have thought in a year where we saw the launch of two new major gaming systems and announcements about two more that the story of the year would be about a beverage?
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - While Microsoft's Xbox 360 is one of the hottest gadgets of the holiday season, the rest of the video game industry isn't faring well.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday came and went, and you still didn't snap up that iPod nano or Xbox 360. Is there hope for you yet?
There's a truism in the video-game industry: Fancy hardware doesn't sell game machines; it takes great games to sell fancy hardware. The current war between Sony's PSP handheld and Nintendo's porta...
Greek gods, Nintendo's dogs and drivers you want to avoid. They're an odd combination, but they make up some of the best games on the market this year -- and are sure to please the gamer on your gift list.
The group behind the daytime Emmys is expected to announce a new category specifically for content made for computers, cell phones and other hand-held devices, according to a news report Friday.
Consider it the most fun you can have on a mountain without fear of breaking a leg: "SSX on Tour" is the latest in the popular extreme sports series that lets virtual snowboarders and skiers race down the slopes and perform over-the-top midair stunts.
Home is where the Wi-Fi is. and the more Wi-Fi you get in your home, the bigger the business opportunity becomes. With a raft of new Wi-Fi-hungry devices arriving for the holiday season, consumers ...
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Two years ago, Nokia introduced the N-Gage, which quickly became viewed (by the community, if not the industry) as one of the worst hardware launches in gaming history. Hold on to your hats, folks: Here we go again.
The right gadget can make all the difference when you're on the road. But with so many to choose from, how do you sift the latest fads from the ones that actually serve a purpose?
When you have kids, your parents want to dote. And in many cases, "dote" means "shop." They drop a few hundred on a layette, a tricycle or the occasional PlayStation Portable.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - There's no such thing as bad publicity? Try telling that to the investors in Take-Two Interactive.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - The gaming world, it would seem, IS ready for some football.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Nintendo, gearing up early for the holiday season, is dropping the price of its Nintendo DS handheld gaming system.
Wal-Mart said Wednesday it is pulling copies of "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" off store shelves after the video game industry's ratings board changed the rating on the game to "Adults Only".
Want to enjoy the full experience of a next generation console game? It could cost you somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,710.
Redesigning the Game Boy Advance once worked well for Nintendo. Now the company's hoping it can strike gold again.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Like many of the teens who are among their biggest customers, video game software companies have reached that dreaded awkward phase.
There's no doubt that Monopoly,Trivial Pursuit and Pictionary are among the undisputed game classics of the toy world.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - With things going pretty smooth in Norrath these days, the company behind "EverQuest" is looking to branch out.
Having conquered the iPod, Playboy is setting its sights on the PSP.
SONY'S NEW PSP (PLAYStation Portable) handheld entertainment system just went on sale in the U.S. for $250, and there's no doubt it will quickly exacerbate the U.S. trade deficit with Asia. As a po...
Can Sony's new PlayStation Portable usurp Nintendo's virtual monopoly on mobile gaming?
The PlayStation Portable just hit U.S. stores, but there's already one bullish sign: It's scaring the bejeezus out of Hollywood. On April 19, Sony will begin selling PSP movies (including Hellboy) ...
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Sony's PSP might be a hit with critics, but consumers seem slightly less enthusiastic about the portable gaming machine.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - As far as sure bets go, you really can't do any better than Sony has with the PSP.
It's the biggest thing to happen to electronic gadgets since the AA battery.
It was big news when the father of the PlayStation confessed that Sony's consumer electronics strategy had been a disaster. Speaking to a group of Tokyo journalists in January, Sony Computer Entert...
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - While Nintendo's next generation console gaming system likely won't hit living rooms until 2006, that doesn't mean the company won't introduce new hardware this year. A new analyst report suggests the company is planning to ship the next version of the Game Boy portable gaming system by the end of 2005.
Steve Jobs (yes, him again) was working his way methodically through one crowd-pleasing new feature after another at Apple Computer's early January new-product launch in San Francisco when he welco...
The delayed battle between Sony and Nintendo for dominance of the North American handheld gaming market now has a firm kickoff date. Sony Thursday announced the PSP (PlayStation Portable) would hit U.S. retail shelves on March 24.
Perhaps the most surprising element of this year's Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, was outside the Las Vegas Convention Center: snow. Rare snowflakes were seen along the famed strip, prompting one person to sell "Vegas snowballs" on eBay.
Better. Bigger. Faster. Cheaper. And of course, it's not "hot" unless its wireless and portable.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money ) - In recent weeks, analysts and pundits have filled the air with speculation that Sony would be forced to delay its entry in the handheld gaming market. Today, the company proved 'em wrong - and shocked everyone in the process.
Spark looks at some of the latest gadgets and gizmos.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Sony, which has already delayed the U.S. launch of its PSP (PlayStation Portable) from the 2004 holiday season to the first quarter of 2005, might be forced to push back the handheld gaming system even further, according to the CEO of a major video game publisher.
It's astonishing how far a slick design and some pre-rendered footage can boost a product's buzz -- even when there are few, if any, real details available.
The gloves are coming off in the fight to dominate handheld gaming. At May's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, the annual showcase for the multibillion-dollar videogame industry, Sony, ...
Nintendo, facing its stiffest competition to date in the handheld gaming market, has unveiled its latest entry in the field - a dual screened device that embraces its past, yet opens up new avenues for gameplay.
Sony's entry in the handheld gaming space might be a bit delayed in the U.S., but when it arrives, it's going to have a tremendous amount of publisher support.
I recently told my girlfriend that I needed to get more video games into my life. Understandably, the pronouncement met with one of those looks.
"The Mecca of video games. It's where you would go for everything about gaming." That's how Shane Bettenhausen, Electronic Gaming Monthly's previews editor, describes the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3. The video game conference kicks off in Los Angeles, California, on May 12.
Landfills are loaded with the carcasses of videogame platforms that launched with great fanfare and promptly vanished. Remember Sega's GameGear and DreamCast, Atari's Lynx, or Nintendo's Virtual Bo...
Sony's PSP and the Nintendo DS -- will be answered.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Nintendo's latest handheld system seems to be moving even further away from a pure gaming machine.
LAS VEGAS (CNN/Money) - While Nintendo has historically focused solely on game machines, its new handheld system could represent a departure from that philosophy. Scheduled for release this holiday season, the Nintendo DS may play movies as well as games.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - The battle between Sony's PSP and Nintendo's Game Boy Advance, which was shaping up to be one of the biggest clashes of the upcoming holiday season, has been pushed to next year.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - The CEO of gaming publisher Electronic Arts predicted Sony's new portable gaming system will launch globally before the end of the year and will cost less than many have speculated.
As Sony has run off with the console business, Nintendo has leaned ever more heavily on its other platform, the Game Boy. With a stunning 98 percent of the $2 billion-a-year handheld videogame mark...
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