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07.13.11

This years Comic Con San Diego is packed with dozens of hot shows, some returning and other making their debut appearance. They're coming with cast, crew, sneak peaks, and an Q&A session for fans to get their burning questions answered. Take a break from the demos at gaming booths, and stop by one of the telvision panels! With the final list online, here are just some of the shows (in no particular order) we can't wait to see at Comic Con.

07.12.11

iPad and iPhone games have a certain simplistic charm to them. By their very nature, they're intended to be playable in short, bite-sized chunks anywhere and everywhere. Being simple suits this goal well. At a recent EA event, I got to see how Contre Jour takes simple physics and art and accomplishes something impressive.

07.12.11

Rock and roll legend Gene Simmons will headline its second annual LA Mobile Entertainment Summit, in association with Variety, scheduled for Tuesday-Wednesday, September 20-21, 2011 at the Hollywood & Highland Center, Hollywood, CA. Simmons has made a name for himself in every facet of entertainment, including video games, and most recently, the mobile sector. Simmons talks about the convergence of video games and music in the exclusive video interview below.

07.11.11

With big movies like Breaking Dawn, The Amazing Spider-Man and Conan scheduled to bring Hollywood stars to the annual convention, fanboys and girls won’t have to seek refuge in another city next year for Comic-Con 2012. The Con is staying in San Diego through 2015. “Firefly’s” Nathan Fillion, who’s promoting “Castle” at Comic-Con 2011, talks about TRON and video games in this exclusive interview from last year’s convention.

07.09.11

One of the leading global publishers of digital and social games has a full line-up of portable interactive experiences coming out this year. Among the big games is a pair of Hollywood licensed games based on Immortals and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. Gameloft also is bringing hit Ubisoft franchises back to mobile with Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and Driver. Other key titles include LEGO Batman, Gangstar Rio: City of Saints, and Wild West Guns. Gameloft executive Samir El Agili talks about the new line-up of 3D games for new 3D phones like Sprint’s HTC EVO 3D and AT&T’s LG Thrill 4G in this exclusive video interview below.

07.08.11

Despite a recent string of down months in U.S. video game sales at retail this year, a new report from research firm Gartner paints a very rosy picture for the global video game industry. When adding in revenues from burgeoning online, mobile and digital gaming sectors, Gartner estimates that worldwide spending on the gaming ecosystem will exceed $74 billion in 2011, up 10.4 percent from the $67 billion spent last year. By 2015, spending is expected to reach $112 billion.

06.30.11

Bungie is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Halo with a new venture. The independent game studio has launched the first phase of a new venture, Bungie Aerospace, created to help independent developers create brilliant mobile and social games. Bungie Aerospace will give studios the creative freedom and the resources they need, like access to the Bungie.net platform and an audience with the incredible Bungie community, to launch their entertainment experiences into orbit. 

06.30.11

According to Gamer Segmentation 2011: The New Faces of Gamers, the latest report from market research company The NPD Group, Core Gamers, once considered to be the leading gaming segment within the video game industry, is facing rising competition from Digital Gamers for amount of time spent gaming and number of games acquired.

06.28.11

Back in the day, long before the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii, teens spent their hard-earned money at on arcade games at pizza parlors, miniature golf courses and malls. It’s now been 40 years since the arcade game was introduced to popular culture. “Firefly” star Nathan Fillion talks about his favorite arcade games in this exclusive video interview.

06.27.11

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) applauds the Supreme Court decision to affirm the First Amendment rights of creators, readers and retailers by denying states the ability to create new restrictions on violent content in Brown v. EMA.  In a 7-2 decision, the high court struck down a California law that would have banned the sale and rental of violent video games to minors, and would have made violence a new category of unprotected speech.

06.27.11

The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling declaring the 2005 California law banning the sale and rental of certain computer and video games to minors unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds.  The ruling concluded that the California law did not survive the heightened scrutiny applicable to statutes regulating constitutionally protected speech.  The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) weighed in on the groundbreaking decision.

06.27.11

Bo Andersen, President & CEO, Entertainment Merchants Association (formerly Video Software Dealers Association), applauds the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that found California’s video game restriction law to be unconstitutional. The EMA took the battle to Arnold Schwarzenegger (Video Software Dealers Association v. Schwarzenegger) when he was in office and aligned with the Entertainment Software Association for the case, which was heard last October as Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association.

06.27.11

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that underscored constitutional protections for video games, developers, and video game industry artists. At issue was a 2005 California statute restricting the sale and rental of computer and video games. The ESA, the lead party in the case Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association/Entertainment Software Association, argued that the statute presented unconstitutional limitations on expression, and the U.S. Supreme Court agreed, holding the California law unconstitutional under the First Amendment.

06.23.11

This week we're covering some of the latest and greatest gadgets at CE Week in New York City, which will be the lead up show to CES 2012 in Las Vegas in January. So, as a preview to that, we're going to be also talking about some of the current gadgets out there that should be an essential staple in your gaming/tech life. To start off, we'll be covering something you've probably seen (admired, desired--whatever) at your local Apple Store--the Bowers and Wilkins P5 headphones.