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Jul 10, 2012
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Ouya: A hackable, $99 gaming console is in the works

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Innovative games on mobiles and tablets are the rage these days as console makers and traditional video game publishers scramble to keep gamers hooked. But a new startup is embracing the openness of mobile and Internet platforms and developing Ouya, a $99 gaming console for the television with software and hardware that is designed to be hacked.

The Android-based console is being built by a project founded by Julie Uhrman, a former executive at video game website IGN. Microsoft Xbox veteran Ed Fries is an advisor and Yves Behar of design firm Fuseproject will design the console. The device will include a controller with a touch pad and a free software development kit.

Jul 3, 2012

Activision takes free Call of Duty online to China

By Malathi Nayak

(Reuters) – Activision Blizzard, the biggest U.S. video game publisher by market capitalization aims to take its popular Call of Duty title as a free-to-play online game to China in a bid to expand its footprint in Asia.

Shares of Activision were up 3 percent at $12.34 in Tuesday morning trade on Nasdaq.

Jul 2, 2012

Sony to buy U.S. game firm Gaikai for $380 mln

San Francisco, July 2 (Reuters) – Sony Corp said on
Monday it would buy the privately held California-based gaming
firm Gaikai Inc for about $380 million as the money-losing
electronics maker seeks to strengthen its online gaming
services.

Founded in 2008, Gaikai, based in Aliso Viejo, California,
is a cloud gaming firm that provides technology to stream video
game content directly to any Internet-connected device. It
competes with OnLive, another U.S. cloud gaming company.

Jun 26, 2012

Zynga plans to build a gamers’ social network

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Zynga Inc unveiled interactive features and a gamers’ social network dubbed “Zynga with Friends” on Tuesday, as it aims to reduce its reliance on Facebook as a platform and seeks to connect hundreds of millions of its users across the Internet.

The company founded by Mark Pincus also plans to provide programming tools to help third-party developers devise online and mobile games based on its own software, to expand its slate of games beyond mainstays such as “Farmville” and “Mafia Wars” on Facebook Inc’s network.

Jun 21, 2012

Google CEO loses voice, skips shareholder meeting

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc Chief Executive Larry Page sat out his company’s annual shareholders’ meeting on Thursday due to an unspecified condition affecting his voice that will sideline him from speaking engagements for several weeks.

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt told shareholders at the company’s Mountain View headquarters that Page, who replaced Schmidt as CEO in April 2011, had “lost his voice” and would not be able to do any public speaking engagements for the time being.

Jun 11, 2012

Ubisoft confident on big Wii U bet

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot hopes Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U will be the first of a line-up of new consoles that will give the video game industry a boost and help reverse the French company’s waning fortunes.

Shares of Ubisoft, known for its “Assassins Creed” franchise and its “Just Dance” games, are down 20 percent from a year ago but up 8 percent since Jan 1.

Jun 8, 2012

48 hours in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – With its striking cityscapes and an eclectic offering of food, arts and culture, San Francisco captivates travelers and residents alike.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a short stay in the city on the bay.

Jun 8, 2012

Travel Postcard: 48 hours in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, June 8 (Reuters) – With its striking
cityscapes and an eclectic offering of food, arts and culture,
San Francisco captivates travelers and residents alike.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors
get the most out of a short stay in the city on the bay.

Jun 7, 2012

Nintendo’s new Wii fires up two-screen game debate

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Nintendo’s new holiday-ready “Wii U” gaming console marks the biggest bet so far on a concept that two screens are better than one.

Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo touted features at the industry’s biggest annual gathering this week that let gamers employ a separate display in tandem with their TVs. Publishers like Ubisoft are designing games that will make use of this second screen – like a companion display you can glance at while the main action proceeds on your TV.

Jun 5, 2012

Nintendo’s pins hopes on holiday-ready “Wii U”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Nintendo Co Ltd will launch a console with a dedicated “Super Mario” game title for the first time in 16 years, as the struggling Japanese company hopes the new Wii U will score the rave reviews that helped make its predecessor the world’s biggest gaming hit.

Nintendo, which was knocked off its perch at the pinnacle of gaming industry hardware by Microsoft’s Xbox in recent years, formally unveiled its distinctly white console on Tuesday, saying it will support two “GamePad” controllers designed to look and function like tablets.