- Yahoo! Games | Plugged In – Mon, Mar 14, 2011 7:53 PM EDT
Free Realms Free-to-play online games are a sensation on the PC, but they're pretty much absent on the home consoles.
Thanks to Sony Online, that's about to change.
The company has announced plans to release the hugely popular, kid-friendly Free Realms on the PS3 on March 29th, making it the first free-to-play virtual world game to arrive on a console.
It might not enjoy the instant name recognition of World of Warcraft, but Free Realms actually boasts more registered players, with nearly 17 million to Wacraft's 12 million. While users aren't required to pay a monthly fee, they can access more quests and higher level caps by becoming paid members, and can purchase loads of items and weapons viaRead More »from Hit online game Free Realms coming to PS3
- Ben Silverman | Plugged In – Sat, Mar 12, 2011 2:46 AM EST
Call of Duty: Black Ops Well, that didn't take long.
According to new figures released Thursday by sales tracking firm the NPD Group, Activision's first-person blockbuster Call of Duty: Black Ops is now the best-selling video game ever released in the U.S.
"Call of Duty: Black Ops was the best-selling game in February, retaining the top selling spot since launch in November. It has now become the best-selling game in history, topping Wii Play," said the NPD's Anita Frazier.
Activision has yet to formally release their own Black Ops tally, but NPD puts it at 13.7 million copies sold in the U.S. (although since NPD doesn't count Wal-Mart sales, that's likely a bit low). That indeed surpasses Nintendo's Wii Play,Read More »from NPD: Black Ops is the best-selling game in U.S. history
The Xbox 360
That long string of numbers and letters you have to type in
when redeeming a Microsoft Points card might seem random, but a group of
hackers recently discovered it wasn't.
Today, Microsoft is licking its wounds after taking a $1.2 million loss once that information was made public.
Microsoft, of course, doesn't let people use real-world dollars to make purchases on Xbox Live. Instead, users have to convert their money into Microsoft Points before they can start shopping for games, movies, music, downloadable content and other merchandise. Cards with 25-character codes that are redeemable for points are sold at most video game retailer stores.
What hackers found, though, was that using anRead More »from Xbox scammers bilk Microsoft for $1.2 million
Selling like hotcakes Gamers went on a buying spree in February, shocking analysts and rocketing the video games industry into positive sales territory for the first time in over two years.
Buoyed by an unexpected 10 percent jump in hardware sales and a 22 percent surge in peripherals (led by Microsoft's record-setting
Kinect), video game industry sales are now 4 percent above where they were
a year ago year to date, according to the NPD Group.
That might seem insignificant, but retail sales have been in a nosedive since late 2008. And even when the industry has posted month-over-month gains, it has been unable to put the year-to-date figures in positive territory. How big a surprise was the turnaround toRead More »from Game hardware sales soar in February
- Ben Silverman | Plugged In – Fri, Mar 11, 2011 1:05 AM EST
Kinect makes a move Microsoft's Kinect camera system is all about movement, but no one could have imagined it would move this quickly.
The company today revealed some startling sales info for the motion-control device. According to Microsoft, since launching in November of 2010 they've sold over 10 million
Kinect sensors worldwide. Even more impressive is the rate at which those units
were sold: in its first 60 days (between November 4, 2010 and January 3, 2011),
eight million Kinects were sold, an average of 133,333 Kinects per day.
Big numbers? To Guinness World Records, they're pretty muchRead More »from Guinness: Kinect sets record as fastest-selling consumer electronics device
the biggest ever. The record-tracking authority has officially stated that
Kinect is now the fastest-selling consumer
- Chris Morris | Plugged In – Thu, Mar 10, 2011 10:14 PM EST
Homefront - THQ It's already been a busy year for shooters, but publisher THQ thinks they found the formula for first-person success in the upcoming -- and somewhat controversial -- Homefront.
Due out March 15 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, the game imagines a fallen America in 2027. Players, as you might expect, will join the resistance and fight their way across the country to win back America's freedom.
Left there, it would be a pretty formulaic shooter -- but THQ has amped things up with a politically-charged back story and pulled in screenwriter John Milius, who penned the similarly themed film "Red Dawn" (as well as "Apocalypse Now," "Clear and Present Danger" and "Conan the Barbarian"), toRead More »from Homefront turns political fears into potential hit
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