Burn easy? Out of sunblock? Whatever your reason is for staying indoors this summer, the video game industry has you covered. Over the next three months, these 15 games will do their darnedest to keep you away from those harmful UV rays. Note: All games are set for release between June 20 and September 22. Go now >>
Burn easy? Out of sunblock? Whatever your reason is for staying indoors this summer, the video game industry has you covered. Over the next three months, these 15 games will do their darnedest to keep you away from those harmful UV rays. Note: All games are set for release between June 20 and September 22. Go now >>Read More »from Summer Games Guide 2012
Ryan Seacrest (Getty Images)Doodling on your iPhone could lead to big money and big prizes.
CBS is developing a primetime game show based on Zynga's popular Draw Something app. The network won a bidding war for the rights to the game and is reportedly fast-tracking the show as a possible mid-season replacement to step in when one of its new series ultimately fails.
'American Idol' host Ryan Seacrest will be executive producer of the show, though he's not expected to host the program. As for the format, the specifics are still being kept under wraps, but the game will focus on the Pictionary-like gameplay of the popular app. And show runners aren't planning on ignoring the huge mobile player base.Read More »from ‘Draw Something’ TV show is in the works
Civilization V: Gods & Kings (2K Games)If you've got a Civilization fan in your life, you might want to say goodbye for a little while.
This week's release of Civilization V: Gods & Kings is being heralded as a terrific add-on to the much loved strategy series, adding a wealth of new content and ensures that the franchise's well-known "one more turn" gameplay is as addictive as ever.Read More »from Critics: New ‘Civilization V’ expansion a godsend
- CNET | Plugged In – Mon, Jun 18, 2012 8:25 PM EDT
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (Credit: CNET)Company announces pair of Microsoft-branded "Surface" tablets running Windows 8 and Windows RT at long-awaited product unveiling in Los Angeles.
By Mary Jo Foley, CNET
It's the end of an era. Or maybe the start of a new one.
Microsoft -- a company that traditionally has relied exclusively on its PC partners to provide hardware powered by its Windows operating system -- is trying out a new business model with next Windows release.
The company is going to offer two Microsoft-branded tablets of its own, both of which are branded as Microsoft Surface.
Microsoft isn't actually manufacturing these new tablets itself -- just as it doesn't actually "make" the Xbox or the now defunct Zune media player. But it will be putting the Microsoft name on these devices. And this, many have speculated, will set up Microsoft as a head-to-head competitor with its own PC maker partners.Read More »from Microsoft breaks tradition with a Microsoft Surface tablet
- Chris Morris | Plugged In – Mon, Jun 18, 2012 1:45 PM EDT
Microsoft left a lot of people hungry for details about its next-generation console system at this year's E3. This past weekend, however, those people had plenty to chew on, courtesy of a leaked document that purports to offer plenty of previously unannounced details on the system.
The 56-page document, which first surfaced in the popular NeoGAF forums, presents itself as a road map for the Xbox system through 2015, including alleged details on the so-called Xbox 720, a unique glasses display, and a focus on cloud gaming.Read More »from Leaked ‘Xbox 720′ document alleges 2013 launch, augmented reality glasses and more
- Chris Morris | Plugged In – Fri, Jun 15, 2012 7:57 PM EDT
Web surfers tend to be pretty loyal to their browsers. Once you figure out the shortcuts and placement of everything, it's kind of a pain to upgrade to a dramatically revamped interface -- or a new browser altogether.
The problem is, programming sites for those antiquated browsers can be a major headache. Now one online retailer is fighting back, announcing plans to add a 6.8 percent "tax" onto the purchases of anyone who visits their site using Internet Explorer 7.Read More »from Online retailer plans to “tax” Internet Explorer 7 users
- Mike Smith | Plugged In – Fri, Jun 15, 2012 6:14 PM EDT
Fitbit Aria (Credit: Fitbit)"So how much do you weigh?"
It doesn't get much more personal than that, especially if, like most of us, you're a little self-conscious about your mid-section. But wouldn't you be a little more conscientious about your workout routine -- or your habit for going big with dessert -- if you knew you'd be constantly sharing the ups and downs of your body-fat percentage with all of your friends?
If the answer to that question is "yes," you're the perfect candidate for a new breed of bathroom scales that do more than just measure your weight. They'll also analyze your body composition and your BMI, uploading all that info to a web site where you can watch the numbers change as the months go by, and even disseminate it to the world at large via social sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Sound crazy? It kind of is. But to find out exactly how crazy, we tried out the two front-runners.Read More »from ‘Smart scales’ make weight loss a social experience
Max Payne 3 (Rockstar Games)Rockstar Games is considered a nearly bulletproof game developer. They take their time crafting their games, and their releases are always major events. The company's last three blockbuster titles -- Grand Theft Auto IV, Red Dead Redemption and last year's L.A. Noire -- enjoyed chart-topping success, a testament to the company's dedication to quality and terrific sense of timing.
But the release of Max Payne 3 is putting their impressive streak at risk.Read More »from ‘Max Payne 3′ is a commercial disappointment
- Chris Morris | Plugged In – Fri, Jun 15, 2012 12:47 PM EDT
Diablo III (Activision-Blizzard)For Activision-Blizzard, hell on earth meant a cash bonanza in May. For every other video game publisher, it was just hell.
The PC/Mac blockbuster Diablo III was the month's top selling video game — even without taking in the title's (presumably substantial) digital sales. But demand for the long-in-development action role-playing game couldn't prop up the industry's sales charts.Read More »from ‘Diablo III’ rules May sales charts in another down month for video games
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