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Categories: gaming

Before Zynga, Pincus Thrived as Investor

Posted by: Rachael King on December 12

By Douglas MacMillan As Mark Pincus enters the final days of Zynga's road show, he's aiming to sell investors on the prospects for the social-gaming startup, set to raise $1...

Reality TV Jumps Onto Gaming Consoles

Posted by: Olga Kharif on February 01

Alas, reality TV has just jumped from the TV and onto your gaming console. On Feb. 2, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) announced it will debut an original competition reality series, The Tester, on PlayStation Network for free download starting February 18, 2010.

Maryland Company Seeks Ban on Wii Imports

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on August 20

If Rockville, Md.-based Hillcrest Labs has its way, the Nintendo Wii will soon be off the market in the U.S. Hillcrest has designed a motion-sensitive remote control and accompanying user...

Jumping Off A Sinking Ship?

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on July 17

Hot on the heels of news from Microsoft that they have no idea just how many defects they expect of their millions of Xbox 360 consoles sold, the team's titular...

Wii Wins Again

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on February 21

Nintendo is starting to look a lot like the little engine that could. A couple of years ago, most people were expecting the company to get out of the console...

The Wii Really Is an Updated GameCube

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on November 28

In comments posted to my column on the PlayStation 3, many readers took exception to my statement that the Wii is basically an updated GameCube. I'm going to fall back...

PlayStation 3 Revisited

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on November 27

Over the holiday weekend, long after my Technology & You column on the PlayStation 3 had been published, I finally had some extended time to play games and also watch...

Second Life's First Millionaire

Posted by: Rob Hof on November 26

Anshe Chung, the virtual land baroness that I highlighted in my cover story earlier this year, My Virtual Life, has apparently become the first millionaire in Second Life. That's...

Real Threat to Virtual Goods in Second Life

Posted by: Rob Hof on November 15

The many people who make real money by selling virtual clothing, houses, and much more on the online virtual world Second Life aren't real happy right now. A program...

1 Million Virtual Residents

Posted by: Rob Hof on October 18

The online virtual world Second Life just hit 1 million residents. That's up from just 170,000 in late April, when my story about Second Life ran in BusinessWeek. As...

Hot chips and cool consoles

Posted by: Steve Hamm on September 14

Much has been made of the Cell chip that will be the brains of Sony's PlayStation 3 game console. Perhaps too much. That thought came to me at the end...

Got Sisu?

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 05

The social gaming site Bunchball just got venture funding, so it's hiring--as long as you have sisu. I had to follow the company's link to the Wikipedia entry to figure... May Get a Second Life

Posted by: Rob Hof on June 23

When I wrote a cover story recently about Second Life and other virtual worlds, I immediately wondered why any retailer, say, wouldn't want to set up in-world, so...

The Role of Fun in Online Success

Posted by: Rob Hof on June 22

The success of World of Warcraft and other online role-playing games has a lot of online businesses salivating about the possibilities of embedding game dynamics into their services. The idea...

Virtual World, Real ATMs

Posted by: Rob Hof on May 02

The one thing about my recent story, "Virtual World, Real Money," that still mystifies a lot of people is the idea that virtual money inside an online game can be...

My Ol' Virtual '53 Chevy

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 24

At the end of my cover story, Virtual World, Real Money, my avatar "Rob Cranes" had run into a "residents association" in this part of the online virtual world Second...

My Second Life

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 20

I ran across the online virtual world Second Life at least a year and a half ago, when I heard that Omidyar Network, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife...

On Gaming and Hypnosis....

Posted by: Olga Kharif on February 22

One gaming reviews editor allowed himself to be hypnotized so as to review a game as a 10 year old. The editor says he's emerged from the experience unscathed.

Is PlayStation 3 in Trouble?

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on February 17

Merrill Lynch in a report today says Sony's launch date for Playstation 3 continues to slip. Its analysts suggest PS3 may not launch until the fall in Japan, and only...

Forget Your Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on February 14

Is Xbox 360 oh, so last year? And PlayStation 3 just another notch in Sony's tech-prowess belt? There's no quicker way to ignite a debate among gamers than to proclaim...

Sudoku: The Next Tetris?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 21

Numbers puzzle game Sudoku is getting really big. And it could make companies such as Nintendo, which will make a version of Sudoku available on its GameBoy Advance come February, lots of money.


Bloomberg Businessweek writers Peter Burrows, Cliff Edwards, Olga Kharif, Aaron Ricadela, and Douglas MacMillan, dig behind the headlines to analyze what’s really happening throughout the world of technology. Tech Beat covers everything from tech bellwethers like Apple, Google, and Intel and emerging new leaders such as Facebook to new technologies, trends, and controversies.



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