Entries in Video Games (15)


Nintendo Unveils Wii U, Successor to Wii

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Nintendo unveiled its successor to the bestselling Wii video game system at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles Tuesday.

Called Wii U, the new console features a new tablet-like controller with a 6.2-inch touchscreen and buttons on the sides.  Users will be able to play games on the controller, as well as on the TV, or they can choose to integrate play on both screens.

The Wii U controller will also feature a camera, allowing users to video chat. 

The new gaming system will have an integrated Internet browser and will be compatible with all Wii games and accessories, including its predecessor's controllers.  The Wii's trademark, legless avatars will also once again be featured in the Wii U.

Nintendo hopes the new console, set to be released in 2012, will attract more hardcore gamers with its better graphics.  But video game expert Scott Steinberg, the lead analyst for video game consulting firm TechSavvy and the host of the online video series Game Theory, has some reservations on whether the company can accomplish this.

"Despite a number of key title announcements -- Kid Icarus, for one -- it still remains to be seen whether or not Nintendo can make a compelling case for hardcore as well as casual gamers.  They've yet to trot out marquis, must-see titles," Steinberg told ABC News.

"I don't think they're going to offend anyone with this one or lose the core base of casual fans that help make the Wii a bestseller, but I've yet to see anything that's blowing hardcore players' minds," he added.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Sony CEO: Can't Guarantee Security of PlayStation Network

Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures(TOKYO) -- The top executive at Sony says he can't guarantee the security of the company's video game network or any other web-based system.

Sony chief Howard Stringer says no network is 100 percent secure from the world of cybercrime, this after parts of its PlayStation Network were shut down for weeks. The hack potentially exposed vital personal data of some 70 million users to criminals. Speaking to reporters, Howard Stringer calls the online game outage a hiccup, but says Sony is no closer to finding the hackers who broke in.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Sony PlayStation Network Still Down

Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Sony's PlayStation network is still down.

The company says it is rebuilding the network, after what it calls an "external intrusion." Sony turned off the network April 20 to address the security issues.

The PlayStation network allows gamers to connect and play each other in real time.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Sony Unveils New Playstation Portable

Photo Courtesy - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.(TOKYO) -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. unveiled the next generation of its Playstation portable gaming system Thursday in Tokyo.

Codenamed Next Generation Portable, or NGP, the new portable gaming device will feature a multi-touch five-inch screen, Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity and two cameras on its front and rear.  Games for the console will be on a new medium -- a small flash memory-based card.

Sony claims the NGP is as powerful as the PS3, meaning better graphics than the first PSP.  The company says the new gaming device will make its debut at the end of 2011.

On Thursday, Sony also announced plans to release an app that will run PlayStation games on smart phones.  The PlayStation Suite will be available for Android phones.

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Video Games More Than Just Games

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DENVER) -- New research from the University of Colorado finds an employee trained with video games may do a better job than one trained in a more traditional way.  The University of Colorado Business School-Denver study finds workers trained on video games have better skills and retain information longer than those trained in less interactive ways. 

Researcher Dr. Traci Sitzman spent a year reviewing data from multiple studies to determine video-game-trained workers have 11% more factual knowledge than their co-workers, 14% more skill-based knowledge and 9% better retention. Sitzman says until now the information had never been interpreted to prove the benefits, but many businesses were using video games, based on hunches and experience.

Among the businesses that believe in the video games approach are Cold Stone Creamery, which was losing money because workers were over-filling ice cream cones and Miller Brewing, which has developed a game called Tips on Tap to teach bartenders how to draw a perfect glass of beer. 

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