Xbox, PlayStation game networks felled by known hacker group

Dec 26, 2014

Xbox, PlayStation game networks felled by known hacker group

Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox Live and Sony Corp.’s PlayStation Network, Internet services that video gamers use to play online, were hit by connection failures Christmas Day, with the hackers Lizard Squad claiming responsibility. The group, which took credit for an attack on Sony earlier this ...

Dec 11, 2014

Sony PlayStation to make China debut next month as ban ends

Sony Corp. will release its PlayStation 4 console in China next month, following Microsoft Corp. into the world’s biggest game market after the government eased restrictions. Sales will start Jan. 11 with a price of 2,899 yuan ($469), Tokyo-based Sony said in a statement ...

Pioneer of video games, Simon dies at 92

Dec 9, 2014

Pioneer of video games, Simon dies at 92

Ralph Baer, a video game pioneer who created both the precursor to “Pong” and the electronic memory game Simon and led the team that developed the first home video game console, has died. He was 92. Baer, a longtime resident of Manchester, died at ...

Xbox Japan chief quits amid poor sales

Dec 1, 2014

Xbox Japan chief quits amid poor sales

The head of Microsoft’s Xbox business in Japan has resigned but will remain part of the games business at the U.S. head office, the company said. Takashi Sensui’s position was “interactive entertainment business manager” at Microsoft Japan. The company said Sunday his position would ...

Unboxing videos online chronicle the big reveal

Nov 27, 2014

Unboxing videos online chronicle the big reveal

Rrrrip goes the packing tape and squeak goes the protective foam. Are there sweeter, more seductive sounds than the opening of a new toy or gadget? Not to unboxers and the millions of people who watch their videos on YouTube. For the uninitiated, unboxing ...

Konami's winning take on 'the beautiful game'

Nov 22, 2014

Konami's winning take on 'the beautiful game'

by Jason Coskrey

Soccer, more than any other sport, is the world’s game. Played by millions, it is unquestionably the most popular sport on the planet. “The beautiful game” is simple at its core yet can be frustratingly complex in its execution, with zealous fans living and ...

Holiday gifts they'll cherish from cover to cover

Nov 15, 2014

Holiday gifts they'll cherish from cover to cover

As the holiday season rolls around, it’s time to dash about in a mad panic in search of gifts that say “I’ve given this one some thought, honest.” Or you can just let us do the thinking for you, with gift suggestions from our ...

Microsoft offers gaming console in China at long last

Sep 29, 2014

Microsoft offers gaming console in China at long last

Microsoft Corp. on Monday launched its Xbox One in China, the first foreign company to enter the potentially massive market after the Chinese government lifted a 14-year ban on video game consoles. The launch, delayed a week for reasons Microsoft did not reveal, comes ...