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World of Warcraft breaks 8 million subscribers

The most successful MMORPG of all time just got successfuller: Blizzard today announced that World of Warcraft has surpassed 8 million subscribers. Two million of those subscribers are in North America, 1.5 million in Europe, and 3.5 million in China (the remainder are scattered throughout other...

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Finally! A Wii-proof lamp built to survive Wiisports

Looks like reports of Wii damage aren't going away anytime soon: people are still damaging their television sets, lamps, windows, pets, and selves as they flail about living rooms designed more for lounging than energetic indoor video games. Rather than fight it, flow with it. The KNOCK-OFF...

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Wiirotic

When Nintendo unveiled the controversial "Wii" name, many readers noted the unfortunate similarity between the English slang term for a certain human reproductive organ. The resemblances don't stop there. The Wiimote's unique shape is a touch more phallic than the humble television remote control....

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Game designer turns geek mafia

Before you lynch us for recommending entertainment that's neither electronic nor interactive (books, they're the ultimate retro portable), know that GEEK MAFIA ain't just any book. First, it's hella cheap: $5. Second, the book features as hero protagonist a video game designer who gets entangled in...

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Unredeemed gift cards dwarf credit- and debit-card fraud

We should have included "give cash not gift cards" as one of our gamer-focused resolutions for 2007. See, most companies that we buy our games from offer gift cards. Problem is, of the $80 billion in gift cards purchased last year, experts estimate that $8 billion (some 10%) will never be redeemed...

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Got any gamer resolutions?

Got any games-specific resolutions that you'd care to share? Here are a few suggested to us by friends and family over the last few weeks as we canvassed for suggestions on this topic: Buy used. Few games get so badly beaten up that they won't play, and those that do can be returned for the...

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Implications of IPTV-enabled Xbox 360?

You've watched or listened to the keynote, checked out the interface screenshots, watched the video, or simply heard about it through one of the 250+ news organizations that have already covered Microsoft's plans to add IPTV capability to the Xbox 360 in time for consumermas 2007. So what? What...

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Top XBLA title Geometry Wars headed to PC [update 1]

During the Microsoft keynote at CES on Sunday, Microsoft gave us evidence that surprise hit Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved (an Xbox 360 launch title) is headed to the PC (the confirmation occurs at timestamp 44:28 on the official keynote video). No surprise there, because genuine hits like GW are so...

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Miss the Gates CES keynote? Full audio/video available now [update 1]

Sure, you probably caught the Engadget liveblog of the keynote, but Microsoft just published streaming video for the keynote given by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates. Let us know what sorts of interesting things pop out at you after a more careful inspection of the keynote. If the video stream proves...

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What if... you could learn real guitar through games?

When the New York Times wrote about the PC Recording Studio Guitar (a guitar that plugs in to a Mac or PC via USB), we wondered immediately whether the device could be used for a more authentic guitar-hero experience. Instead of mindless entertainment that does little to advance skills that are...

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