Posts tagged “Video game industry”

Updated June 25, 2010

Premium Lock Social game developer Playdom raises $33M, acquires another firm

Playdom The California-based company operates a studio in Chapel Hill after acquiring Merscom in April. In latest deal, Playdom buys California startup Hive7.

June 18, 2010

Premium Lock Best of E3 2010: Epic Games among the stars along with 3D technology

The Cary-based videogame and game technology companies has a great show, demonstrating a pair of games that will be guaranteed blockbusters come 2011. Plus, more companies demonstrate more games with an emphasis on the next dimension of entertainment.

Updated June 17, 2010

Premium Lock Now see, play this: Video gaming enters the third dimension

E3 news: Nintendo games jump out of the screen, and Sony rolls out 3D upgrade for PlayStation 3. In the Triangle, Epic Games, Insomniac Games and Virtual Heroes have 3D capabilities.

June 15, 2010

Premium Lock Nintendo woos gamers with classics, 3-D

E3 Expo One analyst said Nintendo "blew people away" at the E3 Expo on Tuesday in Los Angeles with its new 3-D handheld gaming system. But, the big question is the price.

Updated June 15, 2010

Premium Lock No-hands gaming: Microsoft eliminates the controller with Kinect on Xbox 360

E3 news: Kinect removes any controllers from the equation, allowing a player to use his or her body to interact with games. The new peripheral, which has yet to be priced, has been designed to recognize your face, respond to your voice, and know your gestures. The camera will even track you as you move around a room during a video chat with friends.

Kinect tracks players' gestures - and voices Kinect tracks players' gestures - and voices

Updated June 15, 2010

Premium Lock Epic ‘storms stage’ at E3 with new Gears of War 3 trailer

Cary-based video game company, Electronic Arts also set release date for first-person shooter “Bulletstorm.”

June 14, 2010

Premium Lock Game developers preparing for diverse E3 show – with 3-D at the fore

E3 to draw a game-playing crowd in L.A. Once a boisterous bastion for geeky gamers, the gaming industry's annual convention has in recent years morphed into a more modest showcase of the latest in hardware and games from publishers and developers who now want to reach consumers of all kinds — not just guys.

June 14, 2010

Premium Lock Epic Games takes center stage at E3 2010 with new Gears 3, Bulletstorm

International showcase to spotlight Cary-based company’s newest products. “What gets me out of bed in the morning is building whole new worlds and hopefully these two games will go on for a long time,” says Epic’s creative guru Cliff Bleszinski.

Female warrior Anya Stroud joins Gears of War lineup Female warrior Anya Stroud joins Gears of War lineup

May 17, 2010

Premium Lock Nintendo joins American Heart Association in obesity campaign

The American Heart Association and Nintendo announced Monday that they are teaming up to promote the Wii video game console, amid growing concern about obesity among kids who spend much of their time watching television and playing video games.

Nintendo Gains AHA "Heart" Endorsement Nintendo Gains AHA "Heart" Endorsement

Updated May 17, 2010

Premium Lock Action thriller: ‘Bad Company 2’ is best squad-based shooter to date

Videogame review: The latest Battlefield series title is packed with as much replay ability as you can hope for with engaging single-player, and engrossing multi-player. It’s a smash -- the most polished Battlefield game yet.

Combat, up close and personal Combat, up close and personal

Updated May 17, 2010

Premium Lock Wake Forest's videogame featured at the White House

Wake Forest University demonstrated “CellCraft” last week at the White House during the inaugural National Lab Day celebration. The game developers intend to roll out the game to other schools, at no charge, in early summer.

May 14, 2010

Premium Lock Few new video games = Sales plunge of 26% in April

Video game sales plunge Hardware, software sales also slump, says research firm NPD Group

Updated May 6, 2010

Premium Lock Apocalypse at Icarus – RTP gaming company melts 70% of staff

The Cary-based company that developed the online game “Fallen Earth” remains alive, but many employees have been let go. Marketing becomes reality. The game’s slogan: “Welcome to the Apocalypse.”

Fallen Earth's logo Fallen Earth's logo

April 27, 2010

Premium Lock Triangle game company Merscom is acquired by California firm

Chapel Hill firm’s top executives and developers will join Playdom, which says it plans to “leverage” game development talent in Triangle.

A scene from a Merscom game A scene from a Merscom game

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