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3D games could give sales of 3D TVs a lift

"Video games serve as perfect 3-D bait because gamers are not only early technology adopters but also are constantly searching for new ways to dive deeper into rich game environments. Sony, for one, has a vested interest in seeing 3-D television succeed. The electronics maker sells 3-D Bravia LCD TVs, as well as PlayStation 3 video game systems. Its game studios also have several 3-D-compatible video games in the works."

Google explores the human body with HTML5

"Google showed off the app at the WebGL Camp. WebGL is a cross-platform low-level 3D graphics API that is designed to bring plugin-free 3D to the web. It uses the HTML5 Canvas element and does not require Flash, Java or other graphical plugins to run. If you visit in a supported web browser, you'll get a three-dimensional layered model of the human anatomy that you can zoom in on, rotate and search.

Violent video games: protected by the first amendment?

"USA TODAY's legal and entertainment writers weigh in on the upcoming Supreme Court free speech case." | more

First impressions: 'Fable III'

"It's hard to believe, but combat may be easier in Fable III than its predecessor. A lot of that is tied to the simplified magic system. Players aren't required to wait for spells to recharge, so they can freely use magic with little penalty. Players also use weapons that change in appearance as they use them, although a lot of the adjustments seem subtle so far. The combat system is set up so players spend little time changing weapons and spells and focus strictly on combat.

Planet Michael Game

Why can't you share your games in bed? The most loving thing to do is to share your video games with someone in bed. It's very charming. It's very sweet. It's what the whole world should do. he he

Time spent on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube grows

Social networking is a social phenomenon.

For further proof, just take a gander at new Nielsen research out today. It says Americans spend nearly a quarter of the time they're on the Internet from their PC, or about six hours a month, on social-networking sites and blogs. That's a quantum leap from a year ago and underscores the growing power of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Black Ops online details

The last Call of Duty likely did not please PC players, largely in part because of a lack of dedicated servers. But Treyarch chief Mark Lamia tells the website Computer and Video Games expect them to return for Call of Duty: Black Ops when it releases November 9. "I think dedicated servers are excellent," Lamia tells CVG. "I don't see any reason not to see them unless... well, I just don't see any reason not to." Black Ops will also be available on Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Over 1 million players tried 'Halo: Reach' beta at launch

Now we know why it was so difficult for some players to check out the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta on day one.

About 1.1 million video game players participated in the opening day of the beta, studio Bungie reveals.

The response was strong enough to slam Bungie's servers on Monday, causing some issues with matchmaking.

According to stats from Bungie, over 14 million games were played on the first day, and players racked up over 157 million kills.

Warner Bros. unveils 'F.E.A.R.' sequel

Warner Bros. Interactive will release a third chapter in the creepy first-person shooter series F.E.A.R. for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this fall.

F.E.A.R. 3 features the sons of lead character Alma in the single-player and cooperative adventure. Players can choose the role of super soldier Point Man or powerful telekinetic Paxton Fettel in co-op only.

To help improve the story's horror elements, developers at Day 1 Studios have enlisted the aid of Halloween director John Carpenter and 30 Days of Night writer Steve Niles.

MW2 studio addresses DLC pricing, lawsuit fallout

Infinity Ward community manager Robert Bowling maintained an optimistic tone when addressing morale at the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 studio following the dismissal of its top two executives and a subsequent lawsuit against Activision.

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