295w ago - The road to modern videogames is littered with the corpses of noble game consoles who flew too high to the sun.
Here are the 10 best under-achievers of all-time:
Forget a PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or Wii - the Commodore 64 was literally the first living-room computer. At one point, the TV-enabled desktop held 40% share of the PC market, more than IBM and Apple. But it also doubled as a nifty game console, so much in fact that its library and third-party support rivaled that of the NES at one time, this despite being released three years earlier. Good times!
Must-play games: Boulderdash, Defender of the Crown, Impossible Mission, Hardball, Ghosts & Goblins, Commando, Spy Hunter, Mrs. Pacman, Donkey Kong
Though the short-lived Saturn would mark the beginning of Sega's hardware downfall, it was the system of choice for arcade junkies hoping to play Sega's stellar first-party efforts at home. It was also the first fifth-generation console to introduce gamers to true 32-bit graphics. While lacking the third-party support that both the PlayStation and N64 enjoyed, it was an imaginative system all the same.
Must-play games: Daytona USA, Virtua Cop, Virtua Fighter, Sega Rally, Panzer Dragoon, Nights
320w ago - Because some people have been luck enough to play Rockstar's upcoming street racer Midnight Club LA, one has managed to record some gameplay and even upload it onto YouTube where everyone can enjoy! So, here they are:
325w ago - According to Broadcast magazine, Grade attacked the games industry for living in a "moral vacuum" while speaking at the Royal Television Society's Cambridge Convention. Riccitiello defended interactive entertainment.
Riccitiello argued that media treatment of games is unjustly harsh, suggesting that games are no worse than TV when it comes to violent content. He compared violent clips from TV programmes such as 24 and CSI and films including Kill Bill and 300 to parts of Grand Theft Auto.
327w ago - SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Lord British is back, only this time he's wielding an energy cannon instead of a sword. Oh, and you can call him General British now.
Richard Garriott, the acclaimed game designer who pioneered the genre of massive multiplayer online games, has finished his latest work, "Tabula Rasa," a science fiction-themed title he reckons will alter the way such games are played.
Massively multiplayer online games, or MMOs, are so called because they allow thousands of players connected through the Internet to explore a virtual world at the same time.
Garriott's "Ultima Online," launched a decade ago, was one of the first MMOs to feature rich graphics and is credited with leading the way for popular games such as Sony Corp's "Everquest" and Blizzard's "World of Warcraft."
In fact, "World of Warcraft" has amazed the gaming industry with its ever-growing global legion of loyal fans -- 9 million active players and counting.
Yet Garriott was troubled by the dedication "Warcraft" and other online games demanded of players, who must devote dozens of hours to building their in-game characters.
"'Tabula Rasa' really is a fresh approach to MMOs," he said. "Some of the design changes we've put in 'TR' will set the standards for next 10 years."