Feds Note Gaming DRM Woes: FTC to Hold Town Hall Meeting

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275w ago - 2008 may become known as the year of digital rights management, thanks in no small part to EA's bringing the issue front and center with Spore and the ensuing backlash.

The Federal Trade Commission is planning on holding a town hall meeting devoted to the subject of DRM on March 25.

The official page describes the meeting and its aim. "Digital rights management (DRM) refers to technologies typically used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, and copyright holders to attempt to control how consumers access and use media and entertainment content," the FTC explains.

"Among other issues, the workshop will address the need to improve disclosures to consumers about DRM limitations."

The agenda includes demonstrations of DRM-related technology, panel discussions about how these technologies affect consumers, legal issues surrounding DRM, and discussions on the potential need for government involvement to protect consumers.

You can get involved, as well. "The Commission invites interested parties to submit requests to be panelists and to recommend other topics for discussion. The requests should be submitted electronically to drmtownhall@ftc.gov by January 30, 2009.

The Commission...
 

Which Year Was The Best Year in Gaming: 2007 or 2008?

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276w ago - Another year has passed and in 2009 promises an amazing round of games from each platform and we are likely to see mobile phone gaming finally crack the North American market (whether it is through a Symbian, RIM, Windows Mobile, Apple, or Andriod powered phone), but before we can look to 2009 we have to evaluate 2008 and see how it matches up to the so-called Best Year of Gaming; 2007.

2007 was a year where there was no shortage of quality on any platform. With the DS sporting heavy hitters like Zelda, Puzzle Quest, Hotel Dusk, and Contra 4, the PC reclaimed top honors with amazing experiences like Call of Duty 4, Bioshock, and Crysis, but the Xbox 360 was the platform that took the crown with some of the PC offerings as well as it crown jewel, Halo 3.

Not to be discounted, the Sony platforms could not be forgotten either with titles like Uncharted, God of War 2 and Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow. With such a heavy field of courter vying for our attention, who could deny that 2007 WAS the "Best Year in Gaming" however, 2008 was not to be out done.
2008 was touted as "The Year of the PS3".

Sony's flagship console bared all with Metal Gear Solid 4, Grand Turismo 5 Prologue, Resistance 2, SOCOM (aka SO-CRACK): Confrontation, and LittleBigPlanet as well as the shared titles with the Xbox...
 

PC World: Fifteen Reasons Why PC Gaming Beats All

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276w ago - PC World's Matt Peckham shares fifteen reasons why PC gaming beats all today as follows, in summary:

1) PCs are scalable
2) PC games are endlessly manipulable
3) PCs ape consoles in emulation
4) PCs can be anywhere
5) keyboard and mouse beats all
6) PCs do gamepads
7) Consoles go kaplooey too
8) Consoles could vanish, but PCs will be around forever
9) PC games are stylistically unbounded
10) PCs are the creative heart of video gaming
11) PC games cost less
12) online PC matchmaking is free
13) piracy ain't just a PC problem
14) PCs excel at family-hotseat-group-play, too
15) PC displays trump living room displays

Feel free to comment below if you agree/disagree with them guys!
 

Portable Gaming: Is Nintendo or PlayStation Winning This Round?

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276w ago - Through Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we heard a lot about the phenomenal popularity of the Nintendo Wii this holiday season. But are shoppers also showing interest in the smaller cousins of the consoles: portable gaming systems? And who is winning that battle for consumer interest?

Sony PlayStation and Nintendo are the major players in this market - with the PSP and the DS, respectively. To get a read on how online interest in these two brands shaped up in 2008, I looked at portable gaming interest in 2008 on two major consumer electronics retailers' Web sites, Best Buy (BBY) and Circuit City. Specifically, I tracked hardware and software for the PSP and DS and other legacy devices by these companies.

- The Nintendo portable devices have consistently generated more traffic than PlayStation across these two retailers' sites.
- Interest in the PSP has been slipping on these sites. More than twice as many people looked at the Nintendo portable gaming products than the PSP last month.

Although this data is taken from just two (albeit large) retailers, the relative popularity of the Nintendo products is worth considering. Despite recent updates to the PlayStation product and its ability to play movies as well as games, it can't seem to edge out the DS in terms of interest or sales....
 

Customized 3D Gaming Monitors Coming to CES

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277w ago - Cool monitors.. Who wants one?!!!

iZ3D plan to show off a new line of 3D monitors at next month's Consumer Electronics show. The line-up includes a 22-inch monitor with a custom paint job.

All of the monitors use special software drivers and viewing glasses to add 3D to standard PC, PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 games.

Most PC games released in the last five years, including many of the most popular multiplayer online, first person shooter, and role-playing games, have already been designed for 3D displays. iZ3D's optimized driver unlocks the third (depth) dimension of these 3D-ready games to allow gamers to finally play them as they were written - in 3D.

The monitors can also be used in standard 2D mode and run for $4oo to $550.

Press Release: iZ3D Previews Three New 2009 3D Display Prototypes at CES

New 2009 3D Product Prototypes include a Flight Simulator, 26-inch Monitor, a Console Game Compatible Monitor plus new retail, demo/displays and more!

San Diego, Calif. (December 23, 2008) - iZ3D LLC, designer, marketer and enabler of advanced 3D visualization systems, will be featuring a hands on demonstration of three of it's upcoming product prototypes for 2009. iZ3D is located in meeting room #25118M in the Gaming Showcase downstairs in South...
 







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