History of video games

  1. Business Matters: Windows 8 Can't Be Helping Xbox Music

    December 24, 2012 1:57 PM EST Reports of a slow start for Windows 8 suggest a bumpy start for Xbox Music, Microsoft's new ad-supported subscription service that was supposed to get a big boost from its integration with its new operation system. Business Insider and the Ne ...

  2. Microsoft Presses Play on New Xbox Music Service

    October 15, 2012 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft is taking on Spotify -- as well as the rest of the streaming music market. The technology giant on Monday is taking the wraps off of its rebranded digital music service, now called Xbox Music, that promises an all-in-one music experience ...

  3. Body Rock: Is Zumba the Next Music Platform?

    June 20, 2012 1:05 PM EDT If you're a Zumba fan, you know what to do when you hear Pitbull's "Pause:" "go" forward for four steps, "stop" for four beats, "drop" for four (thrusting hips forward as you do so, of course) and ...

  4. Usher Performs, Provides Choreography For 'Dance Central 3' at E3 2012

    June 05, 2012 8:24 AM EDT Usher gave a surprise performance of his hit "Scream" to launch "Dance Central 3" on Kinect for Xbox 360, Monday at Microsoft's E3 press conference. The latest game in the dance series from Harmonix Music Systems and Micro ...

  5. Video: Don Omar Talks New Album, Zumba Partnership at Billboard Latin Conference

    April 25, 2012 1:56 PM EDT Don Omar was the star of the show at the Billboard Latin Music Conference Tuesday, and in between his Q&A with Billboard's Leila Cobo and his other myriad engagements, he stopped to talk to Billboard's cameras about his new album, re ...

  6. Vevo, iHeartRadio Among New Partners for Microsoft's Xbox Live

    October 05, 2011 2:08 PM EDT Music companies and other TV and entertainment companies are the newest partners of Microsoft's Xbox Live entertainment service for the Xbox 360 gaming platform. The new services will launch with Xbox this holiday season. Nearly 40 companies ...

  7. Video: Black Eyed Peas Team up With Ubisoft for New Dance Video Game

    June 27, 2011 5:24 PM EDT Although MTV Games and Activision have pulled the plug on music rhythm video game franchises "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero," Ubisoft continues to embrace the music genre from multiple angles. The French game publisher held a pre ...

  8. Microsoft Woos Advertisers With 'NUads,' New Interactive Commercials

    June 22, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Microsoft showcased new interactive features for its Kinect for Xbox 360 hardware at E3 this month, including the ability for gamers to speak directly to in-game characters in Electronic Arts' Mass Effect 3 game and the ability to customize v ...

  9. E3 2011 Kicks Off In Los Angeles This Week

    June 06, 2011 7:00 AM EDT LOS ANGELES - Almost six years ago at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, Nintendo unveiled what would eventually become known as the Wii. But the Japanese gaming giant didn't show off the new console's distinctive motion-sensing c ...

  10. Microsoft's Kinect Gaming System Sells 10 Million, Sets World Record

    March 09, 2011 4:11 PM EST Microsoft not only has a hit on its hands with the Kinect motion-based gaming system: It's got a Guinness World Record. The company today revealed it has sold 10 million Kinect devices worldwide for the Xbox 360 system. Eight million of those ...

  11. Sony's Move System Sold 4.1 Million In Two Months

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Not content to let Microsoft’s Kinect motion-based gaming system grab all the attention, Sony PlayStation released sales figures for its Move system that show 4.1 million devices were sold in the first two months of availability worldwide. Sony’s ...

  12. Kinect Sales Top 2.5 Million

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST How popular is the new Kinect motion-based gaming system for Microsoft’s Xbox 360? In 25 days, it’s already sold 2.5 million, according to data it revealed today. Microsoft originally hoped to sell 3 million by the end of the year and 5 million by ...

  13. New Michael Jackson Video Game Revives Moonwalking

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Video game maker Ubisoft is betting that dancing games will be all the rage this holiday season -- thanks in big part to the King of Pop. The company will bring "Michael Jackson The Experience" to stores Nov. 23 on Nintendo's Wii fo ...

  14. @E3: Russell Simmons on Def Jam Rapstar

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop entrepreneur and mogul Russell Simmons stopped by the E3 videogame conference in Los Angeles this week to hype the forthcoming rap karaoke game from Konami “Def Jam Rapstar.” He was a featured speaker at Konami’s press conference, where se ...

  15. Video Game Sales Plunge In April: NPD

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sales of video game hardware and software plunged 26% in April, industry tracker NPD said, one of the largest declines over the past decade. The research group said sales in the United States, the world's largest market, fell to $766.2 millio ...

  16. Video Game Sales Jump In March, Reversing Slide

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sales of video game gear and software in the United States climbed 6% in March, said industry tracker NPD, bouncing back somewhat after declining for two straight months. Hardware sales slipped 4% in the month, but software sales jumped 10%. Ninte ...

  17. Konami Picks Up Def Jam Rapstar

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Def Jam Rapstar, an interactive hiphop music game currently in development, just scored a big win by adding music-game powerhouse Konami as its exclusive distribution partner. Konami is known for its music-game titles, such as the Dance Dance Revo ...

  18. Nintendo Q3 Profit Down 23%

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Nintendo Co Ltd posted a 23% fall in quarterly profit as software sales for its DS handheld game player slowed and it cut the price of its Wii console, keeping its forecast for the first annual profit decline in four years. Nintendo has ridden whi ...

  19. U.S. Video Game Sales Down 19%: NPD

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sales of video game equipment and software in the United States tumbled 19% in October to $1.07 billion, research group NPD said, troubling figures as the industry heads into the most important selling weeks of the year. Once thought to be relativ ...

  20. Digital Briefs: Microsoft, Xbox Live, iPhone

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Microsoft will add a special section to its Xbox Live Marketplace dedicated exclusively to the purchase of downloadable music for such music-based games as "Rock Band," "Guitar Hero," and other rhythm-based titles. Gamers wi ...

  21. Sony Rolling Out New, Cheaper PlayStation 3

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp will launch a slimmer, cheaper version of its PlayStation 3 game console next month, hoping to jumpstart sales and win back market share from rivals Microsoft and Nintendo. Starting in September, the latest, less bulky version of the PS3 ...

  22. U.S. Video Game Sales Down

    August 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.S. video game equipment and software sales fell 29% in July to $848.9 million, research group NPD said, as the gaming industry limps through the economic downturn. Hardware sales fell 37% from a year ago, while software sales slid 26%, NPD said. ...

  23. E3 Briefs: Last.fm, Microsoft, Travis Barker, DJ AM

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Microsoft launched a major effort at the E3 conference to turn the Xbox 360 videogame console into an entertainment hub that spans well beyond videogames. The company will add access to Last.fm , to go live this fall, free of charge for Xbox Li ...

  24. Game Music Titles Spark Record Sales Year

    February 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Four major video game franchise titles with music tie-ins sparked a record year for US video and computer game software, representing more than 5% of the total 297.6 million units sold in 2008, according to the NPD Group that tracks sales at retai ...

  25. New Tunes For 'Rock Band' Series

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Harmonix, the MTV Networks subsidiary behind the "Rock Band" videogame franchise, is releasing an expansion pack of new songs for the original game and the recently launched "Rock Band 2" in time for the holiday sales cycle. Th ...

  26. Microsoft: Gamers Buying 3.8M Songs Per Month

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In a statement designed to highlight its self-appointed status as the "preferred stage" for music-based games "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band," Microsoft released data showing gamers, on average, buy 3.8 million songs a ...

  27. The Cool Kids Set To Headline Video Game Tour

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Indie hip-hop duo the Cool Kids will headline the fourth annual Bounce Tour, a promotional tour for video game maker 2K Sports' basketball franchise "NBA 2K9." Dates and other participants have yet to be announced but previous tours ...

  28. Warner Videos Added To Xbox

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In case anybody forgot that Microsoft’s Xbox 360 videogame console is also a media hub, the company signed a deal with Warner Music Group to add music videos to the stable of content available on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Exactly how many videos ...

  29. Panic At The Disco, Dashboard To 'Rock' On Tour

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Panic At The Disco and Dashboard Confessional will anchor the first "Rock Band"-branded tour this fall, which will offer local fans the chance to play the video game on stage in each market. Plain White T's and the Cab are also on t ...

  30. E3 Update: Wii Music, Xbox 360 and More

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The once glorious, now marginally relevant E3 videogame conference is underway in Los Angeles this week, with a few nuggets of interesting news related to the business of digital entertainment sneaking out. - Utilizing its signature motion-capture ...

  31. New Franz Ferdinand Track Leads 'Madden' Soundtrack

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As tipped here last month , a new Franz Ferdinand song, "Lucid Dreams," leads the in-game soundtrack to the EA Sports video game "Madden 09," which his stores Aug. 12. The cut is also expected to appear on the Scottish rock act ...

  32. Camp Rock Star Signs Up to Get 'Fit'

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ahead of the premier of Disney's next hoped for musical franchise "Camp Rock," one of the stars of the movie launched a branded exercise show online. Sponsored by Nintendo's Wii, "Get Fit with Alyson!" centers around ...

  33. Disturbed Giveaway Set For 'Rock Band'

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hard rock act Disturbed is giving away two free tracks for the "Rock Band" videogame as part of a promotional deal with Best Buy. Any fan preordering the new album "Indestructible," which streets June 3, from BestBuy.com will b ...

  34. Rock Band 'Track Pack' Coming This Summer

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Even though they can't support new music downloads like other new-generation game consoles, Wii and PlayStation2 owners can still get updated songs for their versions of the game via a new "track pack" being issued July 15. The &quo ...

  35. Motley Crue To Release Single On 'Rock Band'

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In announcing its Crue Fest summer tour, 80s rockers Motley Crue unveiled a partnership with the videogame "Rock Band" that includes releasing new music for the game as well as giving fans a shot at real on-stage glory. Motley Crue is re ...

  36. 'Rock Band' For The Wii Set For Summer Launch

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV and game unit Harmonix are bringing their popular "Rock Band" game to the Wii, starting June 22. Like its launch on other consoles, the game will be bundled with all instrument controllers-guitar, drums and microphones. However its l ...

  37. Billion Dollar Bash For Games Down Under

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Australian computer games market passed the $1 billion Australian ($878 million) sales mark in 2007. Figures released by the Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia (IEAA) show that games hardware/software sales hit $1.3 billion Aus ...

  38. Xbox, Gamefly Beef Up Music Offerings

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST As record stores stock fewer music CDs, the music industry is turning to videogames as an alternative method of distribution. Both Microsoft, developer of the Xbox 360 game console, and online game rental service GameFly introduced new music initi ...

  39. 'Guitar Hero III' Tallies Huge November Results

    November 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock" roared out of the gate this month, claiming the title of best-selling game with 1.4 million copies sold across all platforms. According to data from the NPD Group, which tracks sales by console, "H ...

  40. Xbox To Offer Full Concert Download

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST A full HD concert download from Canadian metal outfit Finger Eleven will be available for free to all Xbox LIVE Marketplace users starting tomorrow (Nov. 6). The set, from the Berkeley Church in Toronto, Ontario, will be placed on the Xbox servers ...

  41. My Chemical Romance Join Guitar Hero II

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Three tracks from My Chemical Romance have been added to Activision's Guitar Hero II for the Xbox 360. Gamers can purchase the new tracks from the Xbox Live Marketplace and download them to the game. All three tracks -- "Teenagers," ...

  42. Report: Gamers Know Little Of Console Extras

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Today's new-generation videogame consoles like the PlayStation3 and Xbox 360 may have some impressive non-gaming entertainment features, but existing owners seem to know little about them according to a new report from NPD Group. The PS3 for ...

  43. Sony Slashes PS3 Price

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony Computer Entertainment America, the force behind the PlayStation3, kicked off the E3 gaming conference with a long-rumored price cut for the PlayStation3. Less than a year after its debut, the cost of the PS3 is now $100 less than it was when ...

  44. Z-Trip In The Mix For 'All-Pro Football'

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A DJ Z-Trip-produced soundtrack with all original tracks, remixes and mash-ups highlights the new Take-Two/2K Sports "All-Pro Football 2K8" video game due in July for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Cross-marketing includes a 2K Sports/Decon ...

  45. Microsoft Calls On Unsigned Bands

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Microsoft is inviting unsigned artists to create music inspired by Xbox 360 videogames. Participating artists in the Xbox Soundtracks program will be able to download and score music to a variety of Xbox 360 videogame trailers this coming May. Com ...

  46. Warner/Chappell Inks Microsoft Deal

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music landed a worldwide administration deal with Microsoft. A first-of-its-kind deal for the software company, Warner/Chappell will administer several thousands compositions owned and controlled by Microsoft. They include songs us ...

  47. Gates: 'Digital Decade Is Here'

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates unveiled a slew of new products and content partners Sunday in his keynote address kicking off the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show, vowing to deliver access to video and data no matter where the con ...

  48. Film, TV Downloads Available Via Xbox 360

    November 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Microsoft Corp. will unlock the digital distribution capabilities of its next generation console, Xbox 360, to Hollywood studios beginning Nov. 22. Xbox 360 gamers in the U.S., totaling at least 3 mil Microsoft Corp. will unlock the digital distri ...

  49. Film, TV Downloads Available Via Xbox 360

    November 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST First game console to secure programming from majors. Microsoft Corp. will unlock the digital distribution capabilities of its next generation console, Xbox 360, to Hollywood studios beginning Nov. 22. Xbox 360 gamers in the U.S., totaling at leas ...

  50. Hawthorne Heights Tops Nintendo Fusion Tour

    July 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Outing will run Sept. 27 through Nov. 11. Hawthorne Heights will headline the fourth annual Nintendo Fusion Tour, which will also feature Relient K, Emery, the Plain White T's and Hawthorne Heights' Victory labelmate the Sleeping. The ou ...

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