Video games

  1. Atari U.S. Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

    January 21, 2013 1:28 PM EST The U.S. arm of video game maker Atari has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, planning to separate from its unprofitable France-based parent company. The corporate parent, formerly known as Infogrames, is called Atari SA. "The Chapte ...

  2. No Doubt, Activision Settle 'Band Hero' Video Game Lawsuit

    October 03, 2012 5:25 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- No Doubt has settled its lawsuit against gaming giant Activision over the use of band members' likenesses in the video game "Band Hero," court records state. The settlement was reached Monday, a few weeks before ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. No Doubt to Argue Lawsuit Against Activision In Front of Jury

    May 29, 2012 4:25 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- No Doubt's attorneys can argue to a jury that the band was misled by gaming giant Activision Publishing Inc. about how its likeness would be used in the video game "Band Hero," a judge ruled Tuesday. The ruling b ...

  5. Michael Buble, Zynga Partner for CityVille Integration

    December 15, 2011 9:46 AM EST NEW YORK - Ahead of its IPO, which is scheduled to see its stock starting to trade on Friday, social gaming giant Zynga said Wednesday that its biggest game, CityVille, will run an integration with singer Michael Buble just in time for the holiday ...

  6. 'The Voice's' Adam Levine Sues Activision

    August 05, 2011 10:38 PM EDT "The Voice" coach and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine is suing Activision. Levine has filed a suit against the company's "Guitar Hero" spinoff video game "Band Hero" alleging that the new game exploits his name ...

  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. Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, Jane's Addiction at E3 Events; Gaming Confab Generates $25 Million For L.A.

    June 10, 2011 8:10 AM EDT An estimated 46,800 attendees were at this year's event along with celebrities including Kobe Bryant, Ice-T, Jimmy Buffett and Hulk Hogan. The Electronic Entertainment Association estimates that the 46,800 attendees to this year's E3 vid ...

  9. Ubisoft Announces Rocksmith Game

    March 15, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Just weeks after Activision closed the book on Guitar Hero, rival videogame publisher Ubisoft announced plans to introduce a new band-based music game called Rocksmith. The new game hopes to set itself apart by using a real guitar as its controlle ...

  10. Zynga Unveils Rewards Program

    March 15, 2011 1:45 PM EDT Social game powerhouse Zynga officially debuted its rewards program for all games on its platform today, allowing users to earn credits that can be spent on virtual goods. Called RewardVille (sticking with the naming convention behind such hits as ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Activision Reportedly Developing 'Dance Hero' Game

    March 09, 2011 11:09 AM EST Activision may have killed the Guitar Hero franchise , but it remains interested in some elements of the music game genre. Gaming blog Kotaku reports that the company is working on a dance-based game called "Dance Hero." Activision appli ...

  13. Dance Games Exploding As Guitar-Based Games Dwindle

    February 15, 2011 11:26 AM EST The market for guitar-based music games may be in the gutter, but dance games are faring far better, based on the quarterly results of one of the major publishes of such games. Ubisoft, which publishes such dance games as the "Just Dance" ...

  14. Guitar Zero: Activision Kills Guitar Hero Franchise

    February 09, 2011 6:49 PM EST The game that created the modern music game as we know it is no more: During its quarterly earnings conference call today. Activision revealed that it has cancelled the planned 2011 installment of the "Guitar Hero" franchise and the enti ...

  15. Music-Game Sales Drag Down Videogame Sector, But Dance Games Provide Hope

    January 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST How's this for embarrassing: music-based videogames sold so poorly this year that they singlehandedly dragged down the entire videogame sector. According to data compiled by the NPD Group , music-game sales fell to $70 million this past Decem ...

  16. Tap Tap Revenge 4 Release Timed Perfectly For Holiday Season

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST The new version of the series features a new arcade mode, as well as a number of social features, such as integration with Apple's Game Center and the ability to share scores via Facebook, Twitter and e-mail. It also lets users "Like&quo ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Updated: Viacom To Sell Gaming Unit Harmonix

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Updated: Harmonix released a statement today asserting that Viacom’s sale plans won’t have any affect on its operations. "This morning's announcement does not affect the ongoing work at the studio as we continue to support our existing f ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Videogame Sales Slump

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The holiday sales cycle just became more important than ever for the videogame industry. Already coping with a rather lackluster year so far, September sales figures--compiled by the NPD Group—didn’t bring any good news. Overall industry revenues ...

  22. Lil' Wayne To Bundle New Album With 'DefJam Rapstar'

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Everyone knows CD sales are down. The solution? Bundle it with a videogame. That seems to be the trend these days, the latest one coming from Lil' Wayne, who has partnered with the makers of "DefJam Rapstar" and Best Buy to give awa ...

  23. 'Medal of Honor' Trailer To Offer Linkin Park Preview

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park will exclusively preview the first single from their upcoming album “A Thousand Suns,” which is out Sept. 14, via a trailer for the upcoming videogame “Medal of Honor.” The preview will be offered one day before the single, "The C ...

  24. @E3: The Games, Music Edition

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The big news out of this year’s E3 was of course the new hardware platforms that will drive the next few years of game innovation. But for the more immediate future, it’s all about the games. Here’s a roundup of the music-related games making wave ...

  25. Usher, Jane's Addiction, Eminem Join Activision At E3

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While other game publishers held press conferences featuring big-screen game trailers of their fall titles, Activision put the action all on the stage. In a multi-artist extravaganza usually reserved for awards shows like the Grammys, Activision w ...

  26. Jackson Fans Will Moonwalk In Motion-Sensing Game

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Gamers will have the opportunity to moonwalk alongside the King of Pop. Video game developer Ubisoft announced it would release a new dancing-and-singing game featuring Michael Jackson this holiday season. The as-yet-unnamed game will be among the ...

  27. @E3: Activision Not Backing Down from Music

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music game genre may have struggled last year, but Activision is not showing any signs of walking back from a music-based strategy. In the hours before its big E3 party in L.A. tonight, the company announced a full lineup of games that will fe ...

  28. VIDEO: First Trailer For 'DJ Hero 2'

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Activision has released the first trailer video for the upcoming "DJ Hero 2" game, featuring a mashup of Lady Gaga’s "Just Dance." WATCH: Antony Bruno News Lady Gaga ...

  29. A Look At The Next Wave Of Music-Based Videogames

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music game genre is not dead. While Activision may have scaled back it’s "Guitar Hero" strategy (mercifully so, say some), a number of smaller developers are coming out with a new twist on the category that leans heavily on teaching ...

  30. 'Guitar Hero' Comes To iPhone

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Activision has finally brought the "Guitar Hero" franchise to the iPhone. The point of the game is the same as the popular console version, but the mobile title features a new form of gameplay that takes advantage of the device’s touchsc ...

  31. Activision Unveils 'Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock'

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Activision unveiled its next entry for the Guitar Hero franchise, called “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock,” due out this fall. The company has seriously scaled back its music game strategy, now offering only this one installment after two years of f ...

  32. Warner Music Group To Sell Music Through Tap Tap Revenge

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group may not like the licensing terms for selling music through the Rock Band video game franchise, but it likes mobile rhythm game Tap Tap Revenge just fine. The label struck a deal with the game’s developer, Tapulous, to both promo ...

  33. Keyboards Coming To Rock Band 3?

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Are keyboard controllers coming to Rock Band 3? MTV and Harmonix released a two-song demo for the forthcoming “Green Day: Rock Band” on the Xbox Live Marketplace which among other things contained a teaser image for Rock Band 3 . That image showed ...

  34. Led Zep, Floyd, Eagles Make 'Rock Band' Poll

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The "Green Day: Rock Band" videogame is not even out yet, and already the folks behind the franchise are looking for their next artist-focused title. MTV's videogame developer subsidiary Harmonix posted a poll on its developers foru ...

  35. MTV, Rock Band, T-Mobile Call On New Artists

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV and Rock Band developers Harmonix are teaming up with T-Mobile to promote new artists across their respective media platforms through a new contest called "T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month." Under the deal, artists will be able to submit ...

  36. UMG Pushes More Aggressive App Strategy

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is escalating its already aggressive iPhone strategy with the introduction of its first label-branded iPhone app in the game Six String. This is the first app that allows the label to showcase its entire catalog through its o ...

  37. 'Green Day: Rock Band' Release Date Set

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST “Green Day: Rock Band,” MTV’s follow up to “The Beatles: Rock Band,” will be released June 8. It will be available on all game consoles, including the Xbox 360, PlayStation3 and Wii. Like the Beatles game, it will support three-part vocal harmonie ...

  38. Rock Band 3 Is Coming

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rock Band 3 is coming. MTV Games and its development unit Harmonix hope to buck the trend of falling music game sales with the first non-artist-specific addition to the franchise in two years, expected to be released this holiday season. The compa ...

  39. Rock Band Network Music Store Opens

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Rock Band Network Music Store is open for business. The initiative from MTV games and its "Rock Band" developer subsidiary Harmonix -- unveiled last July -- allows artists to submit their music as downloadable add-on content to the m ...

  40. Guitar Hero CEO Steps Down

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Dan Rosensweig, CEO of Activision Blizzard's Guitar Hero division has left the company to take the chief executive role at a textbook rental startup firm. Rosensweig assumed the role in March of last year. Since then, music game sales have fa ...

  41. @MIDEM: Attendance Down 10%

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST As the MIDEM convention winds down, the organization confirmed that attendance was about 7,200 - slightly ahead of its initial forecast of 7,000 - representing a 10% attendance decline from the previous year. But participants relayed to Billboard. ...

  42. Using Free, Piracy for Music Profits

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Tapulous head of business development Tim O’Brien made headlines after disclosing during a panel discussion at MIDEM that 1 million of the 2.5 million downloads the iPhone game Tap Tap Revenge 3 saw in its first two months of availability were the ...

  43. Analyst: Music Genre Dragging Down Videogame Sales

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST When December video games sales results are released - expected after the market closes on Jan. 14 - Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter forecasts a 12% drop in sales over the previous year. Driving the majority of that fall-a full two-thir ...

  44. 'Rock Band' Network Adds PS3 Support

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST "Rock Band" developers Harmonix took a step closer to making the "Rock Band" Network Store a reality by issuing a patch for the PlayStation3 version of the game designed to support the additional music download store. The " ...

  45. Tap Tap Revenge 3 To Be Free, Feature New Indie Content

    December 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Tapulous, developer of the popular Tap Tap Revenge series of iPhone-based music games, is adding a broad range of independent music as downloadable content and other new features to the most recent installment of the franchise—Tap Tap Revenge 3. F ...

  46. Rock Band Songs Top 1,000 Mark

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Over 1,000 songs are now available for fans of the Rock Band franchise to buy and download to the game, according to MTV Games and Harmonix. More than 390 bands are contributing tracks to the service, which allows Rock Band gamers to browse and bu ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. No Doubt Sues Activision Over 'Band Hero'

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST No Doubt has sued video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc over the use of their likeness on its new "Band Hero" product, accusing the company of turning the rockers into a virtual karaoke act. No Doubt and Activision had a contract ...

  49. Hot Music Game Titles Power September Sales, Revenue

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The music game genre experienced a much-needed lift in September on the backs of new releases “The Beatles: Rock Band” and “Guitar Hero 5.” MTV’s Beatles game, released Sept. 9, won the battle with total unit sales of 595,000, according to the NPD ...

  50. From CTIA: EMI, Myxer, Shazam, Tapulous

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- EMI Music licensed its catalog to ringtone provider Myxer , becoming the first major label to strike a deal with the company. The deal covers ringtones, full-track songs, ringtones, videos and images available via Myxer's service. -- Shaza ...

Pages