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At GDC, game industry looks ahead

From the Game Developers Conference: WiiWare and the Wii Fit, Lego Universe, the Xbox Live Creators Club, and more. Photos: Microsoft gets its game on

The 2008 Game Developers Conference gets under way in San Francisco with talk of casual games, Nintendo's WiiWare, and Emotiv's mind-control headset.

Dennis Fong start-up an innovative gamer social community

Raptr tracks you and your friends' gamer statistics and keeps games up to date with the latest downloads, patches, and so forth. (From News.com's Geek Gestalt blog)
February 22, 2008

First massively micro game wins design challenge

Bac Attack pits man's strategic ingenuity against the march of armies of bacteria. (From News.com's Geek Gestalt blog)
February 22, 2008

Renowned inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil explains how tech will give people superhuman abilities and near immortality.
February 22, 2008

LucasArts for the first time publicly shows off its ground-breaking new game, which bridges the gap between the film prequels and the original episode.
Looking in on 'Star Wars: The Force Unleashed'
February 21, 2008

Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell pushing ads in casual games

The serial entrepreneur's start-up aims to create a new model in the in-game ads industry. (From News.com's Geek Gestalt blog)
February 21, 2008

Nintendo promising wide range of titles for North American WiiWare launch; says it doesn't want to place limits on developer ideas.
February 21, 2008

Microsoft game exec talks up Xbox Live Creators Club

After a keynote address at GDC, Redmond's Chris Satchell explains some of the finer points of the Creators Club initiative. (From News.com's Geek Gestalt blog)
February 20, 2008

'Lego Universe,' a brick MMO, is in development

Lego expects its online game, aimed at kids but with elements for adults, to be ready in a couple of years. (From News.com's Geek Gestalt blog)
February 20, 2008

At annual game developers conference in San Francisco, Redmond touts Xbox milestones and unveils Creators Club.
Microsoft to distribute community-created games
February 20, 2008

WildTangent turns laptops into casual-game boxes

webware A new version of the company's gaming software could make people think twice about buying a video game console.
February 20, 2008

Alliance tries to save PC gaming where Microsoft failed

If you're wondering why there's so much emphasis on promoting PC gaming, consider recent PC game sales figures.
February 20, 2008

Nintendo announces launch dates for its balance-board-based exercise game and an independent development and digital distribution channel.
February 20, 2008

gamespot The folks at GameSpot bring you live updates of the keynotes, conference sessions, games, and more from the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
February 20, 2008

Activision, AMD, Dell, Intel, Microsoft, and Nvidia co-found nonprofit dedicated to "advancing the PC as a worldwide gaming platform."
February 20, 2008

Emotiv's headset allows mind control over digital objects

The hardware-software combination is designed to make it possible for users to control objects in a game with nothing but their mind. (From News.com's Geek Gestalt blog)
February 19, 2008

Future of video game industry taking shape at GDC

At this week's conference, industry leaders will talk about where they're going, how to work with Hollywood, and how gaming is becoming more mainstream than ever. (From News.com's Geek Gestalt blog)
February 18, 2008

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