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Play-by-play at E3 games expo

Developers zero in on opportunities, from the vast but challenging China market to low-profile niches in the handheld market. Also at E3: Sony and Nintendo look beyond kids and teenagers.

Developers zero in on opportunities, from the vast but challenging China market to low-profile niches in handhelds. Meanwhile, Sony and Nintendo look beyond kids and teenagers.

Online-game developers eye China market

Western publishers face a maze of cultural and political barriers as they try to crack the potentially huge Chinese game market.
May 14, 2004

Handheld niches beckon for some

The spotlight is on Sony and Nintendo, but cell phone specialist Jamdat and GPS company Tiger Telematics have a few tricks up their sleeves.
May 14, 2004

The joys of E3

reporter's notebook Our coverage of the game event wraps up with embarrassing fan-boy behavior and games that should make cattle very, very nervous.
May 14, 2004

Game companies tweak online plans

Game software and hardware companies are cooling on the idea of subscription-based games and instead see big potential in minitransactions.
May 13, 2004

Handheld games mature

Nintendo and Sony look to attract an older, freer-spending class of gamers with new devices that differ from one another in several critical areas.
May 13, 2004

Army gunning for game players

The U.S. Army says its free PC game has turned into one of its most effective informational tools and could even help train real soldiers.
May 12, 2004

Sony cuts PlayStation price to $150

The entertainment giant also talks about its upcoming handheld game player and the Cell processor it's developing with Toshiba and IBM.
May 11, 2004

Study: Portable gamers to nearly double by 2009

Competition is pushing the growth of the games market, according to a Jupiter Research study that also found a surprising percentage of women among adult game players.
May 11, 2004

Electronic Arts embraces Xbox Live

A holdout no longer, the market-leading game publisher says it will bring its games, including the "Madden" football franchise, to Microsoft's online service.
May 10, 2004

Game accessory sales up slightly, study says

Market research company NPD Group sees a 10 percent increase in first-quarter sales of game devices. Game pads, steering wheels and stick controllers account for much of the growth.
May 10, 2004

HP to launch built-to-order gaming PC

Customers will be able to design their own gaming machines through a Web site that will go live this summer, Hewlett-Packard says.
May 10, 2004

Game handhelds to take spotlight at E3

Upcoming portable game players from Sony and Nintendo and a widely expected price cut for Sony's PlayStation 2 console top the agenda for the game industry's annual trade show.
May 6, 2004