Sony has released a variety of downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP through the PlayStation Store.
Ndoors has officially launched its online game WonderKing. As with other free-to-play persistent online games, the official launch of this side-scrolling massively multiplayer online role-playing game means that players can purchase items in the game's cash shop.
Red 5 Studios, a California-based studio working on massively multiplayer online games, confirmed that it laid off some of the company's staff as part of a restructuring.
This week's downloadable game for Xbox Live Arcade is KrissX, a puzzle game in which players move letters around to complete words. Developed by Regolith Games, KrissX can be downloaded for 800 points ($10).
Sony Online Entertainment has launched a game update for its massively multiplayer online game Star Wars Galaxies called "Galactic Civil War: Forces Under Siege." The update sees the galaxy divided between Imperial and Rebel forces, with players defending or assaulting cities to improve their faction's standing. The game adds new offensive and defensive structures along with profession-based quests.
Sony's game MAG for the PlayStation 3 has shipped to stores. The game supports multiplayer battles with up to 256 players on a single battlefield.
Casual Game publisher MumboJumbo has been awarded $4.6 million in damages from PopCap Games for an alleged breach of contract by PopCap:
Strategy First, together with developer GolemLabs, has released The InLaws as a download for the PC (from Strategy First). The game has players competing against in-game in-laws to win the influence of related family members.
It's Thursday, so Sony is (once again) releasing a slate of downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP:
Harmonix, part of MTV Games, is continuing its quest to make Rock Band the method by which you get new music. Harmonix has launched the "Rock Band Network" beta, allowing musicians to introduce new tracks for Rock Band that (if approved) will be sold in the Rock Band store.
This week, Microsoft has added two games to Xbox Live Arcade. Now, Xbox 360 owners can download Death by Cube and Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment:
Linden Lab, the company behind the virtual world Second Life has hired Bob Komin as the company's Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Linden Lab, Komin worked as the CFO for a solar energy start-up firm called Solexel.
It's a quiet week for the PlayStation Store, but two new downloads are available for the PSP:
Japanese game publisher GCrest is opening an office in San Francisco, California, to expand its North American presence. The office should open next month and will focus (as does GCrest abroad) on casual online games.
A new study published in the journal Cerebral Cortex demonstrates that the size of certain structures in the brain are strongly linked to performance in video games:
Digi Ronin Games has released its game Mary Kay Andrews: The Fixer Upper for the PC and Mac through major download portals. This hidden-object-style adventure game is based on the novel The Fixer Upper and provides around 20 scenes from the book.
Casual game publisher Oberon Media has hired Pat Barry as the company's Chief Financial Officer. Barry previously worked at Bluefly and will serve as CFO based in New York.
Got Game Entertainment has shipped Twin Sector for the PC to stores today. The game is a physics-based action game set in a post-apocalyptic future where the player must save the rest of humanity, currently slumbering in cryogenic sleep.
Sony has released several new downloadable games through the PlayStation Store, including Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond for the PlayStation Store and several games for the PSP.
This week's release for Xbox Live Arcade is Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond, downloadable for 1,200 points ($15). Developed by Vicious Cycle, the game is a platformer in which players shoot their way through the enemies of a falsely nostalgic videogame hero.
CDV Software Entertainment's game Divinity II - Ego Draconis is now in stores for the Xbox 360 and PC. This sequel to Divine Divinity, developed by Larian Studios, is an RPG of epic scope that revisits the world of Rivellon.