Gaming News

Syndicate content Gaming News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Get the latest gaming news headlines from Yahoo! News. Find breaking gaming news, including analysis and opinion on top gaming stories.
Updated: 22 hours 25 min ago

Angry Birds site hacked after surveillance claims

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 1:14pm

HELSINKI (AP) — Angry Birds creator Rovio Entertainment Ltd. says the popular game's website was defaced by hackers Wednesday, two days after reports that the personal data of its customers might have been accessed by U.S. and British spy agencies.


PlayStation Now private beta invites rolling out

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 11:15am

Sony has quietly started to send out private beta invites via email for its PlayStation Now game streaming service that was announced a few weeks ago at CES 2014, a Neogaf forum poster revealed. “With this invitation, you will receive exclusive access to test PlayStation’s game streaming service before its full launch and the opportunity to provide regular feedback to the PlayStation Now team,” Sony wrote in the invitation email. With PlayStation Now, Sony wants to offer customers a gaming experience across a variety of devices by eliminating the need of downloading or purchasing games. Instead, the PlayStation 3 titles are hosted in the cloud and played on supported devices. Initially, the service will work on PlayStation models, but Sony


Nintendo’s Q3 profit plummets as Wii U weighs heavy

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 8:25am

What oh what is Nintendo to do with the Wii U? The storied video game company on Wednesday reported earnings for its third fiscal quarter. While sales of its 3DS portable console line continued to hum along at 7.76 million units, the company only managed to sell 1.95 million Wii U consoles despite several anticipated game launches during the holiday quarter, including Super Mario 3D World. Nintendo’s net income plummeted by nearly one-third to Y10.1 billion, or about $98 million, in the December quarter. The company’s operating income came in at Y21.7 billion, or $211 million, and sales in the quarter totaled just over Y499 billion, or $4.8 billion. Nintendo has now sold a cumulative total of just over 5.8 million Wii U


Nintendo denies smartphone rumor, leaves wiggle room

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 8:12am

"There are no plans to offer mini-games on smartphone devices," clarifies the Japanese console giant, but doesn't rule out demos or video apps. Japanese newspaper Nikkei had reported on January 28 that Nintendo was looking to put demos and mini-games on smartphones as a way of whetting players' appetites for fuller gaming experiences on consoles. That snippet sneaked out ahead of the company's quarterly earnings release on the 29th, and Nintendo took the opportunity to release a statement denying Nikkei's news. "Nikkei's article contains information previously stated by Mr. Iwata during past press conferences, including statements which relate to Nintendo's willingness to make use of smart devices to promote our products," read the update.


Nintendo boss to halve pay after profit dives

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 6:47am

The head of Nintendo said Wednesday he would slash his salary in half after announcing a 30 percent dive in nine-month profit on weak demand for its new Wii U console as gamers are enticed by cheap, downloadable games for mobiles. President Satoru Iwata told reporters he would draw a reduced salary for five months to atone for the downturn, while other members of the board will take a pay cut of between 20 and 30 percent. Nintendo is due to hold an analyst conference Thursday to outline plans for a new business strategy. "Nintendo's worse-than-expected performance is mainly due to a slump in the Wii U," said Hideki Yasuda, a games analyst at Ace Securities in Tokyo.


Nintendo profit falls on sluggish Wii U sales

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 5:04am

TOKYO (AP) — Profit at Nintendo Co. fell 30 percent in the first nine months of the fiscal year as sales of Wii U home consoles, 3DS devices and game software languished. Top executives announced they would take pay cuts.


Nintendo looks to power-up Mario after not-so-super Wii U

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 4:11am

By Sophie Knight and Reiji Murai TOKYO (Reuters) - Nintendo Co Ltd, facing a third year of losses, is getting lots of unsolicited advice on how to squeeze more out of its Mario franchise and revive its fortunes after admitting that its Wii U game console has been a flop. One thing, however, is certain - it will have to burn through a lot of its cash pile in the years it takes to try again with the Wii U's successor. The Nintendo that emerges could well be a more efficient company - better at marketing its beloved characters, but still wedded to its basic strategy of making hardware as the vehicle for software developed in-house. The Kyoto-based company has been slow to move online, falling behind Microsoft Corp and Sony Corp, which will launch a cloud-based streaming service this summer enabling users to play the same game across numerous platforms.


Nintendo turns in drab quarterly results after slashing annual forecasts

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 3:40am

Nintendo Co Ltd posted lackluster results for its traditionally strongest third quarter on Wednesday after disappointing sales for its flagship Wii U console forced it to slash its annual forecasts earlier this month. Writing by Shinichi Saoshiro;


Rovio denies selling out Angry Birds players to NSA

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:30pm

Although we’ve come to expect the National Security Agency to spy on Internet users by hacking into Microsoft, Google and Facebook’s data centers, even the most cynical among us didn’t imagine that the NSA had similarly latched its tentacles onto Angry Birds. And yet that’s just what we learned on Monday when a Pro Publica investigation found that spy agencies are able to determine an Angry Birds player’s “location, age, sex and other personal information” using data culled from advertising firms such as Millennial Media. Now, however, Rovio has come out with an adamant denial that it had any role in handing its gamers’ personal information to the NSA or any other spy agency. “The alleged surveillance may be conducted through


Angry birds: Tech giants can give glimpse of NSA spying, but not much

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 8:19pm
The Obama administration’s decision to allow Internet companies to report broadly the number of national security requests they receive is a step toward improved public transparency for government surveillance, but less than meets the eye, civil libertarians and legal experts say. In the wake of revelations last year that popular social media companies had been targeted by the National Security Agency’s PRISM data collection program, five companies filed legal motions before the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to release more information about government data requests. Worried the surveillance would tarnish their brands, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Yahoo argued in legal filings that the step toward transparency was necessary to show customers more specifically the degree of surveillance conducted and to reassure them it was a tiny fraction of the total. New disclosures that the NSA has also been using data from smartphone apps, such as Angry Birds, to collect information on people, set off a new wave of reassurances to customers.

Video game maker EA's 3Q sales, outlook disappoint

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 8:11pm
Electronic Arts' holiday-quarter sales and its outlook for the current period disappointed investors, and the video game maker's shares dropped in extended trading. The Redwood City, Calif., company makes ...

Native support for PlayStation 2 games purportedly coming to the PS4

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 5:39pm

One of the biggest disappointments in this new console generation is the unfortunate lack of backwards compatibility. Although PlayStation Now will be an acceptable middle ground for many gamers, it’s always a bit of a heartbreak to leave a hard-earned collection of games behind, which is why a recent report from Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry might be the most exciting gaming news of 2014 so far. According to unnamed sources, Sony is looking to bring full-scale emulation of PS1 and PS2 games to the PlayStation 4, while upscaling the graphics in the process. PlayStation Now would be dedicated to PS3 games alone rather than the whole library of PlayStation content. “Sony’s use of emulation as opposed to PlayStation Now streaming is


An unpaid bill leads to costly video game battle

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 5:15pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Carl was asleep when the first shot was fired.


Baby knows 'Xbox' before any other word

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 3:32pm
Nine-month-old Kyla Hollan is just beginning to understand words. But according to her parents, so far she only responds to one: "Xbox."

Here are 5 games that could put the Wii U back on track in 2014

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 3:04pm

Now that the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have taken the world by storm, Nintendo has a lot of catching up to do. Of course, Nintendo already had plenty of catching up to do when it failed to promote its console or even explain to potentially willing consumers exactly what the Wii U was going to be, but now that the market is being dominated by faster, sleeker hardware, Nintendo needs to prove to gamers that it has something to offer than Sony and Microsoft don’t. If history is any indication, Nintendo is going to have to strike back with games. The Wii U is never going to be as powerful or as capable of a media device as its


Nintendo to offer taste of console gaming on mobile

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:37pm

Nintendo is expected to announce this week that playable demos and mini-game versions of full console titles will be made available on smartphones, according to Japanese news agency Nikkei. The plan is to introduce iOS and Android users to games that can only be experienced in full on Nintendo devices, according to a summary made available by industry consultant Dr. Serkan Toto. That may well mean mini-game collections or even playable demos designed as tasters. Much more likely -- and far more straightforward to implement -- would be a bespoke video app to distribute the firm's regular previews broadcast under its Nintendo Direct banner.


Video: Man runs back into burning home after escaping… to save his Xbox

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:16am

Heroes are a rare breed, but they do exist. Every so often, we see a news story that reminds us there are still people out there who will rise to the occasion and summon the courage to help their fellow man despite imminent danger. Against all odds, they stare death in the face and fight through the fear. Fueled by adrenaline and a willingness to go above and beyond in order to help those in peril, only a select few will put themselves in harm’s way for the sake of others. The latest tale of an ordinary person becoming a hero comes from Kansas, where a man rushed back into his burning home to save the love of his life… his


'Gears of War' videogame will stay in Xbox arsenal

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:33am

Microsoft on Monday said that it bought the rights to "Gears of War" in a move that promises to keep the hit videogame franchise true to Xbox consoles. Microsoft and rival Sony in November released new-generation videogame consoles, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 respectively, and the battle for devotees includes exclusive games. "Gears of War" has been only available for play on Xbox consoles and Windows-powered personal computers. Buying the rights from studio Epic Games allows Microsoft to lock the door to a version being crafted for PlayStation at some point in the future.


Nintendo is going mobile, but don’t hold your breath for a full Mario iPhone game

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 8:25am

Nintendo may finally be ready to launch mobile games, Nikkei reports, but the company will not simply unleash its Mario or Pokemon universes on iPhone, Android or Windows Phone just yet, even though millions of buyers would likely appreciate such a move. Instead, the company wants to use the growing popularity of mobile content including games to attract users and convince them to invest in Nintendo hardware and games. The company will reportedly release videos and mini games that will be available free of charge to mobile device users, who would then buy Nintendo consoles to play the full exclusive titles that will be teased via mobile downloadable content. Furthermore, users will reportedly be able to purchase new games for


Nintendo is going mobile, but don’t hold your breath for a full Mario iPhone game [updated]

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 8:25am

Nintendo may finally be ready to launch mobile games, Nikkei reports, but the company will not simply unleash its Mario or Pokemon universes on iPhone, Android or Windows Phone just yet, even though millions of buyers would likely appreciate such a move. Instead, the company wants to use the growing popularity of mobile content including games to attract users and convince them to invest in Nintendo hardware and games. The company will reportedly release videos and mini games that will be available free of charge to mobile device users, who would then buy Nintendo consoles to play the full exclusive titles that will be teased via mobile downloadable content. Furthermore, users will reportedly be able to purchase new games for