Jetsetter: Sony sells 30 million PlayStation 3 consoles across Europe

This week in Jetsetter we sweep across the European continent to look at PlayStation 3 sales, look at a little Belarusian company's success in Russia with World of Tanks, and stop off in Japan to lament Zynga's fall in the country.

Gifts of Holiday Past: Before there was Farmville, Tamagotchi was the pinnacle of time-wasting tech

One of my most beloved holiday gifts was my Tamagotchi virtual pet. But 16 years later, are people still playing with the toys? In a word: holycrapyes. We found a Tamagotchi fan who not only plays with them; he has an arsenal of more than…

Blizzard expands StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm beta test

Thanks to a recent decision to expand the beta test for StarCraft II's Heart of the Swarm expansion, anyone who preordered the game prior to December 18 is now eligible to play the game prior to its official debut.

Maxis: SimCity’s DRM scheme is necessary and positive

In reaction to widespread fan outcry, SimCity developer Maxis has offered up a litany of reasons why the game's digital rights management scheme, which requires players to be connected to the 'net to save the game, is actually beneficial to…

National Rifle Association blames video games (among others) for Newtown tragedy

In its first official statement regarding the tragic December 14 shooting at Newtown, Connecticutt's Sandy Hook Elementary school, the National Rifle Association has pinned blamed for the incident on the influence of violent video games.

Halo 4 is not $5 on iOS, despite two App Store listings to the contrary

A portable version of Halo 4 that you can play on your iPhone seems to good to be true, and if you attempt to download the game via the iOS App Store, you'll quickly learn that this is, in fact, the case.

Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi teases a re-release for his cult RPG

Take heart, suffering Earthbound fans. Your beloved role-playing series may yet be saved from the Nintendo archives. Iconic Japanese humorist Shigesato Itoi hints that his long lost series of games may finally be re-released.

World of Tanks tops League of Legends with 45 million players

Don't think free-to-play gaming is huge? Take a look at World of Tanks. The free MMO about tanks shooting each other has racked up 45 million players, close to four times the peak membership of World of Warcraft.

Human Head: Pester Bethesda if you want to play Prey 2

Bethesda finally published a hit outside The Elder Scrolls series this year when it released Dishonored. Now people are wondering what happened to its other promising original, Prey 2. Developer Human Head says to ask the publisher for…

Digital Blend: Borderlands 2 DLC, Infocom awesomeness, and Steam explodes over The War Z

Welcome to Digital Blend, your one-stop shop for coverage and recommendations of all things relating to mobile gaming, digital marketplaces, and indie titles (for the week ending December 23).

Saints Row vs. Assassin’s Creed: Ubisoft considers buying THQ

Beleaguered video game publisher THQ found a buyer to carry it through bankruptcy proceedings this week, but that doesn't mean other companies won't make a bid. Word is that Ubisoft may buy THQ in 2013.
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Nintendo TVii review: A great idea that simply doesn’t work yet

Nintendo's killer app for the Wii U is an amazing concept for bringing together all the different ways we watch television in 2012. There's just one problem: It doesn't really work yet.