So here’s the story. It seems young boys between 6 and 9 who spend too much time on their games consoles are less educated and less capable of reading and writing than kids the same age who aren’t tied to their Xbox, PlayStation or Wii.
The BBC and Nintendo UK today introduced a new version of the popular BBC iPlayer on Nintendo’s Wii.
First made available through the console’s Internet Channel in April 2008, BBC iPlayer will now be available as a dedicated Wii Channel to provide Wii users with a new, richer experience of the BBC’s TV and radio on-demand catch-up service. The new Wii Channel is expected to be available from 12.01am on Wednesday 18 November.
Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison all turned up at US games industry event E3 yesterday to pimp the world premiere of The Beatles: Rock Band.
This music-based video game offers a glimpse at The Beatles’ music, career, and legacy. The Beatles: Rock Band will be released worldwide on 9/9/09, as will the release of the entire, original, digitally re-mastered Beatles CD catalogue.
With the success of Guitar Hero and Rock Band, it really was only a matter of time before a gamut of that genre of gaming title hit the market, and now Disney Interactive Studios has announced ‘Ultimate Band’, a game which will feature music from the Plain White T’s.
Announced in February and developed by Fall Line Studio in Salt Lake City, Utah, Ultimate Band takes players through the star system, from first getting together to becoming rock royalty. It ships in the US in the coming weeks.
Just what’s so important about the growing links between music and video games is underlined by London-based Verdict Research, which predicts video games will outsell music and other video products this year for the first time.
In the 12 months to the end of 2008 Verdict predicts that the buoyant video games market will have grown by a massive £1.37bn – at a time when the combined music & video sectors have stagnated, with growth of just £0.03bn between them.
The researchers note that while the music and video sector has enjoyed a boost from the rapidly growing digital download market, general trading conditions remain challenging.