Video Game Briefs17 Jan, 2004 By: Hive News
3M PS2s Sold in Last Months of 2003
Spurred by sales of the PlayStation 2 Combo Pack -- which included the video game console, an Ethernet modem and software -- Sony Computer Entertainment said it sold 3 million PS2 entertainment systems in November and December. Sony said it has sold more than 24.5 million PS2 units after 38 months on the market.
Gamers Can Rest Easy
Looking for a place to sit and play video games? High Point, N.C.-based Loftgoods has introduced Gamepod, an easy chair that features a 300-watt amplifier, two coaxial speakers and a tactile transducer designed to accommodate most home theatre systems, game consoles, DVD players and VCRs.
Whither Xbox II?
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft founder Bill Gates remained mum on an exact release date for the second-generation Xbox, according to a report from Reuters. Gates said progress on the Xbox II was ongoing. Meanwhile, last week Ed Fries, the head of the company’s games division, resigned.
Haitians Protest Game
A Haitian civil rights group has filed a lawsuit against New York-based publisher Rockstar Games, Sony Computer Entertainment, Microsoft and Wal-Mart, among others, seeking the removal of the line “Kill the Haitians” from the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, according to the Associated Press. The suit, filed last month in Palm Beach County, Fla., seeks more than $15,000 in damages. Rockstar, which has sold 11 million copies of the game, agreed to remove the offensive line from future editions of the game.