Todays Gaming News

Here are a bunch of gaming news articles or blog posts from today and the past day or so.

Valve hardware survey shows gamers yet to embrace Vista In terms of operating systems, Windows XP again led the pack with 93 percent. Only 5.27 percent of respondents had upgraded to Windows Vista, with the rest on Windows 2000 or Server 2003. The low uptake of Vista even among high-end gamers will undoubtedly make some developers rethink whether or not to invest heavily in DirectX 10, which is Vista-only. Many gamers reported that they tested Vista but went back to XP for various reasons?when DirectX 10-capable graphics cards become more mainstream and Vista graphics drivers achieve higher levels of maturity, the Vista numbers should increase.

Starcraft 2 beta keys for all Blizzcon visitors? Details are surfacing about the fun and games that is Blizzcon 2007. Today, Blizzard announced some of the swag that you can expect when you attend this August.

Rockstar Dismisses Talk of GTA IV Delay Two of of the biggest games due in 2007 are Halo 3 and Grand Theft Auto IV. As luck would have it, they’re coming out within a couple weeks of one another – despite what you may have heard to the contrary.

Xbox 360 getting next-gen ‘Pac-Man’ Microsoft, together with Namco Bandai Games America, on Tuesday announced a new version of the classic arcade Pac-Man at the Pac-Man World Championships in New York’s Times Square. Pac-Man Championship Edition will have the first new mazes in 26 years. The new title is set to be available Wednesday morning on the Xbox Live Marketplace for 800 Microsoft points. Yawn.

Alienware’s Hangar18 HD Entertainment Center goes on sale Alienware’s new Hangar18: HD Entertainment Center (announced at CES) fires a direct shot at Sony, Velocity Micro, and the other PC vendors still hanging on in the home theater PC game. Equipped with a built-in 200-watt surround sound amplifier, an HDMI output, 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi, and a Gyration Media Center remote (the keyboard costs $50 extra), the Hangar18 looks about as well-stocked as the competition. It even trumps both Sony and Velocity Micro by giving you the option to upgrade to two over-the-air HD tuners and two analog tuners, for a total of four cable streams from which you can watch or record video.