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  • Zynga may not be a household name, but its games are: "FarmVille" and "Mafia Wars" are two of the most popular applications on the web. Zynga's games have 235 million monthly users.

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    The turnaround may finally have arrived for the video game industry. March sales were up 6 percent compared to the 2009 numbers, marking the only positive growth the industry has seen since September 2009—and just the second month in the last 12 to show improvement.

  • Electronic Arts Headquarters, Redwood City, California

    While the level of rhetoric gets high in any corporate battle, it has moved well past that in this fight, with high profile employees being wooed away and gamer loyalties being put to the test. Ultimately, though, it's shareholders that, for better or worse, could be caught in the middle.

  • Young men play online games at an internet cafe in Beijing.

    South Korea has ordered the operators of the three most popular South Korean online games to block overnight access by users under the age of 18.

  • Apple iPad

    Beginning this fall, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch customers will have a new operating system for their devices that features a host of improvements, the company announced Thursday.

  • Modern Warfare 2

    When a game breaks entertainment industry sales records, there's usually not a lot of room to progress. But "Modern Warfare 2" is quickly becoming the gift that keeps giving for Activision.

  • There has been no drop-off in business since Tiger Woods’ scandal and our latest video game—Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11—will aim to draw sales from an uncommon group of audience, said Peter Moore, president of Electronic Arts Sports.

  • Grand Theft Auto IV

    Privately held publisher Codemasters is not a name that has traditionally rung a lot of bells with investors. But when an Indian investment firm announced it had bought a 50 percent stake in the company Monday, Codemasters quickly popped onto the Wall Street radar.

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    It came, it saw, it conquered. Kinda. Apple says it sold more than 300,000 iPads on Saturday (including pre-orders), a million apps were downloaded, along with 250,000 books.

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    Namco Bandai, the company behind the character, is planning a number of new Pac-Man game releases to coincide with the anniversary.

  • PlayStation 3

    Sony's new retail store in Nagoya, Japan is more hip and up-to-date than the company’s traditional Sony Style outlets and it's emblematic of hte company's struggle to regain its footing after a host of missteps.

  • Nintendo DSi XL

    Nintendo has made a habi of tweaking its Nintendo DS handheld gaming system and re-releasing it. The upgrades typically goose consumer demand, and there was no reason to think the just-launched Nintendo DSi XL would be any different.

  • World of Warcraft

    Activision, the video game industry's leader in persistent world gaming, will face new challenges from Electronic Arts and 38 Studios in coming months.

  • God of War III

    To ensure long-term success, a video game company has to continually introduce new intellectual properties. Creating those is expensive, though – and if they don’t click with gamers, it’s essential to have strong existing franchises to cushion the blow.

  • Wii

    While Nintendo is undergoing another fairly well documented hardware shortage after an unexpectedly strong December, the company’s executive vice president of sales & marketing is blaming software shortages on its disappointing February sales numbers.

  • Sony's Playstation Move

    After months of mystery, Sony has started spilling the beans about its upcoming motion control device.

  • Modern Warfare 2

    When two top Activison executives responsible for "Modern Warfare 2"—which, with more than $1 billion in revenue, became the biggest entertainment launch of any kind in history—were abruptly fired by the company last Monday, everyone knew a lawsuit would follow.

  • Modern Warfare 2

    The video game world was reeling Tuesday after two top executives and the developer responsible for last year’s biggest game were suddenly and unexpectedly dismissed.

  • After underperforming in 2009, video game stocks are poised to improve in 2010, said Arvind Bhatia, video game and entertainment analyst at Sterne, Agee & Leach. He shared his market insights.

  • PlayStation 3

    Sony Playstation 3 consoles began to reactivate late Monday, after an error with the console’s online network rendered some machines incapable of playing many recent games, leaving thousands of gamers stranded.