With no new video game consoles announced during the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the talk this week has been about the myriad of gaming choices players are going to have.
At this point, dad's already got his smartphone, a tablet and a couple of laptops, if you include the chunky old one collecting dust in the closet.
Sony looked to capitalize on its early sales lead in the console wars at its Electronic Entertainment Expo media briefing on Monday, repeating the mantras of "first," "better" and "only on" as selling points for its PlayStation 4.
Microsoft kept its eyes forward and revealed what is coming for the Xbox One this year and next at its 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo briefing in Los Angeles, California. However, it is what they didn't talk about that might be more interesting.
A year ago, Sony and Microsoft were kicking off their new next-generation video game consoles at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, California. This year, the event will be all about the games, as developers show what they can do with that new technology.
It's the gaming industry's gold standard, once named by Guinness World Records as the most influential video game in history.
Four decades before anyone took an arrow to the knee in "Skyrim," adventurers were sitting down with paper and pencil to battle fantasy monsters and explore rich, new worlds in a different kind of role-playing game.
Microsoft has slashed the price of its Xbox One console and is offering the device without the accompanying Kinect motion-control system.
For cybersecurity reasons, sailors on U.S. Navy vessels can't always use smartphones and tablets. And in the cramped quarters of a submarine, there's little room for shelves full of books.
Nintendo on Friday apologized to gamers for leaving same-sex couples out of an upcoming "life simulation" game that lets players, flirt, date, marry and have children.
The wearable technology movement is in full effect, and exercise-based activity trackers lead the way. Now, it's becoming child's play.
Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott. John Goodman and Kevin Spacey. "Doonesbury" cartoonist Garry Trudeau and "Robot Chicken" creator Seth Green.
"E.T." may have soared in the movies. But as a video game, it was an epic turkey.
When Amazon released its Fire TV system this month, it propelled the company into the increasingly competitive marketplace of devices that stream Web content into the living room.
Fans of fantasy franchises like "Game of Thrones" are famously devoted -- some might say fanatical.
The city lights of Philadelphia took on a whole new hue this weekend as two skyscrapers in the City of Brotherly Love became a 29-story video game.
Hacking your Xbox: So easy, even a 5-year-old could do it?
If Sony is to continue its sales dominance in the new gaming and entertainment console market, it may be one of its most popular exclusive titles for the PlayStation 4 that does the trick.
On the surface, Facebook's $2 billion purchase of Oculus VR, which develops virtual-reality technology, doesn't make a lot of sense.
Virtual reality, the emerging 3D technology many expect to be the next quantum leap in the video gaming world, just got a little more real.
Since the Xbox One's release last fall, customers have been waiting (some more patiently than others) for that one great game that would single-handedly justify the purchase of the next-generation video game console.
In the tech world, paying a celebrity to love your product can sometimes backfire.
Night gathers, and now your watch begins.
Sticks are the new boxes, at least when it comes to getting the Internet on your television.
Complaints of itchy, irritated wrists have prompted Fitbit to voluntarily recall all of its Fitbit Force wristband activity trackers.
How many people can play the same video game? Not in the same video game, mind you, but play the exact same game at once?
A tiny bird is frustrating game players in record numbers, again.
With 2013 firmly in the rearview mirror, the movers and shakers of the video gaming industry are focusing on where the next 12 months will take us.
It's bad enough that we have to fear identity thieves who are trying to scam us with malicious messages sent from PCs.
Sony's PlayStation 4 sold 4.2 million units through the end of 2013, Sony Computer Entertainment President Andrew House announced during the company's CES press conference Tuesday.
Remember 3D televisions? WebTV? Television have been a core CES category for many years. The devices got a bump a decade ago with flat-screen technology, but in recent years manufacturers have struggled to bring excitement back to the living room staple.
An awful lot of companies have tried to figure out how to make consumers want to stream Internet video in the living room.
At this year's International Consumer Electronics Show, the televisions will be bigger, the watches smarter and more attractive, and the homes and cars more connected.
Two new Pokémon games, "Pokémon X" and "Pokémon Y," have taken the gaming world by storm, selling more than 4 million units globally in their first two days of availability, and tracking to become the fastest-selling games of all time for the handheld Nintendo 3DS.
The Year of the Gamer. Does 2013 actually deserve that title?
Apple's Mac Pro, the high-end show horse of the company's desktop line, goes on sale Thursday, restoring some luster to deskbound computers that have been overshadowed by the mobile revolution.
Technology touches all ages.
As mobile devices get increasingly slimmer, so too will their corresponding USB connectors.
It's a recent Thanksgiving custom as traditional as turkey, stuffing or collapsing on the couch while watching NFL football: the Apple Store's annual announcement of Black Friday discounts.
As the cold, hard reality of the holiday shopping season dawns in earnest, literally millions of shoppers will be considering video-game consoles when they hit the stores (or stay warm shopping online) this week.
When it comes to tech gadgets as holiday gifts, the familiar is always popular.
What the #@!%? Some gamers uploading R-rated videos of themselves playing on the new Xbox One are learning the hard way that Microsoft is trying to crack down on cursing.
Arieo Gonzalez had been waiting for an Xbox One since 1 p.m. Thursday. Brian Miller, in his own way, had been waiting since June.
When Daniel Okalany bought his first computer at the age of 21, he was hooked.
Even as it celebrates brisk sales of its new PlayStation 4, Sony is offering help to gamers experiencing problems with the next-generation gaming console.
The late-fall chill outside a Best Buy store in Elkridge, Maryland, wasn't all that was keeping George Nelums awake late Thursday.
Next-generation video game consoles are nearly upon us, and with them will come increased power and cutting-edge developer tech.
The last time a new PlayStation or Xbox hit the market, Facebook had fewer than 12 million users, a tablet was a pill and nobody outside of Apple had heard of a gadget called the iPhone.
"Be kind, please rewind," the signs used to say in video stores, urging customers to return their rented VHS tapes spooled back to the beginning.
If there's one major point of emphasis for Apple's new desktop operating system, it's battery life.
On November 2 you can help raise millions of dollars for sick children by sitting on the sofa and playing video games.
With more than 2,000 heroes, villains and other characters pulled from the DC Comics universe, the latest in the "Scribblenauts" video game franchise has created a unique visual experience for gamers and comic fans alike.
HP and Google have rolled out an intriguing Chromebook today -- the 11-inch HP Chromebook 11.
Amazon on Wednesday announced three new Kindle Fire tablets: a 8.9- and 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX and a lower-end Kindle Fire HD. The tablets feature faster hardware, better screens, improved software and a subtle new look.
Apple has updated its entire iMac line of products with Intel's latest quad-core processors, new graphics, next-gen Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage.
Hiroshi Yamauchi, who built Nintendo from a small playing-card company into a global video-gaming empire before buying the Seattle Mariners, died Thursday in Japan. He was 85.
When players get their hands on "Grand Theft Auto V" on Tuesday, the gaming world will get another titillating dose of the sex and violence that has come to define the series in the eyes of millions -- many of whom have never played it.
The new iPhone 5S's performance upgrades and 64-bit processing chip will make the smartphone more responsive and faster. And mobile game developers are excited about the possibilities they see opening up with that newfound power.
More than 340,000 gamers from across Europe converged in this quaint German city last month to get their first hands-on with Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One consoles and to preview an assortment of new games.
Announcement of a Nintendo 2DS handheld console is causing a collective "eh" among fans of the pioneering gaming company.
Donny Moore watches at least part of every NFL game, every week, every year. After all, it's part of his job.
The "Niantic" was a whaling ship used during the Gold Rush of the 1800s and then run aground to be used for storage and as a hotel in a place now known as San Francisco.
The long-running debate about violence in video games was rekindled over the weekend with reports that an 8-year-old boy who police say shot and killed his elderly caregiver had been playing "Grand Theft Auto IV," a game rated as appropriate for adults.
Sarah Luchsinger started playing Disney's online game "Toontown" in 2005 at the urging of her then 10-year-old goddaughter. It's become a place where she can spend time with her husband and two sons, working together on tasks and feeling like part of the larger "Toontown" community.
Gamescom brings video game fans, developers and companies together in one place to discover what's new, and what's coming, in the gaming industry.
O Roamio, Roamio, wherefore art thou Roamio? The answer, hopes TiVo, is next to your TV.
When you're about to settle in for four days of serious gaming, while crammed into a single room with a couple thousand of your peers, there are some unique concerns.
Here's a brief history lesson for you.
A new report suggests adult women are nearly half of all video game players. That's a number that can be read in the changing tone of some of today's top games. But it's also one that some female gamers say isn't really as close to even as it should be.
Wander into any gaming forum thread, chat room or multiplayer-action communications, and you quickly discover that gamers can be an insensitive lot. But there are also instances where the hardcore, win-at-all-costs trash talking goes silent and they band together to do good.
Google rolled out a new Nexus 7 tablet on Wednesday. But a much smaller, much cheaper new gadget may be the one that makes a seismic impact in the consumer technology world.
Google has a simple and inexpensive new way to stream Internet videos on your TV.
How do you imagine the computer of the future?
Gaming has become an important part of Comic-Con International, the annual gathering that brings 150,000 attendees to San Diego for a celebration of comics, movies, television and pop culture.
How much is playing the same video game for a month worth? To an exasperated parent of an obsessed young gamer, probably not much.
Smartphone competition isn't just about choosing the biggest screen, fastest processor or sleekest operating system. As phones continue to replace point-and-shoot cameras, a new battleground for smartphone manufacturers is camera quality.
Could your smartphone really give you a lethal electric shock?
Did Florida just accidentally make all computers and smartphones illegal?
Forget the macho world of the standard shoot-'em up video game. Rather than relying on blood, gore and mayhem, a number of game developers are tapping into their inner emotions, inviting gamers along for adventures of the psyche.
Google is reportedly working on a video game console that would be powered by its Android operating system, potentially putting another huge tech player in an arena dominated by Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo.
The newest version of Windows is getting some changes. Among them? A little dose of old Windows.
Well, that was quick. Just hours after going on sale in the U.S., Canada and the UK, the OUYA gaming console was already sold out Tuesday morning on Amazon, though other retailers still had it in stock.
Reacting to "feedback from the Xbox community," Microsoft is appearing to reverse course and change two key components to policies for its new Xbox One video game console.
Julia Enright often plays at night while watching TV. Billy Byler plays in the airport while waiting for his flight. University student Breanna Reboca, a skilled multitasker, plays on her phone while walking to class.
The annual Electronics Entertainment Expo, which wrapped up here Thursday, is all about next-generation gaming.
It hasn't been a blockbuster year for Nintendo, the video-gaming company that brought us "Donkey Kong," "Super Mario Bros." and the Wii.
Three or four years ago, it was supposed to be the next big thing in consumer tech: the magic of 3-D, right in your living room.
"This is a big change, consumers don't always love change, and there's a lot of education we have to provide to make sure that people understand."
At a coming-out party for its upcoming PlayStation 4 console, Sony leveled its guns at rival Microsoft's Xbox One device and fired until the chambers were empty.
Much of the focus this week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the video game industry's big annual trade show, will be on Microsoft and Sony, which both have new game consoles coming in time for the holiday shopping season.
With lingering questions about privacy, game trading and selling, and an "always-on" Kinect device, Microsoft has released new details about the new Xbox One console, hoping to address issues that have had some fans in an uproar.
Let's face it: In 2013, the words "dad" and "tech" don't clash like they used to.
With seemingly every kid in America glued most waking hours to a glowing digital device, you might expect their parents to be worried about the potentially harmful effects of all that screen time.
Microsoft's new video game console, the Xbox One, made its long-awaited debut last month. The real story here isn't about video games, though.
With E3, the world's biggest video game expo, approaching, Sony and Microsoft are getting ready to wow the entertainment world with their next generation consoles.
A rare working model of the Apple 1, the tech giant's first desktop computer, sold for more than $671,000 over the weekend at an auction in Germany.
Ben Vu's parents and older brother fled South Vietnam by boat in 1975 -- in the chaotic and violent final days before Saigon fell to communist forces from the north.
Microsoft unveils their new Xbox One system that it says will connect TV, gaming, Internet and media all in one.
One of the top online gamers of "Starcraft II" in the world, Korea's MVP takes us inside the life of a pro-gamer.
Twist, un app que ayuda a las personas que llegan tarde a sus citas.
Meet the "rock, paper, scissors" robot that never loses. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.
The new MacBook Pro with Retina display has the sharpest screen on the market, but its price may be too high for many.
Researchers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base created state-of-the-art uniforms that resemble the comic hero.
CNN's Jim Boulden takes the Samsung Galaxy S III for a test spin. Could this smartphone knock iPhone from its throne?
CNN looks at how one man changed the gaming world one block at a time.
Imagine a character, draw it, and watch it come to life. The Next List interviews Eric Cleckner at SXSW about GraFighers.
A day before Zynga bought his company, OMGPop CEO Dan Porter told CNNMoney he wants to keep making more offbeat games.
The software giant released Kinect for Windows, a $250 motion sensor marketed toward businesses, not gamers.
Mark Pincus, CEO of Zynga, explains how his company's upcoming new website will make it into a game network.
Rovio CMO Peter Vesterbacka discusses the game's launch on Facebook and why they rejected a $2 billion buyout from Zynga.
HLN's Mario Armstrong reveals how gadgets and tech can help keep your health in check.
HLN's Mario Armstrong reveals what's behind the new gadgets you can now find behind the wheel.
The electronics giant has developed a prototype touchscreen that is completely transparent.
Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime says his company's next console, the Wii U, will help it win back hardcore gamers.
The successor to the PSP faces serious competition from Nintendo's 3DS and iPhone and Android smartphones.
CNN's Dan Simon previews this year's Consumer Electronics Show and says why Microsoft won't be there next year.
Tech expert Mario Armstrong looks at the hot-ticket items at the CES show: Ultrabooks and 3D TV.
HLN's Mario Armstrong is at CES and takes a look at connected devices, some that may even improve your health.
Apple's iPad 2 was launched in London with great fanfare. Nina Dos Santos reports.
Buyers from around the world explain way they're willing to wait hours outside Apple's London store to get their iPad.
CNN's Jim Bittermann reports on five French brothers who turned a farm supply store into a computer gaming giant.
Hackers nab personal data, but not credit card information, of over 1 million online Sega game users.
After 14 years, "Duke Nukem Forever" is finished and releasing to game fans in the U.S. CNN's Kristie Lu Stout reports.
Join Doug Gross to see the latest games on the floor of the world's biggest gaming expo, E3.
CNN's Kristie Lu Stout explains how Apple's iCloud is expected to allow users to stream music.
CNN.com's Doug Gross reacts to strongly worded comments about his article on five video games Lady Gaga could invade.
Sony says hackers have stolen personal data from PlayStation users. CNN's Kristie Lu Stout reports.
CNN's Dan Simon talks to Rovio's Peter Vesterbacka about the success of hit mobile game "Angry Birds."
Fifteen years ago, chess master Garry Kasparov took on a supercomputer, with man winning 4-2.
CNN's Kristie Lu Stout looks at some of the best tech gifts for the Lunar New Year.
Digital lifestyle expert Mario Armstrong has more on Nintendo's 3D gaming system and the future of 3D television.
CNN's Kristie Lu Stout takes a look at the impact of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who is taking a medical leave.
CNN's Dan Simon reports on all the buzz at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
What makes your credit card or passport easy to scan could be making it easier for crooks to rip you off. WREG reports.
November: From the Cold War to zombies, the new "Call of Duty" aims to get fans shooting.
M.I.C. Gadget editor Chris Chang reviews some of this year's best shanzhai or knock offs made in China.
Gaming never had it so good, especially when people start to take it seriously. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.
Live demonstration of new technology to make character-based video games more accurate.
A new video game system allows users to control what happens on the screen by just moving their bodies.
CNN's Kyung Lah gives Xbox Kinect a test run at the Tokyo Game Show.
With PlayStation turning 15 today, we take a look back at the big game systems and look ahead to the future of gaming.
Sony claims its new move controller is an improvement, not a copy, of the Wii. CNN's Colleen McEdwards reports.
It flies and streams live video, but this drone is no weapon of war. CNN's Kristie Lu Stout takes it for a spin.
"Crisis in the Gulf," a new video game for the Xbox, lets you zap virtual oil blobs. CNN's Josh Levs reports.
CNN takes a look at Microsoft's new Kinect motion control device.
At the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo, testers show off Sony Playstation's newest device, Move.
Nintendo is jumping on the 3-D gaming wagon. CNN takes a look at the game-maker's newest games and the Nintendo 3DS.
Actor Leonard Nimoy shows CNN how to step into a movie with Yoostar 2 at E3 in Los Angeles.
A physics professor uses science to quiet the noise from gamers. CNN speaks with inventor of "KOR-fx" Shahriar Afshar.
The makers of Sony Playstation 3 continue their push into 3-D gaming, announcing the release of several titles at E3.