Japanese game makers mine the past

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Asahi.com : Video game makers rely on oldies as new titles flop

Video game software developers are struggling to survive in a shrinking domestic market. They’ve been hurt by a lack of success with new titles, and are relying instead on sales of updated versions of well-known titles…..

Where the rubber meets the (virtual) road

Gran Turismo 4, Mini Cooper in Japan
Fool.com: Where the Rubber Meets the (Virtual) Road [Commentary] November 30, 2004
…..we’d have up to four brand new street race [games] for this holiday season, on top of Sony’s (NYSE: SNE) grand simulator Gran Turismo 4….there is now room for all five games to have their own varying degrees of success….Namco released Street Racing Syndicate in September. While that game was fun, it got played out in about four days, and gamers were ready for another title…..

Electronics Exporters to EU scratch their heads about “RoHS”

Electronics exporters to EU stare at a RoHS block
Ever heard of RoHS? Well, those exporting or planning to export electronic items to the European Union had better….
[RoHS stands for restrictions of the use of hazardous substances]
…Products sold from then on in the EU will not be allowed to contain more than 0.1 per cent lead, mercury, chromium VI, polybrominated biphenyls, polybrominated diphenyl ethers and 0.01 per cent cadmium….. countries exporting electronics and IT hardware products to the EU will also have their products rejected, if they do not comply with the standards. As the leading electronics component manufacturer, Japan has already started modifying its processes to manufacture lead-free products….

Terrestrial Digital TV To Be Viewable By 80% Of Homes By End Of 2006

Terrestrial digital TV to be viewable by 80% of homes by end of 2006
….high-definition images and high-quality sound, terrestrial digital broadcasts will find their way into 27 million households or nearly 60 percent by the end of 2005….broadcasting service began a year ago in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya…..

Hollywood supporting HD-DVD format

PC World | UPDATE – HD-DVD picks up Hollywood support
The group supporting the HD-DVD optical disc format for high-definition video has received a boost in its battle against the rival Blu-ray Disc format with pledges of support from a number of Hollywood studios.

The format will be used by Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, the HD-DVD group said on Monday. It will also be used by HBO, Warner Bros. announced the same day.