Monday, August 07, 2006

New twist on NFL Fantasy Football & Proof Women Play Games, too

You like Fantasy Football leagues? Well, CBS Sportsline has a regular league but is adding a new one this season, "Head's Up Fantasy Football," that allows users to challenge players, whether they are fellow league members, other friends or even total strangers to a head-to-head game of Fantasy Football on a weekly basis throughout the regular season and all the way up to the Super Bowl.

In Heads Up, the pool of draftable players consists of NFL teams participating in either the early or late Sunday games. From these pools, participants in the Heads Up game will hold a draft along with their opponent where each selects a starting quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, a tight end, a kicker and a team defense along with three reserves.

Participants conduct add/drops as well as activate and reserve players while live games are played. Changes are reflected in the following quarter of action.

Heads Up Fantasy Football launches August 31st and is free of charge.


-- Capcom's Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting, the company’s first title for Xbox Live Arcade is doing big business on Xbox Live. Since debuting Aug. 2, it's become the fastest selling Xbox Live Arcade title to date with hundreds of matches being played every hour.

-- In the tradition of myspace, is a social networking site, a virtual community giving users an online getaway. You can interact with others through text, voice chat and compete in games like paintball, get in an online fashion show or card games. Basic membership is free!

-- Soccer fans rejoice. FIFA 07 is coming Oct. 3 to North America.

All the top leagues are including, including MLS and 26 other leagues from 20 other nations. This year, Electronic Arts has added Interactive Leagues, a new online mode that enables you to pit your club against supporters of your real-world opponents.

The online interactive leagues feature the F.A. Premier League, Bundesliga, French League and the Mexican 1st Division. This allows games to play according to the real-world schedule. When they play, you play.

-- From the "you never would guess" files:

Thirty-eight percent of all game players are women. Women over the age of 18 represent a significantly greater portion of the game-playing population (30%) than boys age 17 or younger (23%) according to the Entertainment and Software Association.

Thirty-five percent of American parents say they play computer and video games . Further, 80 percent of gamer parents say they play video games with their kids. Sixty-six percent feel that playing games has brought their families closer together.

On a similar note, women make up 59 percent of all consumers who play games on cell phones , according to Parks Associates, a research firm. And they drive more than 60 percent of the revenue in almost every genre of mobile games, according to research firm Telephia Inc. Women play cell phone games because they are easy to pick up and play and are not time intensive. That is exactly the types of games Nintendo is launching under their Touch Generations brand like Brain Age, Big Brain Academy and Nintendogs, a game where you raise and train these realistic and very visual puppies.

No comments: