Here’s a roundup of today’s news found elsewhere on the internet:

ActiBlizz Q1 2010 financials: Better-than-expected results for Q1 2010 (vg247) - Activision has released its Q1 2010 financial results with net revenues at $1.3B, and its non-GAAP net revenues at $714M.

“Our better-than-expected first quarter performance was driven by strong global consumer demand for Activision’s Call of Duty and Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft,” said CEO Bobby Kotick in the release.

“Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare(R) 2 was the number one title overall in the U.S. and Europe for the quarter, which illustrates the continued momentum of our cataloge.

“Additionally, during the quarter, Activision launched DreamWorks’ How To Train Your Dragon and the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package, which shattered Xbox LIVE records with more than one million packages downloaded in the first 24 hours.

“Throughout the remainder of the year, we plan to release our strongest video game lineup ever based on some of the industry’s highest quality, profitable franchises.

“In addition, we continue to strengthen our franchise portfolio and development resources for the future. Our high-quality brands, industry leading operational capabilities and solid balance sheet should enable us to take full advantage of the opportunities afforded by the expanding interactive entertainment market and allow us to deliver continued superior returns to our shareholders.

“We continue to find ways to add profitable franchises that allow us to increase our operating margins. In this regard we recently announced a ten-year alliance with Bungie, one of the premier studios in our industry.

“This relationship will allow Activision to broaden its product portfolio with exciting new games and underscores our commitment to partnering with the best creative talent in the industry’”.

Guinness: Top 50 game series voted by readers (vg247) - Guinness World Records has announced the all-time Top 50 Videogame Series as voted on by readers, and it looks like Halo, Call of Duty, and Zelda are the series over 13K of you loved the most.

The list is currently featured in the Guinness World Records 2010 Gamer’s Edition, which in turn lists all titles created for each of the series.

“We decided to take a different approach with this list than we did in the previous edition,” said Guinness gaming editor Gaz Deaves.

“Instead of asking developers, industry insiders and journalists to rank their favorite titles, we approached a different kind of expert: the players themselves.

“We are confident that this ‘top 50′ more accurately reflects the tastes of the average gamer and not just the critics.”

Here’s the list in its entirety:

1. Halo
2. Call of Duty
3. The Legend of Zelda
4. Guitar Hero
5. Metal Gear
6. Super Mario Bros.
7. World of Warcraft
8. Gears of War
9. Super Smash Bros.
10. Grand Theft Auto
11. Pokémon
12. Resident Evil
13. Fallout
14. Half-Life
15. Sonic the Hedgehog
16. Counter-Strike
17. Runescape
18. FIFA
19. Kingdom Hearts
20. Final Fantasy
21. Pac-Man
22. Madden NFL
23. The Sims
24. Tomb Raider
25. WWE Smackdown Vs. RAW
26. Rock Band
27. LittleBigPlanet
28. Saints Row
29. The Elder Scrolls
30. God of War
31. GoldenEye 007
32. Bioshock
33. KillZone
34. Skate
35. Left 4 Dead
36. Need for Speed
37. Chrono Trigger
38. Gran Turismo
39. StarCraft
40. Ratchet & Clank
41. Pong
42. Tom Clancy’s
43. Star Wars: Battlefront
44. Battlefield
45. Diablo
46. Lego Batman
47. Mario Kart
48. Burnout
49. Crash Bandicoot
50. Pro Evolution Soccer

In creating the list, the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition website hosted a poll between January and August 2009.

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Wii Sales Down 21% In A Single Year (Kotaku) - Could the huff finally be running out of Nintendo's recent puff? As far as the current generation of hardware is concerned, it certainly looks that way.

Nintendo released its annual fiscal report today, and perhaps the most interesting finding is that hardware sales for both the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS are down, in the Wii's case significantly, from the previous year.

For the financial year running from April 2008 to March 2009, Nintendo sold 25.95 million Wiis. Over the same period last financial year (Apr 09 - Mar 10), sales were down to 20.53 million. Still a remarkable number overall, yes, but it's also a 21% drop in sales over a single year, which is surely cause for concern at Nintendo.

Ironically given the recent reveal of the Nintendo 3DS, the DS family fared a little better. Although sales were also down for Nintendo's handhelds, from 31 million to 27 million, this is "only" a 12% drop, something the company had to be expecting, given the fact the DS is five and a half years old.

Projections for the current fiscal year predict further decline for the Wii, down to 18 million sold, but the impending launch of the 3DS - which Nintendo shrewdly is including as a "DS" console, despite earlier claims to the contrary - has DS sales climbing back up to 30 million.

Software too was down, Wii game sales down 6% from 204 million to 191 million, with DS software down 23%, from 197 million to 151 million.

Before you get too doomy and gloomy, though, bear this in mind: even though sales are down, this was still Nintendo's third-best year ever.