The E.S.R.B. has decided to add a new rating to its arsenal – E10+. This rating will be approved for audiences of at least 10 years of age. Seems that they want to be more specific on the age groups each game is tailored for since this rating tag will be for the following video game description:
“moderate amounts of cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.”
Are we getting too specific here? Probably not since most parents are all for ratings, especially since most don’t know what most games are even about. All they have to go on when at the store is the box art and the rating sticker. Expect to see the new labels on video games soon.
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If you liked the idea of having a customized skin, but were still looking for one that would fit a PSP, then look no further. VinzDecals has the hookup you need. In fact it looks like they hook up all kinds of gear besides gaming consoles, including cars, helmets, and the ever-popular iPod. The PSP decal will set you back about $9.00 plus shipping.
PSP Skin Catalogue | VinzDecals.com
Once again, Japan gets a one up on America in terms of new hardware colors via Nintendo. This time it is in the form of the Nintendo DS. Nintendo has introduced four new colors, adding to the already stylish Platinum Silver. They are Graphite Black, Pure White, Turquoise Blue, and Candy Pink. The white and pink units also have white face buttons, a white backing, and a white stylus (the other new colors still feature the standard black). Will these see the light of day in America? I would imagine so, as Nintendo likes to mix things up over here as well. I just wouldn’t expect to see all the colors, as evidenced by their refusal to release many of the special edition Game Boy Advance SP’s in the US, as well as the Spice colored Gamecube.
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If you have someone in your life who is destroying your home due to being essentially stuck in front of the television, the Couch Potato Tormentor has arrived. Simply put, it is a device that interferes with the component of your choice by performing random actions on the said component. For example, it can simply turn off, mute, or change the channel on the television every so often. Or you can set it to change the audio setting on the receiver every then and again. This is all in the spirit of annoying the person who is trying to enjoy their favorite evening sitcom. Of course it’s just a gag, but I would love to set it up someone discrete and just watch the reaction it gets. However, I know when my components act up, it is no laughing matter. Full release after the jump.
One thing many people neglect to take care of is their ears. I have seen so many people on the subway who listen to portable audio devices, and although I am a legitimate five or six feet away from them, I can hear everything that is coming out of their headphones. In the interest of creating something that would be both comfortable, and ultra-functional, the EarLove earplug is designed for those nights when you know you are going to be in a loud music environment. Whether that means a night out at the club where you might end up dancing near a speaker, or an outing to a rock concert, these earplugs are designed to both protect your ears and allow you to hear the music perfectly. They are available in a few colors, and are said to work better than old-school foam earplugs.
Two more great game creators have joined the Microsoft Game Studios in order to develop Xbox exclusive role-playing games for the Xbox 2/Xbox 360°. Yoshiki Okamoto and Tetsuya Mizuguchi will now be creating the new games for Microsoft Okamoto has been best known for Street Fighter and Resident Evil; however his best talent is his ability to create new game genres. Together with the next generation gaming tools, these industry greats will surely produce games worth anticipating and saving up for. Microsoft has shown in the past weeks that they not only plan to deliver us a high powered gaming system, but also plan on providing what makes a great console – exclusive games that make people want to buy the hardware.
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Set to be located on the actual sea floor, this stunning facility will offer suites with transparent acrylic windows allowing you to view aquatic life from the comfort of your own room. Fully pressurized for atmospheric comfort, the resort will also feature a 5-star rotating restaurant, a tennis court, and…get this: a swimming pool. Each suite will also have its own underwater lights controllable from an inside switch and an external fish feeder. This way guests will be able to push a button and feed the fish outside. The Bahamas location is set to open late 2006 at the earliest. Suites will run you $1500 a night.
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As if being the world’s wealthiest man wasn’t enough, William Gates (also known as Bill Gates to the commonfolk) will be knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on March 2, 2005. His title will be Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. An honorary title, nevertheless this honor is well deserved of the Microsoft co-founder whose visions have led us to many of the great technologies we now enjoy – and profit from.
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Good news for everyone who has yet to preorder a PSP while hoping to pick one up on March 24th. Sony has now confirmed the availability of 1 million PSPs by launch day. This comes as great news since it was earlier said that the one million systems would not be available until March 31st. This should not stop you from preordering one if you are serious about picking one up come launch day - however, if you feel adventurous go ahead and try to fight the crowd with a now better chance of walking out victorious.
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If you have ever wanted a way to make your tech a bit more personalized, DecalGirl has your hookup. DecalGirl makes high quality skin decals for all sorts of devices, including the Nintendo DS, iPod (3G, 4G, shuffle, mini), Xbox, Gamecube, PS2, etc. We got a few skins in house to test them out, and I must say we came away impressed. More pictures, along with our thoughts, after the jump.
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