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Hironobu SakaguchiMicrosoft has hired Final Fantasy creator, Hironobu Sakaguchi, to produce two exclusive games for its next generation console, Xbox 2/360°. The Final Fantasy series has been highly successful in the Sony Playstation world, and an Xbox exclusive might give Microsoft the edge it needs to topple the number one company in gaming. It is also no secret that Microsoft has had a tough time penetrating the Japanese video game market. Having Sakaguchi on board can definitely help in that respect. The two games are said to be released shortly after the launch of the console on a worldwide basis.  We eagerly anticipate what creations Sakaguchi will have in store for us.

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Hasbro's Tooth TunesKids could care less about cavities and rising health care costs, but maybe a little Jay Z can help get them to take care of those choppers.  With this device, a two-minute recording is stored on a microchip.  You simply push a button on the toothbrush, and a minicomputer starts playing the song, transporting it through the transducer to the teeth, and from there to the jawbone then to the inner ear.  Now if only I could find a way to play some Usher when flossing, which is usually the bigger hassle.

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Voodoo Knife Rack  Everytime I handle some sharp instrument, I think I’m going to hurt myself somehow.  Maybe I’ve been watching too much Final Destination.  To help complete my utter dread, Vice Versa now offers a creepy, yet fascinating rack for your knives.  It sure beats that boring wooden block most people use.  Measuring 40 x 25 cm, it looks like it only comes in red.  How appropriate.

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iRiver HP120 Mario Bros
Rockbox, long known for their Archos replacement firmware, has has their eyes on iRiver products lately. It looks like Rockbox has been able to port the Game Boy emulator “GNUBoy” to the iRiver HP120 and 140. The current version is monochrome and they admit a little slow, but fully functional. Since they only work in monochrome I doubt we will ever see a full color version, but I for one would definitely download this if I owned an iRiver HP120.

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Sony PSPIf you are planning to purchase Sony’s PSP on March 24th, but have yet to reserve one – you have some hunting to do. According to many people, EB Game stores and Gamestop stores have stopped taking advance orders for Sony’s upcoming handheld console. While there are other retailers who still continue to take preorders, the initial PSP shipment is said to be in the 1 million range - and the major outlets will be getting more units than the smaller stores.  With the launch date quickly approaching, the hype is rising as fast as these are selling.  Sony has yet to release when their second batch will ship out or how many PSPs will be included.
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Xbox 2/360MechAssault 2 owners are able to contribute to the next generation gaming console from Microsoft through a survey that allows you to enter a sweepstakes to win some great prizes. One question in particular on the survey is very interesting and confusing at the same time.

“It is important that the next videogame system I purchase connects to my TV wirelessly.” 


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“Strongly Agree         Strongly Disagree”

Does Microsoft really mean that the Xbox 360° will connect without wires to your television? As cool as that would be, how will they accomplish this? It does make sense considering that there are rumors about the Xbox 360° coming with wireless controllers right off the get go. However, having the console sit at the center of my living room and have only the power cable coming from it would definitely make for a great conversation starter. Unfortunately, I think we are reading just a little too much into this.

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Splinter Cell: Chaos TheoryAre you feeling sneaky? If you are having one of those days where you feel like sneaking up on someone and throwing them off a cliff, calm down and read on. Tom’s Clancy’s latest Splinter Cell installment – Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory - is now available to be downloaded in a demo. This 600MB download allows you to play the Lighthouse level and even allows you to test out the multiplayer . All without leaving the comfort of your seat or trying hide from authorities.

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DescriptionMan, if this is what they mean when they say that 2005 is the year of convergence, then I am all for it. Sony has built a command into EverQuest II that allows the gamer to order pizza in the midst of the game. While playing, one just simply needs to type “/pizza”, and an order form will pop up allowing you to put in your address and order. You then continue playing, and Pizza Hut shows up at your door with all that cheesy goodness. If you thought the people that never tore themselves away from the first EverQuest were bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

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Griffin Dock400

The newest iPods to come from Apple have not only come with a reduced price, but also with reduced features. The FireWire cable that many Mac and PC users alike use to sync their iPods with has been removed from the packaging. If you are looking to buy a new iPod photo or iPod mini, Griffin has you covered if you want to use FireWire. The new Griffin Dock400 Fire wire cable from Griffin is 48” inches long and uses Apple-approved connectors so that you can connect it to any FireWire device and any Apple iPod or dock. The Dock400 costs $17.95, and will be available for purchase the first week of March. You can also preorder one now from the website.

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  Introducing the coolest way to count down to the US PSP launch: a desktop timer coupled with a sweet PSP background.  Here’s how to set it up.  First you’ll need to grab the PSP desktop background image here.  Then, you’ll need to snag a copy of the Phantim3 countdown program.  After installing the program you’ll need to replace its default background image with this one, by copying it over to its skins/default directory.  Finally, in the same directory, replace the text in the Custom.txt file with the following:

Tahoma
8 84 66 62
111 52
150 52
186 52
222 52


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