The first of many presidential debates, leading to the election next month, kicks off tonight. What can we expect? Probably a lot of verbal attacks more than anything else. A shame, we know, but why not make it a bit more fun? The folks at Vellum Interactive have launched Political Arena, a smartphone game that allows you to choose your favorite candidate and step into a boxing ring to take on members of the opposing political party.
EA Sports has released Fight Night Round 4 for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. The boxing game includes both Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson in its total 48 characters. It has a physics-based gameplay engine that should make for more realistic play. Added to the new release is Legacy mode that lets you move up from amateur to the top of the heap. A Photo Game Face tool will help you create your virtual self. Pick one up for $59.99 for either game system.
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Hey, we’re all about gadgets that help relieve stress. With the USB Punch Head, your stress-relief actually becomes an interactive experience, thanks to the included software. Land a solid blow to the fake head, and you’ll actually hear sounds of pain emanate from your computer. Plus, the harder the punch, the louder the agonizing sound. You can even choose a photo to be shown onscreen, and special effects that reflect your actions. Not exactly Fight Club, but if it prevents your aggression from landing you in jail, we’re all about it. Visit the website to watch a rather interesting demo. Available soon.
If you still have one USB port left to fill with a toy, you might want to add the Boxer. Play with him in three different modes, auto, manual, and keystroke. The most amusing aspect of this device is that you control his punches with enclosed software and your arrow keys. Each hit is marked on his counter and you can rotate him to vary his workout. Add the bell and some crowd noises, and you have the definitive answer to interactive boredom. The dude will set you back £29.99 (~$59.00,) but at least this time you get to work out some of your cubicle frustration with some results.
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We’ve all gotten so angry at work we just wanted to punch a
files. For these moments, we highly suggest the Desktop Speed Bag, made by Everlast, no less. The Speed Bag has a terrific old school look to it (think “Cinderella Man”) and is made of vinyl with a suction cup base and heavy duty spring. It also comes with a pump and inflating needles, and measures 7.5” diam., 15"H. Yes, your co-workers may deem you weird for having this, but it beats those pesky assault charges you’ll narrowly avoid. Not surprisingly, the $32 USD Speed Bag is currently on backorder until early December.
We’ll resist the urge to make an Oscar De La Hoya-and-fishnets joke and just tell you about these
boxing gloves specifically designed for Nintendo Wii boxing games. Just put your Wiimote and Nunchuk inside the gloves and inflate them. Now you can really live out your dream of being Muhammad (or Laila) Ali. Much like similar accessories for Wii Sports, fishing games, and even Cooking Mama, the gloves serve to add a sense of “realism”—or goofy fun—to your Wii-playing experience.
In the bevy of press materials Nintendo sent out today were some tasty tidbits about upcoming games for the Wii. The first one of note is that Wii Sports, which will come as a pack-in game for the $249.99 console, will now feature Wii Boxing(!!) alongside Tennis, Baseball, Golf, and Bowling.
Straight from the press materials (you read it here first!):
Boxing (1-2 players): Using the Nunchuk controller as one glove and the Wii Remote as the other, players dodge, weave and punch their opponents. Players hold their hands high to guard their faces or low to block their torsos. They punch high to hit their opponents’ faces or low to get under their guard for a body blow. Swing both arms left or right to sidestep oncoming blows and move into position for a devastating knockout.
Sounds very cool! Maybe EA will pick up on what an intuitive play mechanic this is and bring Fight Night to the Wii? Wii can only hope!