We're excited for the release of the Leap Motion Controller, and although it's missing the promised Q1 release date, Leap has now given us a specific ship date: May 13th for pre-orders, and May 19th for everyone else. It's now a sure thing, as Best Buy says it will be selling the Leap Motion Controller on May 19th for $80. If you're ready to get your gestures on, the 10-week countdown is now on.
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Sony may not have made mention of the Playstation Move Racing Wheel during its E3 Media Briefing, but the Playstation Blog has all the details on the accessory that's targeted at LittleBigPlanet Karting and other Move racers. The company says that the oddly-shaped Move Racing Wheel, saying that it will offer "precise motion tracking" despite its weird looks. You can pick one up in the fall for $39.99, but you'll need to supply your own Move controller to make use of it.
Viz, the San Francisco-based manga and anime company has some job openings that look interesting.
They’re looking for an Associate Producer (New Media), a Controller, and a Staff Accountant.
Details are at the link. In general, Viz has a pretty good employee package that includes: Partially subsidized Health, Dental, and Vision insurance; 401(k) savings plan – including employer matching; Gap medical insurance; and a Wellness program, including fitness membership discounts and reimbursement (which is perfect for people who get paid to read comics all day.
Good luck, job seekers!
[Artwork: Voltron, from Viz]
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Take Wii exercising to the next level with the Jog Game Controller. With plug and play usability, you hook it to your controllers and the waist-mounted step counter will also let you know your calorie count on its LCD display. When you run a step, the sensors allow your on screen persona to go in the direction that your Nunchuk points. It is compatible with hundreds of games, including such titles as James Bond: Quantum of Solace, Kung Fu Panda, Mario Power Tennis and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Jogs are available for £24.95 ($36.90.)
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Bella has released a wireless HD mouse that is a multimedia person’s dream. Using their software, define mouse movements (X and Y axis) to turn it into a jog/shutter controller. Program keystrokes by the button, scroll wheel or movement. Switch between standard and HD with a click of the wheel and use included presets for Windows or Mac applications. The HD Mouse has a 26 ft. range and a handy onscreen display. Get yours for $69.95.
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While we admit that some of us are overly pacifistic, we figure it is better to take your anger out on a video game than life. The Pega Shark Light Gun for Wii is 8.9 x 2.99 x 1.69-inches and weighs a mere 8.57 oz. Its trigger takes the place of the B key, while the functions of the others remain the same. Pega suggests that during a gunfight you use the nunchuck and Shark Gun together. The controller is available for only $10.86, less if you buy in quantity with your buds.
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At the Asus booth during Computex 2008, we had the pleasure of looking at their new EeeStick video gaming controllers. Similar to the Nintendo Wii‘s Wii Remote and Nunchuk, aiming and player movement is controlled by swinging the right controller around and moving the left thumbstick.
Sunrise Kuo of Asus showed us a demo of the controllers in action. When they’re ready in July or August, they will be packaged with the Asus EeePC 901 or EeePC 1000 models.
We dig this NES controller/coffee table/storage box that actually works! Kyle Downs created the design for the top by scanning his controller for measurements. After building the piece with wood and painting it, he covered it with glass. You can get full instructions and see the process on his site to learn how to assemble your own. Maybe Kyle will show us how to make a Super Mario ‘Shroom stool next.
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Thrustmaster has released its alternative to the Wii Classic controller, the T-Wireless NW. The gamepad interacts through a 2.4GHz dongle attached to the Wii’s controller port. It features a range of about 30 ft. and the Wii’s buttons with slow and turbo added on for an extra treat. The controller can also support vibration feedback. Along with the device, Thrustmaster is offering optional accessories such as a rubber-gripped steering wheel bracket, a set of skins, and a battery recharger organizer. At a decent price of $19.99, look for the NW to hit retail stores this October.
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It took several years but the marketability of the popular console series Guitar Hero couldn’t go unnoticed by the PC side of gaming for very long and today Aspyr Media announced that it will be bringing Activision‘s Guitar Hero III to PC and Mac in time for the holiday season.
Dusty Welch, head of publishing at Red Octane, said in a statement to GameDaily BIZ: “Providing the option for our fans to play Guitar Hero at their desk or on a laptop on the go is incredibly exciting, and we’re thrilled to now offer the ability to rock out literally anywhere and everywhere.”
The PC version will ship with a USB guitar controller based on an as-yet unannounced Gibson model. Aspyr is planning on offering some type of download service but declined to reveal any specific details of how that would be handled saying, “We hope to have a very exciting announcement soon.” At this stage Aspyr is still conducting compatibility tests and hasn’t solidified the system requirements but stressed that they were aiming to make the game accessible to the widest audience possible.