Takara Tomy has yet another toy for the masses. This time it is Bank Quest, a combination RPG and change bank. The more money you put inside, the more weapons and armor you can “buy” to avenge the baddies. The bank can hold up to about ¥50,000 (~$466.00,) runs on 3 AA batteries (not included,) and should be available for those who have spare change around August. At least in this instance, as opposed to those gathering places we call arcades, you actually get to keep the coinage when you play the game.
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There have been video games based on films and tv shows for as long as we can remember, and we notice that every time a new super hero movie arrives, there is always a game tie-in. Now video games meet Reality TV with Hell’s Kitchen. The lovable curmudgeon Chef Gordon Ramsay is in 3D and helps you work your way up to a Five Star restaurant and includes recipes you can try at home. Compatible with Windows XP/Vista, the game is free to download. Of course, if you want the unrated version that will set you back $19.95. Next thing you know “Big Brother” and “Survivor” will become games, too.
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Sony Ericsson has unveiled its F305, a cell phone for those who are Wii-happy. The cellie supports 3D Java games as well as Nintendo’s swipe and swing gesturing control. At a size of 3.8 x 1.9 x .6-inches and a weight of 3.4oz., it has a 2-inch, 262k, 176 x 220 pixel TFT display. The battery allows 8 hours of gaming per charge, and other features include Bluetooth support, an M2 memory card slot, a 2 megapixel cam, and built-in stereo speakers. That’s all well and good, but think how silly you will look when the person in the next cubicle sees you during your lunch break playing “Johnny Crash, Stuntman” and makes you a reservation at the nearest rubber room. Look for the F305 to debut in Q4.
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Myvu Crystal allows hands-free viewing for your PMP. The glasses feature their SolidOptex optical system, CyberDisplay technology for high pixel density, and a 33% wider field of view than their former products. The Ultimate Ears earbuds have extended bass and sound isolation and you can count on up to 4 hours of battery usage. The company calls them perfect for travel, movies, podcasts, and Guitar Hero. The Myvus come in Standard and iPod models are available in your choice of black or amber (temporarily unavailable) for $299.95. Check out their promo videos to see who they are hoping will snap these puppies up.
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Dell has announced their latest gaming PC, the XPST 730 H2C. It has 1920 x 1200 resolution and 30+ FPS with Quad Graphics, 2GB RAM and 1320GB storage, and a new NVIDIA nforce 790i Ultra SLI chipset with standard ATX motherboard. Choose between painted anodized or silver brushed aluminum. You really have to be a gaming fanatic for this one, while Dell says the unit starts at $4,999.00, PC Mag mentions a price of $6,629.00.
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MSI has come up with the planet’s first Turbo Battery run notebook. The GX600-08 automatically follows its processor by adjusting the programs in use and stopping or lowering parts that aren’t running. Their exclusive Turbo Drive Engine technology not only saves energy by lengthening battery life but increases the computer’s speed up to 20% with the push of a button. It also features a 15.4-inch LCD monitor, an NVIDIA Geforce 8600M GT 3D graphic card, and an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. Designed with gamers in mind, even the design looks racy.
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Take your gambling fetish everywhere you go with the Swiss designed Roulette Watch. Push a side button and the wheel spins. Made of stainless steel with either silver or gold finish with a leather strap, it is water resistant and comes with a two year guarantee. We don’t want to forget its special pouch with its integrated table and rules in case co-workers or friends want to make a few bets on the side. The timepiece is available for $150.00.
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Only a hardcore gamer knows the unique sense of accomplishment felt after reaching “100% completion” on a video game. But when you brag about it, you’re likely to get the response “So whaddya want, a medal?” Well, now you can actually have your own gaming medal, courtesy of Supermandolini. The limited edition Console Wars Veteran I medal honors “the memories of endless epic battles, infinite high scores and numerous blistered fingers.” The metal badge features a retro NES controller, but we’re hoping other consoles will get the medal treatment soon, as we’d love a SNES version. Available for approx. $27 USD.
Get into those PC War Games with Saitek’s Cyborg Command Unit. Use its analog switch to change between first person shooters, strategy and role player, and sports modes with 21 buttons for up to 144 programmable commands. It will even work for flight simulated games. It also has an adjustable thumb control with two-way tilt on its back lit ergonomic keypad. The USB gamepad is compatible with USB 2.0 Windows XP, XP64 and Windows Vista (all versions.) The MSRP on this one is $39.95.
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The statistics are in and apparently it was a Nintendo Christmas. Approximately 1.4 million of the Wii console systems found their way down chimneys in December, according to a report by the NPD Group. About 2.5 million DS also were purchased. The accomplishment allowed the entire video gaming industry to over $17.9 billion in sales, 43% higher than last year. Microsoft sold nearly 1.3 million Xbox 360s and Sony managed to sell about 800,000 PS3s. As for games statistics, “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock” and “Call of Duty 4” each sold over 2 million copies in December alone.
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