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Band Geek Hero T-Shirts

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Wearables, Internet, Video Games,

Cowbell HeroTorsopants is getting into the Guitar Hero action with their Band Geek Hero line of t-shirts. Choose between Accordion, Triangle, Kazoo, Bagpipes, and many more including our favorite, Cowbell Hero. (After all, you can never have enough cowbell.) The tees come in male and female adult sizes in several styles starting at $19.00 and have recently become available in kids’ sizes. Even if you are not shopping, their site is a minor riot and we suggest you go play on it for awhile.

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Icetris Ice Cube Tray

IcetrisIsn’t it ironic that the Icetris cube trays were created by a Russian design shop? Designer Dima Komissarov of Mystake came up with the idea and we expect that you could play a round or two before they completely melted. Then again, if you played the game until you saw Tetris shapes in your dreams, you might want to pass. There is no date set to make the prototype into a reality as yet, but you might want to encourage Dima all the same.

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OCZ Elixir Gaming Keyboard

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Peripherals, Video Games,

Elixir Keyboard

OCZ Technology has released their Elixir Keyboard for advanced gaming. The peripheral has a pop-up menu, 10 blue Macro keys, 7 Internet hot keys, 8 media keys, and both standard PC and customized mode. Compatible with Windows XP/Vista, OCZ claims that the Elixir has a lifespan of 5 million cycles. The best feature is the low $29.99 price that will save you some bucks so you can buy another overpriced game.

 

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Google Launches Lively

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Google, Internet, Video Games, Videos,

Google has finally launched Lively to try to lure some of those Second Lifers away. The site utilizes avatars and 3D graphics like the other virtual game, and meeting rooms for characters.  After the download, you can also display YouTube videos on virtual TVs and show photos in virtual frames. Engineering Manager Niniane Wang wants subscribers to create their rooms in their own interests.

“If you enter a Lively room embedded on your favorite blog or website, you can immediately get a sense of the room creator’s interests, just by looking at the furniture and environment they chose.”
Note that you have to have Windows Vista/XP with Internet Explorer or Firefox to subscribe. We can’t anticipate its success but we did notice that the demo on YouTube already has received over half a million hits.

 

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Stix Wii-type Controllers for PC

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Accessories, Video Games,

Stix 400It’s about time somebody came up with Wii-type controllers for PCs. GoLive2 has introduced Stix. The motion-sensing controls feature LED lights and come in three styles and will be compatible with games on their site, as well as offering third party and independent game support. The Stix 100 and 200 will only work with 2D games, while the Stix 400 can also be used with 3D titles. No price has been announced as yet, but look for an August arrival.

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Rockers Helped Launch Guitar Hero: Aerosmith

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, Music, Video Games,

AerosmithIn honor of Activision’s launch of “Guitar Hero: Aerosmith” last Friday, the band made a personal appearance at Times Square in NYC. After the press conference was held, the Hard Rock Cafe housed a game lounge where fans could try before they bought the game. While we know that Activision will sell a ton of them, it remains to be seen what effect the old rockers and their album sales will have on a younger generation.

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EA Spore Creature Creator

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Internet, Video Games, Videos,

You may already know that Sims creator Will Right has been hard at work making Spore, a game that involves evolution of unicellular creatures to intelligent life. Electronic Arts has released the Creature Creator, free editing software that you can use to devise your own Spore and customize buildings, vehicles, etc. Over 250,000 of them have already been built and displayed on the Sporepedia Website. If that isn’t enough to keep you busy, there is now a video/dance competition. The $49.95 game will be available for PCs, Macs, mobile phones and Nintendo DS this September.

 

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Takara Tomy Bank Quest

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, Toys, Video Games,

Bank QuestTakara 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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Free Hell’s Kitchen Video Game

Hell's Kitchen Screen Shot

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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Creative PCI Express Sound Blaster Card

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, Video Games,

Creative Sound CardGamers, time to get excited with a way to make your fave video game more lifelike. Creative has released their PCI Express Audio Sound Card. Connect to your home theater system with a single cable for Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. The company promises super 3D positional audio with X-Fi CMSS-3D and great EAX 5 sound effects even with headphones. You should also get clearer voice chat when you plug in your mic. You can “hear it all,” as Creative says, for $149.99.

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