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Virtual Console to Release C64 Games for Wii

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, Video Games

Commodore 64 logoIf you are old enough to remember the Commodore 64, you are old enough to remember how good those games were compared to Pong. While they are simplified compared to most of those released today, they continue to have their own following, evidenced by the fact that you can still play them online. Virtual Console is adding these games to allow Wii owners to play them as well. International Karate and Uridium will be the first two titles offered and VC will add to their line from time to time. While they will first become available on the European Wii Shop Channel, we suspect it will not be long before they move globally.

Read More | Nintendo News

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Driving Force Goes Past “Playing Games”

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Accessories, Video Games

Driving Force GTLogitech has launched its Driving Force GT Racing Wheel aka the “official wheel” of Grand Turismo. It has a 24-position real-time adjustment dial for brakes, traction, and damper settings. We love the enthusiasm shown by PR person Ruben Mookerjee, “With the Logitech Driving Force GT, you’re not playing games anymore – you’re racing!”

The 11-inch wheel has an illuminated, audible horn button with GT logo and cant turn 900º. Specifically designed for Gran Turismo 5 Prologue on PS3, which debuts on April 17, the wheel itself will become available in May for $149.00.

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Microsoft’s official word on their HD DVD player add-on in light of Blu-ray victory

Xbox 360 Blu-ray?

So, is dying, as it seems tht has finally become too much for the format to handle. Where does this leave the Xbox 360 HD DVD player add-on? We just got word from Microsoft PR:

“We do not believe the recent reports about HD DVD will have any material impact on the Xbox 360 platform or our position in the marketplace.  As we’ve long stated, we believe it is games that sell consoles and Xbox 360 continues to have the largest next-gen games library with the most exclusives and best selling games in the industry.  We will wait until we hear from Toshiba before announcing any specific plans around the Xbox 360 HD DVD player.  HD DVD is one of the several ways we offer a high definition experience to consumers and we will continue to give consumers the choice to enjoy digital distribution of high definition movies and TV shows directly to their living room along with playback of the DVD movies they already own.”

Well, we think it is safe to say that we will be seeing the 360 HD DVD player (along with all the others) hitting the bargain bins over the next week or so. Now we await official word of an Xbox 360 Blu-ray add-on. It’s gotta happen.


Gaming Table Brings Back the 80’s

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Household, Video Games

80's Gaming Table

Just can’t leave the past? Then you might want to consider the 80’s Gaming Table that comes loaded with PacMan, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, and other retro games to equal a 44, count ‘em, 44 total. That’s a lot of gaming for a lot of dough, $2,800.00 to be exact. At a size of 26 x 25 x 23-inches, and in your choice of 36 colors, it can double as a table, desk, or bar. Options are available such as castors for portability or a coin mechanism so that it will earn its keep.

 

 

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Mouse/Gamepad Helps You Play at Work

Evergreen Mouse/GamepadEvergreen has come up with a mouse that also doubles as a gamepad. At the minute size of 50 × 85 × 23mm and a weight 67g, it features 1600 dpi, is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista. Made by the Taiwanese company Giant for 3,499 Yen (~$32.59,) plug it into your USB port and your boss will never be the wiser. If you get caught, offer to lend it to her/him. That should be worth at least a longer lunch hour.

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Command Unit Seeks Cyborg Relief

Cyborg Command UnitGet 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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NASA Plans to Teach Online

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

NASA OnlineNASA is considering creating a multiplayer online game which would simulate some of their missions. They are hoping that it might attract the next generation of astronauts and are seeking volunteer companies to invest in their idea by February 15. As they put it, “Virtual worlds with scientifically accurate simulations could permit learners to tinker with chemical reactions in living cells, practice operating and repairing expensive equipment, and experience microgravity.”

NASA already has an island on Second Life called Co-Lab that may someday invite avatars to come along on future space missions. Perhaps willing organizations’ avatars can meet their avatars for virtual lunch.

Read More | BBC

It Was a Great Holiday for Gaming Companies

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, Video Games

WiiThe 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.

Read More | USA Today

CES 2008: Sony Intros 16GB Memory Stick Pro Duo

Sony Memory Stick Pro DuoOkay, PSP and ’ers, take note…and start saving your pennies now. Why? Because at , Sony announced that their 16GB Memory Stick Pro Duo will hit stores in March. That’s right, 16GB, four times more the highest capacity Pro Duo currently available. That’s way more photos, music, videos, ISOs,

movies and pure fun than ever. The downside? The storage card will cost a whopping $300 USD—more than a PSP itself. Worth it? You make the call.


CES 2008 Video: AMD Spider platform, Dual-Chip Radeon R870

We take a few moments with ‘s Rick Bergman, General Manager of the Graphics Processing Group, about their new Spider platform—a three-tiered computing system that helps tie together and ensure compatibility between the chipset, CPU and GPU. We talk about what sort of benefits this means to the enthusiast-class consumer. We also dive into the nitty-gritty with the new , currently codenamed the R870—a dual chip design that has two separate GPU units with an internal Crossfire link and Alternate-Frame Rendering to tie them together. I also ask about some of the design challenges realized in smashing two cards together and getting an efficient, workable result. The design is impressive and the ability to link two of these cards together will come to mean a great deal of graphics processing power in the near future.

The card will be available late January and can be powered in a typical system by a 500 watt power supply; has cut their power requirements for similarly powered cards in half, without sacrificing any performance.


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