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Archive for April 2009

Bustin’ Ghosts in the Uncanny Valley [Ghostbusters]

Bustin’ Ghosts in the Uncanny Valley [Ghostbusters]
I’m torn. The opening cinematic from the upcoming PS3/360/PC version of the Ghostbusters game. The Ghostbusters themselves look pretty accurate. Waves of paranormal something exploding through the city? I’m down. But then I watch the people move, and a little piece of my childhood breaks off and floats away.

Sparkfun’S Autonomous Vehicle Race: Autobots,Rollout! No, Not There! Get Back Here!

Sparkfun’S Autonomous Vehicle Race: Autobots,Rollout! No, Not There! Get Back Here!
Modder-friendly electronics company SparkFun Electronics recently held what they hope will be an annual event called the Autonomous Vehicle Competition, which is basically a race of proto-Autobots around one of SparkFun’s buildings. The contest was initially employees-only, but SparkFun realized it would be much more fun to have their customers join so that was what they did.

LEGO Flash Drives Make Losing Your Data a Snap

LEGO Flash Drives Make Losing Your Data a Snap
You’ve probably seen EagleTec’s Nano flash drive, a gadget that redefines “Nano” in terms of gadget size. The iPod Nano’s nanoness cannot compare to the EagleTec Nano’s. What could possibly be more awesome than a tiny flash drive?

Shockwave the Woolly Decepticon [Transformers]

Shockwave the Woolly Decepticon [Transformers]
deviantARTist GlassCamel has found a way to defeat the Decepticons once and for all: render them as completely helpless (and cute) plushies. Felt has really got to be the least threatening fabric in the world. You just can’t hurt anything if you’re made of felt.

Super Nice: Gamer Stuffs USB Hub Inside SNES Cartridge

Super Nice: Gamer Stuffs USB Hub Inside SNES Cartridge
Retro gamer/DIYer kristopher.hammar got sick of having a messed up gaming area. He regularly plays snes & nes games on his big TV, and everything was fine, except that the extension cables of the gamepads that he uses were all over the place.

Wiiware World of Goo Joins Xbla Titles on Amazon

Wiiware World of Goo Joins Xbla Titles on Amazon
Online retail giant Amazon is further expanding their downloadable video game section with WiiWare titles. As we reported previously, XBLA downloads came to Amazon earlier this month, though as yet, there is only one WiiWare title available: cult hit World of Goo.

Dingoo A320 Handheld Gaming System Plays NES, SNES, Genesis, Gba, Neo-Geo and Capcom Arcade Games

Dingoo A320 Handheld Gaming System Plays NES, SNES, Genesis, Gba, Neo-Geo and Capcom Arcade Games
I’ve seen plenty of portable retro video game systems in my travels, but never one that attempts to cover as many bases as this one. This Chinese import plays 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit titles from 7 different game platforms in one compact system.

Twerminator: Sony Launches Resistance 2018, a Twitter Game to Promote Terminator: Salvation

Twerminator: Sony Launches Resistance 2018, a Twitter Game to Promote Terminator: Salvation
In the post-apocalyptic world of 2018, mankind is nearly eradicated; the literally cold and heartless Skynet computer system is so ruthless and intelligent – except for the fact that it has a logo. What for? To market itself?

Can Your Psp Do This?: Donkey Kong Hockey Game & Watch has Two-Player Action

Can Your Psp Do This?: Donkey Kong Hockey Game & Watch has Two-Player Action
The ancestor of portable gaming systems is Nintendo’s Game & Watch series. And if we’re going to believe its Wikipedia entry, the “spiritual” ancestor of Game & Watch games is an LCD calculator. Portable gaming sure has come a long way since the ancient 1980s, but there are some things from its past that have yet to make their way to the present.

Adorable Bags Sexily Swaddle the Amazon Kindle

Adorable Bags Sexily Swaddle the Amazon Kindle
If you have a Kindle, odds are you’re keenly interested in protecting it. It’s not like they’re cheap, after all, and that big, beautiful screen deserves to be covered up when not in use. If you’re a traditionalist, you can always go with Amazon’s leather Kindle cover, but if black leather isn’t your speed, handmade may be the way to go.

Watch Some Guy Build a Gears of War Lancer

Watch Some Guy Build a Gears of War Lancer
Gears of War is notable for a lot of reasons, but the Lancer is certainly among the most memorable. Not convinced? Repeat these two words to yourself: chainsaw bayonet. Do that ten times, and then try to argue against the incredibility of the Lancer.

Sony Releases X1000 Series of Media Players; Apple Doesn’T Notice Because of Their Thick Walls of Money

Sony Releases X1000 Series of Media Players; Apple Doesn’T Notice Because of Their Thick Walls of Money
Sony has seen better times: the PSP was almost abandoned by game developers due to rampant piracy, the PS3 isn’t selling like its previous incarnations, and the iPod is the new Walkman. But the Japanese giant soldiers on, and are still releasing new products left and right, such as the X1000 series of media players, previously known as “Walkman X.”

Storage We Need: Obama Flash Drive Preloaded With Inaugural Address

Storage We Need: Obama Flash Drive Preloaded With Inaugural Address
Someone – I forgot who – once said that politics is “showbiz for ugly people.” Well the United States of America beg to differ, as they now have a leader whose charms are so far above Hollywood levels that he makes betting on the NCAA Final Four absolutely bewitching, even to yours truly, a Filipino who doesn’t even care about basketball in general. 

Giant Computer Fans: Not Cool (Unless Your Name is Macgyver)

Giant Computer Fans: Not Cool (Unless Your Name is Macgyver)
Cooling and proper ventilation is an important aspect of building computers, especially for gamers or hobbyists who want to get the most out of their machines by overclocking processors and…doing other stuff that I don’t really understand.

Rumored LEGO Rock Band Game is Actually Real

Rumored LEGO Rock Band Game is Actually Real
It sounded like something from a Penny Arcade panel, but in reality, it’s the newest Rock Band game: LEGO Rock Band, complete with minifig musicians with blocky little instruments. The toyed-up version is due this holiday season, not long after The Beatles: Rock Band.

Recycle Your Old Batteries by Putting Them Inside Another Giant Battery

Recycle Your Old Batteries by Putting Them Inside Another Giant Battery
Here in Chicago, we just got started with a city-sponsored neighborhood recycling program. While they’ll collect and re-purpose much of your post-consumer waste, electronics aren’t on the pick-up list. But if you’re a gadget addict like me, you probably go through batteries like they’re going out of style.

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