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Category: Video Games

The Flying Wii Controller

The Flying Wii Controller
There are all kinds of stories starting to surface on the web about how the Wii-mote is flying out of people’s hands and breaking various things. Apparently the wrist strap isn’t really designed for significant stress.

Wii Sensor Bar Isn’t a Sensor at All

Wii Sensor Bar Isn’t a Sensor at All
Some enterprising dudes out there have figured out that the Nintendo Wii’s “Sensor Bar” doesn’t actually “sense” anything. In fact, the sensor bar appears to simply be a set of IR transmitters that provide the Wii-mote with a sense of direction.
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PS3 Copies Xbox 360 and Overheats Too?

PS3 Copies Xbox 360 and Overheats Too?
While it’s way too soon to know what kind of post-launch issues Playstation 3 users will encounter, a video has surfaced of a new PS3 console which has died a tragic death. Apparently these guys were playing Tony Hawk’s Project 8 for about 3 hours when the console died.

“NES” Paul Electric Guitar Mod

“NES” Paul Electric Guitar Mod
“Don’t Touch it, Don’t even look at it…” Actually, I don’t seem to remember seeing this one in Nigel Tufnel’s guitar collection… The NES Paul electric guitar case mod, is the mutant offspring of musician/gamer, Jason Cox (aka ‘XOC’,) who decided to meld two of his favorite passions into a single ax of doom.

Did You Manage to Score a PS3? Tell Us Your Stories!

Did You Manage to Score a PS3? Tell Us Your Stories!
With the very first U.S. Playstation 3 consoles going on sale in less than 15 minutes, we’d like to hear from anyone who stood in line, got a console, or didn’t and what your experiences have been, good, bad or ugly.

Ps3s to Lose Up to $306 Each at Launch

Ps3s to Lose Up to $306 Each at Launch
Market intelligence firm iSuppli has completed their preliminary analysis of the costs to manufacture Sony’s Playstation 3 consoles. It looks like the two PS3 models (20/60GB) will lose between $241 and $306 each, not including the cost of accessories such as cables, controllers, packaging or shipping.

Classic Video Games in LEGO Form

Classic Video Games in LEGO Form
The guys over at Brick Flick have painstakingly built a series of LEGO vignettes based on classic video games. The scenes include Mortal Kombat, Castlevania, Shadow of the Colossus, Contra, Excitebike and my personal Favorite, Katamari (Block)acy – shown above.

Xbox 360 Gets HD Movies, Tv, Possibly Larger Hard Drive

Xbox 360 Gets HD Movies, Tv, Possibly Larger Hard Drive
On November 22, the Xbox Live Marketplace will start offering movie and television downloads for the Xbox 360. Microsoft has announced agreements with CBS, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures, TBS, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Warner Brothers to offer an initial lineup of over 1,000 hours of TV shows and movies on the Xbox Live marketplace.

Xbox 360 HD DVD Playback: Over 4.7 Million Lines of Code

Xbox 360 HD DVD Playback: Over 4.7 Million Lines of Code
In this post by Shaheen Gandhi, an engineer on the Xbox 360 Platform Team, a massive amount of code went into the HD DVD playback system for the Xbox 360. As a result of the complexities of decoding HD DVD audio and video content, as well as providing a user interface and DRM, over 4.7 million lines of code went into the HD DVD software.

Pinball Reincarnated in Digital Format

Pinball Reincarnated in Digital Format
At this week’s Pinball Expo in Chicago, a little company called Global VR showed off their UltraPin pinball machine which brings back the feel of old pinball machines, but updates the concept for the 21st century.

Minesweeper Made Out of Pixelblocks

Minesweeper Made Out of Pixelblocks
From the “someone has too much time on their hands” file… A true geek going by the screen name Cursors managed to take enough time out from his busy office life to build a giant reproduction of the Windows game, Minesweeper, entirely out of tiny plastic pixelblocks.

Pac-Man: the Existential Pie Chart

Pac-Man: the Existential Pie Chart
I saw this image over at The Museum of Tolerance today, and laughed so much that I just had to post it: ‘Nuf said.

Xbox 360 Wireless Headset Details

Xbox 360 Wireless Headset Details
The Microsoft insiders at ON10.net have posted this video of detailing the features of the new Xbox 360 Wireless Headset. Some interesting revelations are shown in the video. The headset comes with small and medium “ear wraps,” taking into account the fact that everyone’s ears are different (what happened to “large”?).

PS3 Faster Load Times Eat Up Hard Disk Space

PS3 Faster Load Times Eat Up Hard Disk Space
While using a small amount of hard disk space to cache a portion of game content is a trick long used by the Xbox 360 and pretty much all PC games, it’s been revealed that some PS3 games would be using a very significant portion of the console’s hard drive to speed performance.

The 50 Worst Video Game Titles Ever…

The 50 Worst Video Game Titles Ever…
The folks over at Game Revolution have compiled this list of the worst names in the history of video games. With the inclusion of titles such as Sticky Balls, Wild Woody and Irritating Stick, I think there’s a theme emerging here.

Xbox 360 Fall Dashboard Update Tomorrow

Xbox 360 Fall Dashboard Update Tomorrow
Scheduled for release tomorrow (October 31), the Xbox 360 Fall update is expected to add support for 1080p video output for the upcoming HD DVD add-on as well as the ability to stream WMV files from a connected Windows PC or USB storage device.
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