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Mac vs. PC Chess set

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on September 7th, 2009

Mac vs. PC Chess setThe Mac Vs. PC war shows no signs of slowing down. No matter which side you are on, chances are you have a friend on the opposing team. What better way to wage this war than with a friendly game of chess? Hey, if you lose, you can always take a sledgehammer to your buddies Zune/ipod.

Designer Adam Frederick created this chessboard design. Which side do you think would win? No offense to Adam, but I think the pieces need a little more thought put into them. The PC side isn’t nearly clunky enough and if you buy this set, the Mac side should cost you a fortune before you can even play.

Monopoly board game now uses Google Maps

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on September 7th, 2009

Monopoly board game now uses Google MapsMonopoly has so many incarnations at this point that you may think they can’t do anything new. Turns out they have some tricks up their sleeve. Monopoly is about to go online. On September 9, Hasbro will launch Monopoly City Streets, which is a live, worldwide version of the popular game.

Players get $3 million to start and will be able to put nearly any kind of building anywhere they want, thanks to Google Maps. You want a football stadium in the the middle of town, where it doesn’t belong? Your wish is granted. Could be a lot of fun.

Mad Catz announces $300 Fender Stratocaster Rock Band guitar

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on September 4th, 2009

Mad Catz announces $300 Fender Stratocaster Rock Band guitarIf you’re in the market for a fake guitar that costs more than some real guitars, than this is your lucky day. Mad Catz has started to ship this Rock Band Wireless Wooden Fender Stratocaster. It’s a 1:1 replica of the axe that is constructed from genuine Stratocaster wooden blanks.

Fake guitar aficionados will have plenty to love. Even the tuning keys and bridge are built from genuine Fender metal parts and fittings. It also sports a wireless module that will work with Microsoft’s Xbox 360. For your $299.99 you also get a Fender guitar strap and a headset socket for online play.

OnLive beta program is live

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on September 3rd, 2009

OnLive beta program is liveNow’s your chance to play a game here that’s actually running over there somewhere. OnLive announced today that it’s opening a public beta of its game streaming service. If you sign up on their website you will be asked for “general information about your ISP, your computer configuration and your location” so OnLive can build “test groups” of users working under varied conditions.

If you are chosen, you’ll get an invitation and a Performance Test. If your settings pass muster, you’ll be part of a Test Group and playing games in no time.

Retractable Guitar Hero/Rock Band controller

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on September 1st, 2009

Between Rock Band and Guitar Hero, it’s amazing you have any room left in your house that isn’t occupied by plastic instruments. Do you even have room for DJ Hero? Probably not. But here’s a clever solution.

This retractable Rock Band/Guitar Hero controller from NEXiLUX can fold down to a tiny size for easy storage. And it still has all the buttons you need to rock out. It’s compatible with the Wii, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3. Sadly there’s nothing on a price or release date just yet.

Rock Band coming to a bar near you

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on September 1st, 2009

rockbandbarnights-sbIn my town karaoke is a stable at bars and just about every one of the 600 Mexican restaurants we have. Anytime I have been in and someone was singing, I wished for a mute button. It seems like no one who can sing ever tries karaoke.

I would never sing karaoke myself, but Rock Band Bar nights might be fun. I like to play Rock Band and as long as I could be on an instrument and not sing, I would be good. Harmonix is signing bars up to be official Rock Band spots and offering materials to help get people into the location.

Mad Catz unveils Modern Warfare 2 accessories

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2009

Mad Catz unveils Modern Warfare 2 accessoriesMad Catz is going all out for the release of the Modern Warfare 2 game this November. They’ve announced some new accessories to enhance gameplay, including some custom controllers, a “Throat Communicator”, mice, faceplates and “skinz”.

Prices range from $15 to $100 for 10 different items, so it looks like the war to be fought involves your money. Hopefully a “Throat Communicator” is more then just a little communicator attached to a strap for your throat. We should know more soon.

Arkeg: An arcade game with a keg built in

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on August 17th, 2009

Arkeg: An arcade game with a keg built inWhat are the two greatest things ever? Games and booze that’s what. What you are looking at is man’s best friend and I’m not talking about a dog. The Arkeg is an arcade game with a keg built in. It holds a 5-gallon keg and a PC that comes pre-loaded with 104 classic games.

Drink up my friends until up is down and down is up on that joystick. You’ll be blitzed by the light of a 24-inch screen, with a 2.1 sound system and a powered sub, along with two arcade controllers and a trackball.

Redbox debuts $2 video game rentals

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on August 16th, 2009

Redbox debuts $2 video game rentalsIf you’re a fan of Redbox and have been hoping for some video game rentals kiosks, then you will love this news. It’s happening. For $2 a night, you can rent games for Nintendo DS, Wii, PS2 and 3, and Xbox 360. That’s not a super awesome price compared to Blockbuster, but it’s not bad.

Right now the game selections are slim, but that should improve quickly, so no worries. At the moment it’s only in the Reno, Nevada area. But like their selection of games it should expand in no time.

Section 8 offers X Server for Xbox 360

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on August 13th, 2009

section8-sbI am a big fan of video games and while they tend to cost at least $60 each, it’s still not a bad deal considering how long you can play a game. You can spend $60 at the movies and only be occupied for a few hours whereas a game can be fun indefinitely.

SouthPeak Games has announced that its new game for the PC and Xbox 360 will support X Server functionality allowing players to run their own dedicated game servers on a Windows PC. Each X Server can handle up to 32 players at once allowing for large multiple player matches on the Xbox 360 console.

Loaded Dice get you loaded

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on August 12th, 2009

Loaded Dice get you loadedListen up frat boys and alcoholics. There’s a new game in town that aims to get you nice and plastered. It’s one part dice game and one part alcohol and goes by the appropriate name, Loaded Dice. The game is simple to play.

Just fill the shot glass, slam it down, do whatever the die tells you to do. The drunker you get, the easier it is to play and the less you care about the rules. Who’s ready for a game? I’ll take on all of you.

Tony Hawk’s Ride: November 17

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on August 10th, 2009

tonyhawkride-sbIf you are still waiting for Tony Hawk: RIDE to get you moving in front of your console, we’re sorry to report that you still have a few months to ride the real thing while you wait.

The upcoming Tony Hawk game will use the new skateboard controller and go on sale November 17th for $120. Despite the fact that Amazon is still showing the release for mid October.

Super Mario chess set

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on August 9th, 2009

Super Mario chess setThis Super Mario chess set is a little strange. The first thing I noticed was King Bowser and his Queen Koopa. Really? Queen Koopa? I thought he was a guy. What the hell is going on with those two? Maybe I missed something, or else I was busy playing games where people die horribly with gunfire. Wait, they have Luigi as Mario’s queen too…

Anyhow, you can’t call yourself a Super Mario fan unless you are playing chess with this collector’s edition chess set from USAopoly. You just might need some therapy after. The chess set includes 32 hand-painted figures from the game series including Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Toad, 1-up mushroom, Bowser, Bowser Jr., Birdo, Goomba, Hammer Bros., and Magikoopa.

Kid plays Guitar Hero, solves 2 Rubik’s Cubes at the same time

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on August 9th, 2009

This kid is playing Guitar Hero on expert and solving two Rubik’s cubes simultaneously. Showoff! He goes by the handle of “JRefleX93″. And though he solves both cubes by the end of the video, he doesn’t hit every single note, but he hits more than you would have. With his elbow. In the end he has a 77% rating and his choice of nerd groupies.

This is six minutes of solid geek gold, until the end, when it fades to black and the kid gets too cocky letting out a groan that ruins the entire thing. But hey, props to this kid for six minutes of geek fun.

Call of Duty: World at War Map Pack 3 available

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on August 7th, 2009

codmappackI really liked Call of Duty: World at War on the PC. I didn’t buy the game on the PS3 or Xbox, but it is available on those systems as well. One of the things I like about the CoD franchise is that you can count on new maps being offered to keep the game fresh.

Activision has announced that the third map pack for World at War is now available for download on the PS3 and the Xbox. The map pack sells for $9.99 on the PS3 or 800 MS Points on the Xbox 360.