Archive for Games

dreamGEAR unveils new guitar controller for PS3

Posted in Controllers by Shane McGlaun on January 2nd, 2009

WarBeast Guitar ControllerTwo of the top selling video game franchises of 2008 were Guitar Hero and Rock Band. With the huge popularity of the music games, it’s no surprise that an ecosystem of peripherals and accessories are available to add realism and take money from the wallets of gamers.

dreamGEAR has announced its latest guitar controller for the PS3 called the WarBeast. The controller was designed by the developer of real guitars B.C. Rich. The WarBeast has the heavy metal looks gamers want and works with Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Rock Revolution.

LumiSource BoomPod for young gamers

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

LumiSource BoomPod for young gamersThese days we want games to be super realistic. It’s all about better graphics and sound as well as clothing technology that puts you into the gaming environment.

Rumble controllers were just the beginning. The LumiSource BoomPod is another such accessory. This one is designed to park your butt on, offering multi-directional tilt to the gamer sitting on it. Some other features include: Integrated 3″ 2-way speakers, Fully adjustable volume control, Illuminated control knob, RCA input jacks, Plush two-tone microsuede surface, Audio cords and Built-in handle.

World of Warcraft hits 11.5 million users

Posted in Games,MMORPG by Shane McGlaun on December 24th, 2008

World of WarcraftIf you are a PC gamer odds are you have played or are still playing the most successful MMORPG title ever offered — World of Warcraft. To many gamers this game is more addicting than all of the Coke and pizza in the land.

Back in October, I reported that WoW had hit an astounding 11 million subscribers worldwide. This week Blizzard has announced that WoW now boasts 11.5 million subscribers thanks in part to the very successful launch of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion pack.

Pearl Jam’s debut album comes to Rock Band

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on December 16th, 2008

Rock BandIf you think about the early 1990′s music scene one of the most popular genres was Grunge and one of the biggest bands in the Grunge movement was Pearl Jam. The band’s debut album launched on August 27, 1991 and went on to sell 12 million copies.

The band and Harmonix announced today that along with the reissue of the debut album called Ten from Pearl Jam, the entire album would be coming to Rock Band as download content. The reissued album and Rock Band track pack will be available starting on March 24, 2009.

Gamerox Game chair keeps kids moving

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2008

Gamerox Game chair keeps kids movingGamerox is a new concept in game seating, designed for younger gamers by designer Tim Briggs. The basic idea is that keeps them moving while playing games, so their little muscles don’t atrophy and so they won’t need a walker by age 12 due to too many First Person Shooters. The design and patented mechanisms encourage full 3D body movement during game play. This movement improves circulation and aids muscle and skeletal development. Gamerox also assists in the development of coordination, balance and spatial awareness.

So if your kid seems kind of, uh, dumb, weak and not so self aware because of their gaming, this may set them straight. Apparently the seat design encourages an upright sitting position which is good for core stability, muscle training and posture development. Gamerox can be used with any game console.

Rockstar Games announces free content for Midnight Club: LA

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on December 15th, 2008

Midnight Club: LAI am a big fan of racing games and driving games, especially those that let you race on the street and do things you can’t do in real life without risking life, limb, and jail time. One of the coolest games this holiday season to meet this need is Midnight Club: Los Angeles.

Rockstar has announced that free download content will be coming for owners of the game. The DLC is called the South Central Upgrade Map and will include a new area of the city that is about 1/3 the size of the entire original map. The pack includes Exposition Park, USC campus, Crenshaw Plaza, and more.

HTX Helmet lets you feel headshots, makes you stupid

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on December 8th, 2008

HTX Helmet lets you feel headshots, makes you stupidAre video games just not real enough for you? Do you wish that you could feel those headshots actually hit your head? The TN Games HTX Helmet will let you feel those kicks/bullets to the head, batting your head this way and that when it gets shot. You’ll also feel the bullets whizzing all around you. Chances are good that at some point, after one too many hits, you’ll be a drooling vegetable wearing a nerd helmet, but hey it was fun.

Feeling bullets hit my head isn’t my idea of fun, but I guess I’m just not that hardcore about it. It’s all about the thinning of the herd I guess. Natural selection and all that. I guess after they invent a jockstrap that simulates a good kick to the balls, I’ll be nearly all alone in this world, since the buyers of these things won’t be reproducing. But what do I know?

PAC-MAN Mobile goes multiplayer

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on December 8th, 2008

PAC-MAN MobilePAC-MAN was one or the original arcade games that spawned a generation of gamers who fed the game all of their allowance in the form of quarters. As the home video game console emerged, PAC-MAN was one of the titles that virtually every Atari owner had in their library.

Bandai Namco announced recently that the mobile version of the arcade classic would be shipping soon in Europe and would include 256 levels in the single player game that faithfully recreates the original arcade version that gamers will have fond memories of.

Grand Theft Auto IV now available on PC

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on December 3rd, 2008

Grand Theft Auto IVRockstar has seen critical acclaim and great success from its Grand Theft Auto franchise. At the same time, gamers and critics have loved the game, it has had its share of heat in the form of controversy around the games violent and sexual content.

Despite the good and bad publicity, GTA IV proved to be a very popular game when it launched on the PS3 and Xbox 360. Shortly after launch, Rockstar announced that the Xbox 360 version would also get exclusive download content. Today Rockstar announced that GTA IV is now available on the PC.

3DiJoy FlingPC Motion Controller for Asian babies

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on December 2nd, 2008

3DiJoy FlingPC Motion Controller for Asian babiesNintendo really hit the mark with the Wii. Now all they have to do is sit back and laugh at every lame attempt by others to capitalize on their motion controller. Take this thing for instance. 3DiJoy has unveiled its FlingPC motion controller that is basically an accelerometer-equipped Bluetooth remote and a USB dongle.

For your $99 you’ll get ten custom (and rest assured crappy) 3D games. Just look at the image above. Asian babies love Wii knock-offs. They are a cheap gateway to the overpriced highs they’ll get from higher quality game systems once they reach puberty. This thing is compatible with both Linux and Windows platforms, but somehow we don’t see a large market outside of the Asian baby demo.

Guitar Hero World Tour Mobile launches

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on December 2nd, 2008

Guitar Hero World Tour MobileMusic games are among the most popular video games around right now and they are available on virtually all gaming systems form consoles to the PC. Mobile phone users that like to play games while on the go can also get into the action with a new Guitar Hero game.

Guitar Hero World Tour mobile is available now on all major carriers nationwide and will be debuting for the Android platform in January. The game offers real-time multiplayer gaming capabilities for players no matter what network their handheld device operates on.

Papercraft retro game consoles fit for any geeks desk

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on December 1st, 2008

Papercraft retro game consoles fit for any geeks deskHere at the ‘Brick we love retro game consoles almost as much as we love shiny gadgets. Combine vintage game consoles with papercraft and it’s geek overload. If we could, we would make sweet love to these awesome looking paper consoles, but alas, even with protection, it’s sure to lead to sensitive paper cuts that we dare not speak of. So we’ll settle for just admiring these babies from afar. Until we have time to make some that is.

Load these things in your color printer and fold up a vintage Atari 2600 to sit on your desk. Goes well with your HAL 9000. These patterns by Marshall Alexander feature 3D pop-outs and nice details that will get you feeling all geeky and nostalgic for crap graphics.

Tetris & Breakout piggy banks makes saving fun again

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2008

Tetris & Breakout piggy banks makes saving fun againBack in the day it cost just one quarter to play your favorite arcade machine. Well, now you can play two Atari arcade classics for just one penny. They aren’t totally faithful to the original arcade machines, but hey it only costs a penny and you get to save that penny. A penny played is a penny earned.

Every coin you drop in starts a new game, which is much cooler then say, dropping your coins in a bank shaped like a pig. These aren’t easy to find outside of Japan, but Strapya World is taking pre-orders and they will ship them worldwide. They’ll cost you $39.90.

Guy beats Guitar Hero 3 using drums

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2008

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This guy made this video to prove that he is better then you at Guitar Hero 3 using drumsticks. He has an advantage that you don’t. A custom midi controller designed to play as if you were drumming. He also obviously kicks ass playing the drums.

He’s obviously crazy. I’m pretty sure he’s animal from the Muppets, all shaved down and incognito. Amazing yes. Also amazingly nerdy. What else can you say?

Vertical Chess Board puts your game on the wall

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2008

Vertical Chess Board puts your game on the wallStraight Up Chess is an interesting new version of the standard chess board. The chess set comes framed in your choice of several different wood options and you hang it on your wall. The pieces are supported by shelves that move with the pieces. So, instead of sitting across from each other for hours on end, you can just “move a piece whenever you walk by”. It even includes a marker to remind you who made the last move. Pretty cool idea.