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Official WWE All Stars Arcade BrawlStick for Xbox 360 and PS3

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on March 7th, 2011

Check out the Official WWE All Stars Arcade BrawlStick for Xbox 360 and PS3. Now you can lay the smack down with an arcade style joystick. This BrawlStick from Mad Catz features a redesigned ball top joystick and high quality concave action buttons for gaming precision.

Wrestling fans will love the graphics and you can get right into the game without having to manually configure the buttons since Mad Catz has already pre-programmed it. It will cost you $79.99.

Gaming seat made from a Mini Cooper

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on February 27th, 2011

Do you have a spare Mini Cooper in your garage? If so, maybe you can make an awesome gaming chair out of it like Designer David Gawthorpe did with this halfcut of a Mini Cooper. It took two-years to do, but he stuck with it and the end result is pretty stunning.

It opens up to reveal a force feedback chair, speakers, a racing wheel, and pedals for all your racing games. There’s also a mini fridge, strobe lights and even a smoke machine. Beneath the seat there is an Xbox 360 console. It will cost you $12,883 (£8000) and it is in London.

OnLive offering free MicroConsole when you buy Homefront game

Posted in Games by Reuben Drake on February 27th, 2011

If you were thinking about buying a $99 OnLive Game System, here’s some good news for you. If you pre-order THQ’s Homefront on OnLive for $50, you’ll get a voucher for a free MicroConsole and a free game. Not too shabby of a deal.

The deal runs through March 14th, and just so you know, supplies are limited, shipping costs extra, and you won’t actually receive the hardware until after the deal expires. It might not be a good sign for the company that it has to give away it’s console with this deal at such an early stage in it’s life, but either way you win.

Killzone 3 PS3 game leaked online before release

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2011

We’ve all been waiting for Killzone 3 to arrive. The game looks amazing and should outdo Killzone 2 in sales and overall awesomeness. But now 41.4GB worth of files have been leaked to Torrent sites containing Guerrilla Games’ upcoming first-person shooter for the PlayStation 3.

The game isn’t due to be released until Feb. 22nd. That’s a problem obviously. But it isn’t all bad news for Sony. Only hacked PS3 consoles will be able to play the game. The 41.4GB file contains the European version of the game and a rumored second non-3D version is making the rounds at roughly half the size.

Battleship gets a complete overhaul

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2011

I remember playing Battleship as a kid. It’s a classic that every kid enjoys at some point, but it has needed an update for a long time. So Hasbro is offering Battleship Live. For your $50 purchase you get an infrared light to cloak the board in order to “see” what is going on.

The gameplay remains the same, the object is to get the right coordinates to sink your opponent’s ships, but you also get spy planes which fly around a track and spy on your opponent’s ships, and to confirm your attack you need to cover both of the “confirm” squares on the side of the board.

Kinect and Wiimote hack for Dead Space 2

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on February 12th, 2011

We’ve seen other hacks where the Kinect uses a Nintendo Wiimote, but the creator of this hack used the FAAST emulator for the Kinect and GlovePIE for the Wiimote, allowing you to have some pretty interesting Dead Space 2 games.

One interesting aspect of this hack is the ability to stomp on your the aliens in the game, which looks very satisfying. I’d love to play DS2 like this. Looks like a lot of fun.

CircBoard is a great way to type on an Xbox

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on February 7th, 2011

Entering text on say the PS3 or Xbox is a pain. Especially in game. The Circboard can improve typing on a game console. The system splits the letters into segments that can be selected with the left analog stick on an Xbox 360 controller with the right analog stick selecting the specific letter.

Shoulder bumpers are the space and backspace keys, while the left trigger handles caps. It’s just a demo still, but they hope to get the system implemented in a variety of games and apps, so they are looking for investors.

Mattel Intellivision Game Console Cake

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on February 6th, 2011

This Intellivision cake looks delicious. It looks just like the classic game console. Okay, maybe it looks like a console that has been slightly melted by intense heat, but it still looks yummy. This one comes from Debbie Goard, who makes all kinds of awesome video game cakes and other themed cakes.

This Intellivision cake is a work of art to anyone who grew up playing the actual console. I’d love to dig into it with a nice glass of milk.

Ostrich Leather Arcade Stick

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2011

A luxury joystick without any bling or diamonds is pretty refreshing, however, who wants an arcade stick made of Ostrich leather? The Hoon Entertainment System from Neo Legend and Hoon comes with a joystick and 10 buttons. It will play nice with the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

The hardware is made by Sanwa and some poor ostrich. Classy? Not really. Kind of weird. There’s no info on availability and pricing, but we know it won’t come cheap. Want one?

OnLive’s flat-rate PlayPack plan is live with 38 games

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2011

It was supposed to arrive on January 15th, but who cares, the fact is that it is here now. Onlive has introduced PlayPack. For $9.99 a month you get unlimited access to a selection of titles. There’s no long-term commitment needed and your saved games will stay on servers for at least a full year after cancellation, if you back out and come back.

Right now there’s 38 games to choose from in all, including BioShock, Prince of Persia, and others. They have pledged more titles are on the way “on a regular basis.” Can they secure enough good titles on a daily basis to make this work? We hope so.

New Game Boy emulator for Windows Phone 7 coming

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

Samuel Blanchard is showing off a Game Boy Pocket Color emulator for Windows Phone 7. That’s right, the Windows Phone 7 platform will soon let you play all of the old classics that you love from the Nintendo device.

The app doesn’t yet come with flash RAM management and backup features, so it won’t be good to play a game like Pokemon with this, though games like Tetris will be good. We love us some old school Nintendo.

Activision considering closing PS3 Black Ops servers

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2011

An Activision support representative has suggested that Activision may be considering or has considered the possibility of closing PS3 Black Ops servers due to problems reported by players. If you play Black Ops on the PS3, then you know those problems very well.

A refund petition was started last year and had 8,800 signatures after 5 weeks. Players are complaining of frame rate issues, disconnects, lagging and hard freezes and other problems. I don’t know about you, but I play all the time and while there are problems, I spend 99% of my time just playing and enjoying flawless games.

Razer Onza Xbox 360 controllers

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on January 9th, 2011

Razer has announced its new generation of Xbox 360 gaming controllers. The Razer Onza Tournament Edition controllers are all about taking gaming precision to a new level. The Onza Xbox 360 controllers are aimed at the hardcore gamers, as it allows them to customize their resistance level with adjustable resistance analog sticks.

They can be adjusted loose for quick turning and tight, for more precise pointing. The backlit shoulder buttons allow you to map other controls, while face buttons allow for a response time like a quick mouse click. Gamers are already drooling over these.

ECA launches the Gamers for Health program

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2011

Why do so many people think that gamers are unhealthy? Because we sit there playing for hours, not getting any exercise and eating junk food? That’s probably it. Well, now the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) wants to help gamers get healthier.

It has created an initiative called Gamers for Health, which will provide ECA members and the gaming community with the tools and resources necessary to help incorporate healthy living into gamer lifestyles.

Call of Duty multiplayer subscription/premium content expected soon

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on January 4th, 2011

The Call of Duty game franchise might have some sort of in game charge for premium content or multiplayer subscription services very soon. Possibly in April. One analyst thinks that a monetized second tier of multiplayer online gaming might arrive at about that time.

Wedbush Securities’ January newsletter states that “Activision remains a top pick, primarily due to the company’s potential to create and monetize a second tier of multiplayer online gaming for its Call of Duty franchise. We expect this to occur during the first quarter of 2011″. But the big question is whether enough gamers would be willing to pay for something like this.