Archive for Games

Elebits – Wii Game Feature

Posted in Games,Nintendo,Wii by Paul Patterson on October 31st, 2006

ElebitsElebits is a radical game of hide and seek where you search high and low for mischievous little Elebits. The fully interactive environment gives you ample opportunity to make good use of the innovative features of the Wii controller to push, pull, lift, toss and otherwise interact with anything and everything.

The story involves tiny creatures called Elebits that must be captured so that the Earth can continue to spin. You see, Elebits are mischievous little beings that are the source of the world’s power and it is your job to collect them and put them back to work. Gameplay is in first person and you move objects with a gravity gun. There are hundreds of Elebits to search for and find and you gain additional abilities as you capture more of them.
Wii Controller Features
Character movement is accomplished with the Wiimote which allows you to …

Xbox 360 Fights in Console War With Free Live Update Newsflash

Posted in Games,News,Xbox 360 by Chetz on October 31st, 2006

Xbox 360 With New FeaturesStarting today Xbox 360 owners with Xbox Live Silver or Xbox Live Gold will be able to download a free system update for their Xbox game console that will provide more than 85 new features. Xbox states that if you are not currently signed up for Xbox Live you can sign up free and get the update through your console and a broadband connection. No hard drive or disc drive is necessary. This is the sixth update that has available for the Xbox Live service.

One of the biggest features in the new upgrade is the move up to 1080p resolution to improve the resolution of both games and HD movies. Along with the HD upgrade, they have also added the ability to stream WMV files from a Windows PC to the Xbox to view from the game console.

Other significant features include …

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 – Wii Game Feature

Posted in Games,Nintendo,Wii by Paul Patterson on October 29th, 2006

Budokai Tenkaichi 2 This installment of the Nintendo Wii game preview series will focus on Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, the latest in the series of DBZ-inspired fighting games from Atari. Dragon Ball Z video games are based on the popular cartoon and card game. Over twenty Dragon Ball Z video games have been released in the United States and Japan since 2002.

Budokai Tenkaichi 2 features lightning-fast melee with elements of RPG and action-adventure gameplay. Players engage in epic battles set in 15 vast and highly-destructible environments. The environments feature the high level of interactivity you have come to expect from the previous games with massive 3D destructible realms and an abundance of game modes.

Fans of the series can reenact their favorite ki-powered techniques with a roster of more than 100 characters from the pantheon of Dragon Ball Heroes. The …

Toshiba 360 Degree Viewing Headgear

Posted in Games,Headgear,Toshiba by Chetz on October 29th, 2006

Toshiba 360 Degree HeadgearRecently in Tokyo Toshiba has made a helmet with a 40 centimeter dome shaped screen to provide wearers a 360 degree view of whatever they are watching on television, whether it is a TV show, movie or a video game.

The Space Balls reminiscent headgear seems fairly large, and raises the question of how strong the necks of the users have to be to be able to utilize it for an extended length of time. The whole helmet actually weights only 6 pounds, which is fairly light weight compared to most motorcycle or space helmets.

Inside the helmet, there are infrared sensors that can detect which way the users head is facing, and then uses a small projector in the top back of the helmet to change the picture they are seeing accordingly in an attempt to give a real-life feeling simulation of being …

Avatar: The Last Airbender – Wii Game Feature

Posted in Games,Nintendo,Wii by Paul Patterson on October 28th, 2006

The Last AirbenderThis is the first installment in a multipart series featuring the games for the Nintendo Wii. The series will focus on how game developers make use of the Wii controllers to create a unique gaming experience. This installment will feature Avatar: The Last Airbender from THQ.

The Last Airbender 2Avatar: The Last Airbender is based on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon, and lets you play as Aang, Katara, Sokka and Haru. The Last Airbender takes place in a magical world containing humans, unique animals, and supernatural spirits. The Human faction is divided into four nations: the Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation, and the Air Nomads. Each nation contains people called benders who possess a unique ability called bending which allows them to control their native element such as water bending, …

Blizzard Postpones Burning Crusade

Posted in Games,News by Quagmire on October 24th, 2006

World of WarcraftToday is a sad day for countless World of Warcraft players as Blizzard Entertainment announced that it will be pushing back the release date for The Burning Crusade, the eagerly anticipated expansion to the epic MMORPG. The Burning Crusade will be pushed back to January 2007 to give Blizzard additional time to further refine the new content that will ship with the game.

“We appreciate the enthusiasm surrounding World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, and we’re excited about putting the finishing touches on all of the new content,” said Mike Morhaime, president and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We feel confident that the extra time spent polishing the game will result in the high-quality experience that our players expect and deserve.”

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade is the first expansion to be released for the popular MMORPG. The expansion will offer players …

Desperate Housewives Now on PC

Posted in Games by Quagmire on October 5th, 2006

Desparate HousewivesI have to be honest; I’ve never even seen Desperate Housewives. Regardless of my TV viewing preferences, Desperate Housewives: The Game has been released for the PC.

The game begins by creating a housewife. Your new housewife is an entirely new character that just moved onto the street. From there, the interaction between characters features all the drama you would expect from the women of Wisteria Lane. You progress through the game by talking to the other housewives and completing little tasks that may arise out of those interactions.

The video-game industry is intently watching to see if Desperate Housewives can attract more women gamers. Female gamers are a large growth area and remain one of the most elusive goals for developers and publishers.

I just feel bad for the poor sap to had to work on this game. You know it is …

Sony PS3 to Include HDMI Standard

Posted in Games,PS3 by Quagmire on September 22nd, 2006

Sony PlaystationSony has announced that the PS3 with 20GB hard disk will come equipped with HDMI output standard with the system. This is great news given the sharp increase in availability of flat displays supporting HDMI on the market.

PS3 with 20GB HDD will become available in Japan at a new recommended retail price of 49,980 yen.

Press Release [Sony PlayStation]

Rubik’s Cube Solving Machine Made From Legos

Posted in Games by Chetz on September 21st, 2006

Rubiks Cube Solver

Years ago when Rubik’s cubes were new and popular I worked on one for weeks and eventually developed a system for solving them in a relatively short amount of time.

I was able to do this because I figured out that the colors were adhesive stickers that I could remove and stick back on where I wanted.

Pictured here is a machine made out of legos that not only can manipulate the Rubik’s cube, but it can also identify the color and solve the puzzle. At around 30 seconds a move it takes a little longer than just moving the stickers, but it can usually solve the Rubik’s cube puzzle in around 20 moves.

Impressive.

Cube Solver [JP Brown]

Nintendo Wii

Posted in Games,Nintendo,Wii by Darrin Olson on September 16th, 2006

Nintendo Wii
Nintendo is gearing up for the holiday seasons with this new Nintendo Wii (pronounced ‘we’). It is expected to be available in the US November 19th (right after Sony’s PS3 comes out) and available in Japan in early December.
In this version Nintendo seems to be targeting a little bit younger audience (which is line with it’s recent campaign to have Nintendo toys in Happy Meals). It sounds like it’s intention is to not compete directly with the PS3 or Xbox, but to less sophisticated gamers.
The controllers will connect through wireless Bluetooth and have a motion sensor along with the common unitive features. There is also a remote “Nunchuk” style remote that works with motion by waving it like a wand.
The Nintendo Wii is going to be a little different in that it is doing more to integrate gaming and the device with the …