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Call Of Duty players log over 600 million hours in just 45 days

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on January 2nd, 2011

Activision has released some amazing new statistics showing that more than 20 million Call of Duty: Black Ops players have logged over 600 million hours within the game…in just 45 days since its November 9 release.

The total amount of hours played is equivalent to over 68,000 man-years amounting to an average of 87 minutes per day for each player through to Dec 24th 2010. That exceeds the average daily usage of a Facebook user. Treyarch has got to be happy about the continued success of this game.

Call of Duty: Black Ops surpasses $1 Billion in sales worldwide

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

You’re playing it. I’m playing it. Seems like everyone is playing Black Ops. Call of Duty: Black Ops has now broken the $1 billion sales mark worldwide, in just a month since its launch. Over half of that figure was achieved during its first five days.

It also broke the previous worldwide record of $550 million which was set by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in 2009. If you’ve played the game you know why it is doing so well. It is an awesome gaming experience. We wonder how many more sales records it will shatter.

Dreamcast compilation on its way for Xbox 360 and PS3

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2010

If you love Dreamcast and own either a PS3 or an Xbox 360, we have some good news. SEGA is releasing its Dreamcast compilation to both platforms very soon. The price is an affordable $29.99 for the compilation. So you can play all of these classic games without dragging the old console out of the closet.

The titles and a date have yet to be released, so we hope it has a good selection for the price. Even if they only include some of the hits, it will be well worth it.

OnLive console teardown reveals Marvell Armada chip

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2010

You might remember the hype about the Armada processor a while ago, where it was said to be showing up in a new gaming platform. The speculation at the time was that it was linked to the Nintendo 3DS and now we learn that the chip was used in the OnLive Microconsole.

How do we know this? Well some brave individual has torn down their unit and discovered the Marvell Armada inside, along with 512MB of RAM and other networking chips. They also found 1080p video playback capabilities, which means that OnLive can update it’s console to deliver Full HD content.

SEGA public urinal / game console

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2010

SEGA, not content with Sonic and other fun games, has a new console that will revolutionize the industry. Or at least the men’s room. Known as ‘Toirettsu’, these urinals will have a sensor target which is capable of detecting when it’s being peed on, and it will know the strength of the stream. This data will tie into mini games that are displayed on an eye-level LCD display.

You can do stuff like fight fires or shoot milk out of your character’s nose. All brought to you by the power of pee and Sega. Fighting boss battles together in a restroom hopefully not near you.

OnLive CEO dismisses plans to take on Netflix

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2010

Word on the street was that OnLive would be getting into the streaming movie business. And why not? They are a streaming gaming service. However, the CEO of OnLive, Steven Perlman, has come out and said that the company is not aiming to compete with Netflix.

That’s good news for those who are buying the service. The company needs to focus on games and bolster up their somewhat meager games selection. It’s smart to just focus on games, at least for now.

OnLive and Vizio may start movie subscription services

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2010

Cloud gaming service OnLive and TV maker Vizio are discussing separate deals for subscription movie services of their own. OnLive is apparently committed to expanding to movies via subscriptions to go with their video games. Vizio is believed to be in talks for content.

This is an interesting move for Vizio since it already has access to Netflix and Vudu. It will be interesting to see what happens with both companies. Can Onlive compete with Netflix? Will Netflix have to get into gaming? Stay tuned.

OnLive introduces game plan for $10 a month

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on December 2nd, 2010

OnLive is taking the Netflix approach to video games as it’s rolling out a flat-rate monthly pricing plan called PlayPack. It will cost $9.99 a month when it launches January 23rd, giving subscribers access to a catalog of forty retired and independent titles, including some games that are new to the OnLive service.

If you already bought the company’s $99 MicroConsole, you’ll get access to that catalog free until the formal launch, so you’ll have fourteen full games ready to play. You can pay month-to-month and cancel PlayPack at anytime and OnLive will still store your savegames for a full year in case you want to rejoin.

Pac Man Arcade Cocktail Table

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2010

We could all use a retro arcade table that will also entertain our guests and this one is pretty awesome. The Pac Man Arcade Machine Cocktail Table comes with 13 classic arcade games, which include Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Rally X, Mappy, Xevious, Galaxian, Pac-mania, Rolling Thunder, Bosconian, Dragon Spirit and Galaga 88 and Dig Dug.

Those are some classics. And if you want to make some money, just charge them .25 to play each game. Though that might be a good way to make sure these guests never come back.

Sonic the Hedgehog motion-controlled mini sega genesis console

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2010

This compact game console is shaped like Sonic the Hedgehog’s spiky blue head and plays some classic 16-bit SEGA Genesis games and even comes with Wii-like motion controllers. They are trying super hard here to get your money and they are going to have to try harder if they want mine.

Despite the “110+” claim, the system comes with a total of 40 games. There are 15 classic licensed games, 7 “interactive sports games”, and 18 “arcade games”. The system ships with a pair of wireless controllers, which look like they have traditional D-pads and also motion control.

GameStop’s Black Friday catalog released

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 22nd, 2010

GameStop’s Black Friday ad has leaked out early and as usual, there are some deals if you’re buying a new console. Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo’s systems all come with games included, and they’re not bad games.

Some of the deals include: Buy any two used games or accessories, get one used game or accessory of equal or lesser value free. 4GB Xbox 360 console bundle ($199) — includes a free copy of Madden 11 or Medal of Honor. Wii console bundle ($199) — includes Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort and Just Dance. Super Mario Bros. 25th Anniversary Wii bundle ($199) — includes Wii Sports and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. How about a 160GB PS3 console bundle ($299) that includes the God of War Collection and God of War III?

Razer Nostromo Gaming Keypad gets a serious upgrade

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 19th, 2010

Hardcore PC gamers love Razer products since they are the foremost name in the market. So when Razer and Belkin get together to again update the n52te SpeedPad to the Razer Nostromo Gaming Keypad, one gamers take notice. Aside from just enhancing the features to make it more customizable and versatile, the Nostromo also includes tournament-grade controls and is designed to provide maximum comfort during gameplay.

The Nostromo also comes with 16 fully-programmable Hyperesponse gaming buttons and an eight-way directional thumb pad, a soft-touch rubberized wrist pad that cradles the palm and the programmable directional thumb pad can be used for movement or as modifier keys to access auxiliary commands.

Funny Call Of Duty: Black Ops Emblems

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops is taking the gaming world by storm. One of the cool aspects of the game is that you have tools to create and design your own emblems. Some of the emblems that people create are pretty funny.

Since there doesn’t seem to be any central place to find these funny emblems, Daryn St. Pierre has created a Tumblr blog specifically for them at the link below. They range from cute to obscene. Hopefully the catalog will grow. It’s amazing how creative folks can get with the tools provided by the game. Have a look and submit your own funny Emblems.

Rock Band Storage Ottoman from Level Up

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2010

Rock Band is fun, but those fake instruments and accessories sure do take up a lot of room. Now LevelUp has a solution for you with the Rock Band Storage Ottoman. It’s an ottoman made of wood with fake black leather for the cover. There are also Velcro loops under the lid for two guitar controllers. The drum kit stores in the bottom once it’s disassembled.

But that’s not all. There are other pockets on the inside for storing the drumsticks and the microphone. You can even add trays to hold video games and normal controllers from your game console. The black version is aptly called Back in Black and will cost you $89.99 at Costco.

Angry Birds coming to Xbox Live, Playstation Network, and WiiWare

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 13th, 2010

The popular mobile game Angry Birds will soon be coming to your television screen. Developer Rovio has announced that the game will be headed to Xbox Live, Playstation Network, and WiiWare. We don’t have a release date or prices yet though.

In case you’ve been living in a cave, the game has been a huge hit on iOS, Android, and webOS. The game should be released for the three big consoles prior to the release of an Angry Birds sequel. So soon you will be able to enjoy it on the big screen.