Archive for Games

Redbox testing game rentals at kiosks across the US

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

Looks like Redbox will start renting out video games at DVD rental kiosks across the US this month, expanding on some earlier tests in limited markets, while trying to outdo its main competitor Netflix, which doesn’t offer video games at all.

The company is currently expanding their test, which started in 2009, to include more markets in the West, Midwest and Atlantic coast. They are trying to gauge consumer interest in video game rentals. You’ll be able to get games for the PS3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, and Nintendo DS.

Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog flight controller shipping this month

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on October 8th, 2010

Looking for a decent gaming joystick? It’s hard to beat Thrustmaster’s HOTAS Warthog and it will be landing in America just in time for the holidays. It will start shipping by the end of this month for $499.99.

Sure that’s pretty expensive, but like we said this thing is hard to beat. It practically looks like it was ripped from an airplane cockpit. Might as well be good to yourself this Christmas.

White Final Fantasy XIV PC controller debuts

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on September 24th, 2010

FF fans have another piece of gear that they will need to buy. This official PC controller from Sunflex will have you playing the latest Final fantasy in style. It’s a snow white controller, very much like the Dual Shock standard that most PC gamepad makers use.

Though those hand grips are really long. For something called Final Fantasy, these games are never final. Aren’t we up to like 14 now? Should be called unfinal fantasy. The fantasy that never ends.

OnLive gaming gets WiFi beta feature

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on September 20th, 2010

OnLive is cloud-based gaming service that lets players buy video games in digital formats. The players can then play the games from any computer with a web connection and the OnLive software installed. One of the catches to the service was that officially you needed to be on a wired connection to play.

OnLive has announced that it now has a beta WiFi wireless gaming option available for people to try out. If the user launches OnLive on a machine using a wireless connection it will be detected by the game app. The user will then get a prompt where they can choose Wi-Fi Beta to connect.

Red Dead Redemption goes undead

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

Red Dead Redemption already had a whole bunch of monsters thanks to glitches that produced bird-people, a donkey woman and even cougar man. But now Rockstar is intentionally going to add more inhuman enemies in their next DLC.

This DLC is called Undead Nightmares, and will feature “an entirely new mostly single-player campaign that follows John Marston as he tries to find a cure for the highly infectious zombie plague that has spread across the frontier.”

Splitfish set to launch Fragfx Shark, Barracuda, and Piranha controllers

Posted in Controllers,Games by Shane McGlaun on September 9th, 2010

Splitfish made a name for itself in the gaming world years ago when it unveiled the controllers for console gamers that allowed them to play games with a mouse controller for the right hand and controller for the right hand that looks like half a gamepad.

Splitfish has announced the street date for its next products for gamers. The products include the wireless Fragfx Shark and the wired Barracuda and FPS optimized wired Piranha controller. All three of the controllers will work with the PS3, Mac, and PC.

Get organized with Level Up gaming towers

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on September 8th, 2010

If you are tired of hearing, your mom, your wife, or anyone else complain about your lack of gaming tidyness, then check out Level Up’s new range of gaming towers for the PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS and Rock Band.

They clean up your act and are functional as well. At $69.99, there’s really no excuse. They help you keep your consoles, accessories and controllers in one place instead of all over the place.

Flashboy Plus Virtual Boy Emulator

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2010

The homebrew community is giving some love to Nintendo’s Virtual Boy. The Flashboy Plus is the second of two flash carts for Nintendo’s original stereoscopic system, featuring a new backup battery and 16Mbits of memory. That’s enough to fit any one of the system’s 22 commercially released games.

The battery only keeps one save stored at a time and there’s no way to read the battery-backed memory, so you’ll still have to finish one game before you start another, but you won’t lose your progress every time you shut down.

China is getting a Kinect clone

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on August 12th, 2010

Technically video game consoles are banned in China, but of course you can still get one on the gray market. That means that most people won’t be able to get an Xbox 360 or the upcoming Kinect system. So a company from China is rolling out the eBox gaming console which is controller-free.

It looks like its a clone of the Kinect since it also uses a webcam-style device. We don’t know much more about it, but we do know it will come bundled with 30 or so games.

Blockbuster including games in its mail rentals

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on August 10th, 2010

Blockbuster is still trying hard to catch up with other services despite lagging far behind. Their latest trick? If you’re receiving your Blockbuster movies by snail mail you’ll soon be able to open your mailbox and find Xbox, PlayStation, and Wii games as well.

As usual for Blockbuster this is too little, too late. But if you are interested and have a Blockbuster account, go for it.

X-Dream Gyroxus Gaming Chair for PS3 now available for pre-order

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on August 9th, 2010

I’m okay with just sitting on the sofa while playing my PS3, but if you really want to immerse yourself in the game and have some money to burn, why not check out the X-Dream Gyroxus gaming chair?

It’s available for the Xbox 360, PC, PS3, PS2 and Nintendo Wii. The PS3 version is already available for pre-order at £399.95 (That’s $637). Let’s be honest here, immersion at that price isn’t going to get you much. But if you want a fancy new chair, this should be arriving in late August.

Batman Arkham City announced for 2011

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on August 5th, 2010

At last Batman fans, the sequel to the popular Batman Arkham Asylum has just been announced and it will be called Batman Arkham City. It will be available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC in the fall of 2011. The game is being developed by Rocksteady Studios, Warner Bros Interactive and DC entertainment, and it will be set in Gotham’s new maximum security prison.

With the new Arkham in the city it should make for some interesting game scenarios, allowing even more characters to show up, so that you can bring them down.

Video Game controller turns hot and cold

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2010

Our controllers already vibrate, have six axises and can be swung around and thrown into our TVs, but what we are lacking is hot and cold sensations. Imagine yourself in an arctic level in a game and your controller gets cold. Or maybe it heats up while you travel a desert level. Temperature could really put you more in the game.

An experimental new video game controller was just revealed at this week’s SIGGRAPH conference that includes a pair of thermoelectric panels on each side of the controller. Those surfaces heat or cool rapidly in reaction to what’s happening in the game.

NEXiLUX Guitar Controller

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2010

This guitar hero controller is perfect for the player that shuttles his instrument back and forth between home and various friends homes. The NEXiLUX wireless guitar controller breaks down into just a few pieces and fits neatly inside a bag.

It’s compatible with the PS3 or PS2, but you can also slide a Wii-mote inside of it and use it with your Wii. The makers also claim that it has more responsive fret buttons than the cheap controllers that ship with the games. If you prefer touch over buttons, there’s a set of five touch-sensitive fret buttons too.

Hot Touch Arcade Pinball Emulator

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2010

Pinball emulators are usually running on a PC, but if you are the crafty type, you can do what this guy did and create a 1/3-scale pinball machine called the Hot Touch Arcade. The emulator is in the pinball machine itself and powered by an Intel Atom processor.

There’s also an NVIDIA graphics card, and it runs on Windows XP. The actual pinball game area is displayed on a 19-inch 16:9 LCD display, and it includes a physical shooter, flipper buttons, and a coin slot. Pretty nice!