Redbox adds video games to 5,000 more kiosks

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2011

Redbox has announced that it will add video game rentals to an additional 5,000 kiosks starting August 1st. The company announced last month that game titles for the Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation and Nintendo Wii would be added to 16,000 more redbox kiosks by the end of June, and the total after this next round of additions will approach 27,000.

Redbox owns and operates about 33,000 rental kiosks around the country, and the company did not indicate if or when video games might be added to the remaining 6,000 kiosks that will not have them. All games carried in redbox kiosks are $2 per night.

Redbox starts renting video games for $2

Posted in Games by Reuben Drake on June 17th, 2011

Right on schedule, Redbox is introducting video game rentals for $2 a day. They have a pretty good selection of titles for those wanting to not buy games at 50 and 60 dollars, or those who like to try before they buy.

About 5,000 kiosks have already been involved in the testing of this service and now Redbox is adding the other 21,000 across the US. So go on, get gaming for just $2 a title.

Square Enix gets hacked

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

Sony isn’t the only company to get hacked. The makers of Final Fantasy, Square Enix, has just been hacked as well. A few of their websites have been compromised and the company confirmed that the e-mail addresses of up to 25,000 customers who had registered for product updates may have been stolen.

Also, resumes of 350 people applying for jobs in its Canadian office could also have been copied from the web servers. They immediately took the sites offline to assess how it happened and what had been accessed, then they took the necessary measures to increase security of all of their websites, before going live again.

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.

Atari cartridge wallet shows where your money went in the 80s

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on June 14th, 2009

Atari cartridge wallet shows where your money went in the 80sEtsy seller Nilesz recycles Atari cartridges into wallets. So you can pay for that cartridge all over again in the now. Yep, that’s a real cartridge. It now holds money as well as 80s memories. Nilesz says that “the only piece of the original game not used in the wallet design is the screw.”

It’s a fat wallet, but that just means it holds more stuff. He even made a promo video for them below. They sell for $40 – $80 depending on the rarity/popularity of a game.

The history of video game consoles

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2009

segadreamcastWe love video games around here. Whether we’re playing the Xbox 360, the PS3 or even an old Atari 2600. We thought we would take a look at the history of gaming consoles from 1972 to the present. You grew up with the vintage consoles, you play the new ones, so take a walk down memory lane and revisit all your favorites from the massive list below.

E3 goes Back to its Roots (Sort Of)

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on October 27th, 2008

E3 LogoVideo games are a big business with top-tier video game sales often outdoing the hottest films box office take. When the video game industry started getting large back in 1995 the inaugural E3 or Electronic Entertainment Expo was launched.

For most of its life E3 was associated with massive booths, tons of games, game geeks everywhere and hoards of booth babes. Then in 2007, E3 changed for the worse. Only journalists could get in and even then journalists had to be invited by a game firm showing at the show.

Optime Strategies’ retro arcade gaming table

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on October 19th, 2008

Optime Strategies’ retro arcade gaming tableSome of us miss the days when you had to actually venture out of the house and head to the arcade to play games. Ah, brings back memories of poorly lit, smoke filled rooms filled with the beeps and blips of virtual deaths and level starts. Quarters flowed like wine, which we did not drink, but poured willingly down the slotted throats of our electronic masters. The Optime Strategies video gaming table will take you back in time my friend.

It’s powered by a built in PC and comes preloaded with over 1700 vintage games including all your favorites like Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and Frogger, all made possible by software developed by a group called MAME. It’s the real deal. The graphics and music files have been downloaded directly from the original arcade versions making them 100% authentic. The only way it gets more authentic is if you spill some beer on it and add a cigarette burn. The price is the only thing that is lame at $5,180.

Control video games with your mind

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

Control video games with your mindSquare-Enix along with NeuroSky will unveil a mind-controlled gaming demo on Thursday at the Tokyo Game Show. It all works with a Windows PC and the MindSky headset. The PC runs Square’s software created specifically for the demo. The headset fits has earmuffs and an electrode that monitors brainwaves as you’re playing. Believe it or not, they say that the headset is even compatible with several different platforms.

No word yet on just how much control your brainwaves have over the game. According to Neurosky the headset monitors your level of relaxation and concentration. If you happen to be there, the demo will be in NeuroSky’s booth at TGS. This news will come as no surprise to those of us who have been controlling games with our mind already, by using it to control our hands.

Fanatec debuts video gaming wheel stand

Posted in Controllers by Nino Marchetti on October 7th, 2008

Fanatec RennSport Wheel Stand

Fanatec unveiled today a new wheel stand for video game racing wheels. It is called the RennSport Wheel Stand and you’ll find it pricing around $130.

The Fanatec RennSport Wheel Stand offers gamers an adjustable wheel angle, height, and pedal position and works with “all Fanatec racing wheels as well as those from Logitech (G25 and Driving Force wheel series) and Microsoft (Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel).” It is said to be made of “rock-solid steel/aluminum construction.”

C-MACC’S arcade cabinet plays every game known to man

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

C-MACC’S arcade cabinet plays every game known to manIt’s no secret that we love all kinds of arcade cabinets. As cool as the C-MACC’s (Complete – Multi Arcade Console Computer System) cabinet is, it sorta takes some of the fun out of things. It was built by Over-Clock UK forum member Mayhem. We don’t question it’s awesomeness as it can play every emulated game there is, AND apparently every non-emulated game too. How? He stuffed it full of consoles of course. A PS3, an Xbox 360, a Wii and a few others along with a decent PC.

The cabinet even sports side-mounted buttons just for pinball games. No, we don’t question it’s awesomeness. I guess we just miss the old days, when a cabinet was dedicated to a single game. Once you’ve seen this, you’ve seen it all. What’s left? Geek depression setting in, that’s what. Because it’s all over. Nothing else to see. Move along. It wasn’t cheap to build. Mayhem spent about $8,900 on it and a few months of work.

Retro Space upgrades the classic arcade cabinet

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on August 17th, 2008

Retro Space upgrades the classic arcade cabinetCreated by Martjin Koch, the Retro Space pays honors the classic arcade cabinets of the past. It’s a nicely designed cabinet that fits right in today and would also be right at home in a smoky arcade of the 80′s. But it’s got more then looks going for it. It also features arcade-quality Sanwa joysticks and the buttons are mounted on an anodized aluminum control panel.

Of course the layout supports classic 1 & 2 person games and even has the very necessary trackball. Here’s the cool part, it includes over 100 licensed arcade classics AND suite of emulators. If that’s not enough, you can use it as an HD media jukebox for your music collection with 1080p video playback on a 24-inch 1920×1200 monitor. We want one. Who knew a yellow arcade machine could be so sexy?

Turbine talks LOTR: Mines of Moria fall ’08 plans

Posted in MMORPG by Nino Marchetti on July 31st, 2008

Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria

Turbine, a computer game developer, announced today plans to bring a retail expansion to its popular Lord of the Rings Online multi-player online role-playing game. This sequel is called Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria and it will be available in several different physical retail and download choices.

Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria is described by Turbine as expanding “the online world of Middle-earth to let players continue the ultimate interactive adventure in the largest and most dangerous online underground environment ever created. Players will be able to explore the ancient underground cities of the dwarves, battle epic characters in the depths, face off with the Watcher, be a part of the fateful release of Durin’s Bane and more. In addition to the Legendary Item system, The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria features groundbreaking dual height map technology that creates a seamless, vast, and epic environment that brings Moria to life like never before. The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria extends the challenge to new heights with two new classes, ten additional levels and hundreds of new quests.”

Capcom rumbles with new video game chair

Posted in Furniture by Nino Marchetti on June 2nd, 2008

Capcom Reactor Video Game ChairIf you are a really big fan of Capcom games and want to feel the rumble of getting your butt kicked in Street Fighter and the like, the new Capcom-branded Reactor Video Game Chair from Ultimate Game Chair is for you. It will price around $180.

The Capcom Reactor Video Game Chair sports “eight high-impact vibrating motors and 3D-stereo sound.” The motors are located in the upper and lower back, as well as the seat cushion, offering a massage mode as well.

Shop for groceries, play some Atari

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2008

Shop for groceries, play some Atari
Clean up on isle six, I just kicked your ass at Missile Command. How cool is this? This Milwaukee, Wisconsin grocery store has an atari section, where you can hang out and play, complete with period TV, wallpaper and furniture. It’s a great way to get the guys to do the shopping, I’ll say that.

The display includes a fully-functional Atari 2600(Newer black version), and a nice assortment of about 50 classic games just waiting to be stolen. Looks like the only detail from my childhood that they missed is having my mom stand there nagging me while I’m trying to play Space Invaders. Otherwise, it’s like being there. Note to the employees: That plant fails to hide the cords.