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Brian Burke, Nvidia's rockstar PR manager who once held the same position at 3dfx (moment of silence...) and is not to be confused with the Toronto Maple Leafs' GM, is calling attention to someone who he believes is an under-appreciated gaming great who deserves to be mentioned in same breath as John Carmack (co-founder of id Software), Tim Sweeney (founder of Epic Games), Cliff Bleszinski (Unreal franchise), Gabe Newell (co-founder of Valve), Will Wright (Sims - 'nuff said), Shigeru Miyamoto (of Nintendo fame), Cevat Yerli (founder, CEO, and President of Crytek), and yes, even John Romero (renowned programmer and another co-founder of id Software). Who is Mr. Burke talking about? Randy Pitchford,... Read more...
You're used to playing Angry Birds on your smartphone, tablet and even your PC and Mac, but have you ever imagined what it would be like to fling these creatures across your swank living room HDTV? You won't have to wonder much longer. Roku, makers of the self-titled set-top box, and Rovio, creator of the uber popular cash cow known as Angry Birds, inked a deal to bring the first Angry Birds experience to the TV. Under terms of the deal, Roku will offer Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, and Angry Birds Rio videogames, as well as launch an Angry Birds video channel featuring animated shorts based on the game, and sell Angry Birds merchandise, all via the Roku Channel Store. "Angry Birds is the... Read more...
PopCap Games, makers of the highly popular (and super fun) Plants vs Zombies defense game, just signed an agreement with Amazon to offer its first Android games to the U.S. market, exclusively on the Amazon Appstore for Android during two different two-week periods. Pay attention and you can score both Chuzzle and PvZ for free. Part of the deal includes serving up Chuzzle starting tomorrow and extending to May 30. Later this month, Plants vs Zombie will appear. Both titles will be free for the first day of availability, and after that will carry a $2.99 price tag. "Our relationship with Amazon is pivotal to PopCap's overall strategy in bringing a growing roster of mobile titles to the ever-widening... Read more...
Here's the thing about motion controlled gaming. It's fun, in a gee-whiz sort of way, but once the newness wears off, you're left with what some (many?) gamers would consider nothing more than a gimmick. Is that the case with Microsoft's Kinect platform? It's too early to tell. Initial sales have been promising, and it certainly helped that Microsoft made sure there were no less than 17 compatible titles available when the Kinect launched, ensuring you could jump around and shake your rump to new graphics once you got tired of doing so in Dance Central or Kinect Adventures. Perhaps if Microsoft can ensure its catalog of Kinect titles keeps growing, gamers will continue to buy into the concept... Read more...
Proving that patience is a virtue, Nintendo today confirmed earlier rumors of a Wii price cut by slashing the price of its flagship console to $150, but it doesn't stop there. Available in either black or white, the lower priced Wii is part of a new bundle that also includes the Mario Kart game and a matching colored Wii Wheel, replacing the previously included Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resorts games. "From the day it launched, Wii has let players of all ages and experience levels have fun with one another," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "The new suggested retail pricing for both the hardware and select games will help create more of these magical moments for even greater... Read more...
An oversized jar of pickles. Undergarments. Flat screen TV. Toilet paper. Motor oil for your 2011 Dodge Charger. Know what these all have in common? You can buy all of them at Walmart, along with almost everything else you can think of. What's that you say, what about custom gaming PCs? Turns out you can buy those at Wally World, too, at least if we're counting Walmart.com. We just got word that boutique system vendor iBuyPower has partnered with Walmart to launch the retailer's first custom configurator on Walmart.com, allowing shoppers to configure an entry-level or decked out desktop, or something in between. "There are few brands in the world that are as recognizable as Walmart," said Darren... Read more...
One thing you learn in Boy Scouts is that where there's smoke, there's usually fire. We bring this up because there's been a lot of smoke lately about Nintendo's second generation Wii console, and as we suspected, it wasn't unfounded. Nintendo today confirmed that, yes, it's working on a successor to the Wii, and yes, it will launch in 2012. "Nintendo Co., LTD. has decided to launch in 2012 a system to succeed Wii, which the company has sold 86.01 million units on a consolidated shipment basis between its launch in 2006 and the end of March 2011," Nintendo said. An exclusive first look at the Wii 2...sike! What you're seeing is a gold-plated Wii, produced by THQ and presented to the Queen of... Read more...
Many enthusiasts generally prefer to roll their own rigs, but when it comes to notebooks, the notion of building a system from scratch becomes less practical and appealing. We recently had a chance to meet with Maingear and tour the company's build facility, and one thing was immediately apparent: these guys are enthusiasts just like us. So, when Maingear offered to send us what they claim is the fastest 15-inch notebook on the planet, we rounded up our gauntlet of benchmarks and told them to "bring it on." Maingear sent us their revamped eX-L 15 and it's equipped with an Intel Sandy Bridge processor and the fastest mobile graphics chip Nvidia currently offers, the GeForce GTX 485M. Let's see... Read more...
Many enthusiasts generally prefer to roll their own rigs, but when it comes to notebooks, the notion of building a system from scratch becomes less practical and appealing. Things tend to get expensive, your build options aren't as robust as they are with desktops, and working in tight quarters will test your patience. That's where system builders come in, and you have three primary types to choose from: large OEMs like Dell and HP, smaller integrators and resellers that specialize in bang-for-buck setups, and custom gaming boutiques like Maingear, that prefer to push the pedal to the metal in order to differentiate. We recently had a chance to meet with Maingear in person and tour the company's... Read more...
Sony this week announced that it's putting to rest its PSP Go handheld game console and will no longer produce or ship additional units once inventory runs out. To anyone who follows the portable gaming scene, this shouldn't come as any surprise, unless you're simply shocked it took Sony this long to throw in the white towel. Despite Sony's lofty ambitions, the PSP Go never lived up to its potential. The PSP Go was released in 2009 and bucked the trend of previous PSP models by ditching a UMD drive in favor of internal flash memory storage. This meant you had to download games from the PlayStation Store, a tradeoff resulting in a slimmer and lighter design. Unfortunately for Sony, the PSP Go... Read more...
The NBA playoffs are underway, and if you're a basketball fan, there's been plenty to keep you entertained. Last night, for example, the Boston Celtics again edged out the New York Knicks for a 2-0 series lead on their way to an 18th championship (that's right, we just predicted the Celtics will go all the way), the Orlando Magic Magic took revenge on the Atlanta Hawks and tied the series at 1-1, and Dallas took a 2-0 lead over Portland despite Dallas having previously only won two out of the 18 playoff games in which referee Danny Crawford was present. And that was just one night of playoffs action. If that's the sort of thing that excites you, then you're a tech head who also loves sports,... Read more...
Apple last Thursday made official its desire to see other people, ending a long-standing exclusivity agreement with AT&T to sell the iPhone 4, which is now also available through Verizon. It's an open relationship of sorts, one that Apple wanted and AT&T didn't. Call it a rebound if you will, but according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, AT&T will now look to invest more heavily in Google's Android platform, starting with a new social gaming platform for Android phones. It's more of a ménage à trois involving AT&T, Android, and the OpenFeint game network. OpenFeint brings a social networking appeal to gaming by allowing developers to add things like leaderboards,... Read more...
Here's what we want you to do. Take whichever arm's stronger and clench a fist. Raise it above your head as high as you can, take a breath, and sock yourself in the gut if you've ever posted the question, "But can it run Crysis?" It hardly ever fails -- if there's a story about a next-generation videocard or a new supercomputer, it's a safe bet someone is going to ask that question. The main reason, of course, is because the original Crysis was so ahead of its time, or so poorly coded (depending on who you ask), it brought even the burliest of rigs to their knees when cranking up the screen resolution and eye candy settings. Here's the deal, folks. Crysis 2 is shipping on March 22, 2011, and... Read more...
LCD monitors began as poor replacements for CRTs when it came to playing games, due in large part to sluggish response times resulting in ghosting, streaking, and other abnormalities. Today's LCD monitors do a much better job, but evidently there's still plenty of room for improvement. Enter Mitsubishi, which is reportedly designing an intelligent 23-inch LCD monitor with three different display modes depending on the type of game you're playing. The RDT232WM-Z panel employs a double-speed interpolation function, which is a fancy way of saying it's able to interpolate images from 60fps to 120fps for a smoother image. When playing shooter and music games, however, this technique is disabled to... Read more...
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