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Posted on Sep 6 2008 - 2:14am by Richard Sharp
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Video game release have become synonymous with the causing of ridiculous outcry and they’re not afraid to throw in a stunt to make sure that the game and the release are berated by politicians and locals alike. The latest game release to face the fury, as it were, was Mercenaries 2, with publishers EA being labelled as being reckless and totally irresponsible. Actors decked a petrol station with jeeps and oil barrels and then proceeded to offer everybody that came to the station £40 of free petrol. As I’m sure was the point,...

Posted on Aug 25 2008 - 6:36pm by Richard Sharp
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While developers like Sony and Microsoft are constantly trying to appeal to the older and apparently more affluent generation of gamers (namely, those with jobs and their own income) the design of consoles and peripherals certainly seem more plastic than anything we would typically chuck in the front room next to all the chrome finish devices. The same is also true of PC gaming, although there’s obviously less requirement to stick your PC gaming pad next to the TV unless you really want everything in one place. Dream Cheeky, a Chinese...

Recently, Microsoft hasn’t really been the first name you think of in terms of hardcore PC gaming peripherals. Obviously, they do have a reasonable claim to be involved in the gaming world through various other ventures but their PC peripherals had seemingly take a back seat to these for some time now. Well, fret no longer, because they’re releasing the Sidewinder X6 gaming keyboard. The biggest feature of the X6 is definitely the number pad, which can not only be removed and attached to the other side of the keyboard for lefties...

As far as careers go, professional gamer must rank up there as being one of the most desirable, except of course that it’s highly unlikely to ever become reality and it pays surprisingly very little. Well, in true American style, one kid’s parents have allowed him to quite school aged 16 in a bid to become a professional Guitar Hero player. Blake Peebles (middle names Randy and Chuck – possibly) from North Carolina will now be home schooled and will concentrate a large chunk of his time on playing Guitar Hero (don’t...

Posted on Aug 23 2008 - 12:18am by Richard Sharp
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The Nintendo Wii is hardly devoid of innovative gadgets and peripherals – after all, it’s entirely incredible success story is built almost solely around the innovation of the Wiimote controller. It could, however, be argued that it does lack a line of serious sports and racing sims, so it’s a might peculiar that the latest peripheral announced is a fairly serious steering wheel controller. A quick glance at the Wii white (check the Dulux colour chart, and I think you’ll find that Wii white has now been adopted as a...

It’s not very often at all that you get the opportunity say that Sony and Microsoft have clubbed together to do something that will benefit all the users of a particular line. In fact, we think you’d be extremely hard pressed to find any other instance of a partnership this unique. The partnerships means that cross platform guitars and digital instruments for games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band will soon be available. The instruments represent the biggest outlay of either of these series of games, especially for the Rock...

How often do we in the UK, and to a lesser extent the rest of the Europe, get stitched over in favour of our North American counterparts? Console price reductions, game releases, special offers, and preorder bonuses are usually things that just don’t happen to us but occur in abundance in the USA and Asian markets. Well, the new and hideous green updated Xbox 360 controller is breaking the mould. European markets will be the first and possibly only markets to be “fortunate” enough to get their mits on the green controller. Unfortunately...

Topware Interactive, creators of the game Dream Pinball 3D, have been awarded damages from one file sharing woman of £16,000 by the courts. Topware has been actively monitoring and chasing suspected file sharers in a bid to cut down on file sharing because it breaks copyright laws and game piracy costs producers, publishers, and suppliers many millions of pounds every single year. While it’s a problem most often associated with music and films, the problem is equally persistent for computer game manufacturers. Three other cases...

Posted on Aug 14 2008 - 12:52am by Richard Sharp
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Students have come up with an unpleasant sounding method of reading brainwaves to control computer games. It may not sound that pleasant but if they were looking for testers we’d still volunteer. The headband shines near infrared light into the skull and then measures the return of light and several other factors concerning the brain. The reading emitted from this system could obviously have greater and more realistic uses than thought controlled gaming (really?) such as employing its use in medicine and other sciences. Drexel, the...

And so we turn to the lobbyists again to help build the expectation and further increase the appeal of a game that is being billed as the most violent game ever made. So despite the fact that it clearly doesn’t need any help in being an appealing game, MadWorld is getting that little extra help in promoting it that only the lobbyists can truly award to a game. Look at the entire Grand Theft Auto series – the more unpopular it gets with the lobbyists, the more the rest of the world want to play it. The game is all black and white...