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The general consensus towards people, especially youngsters playing video games right before bedtime is a definite no no if a good night's sleep is in order.
Many parents are quick to believe playing a violent video game for a while before bed (let alone any other time of day) will result in lots of tossing and turning through the night and maybe even a few cold sweats from sleep deprivation or vidid nightmares.
However, despite the logic associated with the above concern, a new study by the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine magazine suggests little influence is had towards the quality of sleep through the night from teens playing Call of Duty 4 for a while beforehand vs teens who were watching a relaxing documentary on TV beforehand.
The difference between the two groups? it took the gamers on average only 3 more minutes to fall asleep than those who kicked back to the March of the Penguins documentary, so nyer nyer mum and dad!
Want less interruptions and repeat arguments at home every night whilst going on your virtual killing sprees? Point the folks in the direction of the link below.
If you were a gamer back in the early 80's you had an Atari 2600. The system was in many homes and the games were horrible compared to what we have today. Many geeks still have the systems from their childhood and some of the games are worth big money.
A guy named Tanner Sandlin from Austin, Texas read a story about rare video games and realized he owned one of the games. The game in question is Air Raid. Sandlin had the game in its original box and put it up on eBay.
The game ultimately went for $31,600 and is only the 13th known copy left and the only one with its full package. Go check your garage or basement now; you might be sitting on enough money for a new car.
Gears of War fans will be foaming at the mouth at this one. Confirmation has come in the form of a press release from MSFT and Epic that Gears of War 3 is in the works with a hard set launch date of April 5, 2011 in the states (April 7 in Japan and April 8 everywhere else).
Given the level of success that followed the release of the first two, it was pretty much inevitable we'd see a third instalment in the series before too long.
You can read the press details here and check out the trailer below for a small taste :-
Nintendo America is set to launch what it calls its most important product since 2004. The product is the new Nintendo 3DS and the device is set to hit stores sometime this fiscal year.
The 3DS will allow gamers to play 3D games on the portable console without needing to wear glasses to view the 3D content. Nintendo America's Reggie Fils-Aime talked with BusinessWeek on the topic, but offered no new details.
The only new insight offered in the interview was that Nintendo feels the launch of the 3DS is its most important since 2004 when it moved from the Game Boy to the DS. Nintendo certainly has high hopes for the DS.
We have held onto this news for a little while now, but today we can share news with you all that a new Taiwanese based tech company is bursting onto the scene called BitFenix. The company is making bold claims when it comes to the gaming hardware and peripherals products that it soon intends to bring onto the market.
The folks over at BitFenix, who have been in this industry for years (even as far back as the ABIT days of the past when it was at its best), make bold claims that it will not deliver so-called "me-too" type products and bring out innovative products that draw directly on the design experience of its staff, who have been doing this type of thing for a while now. There is an introduction video below that shows the mentality of BitFenix. Damn, they seem really competitive!
David Jarlestedt, BitFenix Product Manager, said "The time has come for true innovation to hit the scene, and I believe we have the experience and know-how to make it happen. And because a product's form is almost as important as its function, BitFenix products will be crafted to look as good as they work. We are driven to deliver some groundbreaking products, and along with the feedback from the community, I believe our upcoming designs will really cause people to do a double-take."
David Jarlestedt? Haven't we heard that name before? Oh right, he was one of the head designers for CM Storm, which is Cooler Master's gaming product division.
BitFenix has told us in person that they should have some early samples for us to look at next month, so you can bet we will be the first on the scene at their office here in Taipei to see what they have come up with and if their products are actually all that and more, which is claimed. We are looking forward to seeing BitFenix spice things up in the market of cases, mice, keyboards and more - especially as this market is heating up with many big companies deciding to focus more on the gamer in the past couple years.
The official press announcement introducing BitFenix can be located here.
Thermaltake has just listed yet another mid-tower chassis on its website (we're still waiting on the company's PR) which in typical Thermaltake fashion boasts a radical change in aesthetics and will be pretty much a love or hate it scenario.
Dubbed the Armor A90, this gaming series chassis is of steel construction and looks to carry an extensive feature-set, especially for its sub $100 price tag.
The chassis measures in at 502 (H) x 210 (W) x 515 (L) mm with a weight of 8.2Kg and sports an all-black exterior and interior which is much nicer looking than the light grey color we're used to seeing on so many chassis' inside.
For full details on all the features of the Armor A90, head over to the official product page here. Expect it to debut by the end of the month.
Fans of the horror FPS series F.E.A.R. will be excited to know that Day 1 Studios has decided to take on the next instalment, F.E.A.R. 3 with the previous developer, Monolith handballing the franchise over.
It will be very interesting how this one turns out and a lot of anticipation will likely build up through its development stages with John Carpenter getting involved whom is a fantastic film director for horror movies such as the Halloween series, Village of the Damned and many others.
Comic writer Steve Niles is also said to be getting in on this project as a co-writer for the development of the script.
Enhanced multiplayer elements are expected to be added to this instalment and apparently it could be ready as early as fall of this year. Let's just hope it's not rushed too much and is polished well without compromise.
It's expected to be released for all the major platforms; Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and of course, the PC.
The Sony PS3 gets software updates all the time it seems. Not all of them are good for users though, like the recent update that killed support for other OS' on the console.
Microsoft also updates the Xbox 360 frequently and has a new update coming for the console that adds some new features to the mix. The update provides support for USB storage devices.
With the update, the user can store data to external HDDs and flash drives at least 1GB in capacity. The catch is that no matter how large your external HDD is you can only get a single 16.5GB partition. That would waste lots of space on a 500GB HDD.
EA has been peddling Battlefield 1943 since last summer and the game has been very popular. It is a download only title that is sold on the PlayStation Network and the Xbox Live Arcade for about $15.
EA has announced that the game has become the fastest game to ever reach the 1 million copies sold mark on the Xbox. The game has sold very well on the PS3 as well.
PC gamers were left out of the Battlefield 1943 action from the start, but EA is getting a PC version of the game ready. The PC version can be pre-ordered right now.
Sony has offered the Other OS feature on the original "fat" PS3 consoles since the units launched years ago. When the new PS3 Slim came around the feature was axed.
Sony has announced that the newest update for the PS3 that is set to hit on April 1 will eliminate the Other OS feature. Most of us don't use the Other OS feature but if you do this is bad news.
Sony says the elimination is due to security concerns. If you want to keep the feature, your only recourse is to not upgrade ever again. You will need to back up the data on your Other OS partition if you do update since it will not be accessible after.