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Nintendo has been selling the Wii and the DS for years. Early in the life of the Wii, the console was just about impossible to get hands on for most gamers. The Wii was so scarce that people were paying hundreds more to get them on eBay than the MSRP and many stood in line and waited for a long time to get their own. The popularity of the Wii isn't what it once was, but it is still popular.
Nintendo has announced that it had the two top selling game consoles for 2010. The two consoles are the Wii and the DS portable. The DS was the top selling console for all of 2010 with over 8.5 million units sold and the Wii was tops in home consoles with over 7 million units sold. The numbers come from the NPD group that tracks such things.
A huge chunk of the sales for Nintendo consoles for the year came in December with the holidays. In December, Nintendo reports selling 2.5 million DS portables and 2.3 million Wii consoles. Nintendo also notes that since the DS launched it has sold more than 47 million of the portables and more than 34 million Wiis. Nintendo also had three of the top selling games for December 2010 with Just Dance 2 at number one, Donkey Kong Country Returns at number three, and Disney Epic Mickey at number four.
When it comes to standards and accountability for the storage of data by businesses, some of the most important and most controlled of all data is medical information. I bet some boxers were ruined at a radiology practice in New Hampshire called Seacoast Radiology this week when the admin of the server for the company found that it had been hacked.
The server in question held medical records on 230,000 patients seen by the practice. The admin of the server noticed the hack when it was discovered that bandwidth for the server was down. On investigation, the admin found that the hackers were using the server's bandwidth to host multiple player games of Black Ops.
The practice immediately called in an investigation team that somehow linked the hackers back to Scandinavia. The clinic and admins of the server have no idea how long the hackers had been inside the server and they note that the security breach that allowed the hackers to gain access has been plugged and the appropriate authorities have been notified of the breach.
Minecraft is something I've personally never gotten into but it's good to see an indie game reach an amazing 1 million in sales! Especially if you consider the game is still in beta status and people purchased it even in alpha form.
In it's alpha stage the developers were charging 10 for a copy where the price has increased to 15 for the beta. The final game will cost 20. For Minecraft to have reached 1 million in sales before the final release, it's an amazing achievement, especially when it has relatively basic graphics and it isn't another FPS.
Geeks are great believers in taking hardware that was designed for one purpose and using it for as many other cool things as possible. Take the Microsoft Kinect. The motion control system has been hacked for all sorts of uses since it launched and none of the other uses are things that Microsoft would have envisioned.
Microsoft has hinted that it would bring support for Kinect to the PC but for now that support is up to hackers like Demize2010 on YouTube. This dude took a Kinect and the remote and nunchuk from his Wii and hacked them all together to allow the movement, aim, and shooting in CoD on the PC with the Wii controls. The Kinect was then used to access other commands using gestures.
You can see from the video after the jump that when he wants to lean to look around a corner, he just leans in real life. Other things are activated by motion as well. This is a really cool hack that uses a couple of things that would be cool on their own, matched up they rock even more.
Sony has gone militant in the fight to keep people from doing what they want with their own PS3 consoles. Sony wants to prevent anyone from hacking their console or offering hacks for the devices and has taken to a legal assault on Geohot and other hackers that have offered ways to bypass the PS3 security for installing software that isn't approved.
Some though that if you applied a hack to your console to be able to install unapproved software and never accessed the PSN that Sony had no way to catch the user. Apparently, that is not correct. One user going by NeoGAF has noted that he port sniffed his console and that at start up the PS3 contacted the Sony servers.
Apparently, the contact gave enough details that Sony could tell just from the device being connected to the web that it had been hacked. This information could then reportedly be used to ban the console or to force software updates to plug the security hole. Sony has already said it will offered updates to plug the holes Geohot and others are using on the PS3 now for their hacks.
-CES 2011, Las Vegas- Razer usually has some pretty cool new toys to show off at their CES booth, but this year one of their debut peripherals looked a little different than most. At a first far away glance you might wonder if Razer was making Wiimotes, but this was something different for you PC lovers: the Razer Hydra.
Centered around TrueMotion Technology from Sixense Entertainment, the controllers are tracked by a base magnet that connects to the PC and gives the player "six degrees of freedom" while playing titles that support the controller. The magnet in the base is PC friendly, not an electromagnet that could zap any of your precious devices. Portal 2 is the big title that has been given official Hydra support and even a few extra levels when the game is released in April. Having the ability to actually throw the Companion Cube or even make it larger or smaller with your gestures was pretty good fun, and the thumbsticks made controlling the character a smooth experience.
A Q&A session was held on STALKER 2's Facebook page and the first snippets of info were heard. STALKER 2 will be a multi-platform game - which means consoles will get to finally roam around in STALKER-land.
STALKER 2 is set to offer a completely different story to the previous STALKER games, but it's said it will feature not only characters from the previous STALKER games but locations too. STALKER 2 has been confirmed to take place in 'the triangle of CNPP, the cities of Chernobyl and Chernobyl 2 (where the huge antenna is located)'.
The Nintendo 3DS will be a big deal when it finally launches and many portable gamers will buy one of the consoles. Nintendo has hurt sales a bit by protecting itself from potential suits when it issued a warning that the 3DS might hurt the eyes of kids 6-years-old and under if they play the console. The 3DS isn't out yet and already some geeks in Taiwan have taken one and torn the thing down to show what's inside.
We can only assume that since the 3DS isn't available by legal means at this point, the console that is torn down in the pics is stolen. Despite the theft of the device, this is the first glimpse at the hardware under the hood that we have seen. Despite the disassembly, details on the console and its innards are still scant.
The details that are thought to be correct so far include that the console has an ARM processor. The little battery is a 1300mAh unit and we have heard it's only good for a few hours of 3D play per charge. You can check out the hoards of pics of the teardown at the source link below.
EA are set to show off Battlefield 3 at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco in March. EA will also have new game announcements as well as playable hands-on-time with upcoming titles.
The titles that will be on show including Battlefield 3 will be Shadows of the Damned, Alice Madness Returns, Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning and Crysis 2.
Elder Scrolls Skyrim has a lot of ES fans licking their lips waiting for some screenshots or details, well, I have your fix right here. Check out a screenshot below of Skyrim!
Looks great, doesn't it? There's a bunch of details released on it too, these details involve the story, enemies, the graphics engine, combat and weaponary, magic, cities, levels and skills, NPC's, quests and the player.