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It's no secret that Steam is the alpha dog in the pack when it comes to the digital download gaming scene. But success breeds contempt in the business world, and there are several outlets that are openly blaming Steam for their woes and taking steps to retaliate.
According to an unnamed director of a "fledgling Steam rival," Steam is "killing the PC market and it is no wonder digital retailers are failing" as well as "locking down the market." You can take your pick of the competitors like Direct2Drive and Impulse for the possible people taking shots, but even retailers are considering action. Two major retailers are considering not stocking games that feature and/or require Steam integration due to customers being taken to a rival and losing them.
Trademarks are very much like patents in that sometimes they are aimed at getting rights to things that are a bit out there. Nintendo is apparently trying to trademark a pop-culture phrase that just about everyone will recognize. The company has filed for a trademark with the USPTO for the phrase "On like Donkey Kong."
That is a bit like a maker of foam fingers trying to trademark the phrase "pull my finger." The big monkey surfaced in arcade games back in 1981 and since then there have been several different games with Donkey Kong. The "On Like Donkey Kong" phrase is typically used for all sorts of reasons, none of them having to do with the game.
When it comes to gaming, some genres simply aren't good for use with game pads and controllers like the Xbox 360 uses from the perspective of PC gamers. Sure console gamers will argue that the gamepad on their Xbox 360 rocks for Call of Duty and some will even claim they will pwn PC gamers using a mouse and keyboard. The PC gamers out there know the score though.
That said there are some games that many PC gamers like to play that plain suck on the keyboard and mouse control system. Games like racing sims and flying games are perfect examples. If you have one of the new Xbox 360 wireless controllers and you have a hankering to play a game on your Windows 7 PC that needs a controller you can use the Xbox wireless controller on your rig.
A few weeks ago, Big Bucket Software released an update for their iPhone/iPad game, The Incident. The 1.2 update allowed the user to use their iPhone as a wireless controller to control the game on the iPad. The upcoming 1.3 update will allow the next larger screen increase, your TV.
It's not clear on how it's going to be pulled off - but the dev says that you'll have to plug your iPad into your TV.
The boys over at Ars Technica have been playing the latest Call of Duty title, Black Ops using NVIDIA's 3D vision setup.
Activision have said that there is a great experience for 3D Vision with the new COD: Black Ops. The game was given an "excellent" rating for 3D support in NVIDIA's 3D Vision rating system - with the tester using it for 2 hours without a headache.
Done. 2 million units - that's roughly 1 in every 10 people in this country own a Wii. Considering the average family has say 3 - 4 people, that's a very large amount of families, or people, who own a Wii.
Nintendo announced the news yesterday - that it had reached the milestone and achieved it in 47 months - establishing the Wii "as the fastest selling home console". Previously, the Nintendo DS held this record - selling two million units in 52 months.
You can say what you like about Microsoft and the way it runs its business and competes in the technology market, but the company knows how to market its wares. My kids are going bonkers over the Kinect technology for the Xbox 360 after seeing commercials for Kinectimals on TV. I am a bit torn on the tech; we rarely play the Xbox 360 in our house leaning more towards the PS3 and Wii. If you are on the fence about the Kinect as well, a new hack that has surfaced may help push you over the edge towards purchase.
The Kinect has been hacked to run with Windows 7 computers already. A New York-based firm called Adafruit offered up a bounty of $2000 for the group or individual who could come up with an open source driver for the Kinect that would let it work for things other than the Xbox 360. According to reports, that bounty has now been collected and a video has been posted on YouTube showing someone using Kinect with a Windows PC.
Could you imagine a Kinect-enabled iMac? It really could have happened. Inon Beracha, CEO of the company that developed the PrimeSense sensor that is the brains behind Microsoft's upcoming Kinect technology, originally approached Apple with the technology when trying to get it off the ground in 2008.
So why didn't Apple end up with the tech? It sounds like the same reasons anyone gets grumpy about dealing with Apple: contractual demands, NDAs, and piles of paperwork that made it a pain to do business. Apple's insistence on secrecy forced Beracha to go elsewhere; therefore giving Microsoft the ability put together the Kinect package that so many of you are waiting for.
For a long time gaming on a mobile phone really sucked. The graphics were bad, the games stunk, and most of us just didn't play mobile phone games for the most part. When the iPhone landed all of that changed for many of us with a big screen and serious mobile gaming chops. Today the market is flush with all sorts of mobile devices that can play some games and one of the things really needing work now on some platforms are the controls.
A geek has taken in upon himself to improve the gaming controls for the Dell Streak, and he has done an epic job of it. The builder goes by the name 0TheRain0 and he took an old SNES controller and hacked it to work with the Android-powered Dell Streak. The hack required the use of a Streak connector taken from a real accessory and some hard work.
Wave your hand across the screen if you'd like to see a few reviews of Micrsosoft's upcoming gesture/body based gaming revolution.
I saw a wave, so here we go, I'll list a few reviews for you to check out, with a few quotes from each site.