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Rock 'Em Sock 'Em robots have been around since I was a little kid. My brother and I used to play them a lot and frequently you never knew who won because the heads would just pop up of their own accord.
A couple designers have cobbled together a high tech version of the game using an old school plastic game along with some servos and other gear to make a motion control version. The controls use Chronos watches packed with sensors.
If you have ever been to a big amusement park and rode one of those simulation type rides that make it feel like you are on a rollercoaster or something, you are probably familiar with the work of this robot arm. Some engineers have used the thing to make a really cool F1 racing simulator.
The supposed point of the awesome racing simulator of a Ferrari F1 car is to study the interaction of humans with motion. Let's be honest though, these engineers are probably gamers and were sitting around trying to figure out how to get someone else to pay for the coolest racing simulator ever.
The first video game bar in Australia, Mana Bar, opened its doors to the public in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane back in early March of this year and clearly it's been attracting big crowds with plans today coming out that the owners are expanding not only to Sydney and Melbourne, but also internationally.
"After only four months of being open, I can confirm that we will be expanding and opening up Mana Bars in metro Sydney and Melbourne, as well as internationally" said owner Guy "Yug" Blomberg earlier today.
"It's all kicking into gear within months ... very very very f***ing exciting. People like to drink cocktails and play video games, and now we get to prove that all across the world."
The PC game StarCraft II launched recently and was one of the most anticipated PC games in a long time. The game has now set day one sales records according to Blizzard.
The game sold more than 1 million copies around the world making it the best selling game of 2010 within the first 24 hours on the market. In the first 48 hours the game was available it sold 1.5 million copies.
Fans of the StarCraft franchise are undoubtedly excited today with the StarCraft II game hitting the market. The downside is that the game lacks support for a basic graphics element to prevent jaggies in the game.
Blizzard chose to not implement anti-aliasing in the game for some reason. The lack of AA in the game gets a work around via NVIDIA drivers for those using NV hardware.
Around 2,800 people voted on our previous poll and we asked you what type of gamer are you?
Who was it that said PC gaming was dead or dying? A massive 83% of TweakTown readers claim to be PC gamers, while only 8% voted to be console gaming. You would probably expect that from a website that has a strong and rich history in delivering mostly PC based tech content, but it's still an impressive number.
Only 1% said that they are portable console gamers and phone or mobile device gaming scored a very lowly 0% of the votes. 2% said they play old school games such as cards and 5% said they don't have time to play games.
For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know who makes the best quality computer speakers? Let us know! Please go here to vote!
Saitek is a big name in the computer peripherals market. The company has all manner of controllers and keyboard as well as some of the best flight sim gear out there.
Saitek has unveiled several new flight simulation items that will significantly add to a hard core enthusiast's realism. The new gear includes a multi panel with LED display, a backlit information panel, and a radio panel.
We already saw most of the sweet Razer Tron branded peripherals a while back when they were first unveiled. What we didn't have a good indication of was when we could buy the gear.
Razer has announced that its full line of Tron peripherals will land in the US and around the globe in Q4 2010. My money says that the gear lands in October so we have plenty of time to buy for the holidays.
The folks over at InsiderX have gotten the scoop on an upcoming Xbox 360 bundle hitting Aussie shelves on September 15 which looks real decent.
This is dubbed the Limited Edition Halo Reach bundle, sporting not only the Halo Reach game title, but a LCE silver Halo Reach themed console, two LCE silver Halo Reach wireless controllers, a headset and a 250GB hard drive.
Another nice touch that was mentioned is when you first turn the console on, it makes a Halo-themed sound and also the shield power-up sound is made when you press Eject.
Price? Microsoft are looking to launch it at $549RRP.
I have long said that I will not play shooters on a console because I don't like playing with a controller. I prefer to control my games with a mouse and keyboard. You might recall that a while back Microsoft was talking about a new system that would let Windows and Xbox 360 gamers play head to head.
I have often wondered what happened to that plan after such along time with no word from Microsoft. Raul Sood from Voodoo PC claims that he hears that the reason it was cancelled is that console gamers were massively powned by their PC brethren.