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This is news we can't ignore - I'm sure there are a tonne of people gripping their steering wheels tightly at the news of an actual, real, yes it's coming release date from the popular Polyphony Digital team.
Gran Turismo 5 - a PlayStation 3 exclusive for those not in the know is coming November 24th - a few weeks after a slight delay for "polishing time".
You wouldn't think that the folks at Google would be driving people towards the competition, but engineer Matt Cutts is so stoked about the possibilities that Microsoft's Kinect has to offer that he's offering cold hard cash to the coolest hacks that he can find.
A $1000 prize is being offered to the developer who creates the best open source program or demo based around the Kinect. A second $1000 will be given to the developers who can create a simple Linux based Kinect program writing application. We've already seen several hacks around like the multitouch functions that Cameron wrote about earlier today and a nightshot function, so it will be interesting to see what people can come up with when there's cash on the line as well as internet famousness.
I have said it before, when it comes to FPS games the only way to roll in my opinion is with a mouse and keyboard. I can't play with a gamepad in my hands from an Xbox 360 without flailing about on screen like a noob. I know there are some people out there that are hard-core Xbox 360 gamers and can play with the gamepad with some leet skillz, but I am not one of them. If you are an Xbox 360 gamer that likes FPS and other games where you need to be able to hit many buttons at once, the Avenger might be interesting to you.
The Avenger is a sleeve that grips your own Xbox 360 controllers and puts all sorts of weird levers and stuff on the controller. It looks like the Borg assimilated the thing. According to the company that makes the thing it is designed to increase the manual dexterity and accuracy of the gamer when plying games like Call of Duty and others. The Avenger also claims to improve response time.
I'm not one to get an input device just because it's cool or popular. I like cool and popular gear, but more importantly, the stuff has to work and have a purpose. I think that the Microsoft Kinect motion controller for the Xbox 360 has a good use on the console, but on a computer, I am not convinced that there is any reason for it to be there. A geek has now hacked the Kinect controller to work with Mac OS X.
The controller apparently works with the OS, but it is unable to actually control anything. The potential to control something is there, but I just don't get the need for this at all. I can agree that its cool to get it to work on the Mac, but the reality is outside of modding fans having Kinect work on anything other than the Xbox is of dubious value. If you are one of these modding fans that wants to hack into the device the guy who made the Mac mod used an open source tool called libfreenect to do the deed.
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.