Daily News Brief: Nintendo Wii Gets Funky DDR Upgrade!

Daily News Brief: Nintendo Wii Gets Funky DDR Upgrade!

Nintendo Wii Gets DDR Upgrade

Bet you were thinking of RAM, weren't you? No chips for you! Instead, we're talking about Dance Dance Revolution, the Konami title that's become a part of pop culture. For those that worried they just didn't look silly enough, the Wii version incorporates hand movements via the motion sensor remote and nunchuk, and of course comes with a dance pad for good old fashioned foot stomping. Up to four players can play at once, so you kids out there will have no excuse for not getting jiggy with your folks.

Do-Not-Call Violators Pay Price

Those listing their phone numbers in the National Do-Not-Call registry are hoping they never again receive a sales pitch in the middle of dinner, and the FTC's cracking down on telemarketers that violate the DNC list. Six companies have been charged, totaling $7.7 million in civil penalties, with Craftmatic accounting for more than half of the fines ($4.4 million). Keep 'em coming, FTC.

Is Google Infringing on Patent No. 5,694,593?!?

Northeastern University and Jarg Corp. think so, and they're suing Google over search technology they patented back in 1994 and 1997. So why wait this long before making a stink? According to Michael Balanger, president and co-founder of Jarg, it took this long to find a law firm willing to fund the case on a contingency-fee basis. No word yet on how much money the plaintiffs will seek, but with Google's stock recently hitting and hovering around the $700 mark, we at least 8 digits.

Adventure Gamers Rejoice!

Why? Because Sam and Max are back for a Season 2! If you've never heard of Sam and Max, then go ahead and skip this tidbit and get back to your fancy smancy FPS. For the rest of us, you can purchase a Sam and Max Season 2 subscription from Telltale Games for $34.95, or play individual episodes fo $8.95 each. Or better yet, treat yourself to a Gametap subscription this Christmas and enjoy Sam and Max and other groovy games for a $9.95 monthly fee, or $59.95 for a yearly sub.

Love at First (web)Sight

What do you do if you spot the girl of your dreams on a subway train, but then lose track of her? Set up a website called www.nygirlofmydreams.com and see how many New Yorkers you can get to help you stalk the unknowing damsel, of course! It worked for Patrick Moberg, who managed to track down Camille Hayton by sifting through lots of email submissions. And how was the community effort awarded? Patrick wrote on his website that there will be no more updates. But not to worry, we're sure it's only a matter of time before Hollywood writes a script around this one, with Drew Barrymore as the leading lady.

Disney Going Cellular...Again

But this time, they're taking it overseas. Disney plans to launch their mobile service in Japan on the Softbank network, which is currently Japan's number 3 mobile carrier. The two would jointly develop handsets, with the aim of enticing 1 million users through said handsets and downloads featuring Disney characters.

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Marcus_Soperus

It may be season two in their current online incarnation, but Sam and Max go back a loooong way - long enough, in fact, that their first adventure was available for MS-DOS as well as Windows! And that's not their first appearance. The games are based on a series of comics by Steve Purcell that first appeared twenty years ago: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_%26_Max

Get the whole story of their life on floppy disk and CD, as well as a list of the numerous 'guest appearances' in video games from various vendors, at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_%26_Max_Hit_the_Road

Bonus trivia: which pecan-selling, gas-jockeying legend of the American roadside appears in the original Sam and Max game? See
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuckeys for the answer.
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Paul_Lilly

I love it when you talk all adventure-gamey from back in the day. :D I've never read the comics, but do remember firing up the original Sam & Max via DOS. In fact, after finishing Maniac Mansion and Zak McKracken, I can thank LucasArts (Lucasfilm back then) for retiring my Commodore 64 and getting me on an 'IBM Compatible' when they released Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade sans a C64 version. I know, I know - upgrading for a video game? Imagine that!

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Marcus_Soperus

Upgrading to an IBM clone so you can play a game? Not so crazy, really. It's just proof that for you, the "killer app" was a game, instead of a spreadsheet program (which is what got a lot of folks onto the Apple II[VisiCalc], and helped a lot switch to the IBM PC later [Lotus 1-2-3]). I bet there are lots of folks who have switched game platforms for the same reason. How about it, MaximumPC readers?
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ssj4crono

well I wouldn't exactly call it a switch of gaming platforms but I've been a gamer loyal to the pc ever since my days of Math Blaster Lol.... But during the past years I've found my PS 2 handy when I feel like playing Tekken. That's THE ONLY [ Tekken 3, 4 and 5] games that I have on my ONLY console..... Its just not the same playing the emulated Tekken 3 on the pc..... PC MU$CLE WILL ALWAYS OVERPOWER CONSOLE!

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