It seems like every few weeks Microsoft thumps its chest over how many Kinect motion control cameras it's sold, and now we're being told that number is 10 million. If there was any remaining doubt that Kinect sales have been an "overwhelming success," as Microsoft put it, the rapid rise to double digit sales earned kudos from the Guinness World Records as the fastest-selling consumer electronics device. So much for the naysayers.
Fear is subjective. What scares ones person might not scare another. For instance, in the last week I watched both Dead Snow and The Host, but the most terrifying thing I saw was an episode of Dirty Jobs in which Mike Rowe crawls through a tunnel swarming with cockroaches. The movies have faded from memory, but those damn roaches haunt my dreams.
Some classic horror movies aren’t even scary. Dawn of the Dead, for instance, is not scary. The original version of The Haunting, on the other hand, is terrifying. Horror, as a genre, encompasses a wide palette of emotions, from disgust to fear to unease, and two recent games show just how many chords it can strike.
What's this, a Facebook game that doesn't suck? That's what you're going to get with Rovio's popular Angry Birds, which is flying to Facebook later this year. It seems only fitting that one of the most popular casual games on the market is pairing with the biggest social networking site on the planet. So what can you can expect from the Facebook version?
Videogames and making out don't often go hand in hand (or tongue in mouth, as the case may be), and in fact one usually leads to the rejection of the other. But not so with the Kiss Controller. This fantastic device is exactly what it sounds like. It's a game input device that manipulates the on-screen action based on your tongue movement, and yes, it requires a willing partner. Intrigued?
After the small spat Angry Birds developer Rovio had with Microsoft over some preemptive advertizing, we were unsure that the popular game would be coming to the WP7. But now official word has come that Angry Birds will hit Windows Phone 7 on April 6th. The app will be packing some WP7-specific goodies too.
It's getting tougher and tougher to find an arcade these days, and that's just fine. Who wants to lug around a pocket full of quarters only to find out that those classics you grew up with have been replaced by holographic gimmicks and expensive 3D displays, anyway? A better way to get all nostalgic is to bring the arcade to you, which is what you can do with the Stealth tabletop from Australia-based Arcade Tables.
Hasbro recently showed off a new version of its popular Monopoly game at the Toy Fair in New York. The new version is called Monopoly Live, which sports the same board and properties you're already familiar with. The difference is that Monopoly Live sports a giant tower in the middle, which replaces the Chance and Community Chest cards, and the dice. A speaker issues instructions and keeps track of money, so there will be no more cheating the banker with your shenanigans.
Officials in Mexico aren't the least bit impressed with Ubisoft's Call of Juarez: The Cartel videogame and are lobbying to ban the title from store shelves, The Huffington Post reports. Ubisoft's shooter is based on drug cartel shootouts in Ciudad Juarez, a place where 6,000 people died in drug-related violence in 2009 and 2010. It's one of the deadliest cities in the world. With that being the case, what exactly has Mexican officials up in arms?
Preorders are up for the GAEMS (that's not a typo) G155 portable gaming case, or "mobile gaming environment," as the company likes to call it. Sporting a redesigned shell, the new G155 now supports both Microsoft's Xbox 360 console and Sony's slim version PlayStation 3. Pop open the lid and there's a 15.5-inch LED HD display with HDMI, so as long as there's an outlet where you're going, you're good to get your game on. More specs and pricing after the break.
Think Research In Motion's upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook is only for business users? It's not, and to drive that point home, the PlayBook will sport a couple of preloaded games: Need for Speed Underground and Tetris. These are full-version titles that come standard with the device, and not game demos, though you do have the option of purchasing additional cars in NFS.