Forget about getting coal for Christmas, any 8-year-old boy will tell you that the worst gift ever conceived is Sony's new Jill Stuart Sweet Limited PSP Bundle. That's okay, because Sony's targeting the other gender with this one.
Sony's going all out in trying to appeal to female gamers. In addition to the pink PSP, the bundle also includes a pink cleaning cloth and a pink and gold carrying case, both of which come imprinted with Jill Stuart's name.
On the hardware side, the bundle includes the PSP 3000 and not the newer (and redesigned) PSP Go. It also includes a 4GB memory stick.
Only girl gamers in Japan need apply, where the new bundle is being released on March 4th for about $232. No word on when, or if, Sony plans on bringing this one to the U.S.
Just about everything you could want to know about Alienware's M11x 'sorta-netbook' has been leaked to the Web, including when the 11.6-inch notebook is supposed to launch.
It looks as though the M11x will land first in Japan this Friday, February 5th, and then in Malaysia sometime later this month. According to a leaked slide, Dell has decided to bump up the price from $799 to $899, putting the M11x further away from traditional netbook territory.
Not that there would be any mistaking the M11x with a traditional netbook. Rather than an Atom processor with integrated Intel or Nvidia Ion graphics, the M11x will come configured with either an Intel Pentium 1.3GHz chip or Core 2 Duo 1.3Ghz processor, and Nvidia's GT 335M graphics with a 1GB frame buffer, giving the notebook enough power to play 720p HD video
The M11x was originally scheduled to launch in the U.S. sometime this spring, but given that it's being released in Japan later this week, we wouldn't be surprised if Dell released it stateside much earlier.
There are a few signature characteristics of Call of Duty games—at least, the ones developed by series-creator Infinity Ward. First, the games feel real. The story unfolds as you play through a conflict as a few normal soldiers—regular guys on the ground who find themselves thrust into extraordinary events. They aren’t supermen. The campaigns are plausible, even if they’re fictionalized or set in the near future, reinforcing the feeling that the experience could take place in the real world. The third characteristic is that there’s usually a deep, engaging multiplayer experience thrown in the game for free. Unfortunately, in this outing, Infinity Ward whiffed on all three counts, much to our dismay.
Let’s start with the seven-hour single-player campaign. Instead of playing as normal grunts in this year’s entry, you end up playing as junior varsity supermen—an American soldier who’s always in the wrong place at the wrong time and the protégé of one of the characters you played in the first Modern Warfare. While none of the characters you play are named Jor-El, they’re a long way from the untrained Russian conscript who was handed a single clip and chained to the guy with the rifle at Stalingrad in the first Call of Duty. This creates a sense of unreality that’s reinforced by the game’s ludicrous plot twists and completely unbelievable characters. (Warning, spoilers appear in the next paragraph!)
Don't count Nintendo president Satoru Iwata among the Apple faithful ready to snatch up an iPad as soon as it becomes available. Judging by the majority of reader comments in our news coverage earlier this week, Iwata's as unimpressed with the tablet as the rest of you.
"It was a bigger iPod touch," Iwata said. "There were no surprises for me."
Iwata, who one could argue knows a thing or two about tech trends, is equally dispassionate about the concept of 3D gaming, so it's probably safe to say you won't be seeing Super Mario jump out of your TV set anytime soon.
"I have doubts whether people will be wearing glasses to play games at home. How is that going to look to other people?," Iwata said at a Tokyo hotel.
Probably no sillier than Alec Baldwin waving around a Wii remote in this SNL sketch.
Speaking of motion controls, Iwata put to rest speculation in the Japanese media by denying rumors Nintendo is working on a DS-equipped motion sensor similar to the one used with the Wii, while adding that the company is not working on a Wii upgrade for high-definition television sets.
Being two-faced doesn't have to be a bad thing, and that's exactly what Razer is banking on with the release of its Vespula "gaming grade" mousepad, a dual-sided mat giving gamers the choice between speed or control.
"The Razer Vespula was designed with gamers in mind that need a single solution for every game they play. Different genres call for different gameplays. The advanced technology in the improved dual-sided mouse mat gives gamers the choice of a smooth Speed Surface or a textured Control Surface, which delivers just that flexibility," said Robert Krakoff, president, Razer USA. "The Control Surface is great for games that use small, precise movements, while the Speed Surface is an ideal match for gamers that prefer large, sweeping motions."
In addition to the two sides, the Vespula also comes with a gel-filled memory conformance wrist rest. The whole thing measures 300mm x 240mm x 4mm (length x width x height).
If you were a kid, or had a kid, at any point in the last 20 years, you’re probably familiar with “Guess Who”. This classic game from Milton Bradley taught many of us that it isn’t okay to be different, because you’ll just lose right away. In a slightly nerdier take, the fellows behind the WOMWorld/Nokia site found themselves with 40 Nokia Booklet 3Gs. So of course, they used them to play “Guess Who”.
Instead of picking from a series of faces, each computer had a different mobile phone website on it. This is the sort of extravagance you rarely see, so drink it in. As to why they have 40 of these pricey netbooks, your guess is as good as ours. If you were wondering, at the going rate that’s about $24,000 worth of mobile computing goodness. Hit the jump for the video.
For gaming on the go, it's probably a better idea to pack a PSP or DSi in your carry-on luggage than to stuff an Xbox 360 in your suitcase and hope it makes it in one piece. It's not that the luggage handlers play a game of kickball with your suitcases, but do you really want to risk having your $300 console tore into?
That's exactly what a man named Adam claims happened to him, who wrote to the consumerist complaining that US Airways destroyed his console after telling him everything would be hunky-dory.
"I was flying out Logan Airport and I checked my Xbox 360 in my baggage," Adam writes. "The agent assured me that here would be no problem with it. When I got home I found that they had put a little Ziploc bag on top of my things, and the bag was filled with tiny metal components that used to be in the Xbox. It's broken and they're telling me tough luck. Any advice?"
Already given, Adam--see above. But it's too late for that now, assuming Adam isn't pulling a fast one. Seems like this is the kind of thing that would warrant more than just a single paragraph description. And with no accompanying pic, color us skeptical, though the possibility is duly noted.
Five minutes here, a lunch break there, the urge to procrastinate. The free browser-based Flash game has evolved with the technology, producing some high-quality time-killers that can interrupt the most productive of days. With volume comes choices. But you don’t want to waste time browsing—you need the definitive go-to guide to the best of what’s out there. We did the leg (hand and mouse) work for you. Many sites collect hundreds of these free games—check out Kongregate.com, Armorgames.com, Gamebrew.com, as examples—but scan our list and you’ll be on the road to fun, free entertainment in no time. Plus, for a hint of nostalgia, or to get your feet wet with casual gaming, spend some quality time with classics of the genre, collected in our list of all-time favorites.
Does your favorite time-wasting game make the list?
In what appears to an ill-advised attempt to save a few bucks, Electronic Arts has decided to pull the plug on 25 game servers. EA was forced to cut 1500 jobs back in November, but apparently that wasn’t enough to put their house in order. This new method of cost-cutting, though, comes at the expense of their customers.
While it might make sense to shut some of these down (i.e. Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 07 for PC), a few are fairly recent games. One game about to lose its servers is Madden 09 on all platforms. That’s a bit of a shocker seeing as it’s just over a year old now.
Could Madden 10 see a similar fate in a year’s time? What if a game doesn’t hit sales goals? Maybe EA will do a quick cost analysis and shut it down. These are certainly questions EA’s prospective customers will have to ask themselves from now on. The shut downs will come in waves with the first, and largest, coming on February 2nd. Hit the jump for the full list.
Will he or won’t he? Only his voice actor knows for sure. That’s the hope, anyway, of those still hanging on a thread for the return of gaming icon Duke Nukem. Jon St. John, Duke’s real-world voice counterpart, dropped a tantalizing clue on what might be the Dukester’s future.
St. John made an appearance at the Music and Games Festival (MAGFest) in Alexandria, Virginia earliler this month. When asked about Duke’s future, St. John told his audience he was not allowed to speak on the subject. The crowd, apparently a bit slow on the uptake, groaned its displeasure, prompting St. John to tell them “read between the lines: why am I not allowed to talk about it?”
With a continuing history of false starts and misleading clues on Duke’s return, there’s no reason to think this isn’t one. But, if you are a member of the faithful, perhaps this will buoy your hope for another few months.