Electronic Arts has apparently come to the conclusion that the Wii is not a suitable platform for future versions of its Tiger Woods golf game and will not be releasing Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 on Nintendo's motion control console. It wasn't all that long ago when the Wii was the most popular platform for the Tiger Wood series, so it's a bit surprising EA has decided to skip it altogether.
According to a NSFW article in The Sun, 26-year-old gamer Jo Eley claims she spent a long time customizing her character in EA's Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 to resemble herself using face-mapping technology. Pleased with the result, Eley took to the fairway only to discover that her in-game character was strutting around topless. Another Hot Coffee-esque mod, perhaps?
No way, says EA. In a statement to the U.K. paper, EA said there's no hidden nudity code in the game and that hackers are to blame.
"We have extensively investigated and have determined that this situation is not possible through a retail copy of the game," EA said. "The player model is clearly modified as a result of hacking."
A naughty Easter egg of sorts allowed gamers to unlock explicit scenes in Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas game, which was known as the Hot Coffee mod. The assertion here is that this is the same type of thing, but we tend to side with EA on this one. It's a little bit suspect that this is an exclusive story to The Sun without any public posting of a supposed nudity mod, and given the much publicized events surrounding Tiger Woods' personal life off the golf course, the timing seems suspect.
Happy Gilmore's game wouldn't have improved any with Garmin's new Approach S1, but maybe yours can, or so Garmin hopes. As the GPS maker tells it, the Approach S1 is the world's first GPS wristwatch designed specifically for the links.
"With the Approach S1 golf GPS watch, Garmin has once again created an entirely new category for fitness and outdoor recreation," said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. "Golfers who want their data and their device as streamlined as possible will find Approach S1 to be a sleek and simple hands-free solution to taking the guesswork out of their game."
The Approach S1 comes pre-programmed with over 14,000 U.S. and Canadian golf courses. All you have to do is select "Start Round" and you're off and running with "precise yardages to the front, back, and middle of greens."
It weights just 1.8 ounces, has an ultra-thin backlit display, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery good for up to eight hours in GPS mode and up to three weeks in watch mode.
With Tiger Woods making his comeback, it would be hard for another headline to steal the thunder from this year's Master Tournament, but Comcast is trying to do just that. The cable company has begun airing portions of the tournament in 3D.
"The 3D experience gives viewers a player's perspective of Augusta National, like they're looking through a window onto one of the most beautiful and scenic venues in the world," Comcast senior VP Derek Harrar said in a press statement. "We can't imagine a better setting than the Masters Tournament to give a glimpse of the future of 3D television."
The remaining 3D schedule breaks down like this:
April 8 and 9: (4-6PM ET) - Holes 14, 16, and 18 with rotating coverage of holes 10 through 13 and 17
April 10 and 11: (5-7PM ET) - Holes 14, 16, and 18 with rotating coverage of holes 10 through 13 and 17
Viewers must own a 3D-capable television and glasses, and will need to find out if their cable provider carries a separate 3D channel. Alternately, Comcast is also making available a live stream for 3D capable computers.
Tiger Woods isn't hurting for sponsors, but one he'll have to do without is Accenture, a technology services and outsourcing firm. The IT company is the first of Tiger Woods' sponsors to drop him ever since his personal life became one of the biggest topics in sports.
"For the past six years, Accenture and Tiger Woods have had a very successful sponsorship arrangement and his achievements on the golf course have been a powerful metaphor for business success in Accenture’s advertising. However, given the circumstances of the last two weeks, after careful consideration and analysis, the company has determined that he is no longer the right representative for its advertising. Accenture said that it wishes only the best for Tiger Woods and his family," Accenture wrote in a statement posted on its website.
The company added that it will "immediately transition to a new advertising campaign," one which will launch later in 2010 and without Tiger Woods.