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Feed Engadget: Nintendo support recommends Wiimote abuse to puzzled caller (

Filed under: Gaming

Controller abuse has always been a mainstay of the video gaming existence -- no need to blame your thumbs when there's this hunk of plastic to chuck at the floor -- but who knew Nintendo was working such violence into its own official support curriculum? Wired's Russ Neumeier gave Nintendo support a ring when one of his Wiimotes stopped sensing motion and none of the usual fixes seemed to work. After explaining his situation, the Nintendo rep asked Russ smack the controller into his hand, button side down, two or three times. After being assured that she wasn't kidding, Russ did as he was told and was awarded with a fully functional Wiimote. We could see why Nintendo wouldn't go shouting about this "fix" on its official support literature, but it has us wondering if "blow into the cartridge, whack side of NES, insert cartridge, repeat" was the Nintendo-approved method all along.

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Feed Engadget: Perfect8's FORCE Center channel intrigues the elite (

Filed under: Home Entertainment

Make no mistake, we've seen our fair share of astronomically priced speakers, but Perfect8's latest may be one that actually looks halfway worth the ludicrous price. This glass-contained center channel rocks a set of casters, gold accents and a bevy of drivers. From the top, you'll find a 28-millimeter silk dome tweeter, a pair of 5.25-inch MG-cone drivers and a couple of 7-inch speakers about midway down. The FORCE Center reportedly has a frequency response of 35Hz to 34,000Hz, can handle 200-watts of steady power and can be adjusted for 4:3 and 16:9 viewing. Of course, most of us will be drooling at this beauty from afar, as the $40,000 asking price will shoo away all but the wealthiest of aficionados.

[Via AudioJunkies]

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