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XBox (Games)

Submission + - Halo 3 outsells everything... ever.

n3tcat writes: According to Yahoo! Games, Microsoft is announcing that their game, Halo 3, has outsold every other entertainment release in history. "Confirming the expectations of many industry pundits, Microsoft announced today that its flagship Xbox 360 shooter Halo 3 had the biggest entertainment launch in history, generating a record-breaking $170m in the United States on its Tuesday debut." I wonder how much of this is inflated in the same ways that people have suggested the Vista sales were inflated...
Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - Game Design Essentials: 20 Open World Games

simoniker writes: "The second in Gamasutra's 'Game Design Essentials' series looks at the roots and design lessons of 'open world games' — titles in which the player "is left to his own devices to explore a large world" — from Adventure through Metroid to Grand Theft Auto. From the piece: "When we discuss "open world games" in this article, or sometimes "exploration games," we mean those games where generally the player is left to his own devices to explore a large world. What all of these games share is the seeking of new, interesting regions at whatever time the player deems fit. No force forces the player's motion into new areas. There's no auto-scroll, and there are no artificial level barriers.""

Submission + - Clive Barker: Roger Ebert is a Pompous, Arrogant (gamedaily.com)

njkid1 writes: "The video games as art debate rages on and it's gotten personal. Filmmaker Clive Barker (whose game Jericho ships next month) has taken a shot at Roger Ebert while proclaiming that video games will be showcased as art in museums around the world one day."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Top GunBound Player Kidnapped For His Password

Malygris writes: "A gang of geniuses in Sao Paulo kidnapped the world's top GunBound player, with the intent of securing his game account password and selling it for $8,000. Unfortunately for them, they didn't count on the guy's dedication to his game: After five hours of gun-waving, he refused to talk, and the four-man gang gave up and turned him loose. They were quickly taken into custody by Brazilian police, while the hard-nosed GunBound player receives equal parts acclaim for his balls and ridicule for his stupidity for refusing to give up a game password to a man with a gun. Either way you look at it, it's a whole new level of hardcore."
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Sony Releases Firmware, Heavenly Sword Demo

fistfullast33l writes: "Sony has released a Playstation 3 firmware upgrade to Japan overnight, with the version coming to the European region within the next day or so — no word on the US version but it probably will hit around the same time. New features include customized backgrounds on the XMB and the ability to change game resolution within both PS3 games and PS2/PS1 games as well. Another feature I personally am looking for includes greater folder customization — maybe I can create a music playlist now? This upgrade leads to speculation that 2.0 will probably include in-game XMB integration and hopefully in-game soundtracks. Also coming this week is the highly anticipated Heavenly Sword demo."

Submission + - Wii Connect 24 may cause heat-related problems. (computerandvideogames.com)

mgabrys_sf writes: "WiiConnect24, a system built into Wii to keep the console constantly connected to the internet when on standby, is reported to be causing consoles to develop faults." reports computerandvideogames.com. Mine hasn't bricked but I can confirm that the unit seems very warm to the touch — warmer than when played in fact. Even if the problem isn't widespread, I deactivated WC24 because — as the article says — it's proved to be a non-essestial feature so far anyway and not worth risking a slow heat-death situation over the lifespan of the unit.

Submission + - Spielberg's gaming vision emerges (bbc.co.uk)

Cogita writes: Does a sucsessful director career a game design guru make? Read on to find out.
Two video games developed with director Steven Spielberg are to be shown off at the E3 conference in Los Angeles. The filmmaker has collaborated with Electronic Arts, the world's largest games publisher, on three titles. The first, codenamed LMNO, is a contemporary action adventure, said Neil Young, general manager of EA's Los Angeles studio. The second, with the codename PQRS, is a puzzle game designed for Nintendo's Wii console.

PC Games (Games)

Submission + - What's Killing Game Development? (firingsquad.com)

Wishful Gamer writes: "Ever Wonder why there are so many game Sequels? Why are sports games a dime a dozen? What happened to all the truly innovative games? The demand for quality video games has never been higher and the means to creating them is building it's own gallows. Developers are favoring quantity over quality becuase the risk is so high and gamers are starting to get bored."

Submission + - Wii lightsaber game in the works (gamasutra.com)

moderatorrater writes: Gamasutra's reporting on a Lucasarts employee answer to a question about a Wii lightsaber game. From the article:

We're all over that, and internally we have already played a lightsaber game on the Wii. It's a lot of fun, and we'll get there.
Hopefully it's more like Jedi Academy than Jedi Power Battles.

XBox (Games)

Submission + - A Tale of 11 Broken Xbox 360s (1up.com)

hctimo787 writes: Over the past several years, the console wars have heated up considerably, with many pundits hailing the increased competition in the industry as generally good for the consumer. But when deadlines are met with haste, and competition forces product out the door faster than ever, the consumer can still be burned. 1up.com's Philip Kollar writes about Justin Lowe's experience: A Tale of 11 Broken Xbox 360s.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Mechanical pong. 1

MicklePickle writes: There's nothing better than retro video games, (IMO), the ultimate retro is something like a pure mechanical pinball or one arm bandit. You can actually go one step further.. Mechanical pong. This guy here has made a purely mechanical version of pong. No computers, no microprocessors, in fact no semiconductors. Just built from wood, plastic, wire, and relays. Pretty impressive. You can pick up the 'how did I make it' video from here.

Submission + - Swedish musicians conduct concert with Wiimotes

An anonymous reader writes: Utilizing some Wiimotes and a GlovePIE script, some Wii fans known as "ii" from Stockholm, Sweden managed to conduct a two-man concert recently. In the embedded video, their song "aa" is performed and we find ourselves to be in a mild state of awe. We just love what people can do with their Wiimotes!

The story and a video of the performance at www.nintendowiifanboy.com.

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