Posts Tagged ‘games’
  • Man creates real life 7ft. tall Halo Elite costume
    by Mike
    Posted July 1st, 2010 at 7:12 am
    To say that Halo was a good game is ever so slightly understated. Halo was (and still is) very much a huge deal in the gaming world. The combination of gameplay, story line, and graphics have that uncanny ability to suck you in and hold mercilessly. For some, it's a cult. While others find inspiration. Meet special effects artist Pete Mander and his 7ft. tall Halo Elite costume. It's incredibly detailed and well designed as you can see. And yes, it's rather large too. I wasn't a "d...
  • Kinect hardware specs revealed in full.
    by Mike
    Posted June 30th, 2010 at 6:27 am
    The Kinect has been in the media spotlight for a little over a week now, and yet we're just today finding out the actual specs. Thanks to UK e-tailer, the nitty gritty is finally known (and slightly disappointing). The Kinect only musters two resolutions (320×240 and 640×480) at a max of 30fps. At such low resolutionstins, hand gestures and other subtle body movements aren't likely to be picked up. Furthermore, there's a two person limit to the Kinect. Though, considering the K...
  • Activsion “weary” of Microsoft Kinect. Slow support from the start.
    by Mike
    Posted June 24th, 2010 at 2:59 pm
    Are you in love with the Wii's out of your chair gaming? Were you stoked when Microsoft revealed the Kinect, bringing motion-based gaming to the world of Xbox 360? Like it or not, Microsoft is attempting to jump head first into this whole interactive/motion gaming thing. From what I've seen on various posts, comments, and emails is that people are sort of 50/50 on the Kinect. One somewhat surprising revelation is that Activision is one of "those" people still sitting on the fence, unsure o...
  • Tony Hawk’s “Ride” skateboard controller follows it’s calling…
    by Mike
    Posted June 23rd, 2010 at 7:24 am
    I never once jumped on a wheel-less Tony Hawk "Ride" controller and felt tricked by it's realism. If anything, it was gimmicky without any real value outside of the game. Sure it was fun and all, but are you really going to jump all over your room at two in the morning? Yeah, a normal controller will suffice. But this -- this is something I can appreciate. The clever individual responsible for the real Tony Hawk Ride skateboard used nothing more than a drill, a couple of screws, and s...
  • Gran Turismo 5 lobbies ball back into Forza’s court. What’s your call?
    by Mike
    Posted June 22nd, 2010 at 12:48 pm
    If you're a SIM racing nut, there's really only two legitimate options that every get mentioned: Gran Turismo and Forza. Both have their own unique feel and approach to the racing SIM ideology and are literally separated by an unsurpassed divide (Forza being Xbox only and Gran Turismo PS3 only). Back when Gran Turismo 3 (and even 4) were brand new, all of the spit polish and eye candy couldn't help me get past the fact that smashing into a barrier at 200+mph did absolutely nothing to the c...
  • Gaming families rejoice: Microsoft outs Xbox Live Family Subscriptions for $99/year.
    by Mike
    Posted June 22nd, 2010 at 12:23 pm
    If there's one thing Microsoft has blown out of the park and done remarkably well with over the last 5 years, Xbox is definitely where it's at. Building off the original hardware console, Xbox Live has transformed international multi-player gaming into an extremely easy and intuitive affair. And now that multiple people in the same house probably want Xbox Live Gold accounts without paying $50 per person, per year, Microsoft is happy to oblige. Introducing Xbox Live Gold Family plans topp...
  • The NXT pinball machine: 8,000 LEGO pieces, six NXT robots, nine touch sensors, 10 light sensors and four motors.
    by Mike
    Posted June 21st, 2010 at 7:21 am
    The unstoppable force of LEGO creations is upon us. It just doesn't stop, does it? Then again, do you really want it to? Didn't think so. To feed that LEGO obsessed child within, I give you the NXT Pinball machine. As far as specs go, this 8,000-piece creation is quite impressive: six NXT robots, nine touch sensors, 10 light sensors and four motors. Built by University of Windsor and Michael, School of Science student, Mark Gryn (an 11th grade student no less), the NXT LEGO pinball mac...
  • Microsoft kills RRoD. Replaces it with Red dot of death RDoD
    by Mike
    Posted June 21st, 2010 at 6:41 am
    Xbox 360 slim owners listen up: Forget about the RRoD. It is effectively dead and buried. In its place is the RDoD (Red Dot of Death). The new 360 slim units won't make use of the colored ring of death any longer, as Microsoft has opted for a more straightforward and less cryptic hardware failure indicator -- a simple red dot. Yes, instead of one, two, three, or four red slivers, now all we've got to go on is a single LED. It's easy for Microsoft from a manufacturer's standpoint as they...
  • Gaming on Mac’s to get kick in the pants from…drivers?
    by Mike
    Posted June 15th, 2010 at 8:18 pm
    A bit skeptical? So am I. I know tuned drivers can make a pretty big difference in certain situations, but there's only so much a software developer can eek out of a mid-grade graphics card. But aften looking over a few comments by a claimed Valve employee, things could be at least getting a minor boost in the near term. Specifically: Performance is going to improve as drivers are updated," rbarris writes. "I would expect modest improvements in short term and larger ones in longer term. N...
  • Years in the making: Gran Turismo 5 finally coming this November!
    by Mike
    Posted June 15th, 2010 at 6:18 pm
    Yes gamers, it's finally coming -- Gran Turismo 5. One of the longer development times a game has gone through for sure. But out of all those years full of blood, sweat, and tears a truly amazing game has emerged. Though if I'm to be brutally honest, as much as I love the Gran Turismo series, Forza and Dirt 2 have won me over these last few years. The former due to its inclusion of real-time damage modeling giving a wholly more realistic experience. The latter, well, I just love Dirt 2. ...
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