Rockstar convinced editor Wayne Cunningham to demo its Midnight Club: Los Angeles at the 2008 New York auto show. And that demo led to a mad rush through the show floor, looking for any other driving games to play. Fortunately, Subaru provided the ultimate controller and seat to drive its STI rally car in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue.
Tom Clancy has sold his name.
French video game giant Ubisoft said Thursday that it has agreed to buy all "intellectual property rights to the Tom Clancy name, on a perpetual basis and free of all related future royalty payments, for use in video games and ancillary products including related books, movies and merchandising products."
So, strictly speaking, Clancy, the author of megahit books like Patriot Games, The Hunt for Red October, and The Sum of All Fears will get to continue to use his own moniker in his personal life. And even on his books.
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It's the big dilemma for the fantasy NCAA basketball tournament pool manager: paper brackets or digital? Whichever option you choose, I've got you covered.
When I was a kid, the announcement of the teams and seedings in the NCAA men's basketball tournament was always accompanied by furious scribbling as I tried to manually create an instant tournament bracket. I just couldn't wait until the newspaper arrived the next morning to start making my picks.
The advent of the VCR reduced the furious scribbling, and the Web eliminated the need to write down teams at all. Now … Read more
Just like it's taken us a while to reckon with the fact that texting or yakking on the phone while driving can be seriously unsafe, it is taking a while to figure out what to make of our sometimes heedless obsession with all things online.
At least one psychiatrist says that, for some of us, online fixation can be serious a problem--a compulsive-impulsive disorder whose sufferers endure gadget cravings, broadband-deprivation withdrawal, increasing tolerance for spending extraordinary amounts of time online, and no apparent embarrassment when they wake up in the morning with a keyboard imprint on their face.
An … Read more
The video game industry and free-speech proponents landed yet another legal victory on Monday, when a federal appeals court affirmed a 2006 rejection of a Minnesota law restricting minors' access to violent titles.
The Minnesota law would have imposed up to a $25 fine on minors younger than 17 caught buying or renting video games rated "M" for mature or "AO" for adults-only, under the video game industry's rating system.
The last time I wrote about a GeForce 8600 video card, it was the GT variety, and it was selling for $99.99 plus shipping. If you decided to wait, good move: Buy.com now has the even better GeForce 8600 GTS for $69.99 shipped (after a $20 mail-in rebate).
Why is the GTS better than the GT? Simple: It's faster. It has a faster core clock and faster onboard memory (256MB of it). That's important if you're into power-hungry games like BioShock and Call of Duty 4.
The PNY GeForce 8600GTS card requires a PCI … Read more
If you really want to immerse yourself in the gaming experience, what better way to do it than in a 10-foot-tall, 400-pound steel sphere?
The "Vitusphere" is a futuristic apparatus that's right out of a sci-fi movie, kind of a cross between Rollerball and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Those who dare to enter the giant steel ball, according to Newlaunches, "can run, jump, roll, or crawl over virtually unlimited distances without encountering real-world obstacles."
Under development for more than a decade, the Russian-made Vitusphere works with a headmounted display and handheld controller for the ultimate … Read more
The business of sado-masochism continues to boom in gaming. We're not talking about laser tag tanks or board games that punish you for wrong answers (though the "Shocking Duel Novelty Game" of pain endurance comes close).
The real demand is for vibration and shocks that correspond with the onscreen action, as exemplified by such wearable electrode conductors as the recently cited "FPS Vest." The latest example is the "Mindwire V5," a devious apparatus whose slogan is "feel the pain, enjoy the game." It supposedly uses technology that was originally developed for … Read more
As any CrackBerry addict will tell you, it's all in the thumbs. And that basic rule of dexterity applies to game controllers too, which is why the creation of something like the "FPS Freek" was probably inevitable.
KontrolFreek's latest accessory snaps onto the thumbsticks of a controller to improve accuracy and provide a crucial competitive edge. This nuance is particularly important in muscle control while taking aim at targets, according to Gizmodo, which sites research indicating that "the first 20 percent of the range of motion is the hardest because of spring resistance." (The … Read more
The men of the 404 are here with Chris Grant from Joystiq.com, who talks with us about Governor Spitzer's resignation, more importantly BioShock's highly anticipated sequel, Xbox 360's price drop overseas, and a Web site for storing files an easier way.
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