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Seriously, some might wonder if Dr Kawashima, the man behind Nintendo's smash hit "Brain Training" games, needs his head examined. The good doctor has refused about $11 million in royalties.
Dr. Kawashima is instead pouring his money into building research labs at his university. His family is, understandably, upset, but you have to love his response, "I tell them that if they want money, go out and earn it."
In a world of greed, it's great to see a story such as this. I guess, in the end (ready for this?), the doctor's heart is bigger than his head. Kapow!
In fact, every theme park, interstate, museum, etc. should have map and other info instantly ready for download to the DS upon walking in. For people like me, who get lost going from bed to the bathroom, it'd be a big help. Where am I?
Electronic Arts predicts that the PS3 will outsell the Xbox 360 in 2008, with the Wii beating them all. You can read all about it here.
I don't know why this is attracting so much attention. A lot of people already own Xbox 360s and Wiis, so this would be the year they buy the PS3. It just makes sense.
To date, Microsoft has sold about 17 million Xbox 360 while Sony has sold 8 million PS3s. If the projections are correct (and note the projects are for the US and Europe, only) then you'll bring up those totals to abouut 24 million Xbox 360s and 18.5 million PS3s.
The point here is that both are selling very well. The "console war" is a myth. Gamers will eventually have all three systems. It's no longer a matter of one or another.
The problem lies in the fact that SSBB is the first Wii game to be printed on a dual-layer DVD which requires a more delicate touch from ye olde laser. Dust or smoke build-up is causing the laser to have lost that loving feeling.
Nintendo has offered to clean the dirty Wiis, free of charge, and are even covering shipping costs.
We'll see what happens when the discs hit the States and Europe. I can see the YouTube home fix-its now.
How excited am I for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed? More excited than Nien Nunb and Lando Calrissian when the shield generator on Endor finally went down.
I'm also pleasantly surprised by some quality video game journalism courtesy of Frank DiGiacomo of Vanity Fair and his "The Game Has Changed" feature.
DiGiacomo relates to us his visit to LucasArts massive San Francisco complex, where Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is being developed for the PS3 and Xbox 360 (tentatively due out this summer).
How about this for an excerpt?
By the time the demonstration was over, I was left with the unmistakable sense that LucasArts was on the cutting edge of a huge leap forward for the video-game industry—a technological breakthrough, nearly as revolutionary as the introduction of sound in film, that could finally give gaming the kind of immersive realism that would enable it to join movies and television as a form of mainstream entertainment.
I'm good at knitting scarves and hats. However, I won't consider myself an accomplished knitter until I can pull off something as adorable as Sackboy, from the upcoming Little Big Planet. Apparently, one of the game's designers knit it. Too frikin' cute!
It's Monday, well, Tuesday, which is kind of like Monday due to the president's holiday, which means that there are new games for download on the Wii.
Ninja Gaiden™ III: The Ancient Ship of Doom: (NES®, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone - Mild Violence, 500 Wii Points): Join master ninja Ryu Hayabusa, last member of the famous Dragon Clan, in the third and final chapter of the legendary Ninja Gaiden saga.
Phantasy Star™ II: (Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone - Mild Animated Violence, 800 Wii Points): Hailed as one of the greatest games of all time by fans and media alike, Phantasy Star II is an RPG that features an epic story line and turn-based battles. Play as Rolf, Nei, Rudo or several other characters as you navigate through the Algol star system battling the evil Dark Force.
Do you enjoy getting killed while playing FPS's? Well, if you do, apparently you're not alone. According to an article found at GameCritics, participants in a study enjoyed getting killed more than killing.
While this is a good thing, it leaves one to ponder, why? For one, the study had gamers play James Bond 007: Nightfire, not exactly the most realistic or serious game. Second, the gamers were playing against the computer, not online vs each other. I wonder how that would affect the results.
I think that it's that, "oh, you got me! feeling," like when you were a kid playing cops and robbers.
Yes, our mini-vacation in L.A. has come to an end, which means we're back to work! So, continue to check in for all of the latest videogame news and updates to our videogame walkthroughs, as we're back on our regular schedule.
While in L.A., we did have a couple of brushes with fame. First, we saw a portion of Jimmy Kimmel's "I'm f*cking Ben Affleck" being filmed outside the Roosevelt Hotel (the Harrison Ford portion):
For those who don't understand what this video is all about, it's a response to Sarah Silverman's slightly funnier "I'm f*ckig Matt Damon", which is definitely worth a watch.
Our second brush with fame came a few moments later, as we walked down Hollywood Blvd. to check out the Academy Awards preparations. As we walked down the street Jer and I both noted two men with a CNN camera staring at us. Then they made their move. Through the crowd the two made a beeline for us and asked us to ask Jon Stewart a question, as he would be appearing on "Larry King Live" that night (apparently, we fit the demographic). Since I'm camera shy, I stepped away, but Jer got to ask a question, which was aired on the show later that night.
If you care to watch, the video can be found here:
Jer appears right around the 19:10 mark (although, according to people on our message boards, this tends to change). He's the man on the street wearing the Decemberists bicycle tee. Oh, and he's the only one who gets a laugh out of Jon Stewart.
In touching videogame news, The Telegraph reports on a Second Life memorial to fallen British soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As if the video isn't affective enough, Nik Hewitt, creator of the memorial, states in the article, "We have seen avatars - characters created by serving military personnel - wandering through the graves looking for fallen comrades".
It looks like June is the month to get your stealth on!
After a week of MGS4 release date rumors and a "late second quarter" promise by Konami, the company buckled and confirmed an official release date of June 12, 2008.
What's more, those who pre-order the next Solid Snake adventure will receive a "pre-order package" which will provide you access to the Metal Gear Online beta when it goes live in April, along with a bonus DVD titled Metal Gear Saga 2.0.
In case you are still sans a PS3 on that ever important June 12th date, Sony revealed this week a Metal Gear Solid PS3 bundle, which will include MGS4, an 80G PS3, and the soon-to-be-released Dual Shock 3 controller, all for US$499.
If you're planning on getting anything done this May, you might want to reconsider or get it done early, as Rockstar is claiming Grand Theft Auto IV, which will be released on April 29, will take you 100 hours to complete.
Now, keep in mind, this is coming from Rockstar, so it's more than likely the 100 hour mark is a bit exaggerated. Plus, Rockstar is talking completion here. That's 100% of the game...something I have never accomplished in a GTA title, as it simply gets too tedious for my attention span...which is why I'm someone who doesn't find the 100 hour claim as a positive. To me, there's simply a point where a single game (offline) is just too much of the same thing.
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