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  • 20Jul

    Getting Physical with the Wii Balance Board

    Nintendo has done it again. For all those that said third party companies might not pick up on the Wii and it’s wacky peripherals I have news for you. Square-Enix is thinking of using the Wii balance board for RPG’s. [url=http://www.nintendic.com/news/741]This article[/url] explains it. Could you imagine what it could be used for? Remember the skateboard in Kingdom Hearts II? Well yeah imagine physically skateboarding and jumping off buildings in Agrabah or using it to collect puzzle pieces. Hey there can even be some Final Fantasy snowboarding. Hey with Nintendo you can have a great time and be physically fit while you’re at it.

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  • 18Jul

    Meet the Press – GDC ’07

    Meet the Press Event at GDC The very last day of GDC, I had an early afternoon flight back to Los Angeles, but I was determined to attend the Meet the Press panel. My first main goal was to go and point out the fact that they were no female game journalists on the panel and to address the fact that video game journalism seems to be more difficult for women to get into than the video game industry. The all male panelists were from EGM, IGN, and 1UP. No one could argue that they didn’t have an immense amount of knowledge about video game journalism. The room was mostly full of PR people, most of whom already knew the members of the panel. The first topic was how review scores are made. IGN has an average office. The belief was that if a game gets a score of 10,

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  • 17Jul

    Waking up with Nintendo – E3 ’07

    Waking up with Nintendo Nintendo must like to get up early. Their press conference started at 9am. Most of us press were up until the wee hours of the morning getting articles ready for today. You could tell that people were still waking up. What is a better way to start off your conference than with a bunch of stats? Graphs aren’t boring right? Actually sometimes they are, but these graphs did show some interesting data about the industry and the affects of Nintendo DS and Wii. The stats showed an increase in both older games purchases, and an increase in women that play Nintendo games. Using the DS as an example, Reggie Fils-Aime stated several times that titles like the Brain Age series and Nintendogs have brought in people that probably have never played a game before. “Games like Wii Sports and the original Brain Age proved anyone can

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  • 17Jul

    Microsoft Keynote – CGC ’07

    Microsoft Keynote at Casual Games Conference

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  • 17Jul

    Erik from GoPets talks about Online Worlds

    From Online Games to Virtual Worlds – Erik Bethke CEO GoPets, Ltd. “All great online games are Virtual Worlds” Erik said he asked users if they would like to be called users or citizens. The overwhelming choice was to be called a citizen. Belief that Service Providers must be able to recoup any lost currency or goods through bad code or bugs. The idea that citizens really do believe their stuff is “theirs”. Which leads to the citizen’s right to buy, sell, or trade digital goods. Eric then made an interesting comparison of rights of people in North Korea, but then showed us that it was actually the rights of users of Second Life. Which proved that in the virtual world of Second Life, Linden Labs has the right to take away your items, close your account, and watch what you do. Rules in Second Life were actually stricter than

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  • 16Jul

    Party Station for the Wii

    The perfect Party console now has the perfect Party Station. The Party Station from Nyko is coming out for the Nintendo Wii and looks like something you would find at a bowling alley. The station has a cooling fan that provides a breeze for your hands. LED scoreboards allow up to four teams of players to keep score across different games. The most unique part, the involvement of food. It comes with 4 cup holders with removable freezable linings to keep the drinks cool. There are removable snack and dip bowls. Sometimes the best ideas are right in front of you. Good going Nyko.

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  • 16Jul

    Games don’t kill people, people do

    I have been saying this time and time again but most people just don’t listen. There will always be violence, from the streets to your own home. People just have violent tendencies and they plan to live them out no matter what. I’m sure most of you have watched the G4 special on Violence in Games and how countless people have blamed violent acts such as school shootings on video games. So yes that brings me to [url=http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/story_pages/news/news4.shtml]this article[/url] where a mom is blaming the game Manhunt for her son’s violent stabbing of a nurse. Her son says he practiced the crime in his bedroom on his Playstation and just decided to carry it out. Now the mom is saying that games like this should be banned because it set off a trigger in her son’s mind and made her son into a serial killer. And she had no idea

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  • 13Jul

    Sony Press Conference – E3 ’07

    Sony’s E3 Press Conference I was incredibly excited for the Sony E3 presentation. I felt that Sony could prove to everyone that they are definitely a leader in the video game industry. From the start of the presentation you could tell that there was a different attitude in the air. Gone was the arrogance from past conferences, and in its place seemed a more relaxed, jovial attitude. Jack Tretton, president and CEO of SCEA, made jokes about being nervous talking in front of everyone. The focus shifted from “of course everyone will want this”, to an attitude of “this is what we’re offering, don’t you want to be a part of this”. Here are my highlights of what I loved at the conference. Today is the first time I believed in Playstation Home and the interactivity of the Playstation Network. Up until today, I really doubted whether the community could

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  • 13Jul

    A new look at an old franchise

    I don’t know what’s been with me and fighting franchises as of late but I’ve just taken a look at the [url=http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3160253]Soul Calibur IV trailer[/url]. I know there’s no gameplay footage but still there will be a fourth part to the series. This one seems like the conclusion to the overall series. However, there will be no Wii version. No matter what the sucess of the GCN version it looks like Namco- Bandai will not look toward Nintendo. It’s a shame though the GCN version of Soul Calibur II was the best! Well rejoice PS3 and 360 owners Soul Calibur IV is coming your way!

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  • 12Jul

    Phil Harrison Keynote – GDC ’07

    GDC-2007 Phil Harrison Keynote Wednesday morning in San Francisco, the weather looks like it may rain, but it hasn’t dampened the spirits here at GDC. The ballroom is filling up to see Phil Harrison speak. Becky, Raychul, and Meagan from GGN are sitting next to me. We’re just rocking out to the good music until the keynote starts. There are two soccer goal posts up with Team A and Team B signs. It definitely shows a teamwork or collaboration vibe. The soccer game ended, and our side lost. For as smart as these people are, it took them a long time to figure out what to do. The keynote starts with an introduction of Phil Harrison. Phil states that the keynote is about presenting Sony’s vision for the future. Phil wants to talk about audience participation. Game 3.0 is the name of the presentation. Phil throws up the image of

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