One of the most celebrated video games ever released is coming to the Nintendo 3DS in June, Nintendo announced today.
On June 19, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D will be hitting store shelves for $39.99. The game, which Nintendo says has been "completed remastered," brings players back to the land of Hyrule as Link solves puzzles and interacts with the characters around him to save Princess Zelda and the world. Nintendo said the title will also include a Master Quest, which is separate from the main game and includes "revamped puzzles and redesigned … Read more
CATOOSA, Okla.--There's a big Blue Whale in a small lake in Catoosa, Okla., on Route 66. It's an unexpected sight as you come over a rising bend in the road. I had heard there was a whale here, but the scale of the beast is enough to make Captain Ahab think twice about his life's mission. It's 80 feet long and 15 feet high.
Clearly, the Blue Whale didn't just wander inland from the ocean. Someone put it here. It's a maker project on a scale maker projects don't usually achieve. If Make Magazine had existed back in the '70s, the Blue Whale would have been a centerfold model.
In the spirit of DIY, I'm going to help makers prep their own whales. Here is your materials list:
2,650 feet of sucker rod 1,179 feet of 2-inch steel pipe 100 feet of 1-inch pipe 2,520 square feet of plaster lath 126 bags of concrete mix 19.5 square yards of Redi-Mix concrete 19,400 pounds of crushed stone 15 tons of sand 2,454 linear feet of wood 20 pounds of nails Assorted tubing and valves
If you can find a hardware store that hasn't changed prices since the '70s, the material costs should work out to less than $3,000. You will also need to find a friend willing to donate 100 hours of welding time. Assuming you want to follow the original build timeline, it will only take you two years of work to assemble your own Blue Whale. … Read more
Guitar Hero fans, rejoice: the franchise apparently hasn't played its final note.
In a GamesIndustry.biz interview published today, Dan Winters, Activision vice president of developer relations, said that the Guitar Hero franchise is simply "on hiatus."
"Actually, just to clarify, we're just putting Guitar Hero on hiatus, we're not ending it," Winters told the gaming publication. "We're releasing products out of the vault--we'll continue to sustain the channel, the brand won't go away. We're just not making a new one for next year, that's all."
Winters' comments are quite the surprise. Back in February, Activision said in an quarterly earnings statement that it had buried the franchise due to poor sales among music games.… Read more
Sony Computer Entertainment America today announced that it has settled its contentious suit against infamous hacktivist George Hotz, aka GeoHot.
"Sony is glad to put this litigation behind us," said Riley Russell, general counsel for SCEA, in a statement. "Our motivation for bringing this litigation was to protect our intellectual property and our consumers. We believe this settlement and the permanent injunction achieve this goal."
For those who haven't been keeping up, Hotz hacked Sony's PlayStation 3, jailbreaking it to run non-Sony-approved software and, potentially, pirated games.
The settlement itself was apparently reached on the March 31, but Sony only just made it public. Details of the settlement, however, weren't made available.… Read more
A senior exec at Sony has given Nintendo's 3DS a severe verbal beatdown, calling the glasses-free 3D console a "babysitting tool."
Jack Tretton, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, went medieval on Mario in an interview with Fortune, claiming the 3DS would be an embarrassing accessory for the trendy modern pleasure seeker. "No self-respecting twentysomething is going to be sitting on an airplane with one of those," he raged. "He's too old for that."
Ouch. There's no love lost between Sony and Nintendo--these latest comments draw on a rich history of bickering, along the lines that Nintendo's offerings are childish and underpowered, while PlayStation devices are more appealing to hard-core gamers, and are crammed with handfuls of high-powered hardware.
Nintendo's 3DS led the gaming market in hardware sales last month, Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter said in a note to investors today.
Pachter said he believes that Nintendo sold 500,000 3DS units in March, besting the Xbox 360 and Wii, with 480,000 and 410,000 unit sales, respectively. The analyst estimates that PlayStation 3 March sales hit 380,000 units.
Actual sales figures will be announced later this week by research firm NPD.
If Nintendo only sold 410,000 Wii units, its sales would be down 26 percent year over year. Microsoft's unit sales, on the other hand, would be up 42 percent compared with March 2010, while Sony's hardware sales would be up by 21 percent.
But it's Nintendo's feat in the portable space that might be most impressive. The 3DS, which allows users to play 3D games without the need for special glasses, hit store shelves March 27 in the U.S. That gave it just five days to trump other gaming devices that were sitting on store shelves for the entire month.… Read more
It's packing time. A jumble of tech gadgets will be my road companions as I head out on the highway, looking for adventure, and whatever comes my way. Beginning tomorrow, I'll be traveling in my Toyota Prius from Albuquerque, N.M., to Chicago on Route 66, with a side trip to Carbondale, Ill.
Route 66 screams retro. It whispers Elvis' name. It reflects long, chrome-laden cars and poodle skirts at the local drive-in. It comes from a land before cell phones. That might make some high-tech gadget hounds feel a little out of place, but I've always been happy to park my Prius right behind my 1956 DeSoto and call it harmony.
I'm taking a small pile of gadgets to get me through. Notably, I'm going to attempt to navigate, work, book hotels, shoot video, and amuse myself with a 32GB iPad 2 with Verizon 3G. I was going to leave my cranky old Asus Netbook at home, but it's coming with me because I'm worried about running into limitations with the iPad 2. I'll let you know after I get back if that turns out to be the case.… Read more
Sony has cut the price of its PlayStation Portable in Europe, the company announced today.
Starting today, European customers who opt for a PSP will find it available for 129.99 euros, down from 169.99 euros. Sony was also quick to point out that some of its "top titles" are available to customers in Europe for as little as 9.99 euros. Its "platinum" catalog of titles, including God of War: Ghost of Sparta, retails for 19.99 euros.
Sony's European PSP price drop follows two recent cuts from the company in the U.… Read more
The drugs may be pumped directly into the water rather than slipped into the populace's Nescafe.
But with First Amendment rights shelved and human rights threatened, the U.S. looks an awful lot like Gaddafi's Libya in the new Facebook game America 2049.
The app attempts to bridge social gaming and social justice by putting you in a MacGyver-meets-Bourne role and presenting some of the pressing issues of our time and perhaps of the not-too-distant future.… Read more
Sony's Music Unlimited service is coming to the PlayStation Portable.
Starting on Thursday, PSP owners with PlayStation Network IDs will be able to access Music Unlimited from their portable gaming devices. When people load up the app, they will be able to access millions of tracks on the streaming service from a range of major and independent labels.
The news of Music Unlimited coming to the PSP isn't all that surprising. Late last month, Shawn Layden, CEO of Sony Network Entertainment, told Eurogamer that Music Unlimited would be available to PSP owners "in a matter of weeks.&… Read more