Zanac (1987, NES, 500 Wii points)--Vertically scrolling shooting at its finest! Blast your way through 12 areas in one of the first games that changed difficulty based on your skill level. Eternal Champions (1993, Sega Genesis, 800 Wii points)--In this 2-D fighter you'll compete for the chance to battle the Eternal Champion, thus returning to Earth and restoring balance to the universe. The Dynastic Hero (1993, Turbografx16, 800 Wii points)--The Dynastic Hero is an action RPG that involves multiple choice quizzes as well as puzzles for you to conquer as you progress through the story.
It's the fight you've been waiting for, folks. In one corner, we have the rightfully smug Apple iPod Classic. In the other corner we have the dark horse, the ugly duckling turned swan, the Microsoft Zune 80. After five bruising rounds of unflinching criticism from our three judges, which MP3 player will triumph as the new king of high-capacity music gadget goodness? Read on, to find out.
ShoZu (coverage) recently added a new dimension to its multimedia messaging service--the ability to post photos and video clips to a preset cadre of destinations, while only paying for a single data transfer.
On the Web site, ShoZu users select from 30 popular sites their multimedia submissions will auto-update each time they upload an image or video. The sites include Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, plus the usual trove of blog hosting sites like TypePad, WordPress, and LiveJournal. Also fair game are personal e-mail and FTP addresses.
The new service also incorporates a tagging architecture that lets users assign tags to … Read more
Now that the deal between Vivendi and Activision has been officially announced, it looks like the former will take two-thirds control in the popular developer and be able to compete more effectively against the video game industry's de facto big shot--EA.
And while the $1.7 billion will allow Vivendi to become a more "complete" organization that can offer a wide array of games for people on all platforms, I just can't see how this will benefit any consumers.
Sure, the merger between Vivendi and Activision will finally create a competitor for the behemoth that is EA and with Activision's current streak of 74 percent growth since 2003 as compared to EA's paltry 25 percent, it's certainly possible that the former could overtake the latter in terms of size within the next decade.
But is an environment where two major video game developers control a significant stake of the market really beneficial to consumers? Unfortunately, the answer is no.… Read more
Sigma has delayed the debut of the DP1, a high-end compact camera with an unusually large image sensor, to redesign its image-processing technology.
The Japanese company had shown off the DP1 at the Photokina show in 2006 and later at the Photo Marketing Association show in March 2007, where it said it planned to ship the DP1 in the summer. The camera's sensor, made by start-up Foveon, is as large as the one used in Sigma's SD line of SLR cameras, offering the potential for much greater sensitivity and dynamic range than the much smaller chips typically used … Read more
Tesla Motors founder Martin Eberhard, or at least a person who claims to be him on an online message board, says he's not happy about being pushed out of the management team.
Eberhard this summer stepped down from the CEO spot amid production delays and was replaced with interim CEO Michael Marks. In November, Tesla appointed a permanent CEO. What was less noticed was that Eberhard at that time also stepped down from the board. His official connection to the company now, besides being a major stockholder, is as a member of the advisory board.
On the Tesla Motors … Read more
Sales of notebooks are rising worldwide, but Taiwan's Acer, in particular, is continuing its skyrocketing growth.
Market research firm DisplaySearch released its quarterly report on the notebook market Monday, and found that the market grew 24 percent during the three months of the third quarter, and 42 percent in the last year.
Hewlett-Packard remains the worldwide leader in notebooks by shipping 6.2 million portable PCs last quarter--72 percent more than the company shipped a year ago. Dell holds on to second place, but continues to lose ground, not only to HP, but to Acer.
While Dell still has … Read more
I had no idea chocolate came in so many colors. Yes, LG has once again added yet another color to its very popular LG Chocolate product line, this time in a wintry "Blue Ice." The VX8550 Chocolate already comes in Blue Mint, Black, and Black Cherry, and the Blue Ice version will have the same exact specs and features as the others--a 1.3-megapixel camera, music player, EV-DO, V Cast support, and that cool mechanical scroll wheel with the trace motion light. You can pick it up for a reduced price of $79.99 after a $50 mail-in … Read more
NVMHCIWG--Baby, remember my name.
I've spent more than a decade reporting on the tech industry--with most of that time logged into the squirrely world of processors and memory--and come across a lot of abbreviations and acronyms. At Intel, Craig Barrett isn't known at Craig Barrett--he's CRB. Then there was the ORBA and CORBA confusion.
And who could forget the time that HANA and DLRA (formerly DHWG) were competing with each other to win the support of the UWBF, ATSC and MPAA? It took three dictionaries and a Ouija board to sort out the conflicts. (And it spells … Read more
The ubiquity of the cell phone has finally prompted AT&T to pull out of the pay-phone business, the company announced on Monday. By the end of 2008, AT&T says, it will have exited the business completely.
The nation's No. 1 wireless-network operator, AT&T says it expects independent operators to pick up service contracts on its pay phones, which, over the past 10 years, have shrunk in number to about 1 million nationwide from 2.6 million.
For some local operators, AT&T's exit could be good news because, in a few … Read more