Ever have the suspicion that your computer is against you? We know the feeling. And this cleverly done animated feature captures the ensuing frustration perfectly, with just the right mix of humor and paranoia.
As if your Xbox 360 wasn't feature-packed enough, Microsoft today unveiled a slew of new features. To be exact, 125 of them.
Among the new widgets are enhancements to the Xbox Live marketplace that allow players the ability to choose and download six new high-definition "items" at a time. Those items could include music videos, movie trailers, arcade games or playable game demos, and all can be downloaded while playing as normal with the Xbox.
The new features also let players pause DVD playback, pop in a game, and then later return to the DVD without losing … Read more
Peter Harper's Web site is a classic example of how online social networking is redefining tastes in entertainment. Each month readers vote on four artists and four musicians; the winners then get to submit additional works and contact information while earning a permanent link on the site.
Harper told Blogma that the grassroots marketing system, which allows artists to sell their works as well as raise their profiles, has been in operation "for the last four years, and it has been a huge success." It's just one way that artists and performers are breaking old rules … Read more
Is it really possible to build an iPod recharger with a couple of standard AA batteries and an Altoids gum tin? This post gives step-by-step instructions to assemble what it says is a "very powerful USB charger for your MP3 player, camera, cell phone, and any other gadget you can plug into a USB port to charge." And if you have more spare tins lying around, you can try your hand at some other homemade gadgets.
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--AMD on Thursday announced a new setup for PC gamers that combines two dual-core processors and two graphics processors, which should keep plenty of processing power supplied to even the most demanding games.
The "4x4" platform combines two dual-core Athlon 64 FX processors and connects them through a PCI Express link to dual graphics cards. The platform will work with either ATI's Crossfire or Nvidia's SLI graphics technology, Phil Hester, AMD's chief technology officer, said during the company's analyst day. It will also support AMD's quad-core desktop chips when those are … Read more
Fresh off its early lead in the next-generation console wars, Microsoft appears poised to put out a portable video game device by late 2007 or early 2008, according to the Diffusion Group.
In a Wednesday release, the analyst firm touted its new study, called "On the future of portable game consoles," which suggests that Microsoft is getting ready to challenge Sony's PlayStation Portable.
The idea, the firm said, is that with Xbox 360 firmly entrenched as the (current) market leader, Microsoft is now ready to take on the lucrative handheld gaming device market, especially since there's … Read more
Picture an idyllic 2008 Beijing day. The world will be there: the Americans, the French, the Russians, the British--all on hand for that year's summer Olympics.
That means runners, gymnasts, soccer and baseball players and hundreds of other athletes will be on hand. And now, video gamers?
Why far-fetched? Well, mostly because video game players aren't really athletes, no matter how competitive they are. Why not far-fetched? The answer lies, Joystiq says, in the fact that video games are essentially part … Read more
If you've been waiting anxiously for the U.S. release of Nintendo's new DS Lite handheld video game console, you might want to head toward Denver.
Apparently, the stores have decided to thumb their noses at Nintendo's stated launch date and have taken it upon themselves to put the machines on store shelves.
So is this big news? Maybe and maybe not. But let's hope it'… Read more
Given that the Xbox 360 tops out at $399 and that Nintendo's Wii probably won't cost more than $250, it's kind of a logical leap to feel that Sony's $599 price tag for its high-end PlayStation 3 is a bit hefty.
They conducted a survey and discovered that 88 percent of readers said the PS3 will be too expensive. Even worse for Sony, the survey reported that 69 percent are most anticipating … Read more