Video devices that attach to eyeglasses have been developed for years, but they generally have been either too clunky or too expensive--or both--for mass consumption. Mirage Innovations claims to have changed all that, touting an "affordable" lightweight pair of glasses embedded with tiny screens that it says provides an experience equivalent to watching a high-quality 42-inch screen from 7 feet.
Mac addicts and "Star Wars" aficionados are some of the most loyal fans alive, so it was probably inevitable that someone would invent something to bring the two forces together. MacSaber is a piece of software that promises to "turn your Mac into a Jedi weapon" by using the computer's motion sensor to create lightsaber sound effects.
Are the prices of today's gaming consoles reasonable or too high? This post attempts to answer that question with a comparative analysis of console prices since 1976, both in absolute amounts and adjusted for inflation.
When both Nintendo and Sony showed off motion-sensitive controllers for their forthcoming Wii (formerly the Revolution) and PlayStation 3 video game controllers at E3 last week, it seemed like that was the natural direction for such equipment to take going forward.
But now it appears that Nintendo thinks that Sony's adoption of the motion-sensitive system, which allows players to control much of their on-screen movement simply by moving the controller around with their hands, was far more than a coincidence.
Over at Terra Nova, we discover that one of the virtual-worlds experts has had to spend a fair amount of time the last couple weeks fending off threatening e-mails from MindArk, the publisher of the virtual world "Project Entropia."
It seems that when MindArk announced a couple of weeks ago that it had a new system that would allow players to withdraw funds from their avatars' accounts in cash via an ATM card--a fact that The New York Times got very excited about--Dan Hunter, a Terra Nova founder and a law professor at Wharton School of Business posted that he thought the news was no big deal. … Read more
The fate of a California law banning the sale of certain violent video games to minors is now in the hands of a federal judge, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte heard arguments Friday in San Jose, Calif., from attorneys on both sides of the case, which challenges the constitutionality of the law passed last year. The plaintiffs are the Video Software Dealers Association and Entertainment Software Association.
Whyte said he'd rule on the case shortly, The Chronicle said.
If you think it's all fun and games at E3, you're sorely mistaken. From executive keynotes to game trailers and not-quite-so-scantily-clad booth babes, there's a lot to see at the annual gaming con. But many showgoers, eager to get a hands-on look at the Nintendo Wii and its unusual controller, were in for a shock if they thought they could get some quality time with the new system without a fight.
LOS ANGELES--In January 2005, Electronic Arts announced it had sealed a 15-year partnership with ESPN. The idea was that the two companies could share content, with much of the content from the sports network potentially being built directly into EA's video games.
At E3 here, some of the fruits of that partnership were on display, and to hard-core gamers and sports fans, there's something to be excited about.
Essentially, EA is showcasing features that integrate live ESPN content--like updated sports news tickers--into some of its 2007 games.
Thus, players of games like "Madden 07" and other … Read more
Wii users will browse the Internet using their consoles, navigating sites via the new Wii remote controller, a two-handed, motion-sensitive system that allows players to mimic actions on-screen with the movement of their hands.
"For our Wii console launch in 2006, we required a browser that was fast and secure, with support for the latest standards, including AJAX," said Genyo Takeda, senior managing director and general manager of Nintendo's Integrated Research & Development Division.
Earlier this year, Oslo, Norway-based Opera … Read more
LOS ANGELES--In the days and weeks leading up to E3, much of the speculation surrounding Microsoft and its big press event centered on a probable announcement about "Halo 3."
The third installment of the fabulously successful franchise is sure to be a hit, and many had hoped Microsoft would take the opportunity to, if not launch the title, at least give some serious insight into playability, launch date and things like that.
Instead, "Halo 3" was barely mentioned. It merited just a brief trailer at the very end of the press conference, and all attendees were … Read more