Do video games have any value when it comes to academic research? Do they belong on shelves alongside books and movies as study materials? One university's library curator thinks they do, and he plans to add games both new and retro to the school's archives.
Sometimes, gaming companies inject a little oomph into video game controllers. Vibration, motion control and — if it catches on — 3D are all designed to draw the player in more. Now, MIT adds to one more ploy to that list: heat.
iPhone apps are great time wasters, but wouldn't it be nice to get a little something back? Nimble Strong: Bartender In Training may look like just another game at first, but it was developed in part by a cocktail journalist and comes off as not just another app.
What you see here is Forcetek's Xio arm-mounted controller, which is slated to come out for game consoles sometime next year. So, the motion-controlled offerings by Sony and Microsoft — the latter of which does away with the controller entirely — make half of the "wow" factor here obsolete. What's it got left? Force feedback all along your arms.
As promised, OnLive is going live this month. Right now, in fact. You could try it out for yourself if you wanted to. Early adopters get to enjoy the service (read: not the games) for free for a full year, and everyone else has to pay for admission. That's a little irksome — why punish people who weren't in the beta? — but it gets worse.
The newly redesigned Xbox 360 hopefully won't flash you a Red Ring of Death, but it sounds like it still shares one problem with its predecessor. If you move the Xbox while it's got a disc in it, you may have just cost yourself a game.
At this year's Electronics Entertainment Expo — the biggest game convention all year — both Sony and Microsoft have tried to wow crowds with each companies' take on motion controlled gaming. Nintendo, of course, has had the Wii for years. And now? They've got handheld 3D, too.
It's all but official: a new, slim Xbox 360 is on the way. The news was outed by a leaked ad, but the ad itself mentioned Project Natal's change in name to Kinect before Microsoft did, so it's got a pretty big chance of being the real deal. The new design? It seems kind of, well, dated.
Microsoft has officially pulled back the curtain on its take on motion-controlled gaming. Once known as Project Natal, it now goes by Kinect, though one thing's the same: it still doesn't need a controller.
It hasn't yet, but Nintendo's DS handheld is in a good position to catch up to the PlayStation 2 in terms of sales and dethrone Sony's venerable system as the best-selling console of all time. As of the end of...