The idea behind OnLive — that you can stream console, PC and portable games to a wide variety of devices — shows so much promise, and yet the execution has left a lot to be desired. The worse offense was an odd subscription fee you had to pay on top of buying or renting games. Thankfully, that's gone.
That headline above was originally going to read "Panasonic's Jungle is doomed to fail." The more I thought about it, though, the more I wonder if maybe it does have a chance. A slim chance, but here it is.
The Enterprise-D, Jean-Luc Picard's trusty starship in Star Trek: The Next Generation , is one hulking vessel. It's over 2,100 feet long and 1,500 feet wide, making it far larger than today's biggest Earthly vehicles. Now, one man wants to recreate it — digitally.
Before pretty much anything Nintendo makes it stateside, it comes out in Japan first. With that in mind, make sure you got a box of tissues handy because the company just solidified the release date for its 3DS.
This junkyard was the last hurrah for about 600 video games in Jinan, Shandong province, China. As part of an effort to end gambling in the region, they were confiscated and then destroyed by local police. Before that, Reuters got this snapshot of a worker busily preparing these games for the slaughter.
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.