Our good friend Michael Pachter, AKA Mr. Predictions, recently did what he does in regards to the new motion controllers coming out next year from Microsoft and Sony, and the prices might surprise you.
We'll start with Project Natal, since that is the one everyone is so excited about. He believes that, since the device is simply a three-lensed camera and all of the motion control is actually performed by the console itself, the device will retail for only $50. Now, based entirely on the cost to manufacture, I would have to agree with him here. However, Microsoft has been billing Natal as the revolutionary end to games as we know them, and therefore I can't see them charging the same price as, say, a controller, for the messiah of gaming. I am going to put it somewhere in the $80-$100 range.
We Americans like to make fun of our Japanese friends for their extraordinary work ethic but sometimes something magical translates to our shores because of it. Miyamoto and his team at Nintendo has been hitting it hard working on Super Mario Bros. Wii. Some of you may be rolling your eyes after reading that Nintendo is still milking the Super Mario franchise (no way!)but from what I've read this milk will certainly be fresh from the cows utters.
Super Mario Bros. Wii game is a full Super Mario adventure game with a couple of twists. The new game has a guide system built in to help novice players enjoy the experience and varying levels of difficulty for more experienced players. This guide can consist of a computer AI or a player character that can join in the single player story mode at any time during your journey though worlds 1 to 8.
Anybody here agree with me when I say a little childhood drama builds character? It turns out a middle school in Troy, Missouri doesn't agree. A 9th grade boy at the school was recently arrested for taking his bullying into the digital age. The student created a website about a particular female that he was not particularly fond of because of the company the girl kept. The site had pictures of the girl and several anonymous posts referring to her as a "slut" and that she would be "better off dead." After the female student discovered the site and alerted the school principal the site was taken down but the name consisted of the female students name and "cunt.com"
Go green! That seems to be the message on everybody's minds, including those who created the medals for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. These are certainly not your conventional medals, you know, the traditional circle with some sort of design on them, usually resembling medals the athletes have previously won, nothing too catchy. This bold new design gives competitors a new incentive to win and helps the environment at the same time. What could be better than that?
Every medallion is constructed, at least partly from recycled circuit boards. Weighing a whopping 500-576 grams, the medals have a unique design, due to the fact that the circuit boards were recycled beyond recognition.
I was watching my beloved Yankees win in extra innings last night and saw this interesting new commercial by Verizon. They are further adding onto their rivalry with AT&T and really putting the iDevice, as they call it, on blast. I've seen the "there's a map for that" ad, but this one really takes the cake!
Check out the website to see a list of things that the iDoesn't along with a cool animation and major hype of the Android platform.
This makes me feel good for two ways. Android is coming in a big way to Verizon, and Android is always welcome on the CDMA side of the spectrum. And this is FINALLY going to kill all the rumors of iPhone coming to Verzion, regardless of how stupid some of the logic is behind it!
I had to stop and think and compile an extended version, if you will, of things the iDoesn't do. Check them out after the break.
I know it's the NINTENDO Wii, but Nintendo isn't the only one to make controllers for this console. Nyko Technologies, which happen to be the premier video game accessories manufacturer, also have a controller compatible with the Wii, the Wii wand, which was previously available exclusively in white. This week, however, Nyko announced that it will be releasing this Wand in four exciting new colors: pink, blue, black, and purple.
Allowing customer access to more options to optimize their game play, the Marketing Director, Chris Arbogast, thought this was the right time to release the new Wands, stating,
We're rolling out new colors for the Wand just in time for the holidays.