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Nyko's Attempt at a Wiimote for Your Butt

posted Sunday Oct 18, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Nyko's Attempt at a Wiimote for Your Butt

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.

New Wiimote Controller Guns Down the Competition, H&K Style

posted Sunday Oct 18, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

New Wiimote Controller Guns Down the Competition, H&K Style

Nintendo Wii products appear to be eternally concocting, and the crazy things creators have conjured up in the past have been mind-blowing. But this new product, announced at a trade show in Hong Kong, takes the cake.

This new piece of merchandise for the Wii has escalated the amazing-ness with a 1:1 scale Heckler & Koch MP5 sub-machine gun.

Play your PSP on your HDTV! How SWEET!

posted Sunday Oct 18, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Play your PSP on your HDTV! How SWEET!

With the era of high definition gaming fully upon us, it was only a matter of time before someone would think of a way to take that technology to the portable gaming systems. It looks as though the folks over at Lenkeng, a Chinese retailer, have found a solution, at least for the PSP. For models 2000 and above, the LKV8000 PSP to HDMI Converter with Full Screen Display on HDTV will do exactly what the long item description says it will.

Before this box, when hooked up to an HDTV, the PSP would only display on part of the screen, transmitting in its native 480p. The LKV8000 takes advantage of your larger, widescreen display and comes with all the necessary cables and equipment to upconvert your output to 720p via an HDMI connection!

Creator of the World Wide Web Apologizes for Extra Slash

posted Saturday Oct 17, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Creator of the World Wide Web Apologizes for Extra Slash

In bowling you only use one to mark a spare. Four of them are used to form the letter W. So ask Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, what his biggest mistake was. A reporter did in a recent interview and his reply was that he is apologetic for forcing our hand, quite literally, to type the two slashes after the "http" in URLs. And he should be sorry!

The simple double-click-like action has caused an increase in carpel tunnel, a decrease in index finger fat percentage, unnecessarily excessive wasteful paper usage (you know, because we all write out URLs with a pen) and overall outcry by the Foundation for Under-used Characters, or F.U.C., for short.

Blast you, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, for your uniquely cool hyphenated last name and your unadulterated love for Michael J. Fox's attempts at a straight line!

Palm Pre Prances to the Crimson Network, Promised Early Next Year

posted Saturday Oct 17, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Palm Pre Prances to the Crimson Network, Promised Early Next Year

It seems like someone is actually starting to listen to Sprint CEO, Dan Hesse. His plan to limit phone exclusivity on certain networks has been implemented on one of the most prominent phones on the market right now, the Palm Pre. It's been out for about four months now and is expected to be released on another phone carrier network. Which network you may ask? Early next year consumers will be able to purchase the Palm Pre with Verizon. Exciting news since this is such an amazing phone!

Two-tone Only for Car Paint? GameStop Disagrees

posted Saturday Oct 17, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Two-tone Only for Car Paint? GameStop Disagrees

Let's give Microsoft a hand for making an attempt at being creative here. Let's forget the fact that the attempt may not be the most aesthetic, and let's focus on the fact that this limited edition Xbox 360 controller, in a two-tone black and red, may actually be a hit with certain people.

GameStop has teamed up with Microsoft to exclusively launch this in there own stores, bundled with a Play and Charge Kit, for an MSRP of $69.99. So pony up the extra penny and make some sense in your wireless experience!

I will give them some credit. It is a step above the plain colors, and much better than any skin you can add to the controller, which I think makes the controllers less playable.

The bundle is going to hit stores in over sixteen countries, but not in the UK. Weird.

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