Games stores in the UK have been slashing prices across hundreds of games, and there are some great bargains to be had.
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According to developer Bungie Studios, the amount of kills in the latest instalment in the Halo series is more than the total population of the planet. An observant poster called Omega on the official << LINK REMOVED >>, << LINK REMOVED >>, noted, "As of early Saturday (June 21) or late Sunday the number of kills in Halo 3's campaign exceeded the population of the planet (or at least its << LINK REMOVED >>)." The total Halo 3 campaign kill count as of press time is 6,751,629,478, and the estimated total world population is 6,705,066,871.The total friendlies killed in action is probably less to brag about, but is also quite high, currently standing at 1,177,960,021. Halo 3 was launched to huge fanfare on September 25, 2007 in the US (September 28 in Europe). It was the << LINK REMOVED >>, and the last time anyone counted, it had sold some << LINK REMOVED >>. It is even << LINK REMOVED >>, despite the traditional failure of first-person shooters in the country and the small Xbox 360 installed . The campaign mode features nine levels, and completes the story of the trilogy, which started in 2001 with the Halo: Combat Evolved and conitnued
This is obviously just the kind of thing that Nintendo wanted to stamp out when it released firmware 3.3, complete with provisions intended to stop people from playing homebrew Wii games. The so-called Twilight Hack, which this firmware upgrade was reported to have disabled, involved manipulating a save game file for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess to allow unauthorised code to run on the consoles.
Well now its worst nightmares have come true--Nintendo's wholesome family console has become an adults-only vibrator in a unique homebrew application by Team DWiildo. Called the << LINK REMOVED >>, the application runs through the Wii to make the Wii Remote, well, vibrate. Team DWiildo suggests using the Wii Remote jacket, for safety's sake, and instruct gamers to "Not try to use this with either the Wii Zapper or Wii Wheel peripherals."
There are four different "playing levels," in what is described as a "highly advanced technology demo." The team clearly have ideas for where the project is now going, possibly featuring the ability to add a "stimulating" slideshow of images, USB webcam support, and online chat functionality, as well as local multiplayer options to future versions.
Online multiplayer for up to 32 eager participants may also be coming soon. According to the info, "This would make it the first ever widely available tele-diIdonics."
When the Nintendo Wii was first released, a spate of health-care scares followed. Seemingly not used to standing upright, punters first complained about aches and pains in their body, dubbed "Wii Shoulder" from strenuous bouts of Wii Sports. Next up, the straps used to << LINK REMOVED >> to one's wrist came under scrutiny. A lawsuit was filed in Texas in 2006 by a disgruntled gamer who claimed that the straps were "ineffective," and his controller had flown through the air, hit his brand-new Wii, and broken said console. Others reported on flying controllers inadvertently damaging expensive electronics, furniture, and bystanders. Nintendo responded by offering replacement straps.
And now, according to << LINK REMOVED >> broadsheet, the Wii is wreaking havoc on innocent households once more. "Flower pots, television sets, and even pets" have been accidentally kicked during workouts with the exercise game Wii Fit.
Polling 1,000 women in the UK, it found that 86 percent of respondees owned Wii Fit, and that around 20 percent admitted to having a few "little accidents" whilst trying to lose pounds with the minigames. The average cost of items broken per person amounted to
According to boffins studying first-person shooter Unreal Tournament 2004, gamers have more of a chance of being on the winning side if they choose to play as a red team member as opposed to blue.
The team of scientists, led by Mihai Moldovan from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, studied the outcomes of 1,347 matches between "elite" teams. The characters for the two teams would be shown to be wearing red or blue, depending on their side.<< LINK REMOVED >>
It would seem to be a detail that would be of little consequence to winning, but the scientists have found otherwise. Based on a 50/50 split, the red team won 55 percent of the time, reports AP, citing the Cyberpsychology & Behaviour journal.
Moldovan said that he believed the reason behind this was that the colour red acts as a "psychological distractor" to men.
Scientists have also found that wearing the colour red seems to give players an advantage in real-life sports. A report by << LINK REMOVED >> studied four combat sports at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games: boxing, tae kwon do, Greco-Roman wrestling, and freestyle wrestling. They found that across all four, those who were donned in red won significantly more fights.
However, Mark Rein, the vice president of Unreal Tournament 2004 creator Epic Games said that the company wouldn't be making any changes to the game in response to the findings. He said, "While this is really an interesting analysis, the notion of red team versus blue team has been ingrained in the Unreal Tournament series for years. We don't anticipate any immediate changes to team colours."
One of the most popular videos currently on YouTube at the moment shows a woman in a T-shirt and stripy underwear gyrating imaginary hula hoops playing Wii Fit.
The video, titled << LINK REMOVED >> shows a man now revealed to be Giovanny Gutierrez apparently secretly filming girlfriend Lauren Bernat playing the game.<< LINK REMOVED >>
In the clip, Gutierrez is sitting in the corner of a front room, before panning over to his girlfriend playing Wii Fit at the other end of the room. At the end of the video he makes a facial gesture of appreciation at the camera. It has had over 2 million hits.
However, the video has fallen under suspicion as being a viral ad after it was revealed that Gutierrez is the director of interactive media for Tinsley Full Service Advertising--indeed the original YouTube video poster is called 'tinsleyadvertising.' According to his company bio, "he creates web, e-mail, and interactive marketing solutions that perfectly integrate with television, radio, and print campaigns." He also has a history in game design.
Furthermore, Lauren Bernat is also in the employ of Tinsley as an account executive. Her duties include "evaluating the responses to our Internet advertising, coordinating special projects and co-op advertising programs and maintaining collateral summary reports for three fulfilment houses worldwide."
Nintendo has denied any connection to the video. A statement issued confirmed, "This is absolutely, 100 percent nothing to do with Nintendo. Nintendo did not create it and were not aware of it until it was brought to our attention."
Gutierrez, quoted in Metro, said, "I thought it was cute and it was actually done with good intentions. My girlfriend was furious when she found out. She called me on the phone screaming her head off and then hung up on me." She has since forgiven the virtual voyeur, and is said to be enjoying her 15 minutes of fame, he added.
If the video does prove to be busted as an attempt at viral marketing, it won't be the first to fall flat on its face. At the end of 2006, << LINK REMOVED >> to be behind a Web site supposedly set up by a hip-hop-loving teen called Peter, who blogged about all the reasons why he really, really wanted a PSP for Christmas. Microsoft also earned a certain degree of notoriety for its viral promotions of << LINK REMOVED >> and the << LINK REMOVED >>.
Portland psychiatrist Dr. Jerald Block specialises in treating those who have a massively multiplayer online game problem.
In an interview with the << LINK REMOVED >>, Block added to the argument that he put forward in an editorial in the American Journal of Psychiatry that 'Internet Addiction' should be a recognised term.
The good doctor believes that his clients are more ashamed of playing World of Warcraft than looking at pornographic images. He said, "Some people come in for trouble with Internet porn. But the computer gamers tend to be harder to treat. People feel a lot of shame around computer games. Whereas, it's socially acceptable to have a porn problem."
Regular Joes and many psychiatrists just don't understand the complex world of games or the jargon that goes with them, says Block. The struggle to reach level 70 is not understood, nor is being a member of a guild, or the mundanity of grinding.
He gave the example of a client who was a regular player of massively multiplayer online game EVE Online, and who after playing for years, had built up around $17,000 of virtual assets. Then another player took out a virtual contract on his life, and his character and assets were lost. Block said, "How does he describe that experience and have any of his friends understand it? It's so bizarre and otherworldly. In fact, it's so bizarre that many therapists don't want to go there."
The Reverend Richard Patrick of Virginia's Abyssinia Baptist church wants to organise a ritual burning of "destructive" games, reports << LINK REMOVED >>
The 42-year-old, who has worked in the church for the past six years, believes that violent games and "hate-filled gangster rap music" are turning killing into a pastime for bored kids. Last year, the pastor held prayer marches, antiviolence rallies, and programs to help youngsters find jobs.
This year, he thinks there's a place for burning the aforementioned CDs and games. Patrick told the newspaper that he got the idea from a gun-buyback scheme, which last year netted 359 guns that were then destroyed.
Patrick said, "We are considering having something similar to a rally where parents and children can bring CDs and video games that they consider are destructive to the mind-set of our youth and have a burning, just like they had [the] gun buyback last year."
IBM has revealed a new world-record-breaking supercomputer, which is twice as speedy as the machine it has overtaken.
Codenamed Roadrunner, it runs as petaflop speeds--one thousand trillion calculations per second, reports the << LINK REMOVED >>. The previous most powerful computer in the world, BlueGene/L, currently runs at 478.2 teraflops (trillions of calculations per second) and uses 212,992 processors.
However, Roadrunner will need only 20,000 chips to achieve previously unheard of petaflop speed, as the design will use both conventional Opteron processors made by AMD and the PlayStation 3's Cell processor.
Almost 13,000 of the PS3's Cell processors are used in Roadrunner, and each of the 8-core chips runs at speeds of 4GHz. It was << LINK REMOVED >> by engineers from Sony, IBM, and Toshiba. The Cell chips are used as accelerators for portions of calculations, reports the << LINK REMOVED >>
Roadrunner will be used at America's Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico to monitor the country's nuclear stockpile. The massive machine will be housed in 288 fridge-sized cases, and will be linked together with 57 miles of fibre-optic cable. It consumes around three megawatts of power, roughly the same amount needed to run a large shopping centre.
Speaking to The New York Times, Horst Simon, associate laboratory director for computer science at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, commented, "Roadrunner tells us about what will happen in the next decade. Technology is coming from the consumer electronics market and the innovation is happening first in terms of cell phones and embedded electronics."
According to Thomas P. D'Agostino, the administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, if all 6 billion people on Earth used hand calculators and performed calculations 24 hours a day and seven days a week, it would take them 46 years to do what Roadrunner can in one day.
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