Category: Console Gaming

Best in Show at Over the Air 2010! Parrot Drones, iPhone controlled racing cars and mad ideas at Over the Air 2010

Yesterday at the Over The Air hack-a-thon, I was part of the team that won both the Best Hack in Show and the Paypal X Challenge. This is the story of that hack… Picture by Benjamin Ellis. First up, a huge, huge thank you to the rest of my team at the Hack-a-thon from this weekend’s Over The Air Mobile Development event. My hacks traditionally have a huge vision, and that needs an ad-hoc team with a huge range of skills. So to Simon Maddox, Sam Machin, Rachel Clarke, Robert Lee-Cann and Karl Turner my thanks yet again not only

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We Want Our Boxes (For Our Games, That Is)

Over on Ovi Gaming I’ve posted an editorial on the importance of game boxes and physical media for the collector and the console gaming ecosystems. This may seem a strange issue to bring up, and even though there is a niche that regards game boxes as collectibles, there are many, many more that would be quite happy to sell on a game, be it to a second hand shop, as a trade in at EB Games, or on Amazon or eBay. And the games publishers are fighting to stop this second sale happening – after all, these are sold on

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Why Do MP3’s Encourage Piracy while AAC Is The Salvation on the Nintendo DSi?

What is in the water at Nintendo UK? There’s a nice interview with David Yarnton in the Times today, talking about the soon to be launched in the UK Nintendo DSi. It’s an evolution of the existing DS Lite, with basic cameras, SD Card support and an on-device store. Are they talking on the iPhone? Of course they are. But sometimes I wonder just what they think pirates are up to. First of all they’re proud that the DSi will not recognise the R4 Card (which is used to run homebrew code and .nds downloaded games). That protection should last

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Can Grand Theft Auto really ‘Corrupt Our Minds?’

So I’m sitting here, with my Mars Bar helping me work, rest and play today (as it does every day), and wondering just how much impact the ‘murder simulator‘ of Grand Theft Auto IV will have on the games players of today? I’m drinking a nice chilled glass of Coca-Cola (it is the real thing after all) and I’m going to Think Different. Maybe that’s not the question? Maybe I should be asking if you would give a Castlemaine XXXX if I got a guest blogger in for today? To tell you where you want to go, today? Only Smarties

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[TPN] The PSP Show, God of War

The PSP Show #73 – God of War: Chains of Olympus (MP3 6.96 mb 10 minutes 7 seconds) [audio:http://psp.thepodcastnetwork.com/audio/tpn_psp_20080418_73.mp3] Download MP3 – Show Notes – RSS Feed [Crosspost from The Podcast Network’s PSP Show] If all is well, you’ll be able to see this text – our server problems her at The Podcat Network continue, but it appears that while our website is having problems, The PSP Show is still making it down the podcast feed. Which means it’s finally time to turn my eye onto Sony’s Swords and Sandals epic, God of War: Chains of Olympus.

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Sony’s Blu-Ray Format Battle on the Shoulders of Betamax and Mini-Disc

Just before the weekend, Warner’s announcement that they were dropping support for HD-DVD in favour of Blu-Ray in the high definition video format ‘war’ made some waves as CES approached. But I think the reaction from Toshiba (the main consumer company behind HD-DVD) and the HD-DVD’s association is telling. By canceling their press conference and media briefings at CES, to all intent’s and purposes the battle is over, Blu-Ray won out, and Sony finally have a mass-media format that they’ve always wanted. The timing of the announcement left the HD-DVD camp almost no room to maneuver. They were either going

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