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In a press release promo, GameStop is offering its shoppers -- but more specifically, its female shoppers -- a free 12-month subscription to women's magazines ranging from the racy Cosmopolitan, to the mindnumbing Redbook, the dated and clipped Marie Claire, and lifestyle dictator, O Magazine. In other words, GS has left no glossy stone unturned.

Its purporting that popular games burn calories, while exercising the cerebral cortext, too. Listing games like Wii Fit with Balance Board; Jillian Michaels’ Fitness Ultimatum 2009; and My Japanese Coach from its inventory of 40-plus fitness related titles, moms all across kitchen sinks and dinner tables should hone in on their New Year's resolutions of better fitness and health, right?

GS even sites the prestigious research center, Mayo Clinic, saying that its studies found active gaming can help players lose weight.

While that's fine and totally acceptable, what's not is that they're trying to entice potential buyers with a crappy free trial subscription to crappy magazines.

Does GS really think a free subscription to a cheesy women's magazine is incentive enough to get any lazy butt off the couch and on to a Wii pad?

How stupid do they think women are?? Lazy doesn't mean stupid.


Getting in on the pre-CES madness, Lenovo has released information on its upcoming 2009 models. One of its more curious additions is the IdeaCenter A600. In addition to being a remarkably slim all-in-one PC, the A600 features an optional four-in-one remote that has Wii-like functionality. According to the company's press release:

"For gaming enthusiasts, Lenovo developed the first-of-its-kind 4-in-1 optional remote controller. It is the first to bring PC users the ability to play games using the remote control’s ‘motion drive’ feature, which controls on-screen objects according to the movement of the remote. Unlike competitor’s remotes, the Lenovo 4-in-1 remote controller can also be used as a VOIP handset3 to make and receive phone calls over the Internet, similar to a typical cordless telephone. The remote also serves as a media center/TV remote, and with Microsoft Vista Media Center users can use the controller to operate DVDs, movies and TV. Additionally, the remote also functions as an 'air mouse' so it can be used to operate the cursor on the screen, eliminating the inconvenience of using a wired mouse."


I've always been mildly interested in all-in-one PCs, but haven't found one that I'd buy. The A600 looks slick and doesn't seem to compromise too much for its space-saving design. The remote sounds interesting, though a bit gimmicky. I don't know about you, but I don't really feel the need to eliminate "the inconvenience of using a wired mouse".

Any thoughts on the A600? Do you think the remote will be useful? Or a total gimmick?


Tags: PC Gaming, Tech, Wii

We've all yelled at our computers before, it can be very therapeutic, but we never thought it would do anything. Thanks to Brendan Gregg of Sun's Fishworks team, we know for a FACT yelling at your computer doesn't do anything helpful, and in fact increases latency.

Brendan wanted to see the effects of vibration on a disc array, so the best idea he came up with for improvised vibration was yelling at it. I'm glad I'm not kidding. What resulted (besides an incredibly hilarious video) was a sharp spike the number of I/O operations that take over 5ms to complete. Lesson learned: electronics won't listen to you.



You know, I feel really bad for the in-game customer service representatives in World of Warcraft. Not only do many of them have to work the graveyard shift all night, but they often have to deal with the most extreme cases of nerd rage found on this plane of reality.

Well, this story might take the cake for that, because after threatening suicide while talking to an in-game customer service rep, one nerd was ripped away from his World of Warcraft session and arrested. The 17-year-old boy in question lives in Fairfield Township, Ohio and was text-chatting with someone at Blizzard on Monday, and apparently the conversation wasn't going the way he wanted it to. After the young man typed that "he was suicidal and that the game is the only thing he has to live for," the Blizzard employee rightfuly called the kid's bluff and dialed 911.

The little nerd told police that it was a joke and he was trying "to get what he wanted for the game" as they handcuffed him and placed him in the patrol car, before releasing him into the custody of his father. The young man is going to court on January 6th to face a first degree misdemeanor charge, and some serious public embarassment. Kudos little guy, you've raised the bar of extreme nerddom for all of us. Let's hope no one tries to challenge you for your title.


At CES 2009, Capcom will hold a "three-way community battle" between Capcom, Microsoft, and Sony. Each community's representatives will choose 20 members from the CES attendees to fight in a tournament using the final version of Street Fighter IV.

Street Fighter IV Gouken Debut Trailer


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Major Nelson will lead the Xbox community. The PlayStation Blog community will be lead by Jeff Rubenstein. Capcom fans will be lead by Seth Killian.

The tournament will go down on Saturday, January 10th from 3pm to 6pm the Las Vegas Planet Hollywood, thankfully away from the busy convention center floor.

Who are you rooting for? Me? I'm just happy I'll get to play more Street Fighter IV.

While everyone we know is experiencing cut backs to the Nth dimension, it's payday for smartphone maker Palm.

California-based private equity firm, Elevation Partners, which previously invested a booming $325 million into Palm, is about to invest another thumping $100 million. Elevation Partners is the company that was founded by former Apple CFO Fred Anderson, Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello, U2's Bono, and others. In gaming, the company joined BioWare and Pandemic, later brokering a deal for EA to acquire the developers.

Why would anyone want to further invest in a company that recently reported a net loss of $506.2 million dollars just in its fiscal second quarter? Its sales have sharply been reduced by 13 percent -- if that's not the Hindenburg of phones sales, perhaps its the Titanic.

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That is but one of the more cleverly named titles of the music included on the official soundtrack for EA’s Dead Space. Available for download from both Amazon and iTunes, the game’s official soundtrack album packs in a frightening amount of music from the space-based horror shoot-em-up. But how does it hold up when listened to away from the game? Fast forward through the jump for more.

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Microsoft has gained exclusivity with the second season of the Web show The Guild.

It will be the first to be distributed worldwide concurrently via Microsoft's triple platform of Xbox 360's Live Marketplace, MSN and Zune.

Sprint will also sponsor 12-episodes of The Guild. They will be the first to test Microsoft's approach to generate ad revenue by merging the concept of gaming console, Internet portal and portable media player.

The show premieres Tuesday on Independent Video, which is Xbox's original content channel. The channel has ad supported, as well as fee-based program.

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Blizzard Tops Sales By Breaking Own Record

Posted November 20, 2008 - By kijibe

The fastest selling PC game of all time is Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.

It sold over 2.8 million units in its first 24 hours upon availability.

The previous record was held by World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade when it came out back in January 2007 and sold 2.4 million copies on day one.

It's an impressive feat not only to break record sales, but to do so by topping their own record.

Congrats to Blizzard.


Ubisoft Buys Massive for MMOs

Posted November 18, 2008 - By kijibe

Ubisoft purchased Massive Entertainment last week after Activision Blizzard put it up for sale.

The studio that made World in Conflict will help Ubisoft tap into the MMO market.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said, "Our goal there is to go first with light MMO's. They have been extremely popular for a long time in China, but are also coming to the U.S. and Europe, generating lots of good revenue."

Other MMO projects in the works for Ubisoft include one based on upcoming film by James Cameron called Avatar; and a Tom Clancy MMO (World of Tom Clancy's Six Ghost H.A.W.X. of EndWar Splinter Cells is due out in 2009).

It's interesting to note that Ubisoft is the only publisher among the heavy hitters that does not have an MMO, whereas its competitors like EA and Activision, with games like Warhammer Online and World of WarCraft, respectively, are doing better than well.





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