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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Origin is Revealed

If you don't know what the Origin is, its a website created to stir up hype about the new xbox 360.
"origin is? The debut of next generation gaming. A real place dedicated to
gaming pleasures. A place to play Xbox 360 before anyone else. A place to play
all the Xbox 360 launch titles. A place to take on other gamers."

Recently its only features were a tree and some bunny rabbits with a timer counting down to zero. Well it struck zero and everything changed, sort of.
Now instead of bunnies that are motionless you get bunnies that have meaningless conversations.
Go on wild psychedelic trips
And watch videos of people prancing around on some islands.
But the cool new feature on the website is the chance to be a part of origin. Where you are given a test of wits and asked to finish the sentence,"Xbox 360 is the best thing to happen since..."
“Two prizes will be awarded across entrants from all of the participating
countries. The two prizes consist of a one person trip to an event
celebrating the launch of Xbox 360 in the United States for three nights
in November 2005 (valued at approximately £3,000/€4,500). Exact dates to be confirmed by 1 November 2005.”

Friday, September 23, 2005

Sony Feeds Off of Bubble Wrap Obsession

How do you draw the attention of hundreds of consumers? Simple cover your logos in bubble wrap. Now we all know how much fun bubble wrap can be. Waking up early the day your packages arrive, ripping open the box, and squeezing every last bubble till your hearts content. And now sony is feeding off of that lust. They've created this, Bubble Wrap Advertising.

But sorry to all you bubble wrap fans that thought you could get some of this action this advertisements only located in Malaysia. Fear not though Ive got you covered.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Good News CounterStrike Fans

A company called VirtuSphere has invented a large hollow sphere that allows users to move about in virtual space. Now you can actually feel like youre in combat as you run up hills and feel the active feed back. Maybe not good news for us out of shape gamers.

Only bad news is the cost of one of these babies cost $50k-$10k to buy. So you probably wont be seeing them at your next lan party for a while. The only people currently using them are law inforcement and militarty training facilities.

China Takes Steps Towards Robot Domination

Not Exactly, but it seems that way when you give a 5-foot, 139 pound Robot a sword. This robots name is Huitong and he's able to see, hear and imitate human movements. Now it seems to me that if I were creating a robot to enter the robot market, if there is such a thing, I would create a robot that would do useful helpful things. Like get groceries, take out the garbage, wash the car, or my dream do my homework. But It's hard to see the need for a robot to attack me with a sword.

Given it would make playing playing pirates alot funner having an oppenent that you could really hit. But what happens when that oppenent starts hitting back, but lacks the human emotion to stop. Hello, did we not learn anything from the matrix 1,2, and 3?

Just something I found amusing.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Don't Forget the Evil We're Fighting

MOSUL, IRAQ - Major Mark Bieger found this little girl after the car bomb that attacked our guys while kids were crowding around. The soldiers here have been angry and sad for two days. They are angry because the terrorists could just as easily have waited a block or two and attacked the patrol away from the kids. Instead, the suicide bomber drove his car and hit the Stryker when about twenty children were jumping up and down and waving at the soldiers.

Taken from Michael Yon's Journalistic Writings - May 14th 2005

Music to Your Ears

So what happends when you combine itunes and a cell phone? You get a Motorola ROKR with rediculous copyright protection and a 100 song cap. What happends when you combine a Windows smartphone and a internal 3GB hard drive? You meet the new Samsung i300. A while back Samsung had been promising great innovations with its new micro-drive and now its come to bat with a winner. This little toy runs Windows Smartphone 2003 and can old over 1000 of your smooth jazz favorites (and other songs if you prefer). Not only that, it comes with a 1.3 megapixel camera, video capture support and USB connectivity to your laptop or computer. So whether you want to listen to your favorite techno mix, watch video clips or just pretend like your talking to your girlfriend on the other line, the Samsung i300 has just what you need.

Friday, September 16, 2005

New Nintendo Revolution Controller

Ive always been a nintendo fan but they've certainly let me down on this one. This looks more like something you would change the channel with rather than move mario and luigi through the sewers. Where is the functionality and freedom in this.

The attatchment they have with this makes it seem like something you would control a back massager with. Notice if you turn the controller horizontal it becomes almost the original nintendo controller! No nintendo, this just will not do.
It talked a little about pin pointing 3d technology and tilting control but who wants to be moving all around the room? I want to just sit lazily in my chair and blow faces away with ease.

Last note: Whats with with clean white ipod look? Don't get me wrong I love the look. But lets try and be a little original.


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