Archive for Feb 28, 2008

Samsung Launched 3D-Ready Plasma in Korea with million-to-one Contrast Ratio

Samsung Launched 3D-Ready Plasma in Korea with million-to-one Contrast Ratio

Samsung has launched its 3D Ready Plasma TV Cannes 450 in Korean Market. Like TI DLP-3D Dualview technology, the Samsung PAVV Cannes 450 is just another 3D Ready display that requires particular glasses, software or hardware to support 3D content. But for Samsung, the Cannes 450 is industry first Plasma TV with 3D capability and has a whooping 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio rating.

Mario Kart Wii to support 8-person Battle Mode

Mario Kart Wii to support 8-person Battle Mode

I still remember the original Mario Kart coming out for the Super Nintendo. My brother and I spent many days racing around the various tracks, however, what dominated the majority of our time was Battle Mode. Naturally we're looking forward to rekindling the competitions in the latest iteration of the franchise. The biggest difference between the other games in the series is that we'll be able to battle with up to six other people.

Harmonix releases minor patch for Rock Band

Harmonix releases minor patch for Rock Band

If you've been rocking out to various downloaded tracks in Rock Band, you may have noticed a small glitch when sorting the songs by genre. Apparently there are a few songs that don't show up in the listing. I generally don't sort my tracks by genre, so I hadn't actually noticed. However, Harmonix has been hard at work on a patch, and today they have released it. Hit the jump for a list of corrected tracks.

Best Buy begins taking console trade-ins

Best Buy begins taking console trade-ins

If you have an old game console lying around that you're looking to unload somewhere, Best Buy has just joined the list of places that are more than willing to take them. Granted, this new initiative won't allow you to just drop off your old hardware at the store, you'll have to ship it off to them.

Mass Effect for PC confirmed for May 6th release

Mass Effect for PC confirmed for May 6th release

Earlier in the month we brought you news that Mass Effect would be heading to the PC sometime in May. EA has officially confirmed the release date to be May 6th.

The game will largely remain the same, with only a few new features. A full breakdown of these is listed after the jump. Unfortunately the system requirements for the game have not yet been revealed.

Free game from Chrysler teaches teens to drive

Free game from Chrysler teaches teens to drive

When I was younger, I always despised being forced into playing educational video games at school. They always seemed to focus more on the education, and less on the fact that they were supposed to be games. One of the worst was Mario Teaches Typing, which after 15 minutes of typing, would allow you to spend roughly 30 seconds playing something that almost resembled the original Super Mario Bros. only much easier. There's been no shortage of educational titles over the years, but this new one from Chrysler has to be one of the first to broach the subject of driving.

Mindware V5 provides a shocking game experience

Mindware V5 provides a shocking game experience

It seems as though companies are trying to fill the gap between video games and reality a lot this year. While console makers and game developers do their best to make the graphics and gameplay as real as possible, other companies are trying to deliver a different type of realism to the games by providing some sort of physical feedback.

No voice chat for Mario Kart Wii

No voice chat for Mario Kart Wii

You'll find that I'm stubborn about the strangest things, one of which is voice chat. I try to avoid lengthy phone conversations when I can, and only use Vent when running instances (in WoW) with guild members. I've found that voice chat with random people is easily one of the most obnoxious things in the world. Which is why I'm not upset in the least to hear that it won't be included in Mario Kart Wii.

Buffalo External Drive features Quad-Interface

Buffalo External Drive features Quad-Interface

Have you noticed the popularity of FireWire is slowly declining in PC industry? Take 1394B or FW 800 for example, you don’t see them anymore. I have a 5-year old Abit mobo with four FireWires built-in, pair of 800 and 400 each, but you barely get one with FW400 these days. Pity, I like the speed of FireWire better than USB 2.0 when it comes to external drive or card reader. But there’s one better than both, the Esata.

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