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Penguin United CrossFire Pistol controller for Wii released

Penguin United CrossFire Pistol controller for Wii released

Nintendo's Wiimote controller has been given no shortage of attachments and shells to turn it from a wand into a sword, gun or steering wheel, but if you take your first-person shooters seriously then Penguin United have an alternative.  Their CrossFire Pistol eschews janky shells and instead integrates the Wiimote into a new, gun-shaped form factor.

Emotiv Epoc brain-reading gaming headset ships December 21st for $299

Emotiv Epoc brain-reading gaming headset ships December 21st for $299

Emotiv's brain-reading gaming headset, the Epoc, got plenty of coverage last year with gamers curious about controlling their favorite titles with the power of thought, but technical issues delayed its launch.  Now Emotiv say they're ready to push Epoc out the door on December 21st, and they're saying it'll feasibly work with any PC game.

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DJ Hero controller now sold separately

DJ Hero controller now sold separately

Having hitherto only been available as part of a game bundle, Activision have now made the DJ Hero controller available as a standalone peripheral.  Priced at $69.99 and available for PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii, the controller has a rotating deck platter, an effects dial, crossfader and three dual-color stream buttons.

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Blobo squeezy wireless controller passes FCC [Video]

Blobo squeezy wireless controller passes FCC [Video]

We're not entirely sure that the PC gaming world has been crying out for a squeezable controller that looks like the scooped-out eyeball of some sort of lizard, but that doesn't mean there isn't a company looking to fill that unidentified niche.  The Blobo hooks up via Bluetooth and then responds to squeezing, moving and general fondling; the lucky guys at the FCC have already been playing with it.

Video demo after the tuc

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Qualcomm mirasol gaming ereader concept plus video demo

Qualcomm mirasol gaming ereader concept plus video demo

Remember the Qualcomm mirasol ebook reader prototype we we exclusively showed you yesterday?  One thing we weren't allowed to photograph - something Qualcomm rectified today - was one of the more interesting attachments they envisage potentially figuring highly: a snap-on gaming controller.  The mirasol team won't confirm any OEM names, but using the low-power displays in gaming hardware looks to be another potential avenue.  Plus, after the cut, a video of the mirasol display in action.

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Tony Hawk: RIDE controller getting new Activision game

Tony Hawk: RIDE controller getting new Activision game

The Tony Hawk: RIDE controller may be clever, but it sure is expensive; happily those who couldn't help themselves will soon have more gaming options to use it.  During an interview with Develop, Robomodo CEO David Michicich revealed that "We're doing a game with Activision and we're not allowed to talk about it right now".  Although it's unclear what the game itself might be, the nature of the controller does suggest some sort of snowboarding, skating or similar title.

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SplitFish Dual SFX Frag Pro controller to ship on November 10

SplitFish Dual SFX Frag Pro controller to ship on November 10

Ask a handful of PC gamers why they don’t like to play shooters on console systems like the Xbox and the PS3, and several of them will tell you they want a mouse and keyboard for shooters. Controller maker SplitFish unveiled its slick Dual SFX Frag Pro that adds a mouse to the PS3, but we have not known when the device would ship until now.

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monome turned into DIY low-res Twitter display [Video]

monome turned into DIY low-res Twitter display [Video]

In an ideal world someone would read this and send me a monome of my own to play with, but the button-encrusted control surfaces are in short supply (and not too cheap).  Since controlling music isn't the sole use of a monome, but still the task most people connect them with, some owners are pushing forward their DIY projects showing that a monome can be pretty much anything you have the imagination for: here, Robert Böhnke repurposes his as a low-res Twitter display.

Video demo after the cut

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Geek turns Sega Saturn joystick into Transformer-style bug

Geek turns Sega Saturn joystick into Transformer-style bug

I am a big fan of people with way more time to play than I have who take things and turn them into things you might not expect. A guy named James Ian Killinger has taken a Sega Saturn flight controller and hacked the controller into a transforming bug-like device.

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Mad Catz unveils distressed wireless Telecaster controller for Rock Band

Mad Catz unveils distressed wireless Telecaster controller for Rock Band

I've never understood the appeal of things that are distressed. To me distressed just means it is time to replace something. If my shoes get distressed I buy new ones, the same thing with my game controllers. Mad Catz has unveiled a new guitar controller for Rock Band on the Xbox 360 that is a distressed Fender Telecaster.

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Microsoft Xbox 360 holiday bundles announced

Microsoft Xbox 360 holiday bundles announced

Microsoft have announced two gaming bundles for the upcoming holiday season, one including their Xbox 360 and the other intended for those who already own the console.  The Xbox 360 Elite Holiday Bundle pairs the console with two games, LEGO Batman and Pure, and is priced at $299.

Project Natal unlikely to be backward-compatible with existing 360 games

Project Natal unlikely to be backward-compatible with existing 360 games

Microsoft has confirmed that it's unlikely existing games will be compatible with their upcoming Project Natal motion-controller for the Xbox 360, suggesting that developers would in effect need to push out fully reworked versions of titles rather than merely issue a compatibility patch.  The news came courtesy of Microsoft Games' Kudo Tsunoda, speaking at the Tokyo Game Show, who confirmed that the company had been forced to significantly alter code in the games they used to demonstrate Project Natal.