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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.

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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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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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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.

Sony PS3 Motion Controller coming Spring 2010

Sony PS3 Motion Controller coming Spring 2010

Sony have come clean with some more details regarding its upcoming Motion Controller, while Joystiq managed to snap a shot of the movement-tracking peripheral at the company's Tokyo Game Show keynote.  According to Sony, the controller - which may well be renamed before launch next year - should meet the "stringent" demands of hardcore gamers, thanks to its combination of two motion sensors, three axes gyroscope and three axes accelerometer.

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