One of the more popular characters in the world of gaming is the classic Sonic the Hedgehog from Sega. Sonic has been around for a long time a now and has been in games on multiple consoles. This is the first time I have seen the blue guy on a gaming accessory though.
With the official announcement from Viacom and developer Harmonix that the two companies would be splitting up, and the latter would be considered an independent studio again, there was some confusion as to what the future of downloadable content (DLC) would look like for both games. We previously reported that Harmonix said that DLC for Rock Band would continue right on schedule, but there was some confusion as to whether that had anything to do with Viacom, or if it could change at any given moment. The developer has confirmed to Joystiq that they do indeed still own the IP rights for both games, and that everything is still up to them.
You don’t hear much about the Philips amBX stuff anymore. A few years back the gear was going to be the next big thing in gaming. The core system was speakers, fans, and lights that made the room colors look like the game and blew in your face when you were doing things like driving or flying to make it more realistic.
We're not sure if there's still a huge market for flight simulators. It's been awhile since we've even seen anything come on the radar about them. Sure, there are plenty of aircraft-based games, where you've got that fighter jet and you're blowing things up, but that's not a simulator. And, for the most part, you might not need these many buttons to shoot down the enemy. (At least, not in the game.) And, while $500 worth of simulating peripherals may seem like the right thing to do, it's troubling when $500 doesn't get you everything you need.
There's something about this Mad Catz Cyborg F.L.Y. 9 Wireless Flight Stick that makes us think the company's designers looked to Megatron for their inspiration; still, that shouldn't dissuade any gamers from taking a firm grasp. Compatible with the Xbox 360's wireless system out of the box - and thus requiring no dongle - the F.L.Y. 9 has independent throttle and rudder controls together with various comfort adjustments.
Do you need a keyboard? Even if you don't need one, maybe you should get one. And we mean this one, from Mad Catz, which was initially shown off at CES this year. Yes, it is that shiny, and yes, it does have an LCD touchscreen right next to the physical keyboard. But, that's not a normal touchscreen. Oh no, Mad Catz has a nice surprise for you. And thanks to the FCC passing it through its gauntlet, we are one step closer to seeing it in retail stores.
Mad Catz has been around for a long time and first got its start making cheap accessory controllers for systems like the PS2. As the company has grown, it has gobbled up other firms like Saitek, who makes gaming peripherals and controllers for PCs and game consoles.