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Homeland Security Wants to Hack Gaming Consoles

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Homeland Security Wants to Hack Gaming Consoles

We probably should have seen this one coming.

The Department of Homeland Security is researching ways to hack into gaming consoles to access private data, ostensibly for use as evidence in tracking credit cards, passwords, and other sensitive information. Armed with this technology, investigators could probably recover data even from a system that had been wiped – so be careful if you intend to sell a used console, particularly if you’re outside the United States.

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[Rumor] New Nintendo Console To Be Called “Feel”

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[Rumor]  New Nintendo Console To Be Called “Feel”

In the midst of all of the Project Cafe rumors floating around, Swedish magazine Loading reports Nintendo has dubbed its new console “Feel”.

Nintendo’s “Feel” console will apparently utilize a new tactile interactivity. Rumors suggest gamers will be able to actually feel changes in the game, most likely on the rumored controller screen.  As always, take this news with a rather large grain of salt, since rumors never tend to turn out according to plan.

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Nintendo Confirms New Console Coming in 2012

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Nintendo Confirms New Console Coming in 2012

A rumor has been spreading that an “upgraded Wii” was going to be announced by Nintendo at E3 this summer, and Nintendo has finally confirmed the rumors.

During the E3 conference being held this June 7th through 9th, Nintendo will officially announce their new console that will be available by 2012.  As of right now we are unsure if it will just be a beefed up Wii (as thought by the previous murmurs of HD capabilities) or a brand new console, but the news does come as a bit of a surprise given that both Sony and Microsoft have not made any hints that they would be doing the same in the near future.

This announcement also comes on the wings of Nintendo’s lack-luster sales and little to no original releases for the console in the upcoming months.  It seems that change is in the air for the Japanese-based company, which rebounded tremendously thanks to their Wii and DS consoles.  I think all gamers can agree that it will be interesting to see where Nintendo goes with their new console, in light of the Xbox Kinect providing controller-free movement games and PS3′s high graphics quality.

Nintendo also promises that the console will be “playable” by the time E3 rolls around.  You can bet that all of us here at PG will keep our eyes out for the console while we dig around E3 this year.

[via Denver Post]

Top 5 Nintendo Fails

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Top 5 Nintendo Fails

Nintendo has been ahead of the game this generation, with both the Wii and the Nintendo DS being huge successes.  Now the 3DS is already looking like it is going to be another massive seller and, though its eventual success is yet to be determined, all signs are looking positive.  With the 3DS around the corner, I thought it would be an apt time to take a look back at some of Nintendo’s ventures that didn’t go quite as planned.  Here are my Top 5 Nintendo Fails.

5) Accessories

In hindsight how could something that made your Gameboy look like an office calculator not be a hit?

Nintendo has a long history of weird failed accessories.  Some of them, at the very least, had the potential to be awesome; The Power Glove would still make most eight year-old boys jump up and down with excitement.  Other accessory ideas make us ask the question of why?  A printer for your Gameboy seems like fun in the same way spelling boobies on your calculator seems like a productive endeavor.   Nintendo hasn’t left its odd accessory-loving in the past either; does anyone remember when the company announced the vitality sensor?  Was anyone remotely excited for that?  Anyone?

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The Mii’s Court

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The Mii’s Court

Ahh, The People’s Court.  Staple of my elementary school sick days and the original reality TV.  Never would I think that  a civil case over the installiation of a modchip would be featured.  For Joseff Ben David, $160 is enough to take his “former” friend to the courtroom.  That price for a modchip  in a new* Wii seems like alot to me, but I never modded mine.

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Do You Dare?

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Do You Dare?

Well, apparently Ubisoft does.  A rather, uh, interesting trailer has come out for Ubisoft’s new game for the Wii called We Dare.  Currently, it will only be released in the UK, but I imagine it would have an Adult Only ESRB rating tacked on to it if released in the US.  Why is that?  Check out the trailer below.

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Okami – Four Reasons You Should Pick It Up After Five Years

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Okami – Four Reasons You Should Pick It Up After Five Years

The PS2 and Wii game ÅŒkami was released in 2006 and again in 2008 to modest earnings and exuberant critical reviews.  The copies sold were so modest that the game won a Guinness World Record for “least commercially successful winner of a game of the year award.”

In March, the sequel titled ÅŒkamiden will be released to U.S. and European gamers on the Nintendo DS.  Being a fan of the original game, I am very excited to continue the saga.  However, those that haven’t picked up the original probably don’t have much of an opinion about its upcoming successor.  Despite this, I would greatly encourage anyone to give this game a shot.  But if you can’t just take my word for it, how would four organized points help in convincing you to pick up this game even after five years of being on the market?

Before I dive right in to the “why” of this game, some of you might want to check out the general plot of the game first.  To keep things focused in this article, I have provided a link to a summary of the plot here (Warning: SPOILERS if you read beyond the first paragraph).  Now, on to the reasons!

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Motion-Sensitive Controllers: Leveling Up to the MMO?

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Motion-Sensitive Controllers: Leveling Up to the MMO?

Nintendo was the first to introduce the concept of motion-sensing controllers to the gaming world and as of late it has taken off. Motion-sensing technology has become such a hit, all major platforms have imitated the Wii with their own perspective on it; Microsoft came out with the Kinect and Sony with the Move. With all these attachments being introduced to revolutionize gaming leaves us asking the question: how far it will go? Will we live to see the day where we can actually play our favorite games like Call of Duty utilizing these motion-controls? Can we go even further and wonder if our favorite MMOs will come to life?  Check out more after the break.

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