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Conservationists to Gamers: Turn Off Your PS3 After Use!

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323w ago - Video game consoles left running round-the-clock can send your annual electricity bill soaring. That's probably no surprise for most gamers. But the Natural Resources Defense Council, a New York-based conservation group, has conducted a study of gaming machine energy use to raise awareness among gamers and pressure manufacturers into making more energy-efficient machines.

The NRDC's study found that Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii machines in the U.S. use about as much electricity in a year as every home in San Diego combined. Much of the energy comes from machines that are left on, but not in use, the NRDC said.

Of the three consoles, Sony's PS3 was the biggest energy hog, followed by Microsoft's Xbox 360. Nintendo's Wii is by far the most energy efficient-and even uses less electricity than its predecessor, GameCube.

To quote: With more efficient devices and by utilizing existing power-saving features, consumers could save more than $1 billion a year on utility bills and reduce as much global warming pollution per year as the tailpipe emissions from all the cars in San Jose.

Specifically, automatic power-down features - which shut off devices if they are left idle for a certain amount of time - are big energy-savers. The feature exists in...
 

Grand Theft Auto IV PC In-Game Editor Video Clips Available

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323w ago - Rockstar have released some video clips they made with GTA IV's in-game video editor, available only in the PC version.

Gamers will be able to upload their creations to the Rockstar Games Social Club. The game is set for release in the US on December 2 and in Europe on December 3.

Video clips below!

Niko vs. Niko



Liberty



Gutterballs



The Peeper


 

Controller-Throwing Moments: Are Games Getting Too Difficult?

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323w ago - Have you ever played a game and got to a point that just frustrates the heck out of you and no matter how many times you try you just can't complete a task/perform a jump/find a switch?

That's the point that I'm tempted to toss the controller across the room.

That point hit me while playing Mirror's Edge the other day, the parkour-inspired game where you're a futuristic courier on the run who must bounce, jump, swing and wall-run from the pursuing police. All had been going well until I came to a section where I had to wall-run, jump then turn and grab on to a bar. Do you think I could do it first go? If you answered no, you'd be right.

After about 15 minutes I was still trying to master the move, but generally ended up on my back on the floor below or missing the wall run completely and just dropped to the floor below me.

I think that was when I tossed the controller on to the couch - gently, mind you, as I'm too tight to buy a new one - muttered a couple of choice expletives and turned the game off. I came back to it later that night after I'd cooled down, where I managed to complete the maneuver and move on.

Sometimes leaving something, cooling down, then returning to it can pay dividends, but sometimes I wonder whether game makers sometimes expect...
 

PlayStation Gamers Will be Disappointed by Sony Holiday Adverts

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323w ago - Believe it or not, whether you are a PlayStation gamer or not, you're going to be disappointed that Sony really doesn't have anything up their sleeve in terms of marketing their products... their odd ads are just plain out boring.

What's even worse is that they are releasing one TV Spot with the same theme every few days till the 21st when they are launching a "bigger campaign". I don't know about you guys, but the TV spots so far are not inspiring me yet.

The first one is known as the "Alley" and the second one known as "Office Park", and are part of the reflection campaign. Hopefully this "bigger campaign" will be more persuasive to the average consumer this holiday season.

Show us your killer titles, like Resistance 2, and LittleBigPlanet that you have been so excited for this year!








 

PSP Clone Plays NES Games on TV via PlayStation Controller Clone

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323w ago - A PSP clone known as the 2PG console comes with cartridges that allows you to play retro NES games. Moreover, the system has an A/V out and is supplied with a PlayStation clone controller in order to play the games on TV.

To quote: Sure, this portable gaming system might LOOK just a little bit like the Sony PSP, but don't expect it to play any games made in the last 15 years.

Another in a long line of cheap Chinese knock-off systems, the 2PG TC8281 handheld plays a mish-mash of questionable 8-bit and 16-bit retro games that come only on special multi-game cartridges.

The 2PG console comes with five built-in games, as well as an additional "112 in 1″ game cartridge, for a total of 117 games for under $50. Hundreds of additional games can be played if you know where to look for the proper cartridges. The system also has an AV out and comes with a cheezy-looking Playstation clone controller so you can play games on your TV.

If you're willing to take a gamble on one of these somewhat suspect systems, you can get your hands on one over at DealExtreme for $48.80 USD.
 
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