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Wii Exposed: The Secret that Nintendo Tries to Ignore

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333w ago - Nintendo's latest entrant into the console war has no doubt been the company's most successful entry since the original Nintendo Entertainment System in the 80s. The Wii has managed to continually sell out in stores since its release in November of 2006. In just a meager year and half, its already managed to outsell its predecessor, the Gamecube.

It shattered the PS2's record of selling 10 million consoles in the US by a near 4 months. It currently holds the most market share out of the next gen systems. Nintendo, without a doubt, must be extremely proud of Miyamoto's latest brain child.

That being said, there is something seriously wrong with the Nintendo Wii. No, its not that it doesn't have the graphical capabilities of the 360/PS3. Nor is it the lackluster online service Nintendo provides either. It isn't the paltry amount of hard drive space, sometimes unresponsive accelerometers of the nunchuck, or even the chuckle-inspiring name of the console. Its the software library.

BY COMPARISON
Since its release in 2005, there have been some 374 games released for the XBox 360. Of the 374, 86 titles have received a 'good' rating(an average ranking of 80% or higher, as per GameRankings). 92 have received 'poor' ratings(an average of lower than 60%).

That means...
 

Exclusive: SoulCalibur IV video available!

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333w ago - G4TV has posted up an exclusive SoulCalibur IV video today, detailing what the game's Director, Katsutoshi Sasaki has to comment on the upcoming title.

Check out the video for Soul Calibur IV below:

Enjoy guys!



 

Blu-ray: The Future Has Been Delayed

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333w ago - Hot on the heels of last week's report from ABI Research noting that many consumers may not see the picture quality difference between Blu-ray and standard DVDs comes the latest Blu-ray sales figures from NPD Group. And they're not pretty.

According to NPD, sales of Blu-ray standalone players plummeted 40 percent from January to February, then rose a scant 2 percent from February to March. The general consensus was that once Toshiba dropped its support for the HD DVD format early this year, sales would increase.

In fact, sales of Blu-ray standalone players remain so low that NPD has not yet released actual numbers, for fear that it would be easy to identify individual retailers. The research group will start to give actual figures later this year, said Ross Rubin, director of industry analysis at NPD.
The end of the format wars clearly did little to boost Blu-ray's prospects. Like others, Mr. Rubin said the much cheaper upconverting standard DVD players are winning consumers' hearts and wallets.

The price of upconverting players is hovering around $70. And this week, Amazon is giving them away for free when consumers purchase certain Samsung TVs. The result: a 5 percent uptick in upconverting DVD player sales in the first quarter of 2008, compared to same quarter a year ago, and...
 

Bionic Start-Up Developing for Wii

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333w ago - Bionic Games is a new development studio based in North Hollywood actively recruiting team members to work on an unannounced action adventure game for the Wii. The game will be an original IP, and a few minor details can be gleaned from the company's job listings.

Bionic is looking for a Lead Animator to oversee, among other things, "high quality pre-rendered cinematics." The game is a third-person adventure.

Apparently, Bionic has picked up a former Obsidian employee named Mike Stout to serve as its Creative Director. Stout was Lead Level Designer at Obsidian, presumably working on the Alien RPG. Before that he was Senior Designer/Multiplayer Lead at Insomniac Games, maker of Resistance: Fall of Man.

Bionic has also nabbed a former Audio Lead at Blizzard named Bill Black, who worked on World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. Black is serving as Bionic's Director of Audio and Video. He is responsible for in-game dialogue, so it sounds like this Wii title could be story-driven with a good amount of voice acting.
 

Microsoft helps police crack PCs via USB device

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333w ago - We're all for the end of evil things like child pornography and terrorism on the Internet. But news that Microsoft's latest piece of hardware allows the police to quickly break through a PC's security to scan through the hard drive has to be described as a little Orwellian.

The USB device can be plugged into a PC and used to break through password and decrypt protected files, allowing the police to do quick on-site scans of suspects' computers for insidious files, conversations and emails.

Not for profit

"These are things that we invest substantial resources in, but not from the perspective of selling to make money," Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith told the Seattle Times.

"We're doing this to help ensure that the internet stays safe."

Of course, Big Brother is here to protect us all - but we can't help but worry that this technology would be a little problematical in the wrong hands.

The device was apparently rolled out to a handful of police forces in June last year, but we have yet to ascertain if they have made it across the pond to the UK yet.
 
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