264w ago - Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo may dominate the global market for video games, but they don't rule in every corner of the world.
The extremely high cost of new video game consoles and games in Brazil has led to unusual market conditions in that emerging country - and a potential market for video game hardware makers. Due to high import taxes, new consoles like the PlayStation 3 regularly fetch in excess of $1,000 USD in Brazil.
However, an intrepid Brazilian company called Tectoy hopes to capture a portion of the young, casual gaming market in Brazil with the launch of their Zeebo home console.
This innovative piece of hardware presents the first credible challenge to the popularity of the other big three manufacturers, and lights the way toward other potential opportunities in markets south of the equator.
Under the hood, the Zeebo is no slouch, especially considering that it is aimed at a younger, more casual audience. This is definitely not one of those cheap retro devices that come with pre-loaded games and plug directly into the TV. The Zeebo packs an ARM 11 main processor clocked at 400 MHz and a second ARM 9 Graphics chip clocked at 274 MHz. With this hardware, the Zeebo should be able to compete favorably with the...
266w ago - Has there ever been a better video game series than the Zelda video game series? Maybe the Super Mario, Castlevania, Metroid and Mega Man series, but after those, Zelda has no competition.
The single factor that contributes towards a great gaming series is the amount of great games in the series. The same cannot be said for the Double Dragon series, for example, where it fell drastically in quality after Double Dragon 2.
In the Zelda series though, the games seemed to get better with each subsequent addition. This is rare for a video game series, and the Zelda series has been able to accomplish this with flying colors. Controversy will be heard in the sequencing of this list, but that only goes to show how strong each game in the series was.
5. Link's Awakening
Who thought that Link's Awakening would be as good as it was on the Gameboy? This game packed in as much information and detailed story line as any of the Zeldas for any of the other systems. The map was just as large, you had as many tasks to accomplish, and the bosses matched the mettle of the bosses of Link to the Past.
The only downside of this game was the black and white background, which would soon be overcome once one was immersed in the journey given to them in the dream-like sequence of...
273w ago - HotDog-Cart recently completed this PlayStation 3 boomerang controller. The boomerang was originally shown with the PlayStation 3 prototype, and was severely panned by the press... but now it's a reality as a result of some custom modification work.
He started with a cheap 3rd-party controller that was approximately boomerang shaped. He enlarged the controller body ~20% using bondo. The internals were replaced with gear from an official Sony controller. It was finished with a coat of black paint.
It's definitely a nice build and the new internals mean it probably feels as good as any factory controller.
To quote: What I basically did was take a cheap PS2 boomerang-ish shaped controller, and take its guts out and modify a REAL official Six Axis Controller and put it inside the shell. I also expanded the shell 15%.
I got the controller painted black, so it would be a batman inspired "Batarang Controller".
Please excuse my picture quality. My 5mp camera thinks brand new batteries, are dead. Also, excuse my bondo job. It was my first time.
You can see the white PS button. I didnt put any image there due to copyright reasons.
285w ago - Today, Sony Computer Entertainment exec Kaz Hirai announced "Life with PlayStation" for the PS3.
During the presentation, the "Life" was demoed for the audience for the first time – the service shows the Earth, and users can access current news and weather for locations around the world.
It's possible to even pull up the full article from the headline. Users can also set background music while looking at the Earth, checking the weather and the world news. Click through pics below to see it in action.
More images can be found if you follow the link above!
288w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment of America have annouced a new downloadable subcription service known as Qore. Qore will be avaible at at Price of $2.99 per episode or $24.99 for an annual subscription.
Qore will give PlayStation owners a chance to access game related content from upcoming games, along with special access to game demos, special beta invitations, game add-ons and other downloadable game-related content and it is also noted that everything will be filmed in HD.
The first episode will be available this Thursday and will include new content on games such as Socom Confrontation and Soul Calibur 4, however the main draw for this episode of Qore will no doubt be the invitation to the SOCOM: Confrontation BETA, which will be taking place very soon. This episode of Qore will be presented by Veronica Belmont.