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Video: ESRB Announces New Video Game Rating Summaries

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305w ago - Courtesy of marketwire via YouTube, below is a video and related Press Release as the ESRB announces rating summaries, a new source of information for parents about video game content.

Press Release: ESRB Announces New Video Game Rating Summaries

New Resource Provides Parents With More Detailed Information on Game Content Just in Time for the Holiday Shopping Season

The ESRB announces rating summaries, a new source of information for parents about video game content.

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 12, 2008) - The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), which assigns age and content ratings for computer and video games, today announced the availability of "rating summaries," a new, supplementary source of information about game content that parents can use when considering which games to purchase for their children this holiday season and beyond.





The new rating summaries will be accessible when searching for rating information via the ESRB website at www.esrb.org, its rating search widget (http://www.esrb.org/widget), and a new mobile website at http://m.esrb.org.

"Research shows that the vast majority of parents who purchase games for their kids are aware of and regularly check ESRB ratings,...
 

Video: Insomniac Games Opens its Doors for Fans

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305w ago - PS Blog's Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein shared some recent event video footage courtesy of Resistance 2 developer Insomniac Games today.

To quote: With a couple of fan-based events last week, the Burbank-based developers renewed their relationship with their biggest fans.

Just a few days ago, Insomniac threw open their doors to the whole of Southern California, and close to 200 members of the Insomniac community took the day off work or school and trekked into the valley for a full day of gaming, autograph schwag sessions, and an inside look at how they made Resistance 2.

If you weren't able to make it - here's what you missed:




 

The Five Best-Selling Video Games in the World!

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305w ago - One of the most feel-good stories of the year has got to be the unholy alliance between NPD/GfK/Enterbrain, that lets us see - every three months, at least - what the biggest-selling games are not in the US, Europe or Japan, but in the world.

Last time we checked, the best-seller was GTA IV. This time around, for the quarter running from July-September? It's Madden. Madden, followed by daylight.

1. Madden 09 - 2.994 million
2. Wii Fit - 2.089 million
3. Force Unleashed - 1.738 million
4. Pokemon Platinum - 1.482 million
5. Mario Kart Wii - 1.468 million

What's even more interesting than the raw numbers is the percentage of those final tallies US sales comprise. For Madden, of the 2.994 million, 2.958 were in the US.

Proving, in case Americans were unaware, how few people outside North America give a rat's arse about American Football. Yet for Wii Fit and Mario Kart, US numbers accounted for barely half of total sales: 1.283 million of 2.089 million for Wii Fit, and 856,000 of 1.468 million for Mario Kart Wii.
 

NVidia's $3,500 Video Card is a Beast!

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305w ago - I am a huge PC gamer. I don't necessarily have the most powerful rig to run the latest and greatest games with all the bells and whistles turned on, but it serves me just fine.

However, there are some of you who will stop at nothing to have the ultimate gaming PC. For those people I present to you... the nVidia Quadro FX 5800.

What makes the nVidia Quadro FX 5800 so awesome, you ask? Well, for starters it has 4GB of onboard memory, and has a bandwidth of 102GB/s.

Or to translate: It's the most powerful graphics card on Earth.

So how much do you think this bad boy costs? $400? $500? $800?! ...no. Try $3,500.

Yeah, $3,500. For $3,500 you could buy a whole computer – and a damn good one, at that. But, if you have the money to burn (and I mean that literally) and you want to see if a graphics card that was designed for medical computers can handle Far Cry 2... why not?

Note: I know it's not a gaming card... It's a graphics card designed to handle precise rendering, and is used heavily in the field of medicine. Usually on those 3D CT scans.
 

The Five Best Trends in Ever-Evolving Video Gaming

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305w ago - Gaming, like all mediums in existence, is constantly evolving. The Internet is almost unrecognizable from just 10 years ago.

Television programming has changed greatly, including such technologies as TiVo (DVR) and the unfortunate rise of reality shows on nearly every channel except Nickelodeon.

May God help us all. In the meantime, there are some trends we have noticed appearing in a lot of our favorite videogames, and those trends show a bright future for our favorite hobby. Some may disagree that these are good things, but they are indeed a part of gaming these days for better or worse.

5. Instant Co-Operative Play

Back in the day, co-op modes would typically split the screen in two in order to allow one player to move independently of the other. Split screens, however, were never very popular as they cut out the potential field of vision for both players and were often seen as a necessary nuisance. Since the Sega DreamCast, however, friends have been able to connect online and play the same game side-by-side free of the split-screen annoyance that once plagued the experience.

Fable II is an example of a new kind of "instant co-op" that will probably be seen in many console games to come.

Co-operative play has continued through the generations,...
 
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