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Wii Have a Problem

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350w ago - Tiger Woods, Maria Sharapova, Derek Jeter - they're athletic superstars, the envy of millions. The Nintendo Wii system gives you just a tiny taste of what it's like to be them. But as ABC2 News Investigator Joce Sterman found out, it also shows you there's a big difference between playing the game on the field and in your living room.

The grace, the skill. There's a reason the professionals are getting paid to play. It's simply not as easy as it looks. And as we've found, there's a big difference between reality and wii-ality. Anthony Williams knows that all too well. He's on the disabled list, off the roster after hurting his shoulder while pitching the biggest game of his life.

He says he was, "Throwing the ball 90 mph, trying to get it up to 100 miles per hour." The only problem is the curveballs that landed him in physical therapy weren't covered in cowhide. Instead, they came from a plastic coated remote.

You see, Anthony is only a major leaguer in his mind. He's really an MTA bus driver, out of work for more than a month thanks to countless hours with the Wii. He says, "As time went on it was waking me up at night, the soreness. That's when I went to see my doctor."

And that doctor was orthopaedic surgeon, Dr.David Buchalter. He diagnosed Anthony...
 

New scans and videos of BlazBlue (Blue Blaze)

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350w ago - With all the hype around Street Fighter IV: Giant Dragon Edition you might have missed another up and coming fighting game from the makers of the Guilty Gear / Accent Core folks called BlazBlue - a PS3 network exclusive that made its official debut this year at AOU in Japan.

The game is set in the same Guilty Gear universe ten years after XX and will bring some solace to those whose panties are not dripping for SF IV, including yours truly. The game is also set to hit arcades on the Taito Type X2 board, presuming your city still has one of those.

Check out one of the videos below:





More scans and three additional videos are here!
 

First GTA IV Soundtrack Details

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350w ago - The first details on the Grand Theft Auto 4 soundtrack have surfaced on the Internet, revealing the titles of sixteen songs.

You should take this with a grain of salt though, as they have not been 100% confirmed by Rockstar yet.

Angel y Khris - Ven Bailalo
R Kelly - Bump N Grind
Seryoga - KingRing
The Boggs - Arm In Arm
UNKLE (feat. Josh Homme) - Restless
Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl
Res - They Say Vision
Raheem Devaughn - You
Junior Kickstart - The Go! Team
VHS or Beta - Burn It All Down
Humble Pie - Cocaine
Fat Joe - Shit Is Real
MOP - How About Some Hardcore
MOP - Downtown Swinger
Queen - One Vision
Ne-Yo - Because of You
 

Nothing but Fighting in 2008...

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350w ago - For the past few years, we've only needed a single hand to count the number of new and interesting fighting games being released each year--especially if we didn't count the near annual re-release of certain vintage titles.

This year, however, looks to be drastically different; the planets seem to be aligned and are bringing with them a ton of incredible new games. From Japanese homebrew projects turned arcade superstars to the return of the icon, 2008 is loaded with more fisticuffs than a Las Vegas cage fight.

Street Fighter IV
Developer: Capcom
Platform: Arcade

In the early '90s, the joke went that Capcom lacked the ability to count to three when it came to their Street Fighter franchise. They managed to graduate kindergarten in 1997, and Three: A New Generation of Street Fighters was born. While its update, 3rd Strike (1999), is still the most played fighter on the competitive circuit to this day, that hasn't stopped gamers from desperately wanting a Street Fighter IV.

Capcom is set to deliver this year, with a 3D update to the series that is as rife with controversy as the company's decision to ditch series staples was back in 1997. The focus of Street Fighter IV rests solely on the casual player who longs for the nostalgia of their youth with simplified mechanics...
 

What if: Apple designed a handheld gaming system?

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350w ago - Earlier this week it was revealed that Apple has filed to extend their trademark protection to include "toys, games and playthings, namely, hand-held units for playing electronic games; hand-held units for playing video games [and] stand alone video game machines".

While this does seem like a clear sign that Apple is planning to develop and release some form of video game console, a trademark filing does not positively ensure that such a device will become a reality. Companies do this sort of thing all the time, extending their reach to include products and services that they may never actually produce, but want to stake a claim to, just in case.

Here, however, there is some strong evidence to suggest that Apple might be planning to develop a stand-alone handheld gaming device. In previous What If columns, we examined what some other companies' offerings might look like, if they were actually built. Today, we speculate on the features that would likely be included in an Apple handheld, in light of this intriguing news.

Overall Look and Feel

Given Apple's emphasis on design, any handheld system they released would have to look beautiful as well as play games. The company has followed a broad, mass-market stretegy with their previous devices, and they would probably want...
 
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