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Game Lag: Five Steps to Reducing Lag in Online Video Games

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296w ago - Tired of pulling a trigger in Call of Duty: World at War, then watching your gun fire five seconds later? Sick of adrenaline-fueled Halo 3 matches playing out like slide-shows?

Well, the GamePro editors have five secret tips to help you reduce or eliminate lag, and make online gaming more stable and enjoyable.

Without further ado, here are five proven ways to fix a laggy game experience!

1. Shut down all PC downloads and sharing apps.
File-sharing programs such as BitTorrent are infamous for eating up bandwidth, and will guarantee you a choppy online gaming experience on your game system.

Big downloads, such as Apple Store TV shows or movies, will also slow down your online game. If you're playing online, try to limit any PC Internet use beyond simple web browsing or e-mail.

2. Cable internet beats DSL every single time.
There's a reason a DSL connection costs less than cable internet: it's slower and less stable. In fact, some industry groups have recommended stripping DSL of its "broadband" label because it can only handle a fraction of the speed of a cable connection.

DSL is fine for speedy web browsing, but cable reigns supreme for online gaming. Cable internet is also relatively inexpensive if you're already a cable TV...
 

Aksys Games Announce Bit.Trip Beat for Nintendo Wii

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296w ago - Grab onto your pixels, as Aksys Games has announced a retro-esque WiiWare title, called Bit.Trip Beat.

Press Release: AKSYS GAMES ANNOUNCES BIT.TRIP BEAT

Once again, getting the high score is all that matters in life

Torrance, CA (January 13, 2009) - Aksys Games, a publisher of interactive entertainment software, is pleased to unveil BIT.TRIP BEAT exclusively for WiiWare™! Developed by Gaijin Games, BIT.TRIP BEAT marks the first adventure of Commander Video.

Using the Wii Remote™, players will test their twitch skills as they battle through a retro-esque universe, familiar to the old generation and yet reinvented for the new.

BIT.TRIP BEAT STORY

Everything comes from something. We were before we became. From life comes rhythm, and from rhythm comes life. We are beings of information. Everything is a conduit for learning. We communicate in bits and bytes. And we will return to something once we become nothing; after our BIT.TRIP is complete.

"BIT.TRIP BEAT is a crazy mix of 80s aesthetics and modern game design," states Michael Manzanares, Producer of Aksys Games. "It's challenging, yet fair, and completely addicting."

"The Gaijin Games team wanted to make a game that used the tools of today to inspire the fun of...
 

PlayStation 2 Not Dead Yet, Still Playing Games and 50M Strong!

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296w ago - The Associated Press reports that Sony's PS2 console has just sold 50 million units in North America. To date, Sony still has total faith in the system and commented they do not plan to do away with it any time soon.

To quote: The Sony PlayStation 2 debuted in 2000, before the beginning of the Bush administration, when Google Inc. was still a private search startup and the iPod and Windows XP hadn't been born. Yet despite its age in a business obsessed with the new, the video game console remains a big seller today.

In fact, Sony Corp. announced Tuesday that it has sold 50 million PlayStation 2 units in North America.

Microsoft Corp., meanwhile, has already discontinued the original Xbox, which launched a year after Sony's PS2. According to the most recently available figures From The NPD Group, which tracks U.S. sales only, Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft sold 14.5 million of those Xbox consoles.

Nintendo Co.'s GameCube, another PS2 competitor, sold 12 million units in the country. NPD puts U.S.-only sales of the PS2 through November at 43 million.
 

Vir2L Studios Announces Medieval Games for the Nintendo Wii

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296w ago - From battling dragons and storming the castle, to catapulting and archery contests, Medieval Games offers hours of fun for the entire family.

Choose from a variety of colorful characters, such as the knight, princess, bard, or wizard as you compete in a variety of game modes. Tournaments and jousting await in this rich fantasy world!

Press Release: (Rockville, MD) - Vir2L Studios, a ZeniMax Media company, announced today Medieval Games™ for the Wii™ home video game system from Nintendo.

Medieval Games allows you to experience the excitement of days of old with up to three of your friends.

Medieval Games is currently under development at N- Fusion Interactive and will be published by Vir2L Studios. Medieval Games has not yet been rated by the ESRB. For more information, visit www.Vir2L.com.
 

New Bill Would Add Cigarette-like Warning Labels to Video Games

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296w ago - California Congressman Rep. Joe Baca (D), who is reportedly well known for targeting video games with hefty legislation, is at work again.

Now he is pushing for cigarette warning labels to be placed on any video game rated T for Teen or higher by the ESRB.

To quote: A California Congressman who has a long history of targeting video games with legislation is at it again.

Last week Rep. Joe Baca (D) introduced [Register or Login to view links], a bill which would require that warning labels be placed on any game rated T (13 and older) or higher by the ESRB. Baca's bill is titled "The Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2009."

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) co-sponsored the measure which would apply to both packaged and digitally distributed games. The bill has been referred to the House Energy & Commerce Committee.
 
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