I could be reporting on the three people who were tied up while their house was robbed of their Playstation 3. I could, but I like nice stories. Wichita Falls TimesRecordNews is running an article about a local physical therapist using Wii Fit to keep her young patients active and engaged in their therapy. We’ve heard similar reports before, and even seen the Wii pop up in retirement communities to keep seniors active. My own grandmother had her first Wii Bowling lesson this weekend!
The article does a great job of explaining how the young patients don’t even think of things like Wii Fit as Therapy, and look forward to it. While I can’t imagine there’s anyone still out there who doubts the way the Wii is breaking new ground and tearing down walls, this article is one of many great arguing points for anyone trying to persuade employers, boards of directors, or funds committees that the Wii can serve a purpose beyond “video games.”
Junko Yoshida, writer for EETimes.com, put together an article entitled The truth about last year’s Xbox 360 recall. The article is wrong from the title on down. Microsoft never once issued a true “recall.” They offered extended coverage for a single well-known and wide-spread issue.
Yoshida continues his inaccuracies when he says that Microsoft developed their own graphics processor, and that’s where the problems came from. He says that only after the “recall” did they call up a “United States” based company, which he assumes was the former ATi. First: ATi is/was Canadian based. Now part of AMD, the graphics chip division still resides mostly in Canada. Second: the Xbox 360 has used the ATi R500 “Xenos” chip since it has launched.
Microsoft has admitted there is a problem, isn’t that good enough? Let’s not beat this dead horse anymore, people. Especially not with hit-grabbing tactics filled with inaccurate reporting.
For anyone who was an original member of the Playstation Underground, this shouldn’t come as a big surprise. Sony Computer Entertainment of America says they will unveil “Qore” this week. Much like the original Playstation Underground discs, Qore is an interactive experience, offering exclusive game content, behind the scenes videos, and all kinds of exclusive news. The new feature will be $2.99 per “issue” or 24.99 for a 13 “issue” subscription. You can see a brief preview of it on Crackle.
It sounds like it wants to compete with well known Xbox Live feature, Inside Xbox. “Inside Xbox is Free!” people will boast… and while that is true, it is free, even for “Silver” account holders, the majority of Gold members more than pay for their brief videos and interviews. It may be a little while before we see the value of Qore, but it is something interesting to take a look at. If their sales are lacking, we may see a price adjustment, or if it does extremely well we could see Microsoft try to step up the Inside Xbox offerings.
And so nobody thinks I’m forgetting them, yes, this feature also competes with Nintendo Wii’s new “Nintendo Channel.” Except the Nintendo Channel is strictly streaming video, at this point, it offers no trial version downloads, in game content, etc… See? I’m on top of my game!
WBX: WinBreak Exclusive
Okay, so it’s only an exclusive in that, I may be the only one who cares. 😉
The gear heads (determine just how funny that is as you read on) over at Psyonix are working on their own game. Tired of barely getting recognized for their work in other multi-platinum games, the team that brought us “Burn’t Rubber” in Gears of War is now combining cars and sports… some how.
The team hasn’t officially announced much of anything, but based on their previous publication efforts, the game will be on the Playstation 3 only. Hopefully similarities in the platforms will lead to an Xbox 360 version, as well. The website only points to one image, with the initials “bb” – renamed and shown below:
I did a little detective work to find the picture I put at the top of the article, and thus the title. But the name of the screenshot having the initials “bb” could mean that Crash Course may just be a working title, or “BB” was a hint at a working title – who knows – but for now, I’m calling it Crash Course. 🙂
It’s hard to tell what’s going on in that picture, really, other than a huge ball, and some cars… cars with guns. The game really has no description, so let’s hope some early looks at the game by reviewers are able to decipher more of what’s going on. But graphically, it looks exciting, and the giant Samus Aran morphball looking thing is almost a tease to old school Metroid fans. 😉