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  • Safrgun's Revenge

    07/17/2007 6:49:54 PM PDT · by Safrguns · 158+ views
    For all the Battlefield 2 fans out there, Here's a little funny movie I put together that demonstrates the benefits of getting even instead of getting mad.
  • Harvard Study Finds Fears About Online Gambling Unsupported

    06/29/2007 10:43:18 AM PDT · by SubGeniusX · 13 replies · 390+ views
    Poker News ^ | June 28, 2007 | Martin Harris
    In what is thought to be the first comprehensive, empirical study of online-gambling behaviors, Harvard Medical School's Division of Addictions characterizes a majority of online gamblers' behavior as "moderate," concluding that its findings do not support previously-made claims that online gambling has "an inherent propensity" to cause problem or "excessive" gambling. The study, "Assessing the Playing Field: A Prospective Longitudinal Study of Internet Sports Gambling Behavior," was conducted with the support of the Austrian online-betting group Bwin in order to guide the company in its efforts to implement and promote responsible gambling. As its authors explain, the study responds to...
  • Project aims to bring DX10 gaming to XP, Linux, OS X

    06/01/2007 11:08:24 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 282+ views
    arstechnica.com ^ | April 24, 2007 - 07:40PM CT | Jon Stokes
    Last Wednesday, a company called Falling Leaf Systems announced the availability of an alpha of something called the Alky Project. The Alky Project has a lofty goal: to liberate DirectX 10 gaming from the confines of Vista and bring it first to Windows XP, and then to Linux and OS X. The project plans to do this by building a converter that can take in a DX10 game executable and spit out a modified version that can be run on a (non-Vista) target OS. The target OS must be x86-based, which rules out the PPC version of OS X, since...
  • Sony Goes Nuts at European God of War II Release Party

    04/29/2007 6:16:04 PM PDT · by JohnSheppard · 1 replies · 335+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 04/29/2007 | Jason Chen
    Sony really knows how to party. It wasn't enough to have topless ladies at the God of War II European unveiling, they had to go and decapitate a goat and put it on display. Not only that, they invited visitors to stick their hands down the neck, grab out some intestines (not the goat's own, they were procured elsewhere and shoved inside), and eat them. Fantastic. Best yet, the entire thing was documented in their official PlayStation magazine, whose 80,000 print run has been recalled thanks to the stunt. Nice work Sony. Next time, just call it a day after...
  • U.S. retirees bowled over by Wii console

    03/23/2007 6:17:53 PM PDT · by JohnSheppard · 5 replies · 297+ views
    Cnet ^ | 03/23/2007
    Until two weeks ago, Ruth Ebert never had the slightest interest in the video games favored by her one and only granddaughter. "I'm 82 years old, so I missed that part of our culture. Soap operas, yes. Video games, no," chirped Ebert, who recently started playing a tennis game on Nintendo's new Wii video game console at the Virginia retirement community she calls home. "It was funny, because normally I would not be someone who would do that," said Ebert, who picked up the console's motion-sensing Wiimote and challenged the machine to a match. "I played tennis, if you can...
  • Beijing fears virtual money’s influence

    03/06/2007 9:17:03 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin2 · 9 replies · 378+ views
    Financial Times ^ | March 7 2007 02:16 | By Mure Dickie in Beijing
    China has issued restrictions on the use of "virtual money" from internet games, warning such currencies could threaten real-world financial stability. The ban on using virtual money to buy "material products" is part of a wider tightening of controls that includes a renewed crackdown on the cafes where many of China's estimated 137m internet users go online. Beijing’s move highlights the blurring boundaries between online and offline worlds. Governments and judiciaries elsewhere are also struggling to decide how to regulate online economies that have spawned multi-million dollar businesses trading virtual items and currencies for hard cash. But few view them...
  • PS3 in last, Sony lays claim to a successful January

    02/23/2007 12:14:59 PM PST · by JohnSheppard · 6 replies · 249+ views
    Macworld ^ | 02/23/2007 | Eugene Huang
    Sure, the PlayStation 3 got off to a rocky start and is now only number 3 in next-gen console sales, but Sony Computer Entertainment claims that things couldn’t be better. Well, it could definitely be better, but in any case, Sony is happy with its current status in the market. NPD sales data reported Thursday that the sale of 243,443 units in North America during the month of January contributed to a record $550 million in revenues. Strong sales of the PlayStation 2 and the PlayStation Portable, which earned sales of 299,352 and 210,719 units respectively, was also a major...
  • Sony rep: Wii an impulse buy

    01/31/2007 8:06:23 PM PST · by JohnSheppard · 4 replies · 353+ views
    Gamespot ^ | 01/31/2007 | Brendan Sinclair
    SCEA spokesman tells New York Times that Nintendo's new console doesn't belong in the same category as the PlayStation 3. In the past, Sony Computer Entertainment America spokesman Dave Karraker has been fairly critical of his gaming rivals at Microsoft. In September, Karraker called Microsoft's decision to release an HD DVD add-on for the Xbox 360 that only plays movies "unfortunate," adding that the company's 1080p update for the system wasn't "full HD." Two months later, he slammed Microsoft's decision to offer high-definition movies and TV shows for download over Xbox Live as "a disservice to their consumer base" because...
  • Harrah's board said to accept buyout offer

    12/18/2006 3:24:23 PM PST · by mcg2000 · 4 replies · 556+ views
    The Sun Herald ^ | December 18, 2006 | AP
    LAS VEGAS - Harrah's Entertainment Inc., the world's largest casino company, has agreed to a $90 per share buyout offer from two private equity groups, said a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The agreement with Apollo Management Group and Texas Pacific Group came late last week but lawyers for both sides have been working out the details, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks. An official announcement on the deal could come as early as Tuesday, the person said Monday. A Harrah's spokesman declined to comment. The company owns the...
  • Lines, anger, police ... A Wii story

    12/18/2006 12:26:42 PM PST · by BulletBobCo · 116 replies · 2,713+ views
    CNN Money ^ | December 16 2006 | Krysten Peek
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- We all know the new Nintendo Wii is the number one present to give this holiday season. You've heard the stories of those who camp out in front of stores the night before shipments come in, or those who pay double the cost on eBay. It's obvious that people will do almost anything to get their hands on this hot new item. I found myself waiting for a Nintendo Wii one late afternoon. A massive shipment had just come in that morning and the line didn't look too unbearable, so I decided to wait and try...
  • Christian Video Game Pulled From Fla. Store's Shelves

    12/14/2006 12:50:20 PM PST · by Cagey · 47 replies · 1,603+ views
    WKMG TV NEWS ^ | 12-14-2006
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A new video game, which depicts Christians on a mission to spread their faith by killing non-Christians who refuse to convert, has caused a religious uproar, according to WJXT-TV. The manufacturer of the game Left Behind described it as a portrayal of the classic struggle between good and evil. However, critics, including a Florida clergyman, have demanded the game be banned, and one leading retailer has already pulled it from its shelves, WJXT-TV reported. The game is based on a book, also titled Left Behind -- a popular series set in a time just after the rapture...
  • German gamers face jail for acts of virtual violence

    12/13/2006 9:55:58 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 43 replies · 929+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 12 Dec 2006 | Bobbie Johnson
    Players and creators of video games could face imprisonment for acts of virtual violence under draft legislation being drawn up by two of Germany's state governments. Politicians in Bavaria and Lower Saxony have proposed a new offence that will punish "cruel violence on humans or human-looking characters" inside games. Early drafts suggest that infringers should face fines or up to 12 months' jail for promoting or enacting in-game violence. The scheme comes in response to a shooting last month in the town of Emsdetten on the Dutch border, where Sebastian Bosse, an 18-year-old games fan, stormed into his former school...
  • XBox 360 Laptop Project

    12/06/2006 6:46:02 AM PST · by TChris · 14 replies · 343+ views
    Benheck.com ^ | June 2006 | Benheck
    A friend of mine asked back in May "Can you build an Xbox 360 laptop?" And I responded "Sure, can you pay for it?" He agreed, and thus I set forth on what was surely to be my most complex and insanely ridiculous videogame project yet. (I say videogame project as I highly doubt I'll ever manage anything as complex as Port Washington again, though at times this project sucked my will to live about as much)
  • Loss feared of control of Indian gaming

    12/03/2006 2:51:01 PM PST · by WestTexasWend · 3 replies · 491+ views
    -U.S. auditors claim relations with state tribes still good- Federal auditors fear they are losing the authority to regulate newer, fast-paced gaming machines that are taking over some Oklahoma tribal casinos. Tribal casinos in other states have started shutting out government inspectors after an October federal court ruling that limited the National Indian Gaming Commission's authority over certain games. However, the commission's chairman, Philip Hogen, said the ruling hasn't soured his agency's relationship with Oklahoma tribes. "There have been a lot of tribes that said ‘don't bother coming here,'" Hogen said, but such a move would be unlikely for an...
  • Online Poker Not Just a Pastime

    11/20/2006 2:54:10 PM PST · by kerrywearsbotox · 4 replies · 348+ views
    Online Poker Hangout ^ | November 20, 2006 | Online Poker Hangout
    The game of Internet poker is not just a pastime -- increasingly, according to the latest poll, it is a profession. The online card game is viewed as "a viable means to make a living," according to a study released this week by the Responsible Gambling Council, based in Toronto, Canada. Gene Koprowski, UPI
  • John Edwards buys Playstation 3 from Wal-Mart … after bashing it

    11/16/2006 4:12:50 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 99 replies · 2,130+ views
    John Edwards buys Playstation 3 from Wal-Mart … after bashing it posted at 6:41 pm on November 16, 2006 by Ian Send to a Friend | regular view Former Senator and failed candidate for Vice-President John Edwards obtained the new video game system Playstation 3 from his local Wal-Mart today: Just like the millions of Americans who turn to their neighborhood Wal-Mart for their holiday shopping needs, Wal-Mart announced today that former Sen. John Edwards is seeking to be one of the first to get a Sony PlayStation 3, one of the most coveted holiday gift items this Christmas season....
  • Queues around the block as Playstation 3 hits stores in Japan

    11/11/2006 4:24:25 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 24 replies · 747+ views
    daily mail ^ | 11th November 2006 | N/A
    Sony's PlayStation 3 made its highly anticipated debut in Japan to long lines on Saturday, with local stores selling out their supplies of the video game console in a pattern that's expected to be repeated around the world. Throngs of people lined up for hours around Bic Camera, an electronics retailer in downtown Tokyo, to get their hands on one of the consoles. The enthusiasm was so great, clerks with megaphones asked the crowd to stop pushing, warning that all sales would end if there were any injuries. "Standing in line today is the only way to make sure I...
  • New South Park Episode tonight on Comedy Central!

    11/01/2006 7:46:53 AM PST · by EveningStar · 197 replies · 4,078+ views
    South Park Studios ^ | November 1, 2006
    Cartman's latest obsession is literally killing him in an all-new episode of "South Park" tonight, Wednesday, November 1 at 10:00 P.M. on Comedy Central. Cartman's plan to propel himself into the future goes horribly wrong. South Park Elementary faces strong opposition to the topic of evolution being taught to the 4th graders. The most vocal protests are from Ms. Garrison who has to teach it. Eric Cartman can't be bothered with what's going on in class. He's busy manipulating his own personal time-line to align with the precise release date of the newest, hottest game. You may view or download...
  • Gambling companies ready to suspend US business

    10/02/2006 12:16:23 PM PDT · by seacapn · 50 replies · 1,463+ views
    Silicon.com ^ | 2 October 2006 | Steve Ranger
    Internet gambling companies are preparing to cash in their dollar chips as the impact of a new US law sinks in, with many preparing to suspend access to real money gambling by US customers. Last week Congress passed the Safe Port Act, which also included the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, aimed at cracking down on online gambling companies by making it illegal for banks and credit card companies to make payments to online gambling sites. After the act was passed, senate majority leader Bill Frist said: "Although we can't monitor every online gambler or regulate offshore gambling,...
  • Harrah's Gets $15 Billion Buyout Bid

    10/02/2006 11:10:32 AM PDT · by mcg2000 · 2 replies · 401+ views
    AP ^ | October 2, 2006 | Staff
    LAS VEGAS - Harrah's Entertainment Inc., the world's largest casino operator, said Monday it has received a $15.05 billion offer for the company from private-equity firms Apollo Management and Texas Pacific Group. The private-equity firms are offering $81 per share in cash, a 22 percent premium to Harrah's closing stock price on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. After the news, Harrah's shares surged $9.52, or 14.3 percent, to $75.95 in midday trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Harrah's said it has established a special committee of independent directors to review the offer and has retained UBS Securities...
  • Oblivion Opens to PS3, PSP

    09/28/2006 3:25:12 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 1 replies · 252+ views
    IGN.COM ^ | September 28, 2006 | David Adams
    It's official: The Elder Scrolls IV is coming to Sony's newest consoles. Though given long-circulating rumors, it may not be shocking to our regular readers, Bethesda Softworks today announced that The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, the acclaimed RPG which has already wowed Xbox 360 and PC gamers, will arrive for the launch of PlayStation 3. Further, the company is adapting the game for portable play in the form of The Elder Scrolls Travels: Oblivion for the PSP. The Elder Scrolls IV arrived for PC and Xbox 360 in March, and quickly nabbed numerous high scores and Game of the Year...
  • Dissecting Rockstar's formula: Joystiq previews Vice City Stories (PSP) & Bully (PS2)

    09/28/2006 3:34:05 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies · 309+ views
    joystiq ^ | Sep 28th 2006 | James Ransom-Wiley
    The headquarters of Rockstar Games, a thin 6-story building squeezed between Best Buy and Adidas, stands just north of where Broadway cuts through Houston Street flowing downward into a mecca of trend -- or shopping for trends -- known as SoHo. A few blocks away Sony has erected one of the world's largest PSP displays (seen here), which towers over the intersection of Lafayette and Houston. But it's not just neighboring downtown-Manhattan real estate that connects Rockstar and Sony. "Rockstar + Sony" boils down to "Grand Theft Auto + PlayStation 2," or its derivative, "Grand Theft Auto + PSP." Few...
  • Taking a ride on the moon

    09/01/2006 9:03:17 PM PDT · by rom · 2 replies · 209+ views
    CNET ^ | 9/1/2006 | Stefanie Olsen
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Commercial space entrepreneurs are developing rockets to take tourists to the moon someday. But a software maker has gotten a head start on the adventure by simulating a lunar ride for the PC user. Virtue Arts, based in Los Angeles, has developed software that renders the exact physics and topology of the moon in a 3D game, letting players drive the lunar surface, gaze at the galaxy or study objects that were left by NASA astronauts on real missions. Virtue Arts The company showed off its application for the first time Thursday here at NASA Ames Research Center....
  • More Online Gaming Less TV

    08/16/2006 4:02:17 PM PDT · by 2Jim_Brown · 2 replies · 177+ views
    Online Casino Crawler ^ | August 16, 2006 | Online Casino Crawler
    A new study released this week shows that a “substantial” number of American adults would rather play casual online games -- online fare like Bingo --than watch television during their free time. Casual Gaming Replacing TV Viewing, Survey Says The study – commissioned by the firm Real Networks and conducted by Harris Interactive -- determined that 31 percent of those over18 preferred online gaming to TV.
  • Online poker - a rigged game?

    08/11/2006 2:31:56 AM PDT · by Cage Rattler · 11 replies · 404+ views
    It appears that it is rigged (at least at this one website). One player backed by evidence of hand history has shown that he was dealt the same hand on the same table against another player in under 5 minutes losing a full house to a higher full house twice. The odds of this happening are 1 in 333 trillion. It appears they are juicing hands to encourage more betting and employing robot players to steal from real players. They made the mistake of giving the same hand to the same player so quickly indicating that he was one of...
  • Slot Machine Maker Beats Analysts’ Earnings Forecast

    07/27/2006 3:12:29 PM PDT · by 2Jim_Brown · 2 replies · 302+ views
    Online Casino Crawler ^ | July 27, 2006 | Online Casino Crawler
    Reno-based International Game Technology (IGT) this week beat Wall Street analysts’ expectations, increasing sales by six percent and gross profit by eight percent year-over-year, analysts told OnlineCasinoCrawler.com. Online gaming technologies – specifically sales from the online software division, WagerWorks (www.wagerworks.com), an online gaming casino software supplier, offering regulatory compliant online gaming solutions, helped IGT beat the odds.
  • Powered shoes – perfect for a virtual stroll

    07/23/2006 5:17:22 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 2 replies · 316+ views
    New Scientist Tech ^ | 18 July 2006 | Will Knight
    A pair of motorised roller skates that cancel out a person's steps could let users naturally explore virtual reality landscapes in confined spaces. The "Powered Shoes" were developed by Hiroo Iwata, Hiroshi Tomioka and Hiroaki Yano at the University of Tsukuba in central Japan. The shoes will be demonstrated at the SIGGRAPH 2006 conference on computer graphics and interactive technologies, which takes place in Boston, US, between 30 July and 3 August. Each shoe is mounted on top of a set of three motorised rollers and is connected by cable to a computer on the user's back. This computer controls...
  • Online Gaming Company Worries

    07/19/2006 5:52:49 PM PDT · by 2Jim_Brown · 2 replies · 244+ views
    Onlinecasinocrawler.com ^ | July 19, 2006 | Onlinecasinocrawler.com
    Shares of a number of online gaming companies -- including PartyGaming PLC -- are slumping due to the legal woes at Betonsports PLC. But Wall Street analysts say that the only significant legal issue facing popular online gaming sites, around the world, is whether to continue to offer online sports betting in the future to American customers.
  • Revealed: the man who killed 10,000 dogs

    07/16/2006 4:42:30 AM PDT · by beyond the sea · 265 replies · 3,845+ views
    timesonline.com ^ | 7/16/06 | Daniel Foggo
    THE secret slaughter of at least 10,000 racing greyhounds by one man has been exposed by an undercover investigation. For the past 15 years David Smith, a builders’ merchant, has been killing healthy greyhounds no longer considered by their trainers to be fast enough to race. He buries them in a one-acre plot at the back of his home in Seaham, Co Durham. Last week The Sunday Times covertly filmed Smith on two consecutive days receiving greyhounds from trainers before killing them with a bolt gun, dumping them in the plot and covering over the “graves” using a mechanical digger....
  • New Jersey casinos await word to reopen

    07/07/2006 6:35:14 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 10 replies · 322+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 7, 2006 | Tom Hester, Jr.
    Nearly a week after New Jersey government stopped fully functioning, lawmakers on Friday were edging toward voting on a budget plan that would allow Atlantic City casinos to reopen. ADVERTISEMENT Legislative committees were set to consider the legislation Friday, clearing the way for voting on a new state budget later in the night. Gov. Jon S. Corzine would have to sign an executive order to formally end the shutdown, which forced gambling operations to close Wednesday for the first time in the 28-year history of legal gambling in New Jersey. In Atlantic City, gamblers roamed the purple-carpeted hallways and employees...
  • This column may be illegal

    06/15/2006 1:03:09 PM PDT · by JTN · 60 replies · 1,997+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | June 15, 2006 | Danny Westneat
    The first casualty in the state's war on Internet gambling is a local Web site where nobody was actually doing any gambling. What a Bellingham man did on his site was write about online gambling. He reviewed Internet casinos. He had links to them, and ran ads by them. He fancied himself a guide to an uncharted frontier, even compiling a list of "rogue casinos" that had bilked gamblers. All that, says the state — the ads, the linking, even the discussing — violates a new state law barring online wagering or using the Internet to transmit "gambling information." "It's...
  • Sliwa: Judge a real (vid) gamer [Fed Judge playing Solitaire during trail]

    06/09/2006 3:09:54 PM PDT · by JR0tten · 3 replies · 490+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | June 4, 2006 | Thomas Zambito
    Radio host Curtis Sliwa thinks it's time for a federal judge to fold her cards. The Guardian Angels founder told the Daily News he saw Manhattan Federal Court Judge Shira Scheindlin playing a computer card game while he testified at the trial of John A. (Junior) Gotti. Sliwa said Scheindlin should recuse herself from the case, in which the 42-year-old mob scion is accused of orchestrating the 1992 shooting that nearly killed Sliwa. He drew a parallel to Mayor Bloomberg's firing of a city worker caught playing computer solitaire at his desk. "Should a federal judge be playing video solitaire...
  • U.S. video game angers Chavez allies

    05/26/2006 4:42:19 PM PDT · by Panerai · 9 replies · 226+ views
    Cnet ^ | 05/26/2006
    Venezuelan lawmakers are complaining that a video game to be marketed by a U.S. company next year provides a blueprint for violently overthrowing President Hugo Chavez. The game, "Mercenaries 2: World in Flames," simulates a military invasion of the oil-rich South American nation and will be released by Pandemic Studios of Los Angeles. "A power-hungry tyrant messes with Venezuela's oil supply, sparking an invasion that turns the country into a war zone," Pandemic says of the game on its Web site. Venezuelan lawmakers who back Chavez called it the latest example of a U.S. government-inspired propaganda campaign against Chavez that...
  • Call Of Duty 2, D-Day 1944

    05/15/2006 12:41:48 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 1 replies · 132+ views
    Activision Games ^ | 5/15/2006 | Activision
    Very neat game I picked up at Wal-Mart. The movies are from my PC from the D-Day part of the game.The game is smooth. The movie shots are chopping because of my capturing software. Clicky Here For COD D-DAY INTRODUCTION Clicky Here for CALL OF DUTY MOVIE SHOT GAME PLAY OF D-DAY 1944
  • Despite controversy, 'booth babes' still prowl E3

    05/11/2006 8:45:27 PM PDT · by Panerai · 3 replies · 406+ views
    Cnet ^ | 05/11/2006 | Daniel Terdiman
    If you came to E3 this year worried that the so-called "booth babes" wouldn't be here strutting their stuff, you already know you had nothing to fear. That's because, while the scantily clad women may be a tad less scantily clad at E3 2006 than in years past, they're still very much in evidence, and they're still showing a lot of skin. Booth babes In January, the Entertainment Software Association, which runs E3, caused a stir in the video game world by announcing that it would no longer tolerate the barely covered women--hired by game publishers to attract men to...
  • Meet the new Frag Dolls

    05/09/2006 2:15:46 PM PDT · by Panerai · 6 replies · 280+ views
    Cnet ^ | 05/09/2006 | Daniel Terdiman
    It was early afternoon on Sunday, April 2, and eight women were competing fiercely for what could only be described as a female gamer's dream: a spot on Ubisoft's all-women professional video game team, the Frag Dolls. It was the final stage of the competition. For a day and a half, the women pitted their skills as hard-core gamers against one another in a no-holds-barred tournament and interview process. The intensely focused yet collegial competitors looked like they could have been stars in the cast of the teen television hit "The OC." For skeptics, it raised the question: Are they...
  • Take-Two game rating toughened on topless feature

    05/04/2006 7:21:49 PM PDT · by Panerai · 15 replies · 965+ views
    Cnet ^ | 05/04/2006
    A popular fantasy role-playing video game co-published by Take-Two Interactive Software had its rating toughened due to excessive gore and the discovery that female characters could appear topless, the industry's content-ratings body said on Wednesday. The Entertainment Software Rating Board changed its rating on "The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion" to "mature" from "teen." A "mature" rating advises the content is unsuitable for those under 17. It was the second time that the ESRB had rerated a major game developed or published by Take-Two as a result of content accessed through a downloadable software modification--or "mod"--usually created by a third party....
  • Does anyone here like arguing?

    04/21/2006 3:29:51 PM PDT · by Adam Knox · 76 replies · 847+ views
    US Government Simulation ^ | April 22 2006 | Adam Knox
    I apologize if this is the wrong place for this-- I'm in an online government simulation game, where you can play a Republican or a Democrat in Congress. We have upwards of 100 active members, however, most of these are - you guessed it - liberals! The in-game Republican Party is getting kicked around in elections and in order to compete, we need 'a few good men' (or women) who are, ideally, intelligent, dedicated, sportsmanlike and enjoy gaming. You would have the chance to argue with Democrats, alongside your Republican friends, about a variety of fascinating topics - write legislation,...
  • Nintendogs and Bark Mode

    04/11/2006 7:14:47 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 31 replies · 552+ views
    April 11, 2006
    Who has bought Nintendogs and how much do you know about the bark mode? I just gave my child Nintendo DS today for a birthday present. This is a handheld game unit with a special game cartridge called Nintendogs. This evening, I've learned it has a special feature called bark mode. When this is enabled. Anyone in our neighborhood, if they are also playing with a Nintendog game, can send their dog into my child's handheld for the dogs to play together. When this play date occurs, the child's name and birthdate are acquired. Now I'm reading more about it...
  • Networking: Gamers get satisfaction

    04/10/2006 11:16:33 AM PDT · by 2Jim_Brown · 15 replies · 448+ views
    UPI ^ | April 10, 2006 | UPI
    CHICAGO, April 10 (UPI) -- Special agent Ethan Hunt -- a.k.a. Tom Cruise -- suddenly appears on your mobile phone's color screen. You're being recruited to be a non-official cover intelligence asset. As Hollywood prepares to premiere the third installment in the "Mission: Impossible" film franchise, Paramount Pictures, and producers Cruise and Paula Wagner, are working with a mobile-gaming company to bring the action right to your "third screen." Is it any wonder, experts are telling United Press International's Networking column, that, with interactive games like this, consumers are today very satisfied with the level of performance of their mobile...
  • Gaming, Gadgets Spur Sales

    03/24/2006 7:01:15 PM PST · by CAWats · 257+ views
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | 03.24.06 | JAMES DETAR
    For the chip industry these days, the consumer is king. Though chipmakers still rely heavily on the traditional computer field, consumer gadgets — MP3 players, video game machines and the like — have become their fastest-growing source of sales. Apple Computer's (AAPL) iPod music player alone sold over 14 million units in the fourth quarter, up 207% from the year-ago period. And there's huge pent-up demand for gaming machines. Microsoft (MSFT) has struggled to keep its Xbox game console in stock. And gamers are eagerly awaiting Sony's (SNE) PlayStation 3 machine, which recently had its release date set for November...
  • A brilliant maverick spun out of control (CA Ninja)

    03/19/2006 4:44:26 AM PST · by csvset · 5 replies · 768+ views
    SF Gate ^ | Sunday, March 19, 2006 | Jim Doyle
    David Edward Ferguson starred in high school basketball, dated a series of beautiful women and became a pioneer in California's burgeoning industry of Indian gaming. By age 40, he was raking in nearly $200,000 a year. His longtime friends described him as a charming, brilliant and handsome maverick who had a free-spending, adventurous lifestyle and a penchant for abstract art, luxury sports cars and travel.
  • GOP Misses Mark on Internet Gambling Ban

    03/17/2006 11:12:03 AM PST · by JTN · 17 replies · 922+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | March 15, 2006 | Radley Balko
    Three bills aiming to “prohibit” Internet gambling are now winding their way through Congress. Internet gambling is already prohibited, at least in most forms. The companies that operate casino, sports betting, and poker websites are all based offshore, and most of their executives risk arrest if they ever step foot on American soil. But web-based gambling is still a $12 billion industry. And so just as has happened every other time our government has attempted to ban vice (see illicit drugs, prostitution, and alcohol), efforts to ban online gambling have not only failed, they’ve created more problems than they’ve solved.
  • Microsoft seeks broad appeal with 'Viva Pinata'

    03/15/2006 7:04:12 PM PST · by Panerai · 2 replies · 249+ views
    Cnet ^ | 03/15/2006
    In its quest to expand the audience for its new Xbox 360 video game console beyond young, male "hard-core" gamers, Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled its new "Viva Pinata" product collection, which will hit the ground this year with a cartoon TV show, a video game and toys. "This is the first property that we've ever created that has this comprehensive of an approach from the start," said Shane Kim, general manager of Microsoft Game Studios. The characters in "Viva Pinata" are animals inspired by Latin American papier-mache figures, called pinatas, which are stuffed with candy and baubles and then broken...
  • PS3 Delayed Until November (American release date still unknown)

    03/14/2006 6:46:52 PM PST · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 24 replies · 766+ views
    DailyTech ^ | 3/14/2006 | Brandon Hill
    Sony's next gen console gets delayed six months The Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun has reported that Sony will delay the launch of PlayStation 3 until November of 2006. The North American launch date is still up in the air. According to the report, issues surrounding copy protection for Blu-ray discs is the reason for the delay. If the reports are true (given the source, they probably are), Sony could miss the key holiday rush in the United States. Official word from Sony is expected tomorrow. Rumors have been circulating about Asustek Computer securing orders for the Sony PlayStation 3...
  • Is Online Poker Legal? Online Poker and United States Law

    03/10/2006 7:29:06 AM PST · by frogjerk · 14 replies · 380+ views
    The direct answer to the title question is: I don't know. I'm not an attorney, a Justice Department official, nor a Supreme Court Justice. Nothing here should be seen as legal advice. What is here is a collection of the best information on this subject that I have been able to find. Use it as you will. Several recent events have brought attention to the legal standing of online wagering in general. The first thing to understand is the skill game of poker is not the same as sports betting nor even "random chance" casino games like craps and roulette....
  • 24: The Game

    03/01/2006 5:18:56 PM PST · by Panerai · 7 replies · 293+ views
    ING ^ | 03/01/2006 | Croaker86
    24: The Game delivers for fans. For others, maybe not so much. March 1, 2006 - I was very hesitant to pick this one up, due to previous experiences with video games based on TV properties. Given my horrendous experience with the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex game (which, at only twenty dollars, still made me feel like I flushed my money down the toilet), my expectations of 24: The Game were abysmally low. Still, I'm a 24 fanatic. I own most of the seasons of the show, and I've been watching it religiously since the pilot first...
  • Prostitutes call for ban on GTA

    02/16/2006 2:21:37 AM PST · by Panerai · 46 replies · 1,032+ views
    Gamespot ^ | 02/14/2006 | Tim Surette
    Sex workers cry foul, say game "accrues points to players for the depiction of rape and murder of prostitutes." The Grand Theft Auto franchise is getting attacked from all angles. Joining the ranks of politicians, policemen, and attorneys in their crusade to see the game lifted from shelves are the nation's sex workers. On its Web site, the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA is asking parents to assist them in calling for a ban of Take-Two Interactive's controversial game. Citing a 2001 document from the National Institute on Media and the Family's David Walsh, SWOP is calling "on all parents...
  • Have the Tables Turned for Online Gambling?

    02/07/2006 9:11:27 AM PST · by JTN · 51 replies · 975+ views
    New York Law Journal ^ | 02-07-2006 | Anna Palmer
    Although online gambling is illegal in the United States, you'd never know it by looking at the numbers. Last year alone 7.8 million Americans logged on to Internet gambling sites. And with the online gambling industry banking almost $12 billion in revenue in 2005, some U.S. casinos think the time has come to legalize Internet gambling and cash in -- a position that was considered all but unthinkable until recently. "The question is, 'Do you play in the game or sit back and watch this thing become what ultimately will be a very, very large industry?'" says Sebastian Sinclair of...
  • Tribes gave to Senator Harry Reid after hiring Abramoff

    02/03/2006 7:35:32 AM PST · by new yorker 77 · 63 replies · 5,276+ views
    The Las Vegas Review Journal ^ | February 3, 2006 | Tony Batt
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada began receiving campaign contributions from at least four American Indian tribes only after they hired Jack Abramoff, Republicans charged this week in an effort to tie the Senate Democratic leader to the disgraced lobbyist. On Thursday, Reid shrugged off questions about money he received from tribal clients of Abramoff, who pleaded guilty last month to three felonies after being accused of exchanging meals, travel and gifts for political favors. "I've said that I received money from Indians in the past and will continue to do so," Reid said. Asked what he would say...