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Video Games: NASA "Crashes" the Game Developers Conference, San Franciso, CA


Game Developers Conference (GDC), San Francisco, CA

Looks like the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) accomplished its mission at the GDC to have its voice heard, even if it was during the closing hours of the GDC.  Yes... NASA "crashed" the GDC conference party -- but in a nice way.   A talk was scheduled at the last minute for NASA manager, Jeff Norris to speak about NASA's stance in the video game industry.  It may have been a surprise to many of the attendees to hear about real world space explorations and other NASA goals after having been previously involved in all things video games from virtual vice real-life viewpoints.


Classic Space Invaders Video Game

Norris opened his talk by stating, " You are all the space invaders," referring to the classic video game. 

In addition to discussing how NASA already has a place in the video game world by way of its Mars Rover Landing game and other interactive video game initiatives, Norris also spoke of how the agency is working to have an even greater presence.  In addition to the virtual world, Norris and his colleague, Victor Luo, a NASA interface human  engineer, stated that NASA is collaborating with Microsoft and others to  come up with new ways to control robots.


NASA at GDC in San Francisco, CA

During the surprise talk, Norris and Luo laid out ambitious plans for a bold and science-fiction drenched future for NASA.  


Star Trek Enterprise

Of course, NASA  could not leave the conference without alluding to going where no man  has gone before.

In Norris' words: "We all desperately want ‘Star Trek. I do believe that humanity's destiny is to climb aboard starships and explore the universe. I think at last we finally have in our grasp the technology necessary to build a very important room on this vessel."

The Game Developers Conference was held March 25 - 29, 2013 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, CA.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 April 2013 14:38

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Video Games: Xbox 720 Latest Leaks


Xbox 720

Your guess is as good as mine as to which rumors about the Xbox 720 to believe, and which ones you should dismiss as obvious speculations.  As we get closer to the big reveal by Microsoft of anything and everything about the Xbox 720, it seems as if more leaks about the new video game system appear to flourish.  The latest rumors, in addition to any of the others you may already be aware of, has to do with the accessibility and storage of the video games that you will play on the Xbox 720, as well as the online status of the system itself.


Xbox 720 Leaks

It is rumored that the system will always be on and connected to the internet.  When not in use, the Xbox 720 will run in a low power state.  Since the system will always be on, as a benefit to both Microsoft and yourself, software system updates will be easily accomplished.

It was previously rumored the system will require the Kinect.  This particular rumor has been confirmed, with the additional information that you will not be able to play games on the Xbox 720 without the Kinect.  In fact, the Xbox 720, when released, will be sold with the Kinect.


Xbox 720

Regarding video games accessibility, all the games you play will be uploaded to the hard drive automatically. When you insert the physical game, the Xbox 720 will immediately save it to the system's hard drive.  You will be able to continue to play the game while the hard drive installation is taking place.

There are also leaks about the Xbox 720 controller which purport that it will be easier for the noncore gamers to use and will be  more ergonomically friendly.

Microsoft is expected to reveal more about the Xbox 720 on and before E3, scheduled for June, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.  The new video game system's current scheduled release time frame is October - November, 2013.

Xbox 720 Rumored Release Date Read more.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 March 2013 15:23

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Video Games: A Video Game Console System that Measures Your Emotions?



Toshiba's Shibasphere

It's April 1, 2013 when the tech companies as well as others unveil spoofs, pranks and other means of trickery to get you to believe what you know is not true. All in jest and fun, of course.  However, what the tech companies may or may not know is that you are ahead of the game because you know on April Fool's Day to always expect the unexpected.

Or are you really ahead of the game?  What if a well renowned company announced that there is a video game console being unveiled that will be able to measure your emotions when you play a video game.  With the technological advances of the 21st century, could there really be such a machine/system that you can not only connect to video-game-play wise -- but one that can connect to you on an individual, emotional, personal level?


Toshiba Shibasphere

Enter Toshiba's Shibasphere.  In addition to other "innovative" features, the Shibasphere has a local agression monitoring mode.  The spoof video game console can measure your level of aggression and automatically tone or calm things down if your emotional intensity level begins to get out of control. This monitoring would undoubtedly adjust depending on the type video game you are playing.



Even though this console is a April Fool's Day hoax/joke -- to some this hoax may be obvious not only because of the seemingly impossibility of a video game system to have the  ability to measure emotions.  Even more telling is the Toshiba Shibasphere would have created skepticism because it would have been introduced to the public without all the secrets, reveals, press conferences, leaks and other publicity techniques of the marketeers, etc. of the new systems used by those before it -- Xbox 720, PlayStation 4, and the Ouija -- just to name a few. Would Toshiba give a first look at a video game console system, including all its specifications at a first introduction?  As a reminder, you are probably still waiting to see the actual Playstation 4, in spite of all the hype, press confererences, etc. for this system. Need I say more?

Happy April Fool's Day.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 April 2013 17:18

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Video Games: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is Out for the WII U and Nintendo 3DS


Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

Are you looking to quinch your thirst for Role Playing Games (RPGs) that involve slaying enemy monsters on your WII U and Nintendo 3DS?  If you are --  look no further.  The popular action RPG game, Monster Hunter, has returned to North America and Europe.  Not only will you slay monsters during video gameplay, but you will  also explore settlements in the Monster Hunter universe, earn equipment upgrades, complete quests on your journeys and experience other video game adventures. You will have two companions, Cha-Cha and Kayamba to help you along the way. 


Graphic for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate 

 The functionalities of the WII U and the Nintendo 3DS  allow you to experience the gameplay using the touch screen features of both systems if you like.  You will be able to access in-game books, weapons, field maps and mini games while you explore the exciting world of this video game with high quality graphics and visuals afforded by the WII U and the Nintendo 3DS.


Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

There is a 4 player multi-player online option which in addition to regular on-line play, gives you the choice to play the game across video game platforms.  Using a local wireless connection, as a WII U player, you  can connect to the game play of  Nintendo 3DS gamers.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate video game was released on March 19, 2013 and is rated T for Teen.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 16:59

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Video Games: Pandora's Tower Releases in the U.S. on April 16, 2013


Pandora's Tower

Pandora's Tower video game is a Nintendo Role Playing Game (RPG) published by XSeed and is the third game from Operation Rainfall. The other previous video games were Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story.  By comparison, Pandora's Tower is shorter than the other two games, but there is more concentration on the main characters.


Graphic for Pandora's Tower

The story is about a young maiden who must rely on the talents of Aeron to save her from turning into a monster. Aeron must brave the thirteen towers which are suspended  in the middle of a valley by chains connected to surrounding cliffs.  He must use his magical Oraclos Chain to retrieve flesh of giant monsters who live in these towers.  Pandora uses the flesh to try to avert her transformation into a monster.  Aeron's interactions with Pandora have a direct effect on the story which has several possible endings.


Pandora's Tower

Pandora's Tower is rated T for teen, releases in the U.S. on April 16, 2013 and will be playable on the WII console video game system.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 20:19

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