Mother of Razer! If there’s one thing this year that’ll get PC gamers all hot and bothered, it won’t be sexy and/or naked video game ladies or supercomputer GPU’s. Even though the GTX TITAN stirs up a longing for some 3-way SLI action, the Razer StarCraft II: Collector’s Edition will have you blushing.
At some point in this hobby, we’ve all plonked down some serious cash for some serious extension to our gaming habits. I’m talking about input devices that were meant for one kind of game only, from joysticks through to steering wheels. And chances are, you’ve probably bought a piece of Logitech hardware when doing so. Generally decent and not badly priced, Logitech peripherals have been a mainstay on store shelves for years. That’s about to change though, as the company is deciding to draw the curtain on producing such gear.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that your matte black or - gasp! White, you peasant! - Xbox 360 controller just. isn’t. shiny. enough. Ok, most of you probably weren’t - but for the handful of you that want more bling in your hands, Microsoft has you covered.
The company’s announced a series of shiny new chromed out controllers for those who like to accessorise.
The Wiiâ€™s motion-controlled gaming (and to a lesser extent since the release of Playstation Move, the PS3) has afforded profiteering purveyors of perplexingly pointless plastic periphery the prospect of peddlling their preposterous products. If you thought Microsoftâ€™s Kinect â€“ which is free from controllers of any sort â€“ would be spared all manner of unnecessary accessory - youâ€™d be wrong. Very, very wrong.
Kinect will be shipping with Kinect Adventures, a collection of mini-games, one of which is a game in which players jump about in a rubber dinghy. Atomic Accessories has deemed that reason enough to release release a â€œKinect-compatibleâ€ inflatable â€œgame boatâ€ for use with the game. A goddamned boat!
The Wii is home to some of the most bizarre, pointless and esoteric peripherals. Plastic shells that cost money and do absolutely nothing from a gameplay perspective. This latest bunch of attachments, courtesy of Mojowijo is a little different. what on earth could these be?
If you guessed sex toys, for once, youâ€™d be right on the money shot.
Of course it was going to happen. Kinect, Microsoftâ€™s motion-controller sans controller is set to receive some officially licenced peripherals. thankfully, weâ€™re not in Wii territory yet; These arenâ€™t plastic tennis rackets or faux bowling balls (because, ostensibly, you could use your own real versions of those things).
No, these overpriced peripherals are intended to help you mount (no, not like that) your shiny new Kinect sensor.
Many of you â€“ like I do â€“ probably have a cupboard full of plastic peripherals. With Guitar Hero : Warriors of Rock on the way, you may have to add more, because the new guitar is a pretty serious axe. It also forgoes realism for campy cartoony fun, which I hope the actual game does too.
with the new design, theyâ€™ve managed to consolidate all of the electronic innards into the neck and fretboard. What does this mean? It means the body of the guitar is superfluous, so it can be replaced with other sexy designs. Astute shredders among you may notice that the touch sensitive slider bar introduced in World Tour is gone, so it looks like Warriors of Rock will be a little more back to basics.
Of course the games and the peripherals will be retaining their backwards â€“ and forwards â€“ compatibility, so thereâ€™s no need for you to go out an buy these new guitars. Video after the jump, courtesy of Joystiq.
Guitar Hero : Warriors of Rock will be available on the PS3, Wii and Xbox 360, although no release date has been specified.
Source : Engadget
[Thanks to Someone for the tip]
In my absence, Gavin posted about a pet peeve of mine; mindless Wii peripherals that donâ€™t add anything to gameplay but do remove money from your wallet â€“ if youâ€™re the sort of person who keeps his wallet in his back pocket, right behind his brain.
With each new silly peripheral, youâ€™ll find me calling it the dumbest thing to have ever been made. This though â€“ Wii wings â€“ takes stupid peripherals to new heights.
In what has to be one of the most unexpected bits of news this week, Polaroid, the company famous for their instant cameras and to a lesser degree sunglasses and lenses will be entering the video games market.
Beginning next month, Polaroid will begin shipping a large range of video games accessories across all platforms.
Three-year-old Cheyenne Alexis McKeehan was killed in what can only be called a very unfortunate tragedy. She shot herself in the abdomen after apparently mistaking a loaded gun for a Wii gun controller.
According to the Sheriff on duty, Terry Ashe : The child had been playing a Nintendo Wii video game, Ashe said. The gameâ€™s controller was shaped like a gun that looked very similar to the real handgun, which her stepfather had put on a table in the living room. Ashe said the girl pulled the gun off the table and it went off.
Like Voltron, Chart tracking companies from around the world have combined to give us a peek at the top selling games of the year from around the globe. The NPD Group (North America), GfK Chart-Track (UK) and Enterbrain (Japan) have colluded to show you which games flew of shelves most worldwide. No mention of which formed the head.
Ok, not exactly world-wide, but it does cover the three biggest markets, so itâ€™s a fairly accurate indicator. Unsurprisingly, the top selling game last year was Infinity Wardâ€™s retail behemoth, Call of duty Modern Warfare 2 â€“ which sold just under 12 million copies in less than two months.
For the love of all things covered in delicious milk chocolate, this exists. Peripheral and accessory makers CTA Digital have announced and released the a Sniper Rifle Gun for Wii â€“ which includes a removable stock and barrel, magazine tube, sniper scope, and stand. All of which are completely devoid of any functionality.
The scope even, is purely for cosmetic purposes, because itâ€™s â€œnot intended for gaming accuracy.â€ The gun has space for a Wiimote as well as the Motion Plus accessory, even though none of the games the gun can be used with - Medal of Honor: Heroes 2, Medal of Honor: Vanguard, Resident Evil 4, Ghost Squad, and Ultimate Duck Hunting - has motion plus support.
I canâ€™t emphasise enough how stupid this is. The Wii pointer doesnâ€™t work like a lightgun, so even if you were stupid enough to shell out the $39.99 (R295) asking price youâ€™d find yourself pointing at targets other than the one you want to actually shoot at. Also why the hell does it come with a bipod stand? Who the effing eff plays games lying prone on the floor?
I hate you Nintendo, I hate you for making it so that companies like this exist, and that their proprietors donâ€™t need to get real jobs like the rest of us.
Thereâ€™s a video after the jump, demonstrating just how goddamned stupid this is.
[Thanks to Goose for the tip]
MadCatz managed to scoop up the license to make all of the official peripherals for the up and coming Modern Warfare 2 and it looks like the last thing they have done is disappoint.
This video takes us through all of the peripherals and accessories that you can use to pimp out your console or PC whilst pwning n00bs online. They have a little something for everyone, from custom controllers for PS3, Xbox 360 and even PC to Faceplates, controller faceplates, custom headsets and even more.
It really is quite ridiculous to see the amount of awesome stuff that will be available to fans of Modern Warfare 2. If you haven't already done so, you can also check out the full list of peripherals posted up by Faheem yesterday by clicking here.
You are going to want to check out the video after the jump to see it all with your own eyes.
[Thanks to Flameboy for the tip]