Posts Tagged "Xbox 360"

The Top Games of 2011

The Top Games of 2011

The year’s end always feels a bit melancholy thanks to the post-Christmas crash and the seemingly endless white stretch of frozen months ahead. If you’ve got the winter blues though, cheer up! Turn your thoughts to the greatest of indoor pastimes: Video gaming. There are some great titles set for 2011. Hopefully this simple reminder will bring sunshine into your life. Or, if not, at least a few decent games to waste time with. The Legend of Zelda:...

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How Kinect Can Benefit Autistic Kids

How Kinect Can Benefit Autistic Kids

When Microsoft conceived and developed hands-free motion control system Kinect, it intended to make gaming as hassle-free as possible. But maybe even the company’s best engineers couldn’t foresee just how intuitive Kinect would prove itself to be. John Yan, a writer for GamingNexus, recently reported that his autistic son, Kyle, manipulated menus and games in Kinect with little instruction. Kyle is on the higher end of the autism spectrum, meaning he...

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Should Microsoft Lose Xbox 360 Division?

Should Microsoft Lose Xbox 360 Division?

When a financial services firm as massive as Goldman Sachs strings together the words “Micorosft,” “Xbox 360” and “unprofitable,” everybody in the games industry stops and pricks up their ears to listen. That’s what happened recently when the firm advised Microsoft to split off its “unprofitable” consumer entertainment division, which includes everything Xbox, from the rest of Microsoft to make the company more...

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Kids and Online Games: Can They Play Nicely?

Kids and Online Games: Can They Play Nicely?

Online multiplayer is simultaneously gaming’s best and worst achievement over the past decade. MMOs and online campaigns add untold depth to what was previously viewed as a solitary pastime. We can make friends around the world and game with them anytime, anywhere. On the flipside, we have what Penny Arcade artist Mike Krahulik once referred to as “The Greater Internet F***wad Theory:” If you take a normal person and put him or her behind the...

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Is There Life Left in the Wii Vitality Sensor?

Is There Life Left in the Wii Vitality Sensor?

It’s not Nintendo’s style to talk very much about a new game, system, or accessory until it can really demonstrate what its new toy can do. The company has been especially silent about the Wii Vitality Sensor, the little finger-clip accessory that’s supposed to measure the user’s heart rate and other inner beats and bumps. Nintendo might be holding off on revealing its plans for the Vitality Sensor thanks to reactions to the device at E3...

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