For all you PSP and Nintendo DS addicts, we're taking you back, way back in time. It's the year 1977, where disco rules and the interwebs is just a twinkle in Al Gore's eye--it may seem like a long time ago to some, and for others it may even supersede your existence. That year though, I can remember emptying my piggy bank and running down to Woolworths to make my first handheld game purchase: Mattel Football. A very simple game, and quite prehistoric when compared to the handheld games of today. It didn't have Wi-Fi, and … Read more
Two classic NES games are available for download this week on the Wii virtual console. Choose between a classic baseball-arcade sim and a puzzler inspired by everyone's favorite dinosaur sidekick.Yoshi's Cookie (1992, NES, 500 Wii points): Nintendo really tried to cash in on the whole Tetris era by developing many Nintendo-branded spin-offs. In Yoshi's Cookie, you'll take on 100 stages of cookie-themed puzzle action. Bases Loaded (1988, NES, 500 Wii points): A true classic, Bases Loaded brought arcade-style baseball into the home. Great gameplay combined with innovations, such as the first-ever view from the pitching … Read more
For parents, enticing kids to do their chores is often about making deals--a trade of sorts, like taking out the trash for extra time watching TV.
For George Zachary and his 10-year-old stepdaughter, that real-world exchange happens online through a site called Handipoints, a digital chore-list manager for parents and their kids. The Web site lets parents set a list of tasks for their children--like washing the dishes or filling the dog's bowl--and kids can rack up points for completing the list. With enough points, children can cash them in for digital gear in the site's virtual world, … Read more
It might not be a Wiimote, but it's still got that whole "immersive" thing going on.
Linden Lab, publisher of virtual world Second Life, announced Thursday that its members can use some officially-sanctioned new toys to navigate the metaverse. Logitech's 3DConnexion line of 3D mice can now navigate through Second Life, as a result of Linden Lab's decision to make its code open-source last year.
Second Life members can now use 3DConnexion's SpaceNavigator ($59, or $99 for a premium edition), SpaceExplorer ($299), and SpacePilot ($399) mice to control their avatars, fly, and build objects … Read more
You'd think that a company like Colorware would formulaically target new products to tart up with its custom paint jobs as soon as they hit the market, but that's not always the case. Only recently, for instance, did it start applying its prolific brush to the DS Lite.
The latest object of its belated pigmentary affection is the Guitar Hero controller of all denominations, whether it be for the Wii, Xbox 360, or PlayStation 3, according the Engadget. It's clearly a market waiting to be exploited, considering the growing legions of guitar fanatics out there, but the … Read more
Sure, the NCAA is still in the midst of its yearly exercise in madness, but yesterday was an even more exciting day in sports. That's right, it's baseball season!
And this gadget, seen on Boing Boing Gadgets, is an excellent excuse to say so on Crave.
Practice your fastball and fine-tune your change-up in the comfort of your own backyard with Glove Radar, a device that snaps into any mitt.
For $70, it can detect the speed of pitches between 20 mph and 120 mph, and claims to be accurate within 1 mph. Glove Radar uses uses Doppler … Read more
Wii Tennis may have found a patron saint in Ralph Lauren, but the game that's really gotten everyone's attention is one of blue collars, not blue blood: bowling. So while the former prance about in their designer fashion wear, virtual bowlers are finally getting some appropriate accessories of their own--starting with the Wii Bowling Bag.
This is no cheap knockoff either, but one that's made by the ultimate name in bowling gear, Brunswick. The retro-styled bag has padded compartments that can safely tote around the console, cords, games, and Wiimote, according to Uncrate. All it needs to … Read more
As I reported here a few weeks ago, professional video gaming leagues and organizations are hoping that, over time, their industry can be seen as a sport on par with soccer, baseball, football, and so on.
Now, one of those leagues, the Championship Gaming Series, has decided to up the ante by creating a training facility and a dedicated game playing arena in the booming Chinese city of Wuhan.
I talked to Andy Reif, commissioner of the CGS, the other day, and he explained that the idea behind building the training center is essentially that you can't build a … Read more
Today we get some love from an arcade racing classic along with everyone's favorite caveman boy in distress.Cruis'n USA (1996, Nintendo 64, 1,000 Wii points): While many would argue that Cruis'n USA doesn't do its arcade counterpart justice, there's still plenty of racing to enjoy without the need for a roll of quarters. Enjoy three difficulty levels as you enjoy scenic races across the country. Wonder Boy (1987, Sega Master System, 500 Wii points): In Wonder Boy, you'll play as Tom-Tom, a caveman child forced to free his kidnapped girlfriend. Collect fruit … Read more
A new report on the tech habits of women shows that the female of the species is edging out the male in the areas of DVR use and ownership of portable game devices.
The study, done independently by Solutions Research Group, and released Thursday, was undertaken to explore the "digital lifestyles" of American women. Data was collected from more than 2,000 respondents between October 2006 and February 2008.
What the final tally shows is that women are as comfortable with popular consumer technology as men (not really a surprise), and that they're making significant inroads into the gaming lifestyle, … Read more