“No sir that video camera is too big, but that
small one is OK,” the security guard told us as he pointed to our Canon
HG10. We were waiting to get into the Hot Import Nights show in San
Mateo when the staff said our shoulder-mounted JVC HD-110 was too big.
We placed all of our trust into the handheld HG10 and by the end of the
night we were drooling at the quality of footage that was recorded.
Sandisk has unveiled its latest digital playback device with an FM radio, voice recorder, 1.9-inch screen and video/music functionality, for around the same price as an iPod Shuffle. Sandisk's history as an iPod competitor has been really interesting. The company is best known for its position in the flash media market, one of the more boring sides of the consumer electronics industry. Yet is also managed to make it to second place in MP3 player sales, behind Apple.
Game Review - If you own a Wii, you need to run out and buy a copy of Super Smash Bros Brawl. It is one of the greatest Nintendo games of all time. When Super Smash Bros was released on the Nintendo 64, it was really the first of its kind - bring together a bunch of characters from different games in an environment none of them had even been in before. It was an intoxicating formula that only Nintendo has been able to perfect.
Interacting with avatars in a virtual world may soon
change dramatically: Researchers are trying to find ways to create
lifelike synthetic characters, which act just like humans and would
make it difficult for players to determine whether they are dealing
with a real or simulated person. Scientists from the Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute claim that have completed a critical first step,
injecting Eddie, a virtual character with the reasoning abilities of a
4-year old child into Second Life.
OCZ's Neural Impulse Actuator (NIA) could become one of the most
sought after computing peripherals this year. So far, the price of the
device was somewhat a mystery, with estimates ranging from £99.99 to
$299 – more than what you would currently would pay for Nintendo’s Wii
console (if you can get one). It turns out that OCZ will bring the NIA
for $159 to the U.S., TG Daily has learned.
Dozens of Gamestop stores in Ohio, Kentucky, and neighboring states
have canceled their midnight openings and local round one tournament
competitions for Super Smash Bros Brawl due to a nasty late-winter
storm. In Columbus, Ohio, every single GameStop location in a six- to
seven-county area decided to cancel the event after a total of over 20
inches of snow fell over the past two days, a new record. Many
locations were not even open for regular business hours today as the
city received its first blizzard warning in over 12 years.
While Microsoft as a company has played a major role in high
definition home media, it is not really concerned with how that will
play out in the Xbox 360 market. Aaron Greenberg, group
product manager for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live, told TG Daily that although
HD DVD's demise is unfortunate, it does "not at all" affect the
console's position as an entertainment center.As we’ve long
stated, we believe it is games that sell consoles and Xbox 360
continues to have the largest next-gen games library with the most
exclusives and best selling games in the industry. Market data shows
that HD movie playback is not a primary purchase driver for consumers
buying video game consoles," said Greenberg.
Rockstar said today that it is aware of serious problems in the Xbox
360 game Bully: Scholarship Edition and that it is working "to resolve
these issues as quickly as possible." Players have recently
flocked to message boards and Rockstar customer support to complain
about the game randomly freezing and losing save data, as well as
rampant audio/video problems.
Valve has begun releasing statistics for its Steam service, which currently reaches more than 15 million subscribers and has grown into one of the major game distribution platforms. Other than you might expect, it isn’t the Bioshock & Co bunch that is dominating the Steam charts.
THQ has announced a new Wii and DS game geared towards girls, and on the Wii it will include support for the Balance Board controller.
Apple was supposed to have a thousand movies on iTunes available on a digital rental basis for the Apple TV by now, but so far there are not even 500.
Playstation 3 users can expect a "pretty big change in the Playstation Network in the early part of April," according to Sony Computer Entertainment America's John Hight.
So today is the day we tell you which camcorders
shot the clips we featured in yesterday's HD shootout. We admit that
this was a rough test and definitely not scientific, but it did give us
a sense of the cams' differences in image quality and handling. You can
read yesterday's article here.
If you have a few SD or SDHC cards lying around,
then you might want to take a look at SanDisk’s FlashBack adapter for
laptop backups. The adapter is basically a SD/SDHC card reader that
fits into your laptop’s ExpressCard slot. The included software
promises to automatically backup files and folders.
The first third-party Wii game to use the Wii Fit Balance Board has been confirmed for a stateside release.
Is a multi-thousand dollar camcorder really that much better than
a budget cam? Well, that's the question we tried to answer over the
weekend when we pitted our brand-spanking new JVC-HD110 shoulder
camcorder against three other cams.
Getting paid to review video games is a dream
job to some and CNET/Gamespot may have a position for you. Management
is still reeling from the high-profile resignations (some say firings)
of four of the site’s top editors and Cnet now appears to be filling
those vacant positions.