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Wii Controller May Include Mic?

Wii: Talk to me...Wii: Talk to me...There's some interesting speculation (and probably nothing more) over at Ferrago that Nintendo may also include a microphone in its attention-grabbing new Wii controller. I'd be curious to know what folks here think about these rumors--not so much from an "Are they true?" viewpoint than from a "Would you want them to be?" perspective.

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Retrogaming Ports for Modern Hardware

X360X360Racketboy has collected a list of retrogaming port announcements that are sure to interest retrogamers who don't want to go the emulator route. The GBA is getting a 3-game Capcom pack that includes Bionic Commando and Strider (whatever happened to that franchise?), and the Xbox 360 Live Arcade is getting a whole suite of really sweet classics (including Paperboy and Sonic). It really amuses me how many "obsolete" games are showing up on modern consoles these days--a testament to their status as true classics. Of course, this ties in nicely with Nintendo's announcement to cater more to touch gamers this time around.

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Apple and Microsoft to Release Portable Game Machines?

How about the gamer iPod?How about the gamer iPod?I've been speculating for some time that the next logical entry into the portable gaming market would be from Apple (particularly in an editorial response to Gamasutra about six months back) and it looks like other industry analysts are starting to catch wind of the idea as well, for instance in this piece from GameDaily BIZ Newsletter, here.

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Interesting "Upgrade Your Game" Contest involving free Visual Studio Express

Namco's Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga Anniversary Arcade MachineNamco's Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga Anniversary Arcade MachineApparently, just for registering your free copy of Microsoft's Visual Studio Express at this Website enters you into an interesting drawing for a full-size Namco Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga anniversary arcade machine, t-shirt or Atari TV game. The intent seems to be to spur "arcade game" development.

According to the Website:

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Interview with Al Lowe: "They Got Violence, We Got Humor"

GamaSutra has an interview up with Al Lowe, best known for his infamous Leisure Suit Larry series. Lowe is back from retirement and planning a game called "Sam Suede: Undercover Exposure." It promises to be an "action comedy," the idea being that players will find humor where they find blood and gore in other games.

Whereas the Larry games were about a loser who is trying to get laid, this guy is much more contemporary. He's not “out of it” so much as he is out of his element and trying to learn to be a detective. So you'll see some real growth of the character over the course of the game and hopefully in sequels. Surprisingly enough, we intend to do sequels.

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The Original Nintendo: Stand-Up Comedy!

Do you remember having to blow into your NES cartridges to get them to work? Can you hum more than three tunes from Mario Bros? Did you ever try to get your parents to play your NES games? Then you will definitely appreciate the following stand-up comedy routine by Kyle Cease, courtesy of YouTube! Warning: Contains foul language!

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Individual Computers Newsletter - New C-64 Cartridge Cases and Clockport-hardware for the Amiga (Commodore)

New cartridge cases for the Commodore 64/128: It's always great to see initiatives to mold new cartridge houses so old cartridges - no matter how common - don't need to be cannibalized for new homebrew releasesNew cartridge cases for the Commodore 64/128: It's always great to see initiatives to mold new cartridge houses so old cartridges - no matter how common - don't need to be cannibalized for new homebrew releasesThese guys make and distribute some of the most exciting new products for the classic Commodore computer lines. I'm a particular fan of the MMC64, which is an invaluable flash memory card adapter for the C-64/128. Here is their latest news, direct from the source:

30.05.2006: New C64 cartridge cases, special prices for clockport-hardware

www.ami.ga/jumpnews_e.htm

New C64 cartridge cases
Our cartridge cases for Retro Replay, MMC64 and other standard C64 cartridges enjoy great popularity, therefore we have made a new production run with a few improvements. The cases that we delivered previously were made out of the fairly soft plastic polystyrene.

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PC Magazine's Top 25 Worst Tech Devices of All Time

PC Magazine has a great feature up about the worst tech products of all time. It's a hall of shame for some truly miserable products. While there's only one game on the list (Disney's Lion King CD-ROM), you'll no doubt chuckle (fondly?) as you remember the items on this list. IBM's PCJr clocked in at at #13 and Microsoft Bob made it all the way to lucky #7.

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The Evolution of Mario

Super Mario Bros: Has Mario evolved in leaps and bounds?Super Mario Bros: Has Mario evolved in leaps and bounds?Game Daily is running a nice 6-page feature on the history of Nintendo's uber-famous Mario character. The article takes us through the various iterations of Mario, from the humble platforming days to sports, driving, and role-playing. However, I was a bit surprised that the author didn't mention the original Mario Bros game. True, it wasn't nearly as well-developed as Super Mario Bros. for the NES, but the original game did have some nice platforming action (I especially liked the two-step process required to blast the turtles) and established many of the gameplay elements of the later games. I had lots of fun with it on my Commodore 64.

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Old-Computers.com Updated!

Our friends at Old-Computers.com have updated their wonderful worldwide computer, videogame and Pong resource with the following:

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