Gaming News September 2006

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Super Monkey Ball Adventure (PS2)

Driver Heaven :: Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Sega’s Super Monkey Ball series has been known for it’s easy to pickup mechanics and overall unique gameplay experience. Although it bears a few resemblances to titles such as Marble Blast, racing through puzzles and participating in minigames is like nothing else when you’re playing as a monkey in a hamster ball. This time around, developer Traveller’s Tales tries to take the game in a new direction by incorporating a story mode. While this game was also released on GameCube and PSP, today we’re taking a look at the PS2 version of the next release in the saga known as Super Monkey Ball Adventure.

ASUS Crosshair “Republic of Gamers” Socket AM2 Motherboard
Tweak Town :: Tuesday, September 26, 2006
“ASUS today have provided us with a new motherboard designed to be the ultimate gamer’s motherboard for the AM2 platform; it is part of the new “Republic of Gamers” series from the Taiwan company. Designed with hardcore gamers and overclockers in mind, this board looks more like an amusement park than a board with tubes, pipes and lovely colours.”

SteelSound 5Hv2 Professional Gaming Headset 
Think Computers :: Monday, September 25, 2006
“SteelSeries is well know throughout the competitive PC gaming community as company dedicated to manufacturing the highest quality accessories and peripherals. Starting with high performance mouse pads, SteelSeries moved on to professional grade headsets and keyboards. The Steelsound 5H was Steel Series’ first attempt at a gaming headset, and it proved to be quite a learning experience. SteelSeries was forced to recall two production batches due to wiring problems for the ear cups and microphone. So, after several major changes and upgrades, SteelSeries is back and better than ever with the SteelSound 5Hv2 professional gaming headset.”

Stompfest 2006 LAN reports
Techgage :: Monday, September 25, 2006
This years Stompfest LAN party happened last weekend in Indianapolis and Techgage was there to capture all of the action. Lots of energy drinks were consumed, and many prizes given out. Read on for a full play by play and pictorial.

GH Article: MMORPG
Driver Heaven :: Monday, September 25, 2006
The term MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) is relatively new to the gaming scene. As the name suggests games of this genre put large amounts of players into a role playing environment (typically a fantasy world). Obviously the nature of playing requires access to the internet, preferably via a broadband connection. Since most of the world is only now getting proper broad band infrastructure it comes as no surprise that MMO games have only recently started to gain true popularity.

Valve Introduce Dynamic Pricing To CS:Source 
Overclock 3d :: Monday, September 25, 2006
“Well, normally we wouldn’t think that a CounterStrike update would be important enough to make the front page, but I think today is an exception. Please take a look at the news and sign the petition on behalf of all competitive CS:S players”

Dolby Technology to Power the Sound of the Wii Console
Nintendo :: Monday, September 25, 2006
Dolby Pro Logic II sound-wise. Which isn’t quite as digital as we’d like, but there you go.

Madden 07 Reviewed 
Gaming Illustrated :: Monday, September 25, 2006
Madden NFL 07 is an absolute hit. The newly added defensive controls, offensive abilities (including the highlight stick which might just be the best new feature), and other features add up to a very impressive game and a highlight showcase title for the console. EA has definitely hit the mark and delivered to football-crazy fans the game they deserve. This game comes highly recommended for purchase and is a hands-down Editor’s Choice award winner for quality of gameplay.

Shot-Online The Field and More Review
GamePyre :: Monday, September 25, 2006
The full retail boxed version of the game hit the stores on September 12th. The idea of a MMO Golf game with a sustainable game income is intriguing. If you want to try out Shot-Online, you can download and play online for free today. Just keep in mind that the rare items, the exclusive items need CyberCash, and that you have to earn. Shot-Online has made the successful transition from a Korean game to the United States.

Interview with “The Rock”: Spy Hunter 
Digital Trends :: Monday, September 25, 2006
“We dropped a line to the man with the world’s most recognizable raised eyebrow (a.k.a. he who also dared to star in the ill-fated Doom motion picture), about the venture. Here, Johnson shares his passion for gaming and interest in developing mediums, not to mention clarifies who’s the bigger chump: Him or fellow muscle-bound, multimillion dollar paycheck-packing videogame junkie Vin Diesel.”


Sumo Omni Bean Bag Chair Review
Techgage :: Monday, September 25, 2006
You may find it odd that we are reviewing a bean bag chair and… so do we. Yes, this is far from being hi-tech, but it’s of very hi-quality. Whether you want to lounge in front of the TV or fall asleep on a comfortable chair, Sumo has you covered.

Nascar 07 Review
Techgage :: Monday, September 25, 2006
Nascar is back! It did not make the next-gen consoles this time around, so we are taking a drive with the Xbox version. There are many additions included this year, including the Drive With Confidence feature. If you are a Nascar fan… read on!

PGR3 and wireless controller now part of 360 bundle!
Microsoft :: Thursday, September 21, 2006
Microsoft Announces High Speed Racing And High-Def Gaming For Bargain Price

Zatchbell! Mamodo Fury Slams into Retail
Bandai :: Thursday, September 21, 2006
Join in the Fray as Mamodo Fury Appears in Stores Across North America

Experts: Nintendo Could Beat Sony in Console War
CIO :: Thursday, September 21, 2006
Its low price and innovative controller could push Nintendo’s Wii console to the top spot in Japan’s multi-billion dollar video gaming market, two industry watchers said Thursday.

Microsoft Xbox 360 to Get HD DVD in November
CIO :: Thursday, September 21, 2006
The drive will allow Xbox 360 owners to watch HD-DVD video content on a suitable television. The system will allow viewing at up to 1080p (1080 lines and progressive scanning), which is the highest of several picture levels judged to be high-definition

‘Grand Theft Auto’ Fan Arrested For… Guess What?
Extreme Tech :: Thursday, September 21, 2006
A Canadian man’s apparent fondness for the video game “Grand Theft Auto” has led to his arrest in connection with an auto theft, police said on Wednesday.

Graphic-hammer 2006 and 2007 – The Games of tomorrow…
Tweak PC :: Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Last year we took a look at the future and presented the best games (regarding graphics). Now it’s time to do the same and look upon the next twelve months.

Dead Rising Review
Gaming Illustrated :: Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Capcom managed to merge together the humor of a B-rated horror film and the intensity of Resident Evil 4, making a perfect balance. Add in the freedom of Grand Theft Auto and a persona all its own, and you have one of the best 360 games to date in Dead Rising

Lego Star Wars II Reviewed
Boost Mobile Gaming :: Wednesday, September 20, 2006
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away – Eidos’s iteration of the cult classic Lego StarWars you will fight through the IV, V and VI movies. This sequel takes everything in its predecessor and tries to improve upon it. From the added mission types to riding in vehicles and a streamlined co-op, everything has been revamped. Take two things that are loved by all, throw them together and you have Lego StarWars.

Sumo Lounge Omni Super-Sized Beanbag Chair Review and Give Away
Big Bruin :: Wednesday, September 20, 2006
The Omni is a heavy duty, over-sized, beanbag chair that would be perfect for use while kicking back to watch some TV or to play a marathon session of your favorite video game. So, if you’re looking for a connection to the usual fare here at Bigbruin.com, consider it an accessory for use with your computer, console game, or home theater.

Nintendo’s Incomparible Wii Console Launches Nov. 19; MSRP $249.99
Nintendo :: Tuesday, September 19, 2006
30 New Games, 30 Retro Titles, User-Friendly ‘Channels’ Make it the Affordable System for Gamers, Newcomers and Families