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Posts Tagged ‘XBox’

Happy Star Wars Day From Abt! May The 4th Be With You!

Friday, May 4th, 2012

“Those deals at Abt are as big as Jabba the Hutt!!”

Happy Star Wars Day everyone! Grab your lightsabers and blasters rifles, and snuggle up next to your favorite Ewok, it’s time to enjoy the movies that defined a generation of “Warsies” and captivated the world’s audiences to the tune of over $4 billion, according to Mania.com.  It’s been over 30 years since The Empire struck back, and although some Star Wars technology is now reality, I still don’t have a personal robot or carbon freezing chamber. Fortunately, the world of home theater technology has come a long way since we learned that Darth Vader “is the Father!” (said in my best Maury Povich voice) and we can now enjoy these classic films in an immersive experience so real, we can almost see Chewy’s fleas.

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NBA Baller Beats: Aggravating moms and downstairs neighbors this fall

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

This weekend marks the start of the 2012 NBA playoffs and our very own Chicago Bulls prepare to make their run at a long-awaited championship. While we all might not able to rise above and beyond the rim like our hometown hero Derrick Rose, we can soon hone our ball handling skills to the beat of some popular tunes. In a series of posts by Joystiq, they reveal gaming developer Majesco’s latest title for the Xbox Kinect: NBA Baller Beats.

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The (Scary) Future of Gaming

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Credit: Blake Stevenson

I wanted to bring all my fellow gamers an article written by @jeffbakalr  from the team over at Cnet.com called “Say hello to the brave new world of console gaming” The article wonderfully addresses the current issues facing console gamers and how these issues will impact the future of the overall marketplace.

The major issue discussed is the gaming industry’s increasing efforts to eliminate the sharing of games in the name of “anti-piracy.” We have already seen the unique access code strategy, like EA’s online pass, being used to discourage sharing. These codes are only available to those who purchase the game brand new, or can be purchased through the manufacturer. As the article states, the most infamous anti-used-game strategy by a manufacturer was with the release of Batman: Arkham City, where second-hand users were denied access to an entire campaign in the game. Lately, rumors have taken it as far as reporting that future gaming consoles will have built-in features that detect, and deny, used games.

This will have several impacts on our gaming world. First, as you can imagine, companies like GameStop and Gamefly will have real hard time selling/renting used games that lack the content gamers want. As games continue to rise in price, gamers take a level of comfort in the fact that they can sell the used game to help pay for another but this anti-used-game trend will surely thwart that comfort. Now, not only can we not sell our used games back for future gamers to enjoy, we can’t even share games with friends or colleagues. Is this really anti-piracy or just a way to squeeze more money out of an already expensive market? Although these companies foresee an increase in profit with this kind of model, we can surely see the reasons why the opposite may be a more realistic outcome.

The article also poses some excellent predictions for the overall future of gaming. Downloadable content and subscription based services are becoming more popular. A mention of the “end of physical media” and the switch to completely downloaded/streamed content mark excellent points in the future of gaming debate. Anyway, we thought this was an excellent article and worth a read for any gamer; hardcore or casual.

Where do you want gaming to go? We would love to hear what you think.

Xbox Kinect Has A Real Kick

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Microsoft recently released their Kinect to rave reviews and excited fans!  In just a few short weeks,  it has become an item that will be a must have for the holidays.  Why? Well, this is the first system that gets people up off the couch to play video games.  Wait, we have heard that one before.  Let me try again.  This is the first system to get people up off the couch to play video games without any controllers.

Yes, that is correct. You can now, bowl, play volleyball, race down rapids, play soccer, and much more on your Xbox360 without any controllers. When the game requires you to kick, just kick.  When you have to jump, jump!  This system is several years in the making, and many of us heard all the hype about this system, but after personally bowling a few frames and watching countless kids play soccer this past weekend, I would say that Kinect is solid and most importantly responsive.  Kinect comes both as a standalone camera system as well as a 4GB bundle, and finally a 250GB Bundle.

Happy Gaming!!

-Chad Taylor

Hitmaster Will Make Anyone Sound Like They Are In A Rock Band

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

 

As the Abt team made their way through the myriad of booths at CES, they noticed a new speaker from Polk Audio. This new speaker is made particularly for gaming systems; it’s a fun way to upgrade from computer speakers. The HITMASTER is a substantial speaker with an impressive volume level for $100. The HITMASTER will make XBox, Wii, or Playstation sound unbelievable—really cool for Rock Band.

 

-Kelly B.