Posts Tagged ‘xbox’

Somehow, despite my numerous alerts and scans of the news pages, I’ve only just heard about this. Surely the best news story that has emerged this year.

sega gun hostage

In Brazil late this February, a man named Gustavo (great name) took a woman hostage at gunpoint and held her for a 10 hour hostage-negotiation ordeal with the police after entering the house to recover a R$42 debt.

Only thing is, he did this using a Sega gun. You know the thing everyone used to use on Safari Hunt of Alex Kidd in Miracle World? The very same. To hold a person hostage.

“Stop or I’ll shoot!” And what?? She’ll vanish and enter screen-right again in two seconds?

I’m not sure what’s more amusing – the fact that this guy had the brass jacobs to pull it off in the first place of the fact that it took Brazilian police 10 hours to talk someone using a gaming accessory to let his hostage go.

Seriously: look at it! Does it look remotely real? What kind of guns do they have in Brazil? Maybe they all grew up playing Duck Hunt instead …

Next week:  Xbox controllers become the accessories for kidnap?

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Or certainly the animal-lover.. this was sent around the office this morning as a playlist -though only the first will play in a frame here. However, if you fancy going “nooooo” while breathing in sharply… the link to the whole list is at the end.

Given my driving record of late in relation to pheasants on the way into work – the reason behind this compilation – it’s probably going to be best if I leave the race car driving to the xbox – dead kangaroos and rabbits aren’t the best accessories for a car.

 

( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGJ0fJN10YY&feature=PlayList&p=6FC8DA21CD9FDB8F&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=83 )

There’s many sobering signs that make you realise you’re getting on a bit, not necessarily maturing but getting to that point where new technology makes you say “how much” instead of “ooooh.”

Take PC Gaming. I’m sure it wasn’t so long ago that PCs were still a new thing in the household, and games pretty much consisted of minimal graphics. I remember being hooked on Civnet for ages even though the graphics consisted of nothing more than coloured blocks on a crude map and the occasional flash image after a city was founded etc.

Of course technology has progressed at astronomical since the pcs of the mid nineties and games on the format have kept up pace, there are many who will say that some games are better on the pc than on various consoles – and they may be right – and are dedicated pc gamers.

I guess then that’s why I was shocked when pursuing this line of thought online and found the QPAD QH-1339 and felt so very out of touch. While it’s tech sheet reads full of promise and reads just like you’d expect any gaming headset to – microphone, great sound range and levels etc – what made me take a step back from the screen as it were, was the price.

Yes they’re clearly advanced bits of kit and it is , as the tech spec reads, a “professional headset for gaming” but I’m not sure I’d pay more than the price of an XBox console for a pair of headphones. Is this me being too tight with my cash, out of touch or simply not enough of a serious pc gamer to appreciate the advantages of such high-end gear?

I don’t know many pc gamers, none that are serious enough to use anything more than their iPod headphones for it, so I’d love to know from those that are if this type of technology is worth the investment? If only to stiffle my curiousity.

There’s not many instances where xbox accessories could stop you getting arrested but this has to be the highlight in a very short list.guitar hero 3

Police in Port Clinton, Ohio charged Robert Snively with disorderly conduct after he disturbed his neighbours – by rocking a bit too hard and loud on Guitar Hero, at 1:30 AM!

Because it’s now a repeat conviction for Mr Snively, the 33-year-old will now be heading to court.  The man went on to explain to police that he’d gotten so loud and excited because he was playing a friend online. I really, really, can’t see a judge accepting the explanation that his mate was kicking his ass at Foghat’s “Slow Ride.”

Now, I don’t know what Port Clinton or even Ohio is like, but surely there’s a complete lack of common sense in play here. If it’s 1 am, isn’t it fairly obvious that your neighbours are gonna be sleeping?

It’s not a case of not playing into the early hours – every gamer has done it – but have some sense; get some xbox headphones! If you wouldn’t listen to the music at that hour what makes you think it’s a good idea to pretend to play it? Yeah they may not look too great but the ol’ tiny plastic guitar controller isn’t exactly the hottest fashion accessory either.

This is a strange one this – the “R” word that keeps getting flogged by every media outlet, used as an excuse by pretty much everyone for any little failure in business is now being used in relation to gaming and the XBox 360.

Microsoft have announced that from the second quarter of this year they’ll no longer be selling the Xbox 360 Elite. A quick heads up for those that don’t play – there’s three variations of the Xbox 360 console available; the Arcade, the Pro and Elite. Now, rumour has it that (having long ago done away with the Core model) that Microsoft will cease taking orders for the Elite.

The recession is, of course, being cited as one of the main reasons combined with the knock-off prices offered on the Arcade and Pro versions. The main difference between this and the other configurations is that the Elite comes with 120GB of harddrive (though so does my iPod 😛 ) and a matt black finish.

Microsoft say that retailers aren’t ordering as many and retailers say they have loads of them taking up space in their stock room as it is. To be honest, I’ve never had the need for all that extra harddrive and am happier spending the money on XBox accessories instead – most of the games I play don’t need that much memory but they do need the soundtrack to be appreciated without the girlfriend hearing me pick up prostitutes (yes, I’m playing a lot of GTA lately).

So, is this really another victim of the recession or just a bit of bad-planning and misjudging of their market place by Microsoft?

Those gamers like myself that use more than one console should be thrilled to hear that I found out that Lime, once exlusively Xbox360 accessories, is now launching into PC, PSP and PS3 accessories too.

As those who’ve read other thrilling installments of this blog will know, I’m not one to buy from the first site I find. I need a good site with a good range of knowledge and for the site itself to be good and offer a good bargain. That’s why I like Lime. So I thought I’d share it here and ask the burning question: where do yo go for your gaming accessories? Is this the best site there is?

Please let me know as I think this could be the best site for accessories for XBox 360, PC, PSP and PS3 accessories in one place!