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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Costco US selling Nintendo Wii bundles

If you weren't able to get your hands on a Wii this holiday season and you just can't bear to buy into the whole "rain check" thing, then may I suggest you beat feet down to your local Costco. Kotakuite Thomas K. sends in this pic from his local Costco taken just this very morning.

The bundle goes for 344.99 and include the Wii, an extra nunchuck and remote and a copy of Brain Age for the Wii.

So, fly my faithful readers and grab that Wii that you were so viciously denied.

Source: Kotaku

Nintendo Wii Hacked to run Homebrew Software

Watch the video here ...

At this last weekend's Chaos Communication Congress, a group of hackers demonstrated a hack for the Wii which allowed them to run software of their own design natively on the system.

This is the first official demonstration of this kind of hack on Nintendo's Wii.

The hack itself - as explained in the above video - is quite complicated and probably far above the average Wii gamer, but it demonstrates the future potential for the system to run code that Nintendo never intended it to. While the technique is basically just a proof-of-concept at this point, expect to see Linux ports and rudimentary homebrew software for the Wii popping up throughout 2008.

The importance of this event is difficult to overstate.

The Wii is a wildly popular system manufactured by a company who is notoriously protective of their secretive hardware. The fact that a group of amateur hackers were able to crack the system's encryption proves, yet again, that despite any attempts to dictate how your hardware should be used, once you've sold it to consumers, it's completely up to them what they want to do with it.

With the hack still in its infancy it presents no danger to Nintendo of draining the company's profits through the unauthorized duplication of software, but you can be sure Nintendo is eyeing this hack with great scrutiny.

Source: Wii Nintendo

Text: Wired

$1 million goal passed by Child's Play

The videogame chairty Child's Play had a really good year. It seemed like gamers and game makers did their best to get behind the cause, and that has paid off. The Child's Play Web page reports that they were able to beat their goal of $1 million in donations.

Not only did we break the million dollar mark, but we decimated it with our new total of $1,135,000! This significant achievement made this holiday season a happier, brighter one in our fifty partner hospitals. To everyone who has contributed to this amazing milestone, thank you!

The hospital wish lists are still online, and some have seen new items added. While we try to get lots of new games and more to the children in time for the holidays, the hospitals have a need for equipment year-round. Likewise, we will continue to accept donations through Amazon, PayPal and the mail until next year’s fundraiser kicks off.

They say that a final update will be released in January.

Source: Destructoid

EA video games release dates for 2008

25 January
Burnout Paradise
on PS3 XBox 360

22 February
FIFA Street 3
on NDS PS3 XBox 360
Need for Speed ProStreet
on PSP

The Sims 2 FreeTime
on PC
The Sims Castaway Stories
on PC

Ninja Reflex
on NDS Wii

Quarter One
Army of Two
on PS3 XBox 360

Command and Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath
on PC XBox 360

on PC PS3 XBox 360

Alchemic Dream to assist's online world, a 3D virtual world and social community, has partnered with online game specialists Alchemic Dream, Inc., to give the site’s members a richer online experience through in-game monitoring, assistance and support.

Xivio is a 3D Flash-driven application that allows users to access all of the site's features without need of software downloads or additional computer configuration. Members can log into at any computer and have complete access to content and online protection tools.

Alchemic Dream will provide email support, chat moderation, in-game events, community management, localization and marketing of the site.

In September 2007, introduced two revolutionary online safety features through a patent-pending Open Ratings System and Parents' Zone.

With simple-to-understand grading tools, TV-style ratings are assigned to any piece of content (photos, music, videos and journal entries) throughout the site. In the Parents' Zone, a child's security settings are managed from an easy-to-use control panel which can be applied to multiple site accounts.

“As we look to expand’s offerings, we needed to find a partner who could assist us with the most important part of our site – the members who use it regularly,” said David Wisotzky, Xivio LLC.
President/CEO. “Alchemic Dream is a leader in MMOG management and their extensive expertise in this area makes them a natural fit for our future goals.”


U.S.-Only Leaderboard Tournament Has Top Prize of 100,000 Microsoft Points

udson Entertainment, the North American publishing arm for Hudson Soft, today announced the “Bomberman LIVE New Year’s Bash Tournament & Sweepstakes,” in which U.S. players will compete both for bragging rights and for prizes, including a 1st-place prize of 100,000 Microsoft Points. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. PST on December 31, 2007 and ends at 8:59 a.m. PST on January 13, 2008.

In the “Bomberman LIVE New Year’s Bash Tournament,” players will drop bombs with reckless abandon. They will attempt to get the most frags on the “Weekly Ranked Friendly Fire Leaderboard” which records performance in the new “Friendly Fire” game mode on any map. This new mode is available only by downloading the “Bomb-Up Pack 3” add-on pack for Bomberman LIVE from Xbox LIVE Marketplace. The tournament begins at 5:00 a.m. PST on January 6, 2008 and ends at 8:59 a.m. PST on January 13, 2008. Concurrently, people will be able to enter the “Bomberman LIVE New Year’s Bash Sweepstakes” by simply registering at the official registration page. (

“Our goal with Bomberman is to bring the fantastic gameplay to a wider fanbase.” said John Greiner, President and CEO of Hudson Entertainment. “We start off the new year with a big tournament in Bomberman LIVE on XBLA, then move into new Bomberman Land releases on the Wii, DS, PSP, and mobile. We have lots more planned to bring even more fans into the community in 2008.”

For Registration, Official Rules, and more information, visit Hudson’s website.