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Students recreate building-sized Donkey Kong in Post-it notes
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
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Lightly whisk 6,400 colored Post-it notes into a team of ten geeky engineering students, top with a fetish for retro arcade games and bake on a four-storey building overnight and whaddya get?

PSP gets trial at Arsenal and firmware upgrade in Japan
Friday, March 30, 2007
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Just as the PlayStation Portable has had its firmware updated to make it that little bit more useful, so we receive news of an unusual trial involving the Sony handheld system in the UK.

PS3 to join global project to crunch data and fight disease
Monday, March 19, 2007
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The British Computer Society is reporting a joint announcement by Sony and Stanford University yesterday regarding a collaboration between the university’s Folding@home project and PlayStation 3 owners to use the consoles to conduct cancer research.

Analysts predict no dominant next-gen console
Saturday, March 03, 2007
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The games industry has long been acknowledged as a lucrative business to be involved with, which is why reports from market analysts on the prospects for new consoles command such attention. The latest, from respected analysts IDC…

GPS monkey hunt in Bandai cellphone game
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
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In today’s ‘Only in Japan’ corner, we have quite possibly the finest chimpanzee-based GPS sleuthing game ever to grace a nation’s cellphones.

Nintendo: Reports of GameCube death greatly exaggerated
Saturday, February 24, 2007
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So much of what passes for news in this technology business we all love and cherish is based on rumor and hearsay it’s often difficult to know what to believe. Naturally, you can trust us, particularly when we pass on the good word that Nintendo’s GameCube is actually not officially dead.

All about the Mario-phone that never was
Thursday, February 08, 2007
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After the unwarranted hype surrounding Apple’s iPhone, which won’t see the light of day for months yet, we now have a little intrigue over a similarly hybrid phone that never was and never will be.

PlayStation 3 hits Europe on March 23
Friday, January 26, 2007
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The news European and Australian gamers have been waiting for has finally been confirmed – Sony will launch the PlayStation 3 in those territories on March 23.

PS3 gets updated in Japan to handle e-cash
Thursday, January 25, 2007
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This morning saw Sony Computer Entertainment Inc Japan (SCEI) let loose the latest version of the PlayStation 3 firmware, which adds a couple of data encryption fixes for online security and - most significantly - support for e-money readers.

Turn your Wiimote into real sports gear with plastic attachments
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
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We’ve seen these peculiar Wiimote attachments around for a couple of weeks now but they’re finally available to buy from Vis-a-Vis in Japan.

Blue Dragon breathing fire into Xbox 360 in Japan
Monday, December 11, 2006
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Kutaragi removed from job in Sony PlayStation management shakeup
Thursday, November 30, 2006
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In a shock move, the PlayStation godfather, Ken Kutaragi, has been eased out of his position as president of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) and will be replaced by Kaz Hirai, the head of SCEI’s US division.

PlayStation 3, Wii prices falling in online auctions at last
Monday, November 27, 2006
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The recently launched PlayStation 3 and Wii game consoles remain popular on Internet auction sites, but the price they are fetching is falling as launch-related hype dies down.

Second PSP firmware update arrives just 24 hours after 3.0
Thursday, November 23, 2006
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Looks like someone wasn’t paying attention over at Sony when they issued the PSP firmware update that took it to version 3.0 in all its PS3 goodness yesterday.

Tacos-for-life for a PlayStation 3
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
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People have pushed and shoved for it, queued overnight in the rain for it and its been sold online at great profit. Now the Taco Bell fastfood chain is offering a “lifetime” of tacos in exchange for a PlayStation 3.

Nintendo Wii launch events rounded up on video
Monday, November 20, 2006
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So, that’s it — we now have three so-called next-gen consoles, everyone’s at home playing Resistance or Super Monkey Ball and the lines have gone. Here’s our vid of the last big launch — Nintendo’s Wii, which was all over the place on Sunday.

Nintendo’s Wii goes on sale, no one gets shot
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The next-generation video games battle became a three-console race on Sunday as retailers across the U.S. and Canada put Nintendo’s Wii on sale.

PS3 crowds get shot, smacked by poles in the name of gaming
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A week after it first appeared in Japan, Sony’s PlayStation 3 console went on sale in the U.S. and three other countries on Friday.

Nintendo reveals revamped Wii Mark 2 will ship in 2007 with DVD player
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
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What’s this? The Wii isn’t even out yet and Nintendo is taunting us by admitting it will do its usual refresh thing and release Wii Mark 2 in 2007?

PS3 forces us to get our game on in Japanese only
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Having come up trumps with a PS3 on Saturday, Martyn Williams gave us a few initial impressions of using Sony’s great hope in Japan itself.

Smug mug of the day: I got a PS3 and you didn’t…
Sunday, November 12, 2006
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This picture’s worth several thousand words — or at least a few hours in the maw of a rampaging mob. “Yes,” it says, “I got a PlayStation 3 but you — almost certainly — did not.”

PS3 Japan launch roundup — the full story
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Even if you’ve already seen our various videos of the PS3 launch yesterday, marveled at the length of the line and read the reports filed as we emerged bruised and battered from the bedlam in Tokyo…

Japanese PlayStation 3 consoles already selling at high prices online
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PlayStation 3 consoles were selling at about a 50 percent mark-up on their retail price on Saturday evening in Japan, about 12 hours after the console made its worldwide debut.

PS3 launch smackdown on the streets of Tokyo
Saturday, November 11, 2006
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As promised, here’s our video of the mayhem at the PlayStation 3 launch in Tokyo this morning.

The Great PlayStation 3 lineup
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The PS3 launched this morning in Tokyo and — naturally — there were massive lines of people. The video below shows about a quarter of the line at 7am at one Tokyo store.

PS3 launch live coverage tomorrow: Babes, interviews, swooning nerds and all the rest…
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It’s a dirty job but somebody’s gotta get up at 4am to go get you guys some paparazzi pics of sleazy nerds making out with their PS3s tomorrow morning on the mean, stinking streets of Tokyo.

Japanese otaku lining up for PS3 as we speak but Sony tells them to get lost
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Queues of gamers anxious to get their hands on the PlayStation 3 have begun forming outside Tokyo electronics stores that plan to begin selling the machine on Saturday morning.

PS3 firmware 1.10 upgrade confirmed: Can now access PlayStation Network
Thursday, November 09, 2006
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It’s no big surprise but Sony has announced today that it has upgraded the PlayStation 3 firmware to enable it to actually use the PlayStation Network online service. The move up to version 1.10 comes in the nick of time — just two days before the November 11 Japan launch of the PS3.

PlayStation 3 doing its thing in Tokyo
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Yeah, there are squillions of PS3 videos out there now that the launch is a mere three days away but how many of them come to you fresh from Tokyo, feature Sony babes AND are hosted by housewives’ favorite Martyn Williams? Eh, eh? Check yourself…

Artsy Japanese TV commercials for Sony PlayStation 3
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
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The first TV commercials for the PS3 appeared in Japan last week and you can see a selection on the official PlayStation Japan website at the link after the jump.

Sony PlayStation 3 U-turn: Now to hit Hong Kong, Taiwan on Nov. 17
Friday, November 03, 2006
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After initially cutting back international launch plans for the PlayStation 3, Sony has expanded them again, and will start selling the device in Hong Kong and Taiwan on November 17, it said this week.

Another headache for Sony: falling PSP sales
Saturday, October 28, 2006
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As if the laptop battery recall and stumbles towards the launch of the PlayStation 3 weren’t enough for it to deal with, Sony said this week that shipments of its PSP handheld are well below expectations.

PS3 oooh #689,234: Check out the FCC-approved labels on that…
Thursday, October 26, 2006
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Sony’s PlayStation 3 has cleared another pre-launch hurdle with the awarding of approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

DWT TV: Sony’s tears for profits squandered
Saturday, October 21, 2006
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What would a fine Tokyo Saturday morning be without another chance to poke fun at analyze Sony’s battery and PS3 fandango? And what better way to do so than through the wonder of video? Click away.

Batterygate and PS3 fiasco force Sony to slash billions from profit forecast
Friday, October 20, 2006
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A large recall of Sony-made batteries by PC makers and problems that have hit the launch of the PlayStation 3 console have caused Sony to cut its full year profit forecast by more than a third on Thursday.

Nintendo DS gets durrty with molestation game
Thursday, October 12, 2006
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Since we’re on the subject of virtual human playthings, how about this for a dose of weird?

Cell processor does hi-def streams, live motion capture
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
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Toshiba’s plans for the future of the Cell processor seem to see it powering everything from cellphones to washing machines but our video from last week’s Ceatec shows it doing a couple of far more interesting tricks.

South Park & World of Warcraft: too k3wl to miss
Friday, October 06, 2006
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Not that it’s got a lot to do with gadgets, Japan or anything else we cover here, but last night’s South Park World of Warcraft episode (that’s Kyle in the fetching green dress there) was a heck of a start to season 10.

Tokyo Game Show roundup video
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
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This year’s Tokyo Game Show had it all — the PS3, the Wii, booth babes galore, otaku and more. We’ve got it all in our handy 7-minute video report after the jump. Check it out…

TGS: Game Show attendance hits record high
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The chance to play the new PlayStation 3 and Wii consoles drew over 190,000 people to the Tokyo Game Show, the event organizers said Monday.



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