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Game Literally Makes You Go, 'Pew Pew'

'PewPewPewPewPewPewPewPewPew' is a 2-D side-scrolling blaster game that should seem familiar to anyone who lived through the 8-bit and 16-bit eras. This soon-to-be Xbox Live title is a little different though; instead of using a controller, two players man microphones, one controlling thrust by blowing and the other firing lasers by -- you guessed it -- going "pew, pew, pew."...

'A' Is for ADD: 'Sesame Street' Coming to Microsoft Kinect

Perhaps you're the type of parent that hates to see a child become ADD-addled and glassy-eyed in front of the TV. Well, thanks to 'Sesame Street' and Microsoft's motion-control Kinect gaming system, you can soon have your little tyke unresponsive and rambunctious. According to the Xbox PR folk, the multiple 'Sesame Street'-themed games encourage "dancing, jumping, flying and more." We would rathe...

Prank Xbox Live Massacre Messages Land Maryland Teen in Jail

Ok. Let's try this again: Sending threatening messages to anyone, for any reason, even if it's a joke, even if it's using another person's account or e-mail address is a really, really, really, really, really bad idea. Really. Take, for instance, the recent tale of one (unnamed) Maryland teenager who is now headed to court to face charges of sending threatening messages to about 100 people via a s...

Kinect Used to Film Eerie Music Video

We've seen the Kinect do some pretty amazing tricks. It's easy to forget, though, that, despite all the hacking and bolting the gaming peripheral to robots, the Kinect is a video camera at heart. Artists Dom Jones and Dan Nixon recorded and processed the footage for a video from a band called Echo Lake using the Kinect. The results are a sublime blend of musical specters performing the song,...

Xbox Live Tags 11-Year-Old Autistic Boy a 'Cheater'

Update: According to the Twitter feed of XBLA's Director of Policy and Enforcement Stephen Toulouse, the account was "illegitimately modified" and Julius' mother has since been contacted. The Rainman of 'Halo,' 11-year-old Julius Jackson is apparently a video game whiz. The boy, whose mother says he usually masters games in three to four days, is autistic, and reaches to his Xbox both to socia...

Report: Father-in-Law Kidnaps Man, Takes Xbox as Ransom

Oh, the hazards of working in the family business. According to reports, Allen Begley got a call from his employer (and father-in-law) Joshua Seal this weekend. After arriving at Seal's Flooring in Kingsport, Tennessee, Begley was allegedly locked in a room, assaulted, and accused of stealing jewelry valued at $245 from a job site. Seal reportedly released Begley -- but only after taking an Xbox 3...

Kinect Hack Helps With Robotic Surgeries

While surgical robots are much more precise than clunky human hands, the surgeons who use these devices aren't able to guide the 'bots with their natural sense of touch, and this can make it easier to bump into a delicate organ or artery. In response to this problem, some graduate engineering students at the University of Washington recently developed an Xbox 360 Kinect hack, which uses the hardw...

Palin-Signed Xbox Will Sell for $1.1M on eBay, Confused Canadian Hopes

We Americans are labeled with several stereotypes. Such confused foreigners interchangeably think that we are are all extravagantly wealthy, Tea Party supporters, or incredibly dumb. But rarely does a citizen of the world believe as fully in all of those things as does David Morrill, who hopes to sell a Sarah Palin-autographed Xbox 360 for $1.1 million on eBay. Sure, he hasn't found a buyer in tw...

Red Ring of Death? Blame Your Kinect (Maybe)

Gamers have found a new culprit in the great battle against the red ring o' death (or RRoD, for those in the know). Some consumers have told the BBC that they blame the Kinect for the death of their consoles, many of which began failing shortly after they were connected to Microsoft's new motion controller. This isn't just a few disgruntled customers in the U.K., either; gamers around the world a...

Kinect Hacks, Vol. II: Robots, Quadrocopters and an Invisibility Cloak

The modding and hacking community is simply having a field day with Microsoft's Kinect. It was just a couple of weeks ago that we highlighted a few of the fun and impressive things that people much smarter than us were doing with the latest in motion-controlled gaming peripherals. But those innovations already look simplistic next to the crazy things being cooked up in living rooms and labs acros...

Berating Judge Forces Recess in Xbox-Modder Trial, Prosecution Forges Ahead

The trial of alleged Xbox-modder Matthew Crippen began this week, and a stern lecture from the bench has already forced a courtroom apology -- from the prosecution. The unprecedented trial hinges on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), but discrepancies in the Act -- combined with problematic behavior from the prosecution -- reportedly left U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez with "seriou...

First Trial Over Video Game Console Mods Begins

On Tuesday, Matthew Crippen earned the dubious distinction of being the first person in the U.S. to go on trial for modding video game consoles. Crippen is being charged with two counts of violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) for modifying his Xbox 360 to play homebrew and pirated games. The 28-year-old Californian was allegedly running a business modifying Xboxes. The trial i...

Kinect's Second Life: 5 Awesome Hacks, from Puppets to KinectBots

digg The Kinect hasn't exactly wowed gamers, and reviews of the add-on have been tepid at best. Still, the rather elaborate motion-controller for the Xbox 360 has found fans among the hacking community, thanks to its impressive array of cameras and sensors. Resourceful modders have hooked the device up to computers, created elaborate shadow puppets and mapped 3-D models of rooms. Read on to chec...

Kinect Monitoring Could Usher New Era of Personalized Gaming

Xbox Kinect users have already provided the world with numerous demonstrations of ungainly goofiness. According to Engadget, Kinect doesn't just offer unbridled moments of uncoordinated motion-control hilarity, though. Microsoft exec Dennis Durkin believes the system possesses powerful targeted advertising capabilities. While gamers naively flail and lunge, the Kinect system could conceivably mon...

Angry Birds to Get PS3, Wii, Xbox Release and Multiplpayer Mode

Late last week at the Social Gaming Summit in London, Rovio, the developer of 'Angry Birds,' announced plans to bring its wildly popular series to all three major gaming consoles. While multiplayer gameplay isn't finalized, Rovio CEO Peter Vesterbacka explained that it's a priority, and will resemble the retro 'Worms' series. The lingering question is, can a game optimized for touch-screen device...