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U-Move Wii Controller Will Keep You Moving, Won't Take No For an Answer

The U-Move nunchuck controller is like a drill sergeant for the Wii. This little peripheral uses a pedometer to keep track of every step you take, and will let you know exactly how many calories you burn while playing any Wii or Wii-Fit game. Thing is, you'll have to keep moving at all times, in order to "energize" your on-screen character. The minute you stop bouncing around, your thumb s...

'Exergames' Can Actually Help Keep Kids in Shape, Study Finds

Looking for a legitimate excuse to play video games instead of going to the gym? Bill Bailey has it. Bailey, a professor of Exercise Science at BYU, recently discovered that kids who play physically intensive video games can actually get enough exercise to meet federally recommended requirements for physical activity. In his study, Bailey examined 39 middle school-aged children, of various b...

Europeans Getting 'Sexy Party Game' for Wii

We suppose it was only a matter of time before someone took the concept of motion gaming, and turned it into something dirty to make drunken swingers giggle like 16-year olds. Ubisoft, a French gaming company, is unleasing 'We Dare' upon the European gaming public on March 11th. (Sorry U.S. pervs, no "sexy party game" for you.) The title features "40 fun and flirtatious games," and encourage...

Motion Gaming May Lift Spirits, Restore Self-Worth for Senior Citizens

Scientists have already discovered a variety of health benefits that video games offer to elderly gamers, including heightened mental acuity and vision restoration. After performing a 10-week observational study, Dr. Patricia Kahlbaugh of Southern Connecticut State University now believes that motion control gaming alleviates other afflictions that commonly plague senior citizens, including feelin...

'The Wii Plays' Takes Gameplay to the Live Stage

The Ars Nova theater in New York's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood hopes to translate a collection of eminent, famous fables to the live stage. The series of stories may surprise some avid playgoers, though, because the playwrights actually sought inspiration from the Nintendo Wii. 'The Wii Plays,' devised by the theater's Play Group, includes an assortment of legendary Nintendo titles, including 'Wii...

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...

Netflix Wii Owners Can Go Disc-Free for Video Streaming

Last week, Sony announced Netflix subscribers could go disc-free with an update for their PlayStation 3 consoles starting today, October 18th. This morning, Nintendo announced Wii owners will no longer need an installation disc to stream Netflix on the video game console. Netflix subscribers can download and install the app directly from the Wii Shop Channel (new users can get access after paying...

LEGO Wiimote Brings Even More Child-Like Charm to Wii

LEGO bricks make everything better, including zoo animals and Star Wars, but the little colored bricks have been conspicuously absent from the world of gaming peripherals and accessories. That all changes this week when the LEGO-branded Wii remote goes on sale at Toys "R" Us for $40. The colorful Wii-mote is far from subtle, but there is a certain childish charm to its multi-hued, blocky design. ...

'Rocky Horror Picture Show' Coming to 'Guitar Hero' for Xbox, PS3 and Wii

It's been a few years since high school, so we're not sure if the kids who play 'Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock' are the same types that attend toilet-paper-hurling, expletive-laden live shows of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show.' But, if you happen to be one of those game-geeks from Transsexual Transylvania, you're in luck this month. 'RHPS' tracks will be made available as a download pack for the g...

Soundgarden Scores Fourth Platinum Album With 'Guitar Hero' Help

Selling a platinum album may seem like small potatoes for a band like Soundgarden, whose hit 'Superunknown' went five times platinum following its release in 1994. But, in the era of iTunes and rampant piracy, even going gold is a serious accomplishment. With the release of its greatest hits album, 'Telephantasm,' Soundgarden has scored its fourth platinum-selling album, and this one on the first...

'Wii Fit' Balance Board Gives New Meaning to Baby-Mobile

Nintendo has suffered through a fairly miserable summer. The Xbox 360 recently seized the Wii's established position at the top of the console sales charts, and Sony continues to encroach on Nintendo's once dominant peripheral standing. The revered company definitely experienced some admirable breakthroughs, though, particularly with 'Wii Fit.' The American Heart Association now promotes the game...

Wii Fit Used to Diagnose Concussions in Football Players

With concussions becoming a focal point in sports medicine, doctors and trainers are searching for new ways to diagnose these dangerous injuries. According to The Washington Post, for the past year, athletic trainers at the University of Maryland and Ohio State University have been using Wii Fit to test the balance of football players in order to more accurately diagnose concussions. To begin, ath...

Ivy Bean, Twitter's Oldest User, Dies at 104

Ivy Bean, from Bradford, England, definitely wasn't your average Twitterer. She had a staggering 57,000 people following her IvyBean104 handle, and, thanks to her viral popularity, managed to work her way into meetings with British politicians and celebrities, alike. Oh, and at 104-years young, she was the world's oldest microblogger. Late Tuesday, though, Bean passed away at the care facil...

Video Games Can Be Used to Fight Crime, and Not Just in 'CSI: The Game'

What's the next frontier of investigative crime fighting? If you ask Michael Nesbitt, it may be sitting right in your living room. Nesbitt, a security consultant at Trustwave, is scheduled to give a presentation at the upcoming DEFCON security conference, where he'll explain how any unassuming video game system can, when examined closely, help investigators solve crimes. As Security Watch reports,...

Research Finds Wii Fit Safer and Less Effective Than Gym, Nobody's Surprised

As our country becomes more obese and more tightly fastened to the couch, Nintendo's Wii, with the 'Wii Fit' system in particular, has positioned itself to be the artery-cleaner of choice for the shut-in gamer. A researcher from Ohio State University recently helped to cement that image -- claiming that the Wii Fit exercise regimen is far safer than its real-life counterparts. According to mast...