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Kinect's Joy Ride Works Without You Working

posted Sunday Nov 28, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Kinect's <i>Joy Ride</i> Works Without You Working

There's not much I can say about this. I ran across a video from a YouTuber by the name of GELTONZ who posted a gameplay clip of him playing Joy Ride for the Kinect. Normal enough, you would think, except he showed himself sitting down, keeping his hands still, not moving at all, and the game was being played for him!

It appears the game has some sort of auto-steering correct feature, I guess to tailor to all age groups, as after racing 3 laps of nearly identical racing lines, he placed third out of eight. He didn't even move! What blows me away is the fact that he has to exert no energy other than sitting down and keeping perfectly still and the game played it all for him, steering and acceleration included. Weird. Can anyone explain this?

Rumor has it that this game could be the Gran Turismo 5 killer, if the discs that shipped actually have content on it.

Want to see the video? Hit the break!

Swastikas are Not the Way to Win on Xbox Live

posted Sunday Nov 28, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Swastikas are Not the Way to Win on Xbox Live

Microsoft's community czar, Stephen Toulouse, has had an interesting career. It seems he steps in it every time he appears in the public, either in person or in writing. I believe we all remember the gamer who was banned for living in a town named Fort Gay.

This week's faux pas comes to us via Twitter. He was asked,

Hey, I'm not a genocidal hater of Jews but I really love the design of the swastika because its actually used by numerous religions, can I use it as my Call Of Duty: Black Ops logo? SWASTIKAS ARE AWESOME.

For his reaction, hit the break.

Google Goes Apache on the Wave

posted Sunday Nov 28, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Google Goes Apache on the Wave

Google Wave is not as dead as we expected. Google and Novell have submitted to the Apache Software Foundation that they take over the majority of codebase from Google Wave. While the move is a bit odd, it isn't a huge surprise.

After shutting down Google Wave earlier this year, Google decided to make its source code available to the open source community. We just were not sure exactly how it was going to go from an internal project to the Wave in a Box they wanted.

Hit the break to find out how this is any different from just releasing the source code.

Gran Turismo 5 Is Finally Here... Well, The Boxes Are

posted Sunday Nov 28, 2010 by Jon Wurm

<i>Gran Turismo 5</i> Is Finally Here... Well, The Boxes Are

The 5 year wait for the 5th release in the epic Gran Turismo franchise might very well have come to an end. The game has shipped out to retailers and there is even some online game play footage. But let's not pop the champaign just yet. Anyone who has followed the franchise at all will not be able to kick their Perkaset addictions until it's actually in their PS3 and being played, by them. Especially after the recent release date shenanigans that Sony and Polyphony have pulled. Also, as Scott mentioned to me, we saw footage of Spore 2 years before the game actually released.

To see some of the game play footage and the hilarious Sony commercial hit the break.

WiFi Cars to Become Standard?

posted Sunday Nov 28, 2010 by Scott Ertz

WiFi Cars to Become Standard?

Have you encountered a vehicle that has WiFi built-in? We did last year at CES 2010 but not really in the wild. It seems to be similar to the iPad (have any of you seen one of THOSE in the wild?). The reason is because this year only 174,000 units have shipped worldwide. Not a terribly impressive number.

On the other hand, by 2017, it is expected that around 7.2 million units will ship worldwide, with about half making it to the US. That is an impressive number, no matter what Nintendo thinks. 1.1 million of those units will ship as aftermarket in the US, which means somewhere in the vicinity of 2.5 million will ship as part of a vehicle from the manufacturer.

What does this mean and why is it important? Hit the break.

Sirius and XM Canada Companies Merge

posted Sunday Nov 28, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Sirius and XM Canada Companies Merge

I don't know about all of you, but we here at the show love the merger of Sirius and XM and all the cool new stuff they have to offer. But who knew that Sirius Canada and XM Canada didn't merge yet after the US counterparts have merged well over a year ago? I know I didn't. This week, the two companies announced their plans to merge forces to create a super satellite sound alliance!

The $520 million mashup, no my_____ pun intended, will take two competing companies and align them side by side to make a 1.7 million audience base.

For more on the extraterrestrial squish, hit the break.

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