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Depression is from Videogames

posted Saturday Aug 22, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Are you in your thirties, overweight and depressed? According to a new study conducted by the CDC, chances are, that's you. Congratulations. The study claims gamers have "lower extraversion, consistent with research on adolescents that linked video-game playing to a sedentary lifestyle and overweight status, and to mental-health concerns."

The study also showed a variance between gamer males and females. Males tend to be more overweight, and females tend to be more depressed and generally in poor health.

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RUMOR: 360 Elite Price Drop

posted Saturday Aug 22, 2009 by Scott Ertz

RUMOR: 360 Elite Price Drop

When it comes to price drop rumors, I usually wait until I have at least 2 credible sources before I get excited. Well, now I do. Last week, I stumbled across a picture of an ad for an Elite for $299. Now, that was pretty exciting, but it was the first I had heard of it, and with all the rumors about the PS3 (which turned out to be true), it was inevitable that we would hear some talk about the 360 as well.

This week, however, Kotaku uncovered an image of a Walmart "rollback" on Elite, now $299. Now we have some credibility. Now, it is currently the 22nd of August, and the date of the ad is shown to be August 30th, so I assume we will hear official word from Microsoft in the next few days.

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Sony Confirms the Rumors - PS3 Slim

posted Saturday Aug 22, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Sony Confirms the Rumors - PS3 Slim

It's official, Sony announced this week the existence of the long rumored PlayStation 3 Slim. The impressive part is that the images we have been seeing over the past few weeks were mostly correct. That almost never happens. So, now, let's get to the details, shall we?

The new console is black (of course) and has a 120GB hard drive. They will be available here in the States, as well as Europe and most of Asia starting September 1st (Japan on the 3rd), and will retail for $299. Yes, you heard me, a PS3 for the price of a 360. Sony Computer Entertainment had this to say about the new device:

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Best Buy Price Limbo: How Low They Won't Go but How Low They Are

posted Sunday Aug 16, 2009 by Jon Wurm

Best Buy Price Limbo: How Low They Won't Go but How Low They Are

My fellow upstream contributor and co-host Nick recently wrote an article about Best Buy and their yellow clearance tag of a brand image. Well Nick I'm sorry to say that in this story they don't live up to your expectations or the expectations of some very upset customers.

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The Zune HD is here!

posted Saturday Aug 15, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

The Zune HD is here!

As much as I am not a fan of Best Buy and their yellow clearance tag of a brand image, the fact is that many decent consumers shop there, as it is one of the last free-standing big box electronic stores. So it is only right that I rejoice alongside my colleagues for the announcement that we can finally pre-order the new Microsoft Zune HD beginning today, August 16th! Microsoft has teamed up with the electronics giant to provide an up close and personal sneak peek at the device in select cities on August 22nd and 23rd, as well as pre-order support leading up to the release on September 15th.

But what about the features? I'm glad you asked. For starters, the first touch-screen Zune will be available in both a 16GB and 32GB version, priced at $219.99 and $289.99, respectively. There will be five original colors to choose from but if you head over to ZuneOriginals, you can get ten unique engravings to customize your Zune with, all designed by guest artists. Now for the fun part. The Zune HD is boasting several things that the coffee sipping iPhone and iPod touch users (sorry, Jon) would only dream of being able to accomplish on their soon-to-be rudimentary metal playtoys.

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Apple's Not Havin' The Tablet For Holiday '09

posted Saturday Aug 15, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Apple's Not Havin' The Tablet For Holiday '09

For many years Apple has held a conference to announce products that will be released in the upcoming months. This year though, Apple is holding an unexpected, second conference and there has been much speculation around what will be announced. The second event has occurred before and was very effective in helping Apple transition from the iPod mini to the iPod nano.

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