Nintendo shows off new DSi with camera, app store

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Nintendo hosted its latest press conference in Tokyo last night, and with the gaming giant not displaying its goods at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, the press was expecting some big announcements from the event, and no one was disappointed. New hardware, new games, and new services were all announced and detailed, but the biggest news has to be the revamped Nintendo DS, called the DSi. 

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Tilt: The Battle to Save Pinball

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THE SITUATION facing the pinball designers at Williams Electronic Games in 1998: come up with something new, or see the world’s largest pinball manufacturer be shut down forever.

And Williams’ designers did come up with something amazing: a brand new kind of pinball machine—”Pinball 2000″—that fused video with classic pinball gameplay, preserving what was great about pinball yet opening up all-new possibilities for a product thought to be on its last legs.

Yet soon after its successful and highly-profitable launch, Williams pulled the plug, leaving behind unanswered questions and abandoning one of the world’s great design organizations. TILT: The Battle to Save Pinball is a documentary that tells the story behind one of entertainment’s most mysterious failures.

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7 Jobs That Are Better In Video Games Than In Real Life

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Photojournalists— #4 on the list:

Photogs like Dead Rising’s Frank West and Disaster Report’s Keith Helm embody what every photojournalist wants to be; in the thick of the action, kicking some ass (objectivity be damned), and taking the controversial shot that blows a worldwide conspiracy wide open. Sure, some war photojournalists get to take some pretty gripping shots, but most are stuck taking pictures of blue-haired elderly ladies complaining at town hall meetings or sleeping in their car waiting for Britney Spears to leave her house and (hopefully) leave her baby on the roof of the car as she drives off to Starbucks.

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No Game About Nazis for Nintendo – New York Times

“Disgusting concept. Some people have no shame,” wrote one video game blog reader. Another called it “pretty creepy.”

The game, called Imagination Is the Only Escape, apparently will not be distributed within the United States. It casts players in the role of a young boy in eastern France during the German occupation who seeks escape from real-life horror through a fantasy world.

Darkly illustrated and full of gruesome historical facts, it is a far cry from the normal fare written for the Nintendo DS, which tends toward games featuring cute ponies and the like (DS stands for double screen).

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Terror-Themed Game Suspended – washingtonpost.com

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In the video game that Wafaa Bilal created, his avatar is steely-eyed and hooded, with an automatic rifle at his side, an ammunition belt around his waist, a fuse in his hand and the mien of a knightly suicide-bomber. He is the “Virtual Jihadi.”

The Iraqi-born, Chicago-based artist said he adapted his game from an earlier version made by al-Qaeda’s media branch to raise questions about Americans’ conceptions of the enemy in Iraq.

His work was briefly exhibited Thursday night at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. The game was projected on a giant screen so that one viewer at a time could play — until administrators shut down the show Friday morning. The institute needed time to review the show’s “origin, content and intent,” said William N. Walker, a vice president

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Giant Bomb » Blowing up this summer

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Welcome to Giant Bomb: The Blog. It’s sort of like Alien 3: The Gun, only with more explosions and less track. After working on this in secret for as long as we have been, it’s totally exciting to be able to finally let you in on what we’ve been doing. I actually still haven’t gotten used to freely speaking the name of the site in public, or even typing it, really. It’s always been “The Site” or “The Thing I’m Doing” or “If Marion Cobretti Was A Website.”

So let me start by telling you what Giant Bomb is, and then I’ll briefly touch on what Giant Bomb will become. Right now, we’re opening up this blog, where myself and others will be writing about games, covering them in much the same way I’ve been doing on my personal blog for the past three months. Sometimes it will be off-the-cuff, sometimes it will be reasoned and well-thought-out. We’ll review games here, and we’ll talk about upcoming stuff, as well. We’ll occasionally chime in on the news that surrounds the game industry, both here in print, and in our podcast, which will grow out of the Arrow Pointing Down podcast that I’ve been doing with Ryan Davis for the past few weeks. Yes, we will still continue to speak our minds on the latest happenings in the beverage and snack food industries. Don’t you worry about that. We’ll talk about games there, too. Surprise!

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