Nintendo confirms Wii Vitality Sensor’s death

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Oh Wii Vitality Sensor, we hardly knew ye… in that we didn’t know you at all. Nintendo introduced the pulse-sensing Wii peripheral at its E3 2009 stage show, and said we’d hear more in “the future.” That future never came, despite occasional assurances that the device still existed. During a recent Q&A with Nintendo head Satoru Iwata, an analyst brought up the device once more, and Iwata said it encountered too many issues in quality assurance testing to bring to market.

“We have not been able to launch it as a commercial product because we could not get it to work as we expected and it was of narrower application than we had originally thought,” he told investors. According to Iwata’s estimates, approximately 90 out of 100 people were able to use the Vitality Sensor without a hitch, though he (thankfully) requires that it work with “1,000 of 1,000 people.” However, he admitted “but [since we use the living body signal with individual differences] it is a little bit of a stretch to make it applicable to every single person.” He’d still love to make the Vitality Sensor a reality “if technology enhancements” allow, but thus far, testing renders it “insufficient as a commercial product.”

In other Nintendo news, Iwata assured investors that he will continue to monitor employee cafeteria quality-related concerns. Seriously though, that was a question.

Walking Dead Episode 2 Walkthrough

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In this episode of Walking Dead by Telltales Games…

Lee and other survivor went to the St.John Diary.Lee and Mark went out to scout the Perimeter to reassure the security system is properly in place while few other went back to invite the whole group out for Dinner!Lee and Mark stumble upon an ambush by the so called “Bandits”!Then there was a heated argument between the group and the St.John’s people.Then Mark never return after Brenda took him! Is St.John’s as good as they present themselves to be?Check it out only on http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL46HNnsU8W7hblVaQ9D9ooqpXK9e_AsQM&action_edit=1

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The Walking Dead: 400 Days release date announced

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Last month, during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Telltale Games confirmed its plans to release The Walking Dead: 400 Days, a bridging episode between the first and second seasons of its hit episodic adventure game.

Today, the company confirmed that the additional chapter will launch on selected platforms this week, landing first on the North American PlayStation Network on July 2, Steam and the Telltale Games Store on Wednesday July 3, and worldwide on Xbox Live from July 5. European PlayStation owners will be able to download the game from July 10, while the iOS version will launch globally on July 11.

The game takes place over 400 days in the same time period as the first season, but will not focus on Lee or Clementine. Instead, the game will be split into five short stories, each from the perspective of a different, new character in the universe. Players who have an existing save file from the first season will have their decisions carried over, while all choices made in 400 Days will also impact the upcoming second season, which will begin later this year.

The Walking Dead: 400 Days is not included in the original season pass, and will cost around $4.99. The game will be available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Mac, iOS, and, for the first time, Sony’s PlayStation Vita handheld.

Amazon Weekly Deals

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Are you looking to buy a great smartphone at this time of year?Perhaps as a Father’s Day gift?Or maybe just a treat for yourself?Well either way this is without a doubt the best time to do so!Why,you asked?Well because Amazon smartphones are going on sales for this season,as a Father’s Day present to y’all!Here are links to smartphone I mention that are going…

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Google Working on Game Console to Compete with Future Apple Gaming Threat

According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Google has an Android-based video game console and smart watch in the works in order to compete with products the company expects Apple to produce in the future.

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Apple’s New TV Effort May Kick Off This Fall with Focus on Third-Party Apps

TechCrunch‘s MG Siegler reports that Apple indeed appears to be moving closer to making a major push into television, perhaps leveraging the existing iOS-based Apple TV to pursue gaming as a focus point for the initiative.

Xbox founding engineer Nat Brown had noted earlier this week that he believes Apple could destroy the traditional console gaming business by opening up the Apple TV platform to third-party apps, and Valve founder Gabe Newell had expressed similar sentiments several weeks earlier.

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Sony issues fix for broken PlayStation 3 firmware

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Sony has wheeled out firmware version 4.46 for the PlayStation 3, which allows users to hide Trophy notifications. The new PS3 firmware replaces version 4.45, which released with the same feature last week but made some consoles inoperable.

Users who weren’t locked out of the PlayStation 3’s XrossMediaBar will be able to download PS3 firmware 4.46 through the System Update menu.

Sony has also issued step-by-step instructions for those affected by the faulty 4.45 firmware, detailing the process to download the firmware file manually from a computer and then installing it on the PS3 in safe mode via a USB stick.

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