It’s a sad sad SAD for gaming today as Game Group PLC have filed for administration and have been forced to close over 200+ stores and lay off 2000 staff. Larger stores such as Oxford Street, London, Westfield White City & Westfield Stratford City are still trading but Gamestation’s flagship store in Birmingham New Street and Irish and Northern Irish stores are closed.
Click here to download a full list of stores which are closed
R.I.P. Game & Gamestation. Many thanks to the years of service.
I’ve just stumbled across this article on the BBC Technology website which confirmed that the Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect has set a new sales record selling 2.5 million units within its first 25 days. With the Kinect being on sale in 60,000 shops across 38 countries, Microsoft have confirmed that they are on target to meet their sales target of 5 millions units by Christmas.
In other news, Microsoft have released a statement regarding programmers who are writing software for the Kinect.
The director of incubation for the Xbox at Microsoft Alex Kipman said “Hacking would mean that someone got to our algorithms that sit on the side of the Xbox and was able to actually use them, which hasn’t happened. Or it means that you put a device between the sensor and the Xbox for means of cheating, which also has not happened…What has happened is someone wrote an open-source driver for PCs that essentially opens the USB connection, which we didn’t protect by design, and reads the inputs from the sensor”. When asked if anyone would “get in trouble” for writing such code or finding other uses for the Kinect camera, Kipman had a direct answer: “Nope. Absolutely not”. (Source: Gamespot)
Check this video out which I found on Youtube of two programmers and the software they have written to create hand puppets using the Kinect.
Before I go, I would like to congratulate Microsoft on setting the sales record and I actually can’t wait to play with the device…maybe I should add an Xbox 360 Kinect bundle to my Christmas list…I’ll consolidate the Gadget Decider and see what the outcome is!
Happy Friday everyone!! The end of the week is FINALLY here!
I found an interesting article on BBC News about the Microsoft Xbox Kinect being hacked hours after going on sale in Europe. So naturally I had to check it out and what I found was not the work of a “hacker” as Microsoft put it, but the work of a good programmer.
Microsoft Kinect 360
Like the Wii, the Kinect can be used to do some really cool motion sensor stuff which, if you liked the film Minority Report, will make life pretty interesting (come on, how isn’t controlling your computer via hand motions not cool?).
The programmer responded to the $3K bounty issued by Adafruit Industries to the first person to produce drivers for the device and have them available to download and improve. Click the link to visit BBC News which has a link to Adafruit Industries website where you’ll find a demonstration video of the Kinect being used on a Linux laptop.
Wishing you a fabulous weekend filled with excitement and joy!