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The Guinness World Record for largest game collection has been set by Michael Thomasson, a 43-year-old New York father. He earned the record for owning 10,607 games. According to the Associated Press,
not only does he own the games, but the dozens of systems to play them on as well.
Rare units like the Japan-exclusive, female-oriented Casio Loopy, Pippin, and Colecovision all have a place in his Buffalo home. The Colecovision, similar to a version his parents gave him one year after his 
grandparents got him a game for it, seems to be one of his favorites. In the recently released Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer's Edition, he said, "It's my first love so it's sentimental. But the games also
were quality, with very little of the 'shovelware' typical of many systems."
In 1998 Thomasson had to sell his collection to help pay for his wedding. Later, he began buying two games per day on a $3,000-per-year budget, and today he estimates everything is worth $700,000 to $800,000.
Richard Leece, the previous record holder with 8,616 games, said, "My congratulations to a fellow collector," when he learned of Thomasson's achievement. "It's very impressive and I'm very happy for him."
Now, a year after Guinness' counting crew have left, Thomasson claims to own over 11,000 games. Check out a picture of Thomasson with his award below.

The Guinness World Record for largest game collection has been set by Michael Thomasson, a 43-year-old New York father. He earned the record for owning 10,607 games. According to the Associated Press,

not only does he own the games, but the dozens of systems to play them on as well.

Rare units like the Japan-exclusive, female-oriented Casio Loopy, Pippin, and Colecovision all have a place in his Buffalo home. The Colecovision, similar to a version his parents gave him one year after his 

grandparents got him a game for it, seems to be one of his favorites. In the recently released Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer's Edition, he said, "It's my first love so it's sentimental. But the games also

were quality, with very little of the 'shovelware' typical of many systems."

In 1998 Thomasson had to sell his collection to help pay for his wedding. Later, he began buying two games per day on a $3,000-per-year budget, and today he estimates everything is worth $700,000 to $800,000.

Richard Leece, the previous record holder with 8,616 games, said, "My congratulations to a fellow collector," when he learned of Thomasson's achievement. "It's very impressive and I'm very happy for him."

Now, a year after Guinness' counting crew have left, Thomasson claims to own over 11,000 games. 

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/12/24/man-sets-guinness-world-record-for-largest-game-collection?utm_campaign=fbposts&utm_source=facebook


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Sony India will hold a press conference on 18th December to announce launch plans for the PlayStation 4 in India.
The press conference will be held at Delhi’s Shangri-La Eros Hotel at 12:30 pm.
Present at the presser will be Kinichiro Hibi, managing director of Sony India; Robert Fisser, vice president of SCEE for Middle East, Africa, Turkey and India; and of course, Atindriya Bose, country manager of PlayStation India.
Sony is expected to announce the launch date for the PS4 in India as well as the console’s price. It has already revealed that first-party games will be priced at Rs 3,999.

Sony India will hold a press conference on 18th December to announce launch plans for the PlayStation 4 in India.

The press conference will be held at Delhi’s Shangri-La Eros Hotel at 12:30 pm.

Present at the presser will be Kinichiro Hibi, managing director of Sony India; Robert Fisser, vice president of SCEE for Middle East, Africa, Turkey and India; and of course, Atindriya Bose, country manager of PlayStation India.

Sony is expected to announce the launch date for the PS4 in India as well as the console’s price. It has already revealed that first-party games will be priced at Rs 3,999.

 



So this came out of nowhere. At its Gamescom press conference , Sony unveiled a brand new SKU for the PSP – the PSP E1000, the most striking feature of which is the price tag – just 99 Euro. Note that this is a new version of the old PSP, not to be mistaken with the Playstation Vita, which is the upcoming Playstation handheld.

The E1000 model features a matte black body, similar to that of the PS3, but the low price comes at the cost of a few features, namely Wi-Fi and stereo speakers, both of which have been standard in all past PSP SKUs. This new iteration is also slightly larger than the PSP 3000, but is also a lot lighter. Everything else remains pretty much the same, including that crisp PSP 3000 screen.

It’ll be interesting to see how the PSP E1000 will be priced in India. The handheld is currently priced at Rs 7,990 with two free games, and if Sony can price this at around the Rs 5,000 mark, it could be a real shot in the arm for the PSP, which is beginning to fade away as attention shifts towards its successor, the Vita.


Sony has released a full list of technical specs for the PlayStation Vita, confirming that all models of the handheld include 512MB of main memory. This goes against reports which suggested the system's main memory had been halved.

Full PlayStation Vita Technical Specifications

  • Platform Name: PlayStation Vita
  • Model number: PCH-1000 series
  • CPU: ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-A9 core (4 core)
  • GPU: SGX543MP4+
  • External Dimensions: Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth)
    (tentative, excludes largest projection)
  • Screen: 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED (Touch
    screen) Multi touch screen (capacitive type)
  • Main memory: 512MB
  • VRAM: 128MB
  • Rear touch pad: Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
  • Cameras: Front camera, Rear camera
    • Frame rate: 120fps@320x240(QVGA), 60fps@640x480(VGA)
    • Resolution: Up to 640x480(VGA)
  • Sound: Built-in stereo speakers, Built-in microphone
  • Sensors: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis
    accelerometer), Three-axis electronic, compass
  • Location: Built-in GPS (3G/Wi-Fi model only), Wi-Fi location service support
  • Keys / Switches:
    • PS button
    • Power button
    • Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)
    • Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
    • Shoulder buttons (Right/Left)
    • Right stick, Left stick
    • START button, SELECT button
    • Volume buttons (+/-)
  • Wireless communications:
    • Mobile network connectivity (3G/Wi-Fi model only)
    • IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1x1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
    • Bluetooth(R) 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)
  • Slots/Ports:
    • PlayStation Vita card slot
    • Memory card slot
    • SIM card slot (3G/Wi-Fi model only)
    • Multi-use port (for USB data communication, DC IN, Audio (Stereo Out /Mono
      In), Serial data communication), Headset jack (Stereo mini jack) (for Audio (Stereo
      Out/Mono In))
    • Accessory port
  • Power: Built-In Lithium-ion Battery,AC adaptor
  • Supported Music: MP3 MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3, MP4 (MPEG-4 AAC)
  • AV content: WAVE (Linear PCM)
  • Videos: MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC), H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, High/Main/Baseline
    Profile (AAC)
  • Photos: JPEG (Exif 2.2.1), TIFF, BMP, GIF, PNG


Sony Japan has listed a new PlayStation 3 model by the name of CECH-3000B. This review of the console will be available this month in Japan, is lighter 2.6kg (3.3kg current model), has a smaller, 200 watts compared to 230 current and 320GB hard drive. It is unknown when it will go on sale in Europe.

Accessories, hard drive and the price are the same as the current model 2500B that eventually will be possible to replace the new one. In Japan, the PlayStation 3 CECH-3000B is also available for sale through a pack with Tales of Xillia but this time the console will feature a 160GB hard drive. Sony has not announced plans to sell this model separately.


Coming in 2012, Nintendo's next home console will deliver "deeper game experiences" that aim to offer "something for everyone." And it'll be called the Wii-U! A variety of new controls will be made available by that crazy new controller with a 6.2-inch touchscreen embedded in it. Most importantly, you'll no longer be tied to a TV to enjoy your home consoling action -- the Wii U controller can handle your gaming session when the television is needed for other purposes, while a built-in front-facing cam will let you video chat from anywhere too. Notably, you won't have to use the 6.2-inch behemoth if you don't want too -- the Wii U will be compatible with all current-gen accessories and software. Yes, your expansive Wii collection will play on the U version of the console as well. We've also seen some decidedly high-def visuals from Nintendo showing off the Wii U's graphical prowess.

Speaking of HD, the fact sheet from Nintendo informs us that the Wii U can pump out 1080p video over HDMI. It'll also be compatible with component, S-video and composite cables. There'll be "internal flash memory" of unspecified quantity, which will be expandable via either an SD card or external USB HDD. IBM is, as with the original Wii, once again responsible for providing the processor inside. Four USB 2.0 slots are made available, while game media will be served up on "proprietary high-density optical discs." There's also another, worthwhile, reminder that the Wii U will play Wii games and their optical discs without a problem.

http://e3.nintendo.com/hw/#/introduction


Nintendo held a press event in New York On 19th jan 2011 Wednesday to finally unveil the launch details of its much-anticipated new 3DS portable console in North America. The 3DS will launch for $249.99 on March 27 (Europe on March 25, Japan on February 26) and come packaged with a 2GB SD card, a charging cradle, and six augmented reality cards, called AR Cards. There will be two colors available at launch: Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black.

Pre-installed software will include:

* Nintendo 3DS Camera: Take 3D photos with the 3DS' outer camera, and manipulate them with a variety of different lenses.
* Face Raiders: An augmented reality game where you shoot at virtual targets that use a facial photo you take.
* Mii Maker: Much like it is on the Wii, but now with an automatic generator based on a photo you take.
* StreetPass Mii Plaza: "The place where Mii characters meet and greet," allows you to exchange Mii data with other 3DS owners.
* Activity Log: Like on the Wii, the Activity Log tracks which games you've played and how long you've played them. It also acts as a pedometer, tracking your footsteps in exchange for Play Coins, compatible with certain games.
* Nintendo 3DS Sound: This acts as both a sound recorder and an MP3 player. And since it's Nintendo, there are sound filters and effects to play with.
* AR Games: Using the included AR Cards, these games use augmented reality tech to put in-game objects in your real world environment -- through the camera's lense, of course.
* Nintendo eShop: A digital storefront that allows you to buy DSiWare software, new 3DS-exclusive downloadable games, and classic Game Boy and Game Boy Color games via the Virtual Console.
* System Transfer: This will allow you to transfer purchased, downloadable software either from 3DS to 3DS or from DSi to 3DS. There is, of course, a limit on how many times this can be done, but that limit has not yet been announced.
* Internet Browser: This is what you use to read 1UP.com on your 3DS.

Some of the pre-installed software, while technically included on the 3DS, will not be activated until a software update comes post-launch. This includes the 3DS web browser.

The first-party Nintendo games tentatively scheduled to be available around launch will be:

* Pilotwings Resort
* Nintendogs + Cats
* Steel Diver

No word yet on a launch date for either Kid Icarus: Uprising or The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.

The following third-party games are scheduled to be launched either on launch day or in the following weeks:

* Dead or Alive Dimensions
* Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D
* Madden NFL Football
* Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
* Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
* Asphalt 3D
* Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D
* Ridge Racer 3D
* LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

In all, 30 titles will be available between launch and E3 on June 7.

The Friend Code system returns, though in a simplified fashion, as there will be only one code per system with instant registration. No longer will individual codes be required for each game, it essentially works like an Xbox Live friend request.

Nintendo launched its official 3DS website, which contains more details on the above software and features.


Ralph H. Baer

Ralph H. Baer (born March 8, 1922) is an American video game pioneer, inventor, engineer, widely known as "The Father of Video Games", who is noted for his many contributions to games and the video game industry. In 2006, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology for inventing the home console for video games and spawning the video game industry

Life

When Baer was eleven, he was expelled from school in Germany because he is Jewish and had to go to an all-Jewish school. His father worked in a shoe factory in Pirmasens at the time. Two months before Kristallnacht, his family escaped from Germany with him. In America, he was self-taught and worked in a factory for a weekly wage of twelve dollars. He graduated from the National Radio Institute as a radio service technician in 1940. In 1943 he was drafted to fight in World War II, assigned to Military intelligence at the US Army headquarters in London.

Baer graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Television Engineering (unique at the time) from the American Television Institute of Technology in Chicago in 1949.

In 1949, Baer went to work as chief engineer for a small electro medical equipment firm, Wappler, Inc where he designed and built surgical cutting machines, epilators, and low frequency pulse generating muscle-toning equipment. In 1951, Baer went to work as a senior engineer for Loral Electronics in the Bronx, New York, where he designed power line carrier signaling equipment for IBM. From 1952 to 1956, he worked at Transitron, Inc., in New York City as a chief engineer and later as vice president. He started his own company before joining Sanders Associates in 1956, where he stayed until retiring in 1987.

Baer is best known for leading the development of the Brown Box and Magnavox Odyssey, the first home video game console and his pioneering patented work in establishing video game. He is now partnered with Bob Pelovitz of Acsiom, LLC, and they have been inventing and marketing toy and game ideas since 1983. In 2006, Baer donated all his hardware prototypes and documents to the Smithsonian.

Baer is a Life Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Inventions

Baer started development of the "Brown Box" console video game system and several other prototypes in 1966 for the defense-electronics company Sanders Associates in Nashua, New Hampshire (now part of BAE Systems). In 1971, it was licensed to Magnavox, and after being renamed Magnavox Odyssey, the console was released to the public in 1972. For a time it was Sanders' most profitable line, though many in the company looked down on game development.

Baer created the first light gun and game for home television use, sold grouped with a game expansion pack for the Odyssey, and collectively known as the Shooting Gallery.The light gun itself was the first peripheral for a video game console.

Another invention is Simon, an electronic pattern-matching game that was immensely popular in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Awards

In 2005, at G4's video game award show G-Phoria, Baer received a Legend Award for his work in the development of video games.In February 13, 2006, Baer was given a National Medal of Technology by President George W. Bush, in honor of his "groundbreaking and pioneering creation, development and commercialization of interactive video games".

In 2008, Baer received the IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award. He received the Pioneer award at GDC on Wednesday, February 20, 2006.

On February 27, 2008, Baer received the 2008 Developers Choice Awards "Pioneer" award. The award recognizes individuals who have contributed the advancement of the videogame industry through technology, concept, or game play design. In April 1, 2010, Baer was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the United States Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_H._Baer

 


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