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[20 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 6,950 views]
Microsoft caving to public pressure on Xbox One?

Editor’s Note: If you find the following post pointless, blame the 16-year-old son of First Arkansas News Owner/Editor Ethan C. Nobles. All will be explained. Promise.
For the past couple of weeks, the folks at Sony have had a lot of fun ridiculing the Xbox One following Microsoft’s announcement that its upcoming console would have to call home every 24 hours to keep working and that game rentals and resells would be a thing of the past.
By the way, the official nickname for the Xbox One will be the “Xbone” if …

Features and such, Week in Review »

[9 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 1,529 views]
Week in Review (June 2-8)

It was, as usual, a busy week here at First Arkansas News. We learned about the perils of moving a yard in Arkansas, innovation in the Natural State, discussed Wal-Mart and its “buy American/hire veterans” initiative the fact that bulletin board systems (BBS) are still alive although the Internet made dialing into local services obsolete, etc.
It would be a tragedy if our tens of fans missed a single thing that was posted in the past week. To avoid such unspeakable tragedy, then, we’ve made it easy to catch up on …

Arts & Entertainment, Events, Retrogaming, Technology »

[7 Jun 2013 | One Comment | 4,927 views]
Oklahoma Video Game Exhibition set for Sept. 21

Get ready classic video game fans — the 10th Oklahoma Video Game Exhibition (OVGE) is set for Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the SpiritBank Event Center at 10441 South Regal Blvd. in Tulsa.
“Before the OVGE, people from the surrounding states had to travel across the country for events such as this,” Jesse Hardesty, founder and organizer of the OVGE, said in a news release. “And since the OVGE first began back in September of 2003, we have inspired many other retro conventions in the surrounding areas.”
In …

Columns and other comments, Features and such, Technology »

[22 May 2013 | 2 Comments | 2,256 views]
Xbox One unveiled — sort of

Microsoft, on Tuesday, mentioned a thing or two about its new console but left a lot of unanswered questions.
Here’s what is known about the new console. It is to be released this year and it is designed to integrate all of our television-related entertainment into one box. That aim gave rise to the name for the console — the Xbox One. We also know the thing is considerably larger than the current Xbox 360, comes bundled with an improved Kinect Sensor and it comes with some impressive specs — an …

Columns and other comments, Features and such, Technology »

[16 May 2013 | One Comment | 3,567 views]
Microsoft to reveal future of Xbox on May 21

Get ready, game fans — the Xbox 720 (or whatever Microsoft decides to call it) will be revealed on May 21 at 10 a.m. PDT (that’s high noon here in Arkansas). The event will be broadcast on Spike TV, Xbox Live and Xbox.com, according to an email Microsoft sent around today and a special page set up to get everyone all hot and bothered about the announcement. If you want to follow all the fun on Twitter via the easy-to-remember #XboxReveal hashtag (have a look — the comments over there …

Retrogaming, Technology »

[1 Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | 9,823 views]
Sega Dreamcast — why on earth did this fail?

The Sega Dreamcast is, quite simply, one of my favorite video game consoles produced.
When it came out in 1998, there was nothing that could touch it in terms of screen resolution, three-dimensional gaming and outright fun. By 2001, Sega had withdrawn from the North American console market entirely and has pretty well concentrated on software development for other systems since then.
So, what on earth happened to this great little console? To understand that, an understanding of video game history is in order.
The Sega Dreamcast was the first 128-bit system on …

Retrogaming, Technology »

[14 Jan 2011 | 11 Comments | 3,179 views]
PlayStation — Sony becomes a contender

Remember when the original PlayStation was released in the United States back in 1995?
The system went from a new, shiny thing released by Sony — a relative newcomer to the video game industry — to the console that was all over the place, outselling the Sega Saturn, giving Nintendo fits and rendering the Atari Jaguar all but irrelevant. Sony didn’t just wind up as a major player in the video game industry because the PlayStation (also called the PS or PS1) had been under development for some time.
The story of …