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Video: OMSI: The Omnibus Simulator makes the mundane almost cool

I should find everything about OMSI: Der Omnibussimulator (Omnibus Simulator) to be abhorrent. It has über-realistic German bus controls, German locations based on actual German bus routes and locations, realistic German weather, realistic German day/night cycles and realistic German bus sounds. There isn't any part of the game that hides what OMSI really is. But I only find myself intrigued by OMSI.

OMSI - The Omnibus Simulator

LG gets PlayStation 3 shipments blocked in UK and Europe

LG gets PlayStation 3 shipments blocked in UK and Europe

LG and Sony have been duking it out in court with LG accusing Sony of infringing on its patents relating to Blu-Ray technology. In question is the playback of Blu-Ray discs in PlayStation 3s. A European court has sided with LG and ordered that all PlayStation 3s entering Europe and the UK be seized and held for at least 10 days.

Video: A Möbius Proposal: Game created to propose marriage

Truly a geeky proposal. The entire game (A Möbius Proposal) was made just so that he could propose to his girlfriend. As awkward as most of it was to watch, he deserves props for pulling it off.

A Möbius Proposal: Video game created to propose marriage

Video: Microsoft Research shows off "smart interactive displays"

Was Kinect just the tip of the iceberg? I sure hope so. Microsoft Research's Applied Sciences group looks to be creating some truly impressive solutions to interacting with displays without the need of a traditional input device like a mouse or pointer.

Video: Microsoft Research shows off "smart interactive displays"

Dress like Dead Space's Issac Clarke, keep street cred

Dead Space - Isaac Clarke Advance RIG Hoodie

Do you love Dead Space? Do you love Dead Space so much that you want to look like its protagonist Issac Clarke? What if you are too insecure to go all out and dress up in a full-on the engineer's suit? Well, you might be in luck.

Sony slashes PlayStation Portable to $130!

Sony PlayStation Portable 3000 Image

If you bought a PlayStation Portable on Saturday (or earlier) for 169.99, you will not like this. If you purchased a PSP Go! on Saturday (or earlier) for around $190, you're probably already pissed because you now own a PSP Go! Today Sony has officially dropped the price of the PlayStation Portable by $40 down to a very manageable $129.99. And what's more, Sony has announced new additions to its Greatest Hits and Favorites collections.

Video: Ubisoft's We Dare too risque for Wii (and PlayStation 3)

Here is the issue. We Dare is a party game. It has silly mini-games that encourage players to get off their couches to jump around and look silly for minutes at a time. Unlike other party games that traditionally grace the motion-controlled consoles, this particular game also encourages players to rub up against each other, spank one another and, well, strip.

Ubisoft's We Dare advertising too risque for Wii game

Video: Blind gamer completes Abe's Exoddus

Terry Garrett is completely blind. Although he lost his eyesight at an early age, he didn't lose his love for gaming. Garrett appreciates the usual gaming mainstays like Metal Gear, Metroid, The Legend of Zelda, and Mario, but it is the Oddworld games that he gets the most out of.

It isn't difficult to see why. The Oddworld games were 2D and possessed very strong sound design. The game characters spoke (more or less) and just about everything (most on screen objects) in the game emitted a sound a player could differentiate. This combination creates a playing environment open to blind player. Even so, there is a process that Garrett must go through to play the game.

Video: Blind gamer completes Abe's Exoddus

Cosplay: Going to extremes to be Tomb Raider's Lara Croft

Tomb Raider - Lara Croft Cosplay

This is Jenn AKA XtremeJenn, AKA Lara Croft. She is what one might call an extreme cosplayer. Jenn is known in the cosplay community for going a little out of her way to get the best shots when dressed as Tomb Raider's Lara Croft. Case in point, this particular image has her hanging off a 165-foot waterfall in Victoria, Australia. Most of her photo shoots strike that perfect balance of peril and authenticity that in her words "capture the spirit of Lara Croft" so be sure to check them out.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 3D digital sculpture

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 3D digital art

Hanno Hagedorn is a 3D artist that worked on Crysis, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and the upcoming Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. After promising (mostly himself) to create an online portfolio of his works, it's (mostly) done. Most impressive among his work are these digital sculptures of characters from Among Thieves. If they could be recreated in resin, I'm sure they would be mounted proudly on the bookshelf of every Uncharted 2 fan.

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