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From New Ninty Handheld to Natal's Four Metres - News Roundup 23rd March 2010

Jonathan Lester
Alan Titchmarsh, Complete Idiots, Natal

Nintendo Unveil 3D Handheld

From New Ninty Handheld to Natal's Four Metres - News Roundup 23rd March 2010

Nintendo has announced their latest potable console: the 3DS (working title). A truly new handheld rather than a DS spinoff, the 3DS promises users a 3 dimensional game experience without 3D glasses as well as backwards compatibility with the all DS prodicts.

Since the 3DS will be compatible with the entire range of DS software, we can assume that it will have two cameras, a D-Pad as well as a DS expansion slot. However, the method by which the handheld console will create three dimensional effect is completely unknown at this time. True glasses-free 3D is extremely expensive to manufacture, and Nintendo's last generation of hardware clearly demonstrates their commitment to economy. It's likely that a built-in motion sensor and/or camera support will create the illusion of 3D by rotating the level in response to moving the console. However, it is clear that the Nintendo hardware will require a serious revamp to cope with the increased processor demand.

According to the press release, the 3DS will be released in the next financial year (some time between April 2010 and March 2011) and will make its debut at E3. If anyone can make a viable 3D handheld, it's Nintendo! [Kotaku]

Natal to require Four Metres of Floorspace

From New Ninty Handheld to Natal's Four Metres - News Roundup 23rd March 2010

Microsoft's upcoming motion capture peripheral promises to revolutionise the way we play games... but it's definitely going to revolutionise a few living rooms. In an Q&A session with the Natal Team , a few worrying details of Natal's space requirements were let slip.

To be precise, you’ll want to clear an area extending at least 4 meters (a little more than 13 feet) away from the television. That’s the back edge of the space to be taken into account by the Natal sensors.

At least four metres? Hopefully this is just a recommended suggestion rather than a minimum distance... otherwise, I'm going to need to move house! Or my sofa, at least.

However, some good news did leak out of the session. Controllers can be used simultaneously with motion capture- allowing fine manipulation as well as large scale movement. This should permit a wider range of games to feature the hardware- and provide developers another alternative to fully-handsfree input. [TechFlash]

Games Promote Hatred, Racism, Sexism... says Alan Titchmarsh

From New Ninty Handheld to Natal's Four Metres - News Roundup 23rd March 2010

Our sister site, Bitterwallet, occasionally ventures into our territory- and they've found a hilarious clip from the Alan Titchmarsh show where three clueless idiots blame videogaming for, essentially, everything. You'll laugh, you'll cry... and if you can watch the clip in its entirity without hurling your laptop across the room then you're a bigger man than I am.

Videogames promote hatred, racism, sexism

Alan Titchmarsh and Kelvin MacKenzie (former editor of the Sun) laid into video gaming's perceived glamorisation of racism and hatred... which is ironic considering that Kelvin is a documented racist himself. Or a "Racist Idiot", according to Duncan Ballantyne. Maybe he's been playing too much GTA? [TVScoop via Bitterwallet]

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Lydia Low  Mar. 23, 2010 at 18:55

What's really interesting is that shrieking banshee Julie Peasgood (seen here squealing about the horrors of video games), was a voice actor on violent game "Martian Gothic: Unification".

Gunn  Mar. 23, 2010 at 19:16

I actually thought Kelvin was quite restraint in this one and from what I've read elsewhere Tim said he was agreeing with a lot of his points. It was such an unbalanced discussion, felt sorry for the guy but he did a good job and didn't resort to shouting and making up things to get his point across.

Brendan Griffiths  Mar. 23, 2010 at 20:45

I think we're missing the point here...........4 metres! That's in my kitchen!

But yeah, typical games on TV coverage. Good effort from the CVG man though.

I'm not to fussed about a 3D Ds, probably because I've just got back from watching the 3D (apparently) Alice in Wonderland. Pants. Utterly pants.

Matt Gardner  Mar. 23, 2010 at 20:59

Burton, what have you done?! It is truly terrible.

Yeah...Sony debut a funny ad and a Minority Report-esque demo of their window system. Microsoft essentially tell you to knock through the walls of your house to allow for Natal. And so my antipathy towards motion control grows even more...

fanpages  Mar. 24, 2010 at 11:08

Actress/"Sexpert" Julie Peasgood has taken a role in a "Hammer Horror" film production ("The House of the Long Shadows") in her past too.

Just which section of the public was she representing in that (less than mass) debate anyway?

Alan Titchmarsh should look at phrases using the words "people" & "glasshouses" with respect to appreciating a different career other than gardening, being an author, and television presenting if, indeed, his remit was indeed his own opinion & not that given to him to discuss with his guests.

The fact he did not know that video games carry an advisory age restriction certificate (note: not a legally enforceable limit) was funny though.

Never let a jot of research get in the way of a ratings winning interview.

I believe Kelvin McKenzie was probably confusing the murder (on 12 February 1993) of Jamie Bulger with the suggested links to the horror movie character of "Chucky" put forward at the time, & Rockstar's "Manhunt" game that was linked to the murder of Stefan Pakeerah, 14, by his friend Warren Leblanc, 17, on 27 February 2004.

During the trial coverage for the Pakeerah murder the game was removed from sale by GAME (in the UK & internationally) and by Dixons.

This led to an increase in demand at retail outlets & on eBay (and other auction sites).

The police were quoted as denying any link between the murder & the game, citing a drug-related robbery as the motive, and the judge passed a life sentence on Leblanc placing sole responsibility for the murder on him & him alone.

GAME later reinstated the "Manhunt" title for sale after it was reported that it was not Leblanc, but the *fourteen* year old victim (Pakeerah) that owned the title!

I still think the industry needs to educate parents with similar "too obvious to miss" notices such as those that tobacco manufacturers now have to print on their packaging by law; "This game contains extreme violence & should not be viewed or played by any person under 18 years of age".

You need a licence to drive a car.
You need a licence to carry a gun.
You need a licence to serve or sell alcohol, run a betting shop, or to open a casino.
You need a licence to play recorded music or for the performance of live music in a public place.
You need a licence to perform a play, exhibit a film, hold a boxing or wrestling match, or any public indoor sporting event.

One of the objectives of these impositions is to protect children from harm.

You even need a licence to own a television (regardless of whether you watch [live, non-time lag] broadcasts or just play video games on it), or to install an operating system for your computer.

But, to be a parent,... you just need two "brain" (or other major organ) cells to rub together & a nine month wait. Arguably the selection of individuals without sufficient parenting skills is as much, if not more of, a "harm to children" as any of the above.



Jonathan Lester  Mar. 24, 2010 at 12:37

Fantastic comment- frankly, I couldn't have said it better myself.

Violent media has always been a scapegoat for poor and innattentive parenting.

Matt Gardner  Mar. 24, 2010 at 12:41

They combined the two together on Supernanny last night apparently.

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