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Sci-Fi & Gaming News Archive - May 11, 2006

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Nintendo Co. Ltd.'s new Wii video game console, considered the underdog in the console wars because it lacks the high-definition graphics and multimedia features of its rivals, is stealing the show at this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show.

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Once considered an after-thought to eye-popping video game graphics, console hand controllers commanded center stage this week at the game industry's annual expo and opened the door for a new age of interactive gaming.

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Nintendo's legendary video game maker Shigeru Miyamoto never imagined that he would become a cultural icon or the godfather to a burgeoning industry when he created an arcade game called "Donkey Kong" in 1981.

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Microsoft Corp. sided with rival Nintendo Co. Ltd. on Wednesday in the fight to unseat video game leader Sony Corp., saying many consumers will choose to buy both of their machines for the price of one PlayStation 3.

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Nintendo Co. Ltd. may not launch a new version of its wildly popular Game Boy Advance portable game player so it can focus on the latest hit hand-held machine, the DS.

Clint Eastwood is contributing his voice and likeness to a videogame version of Harry Callahan, the iconic character he portrayed in five "Dirty Harry" movies.

Word of the Day
barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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