By Celeste Carrigan

Apple's Latest Gadget the Ipad2 Source: Apple

It is a gadget filled weekend with the release of the Nintendo 3DS and the Apple Ipad 2.

Thousands of people began queuing last night to get their hands on two of the biggest gaming gadgets as they battle it out for sales. Nintendo 3DS had a midnight launch with thousands queuing outside shops nationwide.  London’s Oxford HMV store held the official launch of the Nintendo 3DS with Plan B playing for the crowds.

Gran Turismo 5 was one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the 21st Century. On its release, however, it did not meet gamers’ expectations. Since then it has improved, slowly working its way into the hearts of gamers and turning into a rather good game after all.

But why when it was released was it so bad, and how has it turned itself around? Why is it now judged to be a game worth buying as opposed to other games such as Killzone 2?

The answer lies in system updates. This feature was added to the PS3 to enhance games, and this is one of the reasons gamers paid so much for the console. The enhancement meant games could be updated and new copies did not have to be bought every year to gain the latest gaming experience.

By Emily Glass

Internet gaming remains popular

A US Gaming company have revived Dundee-based developer Real Time World (RTW) by buying shares in the business and plans to open a new studio in Edinburgh.

Set up in 2002 by Dave Jones, who was part of the firm responsible for creating Grand Theft Auto,  RTW went into administration last August with around 250 jobs being lost.

by Tom Barry

Twitter is 5 years old today. Picture: P McPartlin

 

Social networking website Twitter celebrates its fifth birthday today.

The micro-blogging site, which enables users to follow the antics of friends and celebrities via posted updates known as tweets,  was founded in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, and has since grown from the simple idea of an individual using an SMS service to communicate with a small group to being one of the most popular forms of communication in the world and is today estimated to have over 200 million users, generating 65 million tweets a day.

By Sandra Juncu

"It's time to go beyond the hour" the Earth Hour organizers are telling us

Did you know that a leaking tap can fill a bath tub in less than a week, and waste as much as 1 litre of water per hour? Did you know that research has shown as much as £1 out of every £3 spent in the UK on lighting and heating homes is wasted?

These are just some of the questions being asked this week as part of a campaign to raise awareness on environmental problems and on individual alternatives for a greener future.

Scientists have recently discovered why some people are apple shaped and others pear shaped.


The optimum body shape is pear as opposed to apple. (Photo accreditation: yahoo.net)

University of Edinburgh researchers have defined one particular protein that plays a crucial part in determining how fat is stored and distributed in the body. By obtaining a greater understanding of how this protein works, medicines can be developed to treat obesity.

Dr Nicholas Morton, from the University’s Centre for cardiovascular research said “this study opens up new avenues for research, and gives us a much better idea of why some fat in the body becomes unhealthy while other fat is safely stored for energy”.

by John Stephens

This coming Sunday the nation will fall silent at 11 am as we begin a poignant tribute to the men who have served and are serving in our Armed Forces. However there will still be murmurs of unrest over the furore caused due to comments Robert Kotick has made over his company’s Call of Duty franchise.

CEO of Activision Blizzard, Kotick claims that the recently released Call of Duty: Black Ops is “a tribute to the courage, and the dedication and the sacrifice of those people who defend our … freedom around the world.”

However these statements are being hit back at with games forums buzzing with criticisms of the CEO. One avid gamer, Michael Forrest was eager to display his viewpoint on the whole situation as we have passed November 11th and are gearing up towards the annual Remembrance Sunday congregations.

“The game does not represent real war, if your artificial intelligence comrades are gunned down in battle more respawn, ready to die over and over again with infinite lives. Real war heroes only have one life unlike those represented in the Black Ops game and throughout the Call of Duty franchise. The game is not a tribute, it is an insult and it glorifies war.”

A scene from the recently released Black Ops game- Credit: Activison Blizzard

By Oliver Hughes

Last night avid gamers queued for hours in the November cold to get their hands on Microsoft’s latest, and

Microsoft have bigger living rooms then most.

distinctly “hands off”, piece of technology. Kinect works using the latest in motion control technology, implementing 3D infrared cameras to sense the gamers movement and generate an in game, virtual model from over 40 points of a players body working in almost real time.