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Got my butt whooped by girls! Life is great.

I knew this day would come.  I was looking forward to it.  The day when my girls realized that they were good enough to take on their dad in a no-holds-barred game of Mario Kart on the Wii.  There was a lot of screaming and whining but this time it was coming from me.  I couldn’t figure out how they were able to maneuver so fast and quick around obstacles.  Of course, like any good gamer will tell you; they practiced and learned the secrets of the game.  I couldn’t come close.  The best I can do was finish 5th.  They were either first or second.  I’m a proud Daddy Gamer.

This, I thought to myself, is what gaming is all about.  It’s about having fun, being silly and competing.  I just wished we could do this more often.  I have a feeling that we will.  Now, that they know that they can beat Daddy at video games.  Of course, I will take a beating like this any day if it means I can spend a couple of hours being together and laughing with them.

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Ouya: I expect K’Ouya, L’Ouya, M’Ouya!

ImageI had to sit back and ponder what the entry of Ouya will bring in the video gaming scene.  The old school gamer in me says, “Not another console, please!”  Then, I started to dig more info about this $99-hack-away-open-system console.  You know what. Looking at the specs; this could be good.    But I’m not looking at the games.  What’s intriguing to me is the potential adaptation of motion and gesture-sensing devices and having the Ouya give birth to a hybrid. According to the Ouya’s specs, it will have WiFi 802bgn, Bluetooth LE and a wireless game controllers.  It’ll only be a matter of time when hardware hackers will modify existing motion controllers to this console.

The Kinect has proven to be a hacker-friendly device.  So, this is almost a no-brainer adaptation.  Wiimotes?  Oh yeah.  I’m assuming that LEAP, from Leap Motion will also be in the mix since it’s design with the PC in mind.  The Playstation Move?  I don’t know.

I have all the video consoles but I can squeeze this one in for $99 and that chance to tweak and modify games and hardware.  Yes.  I’m a geek.  I know ; )  If you are interested in funding the Ouya kickstarter program and check out their Ouya video you can visit:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ouya/ouya-a-new-kind-of-video-game-console


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