Real Life “Wasting” Fruit Ninja (Video)

Lets all hope they were able to throw together a nice little fruit salad with all that ninja’d fruit. Thank goodness they spared the kitty. [Laughing Squid]

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The $99 Ouya Console Hopes To Bring Mobile Gaming To Your Big TV And Why We Pre-Hate It

Ouya Android Based Gaming ConsoleThe people behind the $99.00 Ouya gaming system hoped to raise $950,000 on Kickstarter. Their Ouya console will allow users to play updated $0.99 Android based mobile games on their home’s bigger TV screen by 2013. Within 24 hours, they more than doubled their goal and raised over $2 million. Here are the specs on the Ouya console:

  • Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB of flash storage
  • HDMI and USB 2.0 ports
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Android 4.0

The Ouya is a clever idea and one that’ll definitely put a little fear in the hearts of console game makers Nintendo (Wii), Sony (PS3) and Microsoft (Xbox).

One more possible casualty of the Ouya: Jubbling.

Jubbling is all about the idea of consuming less and that’s why we’re not so high on the Ouya. Everyone has been fine and good playing their Android based games on their electricity-sipping phones and tablets. Why do we need to port this fun and Android games to work on a power-sucking 50″ plasma TV? It’s like selling a kit to modify a Toyota Prius into a Monster truck… something that may, and we hope doesn’t, end up on Kickstarter one day too.

So we hope their fundraising success isn’t matched in the marketplace. Mobile gaming should be mobile and never played on a 50″ plasma screen. Yes, there will be games built to play on the Ouya exclusively but there will be a lot of porting over of existing apps that are currently only played on phones and tablets. Sorry but we’re giving the Ouya a minus 1 when it comes to Jubbling.

Update: My 13-year old son completely disagrees with my article on the Ouya. He sees the Ouya as a way for gaming development to be less expensive and more engaging for the user on a bigger screen. He also suggested that if I truly believe apps should only be viewed on mobile devices, then I should disconnect my laptop and only post articles for Jubbling via my lower-power consuming mobile phone. Otherwise, I’d be a hypocrite. (He’ll be for sale on craigslist.com soon.)

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Sorry Kids, But The Xbox And PS3 Have To Go Because They Consume Too Much Electricity

Playstation 3 with Netflix InstantCnet posted an article about the overall electricity consumed by video game consoles (PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii) and how the amount has grown by 50% over the last 3 years. The article was based on a report released by Carnegie Mellon University. In 2010, 1% of all residential power consumed was through video game consoles. Anyone that owns a Xbox or Playstation 3 is aware of the fact that when it’s on, it sounds like a desktop computer and the reality is that it consumes power at about the same rate. Of course it’s the mega processor in the game console that needs the juice and as the quality of the systems has increased, the amount of power needed has increased too. Here’s the breakdown from Mr. Electricity (tv/monitor not included):

  1. Nintendo Wii – 18 watts
  2. Xbox 360 – 185 watts
  3. Playstation 3 – 194 watts

We’ll leave the Wii out of this but with the Xbox and PS3, you get some pretty big power consumption numbers from such a small box and that doesn’t include the power consumed by your TV. The Xbox and PS3 require 4 times the power needed for an average laptop and 18 times the power required to run a plugged in iPad. Yes, you could go rogue and give everything away but that never works out too well.

My recommendation: stick to only playing video games on the PS3 and Xbox 360. It sounds obvious but if you own a system, you know that they include Netflix, Pandora, VUDU, Hulu, Youtube etc. The number of non-gaming services available on each system is growing and making the console a power-draining app player. Facebook, Tweet, Netflix and Pandora on your laptop (45 watts w/display) or iPad (10 watts) and use the game machine for games. [Cnet and Carnegie Mellon University]

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Caine’s Arcade Video Has A Little Jubbling And A Lot Of Heart (Video)

[youtube width=”425″ height=”239″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faIFNkdq96U[/youtube]You have to watch this video on Caine’s Arcade. It’s the story of 9-year old Caine Monroy who built an arcade in his father’s auto parts shop out of used cardboard boxes, tape and tons of ingenuity. The video was made by Nirvan Mullick. I have a weird feeling this video is going to inspire quite a few kids to build their own arcade. [Treehugger]

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