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Buzz User-Created Questions Top 1.7 Million


According to, the user-created quizzes on MyBuzz has topped 1.7 Million questions (218,750 quizzes)! That’s enough quizzes and questions, according to the publisher, for 350 Buzz retail titles! Also of note, PlayStation Home will have a cut-down variant of the game that will also stream user-created questions this week. For those who haven’t played, or heard of, Buzz Quiz TV, it’s a very fun trivia game, especially with friends and family! Multiple quiz packs also available via PSN.

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Patrick Stewart commands Brain Age 2 in DS commercial


Brain Age 2 for DSPatrick Stewart (AKA Captain Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek: The Next Generation fame) is a self-professed Brain Age fan. He was quoted half a year ago admitting: “getting my Brain Age down to 33 has become a fascinating and stimulating way to relax.” Such kinds words seem to have been rewarded with an endorsement deal by Nintendo.

Following Nicole Kidman training her brain at home, in the following DS commercial for Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day you’ll see Captain Picard “engage” in brain training aboard a plane.

Click on the bottom-right corner arrow to view it fullscreen.

Buzz! Master Quiz goes portable on PSP


Pre-order Buzz! Master Quiz for PSPThe focus of Buzz! has always been on social gaming and the PSP version called Buzz! Master Quiz is no different, with three multiplayer modes ideal to play with friends and family. The game features three multiplayer modes that require either one PSP (to pass around) or one copy of the game (thanks to Game Share, users can pass their friends a temporary copy of the game to play to play with up to four players.) Additionally, Quiz Host mode enables up to six players to play against each other, with one taking control of the game to select and ask the questions. The Quiz Host runs the whole game, with the power to award (or even deduct) points however they see fit. When Buzz! PSP arrives on September 23rd, 2008, at a price of $20; it also promises a more robust single player mode than previous Buzz! games.

Packing over 5,000 questions on topics including music, celebrities, TV, sport, science, nature, movies and more, Buzz! PSP puts gamer’s knowledge to the test at home or on the move. With six new round types specifically designed for PSP including the speed-is-of-the-essence ‘Quickfire Challenge’, the picture-puzzler ‘Picture This’ and the mind-boggling ‘Virus Challenge’, each round also comes complete with pictures and videos.

Check out what the Buzz is all about on PSP.

Published on July 31st, 2008 under , , , , , , ,

The winner of our PlayStation 2 Buzz competition


Slim PS2 pictureThe past month we’ve given you the chance to win in our Slim PS2 and Buzz HollyWood Quiz Bundle competition. The task was a matter of naming the maximum number of players in a game of Buzz HollyWood Quiz, that being eight. We heartily thank all gamers who participated, but of course out of all the right answers only one winner could be chosen…

Beth Marie wins and gets a free PlayStation 2 Slim console with Buzz HollyWood Quiz game bundle! Congratulations to the winner! You’ll be contacted via email shortly.

If you didn’t win: Don’t forget to join our other competitions for games like SoulCalibur IV, Top Spin 3, Don King Presents: Prizefighter, Major League Baseball 2K8, NBA 2K8, Alone in the Dark and an Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit.

Competition time: Win a Slim PS2 and Buzz HollyWood Quiz Bundle


Win this Slim PS2 and Buzz HollyWood Quiz Bundle
Welcome to our “Slim PS2 and Buzz HollyWood Quiz Bundle” competition! Sony’s popular Slim PlayStation 2 system has sold 127 million times, which means that not everyone on Earth has one yet. That’s why thanks to Sony we’re giving away the following: the fun Buzz! Hollywood Quiz game with 4 Buzz controllers and a Slimline PlayStation 2 system with DualShock 2 controller and everything you need to get you started playing!

What do you need to do to win? Answer this question: “Up to how many players does Buzz HollyWood Quiz support?” The question is linked to our review of the game, which might provide a hint.

What are the rules? Winners must be located in the USA. All you have to do is leave a comment on this page with your answer before the 4th of July (Independence Day) is over. Fill out your real email so we can contact you if you win (your email will be invisible to other readers, only the site staff can see it). The winner will be announced the next day. Good luck!

PS: Give the game a try here:

On Wii Virtual Console today: WiiWare debuts with Final Fantasy, LostWinds, Defend your Castle, Pop, Blackjack and a TV Show quiz


Get a Wii Points Card at AmazonToday Nintendo adds new classic games to the popular Wii Shop Channel. The games go live at 9AM Pacific time. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at stores like Amazon (see to your right).

WiiWare logoStarting today, Wii owners can download new, creative games from a wide range of developers, from large publishers to indie shops. By reducing the barriers that make console game development prohibitively expensive, WiiWare showcases original ideas in the most democratic environment in industry history, connecting the people who make games more directly with the people who play them.

WiiWare games are easy to download. Just go to the WiiWare section of the Wii Shop Channel, find the game you want, redeem Wii Points and start the download. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. New games, at various Wii Point values, will be added to WiiWare on Mondays. The newly launched Nintendo Channel on Wii will let people view videos of and read information about WiiWare games and other Nintendo products. Users also can see player opinions to help them decide what to play next.

This lineup of WiiWare games is just a taste of things to come:

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King (Square Enix, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, 1,500 Wii Points = $15): Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King takes a legendary franchise and launches it into the realm of simulation gaming. Players are challenged to rebuild a kingdom, leading its young king on a path of discovery through an adventure bristling with mystery and intrigue.

LostWinds (Frontier Development, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, 1,000 Wii Points = $10): A fresh, enchanting platform adventure that puts the power of the wind in the palm of your hand – from raging tornados to the gentlest breeze. You’ll wield your Wii Remote controller to power Toku’s jumps and glides, suspend and smash enemies, meet friends and solve puzzles using LostWinds’ novel, intuitive and playful control system.

The game is said to be about 3 hours long.

Defend your Castle (XGen Studios, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone – Cartoon Violence, 500 Wii Points = $5): Defend your Castle takes place on a grassy plain surrounded by invaders. You are the commander of your castle, and it is your duty to fling the invading enemies sky-high, watching them plummet to their demise. As you progress, add powerful spells and upgrades to your arsenal for repelling the attacks. How long can you hold them off?

Pop (Nnooo, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone, 700 Wii Points = $7): Pop bubbles to score points and stop the timer from running out. Pop can be enjoyed by anyone – casual gamers can simply play to pop bubbles and keep the game moving, whereas advanced players will need to pick their shots rapidly and accurately and generate combos to maximize their score.

V.I.P. Casino: Blackjack (High Voltage Software, Inc., 1-4 players, Rated T for Teen – Simulated Gambling, 700 Wii Points = $7): V.I.P. Casino: Blackjack re-creates the casino experience, with fully animated players and a realistic Las Vegas dealer. Single players can increase their bankrolls, while multiple players can engage in a head-to-head mini-blackjack tournament.

TV Show King (Gameloft, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points = $10): TV Show King transforms your living room into a real TV quiz show studio where you’ll face the challenge of answering more than 3,000 questions across six different categories. Compete against family and friends and use your Wii Remote controller in original ways to make it to the finals to see who can win the greatest amount of cash in one final, deciding duel.

To celebrate today’s launch of the new WiiWare downloadable game service for Wii, there will be no Virtual Console games added today. But don’t worry, next week the Wii-kly Update will be back to its regular Monday schedule.

Try Buzz! The Hollywood Quiz online and win Sony prizes


Buzz! The Hollywood Quiz for PS2Think you know your Superhero from your Super agent? Do you know your Spielberg from your Segal? If you think you do, Quiz show supremo Buzz has something special for you: it’s Buzz! The Hollywood Quiz – the most star-studded instalment yet of the social gaming series that transforms your living room into a TV quiz studio at the flick of a switch. This game rolls out over 5000 questions, stacks of movie clips, pictures, celebrity images and sound bites that’ll really test your knowledge of Tinseltown.

Try your hand at an online Flash version of the PlayStation 2 game Buzz! The Hollywood Quiz. The top 3 mini-game scores win prizes from Sony!

Jack Thompson attacking Buzz! The Schools Quiz


Buzz! The Schools Quiz used in classThe American lawyer Jack Thompson still feels the (violent) content of games and their alleged effects on children are negative, even though they are not as long as the person playing knows the difference between what’s real and fake. But I digest, because he’s at it again. This time Jack Thompson has criticized Buzz! The Schools Quiz, claiming teachers should concentrate on traditional teaching methods instead. Yes, he’s now attacking additional teaching tools, claiming Sony are just using them to get PlayStation 2’s into schools.

The reason this is a lie is because Buzz! The Schools Quiz is a self-funded project by Buzz! developer Relentless, and has proved both successful and popular in schools around the country. To quote the developer’s website: “Buzz!: The Schools Quiz is not a replacement for teachers but we hope it will be a useful and fun tool for teaching.” It features around 5,000 questions based on the Key Stage 2 Curriculum and is available in both shops and schools. Back when I was in school I bought these sort of tests on CD-ROM to play on my PC to help prepare better for exams.

But Jack Thompson claims: “videogames have hurt far more people than they have helped, I don’t see how they can be of any more benefit than normal teaching.” Educational psychologist Jane Healy also has her head up her ass and agreed: “If you watch kids on a computer, most of them are just hitting keys or moving the mouse as fast as they can. It reminds me of rats running in a maze,” quotes Eurogamer.

Published on January 15th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , ,

Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action video review


Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action for Xbox 360Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action is a popular DVD board game that’s now made easier to play than ever thanks to this Xbox 360 version. Your favorite film scenes will play, and it’s up to you to buzz in and answer the trivia questions. The Xbox 360 version includes four controllers to play the game with your friends (in a package priced the same as any standard Xbox 360 videogame).

Is this the trivia game that quiz show aficionados have been waiting for?

Published on December 18th, 2007 under , , , , , , , , ,

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