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Sega has just announced a Phantasy Star-branded Blue Orb Texter for sale through its online store. The gadget is plugged in between the controller and console -- available for PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 -- and the player can use an analog stick to kind of jab in the text. (Note: Xbox 360 owners must...

May 30th 2007 at 9:50pm 0 Comments
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Charles Huseman over at Gaming Nexus attended GamerscoreBlog's Road Tour event in Chicago, and got some hands-on time with the Chatpad, although not the retail version that'll hit shelves this summer. Charles said the Chatpad doesn't get in the way at all or messes up the weight balance of the cont...

May 22nd 2007 at 5:30pm 0 Comments
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Formerly known as the TID (text input device), the thumb board, and "that thingy," the Xbox 360 controller keyboard has received an official name. In the Spring Update help document (found by clicking the "Learn More" ad block on the Marketplace blade) the device is referred to as the Chatpad. Now a...

May 10th 2007 at 5:05pm 0 Comments
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Not that this is life-changing news or anything (except maybe for Major Nelson), but it looks like Microsoft has snapped out of its DOS flashback and given the upcoming Xbox 360 QWERTY thumb keyboard a less technical-sounding moniker than "Text Input Device": meet the Chatpad. The real name of the...

May 10th 2007 at 2:02pm 0 Comments
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Hi followin da 360's spring upd8t and da console's new instant msging trix the use of a qwerty keyboard is all the mor necesary neccesssary rad! previously given a placeholder name of TID (4 txt input device), the upcoming txting peripheral is referred to as da "Chatpad" in da update's help doc. 2...

May 10th 2007 at 12:55pm 0 Comments
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First the bees and now our ability to write -- mobile phones are destroying us all. Ireland's State Examination Commission says that texting terse messages keeps kids from learning to spell, causing the world to go all Idiocracy on us.While our gaming habits may not be destroying the planet, unless...

April 26th 2007 at 4:32pm 0 Comments
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PC Magazine just published a fun list of 10 weird game controllers. Note, they didn't say these were the weirdest controllers ever, so hold off on those comments about the Run'N' Drive. Included on the list are fan favorites like the bizarre $1700 Dream Machine, the thought-powered Project Epoc, an...

April 13th 2007 at 2:36pm 0 Comments
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If you're one of the few large-handed gamers out there still pining for the bulk-tastic days of the original Xbox controller, then you're sure to have a great time with Microsoft's new "Text Input Device" QWERTY thumb keyboard add-on. The bulk of the TID is all at the base, so it shouldn't be a dea...

April 9th 2007 at 3:28pm 0 Comments
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Don't worry. Even though it doesn't have a price, a release date, or even a name, the QWERTY thumb keyboard that Microsoft has taken to calling the "text input device" is very much real (not just a rendering), as evidenced by these shots posted at Microsoft's Gamerscore Blog. It wraps around the ha...

April 9th 2007 at 1:55pm 0 Comments
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Alright, so Gamespot's leakier than a colander full of swiss cheese, but now we've got the official details (from Microsoft this time) on what's included in the upcoming Xbox 360 Spring Dashboard update, due in one month beginning the week of May 7th. Integrating the 6 million Xbox Live users with...

April 9th 2007 at 12:01am 0 Comments
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[Update: It's official. More information and higher resolution pics of the rendering here.]With Gamespot and other sites leaking details about the upcoming Dashboard updates to the 360, you've gotta wonder how text messaging between the 360 and Windows users will work. Typing out even the briefest...

April 8th 2007 at 8:38pm 0 Comments
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We don't know what the deal is with the source of where image was supposedly snapped from, but apparently during a really janky lookin' Espanol Xbox 360 presentation, one slide showed off a qwerty keyboard-equipped controller. The translation, friends, is utterly shocking: QWERTY keyboar...

July 29th 2005 at 4:45pm 0 Comments