The Wii U Gamepad is Helping a Nearly Blind Girl Enjoy Video Games

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"Jennifer, who was been diagnosed with an anoxic brain injury from birth has beat the odds to even survive, let alone walk or talk. However, Jennifer is nearly blind. She can not focus on objects within a few inches of her face, even with very thick glasses. That alone would be enough to crush someone's gaming dreams... so you would think"

Because of the gamepad, Jennifer can play watching the screen up close while using a Wiimote while her father and brothers watch the TV.

Nintendo Introduces the Nintendo 2DS

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"This is an entry-level handheld gaming system," Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says.

The system will play all DS and 3DS games and will be $129.99. It is releasing in October to coincide with the release of Pokémon X & Y. Its two screens are the size of the original 3DS, so if you want bigger screens, the 3DS XL is still the way to go. It comes with all the same functionality of the 3DS, but without the top screen rendering in 3D.

Also, buh-bye clamshell.

Check out more Nintendo news here!

Video Games Being Blamed for Violence Needs to Stop

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From CNN - "Although a motive for the shooting is unknown at this time investigators have learned that the juvenile suspect was playing a video game on the PlayStation 3 'Grand Theft Auto IV,' a realistic game that has been associated with encouraging violence and awards points to players for killing people, just minutes before the homicide occurred."

This kind of conjecture needs to stop in the media.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Will Retire Within the Next 12 Months

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Diablo III "Reaper of Souls" Expansion Annnounced

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Check out the opening. One thing Blizzard does right, at least, is their cinematics.

New hero: The Crusader, melee character with shield and swords / hammers / flails (i.e. Paladin).
One new Act: Supposedly much more of a "dark feel."
New level cap (70): New skills and runes.
Loot runs: Entirely randomized dungeons that take 15-20 minutes to complete (for endgame).
Nephalem Trials: Currently unknown.
Expanded paragon system: Paragon levels are now account wide (applies to all characters), no more cap.
Loot 2.0: Modified loot-system, multi-level legendaries and a new system called "smart drops," loot will drop less but the drops will be better and more meaningful for you.
Transmogrification: Change the look of your stuff but keep the stats (see WoW).
The Mystic: Artisan that allows you to re-attribute the stats of your items (think reforging).

Check out all the info, news, and trailers from Gamescom 2013 here!