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SXSW 07: Hands-on with Jam Sessions DS
by Papa Niero

Today we spent some personal time with Ubisoft's new Nintendo DS game: Jam Sessions here at the Screenburn exhibition at South by Southwest. As you can see from the promotional video, it's more of a virtual guitar interface than it is a game, but is very entertaining nonetheless if you're into these types of products. They surprised me at the booth by handing us a guitar pick instead of a DS stylus and it worked rather well.

You can safely say that I represent the niche market that Jam Sessions will reach out to -- I'm a huge fan of Bemani and always look for similar games on my portable and home consoles. If I ever travel, I keep Eletroplankton, Elite Beat Agents, and Rhythm Tengoku at striking distance. They're a fun release for me because I can't actually play instruments to save my life and I'm really into music. Naturally, when we heard about it so I couldn't wait to jump on a plane and get here. Guitar noob impressions, design sketches, and screen shots follow the jump.

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SXSW 07: Killer swag contest photo
SXSW 07: Killer swag contest
by Robert Summa

It's fairly standard: You go to a convention, you get a ton of swag. One of the most pimped-out swag items we've seen so far, though, is this hotness from Killer -- they make high-end network interface cards that help hardcore gamers, allegedly. So, of course, we want to give this away to you. Here's what you gotta do:

Create a photoshop using any videogame character or personality and put them in a sort of blingy Icy Hot Stuntazz kind of outfit/situation -- post all images below in the comments section, if you can't then send entries my way to robert (dot) summa (at) destructoid (dot) com. Top winners get this Killer swag and probably some other extras. Holla! 

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2:34 PM on 03.11.2007

SXSW 07: The Dorkbot beer garden party

Naturally, we were magnetically drawn to last night's Dorkbot party, a movement dedicated to doing useful, geeky, and interesting things with electricity. The outdoor event actually ran on keg-power though, as hundreds l...

Papa Niero

2:13 PM on 03.11.2007

SXSW 07: Playing with your shadow

One of the neat little interactive displays here at South by Southwest was this motion sensing shadow thingy (technical term) that we were able to play with. As you can see, I'm all about stealing little kids' bubbles and whatnot. What's interesting is, can you imagine this at home, as maybe a console add on? Would it work? Would you want it to work?

Robert Summa

3:47 PM on 03.10.2007

SXSW 07: Seagate vs. Summa for charity

While our executive editor may look like a heartless rapist crawling the Austin streets for girls with daddy problems, Robert Summa has a heart of gold for the chilluns and participated in today's Seagate charity event....

Papa Niero

2:48 PM on 03.10.2007

SXSW 07: First impressions

The interactive arm of the South by Southwest exposition kicked into full gear today at the Austin convention center, steps away from the craptacular Radisson Hotel whose computer system has been down since 9 a.m. and has us ...

Papa Niero

11:24 AM on 03.10.2007

SXSW 07: I'm in your state, stealing your runaways

What's left over of the GDC 07 crew -- Niero, PR Nightmare and myself -- have just landed in Austin, Texas, for the South by Southwest Interactive festival. We're not 100% sure on what sort of gaming juice we'll...

Robert Summa