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New action for gamers

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The latest rage in videogaming is more geek shake than geek chic. Game designers for Nintendo 64 and the PC have created new feedback controllers — steering wheels and joysticks that jounce and vibrate during play. With these jolting gizmos — and compatible games (sorry, Quake doesn’t quake yet) — you can feel the recoil of your blaster or that nasty wipeout on the racetrack. Though PC versions using Immersion Corp.’s I-FORCE technology have been out for a while, there’ll be a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on this month with Nintendo’s release of the aptly named Rumble Pak — part of the space-age aerial-combat game Star Fox 64. Virtual reality for the masses has been a bust so far — Virtual i-O’s ”i-glasses” are the latest casualty — but this latest movement really rocks. Talk about good vibes.

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