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Do You Know What’s in the EULA?

March 24th, 2008 by

Let me ask you a question, do you know what a EULA is and have you ever read through the many EULAs you had to agree to?  If you don’t know what a EULA is, it stands for End-User License Agreement.  It’s those long contracts you have to agree to before you can install or use software and chances are, you never read one to the end.

I wouldn’t blame you though, I don’t read most of them either.  Somehow, I’m beginning to think that they were written that long so that you can miss some important and rather alarming provisions; provisions that curtail consumer rights.

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Sonic Unleashed Gameplay Video

March 24th, 2008 by

I have always loved Sonic.  I would even dare say that I like him better than a certain mustached Italian plumber.  However, despite my fanboyism, the last Sonic games released in recent times have been complete disappointments to me. 

Finally, Sega may have seen the light, and returned the side of Sonic we all came to love.  Here is some footage from the game:


Red Alert 3 Screenies!

March 19th, 2008 by

Looks like sea battles take semi-center stage (of course there’s still land and air). Looks like Red Alert 3 is going all-out naval warfare. Always good, of course. Graphically, Red Alert 3 looks like it’s going to kick it up a notch.






Those tesla ships better do AOE damage, considering that electricity + a whole body of water = lots and lots of dead fish and sailors.

Look! Look! The destroyed naval structures and units underwater is a fine, FINE touch.

The water looks wet. Nice nice nice. The waves slapping the shore walls look real. EA really did a nice job with the water physics *looks at the wake following the purrty speedboats*

Ohhh looks like the Kirov are back!

The allies now have an "amphibious battleship"! Sweet.

This may be a long-shot but I think that EA is going to release this game around the same time that Blizzard unleashes Starcraft 2.

How come there are no Armored Bears?!

Thanks kotaku!

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More Reason to Play Glorified Bejeweled

March 18th, 2008 by


As if playing Puzzle Quest isn’t addicting enough, D3Publisher announces Puzzle Quest 1.5, and expansion pack due for Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords.

FOR THE XBLA… great.


This time around, the game is centralized in the southern area of Etheria and the plot involves a lot of smelly ghouls, a cranky sorceress from beyond the grave, oh and Lord Bane’s big bro, Antharg - The Lord of the Plague.

Man, Lord of the Plague, the other is the Lord of Death. That’s a pretty sick family.

Back on point, the ultimate selling point of this game is the four new classes: Bard, Rogue, Ranger, Warlock. Of course, there are new items to play with and around 50 new spells to chuck at opponents.

Man, it sucks that this is going to the XBLA first. I hope they release this for all other consoles as well.

Oh oh oh by the way, D3 Publisher posted this on the game’s website:

(Don’t forget to turn off your pop-up blocker)

In conjunction with this announcement, D3Publisher is reaching out to fans to help name the expansion pack! The winner of the contest will have their submission used as the official name of the expansion pack, as well as receive a free download of the content. Two runner-ups will also receive a free download.

Isn’t that cool? They’re giving their fans the chance to emblazon their legacy on the game.

Man, that Ranger looks mighty tempting. And the bard’s gonna swoon your enemies better than Steven Tyler. Yowza!

Hmm if you’ll excuse me, I need to think of a good name.

Puzzle Quest: The Sumodownload Love.

hmmm scwatch that.


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A Musical Barrage of Gunfire

March 17th, 2008 by

There is nothing better than waking up to such a beautifully made video.  Created from the various gun sounds found in Call of Duty 4 and spliced meticulously together by serpento99, the video has gained instant popularity garnering an impressive 17,000 views in its first day at Youtube.  Within a week, the video got 168,000 views and 800 subscriptions. 

It’s not surprising such a video has gained so much fame.  The editing was top-notch, and I couldn’t imagine the amount of time it took to make such a wonderful video.  Best of all, the beat is catchy and I love how the different guns sounded as percussion instruments.

If you liked it that much, a high quality version is available for download.  For the password, enter “serpentoisthebest” without the quotation marks.  An mp3 version is also available so you can take the soundtrack along in your portable mp3 player.


Gibson and Activision Entering Legal Battle Over Guitar Hero

March 13th, 2008 by

Let the lawsuits fly!

Last January, Gibson Guitar Inc., a leading guitar manufacturer, issued a letter to Activision Inc. stating that their Guitar Hero video games infringe on one of Gibson’s many patents. 

According to Gibson, the games which make players press buttons on a guitar-shaped controller in sync with notes on a TV screen violates a patent filed in 1999.  The patent in question shows how to combine a musical instrument, 3D headset with stereo speakers and a pre-recorded concert to simulate a live musical performance.  Because of this, Gibson is now demanding that Activision should obtain a license from them.

Activision isn’t taking chances.  Yesterday, they filed a lawsuit requesting the U.S. District Court for Central California to declare Gibson’s patent invalid and to prevent it from seeking damages.  A copy of the letter sent by Gibson has been included in Activision’s lawsuit.

In a comment from Activision’s general counsel, George Rose, Activision isn’t doing this out of spite.  According to him, “Gibson is a good partner, and we have a great deal of respect for them. We disagree with the applicability of their patent and would like a legal determination on this.” 

Activision maintains that its games did not infringe on Gibson’s patent.  In addition to that, they claim that by waiting for three years before raising its claim, Gibson had granted an implied license for the technology.

[Source: Reuters]

Microsoft: No Blu-ray Drive For Xbox 360

March 13th, 2008 by

Microsoft squashed rumors of a Blu-ray drive for the Xbox 360 today with a statement at Reuters.  According to group product manager for Xbox 360, Aaron Greenberg, “Xbox is not currently in talks with Sony or the Blu-ray Association to integrate Blu-ray into the Xbox experience.”

So it seems like those HD DVD Xbox 360 drives will hold some value for now.  However, the keyword here is “currently.”  Even if they don’t incorporate this now, there is no way of telling if they will do in the near future.  Given that HD DVD is essentially dead, it makes sense to do it.

In the meantime, Microsoft stopped making HD DVD drives for the Xbox, and has now focused on the Xbox Live.  The service already lets users rent hundreds of movies, including ones in high-definition.  “We’re the only console offering digital distribution of entertainment content,” Greenberg said.

[Source: Reuters]

Shareholder Sues Take-Two

March 13th, 2008 by

Take-Two is in trouble again.  Last Friday, Take-Two shareholder Patrick Solomon filed a lawsuit alleging that Take-Two’s “outright rejection of EA’s offers and failure to negotiate” are a failure to “reasonably respond” and “maximize shareholder value.  According to him, the buyout offer was also initially kept secret in order to benefit executives.

ZelnickMedia partners Strauss Zelnick and Benjamin Feder were specifically named on the lawsuit, citing steps that they took that would give Zelnick and his partners a bonus in the event of a buy-out.

Take-Two has released a statement claiming the lawsuit “lacks merit” and that they intend to “defend vigorously against them.”


Iron Man Movie to Lose Revenue Due to GTA IV?

March 13th, 2008 by

A few months ago, movie executives blamed poor box office sales to the release of Bungie’s popular first person shooter Halo 3.  Now, they are predicting the same to happen on the release of Rockstar’s heavily anticipated game, Grand Theft Auto IV.

According to Mike Hickey, one of the analysts who concluded the poor movie sales was partly Halo 3’s fault:

We anticipate the video game release of GTA IV on April 29 could dampen the potential from Iron Man’s theatrical release on May 2,” Hickey said in a Wednesday note regarding Marvel Entertainment stock.

The last significant video game release, Halo 3, generated over $300 million in sales from its first week in the market,” he added. “Halo 3 was released on just one platform, the Xbox 360, and attached nearly 50 percent of the installed base. GTA IV will be released on both the Xbox 360 and PS3, which have both significantly increased their installed bases since the release of Halo 3. A GTA IV 25 percent attach rate to a combined Xbox 360 and PS3 installed base at its April 29 release would imply 5.8 million units sold or roughly $360 million in retail sales the first week of the game’s release.

Possibly true, but this time, it could be different.  When Halo 3 was released, most of the silver screen’s offerings where pretty much crap.  Now we have some really potentially great movies coming at the same time.  Iron Man is one of them.  It has a strong following even amongst gamers.  If the movie is good, expect sales to be just the same whether or not GTA IV was there.


Star Trek Online Warping Back on Track

March 12th, 2008 by

For a while now, Star Trek Online seemed to have no future.  It’s developer, Perpetual Entertainment closed down some time ago consigning the project into what seemed like oblivion.  A glimmer of hope has now appeared for all those Trekkies out there.  The site has now relaunched with a promise of news coming soon!

It has not been verified but there are rumors that Cryptic Studios has taken over the development of this MMO.  However based on the relaunch of the site, the game seems like it will push through after all. 

As a Star Trek fan, a chance to get into the universe Gene Roddenberry created makes me all giddy with excitement.  And if the game looks like the old screen shots from the old site then it really is something to look forward to. 

Stay tuned for more news on this game!

[Sources: Hailing Frequency, Star Trek Online Site]


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