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Belgium – Guests were helping clean up after a dinner party organized by 43-year-old Didier Charron. While putting away some leftovers, a guest discovered the dead bodies of a woman and a young boy in Charron’s basement freezer. The bodies were identified as Charron’s wife, Chantal Charron, 46, and her 12-year-old son, Bryan. Both had not been seen in public for several months. Charron, who was Bryan’s stepfather, has been arrested and is being questioned by police.Continue Reading
MaxConsole.com has received an email from a Circuit City employee who says that an upcoming flyer has the PS3 at $499, a $100 drop in price that gets Sony’s top model in line with Microsoft’s Elite XBox 360. There is no telling if this is a permanent price drop, or a two-week promotion. The Blu-Ray offer (5 free discs chosen from a pretty shitty list) is also in effect. If you have been waiting on the PS3 to get cheaper, now is your time to buy.
However, if you have been waiting on the machine to get some games that are worth playing, you may need to wait a few more months. And if you are like me, and would never buy a console sans rumble, there is no telling when you’ll be satisfied with Sony’s offering.Continue Reading
Amazing news. Microsoft has extended a limited warranty for XBox 360’s for three years to cover the Red Ring of Death defect. Estimates are putting the RRoD and other problems at 30% for the 360. It seems that recent rage on forums has pushed Microsoft to extend the 360 warranty for the second time since the console was launched nearly 2 years ago.
This is great news. I like to think my last three posts on this issue are what caught Microsoft’s attention.
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Minneapolis – As 6-year-old Abigail Taylor got out of the kiddie pool at the Minneapolis Golf Club, her father watched as she blacked out and fell face first into the pool decking. Thinking she had a seizure, she was rushed to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. It was at that point that the girls injuries became apparent. Turns out that Abigail had sat on an uncovered drain at the bottom of the wading pool. This caused a two-inch tear in her rectum that resulted in the majority of her small intestines to be pulled out.
A search of the pool filter turned up Abigail’s intestine.
Abigail will have to be fed intravenously for the rest of her life and will have to have a colostomy bag, but even so, she is extremely lucky to be alive.
According to the Associated Press, an official at the golf club expressed sympathy for the family and said he didn’t think anything was wrong with the pool, but referred questions to the club’s attorney, who declined to comment.…Continue Reading
Bailey Goodman, Hannah Congdon, Katherine Shirley, Meredith McClure, Sarah Monnat
Although a final report has not been released, The N.Y. Times is reporting that autopsy results have determined that alcohol was not a factor in the deaths of Bailey E. Goodman, 17; Hannah Congdon, 18; Meredith McClure, 17; Sara Monnat, 18; and Katherine Shirley, 18 after a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer on a two-lane stretch of highway.
Investigators do not believe that excessive speed was a factor either, though a final report will not be complete until next week.Continue Reading
MELVINDALE, Michigan – Danialle Barse, 27, tried to light the fuse of a firework while putting her face over the opening of a commercial grade, three-inch mortar bomb…which had already been lit. The firework exploded in her face, killing her in front of her fiance and her 8-year-old son.
Jason Dobrovalski and his son were watching the fireworks and saw what happened.
“As they lit the fuse a lady reached over the box to light the fuse on something else must not have realized they lit that fuse and the first bomb came up and exploded right in her face and it was a pretty gruesome scene after that,” said Dobrovalski.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was investigating where the commercial-grade fireworks came from.…Continue Reading
Exposure to methane gas led to the deaths of five people, but whether they suffocated from the fumes or drowned in 18 inches of liquefied cow manure may never be known, authorities said.
Scott Showalter, 34, apparently was transferring manure from one small pit to a larger holding pond when a pipe clogged. About once a week, waste is pumped from the roughly 9-foot-deep pit into a larger pond. Showalter shimmied through the 4-foot opening into the concrete enclosure, which is similar to an underground tank. This is not an uncommon practice, but it is being speculated that heavy rains may have trickled into the holding pit, accelerating the formation of methane.
Amous Stoltzfus, 24, though that Scott was having a heart attack and alerted his wife before going in to help. Phyllis Showalter, 33, and her two daughters, Shayla, 11, and Christina, 9 all went in afterwards. They all died from either the methane, an odorless gas that can kill instantly, or from being rendered unconscious and drowning in the 18 inches of liquid cow manure.…Continue Reading
Cherish M. McCullough
I would hate to get into any emergencies in Wichita. LaShanda Calloway, 27, had gotten herself stabbed during a fight with Cherish M. McCullough, 19. As she lay dying on the floor of the convenience store, five shoppers stepped over her to continue shopping, and in one case, a shopper used their cell phone to snap pictures of her. It took 2-minutes before anyone called 911. Calloway died later at the hospital.
McCullough has been charged with first-degree murder in the case. Another person, who turned himself in a few days later has not been charged. The district attorney’s office is deciding whether any of the shoppers could be charged.Continue Reading
Kingstown, N.C. – 5-year old Rayshun McDowell, pinned a rabid fox down to the ground by its neck during a family cookout.
“I wanted to protect my little brother,” said Rayshun.
His father saw what was going on and pulled Rayshun off the animal before beating the fox to death with a stick and a crutch. Rayshun is currently being treated for rabies after being bit in the leg by the fox, as well as a 6-year-old girl who had been attacked by a fox on the same day.Continue Reading
Kate Winslet as Silk Spectre
Patrick Wilson as Night Owl
Jason Patric as Dr. Manhattan
Jude Law as Ozymandias
Thomas Jane as The Comedian
Jeremy Irons as Moloch
Virginia Madsen as Sally Jupiter
Jonah Hill as Seymour
Henry Gibson as Mr. Figure
William Fichtner as Detective Fine
Noah Emmerich as Captain Metropolis
Gretchen Mol as Janey Slater
and last, but certainly not least (and if you believe the other rumors):
Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach
So, any Watchmen fans around? This looking like a good cast to you?Continue Reading
For those of us who went to the Transformers movie, we were treated to a mysterious, yet extremely effective trailer to a movie with no name. This movie is being produced by J.J.Abrams of Lost fame and is currently codenamed “Cloverfield”. Directed by Matt Reeves, it will hit the theaters on Jan 18th, 2008. Currently being described as “”a giant monster movie (referred internally as The Parasite) which is shot using home video cameras from the point of view of real people who are experiencing the attack on New York City”. The trailer was since been leaked online via bad quality cell phone video
Here are some links to the official site and other stuff.
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Rock Band, seen for the first time in action. These are game engineers playing, not musical artists or QC guys. This makes me very excited and my wallet very nervous. Now… I just need to make friends with three other people and build a sound-room.…Continue Reading
DailyTech has a shocking article out today that implicates failure rates of the XBox 360 to be 10 times the rate conceded by Microsoft. This is an issue I’m tracking in our gaming forums if you want to dig deeper and join in on the debate.
EB Games held conference calls for its Canadian stores informing them of the new policy changes and revealing alarming failure rates of the Xbox 360. â€œThe real numbers were between 30 to 33 percent,â€ said former EB Games employee Matthieu G., adding that failure rate was even greater for launch consoles. â€œWe had 35 Xbox 360s at launch I know more than half of them broke within the first six months (red lights or making circles under the game discs). Two of them were dead on arrival.â€
Scott Ballard, District Attorney of Fayette County, Ga., just released this statement to TMZ.com:
“There are additional reports that contradict the earlier information that suggested that Daniel Benoit may have suffered from Dwarf Syndrome or Fragile X Syndrome. Daniel’s family denies that he suffered from either condition. As a result of the family’s concerns, the Fayette County Sheriff’s investigators and the District Attorney’s Office have inquired into this matter. A source having access to certain of Daniel’s medical reports reviewed those reports, and they do not mention any pre-existing mental or physical impairment. Reports from Daniel’s educators likewise contradict the claims that Daniel was physically undersized. The educators report that Daniel graduated kindergarten and was prepared to enter the first grade on par with the other students.”Continue Reading
Well, looks as if the Bethesda team is on the right track. 1Up.com has a new article detailing what to expect from the sequel to one of the best games ever made. Some highlights include the sliding scale karma system, how combat will remain numbers based while still playin from first-person perspective, shoulder mount perspective (imagine Resident Evil 4), or even to an almost overhead perspective reminiscent of the original. I also like that the game will not have you taking a good-guy, bad-guy route as there is a lot of grey area to mold your character into. Check out the article and sleep easy knowing that Fallout does seem to be in some very capable hands.Continue Reading
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Not a real surprise for any of us gamers who have been active in the gaming scene for the last 10 years, but still, it is great news.
PricewaterhouseCoopers is predicting that video game sales will continue to grow, with global games spending set to exceed music spending this year. In the U.S., the size of the games market will top the music sector next year, it projects.
PwCâ€™s global managing partner, entertainment and media practice, Marcel Fenez, said, â€œVideo gaming is one of the most exciting stories in terms of pure growth numbers.â€ According to the preliminary data, worldwide game spending jumped 14.3% to $31.6 billion in 2006 and should rise 18.5% to $37.5 billion this year. Key growth engines will include online and wireless games, new-generation consoles, as well as the burgeoning in-game advertising business.
Stats and stuff | Ongoing Discussion…Continue Reading