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Guitar Hero Expansion Tracks

May 10, 2007 at 10:31 am by  

Activision has released 7 titles that will be covered in the Guitar Hero expansion called Guitar Hero: Rocks the ’80s.

  • I Wanna Rock (by Twisted Sister)
  • I Ran (by Flock of Seagulls)
  • Round and Round (as made famous by Ratt)
  • I Want Candy (as made famous by Bow Wow Wow)
  • Metal Health (as made famous by Quiet Riot)
  • Holy Diver (as made famous by Dio)
  • Heat Of The Moment (as made famous by Asia)

A possible July release, this expansion will only be available to PS2 owners. I will more than likely buy this, as I love the game, but I am wondering how Xbox 360 owners will be treated. Will these songs be offered via downloadable content in the same way the last batch of songs were done? A lot of people didn’t seem too happy with that.

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Crackdown Update Breakdown

May 10, 2007 at 10:09 am by  

Team Xbox has a firstlook at the Crackdown free updates as well as the updates you will have to pay for.

Title Update (Free)

  1. Gangs reset
  2. Easier orb hunting, you can hear them from farther away once you have 50 percent of the hidden orbs and 80 percent of the agility orbs
  3. Fire hydrants are easier to destroy
  4. Stunt rings are easier to see, explosions are also visible from anywhere this is line of sight
  5. Persisting charges and mines
  6. Camera improvements with vehicles

Free for All Pack (Free)

  1. Keys to the City, a cheat mode allowing you to give yourself whatever skills and items you want. No achievements or scoreboards in this mode, but you can play with the physics to your heart’s content
  2. Impound cars at the Agency Garage for use whenever you need them

Getting Busy Pack (Premium – 800 Microsoft Points)

  1. 3 new vehicles
  2. Street racing
  3. 4 new weapons, including a minigun and a harpoon gun
  4. Cloaking device
  5. Max Agility Rooftop Races
  6. Stockpile, an orb-hunting game
  7. Checkpoint Chase: a two-player game that requires you to hunt for a point on the map that only pops up on the tracker
  8. Rocket tag

Now, I am a fan of the game, even if it did get a bit boring after extended play.…

The Hidden Hand Free On-line Concert

May 9, 2007 at 2:01 pm by  

Just a reminder, The Hidden Hand, will have its May 9th concert at the Paradiso in Amsterdam webcast live on online concert channel

The video will then be available in their archives free of charge.

The Hidden Hand was created by Scott “Whino” Weinrich, one-time member of such doom staples as Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, and most recently, Spirit Caravan. Founded with Bruce Falkinberg and Dave Hennessy (later replaced by Matt Moulis), Hidden Hand leans more on the psychedelic side of the doomstoner spectrum as opposed to Scott’s previous bands.

The Hidden Hand’s latest album, “The Resurrection of Whiskey Foote“  was released last February.…

The Darkness Before the Dawn

May 9, 2007 at 12:11 pm by  

The Darkness Before the Dawn

Director: Sean Mesler
Screenwriter: Sean Mesler
Starring: Melanie Minichino, Ace Marrero, Stacey Mesler, Allan Todd, Alex D.
Genre: Horror

Plot Summary:
When a young couple’s car breaks down in the middle of nowhere they seek the help of a brother and sister with family troubles of their own.

Some of you from know him as N2NOther, while some of us remember him as RedDevilSuit, but either way, he has just announced his second short is up at iFilm. Click the link and then let him know what you think.

The Darkness Before the Dawn


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LA HABRA – Arthur Ruiz, 32, attacked his mother, Guadalupe Ruiz, 60, cutting off her head with a circular saw. He then tried to do the same thing to himself. He died from severe neck injuries.

Police found his decapitated mother on one bed and him on another in the same room they were renting in a three-bedroom home occupied by three other adults and a juvenile. Police were dispatched after responding to a 911 call. Neighbor Paula Sanchez said she heard the sound of the saw before she went on her daily walk but thought it was someone doing yard or house work.

“If it would have been a gunshot or something, I would have called the police.”

Arthur Riaz had some run-ins with the law before, 8 days in jail and three years probation for refusing to leave a home on Thanksgiving 2004, 45 days in jail and three years probation for being under the influence of drugs in 2000 and driving drunk in 1999.

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Carson Daly Wii Intervention

May 9, 2007 at 7:28 am by  

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Carson Daly comes out about his Wii addiction.  What I want to know is where the hell he found 14 Wii’s in the same month.  These things are impossible to find 6 months after launch.…

Spore Delayed to 2008

May 9, 2007 at 7:12 am by  


Those of you looking forward to playing Will Wright’s latest offering, “Spore”, are going to have to wait awhile longer. In EA’s latest corporate statement, which can be read at GameDaily, there is an update on the game which pushes the release to April 2008 or thereabouts.

The report also shows $25 million in losses for the fourth quarter of 2006 (which ends March 31st). They are blaming the shift to the new consoles rather than EA’s reputation for making shitty games and milking bad franchises. Let’s just hope that the Spore delay results in a better game, and that EA’s new franchises, like “Skate”, fulfill their potential and get our beloved game bohemeth back in the black.…

Police arrested Jason Todd Burns, 25, accused of attempting to sell two children, ages 1 and 5, over the Internet for sex.

“His admission was that he did engage in a chat room conversation and that the conversation dealt with Burns arranging for and quoting a price for the other individual to have sex with a 1- and a 5-year-old girl,”

Assistant District Attorney Lesley March states that Jason admitted to investigators that he had promised to procure the children for a man in New York for $5,000. It is unclear whether Jason was offering his own children, but including a stepchild of Jason’s, the age range of his two children would fall within the age range promised to the New York man.

Prosecutors plan to file a charge of transmitting information by computer for purposes of instigating sexual contact with a minor, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. There may also be more charges filed as two computer were removed from Jason’s home and were being searched by investigators.…

Alicia Dean, 20, a medical student at the University of Michigan, got into a heated argument with her parents. Leaving the home, she got into her Ford Explorer and began backing out of the driveway. Her mother, Dr. Robin Dean, opened the passenger door and held onto it in an attempt to get the daughter to stop. When Alicia continued driving, Robin Dean fell to the ground and struck her head on the pavement, killing her.

Authorities do not know what the argument was about, but neighbors say the parents of Alicia are both doctors and have lived there for 30 years. They were described as normal people, but police state they had been to the residence once before for a domestic disturbance, but no arrests were made.

Police believe that this was an accident, but that if a prosecutor were to file any charges, it would be a manslaughter charge. The daughter is currently in the hospital, traumatized.

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Xbox 360 Spring Update

May 7, 2007 at 8:57 am by  

Beginning the week of May 7, 2007, the Xbox 360 Spring Update will provide Xbox 360 owners worldwide with access to Windows Live Messenger features, broadening the communication options on the Xbox LIVE social network.



“Bringing the largest IM community in the world, Windows Live Messenger, to Xbox 360 makes sense, as Xbox LIVE has really become the largest social network on television,” said Jerry Johnson, product unit manager of Xbox LIVE at Microsoft. “For our growing community of six million on Xbox LIVE, using Xbox 360 is a very social, connected experience. They are using Xbox 360 to play games, music, and movies while simultaneously communicating with one another through video, voice, and text chat. With this announcement we are simultaneously expanding the access of Xbox LIVE users to existing friends and family while introducing Windows Live Messenger users to the benefits of Xbox 360.”

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Deputies said a Tennessee man rammed his car into a Greer convenience store Friday morning in an effort to get to his wife, who had locked herself in a bathroom.

Jennifer Faler came into the Sunoco gas station at around She was bleeding and her eyes were swollen. She told the clerk that her husband had beaten her and to call 911. Her husband, Mark Faler, 26, was outside by their car waiting to pump gas. When his wife did not come out, he went inside threatening to kill his wife. EMS workers then arrived and were able to separate the two with Jennifer locking herself into the bathroom and Mark going outside to his car.

It is at this point that authorities state that Mark then drove his vehicle through the wall of the Sunoco near the spot the bathrooms are located. Jennifer was taken to the hospital and is in fair condition, while Mark is in custody charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, assault with intent to kill and malicious injury to property.…

Virtual Rape = Real Prison?

May 7, 2007 at 7:50 am by  


Police in Brussels are investigating the report by a Second Life player that they were raped online. That is, their digital representation was sexually molested against their will. Online. Which is raising some interesting legal issues.

For me, the issue is pretty clear-cut. But in an age where the molestation and stalking of minors online IS a punishable offense, where do we draw the line? What should be the difference in punishment?

I hate to belittle the feelings of the complainant in this case, but frankly I’m a tad pissed that they would equate the molestation of a virtual character to what a person feels when someone is holding them down and thrusting themselves violently into them. What it feels like to be drenched in a stranger’s sweat. The cold humiliation, the fear of existing in the real world, these things have no correlation to a world where the victim could have simply pressed a button on their computer to “reset” everything. A victim that could have walked away at any moment.…

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