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New Mac Ad

April 15, 2007 at 8:49 am by  

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I hate Macs. The reasons are simple: monopolistic pricing, and no software. But I love the Mac ads. When I see them flying by as I fast-forward through commercials, I have to stop and see if it is a new one. Well, here is a new one.

I love it. And there is something about the quaint problems that come with a PC that make me love them all the more. I love command-prompts, and juggling conventional memory, and searching the web for .dll files. I love that I know how to make mine work, with its water-cooling and RAID arrays.

That’s why I can love these commercials, and hate Macs at the same time. Imagine trying to sell a vehicle to car-lovers which said things like, “You’ll never have to pop the hood” and “Simple enough for your grandmother to drive”. Yeah.…

Guitar Hero 2 Song-Packs: Rip-Off?

April 15, 2007 at 8:37 am by  

Remember the Oblivion “Horse Armor” snafu? Yeah, the first sign that “downloadable content” was going to mean an ass-fucking for the consumer. Well just when you thought that the gaming industry learned that a few bucks aren’t worth the negative PR, RedOctane and Activision are getting heat for the exact same nonsense. With downloadable songs coming in packs of three, so you are forced to buy two songs you hate to play, with every song you enjoy, and priced at a whopping 500 points. Breaking out my “Confusing Points Calculator” and I get just over $2 a song. Or around $90 to download a game you can buy physically for $30.

Let’s just say that the gaming community at-large isn’t too amused. Everyone is commenting on this, as they should. This makes the Imus debacle look meaningless in comparison. A round-up from the regulars:

Joystiq: “is that just the highest possible dollar figure that could be charged without causing people to involuntarily throw up on themselves?” and ” we already know that it’s Microsoft’s hand on the insanity-dispensing Live pricing gun.”

Kotaku: “$6.25 is pretty damn steep for 3 songs.…

Guitar Hero 2 Update is Bricking 360’s

April 15, 2007 at 8:10 am by  

ImageShack In case you missed earlier Guitar Hero 2 news, there was a whammy bar problem on two batches of guitars. These two sets of models were not relaying whammy bar input to the hit game for the 360. Some intrepid hackers figured out how to resolve this problem by taking your axe apart, adjusting a mount, and tightening a few screws. RedOctane, however has recently released a patch for this problem which supposedly fixes the whammy bar, but… it is hard to tell if it works or not… because it bricks your 360.

Okay, obviously not all 360’s, but take a look at Microsoft’s official forums at The “Red Ring of Death” has visited more than a few of the members. There is some speculation that the USB port is to blame, but it is nothing but speculation at this point.

Larger issue: One of these guys is waiting on his FOURTH 360 (various causes, not all related to Guitar Hero). I have seen more than a few people who have gone through multiple units.…

Two newlyweds, Mak (Siwat Chotchaicharin) and Nak (Pataratida Pacharawirapong), inadvertently awaken the ghost of Mae Nak (Porntip Papanai), a woman who, 100 years earlier, terrorized her local village after dying and coming back as an extremely vengeful ghost. After dispatching anyone she felt was standing between her and her living husband, Mak, the local religious leaders performed a ceremony that was to keep the ghost of Mae Nak at rest. Now she is awake again and not too happy that she cannot find any peace after death. …

Empire State Building Suicide Jump

April 14, 2007 at 2:34 am by  

New York, NY — Moshe Kanovsky, 31, a lawyer, leaped to his death from a 69th-floor office at New York’s Empire State Building, severing a leg that crashed to the sidewalk in front of horrified onlookers. Mr. Kanovsky worked for the law firm Ashok Karmaker. It is being reported that Kanovsky met with a client in one room and jumped from another.

“He was interviewing a client,” said a man who works in the suite. “He just got up, opened the window and jumped.”

Several witnesses called 911 to report that a leg, severed below the knee, was on the ground by the building, bare except for a gray and black sock. The rest of Kanovsky’s body was found intact on a 30th-floor landing.

It wasn’t immediately clear what prompted Kanovsky’s suicide.

At least 30 people have jumped from the Empire State Building since it opened in 1931. Before Kanovsky, Dovid Abramowitz, 21, was the last to die. He leaped from the 66th floor on February 2, 2006, after buying a ticket to the 86th-floor observation deck.…

The Dead Pixels Will Make You Laugh

April 13, 2007 at 7:31 pm by  



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The “Altered Beast” bit is pretty good, but skip to the second half and watch the “Crime Patrol” review.



LAIR for the PS3

April 13, 2007 at 7:18 pm by  



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Here is a brand-new game-play video. This one might be a sleeper. Think GTA with dragons.…

The Other Version of the Imus Debacle

April 13, 2007 at 6:14 pm by  

ImageShackThe Imus story according to white people: Imus said, “Did you see those African American women with their tussled hair?”. And Al Sharpton saw a chance to raise some presidential-race money, and Jesse Jackson saw a way to stress race relations to further his personal power, so Imus’ apologies were rejected, the advertisers were threatened with a boycott, and a man’s life was ruined.

Meanwhile, black comedians and rappers continue to poke fun at both races and use inflammatory language.

The Imus story according to black people: Imus said, “Did you catch those nappy-headed hos?” But yo, NBC don’t roll that way, know what I’m sayin’? Imus fronted, and NBC was like, “No you didn’t!”, talkin’ ’bout how Imus be haten, and Imus was like, “Yes I did”, and Al Sharpton was like, “Oh, no you didn’t!”, and put Imus on blast, givin’ a shout-out to dem shortys dat Imus be doggin on. And the advertisers said, “That boy is wank! He be slippin’.” And they laid the smack down.

Now Imus be cryin over da bank he lost, gonna have to pawn his sled and git out his crib.…

Bethesda Buys Fallout 3

April 13, 2007 at 10:01 am by  


Oh, boy. The makers of gems such as Daggerfall, Morrowind, and Oblivion now own the Intellectual Property rights of Fallout. Interplay has sold the Fallout IP to Bethesda.

Under the SECA filing:

“the Company sold all of its rights to the IP to Bethesda for a total amount of $5,750,000.00 payable to the Company, subject to various conditions, in three cash installments. The first installment of $2,000,000.00 was paid following closing when $200,000.00 was paid to the Company and $1,800,000.00”

Fallout 3 is well underway, and a Fallout MMO is slated for production. If the MMO gets made, Interplay will also give Bethesda 12% of the revenue.

Fallout 1 and 2 are both in my top 5 RPG games of all time list. I’m trying not to get my hopes up too high, but this is Bethesda, and this is Fallout.…

Panel Rules Homicide In Fetus Slaying

April 12, 2007 at 12:58 pm by  


Illinois – More details are being released in regards to the murder of Jimella Tunstall and her three children.

Friend of the family, Tiffany Hall, clubbed the pregnant Tunstall in the head repeatedly with a table leg, dragged her into a bathtub and then cut her fetus from the womb. Mrs. Hall then drowned all three of Mrs. Tunstall’s children in the same bathtub, 2-year-old Ivan Tunstall-Collins, 1-year-old Jinela Tunstall and 7-year-old, DeMond Tunstall.

The grisly details in the September slayings were revealed at a hearing where a coroner’s jury concluded that the deaths were homicides.

Hall admitted to investigators that she “had been thinking about taking the baby for some time” before actually going through with it. Hall confessed to her boyfriend who then notified police, who then found Tunstall’s body in a plastic container behind the residence. The 3 children were later discovered in the washer and dryer of Tunstall’s apartment. Investigators had searched the apartment before, but had not looked in those locations for the missing children.…

20GB PS3 is Dead

April 12, 2007 at 8:07 am by  


For those of you who have always made the point that the 360 is $200 cheaper than the PS3, you are finally correct. Sony has pulled the plug on its 20GB PS3. Oh, sure, they are denying it when posed this way, but the unit has been pulled from retailers, from the Sony Style website, and has been selling at 10 to 1 against.

Am I the only person celebrating this move, and hoping that Microsoft will follow suit? As the 360 elite nears release, we are going to have 3 SKU’s to chose from. That is more consoles than Nintendo and Sony combined. I personally want my consoles to be simple. No thinking required. They should be a place of solace away from my confusing computer, with its 10 versions of Vista and billions of hardware configurations.

The only change these consoles should make is to keep upgrading the hard drives. This is no different than the larger-capacity memory cards that have always come out over the lifetime of a console.…

GNotW: Diabetes Cured?

April 11, 2007 at 5:04 pm by  

ImageShackGood News of the Week dept: Two independent groups have found success with two very different methods of curing diabetes. That’s right, CURING it.

From poster MadAnthonyWayne at ” a team of American and Brazilian Scientists have actually cured diabetes in 13 of 15 humans their treatment was tried on.

They used chemotherapy to knock out the white blood cells that were killing the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin and then injected stem cells culled from the patient’s own blood to help regenerate the Beta cells. 11 of 15 patients achieved an immediate cure.

Two more were able to stop using insulin after about a year, but one suffered a viral infection and is now back on insulin.

It’s fascinating that we now have two potential cures using completely different methods. The American/Brazilian method makes more sense in terms of the traditional understanding of Type 1 diabetes, but if the other treatment also pans out, this could really be a great time.”

Check out the full reports on the individual studies here:

The American/Brazilian team

The Canadian team

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