Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sony Bans Hackers - Hacker Unban Themselves And Ban Legitimate Users

A couple of days ago, Sony released its first official statement regarding PlayStation 3 hacking stating that it will ban all hacked consoles from the PlayStation Network and Qriocity service. Today, the hackers responded in an unpreceded manner.

A newly released hack claims that it is able to unban banned consoles and ban other consoles even if they are unmodified.
In order to ban a legitimate PS3 console, the hacker needs to get its ID by fooling the console owner into giving it to him, or by having physical access to the console.
Mod and hacking communities are justifying this hack by calling Sony a bully and criticizing its strong arm tactics; on the other hand Sony justifies its aggressive stance by citing breach of license agreement, copyright infringement, multiplayer cheating and – of course – piracy.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Whistle while you work

My efforts alone in strip mining a mountain in Minecraft. Hard but satisfying work. All material is for the construction of my castle.

Minecraft Adventures

Yesterday I started to build my castle in the middle of nowhere on the PCG server, and I have to say it is hard to get away from everyone. Final I got to a secluded valley where I started my new homes construction. My castle requires a lot of stone, so today I was strip mining a mountain for all the resources. It was a fun exercise in contraction and deconstruction. Now my castle has enough stone to get started. Minecraft is big boy Lego.

Arkham City Is A Singleplayer Only Experience

A rumor that Batman: Arkham City has a multiplayer component didn’t travel far before getting shot down by Rocksteady Studios.

“With the game now coming to the final stages, I can honestly say it would not have been possible to deliver Arkham City the way we wanted to if we'd have added multiplayer,” Game director Sefton Hill said after calling the game “a 'single-player only' experience.”
“So it might not be the fashionable choice, it might not get us an extra tick on the box, but we are convinced, and we hope that gamers will agree when they get to play the finished game, that we have made the right decision.”

Sony Cut Down On NGP Hardware To Reach Desired Price

While designing the NGP, the design team had one most important lesson in mid: the PlayStation 3 was an impressive piece of hardware at launch but its high price tag caused it to fall behind both Nintendo’s Wii and Microsoft’s Xbox 360.

“I can't talk about a definitive price at this stage,” SCEI's senior VP of product development, Shuhei Yoshida said. “But since the very beginning we had a target in mind. So, when considering various features, we always had our price range in mind.”
“There were elements that we found pretty cool, but had to set aside to remain on target. It's a big lesson we learnt from the PS3. There's no point putting everything you want into a device and doing the math later. We always had the price and consumer in mind. We had to sell something that people could buy.”
But that doesn’t mean that the NGP will sell for $150 since Sony “can't sell the NGP for the same price as a PSP” which retails currently for $169.99 but may see a price drop before the NGP launches. A reasonable upper bound for the NGP’s price might be Nintendo’s 3DS price of $250.

It's time for a change

With the recent all be it dated Apple version of Steam and the slow build up of playable games on Apple computers. Isn't it about time we the people of PC gaming accept our new gaming brother en. Sure some Apple users may be snobs but that isn't the ones wanting to game.
For years PC and Apple users have fought over whose computer is better, these ways of thinking are not necessary anymore as the Mac's have now caught up in the field of gaming. Instead of going "oh look at that guy he's a Mac user, lets go and gang up on him and beat his ass"
Let's just play together and not have anymore dick fights between Mac and PC.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Samsung Galaxy

So you want to buy a tablet pc and you are stuck between a Galaxy Tab and the ever popular iPad, well if you want to break from the mold and go against the flow the Galaxy Tab is for you, but please don't expect amazing performance from this little tablet. After having a short hands on time with the tab I realized how clunky the OS actually is. Honeycomb or Android 3.0 is very nice looking but doesn't have the smoothness of the Apple mobile  OS. Though the OS felt clunky and not as conviniant their were some nice features to the Galaxy. For example a 1Ghz Dual core, a crisp 8mp camera, G4 network support, HD video support and the one thing that all tablets are trying to say is that they have flash support. This is great because the iPad still lacks the flash support. Even with all this the tech works great with the Galaxy, but it just isn't that sexy and handy. It's like saying I have a 6 core i7 cpu and 16 GB of Ram and dual GTX 560's but I am running dos for all my apps.... That would suck.
Bottom line for this tablet. If you want to get something that is not Apple but is also not Microsoft get the Galaxy Tab, just don't complain about the limited apps and clunky OS. Our recommendation is still the iPad.

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