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General Gaming Discussion / The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (360, PS3, PC)
« on: November 05, 2011, 09:24:44 AM »
WOW! Everything I've seen about this just keeps looking (and sounding) more and more impressive!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/QLnPwnJJcFQ" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/QLnPwnJJcFQ</a>

Technology / Amazon Announces Tablet & New Line of E-Readers
« on: September 28, 2011, 12:42:29 PM »
Tablet, new touch screen Kindles!

Amazon Fire Tablet - $199
Kindle Touch - $99 (3G $149)

They also announced a wifi Kindle for $79 (ad supported).

Wonder if they can make a dent in Apple's massive market share. They all go on sale mid to late November.

General Gaming Discussion / Bulletstorm (X360, PS3)
« on: January 14, 2011, 11:41:27 AM »
Demo coming to XBL, PSN on January 25th.

The Bulletstorm demo features the score-attack "Echo Mode," which provides a sliver of the campaign with rigid time and weapon constraints, and then compares your score against friends.

Sony Console Gaming / PlayStation 2 Turns 10!
« on: October 27, 2010, 12:25:29 PM »
I forgot to post that yesterday, October 26, marked the 10th anniversary of the PlayStation 2. I remember heading to the store mid-day on 10/26/2000 to pick one up. They were in short supply!

Here's a picture of a local video game collector's 1,400 PS2 game collection!

[Link if pic isn't working]

Online play for original Xbox games is coming to an end on April 15. This includes Xbox 1 games playable on the 360 so no more Halo 1 or 2, no more Links, no more Phantom Dust and no more CARVE!!

What shall we play on April 14?

Online Game Scheduling / Modern Warfare 2 - 11/10/2009
« on: November 10, 2009, 07:07:49 PM »
Roll call for tonight! Who's gonna be online? Mary and I will be on around 9:30pm.

General Gaming Discussion / E3 2009
« on: May 29, 2009, 07:33:38 AM »
Here's a cool spot that keeps track of E3 news from all the major sites. I've got the RSS feed on my iPhone and it's working great.


Microsoft Console Gaming / 1 vs. 100 (Xbox Live Primetime)
« on: May 06, 2009, 06:56:32 PM »
The Canadian beta is from May 8th - May 24th. Here's a preview from Joystiq:

The questions are presented in rapid-fire fashion, with mere seconds to choose from three possible answers. (Don't even think about Googling -- there's not enough time. Plus, you'd be a cheater!) Microsoft has a team of writers producing original questions for every show in the 14-week season, eliminating the possibility of repeat questions. If The One answers correctly, that player stays on for the next question. Otherwise, another One is chosen. Members of The MOB drop out as they miss answers and don't return. Eventually the stakes get very high.

Now, back to those high stakes. While 1 vs. 100 is undeniably fun, addictive and even free-to-play, its most compelling aspect for many will be the real prizes handed out during each live show. The One and The MOB compete for a share of 10,000 ($125) per episode; technically, if you're extremely good, you could take it all. Also, everyone in The MOB is competing for a free copy of that week's selected XBLA game. It's awarded to the top three point scorers each round and anyone who makes it into the last 10 MOB members standing.

1 vs. 100 is free to play, but, as we learned (and saw,) it will be advertising supported. The arena is sponsored, the "show" is sponsored, and there will be commercial breaks during each session. But, hey, it's free -- and, as we found, the breaks are a very good thing; the game gets intense.

Never really got into the show (saw it briefly a couple of times channel surfing). I might check it out though!

Beyond TehPodcast #1
Upcoming Games and the New Xbox Experience

Mary and I have been wanting to sit down and record a podcast for some time so we decided with Gears of War 2 and LittleBigPlanet coming out that this was a great time to do just that.  We didn't want to call this TehPodcast #17 in case we ever decide to revisit that series.

Instead, this is Beyond TehPodcast!  It will be separate from TehPodcast but is being released in iTunes alongside the previous episodes (mainly for simplicity).

It's 28 minutes long so enjoy it on the way to work, or at work, or wherever you happen to be!  We'll be back with more at some point.  As a footnote, there's no mention of LBP's recall and delay as we recorded this the evening before we found out about it.

Anything Goes / 2008 Hurricane Season
« on: September 05, 2008, 02:36:21 PM »

Good luck, Bryan.  Are you doing anything to prepare for Hanna's arrival?

Technology / Google Chrome
« on: September 02, 2008, 05:30:13 PM »
Google Chrome (BETA) Web Browser for Windows has launched.

A fresh take on the browser

At Google, we spend much of our time working inside a browser. We search, chat, email and collaborate in a browser. And like all of you, in our spare time, we shop, bank, read news and keep in touch with friends - all using a browser. People are spending an increasing amount of time online, and they're doing things never imagined when the web first appeared about 15 years ago.

Since we spend so much time online, we began seriously thinking about what kind of browser could exist if you started from scratch and built on the best elements out there. We realized that the web had evolved from mainly simple text pages to rich, interactive applications and that we needed to completely rethink the browser. What we really needed was not just a browser, but also a modern platform for web pages and applications, and that's what we set out to build.

So today we're releasing the beta version of a new open source browser: Google Chrome.

On the surface, we designed a browser window that is streamlined and simple. To most people, it isn't the browser that matters. It's only a tool to run the important stuff - the pages, sites and applications that make up the web. Like the classic Google homepage, Google Chrome is clean and fast. It gets out of your way and gets you where you want to go.

Under the hood, we were able to build the foundation of a browser that runs today's complex web applications much better . By keeping each tab in an isolated "sandbox", we were able to prevent one tab from crashing another and provide improved protection from rogue sites. We improved speed and responsiveness across the board. We also built V8, a more powerful JavaScript engine, to power the next generation of web applications that aren't even possible in today's browsers.

This is just the beginning - Google Chrome is far from done. We've released this beta for Windows to start the broader discussion and hear from you as quickly as possible. We're hard at work building versions for Mac and Linux too, and we'll continue to make it even faster and more robust.

We owe a great debt to many open source projects, and we're committed to continuing on their path. We've used components from Apple's WebKit and Mozilla's Firefox, among others - and in that spirit, we are making all of our code open source as well. We hope to collaborate with the entire community to help drive the web forward.

The web gets better with more options and innovation. Google Chrome is another option, and we hope it contributes to making the web even better.

But enough from us. The best test of Google Chrome is to try it yourself.

Anyone tried this yet?

Anything Goes / To all our friends...
« on: September 01, 2008, 08:03:40 AM »
She said 'YES'

Mary and I are thrilled to announce that as of last night we are ENGAGED!!

Sony Console Gaming / Sony News from E3
« on: July 15, 2008, 09:49:12 AM »
Conference: Tuesday @ 2:30PM ET.

Nintendo Console Gaming / Nintendo News from E3
« on: July 15, 2008, 09:47:39 AM »
Conference: Tuesday @ 12PM ET

General Gaming Discussion / Guitar Hero: Metallica
« on: June 02, 2008, 05:27:55 PM »
Yup, it's coming sometime before March 31, 2009

Wedbush Morgan analyst -- no, not that one -- Edward Woo uncovered some interesting news after sifting through an Activision SEC filing this week. According to the filing (via Gamespot), the company plans to launch Guitar Hero: Metallica in Fiscal 2009, which, for Activision, is anytime between now and March 31, 2009.

That's all I have to say about that.  I'll bet they're pissed that Rock Band has 'Enter Sandman'.

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