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E3 2011 - Battlefield Dinosaur

posted Saturday Jun 11, 2011 by Scott Ertz

E3 2011 - Battlefield Dinosaur

Many of you saw EA's Battlefield 3 presentation but what you may or may not have noticed was the soldier holding a toy dinosaur at the beginning of the video. If you are like me you probably skipped right over it assuming it to be a piece to tie the game with reality. Boy were we wrong.

Not only is it not to tie in with reality, it is to reinforce the false reality that is 4chan. We have spoken of the insanity that is 4chan, such as the war with Tumblr or their open attack on Scientology but we have never spoken of their truly positive influences on society, through insanity, of course. Someone posted, shortly after the Modern Warfare 2 launch, claiming to be an Activision employee, asking what people thought of the game. The reaction was unanimous - a total lack of dinosaurs.

Now, I know what you're thinking, "It's true. There were no dinosaurs in the game, but why does that matter?" It doesn't, it was the first thing someone thought of and everyone followed along. You can see the posts in the image on the right. Apparently it grew to be such a big thing that the guys at DICE decided to try and appease the 4chan community by including a dinosaur in their game. They were so proud of their little joke on Activision that Gustav Halling, a designer for DICE working on the game, Tweeted to make sure everyone understood what happened.

Like TBS, very funny.

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3 PSN Arrests

posted Saturday Jun 11, 2011 by Scott Ertz

3 PSN Arrests

This has been a big week for Sony - first they presented incredibly well at E3 2011 and now arrests have been made in the PSN hacking and outage case. The Spanish National Police announced on Friday that they had detailed 3 individuals in charge of hacking into the Sony network as well as several international business and government systems.

The individuals were identified as leadership of Anonymous, a group we have spoken of in the past in relation to this story, the group has repeatedly denied official involvement in the attack. It has always been assumed, however, that members of the group, acting alone, were probably behind it. These arrests either confirm the assumptions or are based solely on the assumptions.

For details on the attack and who else has been a victim, hit the break.

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High Speed Internet for a Reasonable Price

posted Saturday Jun 11, 2011 by Scott Ertz

High Speed Internet for a Reasonable Price

It is no surprise to most people in the US that Internet access is expensive. It gets even more expensive when you want that access to be fast. Connections in the 40-100 Mbps range can cost $100-200. RoadRunner Lightning, for all of you Time Warner Cable and Brighthouse Networks customers is around $100 for a whopping 40 Mbps. One California company, Sonic.net, is trying to change that.

The company has been around since the mid-90s prodiving standard DSL service to customers. They later branched out and offered what is called bonded DSL, essentially 2 lines each providing 20 Mbps, bonded together at the modem to produce 40 Mbps speeds over DSL. That service has run their customers around $70 per month (much better than the cost for Lightning). While this is a great deal, Sonic.net has decided to up the ante.

What are they doing? Hit the break to find out.

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E3 2011 - Only One Controller per Wii U

posted Saturday Jun 11, 2011 by Scott Ertz

E3 2011 - Only One Controller per Wii U

For those of you who have listened to PLuGHiTz Live! Radio - Episode 207 - E3 2011 Day 3, I have some good news and some bad news for you. For those of you who have not, you should listen and then I can explain. The good news is I was right again about my analysis of Nintendo's press conference announcements. The bad news is I didn't want to be right.

As you probably know by now, Nintendo showed off the controller for their new Wii U console to a lot of fanfare. What else would you expect from a totally wireless controller with a large touchscreen that can also serve as a screen for the console to play full titles without the TV as well as a secondary view of a game also on the television. The presentation left a lot more questions than it answered, however. The most common being "will the console support more than one new controller?"

To find out the answer, hit the break.

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E3 2011 - Zelda's Not Too Old to Party

posted Wednesday Jun 8, 2011 by Scott Ertz

E3 2011 - Zelda's Not Too Old to Party

E3 2010 brought us the celebration of Mario's 25th anniversary. This year, we get the opportunity to celebrate Zelda's 25th anniversary. The presentation even started with a live orchestra playing music from Zelda games. While we won't be getting a Hyrulian Wii, we are getting a huge collection of new games and accessories.

The accessory that was announced to coincide with this celebration is a special golden Wii remote with the Triforce in the middle. It is planned to launch with the release of the newest Zelda title, Skyward Sword, slated for this Holiday Season. It is the epic game we spoke of last year that even Shigeru Miyamoti, reigning Nintendo badass, was excited to announce was finally complete. I won't get into the nitty gritty details on the game but if you need a refresher on it, check out our review from last year.

What else has Nintendo got in store for us? Hit the break to find out.

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E3 2011 - Nintendo Asks, Will You Wii U?

posted Wednesday Jun 8, 2011 by Jon Wurm

E3 2011 - Nintendo Asks, Will You Wii U?

Coming into E3 this year I knew that Nintendo couldn't afford to wait another year to do something with their next console and it seems they did as well. Before we get into what Wii U is all about I want to mention Nintendo's stage this year. It was actually a 3 tier stage which had a nice 3D effect that wasn't over done. The icing on the cake, though, was how they tailored all the video specifically to conform with the stage. I didn't think I would be awarding Nintendo my 'Best Setup' award this year but they earned it. Sony had some improvements in their design as did Microsoft but Nintendo's made a statement. Congratulations Nintendo.

Getting back on track, I was really impressed with the theoretical implementation of the Wii U controller. Wait, controller? Yes. How can they release a controller before the console? I'm glad you asked. They didn't actually release anything, instead they showed us a cool video and talked about it. We did see a lot more of the controller than we did the Wii U console which was hiding out on a shelf under the TV. A live demo would have made a much more profound statement but Reggie even mentioned the footage about the Wii U games were in 'prototype' form, so they didn't have anything real to show us.

The device itself boasts a hefty 6.2 inch touch screen, there are built in motion controls like a gyroscope that have some interesting gaming applications as well as an accelerometer. I also can't forget about the mic and inward facing camera as well as WiFi. This controller actually includes the inner workings of a full fledged handheld gaming system but it's not intended to be. This is why Nintendo is using WiFi to essentially tether the device to your console and TV.

Check out Nintendo's goal for the Wii U system and its E3 debut by hitting the break.

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