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Who Needs the Back Story?

posted Sunday May 23, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Who Needs the Back Story?

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time has a lot to live up to. The games in the series have been fantastic with a storyline perfect for the big screen. However, there has yet to be more than just a few (we have named 4) videogame movies that haven't been just awful. Plus, in the aftermath of Uwe Boll and his offensively bad films, worst of which being In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale which brought in only $10 million worldwide on a $60 million budget, people are scared of videogame movies. This film could be the one to change all that, however.

But, what does it take to make a great videogame movie? Apparently, not knowing you are making a videogame movie is the key. Mike Newell described to ComingSoon.net his realization that he was making a film adapted from a game.

When I first went into it I was absolutely in ignorance of it being a video game. I then discovered within the first few weeks that it was a video game and said to him, "Look, what do you want? Do you want a video game? Because if you do, I think I'm the wrong guy for you. I don't play video games. I'm not video-literate. I can just about send an email." He said, "No, don't worry about it." I think the reason that he said that was that he knew that I would have other things to offer. There would be sort of character and story and emotional things that I would have to offer, and comedy and all of that. He didn't want to freak me by saying, "Actually, the video game audience is very important to me"... and of course, it is. There are a lot of them out there and we must be very careful to satisfy them, you know?

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Watch Your Skrulls, the Avengers Are Coming!

posted Sunday May 23, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Watch Your Skrulls, the Avengers Are Coming!

News is fun, but rumors are more fun. Reports from ComicBookMovie have suggested that the first film in the upcoming Marvel mega-movie, The Avengers, will not have the villain we have all expected; Hulk. They claim to have, on good authority, information that suggests we will actually see a battle between The Avengers and the well-known alien shape-shifters, the Skrulls.

For those who have not read the comics, the Skrulls have been around the Marvel Universe since 1962 when they first encountered The Fantastic Four. They have the ability to shape-shift and become anyone, including our favorite superheroes, albeit with green skin. The problem with the believability of this rumor is in the scope of the film. We know this is already a huge project even if they were to introduce no new characters. With the addition of a whole race of new characters plus an intergalactic storyline, it is not just a summer movie anymore, but becomes a much more nerd-centric film.

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Malware Is IBM Compatible

posted Sunday May 23, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Malware Is IBM Compatible

With the common usage of USB thumb drives it makes sense that keeping them clean and secure in everyday usage would be top priority for individuals and business alike. It is certainly understandable that even with care bad things will happen from time to time. However, you don't want that to happen at a major security conference like AusCERT in Australia and you certainly don't want to be IBM who was distributing free thumb drives full of malware. Oops. Glenn Wightwick, the chief technologist for IBM Australia wrote a letter to AusCERT explaining what the malware is and how to best get rid of it.

The malware is detected by the majority of current Anti Virus products {as at 20/05/2010} and been known since 2008. The malware is known by a number of names and is contained in the setup.exe and autorun.ini files. It is spread when the infected USB device is inserted into a Microsoft Windows workstation or server whereby the setup.exe and autorun.ini files run automatically.

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Free Condoms Aren't Large Enough

posted Sunday May 23, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Free Condoms Aren't Large Enough

Free stuff is always great, especially when it's something you already want or need. What really sucks is when the product just doesn't quite fit the needs exactly. Take, for example, free condoms. Great idea, unless they are too small or of poor quality.

Students from the District of Columbia have petitioned officials to change brands from Durex to Trojan and carry larger sizes. Apparently youth believe that Trojan is of better quality than Durex, despite a perfect score for both brands from Consumer Reports.

The officials have decided to listen and change what they are doing. It is important to the local government because there is a huge fear of the spread of HIV/AIDS. Studies show that 3 percent of residents in the DC area have HIV, so they will spend a little more to help protect the citizens.

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There Will Be B**ching: Viacom Vs. YouTube

posted Saturday May 22, 2010 by Jon Wurm

There Will Be B**ching: Viacom Vs. YouTube

In March of 2007, Viacom filed a lawsuit against Google-owned YouTube citing massive copyright infringement. They claim that around 160,000 video clips of Viacom's programming have been viewed over 1.5 billion times making this the largest lawsuit concerning intellectual property rights ever, but Google doesn't seem to be worried. After acquiring YouTube in 2006 for $1.6 billion, making it the largest online acquisition ever, Google expected there to be potential lawsuits in the future. At present day the two companies are still locked in legal turmoil but things are really starting to heat up. Viacom stated last Friday on their website that,

It is abundantly clear that YouTube and Google knew about copyright infringement on the YouTube site, encouraged it and profited from it.

There are also some very angry internal e-mails from Viacom execs and employees that reveal their true hatred for Google, including "F*** those motherf***ers." and "Google bastards."

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Virgin Games' Big Announcement

posted Saturday May 22, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Virgin Games' Big Announcement

In the 80s and 90s, Virgin Interactive Entertainment was one of the biggest names in the industry, topping their achievements with Command and Conquer. After they sold to Blockbuster in 1994 for a whopping $250 million, no one expected they would ever be a force to be reckoned with again. Boy were we wrong.

In 2004, Richard Branson, the billionaire playboy owner of the Virgin Group, started Virgin Games which owns and operates prize-based game sites. Among the featured games is a casino, poker and bingo. Certainly not what Virgin Interactive was all about. Rumor has it that Sir Richard Branson himself will be at E3 next month to step up their game.

According to MCVUK, Branson has been developing a cross-platform gaming environment.

The new gaming service rumoured to launch at E3 will seek partnerships with leading publishers and content owners, offering new and unique opportunities.

Ambitious and global, the business is expected to run across the leading console formats and feature the most popular games on the market.

MCV understands that the new video games venture will be online-only and again challenge-based, possibly built on a technology acquisition.

This wouldn't be the first product of its type in the gaming space (BringIt), but with the backing of the Virgin name and logo, it could be the first to be successful.

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