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UK Calls Just Dance to Duty

posted Saturday Jan 23, 2010 by Josh Henry

UK Calls Just Dance to Duty

Looks like there's a new sheriff in town and its name is Just Dance. For nine straight weeks the people of the UK have spent hours on-end worshiping the ground that Modern Warfare 2 has walked on. As of recently, that's all changed. With the latest Chart-Track data showing that the acclaimed game of the year has been dethroned, the king of all shooters has been replaced by Ubisoft's quirky dance title for the Wii and has attained a level of popularity that nobody could have imagined or foreseen. Could it be that its success is because of a successful ad campaign with MC Hammer? Or could it possibly be the United Kingdom's limitless love of Footloose starring Kevin Bacon?

Wait, there's more! Wii Fit Plus managed to grab the silver medal, while Infinity Ward's shooter had to suck it up and take home the bronze. Looks like Infinity Ward is going to have to train with Michael Phelps if they want to win back the gold, minus the narcotics, of course.

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I'm Giving Her All the Beta She's Got, Captain!

posted Saturday Jan 23, 2010 by Josh Henry

I'm Giving Her All the Beta She's Got, Captain!

On January 12th, Cryptic launched their Star Trek Online open beta in hopes of enticing gamers and Trekkies alike into buying their newly developed MMO based within the new J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Universe. The only problem is that they didn't think that their game would be so popular! It's a hard enough task to actually get the client downloaded but once you actually accomplish that feat you may not be able to log into the game because of the huge Trekkie population inhabiting it.

The developers said in a recent update:

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Bending the Xbox 360

posted Saturday Jan 23, 2010 by Josh Henry

Bending the Xbox 360

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves demonstrated the power that the PS3 had in 2009, and this year it is time for Halo: Reach to show the consumer that the Xbox 360 can match last year's game of the year punch-for-punch. Whereas Halo 3: ODST was using a two year old graphics engine, Bungie has stated that Halo: Reach, its next shooter, is already "bending the Xbox as far as it'll bend."

We are ... taking every advantage of everything on the CPU and GPU, and every bit of memory in order to produce the look of Reach beyond anything of Halo 3.

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Famous Soccer Stars Get Red Carded for Twitter Usage

posted Saturday Jan 23, 2010 by Kyria Gianos

Famous Soccer Stars Get  Red Carded for Twitter Usage

You would think as a professional athlete, watching what you say would be important. After all, you are a role model to thousands all over the world. But to some of the world's greatest soccer players, biting your tongue is optional. Looks like there are going to be a lot of yellow cards issued. The offense: sharing too much on social networking sites, like Twitter.

Many professional soccer players from Steven Gerrard to Cristiano Ronaldo frequent sites like Facebook and Twitter to keep the rest of the world up to date in the soccer world. Well, some coaches have decided to ban players from using these sites due to inappropriate news feeds. One well known club, Manchester United, believes these sites have caused many problems with rival teams. What happen to beating your opponent on the field?

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Lights! Camera! YouTube!

posted Wednesday Jan 20, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Lights! Camera! YouTube!

I'm going to pretend that I'm not writing about Google or anything affiliated with them again. That being said, YouTube announced in its company blog Wednesday that this coming Friday it will be launching its new rental service. I wouldn't expect another Netflix just yet though. YouTube partnered with the Sundance Film Festival to bring you such independent films as Bass Ackwards, The Cove, One Too Many Mornings and Children of Invention. YouTube is searching for more independent film makers and other partners as well. They have already invited several potential partners and want to keep the content coming.

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Neflix Has Disney Seeing Starz

posted Sunday Jan 17, 2010 by Kyria Gianos

Neflix Has Disney Seeing Starz

Back in October 2008, Netflix made a deal with Starz that allowed them to stream Disney movies instantly on the Internet. Netflix made out pretty well on this deal, but maybe a little too well.

Disney has decided to renegotiate terms with Starz. Originally, Netflix users were not required to pay a premium for the Starz movies, but now Disney is looking to make more money, hence the renegotiating. With this deal, Starz hopes to have access to Disney films for up to five years, including continued digital rights. What does this mean for Netflix? Well, in 2012, Netflix may lose some of its most viewed content when the contract expires. There is some talk of a new movie rental service, according to Disney Chief Executive Officer, Robert Iger. This may be the motive for the change, but many involved declined comment, including Netflix, who claims,

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