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Microsoft to Expand 'Games on Demand' Service

posted Sunday Dec 6, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Microsoft to Expand 'Games on Demand' Service

For those who don't know, the Xbox Live Games Marketplace got a makeover recently, including a new name - Games on Demand. Well, it turns out that Microsoft isn't done yet. On December 15th, Games on Demand will come to the Games for Windows platform, giving it the capabilities that it should have had right from the beginning.

Games on Demand for Windows lets you easily purchase and download great titles from the Games for Windows LIVE library right from your computer, and re-install your games whenever you want, wherever you want. Games for Windows LIVE now gives you the flexibility to access and play your games where and when you want, all straight from your PC!

Aliens Vs. Predator Banned Down Under

posted Saturday Dec 5, 2009 by Scott Ertz

<i>Aliens Vs. Predator</i> Banned Down Under

I am baffled once again. I have recently talked about the Australian ratings board and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Left 4 Dead 2. Today, our crazy story comes to us care of Aliens Vs. Predator. I bet you can guess what it is - another game banned from their shores. It is easier for me to just give you the Board's decision than it is to explain it:

PSPgo Might Already Be Dead?

posted Saturday Dec 5, 2009 by Scott Ertz

PSPgo Might Already Be Dead?

Sometimes I wonder if Sony does the things they do just to give us something to talk about. At E3, they got us all excited about the PSPgo, which was supposed to be the next major evolution of the franchise. The concerning feature, however, was the lack of UMD support, meaning everything was download-based. This left a major question about pricing and distribution channels. Well, that question has been answered and we still don't like it.

The more we go looking, the more we are realizing that it is much cheaper to own a regular PSP and purchase games on UMD. This fact has not escaped the notice of Jon Burton, founder of Traveller's Tales. In a statement, he said,

Murdoch Is Vital to Democracy Says FTC

posted Wednesday Dec 2, 2009 by Jon Wurm

Murdoch Is Vital to Democracy Says FTC

There have been new developments concerning the death of free press and the future of traditional media companies. Not so long ago Rupert Murdoch, New Corps. chairman and chief executive made a series of statements noting that traditional media outlets had fallen behind the times, Murdoch Will Make Us Pay. It seems his words did not fall on deaf ears as they were repeated at the government sponsored Federal Trade Commission's workshop on December 1st, concerning challenges facing media and ways the government can help.

"We need to do a better job of persuading consumers that high-quality, reliable news and information does not come free," Murdoch said. "Good journalism is an expensive commodity."

Facebook Changing Its Privacy System

posted Tuesday Dec 1, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Facebook Changing Its Privacy System

This evening Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, posted an open letter to all users announcing an intention to change the way the site's privacy settings work. This is a long time coming. There has never been a major settings change in the 5 years Facebook has been around, despite the major changes in the way the system works.

The big change being made is in privacy settings to networks. Currently, if you are a member of a network, everyone has the ability to see your profile or not. Those are really your only choices as of now. When the site was all about schools, this made sense, but now that you've got people in networks of hundreds of thousands to millions of users, this isn't really an effective control system anymore. Zuckerberg said,

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