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Direct2Drive Has 24 Days of Christmas!

posted Sunday Dec 6, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Direct2Drive Has 24 Days of Christmas!

While Steam may have a stranglehold on some games, preventing them from moving to third party gaming distributors, it seems like our good friends at Direct2Drive have found an alternative way to bring you holiday joy this season. So dry those dismal tears for having to deal with Steam on Modern Warfare 2, and get yourself geared up for D2D's 24 days of Christmas sale! But they are welcoming anyone who wants to add to their gaming collection for this great event!

Google DNS For The Greater Good?

posted Sunday Dec 6, 2009 by Jon Wurm

Google DNS For The Greater Good?

Before you read through this article I want you to think of something related to the internet. It could be anything. Now I want you to think about if Google is planning to do that harder, better, faster and stronger....the answer is yes and now that Google has set it eyes on DNS (Domain Name System) services they aim to interject themselves in yet another level of your internet experience. For those of you not familiar with DNS it is basically a service your browser uses that translates URLs into the web address where the servers are at. This enables the browser to get pages, e-mail clients, send e-mail to the right place etc. In a recent statement Google implied that it's involvement in DNS services will be for the greater good of the Googlenet, I mean Internet.

The DNS protocol is an important part of the web's infrastructure, serving as the internet's phone book: every time you visit a website, your computer performs a DNS lookup. Complex pages often require multiple DNS lookups before they start loading, so your computer may be performing hundreds of lookups a day.

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,

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