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New Line's Backward Vacation

posted Sunday Oct 11, 2009 by Scott Ertz

New Line's Backward Vacation

Some of my favorite movies as a child were the National Lampoon's Vacation films. Back when Chevy Case was funny and National Lampoon was creative, they did a series of films that started a trend of trip disaster movies, like RV and Little Miss Sunshine. The Hollywood Reporter has some details about the plot, and they are actually pretty exciting:

The story focuses on Rusty Griswold, the son of Clark Griswold, the protagonist of the initial movies and portrayed by Chevy Chase. The younger Griswold is now a father in his own right and takes his family on a road trip vacation.

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Left 4 Dead 2 Lite

posted Sunday Oct 11, 2009 by Scott Ertz

<i>Left 4 Dead 2</i> Lite

Oh, Australia. What an interesting cultural paradigm you have created. A nation founded by British criminals who loves pot is afraid of blood and gore. Our most recent example is the classification board's refusal to accept Valve's upcoming sequel Left 4 Dead 2.

Valve ad EA worked with the board to create a version of the game that they believe will satisfy the board, but certainly not the players in Australia. According to the board's report,

No wound detail is shown and the implicitly dead bodies and blood splatter disappear as they touch the ground. The game no longer contains pictures of decapitation, dismemberment, wound detail or piles of bodies lying about the environment.

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FCC: Google Explain Yourself

posted Sunday Oct 11, 2009 by Jon Wurm

FCC: Google Explain Yourself

The staff here at PLuGHiTz Live! Radio has been following the events in this love circle between Apple, AT&T and Google for a while now. Since we were at Florida's Animation Supercon last weekend here's a short recap of what's been going on.

It all started with Apple "denying" the Google Voice application but Apple denies denying the app saying that it's still undergoing the review process because it duplicates features already available on the iPhone, which has been continuing for months now. So Google and Apple got the FCC involved to hopefully reach a conclusion. Well, while the tattle tailing and name calling was being mediated by the FCC the plot began to thicken. AT&T wasn't as innocent in all of this as everyone might think. They don't like the Google Voice app for a variety of reasons. Mostly they think Google Voice has an unfair competitive advantage over their services because Google Voice can block numbers and services like adult chat lines and conference calling services that generate high connection fees driving up traditional phone carriers costs. They are not able to block these services due to new regulations set in place by the FCC in 2007 stating that customers have the right to call whoever they want whenever they want. In light of all this AT&T wrote a letter to the FCC asking them to investigate Google Voice and that brings us to where we left off.

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The Incredible Venom

posted Sunday Oct 11, 2009 by Scott Ertz

The Incredible Venom

Do you remember how terrible the last Spider-Man movie was? Of course you do. We ALL do. After the movie, my hopes were that I would never encounter any of the content of that film again. Well, my hopes and dreams have been crushed because Columbia/Sony is working on a Venom solo movie.

The theory of a Venom film isn't terrible in itself. Venom is a pretty badass character, after all. However, the Venom that Sony setup in the last film was not so much. Still not enough to completely ruin the film, however. Here is the part that should guarentee a semi-unwatchable film. Variety reports:

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Will Wright's Stupid Fun Club

posted Saturday Oct 10, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Will Wright's Stupid Fun Club

In April, Will Wright (creator of the Sims games, such as Sim City) surprised the industry when he announced he was leaving EA Maxis, a company he had worked for seemingly since the dawn of time. After his departure, he started a new company, Stupid Fun Club. As Will is known to do, he gave no indication about what he was up to.

Lucky for us, he gave an interview to VentureBeat in which he said he is working on three projects, a couple of which are games.

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Actual Reality > Alternate Reality

posted Saturday Oct 10, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Actual Reality > Alternate Reality

Britain has finally done it. They have completely lost their minds. Launching soon will be a new Internet-based game in which you watch people remotely and report crimes. For every suspected crime reported, you will earn one point. For every legitimate crime reported, you will earn three points. For really good tips, there could be cash prizes of up to 1000 euros.

Now, this certainly sounds like a terrible videogame, doesn't it? Well, good news - it's not a videogame. This will be a 100% real online game. The government has taken the concept of Alternate Reality Games and gone one step farther. The actual basis of the game is that you will have access to the country's infrastructure of traffic and city cams and you are encouraged to snitch on your fellow citizens. Clearly the British don't have the expression "no snitching."

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