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Cataclysm

posted Saturday Jul 18, 2009 by Jon Wurm

Cataclysm

Blizzard has another rumor fresh out of the mill and no, it's actually not about WOW... we hope. As recently as June 26th Blizzard hired Rob A. Rigole for legal console and purchased trademark applications under the category of computer games and online entertainment. The new title is "Cataclysm" and at this point no one is really sure what it is.

There is speculation of a next generation MMO or possible WOW expansion (no please) but Blizzard has many projects in the works and there is no guarantee that Cataclysm is actually anything. This could wind up like StarCraft: Ghost, Duke Nukem Forever and Half Life 2 Episode 3. Not familiar with them? That's because they don't exist yet and probably never will. What do you think?

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Harry Potter is Lord of the Night

posted Saturday Jul 18, 2009 by Scott Ertz

<i>Harry Potter</i> is Lord of the Night

Harry Potter movies have been a midnight favorite since the first movie got started. Thousands of people all over the country stay up way past their bedtimes to get the first look at the Boy Wizard. This week, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince had what can only be described as an epic win, bringing in $22.2 million for midnight alone.

This number is pretty amazing. Let's compare. The previous top midnight release was The Dark Knight with $18 million. Before that, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith with $17 million. The last HP movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix took in $12 million.

Seeing as this is the 6th film in the series, it is certainly not being plagued with Star Wars style momentum loss. Quite the contrary, considering its almost double midnight numbers. I can't wait to see where this goes (to space).

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Alan Wake Makes Waves?

posted Saturday Jul 18, 2009 by Adam Ertz

Alan Wake Makes Waves?

Alan Wake, the game that has been the victim of one of the worst cases of absentee parenting that the gaming world has ever seen, will now take on the episodic approach, similar to a television show or a movie saga. Sam Lake, the game's writer, in an interview explained the benefit of his segmented approach:

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Games Aren't All the PSN Can Do

posted Saturday Jul 18, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Games Aren't All the PSN Can Do

We all know Sony wants to rule the world. Why else would they avoid Google the way they do? A large part of that current plan involves the PSP Go. This device is built to be a major media player, not just portable games device. PSN ops director Eric Lempel said:

What do people want next? Our devices are capable of doing a lot more than gaming. There are a lot of other things we can do. What are the other services we can offer, both digitally and wirelessly? What are the other things we can add to our devices that make them even more?

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Natal for Windows

posted Saturday Jul 18, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Natal for Windows

Don't we all just hate the mouse? It is too convenient and easy to use. Wouldn't it be great if we could eliminate it and use Natal instead? I jest, of course, because the mouse is going nowhere, and Natal would be badass on the computer. Even ubergeek Bill Gates thinks so. So much so, in fact, that the Natal team is also developing ways incorporate the hardware into the Windows environment.

Bill Gates claims that Natal is not just a game controller,

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California vs The Constitution

posted Saturday Jul 18, 2009 by Scott Ertz

The Governator has been all over the place with his political positions. He supports alternative fuel, but only the stuff the oil companies could sell easily. Now he is ok with games, so long as they are a) not violent or b) he is in them. I am, of course, talking about the California law that was to outlaw violent videogames. That law, of course, was found unconstitutional for many reasons, one of which being its First Amendment implications.

The law has made it all the way to the US Supreme Court, and while still waiting to hear the ruling, it has given videogame experts a chance to weigh in on the legality of it. Today's example is Robert Corn-Revere, a First Amendment Attorney. He says:

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