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Yahoo Launches Another Social Networking Site

posted Thursday Nov 8, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Yahoo Launches Another Social Networking Site

Like Facebook but hate people? Then Yahoo! Kickstart is just up your alley. The preview site for the new service is available now at http://kickstart.yahoo.com. There isn't much to it, but we can make one edicated guess: people probably won't care.

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We Know, Jack Thompson is Crazy

posted Wednesday Nov 7, 2007 by Scott Ertz

We Know, Jack Thompson is Crazy

Here is this week's tidbit of nonsense from the craziest man to want to be in the gaming world, Jack Thompson. A while back, Jacko debated in Philadelphia, and this is what he says happened (taken from a legal document filed as part of his lawsuit against the Florida Bar Association):

In the audience {for} this event, unbeknownst to me, was the man who organizes the largest video game gathering in the world, the Game Developers Conference (GDC), attended by 20,000 folks...

Because of the quality and coherence of my presentation, I was then asked by the GDC to reprise the Philadelphia debate, this time in February in San Francisco in a 5000 seat arena, as the keynote event.

Now, HERE is the part that makes it fun: a statement from the GDC organizers. Ready?

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Super Mario Bros. 3

posted Wednesday Nov 7, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Are you one of those people who has been screwed by Nintendo's decision to stop repairs on legacy consoles? Well, it's your lucky day. Super Mario Bros. 3 is now available on the Wii Virtual Console! Here is how Nintendo describes the best game ever made:

Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): Remember when no one had ever heard of a Tanooki Suit or knew that Bowser had a clan of Koopalings? The game that made these things common knowledge is also considered by many to be one of the best ever made. Bowser and the Koopalings are causing chaos yet again, but this time they're going beyond the Mushroom Kingdom into the seven worlds that neighbor it. Now Mario and Luigi must battle new enemies, returning favorites and a new Koopaling in each unique and distinctive world on their way to ultimately taking on Bowser himself. Luckily for the brothers, they have more power-ups available than ever before. Fly above the action using the Super Leaf, swim faster by donning the Frog Suit or defeat enemies using the Hammer Bros. Suit. Use the brand-new overworld map to take the chance to play a minigame in hopes of gaining extra lives or to find a Toad's House where you can pick up additional items. All this (and more) combines into one of gaming's most well-known and beloved titles - are you ready to experience gaming bliss?

Enjoy!

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Rock Band Shortage

posted Wednesday Nov 7, 2007 by Scott Ertz

<i>Rock Band</i> Shortage

Another year, another shortage. Last year, and again this, it was the Wii. Well, it appears, the much anticipated Rock Band will also be a problem to get your hands on.

The CEO of EA, John Riccitiello, said at an earning conference,

If I were you, on the 19th of November I would get in line outside of your favorite retailer. We've got a lot of inventory coming, and my expectation is it will sell through. This is definitely not a sprint. We're not going to be able to put enough inventory to meet demand in North America and Europe this calendar year or this fiscal {year}.

Sounds like good advice to us. So, follow EA's directions and wait for the midnigh release of the game, I know we will be.

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The Blue Light Drops The Blu-Ray

posted Wednesday Nov 7, 2007 by Scott Ertz

The Blue Light Drops The Blu-Ray

K-Mart, the largest retailer of things people don't want, will stop selling blu-ray movies. K-mart claims that the discs are too specialized and too expensive for their customers. Yikes! So, your customers can't be enthusiasts and they can't have money? Seems like your business might be the one that is too specialized, eh? Looks like they didn't learn from their past.

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Manhunt 2 Patched

posted Wednesday Nov 7, 2007 by Scott Ertz

<i>Manhunt 2</i> Patched

Remember that game we talked about? A little-known title, Manhunt 2? Well, some hackers have removed the content block that allowed them to release the game at all. Rockstar had this to say:

Hackers apparently have altered one of those edits to produce an illegally modified version of the game that can only be played on an unauthorized, modified PlayStation Portable handheld system.

And from the boosman, Chairman Strauss Zelnick,

I stand behind the game and the ESRB ratings process. It is unfortunately the case that no one in the entertainment software industry is immune from hacking. We hope that consumers will not engage in hacking or download illegally modified copies of our games. We encourage them to enjoy our games as they are meant to be played. We would also like to emphasize that Manhunt 2 is intended for an audience aged 17 and above.

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