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Star Trek Online Loses Direction

posted Sunday Dec 9, 2007 by Scott Ertz

<i>Star Trek Online</i> Loses Direction

The exciting prospect of Star Trek Online is now over. The developer of the game, Perpetual Entertainment, was recently purchased, and the new owners want to take the game in a new direction. That direction? Casual.

Now, do you know any Trek fans that are casual fans? Not I. Therefore, can you imagine a successful casual Trek game? I'll guess it's the same answer.

Unfortunately, most of the people working on the game have quit because they can see the stupidity. Oh well.

Verizon to Go Open

posted Sunday Dec 9, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Verizon to Go Open

In a move that isn't fooling anyone, Verizon is jumping on the open bandwagon. They have followed the lead of Sprint, and will allow any CDMA handset to join their network by the end of 2008.

Most proponents believe this move will be a first step in the road to having networks like the UK or Japan. However, those networks are more similar to one another than the networks here in the US. Handsets will not really work cross-network as easily as our Japanese counterparts, but we'll see where this goes.

EA Regrets Pr0n Ad

posted Sunday Dec 9, 2007 by Scott Ertz

EA Regrets Pr0n Ad

Ever visit the website for the British newspaper The Sun? If not, you missed the weirdest video game ad EVER. EA used two topless girls to promote its new game Need for Speed: Pro Street.

The problem is that the EA execs never approved this ad. They have apologized saying "We regret that these images slipped through the proper EA approval process. They were not appropriate for our brand." Oops.

AT&T Joining OHA?

posted Sunday Dec 9, 2007 by Scott Ertz

AT&T Joining OHA?

Do you remember AT&T, the company who thought the idea of a completely locked phone, in the iPhone, would be great? Well, now they have taken a complete 180 and are now considering joining the Open Handset Alliance, whose current major members include Sprint, Google and T-Mobile.

What will happen to the iPhone if AT&T joins the alliance? Will AT&T be successful in making the iPhone open, or will Apple move to another carrier? We'll keep you posted as this keeps going.

Guitar Hero 3 Controllers Coming '08

posted Sunday Dec 2, 2007 by Scott Ertz

<i>Guitar Hero 3</i> Controllers Coming '08

Hooray! We will soon be able to buy a stand-alone controller for Guitar Hero 3! Unfortunately it will not be until next year, so while you're on your holiday break from school, you'll have to share with your neighbor, best friend or whoever.

We do not know when, exactly, but the important thing is, they're coming.

3 New Halo 3 Maps

posted Sunday Dec 2, 2007 by Scott Ertz

3 New <i>Halo 3</i> Maps

You've been waiting for new maps for Halo 3 and here they are, chickadees. 3 new maps launching on the Xbox Live Marketplace for 800 points. Each map, Standoff, Rat's Nest and Foundry, offer a unique style of play.

The maps will be available starting December 11, but if you can wait until the Spring, you can get them for free.

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